Centreville Dance Academy

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About Our Teachers

Centreville Dance Academy is a family friendly studio. We have a dedicated staff that shares a common passion for teaching the art of dance. Our unique teaching style focuses on the student as an individual by not taking a one-style fits all approach to learning. We are always available to speak with parents regarding their child's dance education.

Kathy Taylor

Miss Kathy Miss Kathy grew up in Ravenna, Ohio, where she started dancing over 25 years ago. When she moved to Northern Virginia, she continued her training with the Fairfax County Youth Ballet, and she went on to study with Stephanie Young and Adrain Bolton, a noted DC teacher and choreographer. Miss Kathy began dancing at Centreville Dance Academy when she was 16 years old. She went on to become an instructor in 1992, and to become the owner of Centreville Dance Academy in 1997. Miss Kathy holds a BS in biology from George Mason University, where she also completed a minor in dance. Additional training includes Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School, Power Pilates, Miss Kathy's former students' credits include dancing with the Radio City Rockettes, Washington Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Washington Redskinettes, Dancin' Unlimited, and others. Many of her students have gone on to be dance majors at the university level. Several of these students are currently teaching dance classes and working as professional choreographers. She and her husband, Paul, are the proud parents of twin dancers, Robert and Elena.

I love working closely with children and encouraging them in a behind-the-scenes role. Seeing their confidence grow in dance and in life makes this the best job in the world. I am grateful to all the CDA families who allow me to provide a fun activity for their children while at the same time sharing an art that has enriched my life.

— Miss Kathy

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Heidi Stafford

Miss Heidi Miss Heidi has been dancing and performing since the young age of 3 and hasn't stopped since! She was trained locally in tap, jazz, and ballet, and was fortunate to have been a part of acclaimed companies Tappers with Attitude Youth Ensemble and DC ARTistry Tap & Drum and DC MetroTap. Since the age of 16, Heidi has been teaching and choreographing in the DC Metropolitan area and prides herself in giving her students a comprehensive tap education, providing them with a strong technical foundation, a complete understanding of musicality and rhythm, and promoting and preserving the history of rhythm tap. Miss Heidi has served as the artistic director of the BDC Tap Project as well as DC MetroTap, an adult performance company, and is currently the head coarch of the James Madison High School Varsity Dance Team in Vienna, VA. Throughout the years, Heidi has had the opportunity to perform at a variety of venues including A Capital Fourth: America's Independence Day Celebration with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, The Parade of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Jack Guidone Theatre, and Wolf Trap, just to name a few. Most recently, Heidi's choreography has been performed at the Kennedy Center as part of the 2010 Kennedy Center Open House, the Ellington Theater as part of the annual DC Tap Festival, the International Children's Festival held annually at Wolf Trap, and the Ernst Cultural Center. Heidi is a proud graduate of George Mason University where she studied elementary and special education. When she is not dancing, Miss Heidi enjoys reading, going to the beach, shopping, and spending time with her two girls Tanner and Landry.

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Molly Cash

Miss Molly Miss Molly started dancing at the age of five and hasn't stopped yet! It's hard to believe that she has been teaching dance for thirty three years - the last fifteen of them here at Centreville Dance. Molly graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Elementary Education/Special Education and Minored in Dance. She went on to get her Master's Degree from George Washington University in Early Childhood Special Education. Besides being a school teacher, Molly has taught at several dance studios around the DC area and is a certified aerobic instructor. For several years Molly was a member of a dance troupe that performed in DC area for such things as private dinners, political functions, conventions, as well as summer engagements at the ACT III dinner club in Virginia Beach. She also enjoyed performing in and choreographing musicals at both the high school and college levels. Molly lives here in Centreville with her husband Doug and two children Emily and Mike. Emily shares her love of dance here at Centreville Dance Academy.

Dance has been a love of mine since childhood. The physical aspect is good for the body while getting lost in the movement and music is good for the soul. What better way to combine my love of children, dance, and teaching but through dance.

