Dance Studio 2017 & 2018 Voted "Best Dance Studio" in Loudoun County!

Kathryn Slate:  2017 "StarPower Choreographer of the Year"

Lucy Spring 2017 & 2018 "Best Choreography" award for her "Piece by Piece". 

Anneliese Gadell, runner up for 2017 & 2018 "Best Dance Teacher in Loudoun County",

 

 Heather Taylor, Director  Ms. Heather Taylor, Owner & Director began dance at the age of 6. She grew up in a small town in upstate New York where she studied tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, acrobatics, pointe, and theater. At age 14, her dance group was invited to perform and compete in the Nationally televised show, "Star Search".  From 2004-2008, Heather was a Washington Redskins Cheerleader Ambassador which fostered the opportunity for SRDA to become an official site for the Washington Redskins Jr. Cheer program.  Some of Heather’s former students have gone on to become Washington Wizard Dancers, Washington Redskins Cheerleaders, performers in Broadway shows, attend colleges for dance and theater and have become members of college competition dance teams. Heather is celebrating her 19th year in South Riding and is happy to share her passion for the art of dance along with her two daughters and son who also dance at SRDA.

Heather Taylor, Director

Ms. Heather Taylor, Owner & Director began dance at the age of 6. She grew up in a small town in upstate New York where she studied tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, acrobatics, pointe, and theater. At age 14, her dance group was invited to perform and compete in the Nationally televised show, "Star Search".

From 2004-2008, Heather was a Washington Redskins Cheerleader Ambassador which fostered the opportunity for SRDA to become an official site for the Washington Redskins Jr. Cheer program.

Some of Heather’s former students have gone on to become Washington Wizard Dancers, Washington Redskins Cheerleaders, performers in Broadway shows, attend colleges for dance and theater and have become members of college competition dance teams. Heather is celebrating her 19th year in South Riding and is happy to share her passion for the art of dance along with her two daughters and son who also dance at SRDA.

 Anneliese Gadell  Ms. Anneliese Gadell holds a degree in Health and Human Performance from Marymount University and has been teaching dance for the past 22 years.  A Central New Jersey native, she started dancing at the age of 6 and competing at the age of 8, winning top honors in both regional and national competitions.   Anneliese enjoys teaching all ages and styles of dance, for both recreational and competitive dancers.  She believes that everyone should practice like they are last and perform like they have already won! In addition to her students earning top honors at numerous competitions, her dances have also earned special awards such as Best Choreography and Most Entertaining.  She has been nominated for Best Dance Teacher for the past 5 years for Loudoun County's Best of the Best and received 2nd place in 2014, 2017, & 2018.

Anneliese Gadell

Ms. Anneliese Gadell holds a degree in Health and Human Performance from Marymount University and has been teaching dance for the past 22 years.  A Central New Jersey native, she started dancing at the age of 6 and competing at the age of 8, winning top honors in both regional and national competitions. 

Anneliese enjoys teaching all ages and styles of dance, for both recreational and competitive dancers.  She believes that everyone should practice like they are last and perform like they have already won! In addition to her students earning top honors at numerous competitions, her dances have also earned special awards such as Best Choreography and Most Entertaining.  She has been nominated for Best Dance Teacher for the past 5 years for Loudoun County's Best of the Best and received 2nd place in 2014, 2017, & 2018.

 Kathryn Slate  Ms. Kathryn Slate has been studying dance for over thirty five years. She has studied classical ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap, and hip-hop. Kathryn was a member of the James Madison Dance Team and was also a performing company member of The Dance Company under direction of Russell Jay and attended the Institute of Performing Arts.  Kathryn went on to study dance at East Carolina University. There she studied with Joe Carow, Patti Weeks, and Alan Arnett. She has performed works choreographed by the faculty and students at East Carolina University. She was also a member of a performing troupe that traveled and performed throughout the east coast. After college, Kathryn became the assistant coach for the James Madison High School Dance Team and helped lead them to a National Championship title in Orlando, Florida. Kathryn also has extensive experience in theater choreography.  Kathryn was awarded a "Choreographer of the Year" award in 2017 and has had many Choreography awards since then. 

