Ronya-Lee LaVaune Anderson, Petite Co., Dance Instructor - currently serves as Director of Youth Ministries at Annandale United Methodist Church in Annandale, Virginia. She holds a Master’s of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. She also holds a B.A. in Dance and one in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland at College Park. She has worked extensively with youth and children instructing them in various dance forms such as modern, tap, African, ballet, and hip hop. A former member of the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble, and annual guest artist with Dance for All Youth Company in Cape Town, South Africa, Ronya-Lee has traveled extensively teaching, dancing, and choreographing. She is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Dancing by the Power Ministries, a Maryland based non-profit organization that seeks to transform the lives of young people through performing arts ministry, namely dance. She is ever grateful to the One who has blessed her since conception.
Dustin Conley, Petite & Tap Co., Dance Instructor - Dustin has been dancing for 25 years. He has performed with Debbie Allen in 2 shows at the Kennedy Center , “Brothers of the Knight” and “Soul Possessed”. After moving to New York in 2000, Dustin co-wrote and choreographed the Off Broadway show, “From Hoofin' to Hittin'”, which ran at the National Black Theatre in Harlem. Dustin then left on tour with “Bubblin' Brown Sugar”, before moving to Washington , DC and pursuing a music career as the guitarist and front man of the band, “Buster Brown and the Get Down”. Dustin has been teaching tap for 10 years at such studios as Broadway Dance Center , Steps on Broadway, DC Dance Collective and has done countless workshops and master classes nationally.
Emmanuel Howard, Latin Dance Instructor - participated and performed with Clavekazi student groups under the direction of Shaka Brown. He performed at the first DC Salsa Congress (2005), frequently attended the weekly Salsa Socials at Zanzibar on the waterfront in Washington, DC and taught at the Legend night club. Emmanuel has taught with "Dancing with Grace" in Baltimore, MD at Gardell's (2007), the only certified Salsa Instructor in the area, as well as with "Old School Salsa" instructor, Jeri Dembrank in Costa Verde. He attended the World Salsa championships in 2007 at the Coronado Resort in Orlando, Florida, several New York Salsa Congress, Earl's (2005) Salsa cruises and events and performed at a Baltimore Orioles baseball game. He is the founder of Bailemos Dance Company and earlier this year, Emmanuel taught at Caribbean Breeze in Arlington, VA. He currently teaches at K2 in Woodbridge, VA and is excited to bring what he offers to Dream in Color.
Dawn Meadows, Dance Instructor - is currently the Director of Studio Gold Dance, the Mount Vernon Sacred Dance Choir, Certificate Candidate with the Isadora Duncan International Institute, and a member of the National Dance Education Organization. A graduate of Dance and Theatre from Florida School of the Arts and the University of Utah, Dawn has been the Director of Arlington Dance Theatre’s Adult Company, Aldersgate Spirit Dancers, Jazz Instructor at Ravel Dance Studio, Instructor for Fairy Tales in Motion, an AFFA Certified Fitness Instructor and member of the Erika Thimey Dance and Theater Company.
Veronica Miller – Petite Co. & Hip Hop Co., Dance Instructor - has been performing hip-hop since the age of 13, when she was a dancer in the Jamnastics summer performance troupe in Cambridge, MA. She went on to lead her high school's dance team and dance with Pittsburgh's Psalms in Motion liturgical dance ministry. As a student at Howard University, Veronica joined the Vizion Performance Team, performing in various showcases in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. She served as the team's Executive Director for two years, performing at Howard's Homecoming Yard Fest concert and winning prizes in various hip-hop dance competitions. Veronica now teaches hip-hop at Dream in Color and remains involved with Vizion as an alumni advisor.
Kellie Payne, Co-Artistic Director – Elite Co., Dance Instructor – Kellie first entered the dance studio at the age of three. Through her many years of training, she studied ballet (both Vaganova & Cecchetti methods), pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, & modern with her grandmother, a former Rockette. This training was supplemented and enhanced by her work at The Duke Ellington School for the arts and several professional dance companies. She was founding member and ballet mistress of Tony Powell/Music & Movement, and Adrain Bolton Dance Company. With these very successful dance companies Kellie graced many area stages including such venues as The Kennedy Center, Dance Place , Publick Playhouse, and New York 's City Center .
When Kellie is not on the stage, you can usually find her in the dance studio creating new choreography for various companies and organizations. Her newest found passion has been developing Fusion Dance Company with friend and Artistic Director, Candra Preshong. In addition to her performance & choreographic work, for the past eight years, Kellie was owner and operator of Studio One School of Performing Arts in Springfield , Virginia .
Kellie received her training credentials from Dance Masters of America at Kent State and has taught in the Washington Metropolitan area for more than fifteen years. Kellie is also a member of the Cecchetti Council of America where she is currently working on attaining her teachers grade five certification.
Candra Preshong, Co-Artistic Director – Elite Co., Dance Instructor - has worked for many years with both children and adults in lyrical, jazz, and contemporary dance. She attended Point Park College as a dance major from 1997-1999. Locally she studied under Mark Mejia, Linda Kintz and Michelle Sarson. Candra now studies Psychology at George Mason University, and continues her dance training with the faculty at the University and by attending workshops with elite choreographers from both the east and west coasts. Candra has an extensive performance history to include performances at the Kennedy Center and the Jack Guidione Theatre with Michelle Sarson’s Performing Company. Candra has trained and choreographed award-winning soloist and group routines – including Solo Title and High-Scoring Group Choreography, at both the regional and national levels. She is currently the Artistic Director of her professional performance company, Fusion Dance.
Brittney Ramsey, Petite Co., Dance Instructor - has been trained since the age of five in tap, jazz, and ballet at Dance Etc. School of the Arts in Woodbridge, Virginia. Opportunities with Dance Etc. have enabled her to perform in Beijing, China, Disney World, and other local venues. Brittany also performed with Junior Redskins Cheerleaders and was selected to be an All Star Cheerleader. After graduating from Garfield Senior High School in 2006, Brittany is pursuing her dance career and has most recently been selected as a member of the professional Washington DC based dance company Capitol Movement.
Jennifer Tether, Sahara Dance Instructor - has danced all her life, though she found her home with the soulful richness of belly dance (raqs sharqi). She began her raqs sharqi training in 1999 and has studied with many teachers, including: Hossam Ramzy, Suhaila Salimpour, Jamila Salimpour, Yousry Sharif, Zahra Zuhair and members of the Bellydance Superstars. Jennifer is currently Level II certified in the Salimpour format. She has also trained extensively in classical ballet and jazz, providing her with a deep understanding of how music relates to expression in motion. In addition to her dance studies, Jennifer has been practicing Sivinanda& Vinyasa yoga for ten years. She completed a yoga teacher apprenticeship in 2001. Jennifer brings her love of music, movement, and expression to the classroom. As a teacher, she shares a sense of humor, individual expression and enjoys sharing the art for with others.