— Miss Molly

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Brooke Miller

Miss Brooke Brooke began dancing at the age of three at the Manassas School of Dance where she studied ballet and tap. Later she moved to Centreville Dance Academy where she took classes in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, and lyrical. She was a part of Centreville Dance Theatre and performed in many regional dance competitions. In high school she continued dancing with the Manassas School of Dance in their productions of Copellia and Don Quixote as well on her high school dance team. Upon graduating from Stonewall Jackson High School, Brooke attended Radford University where she graduated with a BFA in dance. Brooke was a member of the jazz company Dancin' Unlimited from 2005 to 2008 which performed throughout the area including the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap and at the Jazz Dance World Congress in Chicago. Aside from dancing Brooke enjoys reading, baking and horseback riding.

For me the best part of teaching is seeing the look on a students face when they finally accomplish that step they have been working on. Knowing that I helped them reach one of their goals is one of the joys of being a dance teacher.

— Miss Brooke

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Tiffany Miller

Miss Tiffany Ms. Tiffany started dancing at age three. She received most of her dance training from Centreville Dance Academy as well as dancing with the school's company Centreville Dance Theatre. While in high school Ms. Tiffany performed with the Manassas Dance Company in their productions of Coppelia and Don Quixote. Ms. Tiffany graduated from Radford University in 2005, where she received a BFA in Dance. In her four years there she performed in their annual production of The Nutcracker as well as other faculty and student choreographed shows. In addition to dancing, Ms. Tiffany choreographed dances of her own. From 2005-2008 Ms. Tiffany performed with Dancin' Unlimited, a professional jazz dance company in Fairfax, VA. This is Ms. Tiffany’s 8th year teaching at CDA. When she is not dancing, Ms. Tiffany enjoys reading, watching movies and shopping.

I learned so much from my dance teachers; not just about dance but about life. I love being able to teach these children and hope that maybe I will leave a lasting impression on their lives. I know my teachers did.

— Miss Tiffany

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Becky O'Bryan

Miss Becky Ms. Becky graduated from James Madison University in 1997, where she focused the majority of her training in modern dance and performed with the Contemporary Dance Ensemble. She began her teaching career with Centreville Dance Academy in 2004, and became a certified Pilates instructor before moving to New York in 2008. In New York, she taught ballet, contemporary, modern and Pilates at Syracuse University, Le Moyne College and several local studios. Her New York performance and choreography credits include Syracuse Contemporary Dance Company, Take Away Dance (in New York City), ‘Vision of Sound’ with the Society of New Music, and Syracuse University’s Faculty Dance Concerts. She continues her training through local & Master classes, and by attending various teaching conferences. She is thrilled to be returning to the wonderful staff and students of CDA, her home studio.

For me, dance is the truest, most powerful from of expression. It is my passion, my identity, the greatest gift I was given. I could not be happier or more honored to have the opportunity to help others find, experience and develop that in themselves--to help them feel the depth and beauty of life.

— Miss Becky

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DeBorah Bingham

Miss DeBorah DeBorah was born in Boston, MA and began her love for dance in her home dancing around the basement. From there It was only natural to transition to dance classes offered at her elementary school. During that time she was invited to a performance by the Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts and the desire to dance took root. Immediately she began instruction at the Center for the Performing Arts. Within a few short years she progressed to its Company and performed lead roles in Coppelia and The Wiz. While in high school she got the opportunity to perform on broadway at the Apollo Theater and attend classes at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance in New York. During college she put aside her performing shoes but continued technical training at various studios in Washington, D.C. Four years later she graduated with her Bachelors in Business Administration and worked many years in Corporate America. Inevitably, DeBorah could not stay away from her first love - dance. Later in life as she watched her own daughters dance around the house, she was led back to the studio; however, his time as a teacher. In 2003, Centreville Dance Academy invited her to join its staff.

Teaching is my pathway to touch a child's life. If I can plant seeds of confidence or build self esteem, then my living has not been in vain.

— Miss DeBorah

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Amy Kimmett

Miss Amy Miss Amy is a homegrown talent from Centreville Dance Academy. She attended classes at Centreville Dance for over 10 years and danced competitively with Centreville Dance Theatre for 8 seasons. After graduating high school, she began teaching at a studio in West Virginia and helped with their competition team. She is now back in Northern Virginia, and recently graduated from the Washington Institute for the Arts with a Degree in Graphic Design. Miss Amy is thrilled to be a part of the CDA team.