Kathryn Slate

Ms. Kathryn Slate has been studying dance for over thirty five years. She has studied classical ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap, and hip-hop. Kathryn was a member of the James Madison Dance Team and was also a performing company member of The Dance Company under direction of Russell Jay and attended the Institute of Performing Arts.

Kathryn went on to study dance at East Carolina University. There she studied with Joe Carow, Patti Weeks, and Alan Arnett. She has performed works choreographed by the faculty and students at East Carolina University. She was also a member of a performing troupe that traveled and performed throughout the east coast. After college, Kathryn became the assistant coach for the James Madison High School Dance Team and helped lead them to a National Championship title in Orlando, Florida. Kathryn also has extensive experience in theater choreography.

Kathryn was awarded a "Choreographer of the Year" award in 2017 and has had many Choreography awards since then. 

 Ariel Goussak  Ariel Goussak is originally from Henderson, Nevada.  She grew up training at The Dance Zone in various styles such as ballet, contemporary, tap, jazz, acro, and hip-hop.  She is currently a senior dance major at George Mason University where she has had the opportunity to learn and perform pieces by Robert Battle and many of her talented peers.  In Spring 2016, she performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center and at ACDA in College Park, Maryland.  Ariel has also choreographed three original works for the Mason Dance Company.  In addition, she will hold the position of Co-President of the Mason Dance Company for 2018-2019. To continue her training, Ariel will be attending the BODYTRAFFIC intensive in Los Angeles this summer.  She is also a member of the RawArts Dance Company right here in DC.  They will be performing July 13-15 at Dance Loft, so please come support if you can!  She first started teaching at The Dance Zone when she was fifteen as an assistant to her studio directors.  She co-choreographed and was rehearsal director for numerous solos, duets, and group dances during her junior and senior years in high school.  She was also a substitute teacher for recreational and competition classes.  This is her first year teaching at South Riding Dance Academy, and she has loved getting to work with her students every week.  In addition, she is a substitute teacher at Dawn Crafton’s Dance Connection.

Ariel Goussak

Ariel Goussak is originally from Henderson, Nevada.  She grew up training at The Dance Zone in various styles such as ballet, contemporary, tap, jazz, acro, and hip-hop.  She is currently a senior dance major at George Mason University where she has had the opportunity to learn and perform pieces by Robert Battle and many of her talented peers.  In Spring 2016, she performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center and at ACDA in College Park, Maryland.  Ariel has also choreographed three original works for the Mason Dance Company.  In addition, she will hold the position of Co-President of the Mason Dance Company for 2018-2019. To continue her training, Ariel will be attending the BODYTRAFFIC intensive in Los Angeles this summer.  She is also a member of the RawArts Dance Company right here in DC.  They will be performing July 13-15 at Dance Loft, so please come support if you can!

She first started teaching at The Dance Zone when she was fifteen as an assistant to her studio directors.  She co-choreographed and was rehearsal director for numerous solos, duets, and group dances during her junior and senior years in high school.  She was also a substitute teacher for recreational and competition classes.  This is her first year teaching at South Riding Dance Academy, and she has loved getting to work with her students every week.  In addition, she is a substitute teacher at Dawn Crafton’s Dance Connection.

 Lucy Spring  Ms. Lucy Spring graduated magna cum laude from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance.  Dancing since age three, Lucy has many years of training and performance experience in musical theatre, tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, lyrical, hip-hop, pointe, and acrobatics.    She has performed the works of Charlotte d'Amboise, Christopher d’Amboise, Robert Battle, Ulysses Dove, Mary Ann Lamb, Terrence Mann, Mark Morris, Soon-ho Park, Nick Pupillo, Karen Reedy, and Susan Shields.  Lucy was an apprentice company member of the NYC contemporary dance company, marInspired; the storytellers.  Upon college graduation, Lucy performed with the American Pops Orchestra in You Spin Me ‘Round: an 80’s Dance Party at the GW University Lisner Auditorium, hosted by Olympic diver, Greg Louganis, and directed by Kelly d’Amboise.  She was also the long-term dance substitute at the Flint Hill School in Oakton, VA.  Lucy has set original choreography for Ethno World Orchestra, Inc., George Mason University Dance Company, Evita production played at the Olney Theatre, and CureFest for Childhood Cancer.  She is the recipient of the Bette Carter Award in Dance, GMU Emerging Freshman Artist Award, NYCDA Foundation College Scholarship, and Triple Arts Summer Intensive Scholarship.   Currently, Lucy teaches and choreographs at multiple dance studios and private schools in the Northern VA area, visits local public and private schools with Message In Motion to teach children dance and share the word of God, is the marketing intern at The Vocal Arts Institute, and is the marketing assistant and backstage manager of Bella Mossa Dance Competition.  She recently directed the filming of two of her works titled “Run To You” and “Piece by Piece”, and most recently her choreography titled, "Piece by Piece" was nominated for its category in the 2018 Industry Dance Awards.

