Staff

Miss Tina

Co-Owner, Artistic Director, and Instructor

Tina Singer is trained in Cecchetti, Ballet, Vaganova Ballet, Soft Shoe, Broadway Tap, Rhythm Tap, Luigi, Broadway, Fusion Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, and Competitive Gymnastics. She is a certified instructor in Rhythm Works Integrated Dance and provides dance lessons for special needs children and adults. Miss Tina also has a certification in Acrobatics Arts to provide 12 level certification to Amyclae acro students.

Miss Tina is a judge for many competition companies including Legacy, Platinum, Star Talent, and Nexstar and judges around the country, in addition to being an Amyclae owner, Artistic Director, and lead instructor for Amyclae Competition Company.

Miss Tina has been dancing since age 3. She became a company member of the Parou Ballet Company in Pennsylvania and a competitive gymnast at age 10. She performed lead roles in the Nutcracker, Coppelia and Cinderella. Miss Tina has been teaching dance since 1990 and has trained under master teachers such as Pat Sorrell (Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet), Robert Steele (Alleghany Ballet), Richard Cook (Julliard), Cheri Noble (Alleghany Ballet), and Mansur Kamaletdinov (Point Park).

Miss Tina has staged numerous ballets and productions around the country including the Nutcracker, Into the Woods, Cinderella, Swan Lake and Coppelia. She also designed a successful Stretch/Turn/Leap Class that is being used at studios in VA, TX, CA and PA and started new competition teams in several states. Many of Miss Tina’s former and current students have won regional and national titles, as well as, convention scholarships for ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop. And her students have been accepted into prestigious colleges as dance majors. Miss Tina has choreographed for the Miss Hampton/Newport News Pageant, has been a judge for The Cinderella talent pageant, and has coached students individually for talent pageants.

Miss Tina’s motto is teaching life lessons through dance by teaching the 3 D’s – Discipline, Dedication and Determination to dancers of all ages.

 

Miss Lauren

Instructor

Lauren Boergert is classically trained in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, and Jazz.  She is also trained in Ballroom dancing.  She graduated cum laude from Randolph College, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Studio Art Minor.

Miss Lauren also trained in a range of different styles of dance through the Helen McGehee Visiting Artist Program. In addition to dancing in all concerts and several other events during her time at Randolph, she performed at the baccalaureate ceremony for her graduating class.  Her senior year, she was co-director of the Annual Student Choreography Concert.

In high school, Miss Lauren trained at Amyclae Dance Academy.  She is diligent in continuing her and her students’ dance education by frequently attending workshops and seminars.

Miss Kasey

Instructor

Kasey Grigsby has a degree of Dance and Choreography at the Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Miss Kasey has been dancing for 16 years.  She is trained in Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, and Hip Hop.  During that time, she has participated in many regional dance competitions and conventions.  She attended the Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary programs in New York City.

Mr. Mark

Instructor

Mark Orsborn is a tap dancer, choreographer and dance instructor.  He has studied with Debbie Allen and was an original cast member of her show, “Brothers of the Knight”.

Mr. Mark co-founded The JaM Youth Project in Maryland, a youth tap company focused on choreography and dance film production, which has been recognized by The Washington Post, Dance Spirit, and numerous film festivals.

Mark’s choreography was recognized by the Young Choreographer’s Festival in NYC and he co-choreographed the closing number at the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards in New York City.  Mark was a contributing choreographer and performer for YouTube’s “Brandcast” at Radio City Music Hall.  He has recently been on faculty for numerous tap dance festivals including DC Tap Fest, Jersey Tap Fest, OC Tap Fest, Orlando Tap Fest, Make Some Noise Tap Festival, RIFF: Rhythm in Fusion Festival, and Taps Alive.  He was also a part of the Signature Theater’s choreography team for its production of “Billy Elliot”.  Mr. Mark was nominated for a 2019 Helen Hayes Award.

Miss Karly

Instructor

Karly Forrest earned a degree in Elementary Education from Mary Washington University.  Her dance style loves are Lyrical, Contemporary, and Jazz.  Karly was a choreographer and dancer at UMW, and also was President of the Performing Arts Club, Captain of the UMW Dance Team, and the UMW Dance Company.  She was the choreographer for PAC, UMW Dance Team and Dance Company.  In addition, Karly was awarded the Sonja Dragomanovic Haydar Ballet Scholarship through the University of Mary Washington Dance Company.

Miss Nicole

Instructor

Nicole Moran graduated from James Madison University with a BA in Dance. Her training includes two summers at the American Dance Festival and several intensives with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.  Nicole has been teaching dance for 7 years, and has had the opportunity to write, direct, and choreograph three original ballet productions.

