Mrs. Boyle’s extensive teaching and choreography experience spans more than 30 years. She received her training in Dayton, New York, and London. In London, she studied at the Rambert School and was accepted into the Royal Ballet School of Teachers. She has been a guest performer with numerous regional ballet companies in the United States and London. She established 4 other schools prior to opening Dance Etc. School of the Arts in 1981. She has served on the board of directors for 5 ballet companies. In 1990, she received the prestigious “Choreographer of the Year Award” from the Alliance of Community Theaters (ACT). She is also a 6 time recipient of the Virginia Governor’s School Award for the Outstanding Educator of the Year.
Danielle DuFore Garcia earned her Bachelor of Performing Arts from Oklahoma City University, where she studied dance (ballet, tap, jazz), voice, and acting. She continued her post-graduate studies at the Alvin Ailey Dance Center in New York City where she expanded her knowledge base learning Flamenco, Horton, and Dunham Techniques. Danielle performed professionally in numerous musicals at Lyric Theater, Music Theater of Wichita, and Theater-by-the-Sea as well as the national tour of the musical “Chicago”, and Papermill Playhouse production of “Dreamgirls”. She has traveled the world choreographing and performing in such places as Taiwan, Beijing, and Germany. Ms. Danielle is a three-time recipient of the Virginia Governor’s School Award for Outstanding Educator of the Year. She has also been nominated for the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Educator Award and the Dale City Civic Association Teacher Award.
Analeah Stamps holds a BFA from Wright St. University. She has danced with Gregory Hines, Ben Vereen, Gus Giordano, as well as several ballet and contemporary companies. She was named a Kentucky Artist in Residence where her choreography was filmed for a PBS special. Ms. Stamps has choreographed throughout the U.S., most recently with Capital Movement in Washington D.C. She has also been on faculty with Creighton University Dance Dept. Many of Ms. Analeah's students have danced with Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre and the Virginia Governor’s School for Performing Arts.
Ms. Eyan has taught Jazz here at Dance Etc. for 15 years. Ms. Eyan’s artistic accomplishments include appearing in motion pictures and on stage as a dancer, singer, and actress. She assisted choreographers such as Michael Peters and Pam Rossi, as well as choreographed James Brown’s World Tour from 1992-1994. Ms. Eyan received her training at the California Institute of the Arts and then passed on her skills by teaching at the New Dance Group and Broadway Dance Center in NYC, all before joining our dance family! Since then, she has choreographed countless pieces for us, as well as helped create a sturdy foundation of technique by teaching some of our master classes.
Quinton Nelson began dancing at age 5 and continued throughout his childhood and teenage years. He studied at Dance Etc. and performed with several community Hip Hop dance troupes in the DMV area. While attending Norfolk State University he furthered his dance education at the Evelyn Ott School of Dance in Chesapeake, Virginia where he trained extensively in Hip-Hop and Jazz. Quinton was a loyal member of the NSU Dance Theatre, where his love of dance flourished through the inspiration of multiple genres. He was also the Founder/Choreographer and Captain of NSU’s Elite Hip Hop Dance Team, Xclusive. Under his leadership, the team attended and won numerous Hip Hop dance competitions along the east coast. He began substituting Hip Hop classes at Dance Etc. in 2012, became full-time in the Fall of 2013, and took head of the department in 2017. This life-long journey of dance education has been full of strenuous obstacles and phenomenal accomplishments. At the end of the day, Mr. "Q" lives to teach.
Candice Ramsey started her formal dance training at Dance Etc. at the age of four. While training with us, she had a knack for choreography and started choreographing for local productions and competitions while in high school. She danced professionally at various companies in the DC Metropolitan area before deciding to further her education at Norfolk State University where she received her BS in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. While in college, she continued her training to include dance, voice, and drama and continued performing all over the East Coast and overseas. She has often taught at various workshops, competitions, and master classes as a guest artist in jazz, ballet, hip- hop, fitness, and musical theater styles. She holds certifications in Personal Training, Group Exercise, and Progressing Ballet Technique. She has developed stretch and agility clinics for football and basketball organizations on middle school, high school and collegiate levels. Her latest endeavors include coaching a dance team in Prince William County and studying Ballroom dance.
Sarayah Smith began her formal dance training at Dance Etc. School of the Arts at the age of seven. After graduation she attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she was a member of the Gold Rush Dance team for four years. She also danced for two arena league football teams in Richmond. Since moving back to Northern Virginia in 2009, she has been a cheerleading coach for Dale City Sports Club and the Head JV Cheerleading Coach at C.D. Hylton High School.
Ms. Bisi earned a degree in Film and Television Communication from the University of Houston and a Minor in Theater Arts Performance. Her experience spans over 30 years in the industry as an actor, teacher and talent scout. She has been on TV shows such as The District, The West Wing, and Divided City. Her theater performances include Shaking the Mess out of Misery and Outdoor Recess. Ms. Bisi has also been featured in commercials for many brands, including Verizon Wireless and Toyota. She is The Performance Arts Group Leader for Zion Woodbridge Church and a talent chairperson for Westridge PTA Talent Showcase. Ms. Bisi is truly an actress at heart and loves the performing arts industry.
Ms. Larissa Henderson earned her Masters of Music at the Music College of Moscow. She has instructed hundreds of students at all levels from beginner through college for 20 years, with several of those years being at Dance Etc. She also teaches musical theory and performance and is a member of the American College of Musicians.
Greta Schorn graduated out of the University of Mary Washington with a Degree in Art History, Art Studio and Art Education in 2008. In 2010, she was awarded a grant fund from the D.C. Commission on the Art & Humanities to continue her education on the Reggio Emilia approach in Reggio Emilia Italy. In 2014, Google flash funded all of her DonorsChoose.org art projects and she was surprised by NBC news and a DonorsChoose representative. One of the challenges of teaching is getting money for our classrooms for the supplies the students need. Google was inspired by Greta's grant write-ups and currently she has 100 projects funded, totaling $50,289 of supplies for her and other teachers' classrooms.