Lucy Spring

Ms. Lucy Spring graduated magna cum laude from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance.  Dancing since age three, Lucy has many years of training and performance experience in musical theatre, tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, lyrical, hip-hop, pointe, and acrobatics.  

She has performed the works of Charlotte d'Amboise, Christopher d’Amboise, Robert Battle, Ulysses Dove, Mary Ann Lamb, Terrence Mann, Mark Morris, Soon-ho Park, Nick Pupillo, Karen Reedy, and Susan Shields.  Lucy was an apprentice company member of the NYC contemporary dance company, marInspired; the storytellers.  Upon college graduation, Lucy performed with the American Pops Orchestra in You Spin Me ‘Round: an 80’s Dance Party at the GW University Lisner Auditorium, hosted by Olympic diver, Greg Louganis, and directed by Kelly d’Amboise.  She was also the long-term dance substitute at the Flint Hill School in Oakton, VA.  Lucy has set original choreography for Ethno World Orchestra, Inc., George Mason University Dance Company, Evita production played at the Olney Theatre, and CureFest for Childhood Cancer.  She is the recipient of the Bette Carter Award in Dance, GMU Emerging Freshman Artist Award, NYCDA Foundation College Scholarship, and Triple Arts Summer Intensive Scholarship. 

Currently, Lucy teaches and choreographs at multiple dance studios and private schools in the Northern VA area, visits local public and private schools with Message In Motion to teach children dance and share the word of God, is the marketing intern at The Vocal Arts Institute, and is the marketing assistant and backstage manager of Bella Mossa Dance Competition.  She recently directed the filming of two of her works titled “Run To You” and “Piece by Piece”, and most recently her choreography titled, "Piece by Piece" was nominated for its category in the 2018 Industry Dance Awards.

 Austin Taylor  Austin has been studying dance for 16 years. and this is her 3rd year teaching at SRDA. Austin was a captain of the the Freedom High School Dance Team for 2 years and is a Senior at FHS. Austin was crowned Miss Starquest 2018 and received outstanding awards for technique and performance.   Austin is a member of the Freedom Eagles Leadership Team and is also a member of PEER at Freedom High School. 

Austin Taylor

Austin has been studying dance for 16 years. and this is her 3rd year teaching at SRDA. Austin was a captain of the the Freedom High School Dance Team for 2 years and is a Senior at FHS. Austin was crowned Miss Starquest 2018 and received outstanding awards for technique and performance. 

Austin is a member of the Freedom Eagles Leadership Team and is also a member of PEER at Freedom High School. 

 Morgan Taylor  Ms. Morgan Taylor is currently a Theatre major and dance minor at George Mason University. She just began her senior year!   This is her 19th year with SRDA and 6th year teaching dance at SRDA. Morgan is also happy to be teaching at East Coast Edge Dance Studio in Ashburn and was the lead choreographer at GMU for their 2017 fall musical, "The Gondoliers". Morgan was a member of the Masonettes (GMU Dance Team) in 2016. Her team competed against the top college dance teams in the nation and won a spot in top 5!  This summer, Morgan scored an amazing internship with the Monumental Theater Company and was an understudy in their production of "Pippin".   Prior to that, Morgan was on the Freedom High School Dance team and was Captain for 2 of the 4 years she was a member.  She is very happy to finish out this amazing year and is looking forward to a wonderful new season.

Morgan Taylor

Ms. Morgan Taylor is currently a Theatre major and dance minor at George Mason University. She just began her senior year! 