I find it very rewarding to watch a child work hard and accomplish a new skill, knowing that I am part of that achievement. It makes all the hard work of teaching dance worthwhile.

— Miss Amy

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Kathie Cipolla

Miss Kathie Cipolla Miss Kathie started teaching at Centreville Dance Academy 6 years ago. She began dancing at age 5 and spent several summers studying at the Pittsburgh Playhouse for the Performing Arts. Miss Kathie also is an accomplished figure skater, and she was an ISIA registered instructor at Fairfax Ice Arena for 5 years. She holds a degree in marketing from George Mason University with a minor in theatre arts, along with a paralegal degree. Miss Kathie has been married for 15 years and is the busy mother of 4 children, Jackie, Allie, Michael, and Christopher. Both of her daughters are dancers with Centreville Dance Theatre.

Teaching dance is something I do for me. I love the looks on their little faces when they finally do it right, and they know it! Dance is a passion I can share with my daughters, and not something I'm willing to give up!

— Miss Kathie

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Pam McCormack

Miss Pam Miss Pam has been working at Centreville Dance Acadmey since 1994, first as a teacher and now in the office. She is originally from Los Angeles, where she started dancing at age 7. She soon became immersed in L.A.'s regional musical theatre scene, and went on to perform lead roles in Bells Are Ringing and Once Upon a Mattress. Miss Pam choreographed her first musical, Damn Yankees, at age 17, and over the span of her career she has choreographed over 44 musicals with her husband, Kevin, as director. In Virginia, they have worked primarily as the Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre in Woodbridge and with the McLean Community Players in McLean, VA. Miss Pan has two grown daughters, megan and Kathleen, and two grandchildren Alice and Thomas, of whom she is extremely proud!

It has been a privilege to have dance and the preforming arts be such an integral part of my life. To be able to share and pass along what I have learned with so many others never ceases to be a joy.

— Miss Pam

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Diane Strickland

Miss Diane Miss Diane is the smiling face you will find in the studio's office during our evening classes, and she has been the backstage coordinator at our recitals for the past 11 years. Miss Diane's daughter, Molly, danced at Centreville Dance Academy for 10 years and is now a dance minor at James Madison University. Her son, Chris, also took tap and jazz classes at Centreville Dance Academy for 3 years. During the day, she works as a senior buyer for Fairfax County Public Schools, and during her non-working hours, Miss Diane enjoys singing in two church choirs.

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Lauren Orlando

Miss Lauren Miss Lauren began taking dance classes at Centreville Dance Academy at the age of 4 and danced competitively with Centreville Dance Theatre for 12 years. Lauren was a member of the Westfield High School dance team, was captain during senior year, and served as assistant coach for two years following graduation. Lauren is a junior at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania persuing a degree in sociology. She was a member of the Lenhart dance company at KU and has been a member of the KU Dance Team for the last three years. Lauren's other special achievments include being a member of the 2002 Power Pak dance team in Ocean City MD and Orlando FL, performing in the 2004 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade with the UDA dance team, and dancing during halftime at one Philadelphia 76'ers basketball game during each of the past three seasons.

I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what is too deep for words. It's what I always wanted to do, to show the laughter, the fun, and the joy of dance.

— Miss Lauren

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Kim Thornley

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Allison Harding

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Paul Taylor

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Jessica Cerovic

Miss Jessica Jessica Cerovic (Altman) began dancing at the age of three and has been a professional dancer for over 10 years. She attended Oklahoma City University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree in Dance Performance and a Minor in History in 2008. Jessica performed and traveled the world on Holland America and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for over five years and in between life on the ship received her certification in Pilates Mat in 2012. She currently teaches dance, Pilates and Barre fitness classes.

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Mary Rosenthol

Miss Mary Miss Mary is a AFAA certified Zumba instructor. She has been teaching in Northern Virginia for three years. Mary loves to go Salsa dancing, spend time with her family and tend her rose garden.

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