Miss Peyton

Instructor

Peyton Bennett has studied dance across the nation, as well as a member in the JaM Youth Project and captain of the Colonial Forge dance team.  She has been dancing since the age of 2 and is trained in all style categories including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Lyrical, and Hip Hop.

 

Mr James

Instructor

James Thomas is a Hip Hop choreographer and instructor.  His stage appearances include performances at The Fillmore in Silver Spring MD, Howard Theatre, and Bliss nightclub in DC, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Norfolk VA, musical artists Anthony Brown, Jodeci Milhouse, T-Pain, Jason Cerda, Pharrell and many more.

Miss Hannah

Instructor

Hannah Duff  is classically trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap and Hip Hop.  Miss Hannah is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors of Arts in Fashion Merchandising and a Business Minor.  Miss Hannah has been an instructor at Amyclae since 2012 and was an apprentice of the Tremaine Performance Company.  Miss Hannah also worked in the modeling industry for Wilhelmenia Philadelphia and Modelogic.

Miss Kristen

Instructor

Kristen Schroeder is trained in Ballet and has a great love of Ballet.  She wants to share the gift of dance with others.  Miss Kristen is a registered nurse, as well. 

Miss Kristen has experience teaching pre-school and elementary-aged children the concepts of dance and loves using music and creative movement to encourage children to express themselves creatively in the dance environment.  She is grateful for the opportunity to share dance with others at Amyclae.

Mr Percy

Instructor

Percy Canales received his professional ballroom training at Brigham Young University and is proficient in Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Jive, Paso Doble, Lindy Swing, West Coast Swing, Mambo, Salsa, Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Viennese Waltz.  

Mr. Percy toured and competed in national and international ballroom events. He was the first Americans ever to win the prestigious British Formation Championships.  He won the US National Latin Formation Champion and British Latin Formation Champion. He has competed in the World Formation Championships and consistently earned top honors in the United States National Formation Championships with the dance company.  

Mr. Percy also performed in the Salt Lake City Olympics Opening and Closing ceremonies as well as in various performances in the US, England, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.

Miss Courtney

Instructor

Courtney Smith is trained in various types of styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Acro, and Ballroom.  She has been teaching dance classes since the age of 14 and has training in both Cicchetti and Vaganova styles of Ballet. 

Miss Courtney currently has a dance certification from the National Dance Council of America and has competed in the Washington Open Dance Sport Competition taking home first place nine consecutive times.  Miss Courtney is excited to be an Amyclae instructor and is looking forward to future projects and pieces that will take her students to the next level in their dance career.

 

Mr Derrick

Guest Instructor

Derrick Schrader is a choreographer and Assistant Director of the Tremaine Performance Company.  Dance styles include Fusion Jazz, Jazz, and Tap.  Mr. Derrick’s work has been performed amongst artists, companies, and dancers around the globe appearing on ESPN, LOGO, MTV, the Disney Channel, and Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 4.  He has also worked alongside Paula Abdul, Carmen Electra, Lindsay Lohan, Kenny Ortega, tap legend Gregory Hines, producer Steven Spielberg, and many others. 

Derrick comes to Amyclae from Los Angeles CA each summer to perform Master classes, choreograph solo dances for our competition team members, as well as choreograph team dances.  

 

Miss Kerri

Guest Instructor

Keri LaGrand is a choreographer from California and is part of the Tremaine faculty. Her dance styles include Contemporary, Jazz, and Lyrical.

Miss Keri has danced on the MTV Awards with Jennifer Lopez, the American Music Awards with Cher and Toni Braxton, was featured in the film “I’ll Do Anything” and appeared in commercials for 7-Up, Sonyand the MGM Grand Hotel. She was also featured in the “Celebrity Skin” video with Courtney Loveand can be seen on Jennifer Lopez’s “Let’s Get Loud – Live from Puerto Rico” DVD.

Miss Keri conducts Master classes at Amyclae each summer and is the choreographer for many Amyclae team dances and solos.

 

Miss Emily

Guest Instructor

Emily McNabb is a choreographer and dance judge for In10sity Competition Company.  She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of North Texas. 

Miss Emily visits Amyclae from Austin Texas for a few weeks each summer to choreography the Senior and Teen teams dances.  She has been doing so for over a decade and is loved by our dancers, alumni, and staff.