This is her 19th year with SRDA and 6th year teaching dance at SRDA. Morgan is also happy to be teaching at East Coast Edge Dance Studio in Ashburn and was the lead choreographer at GMU for their 2017 fall musical, "The Gondoliers". Morgan was a member of the Masonettes (GMU Dance Team) in 2016. Her team competed against the top college dance teams in the nation and won a spot in top 5!

This summer, Morgan scored an amazing internship with the Monumental Theater Company and was an understudy in their production of "Pippin". 

Prior to that, Morgan was on the Freedom High School Dance team and was Captain for 2 of the 4 years she was a member.

She is very happy to finish out this amazing year and is looking forward to a wonderful new season.

 Ronnie Taylor  Assisted by Bre Roeder  Mr. Ronnie Taylor Has been dancing, tumbling and involved in family owned studios for over 35 years. He learned Tap from age 6 to 12, started Gymnastics/Tumbling at age 9-16 at his mother’s Gymnastics center and in high school, he and a friend self taught themselves break dancing and hip-hop over 10 years and taught hip-hop for a studio in Manassas for 4 years. He has been teaching tumbling for over 20 years. The last 12 years building our awesome prop dad team at our studio “The Prop Pops” who we could not do what we do without.

Ronnie Taylor

Assisted by Bre Roeder

Mr. Ronnie Taylor Has been dancing, tumbling and involved in family owned studios for over 35 years. He learned Tap from age 6 to 12, started Gymnastics/Tumbling at age 9-16 at his mother’s Gymnastics center and in high school, he and a friend self taught themselves break dancing and hip-hop over 10 years and taught hip-hop for a studio in Manassas for 4 years. He has been teaching tumbling for over 20 years. The last 12 years building our awesome prop dad team at our studio “The Prop Pops” who we could not do what we do without.

 Dima Vistoropskiy  Mr. Dima Vistoropskiy  From Almaty, Kazakhstan, Dmitriy received his early training at the A. Seleznev School of Ballet and Choreography in Almaty. After graduating, he joined the corps of the National Opera and Ballet in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. He went on to dance as a soloist for the Russian National Ballet of Sergey and Elena Radchenko touring Russia, Asia, Europe, Australia and the United States. Dmitriy’s principal roles include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Florimund and Blue Bird in The Sleeping Beauty, the Prince in Cinderella, and Cavalier in The Nutcracker. He has also danced leading roles in Giselle, Le Corsaire, and Diana and Acteon.  Dmitriy appears as a guest artist in principal roles throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. He has choreographed pieces for many dance schools and companies throughout the region. He holds a bachelors degree in teaching and choreography from the State Pedagogical University in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

Dima Vistoropskiy

Mr. Dima Vistoropskiy  From Almaty, Kazakhstan, Dmitriy received his early training at the A. Seleznev School of Ballet and Choreography in Almaty. After graduating, he joined the corps of the National Opera and Ballet in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. He went on to dance as a soloist for the Russian National Ballet of Sergey and Elena Radchenko touring Russia, Asia, Europe, Australia and the United States. Dmitriy’s principal roles include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Florimund and Blue Bird in The Sleeping Beauty, the Prince in Cinderella, and Cavalier in The Nutcracker. He has also danced leading roles in Giselle, Le Corsaire, and Diana and Acteon.  Dmitriy appears as a guest artist in principal roles throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. He has choreographed pieces for many dance schools and companies throughout the region. He holds a bachelors degree in teaching and choreography from the State Pedagogical University in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

 Tara Wang   Assisted by Tricia Wang  Ms. Tara Wang has studied dance for 7 years and has been teaching for 5 years. She has studied a wide range of genres such as; jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, lyrical/contemporary and is beginning to get into ballroom. She has trained many award winning dancers and plans to continue to pursue this career. She is now attending college and is majoring in Psychology. 

Tara Wang 

Assisted by Tricia Wang

Ms. Tara Wang has studied dance for 7 years and has been teaching for 5 years. She has studied a wide range of genres such as; jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, lyrical/contemporary and is beginning to get into ballroom. She has trained many award winning dancers and plans to continue to pursue this career. She is now attending college and is majoring in Psychology. 

