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Amy Clark, Director

Amy Clark began her dance training at the young age of three, when she trained in the Vaganova Method (a Russian ballet technique). She has studied under a wide range of dance professionals, including Adrienne Dellas of the Kirov Academy, and Stephanie Walz from the American Ballet Theatre. She has also studied Tap, Jazz, Pilates, and Broadway during her dance years. Mrs. Atkinson has performed in many famous production, including Les Sylphides, La Bayadere, and The Nutcracker. She has previously served as Assistant Director for the Montgomery School of Ballet, Abigail Francisco School of Classical Ballet, and the non-profit Chesapeake Ballet Company. She has taught at a wide number of dance schools throughout the state of Maryland. She has considerable experience in the instruction of Ballet, Pointe, Stretch, Tap, and Jazz (for ages 2 through adult), and has been teaching dance for over sixteen years. As well as pursuing her dance career, Mrs. Atkinson has also followed her passion for teaching children by graduating from Towson University in Baltimore with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education.

 

 

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Erin Elchenko

Erin began her dance training at the age of 3. She has continued dance throughout her life, and has kept her focus on the Ballet, Tap, and Jazz forms of dance. While studying at Bloomsburg University to become a teacher, she continued her dance training at The Bloomsburg School of Dance. She has trained in Ballet, Pointe, and Tap. Erin graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and is excited to spread her love of dance to others.

 

 

 

 

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BethAnne Klaver

BethAnne began dancing at the age of 2 at a studio outside of Columbus, OH, and eventually started training in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Modern, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Tap. She danced on a competition team, performing in Tap, Pointe, and Lyrical.  She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy. She currently teaches special education in Colonial Beach, VA. She loves being able to teach dance to all of her creative and energetic students!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Wray Denke 

 

Kelly started dancing for Marion Mease School of Dance in Richmond, VA at age 2 and a half. She studied with Ms. Mease for 23 years, staying with her until she retired. When the studio closed she was a Senior Assistant and 1 of 3 lead teachers. Her studies included the following: Ballet, Pointe, Musical Comedy, Tap, Jazz, & Acrobatics. Along with these Kelly was also involved in specialty classes including: Lifts, Break Dancing/Hip Hop, Hindu, Hawaiian & Baton. Kelly Wray also cheered for the varsity for Virginia Commonwealth University. While there her squad was ranked in the Top 10 College Squads in the USA through Universal Cheering Association, UCA. Kelly has experience teaching ages 3 through adult in various dance techniques and styles and truly enjoys having the opportunity to work with our youth.