 

Mr Richard

Guest Instructor

Richard Elszy is the director of technique at the National Award Winning dance studio, Adage Dance Center. His choreography has won several FDC titles, numerous national titles and other accreditations; including the Rainbow Elite ‘Video of the Year’ for “Step Sisters” and nomination for Best Novelty/Character Musical Theater at the KARTV Dance Awards for “500 Miles”.  He also won the Star Award in the Best Ballet/Open Category for his piece “Tornado” at an Industry Dance Awards in Hollywood. 

Mr. Richard attended the University of California Irvine where he danced for legendary choreographer Donald McKayle as a member of his company “Donald McKayle’s Etude Ensemble” and trained with acclaimed ballet professor David Allen.  Elszy has also trained with one of Americas 10 Ballet Masters Larry Long dancing with his “Civic Ballet Of Chicago” and in Philadelphia at “Philadanco”.

Mr. Richard travels from California to conduct Master Classes at Amyclae as well as choreograph solos for our competition team members. 

Miss Nicole

Assistant Instructor

Nicole Vinso is an Amyclae student teacher. S he’s been dancing for 14 years and is on the senior company.  She has studied numerous styles including Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Acro and more. S he’s competed in many regional and national competitions.  She also attended the Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary program in Georgia.

 

Mr TJ

Assistant Instructor

TJ Singer has grown up in the dance world.  He has been an Amyclae competitive dancer since 2008 and an assistant to the Tremaine Performance Company.  He’s been awarded the nationwide Tremaine Dancer of the Year award several times and has won numerous local, regional, and national dance awards.  He is currently a Hip Hop instructor and is trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater, as well as Hip Hop.

Miss Kensington

Assistant Instructor

Kensington McLoone is a high school senior who began her dance instruction in her teens and has advanced greatly as part of the Amyclae competition team.  She is trained in Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theater.  She plans to attend college next year to obtain a degree in Education.

Mr Christopher

Assistant Instructor

Christopher Gregory is a local from Stafford and has been attending Amyclae since he was 5. Since then he has studied different styles of dance such as Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Ballroom, and some Ballet. As a new member of the Amyclae staff he is very happy to have the opportunity to teach Tap, a dream that he shared with Ms. Tina when he was 10 years old.

 

Miss Katie

Assistant Instructor

Katie Schroeder has been dancing with Amyclae for four years and she just completed her first year on the competition team and is looking forward to this year’s competition season. She is the recipient of the ADA dance scholarship this year, as well.  Katie’s favorite dance style is Jazz, but she enjoys studying all forms of dance.  She works hard to improve her technique and her craft.  This is her first year as an assistant teacher and she is excited to share her passion for dance with the students.

 

Miss Anna

Office Staff

Anna Grigsby has her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Miss Anna has a busy schedule as she is also currently pursuing her Masters Degree in School Counseling. 

Miss Anna has been at Amyclae for over 10 years and is a former competitive dancer and former instructor.  She is currently part of our friendly and helpful office staff. 

Miss Hannah J.

Office Staff

Hannah Jones is an Amyclae office staff member and was a previous student at Amyclae as well as on the Mountain View High School dance team.  Miss Hannah also auditioned for a cheer team in the NFL. She’s excited to be working at Amyclae for her third year in the office. 

Miss Hannah says she wants to inspire all the students we have in the studio and watch them grow in their journey.  Always reach for the stars and go for your biggest dreams; They may seem impossible at first but you’d be surprised at what you can achieve.

Miss Jane

Office Staff

Jane Akers is part of the Amyclae office staff and is also a wife, mom, and a grandma of two. She was the CEO for a catering business, manager at a roller skating rink, assistant art director, bus driver, cafeteria supervisor, file clerk, and assistant to a homeschool tutor. 

Dance has always been in Miss Jane’s life one way or another from her mom being on American Band Stand or through her life in Competitive Roller Skating, to her daughter and all her years dancing from childhood to high school, to now the present with her granddaughter dancing at Amyclae for her sixth year at the studio

Miss Carla

Office Staff

Carla Whitaker has been part of the Amyclae office staff for many years.  In addition to normal office activities she has also assisted in planning and organizing events.  Miss Carla enjoys the hustle and bustle that comes with working in the office and enjoys watching the Amyclae children grow and learn.   

Miss Carla is also the owner of a fine arts photography business, Carla Whitaker Photography, and shoots the Amyclae annual recital photos each year.

Miss Carla says that her most rewarding job is being a mom of three beautiful and talented children.    Two teenagers (Cat and Logan) and little Millie who is preschool age.  All three children keep her life filled with laughter and inspiration and a whole lot of crazy.