 Cami Spring  Cami is a graduate from George Mason University with her BFA in Dance. She just finished a year tour performing with Royal Caribbean International. 

Cami Spring

Cami is a graduate from George Mason University with her BFA in Dance. She just finished a year tour performing with Royal Caribbean International. 

Adrienne Torres, Office Manager         Desk Staff: Theresa Vindigni, Michelle Stadick, and Reiley Pounder

Welcome our Newest Team Member!

Mr. Jens Lee Peterson

Jens Lee, a native of New Castle, Pa, is an internationally known and acclaimed Professional dancer/Teacher/Choreographer in dance styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Modern (Horton), Tap, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Ballroom. Starting at a young age in Theatre, Jens has been in over 100 productions through out the East Coast. Some of his Equity gigs include TWELFTH NIGHT/COMEDY OF ERRORS (Great Lakes Theatre which included a performance for a GLT Alumni TOM HANKS), PIPPIN-Dance Captain (Cain Park), ANYTHING GOES/MUSIC MAN (Porthouse Theatre), ALTAR BOYZ (Becks Center/ Hanna Theatre), and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST-Beast/ANNIE GET YOUR GUN-Tommy/OUR TOWN-George/CHRISTMAS SCHOONER-Oscar (Thunderbay Theatre).

As a Choreographer, some of his works include NO NO ANETTE/GUYS N DOLLS (Bedford High School), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS/ LEGALLY BLONDE (John Carroll University) FOOTLOOSE (Medina High School) and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Mercury Summer Stock). He recently was  highlighted in the 100th year Gala for the Cleveland Foundation. Jens Training in dance started with Classical Ballet with the Cecchetti style under the guidance of Gigi Hazan, Kathie Halbert and the Cecchetti Council of American to become certified in Cecchetti Teacher I. Later on to Vaganova and French styles of ballet from Richard Dickinson (Boston Ballet, Verb Ballets, Great Lakes Ballet), Robert Steele (Boston Ballet, Lake Erie Ballet), Anita Lin (Ballet Western Reserve) and Debbie Parou (New Castle Regional Ballet). Jens is also a trained medal winning Triathlete/Marathon runner. Certified in the 13 styles of American Ballroom/Rhythm, Jens was personally trained and coached by the World  Ballroom/ Theatre Arts Champion George Hendricks and the Former 10 Dance Champion Martin Lamb.

As a Professional Instructor and trainer, Jens has taught thousands of students all around the world from age 3-92. Some have received scholarships in dance to colleges and schools such as OSU, YSU, NYCU, Juilliard, CSU, SUNY, and Alvin Ailey to name a few.

He has also been the Ballet Master for multiple Studios including Cleveland School of the Arts, Elite Dance of Brunswick, Ohio and Bingham Center of Midland, Texas. His professional credits as a Guest Artist has been (Nutcracker-Drosselmeyer, Russian, Chinese, Snow Prince, Act 2 Grande Pas Prince, Rat King, Arabian, Marzipan / Peter Pan-Father / Cinderella-Prince, Dance Master / Little Mermaid- Prince) for the New Castle Regional Ballet, Laurel Ballet, Allegro Arts, Ballet Western Reserve, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company and Neo’s Dance Theatre (Cinderella-Step Mother / Nutcracker-Trepak, Mouse King. Some of his other works include TOBI ROPPO for the Verlezza Modern Dance Co, Four Pause for the Laurel Ballet and Paquita Pas de Deux, Heinz Poll Pas and Inamorata for Richard Dickinson at Ballet Western Reserve. Other Regional credits included CHRISTMAS ON ICE for SPIRIT OF THE DANCE at the Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach. He was also with Princess Cruise lines as one of their professional Dancers and was recently rewarded their CONSUMMATE HOST OF THE MONTH for a heroic action. Sailing with Princess, Jens has had the honor to dance and teach for tens of thousands of people and see such places as the Caribbean, West Coast USA, Alaska, Hawaii, South Pacific islands, New Zealand, Australia, and South East Asia from Thailand to Japan. As a Competitive Judge, Jens has taught Master Classes and Judge for TURN IT AROUND TOUR & Dance Masters of America.