Staff

Karime

Karime Echevarria, Director

Karime Echevarria is an alumni of the Compania de Danza Floklorica de la Universidad De Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (UACJ),- Ballet Folkloric Company of the city of Juarez, Mexico) and co-owner, and Artistic Director of Virtuous Dance Center, Fredericksburg, VA. Karime has a Master Degree in Business Administration and Bachelors In Business, Economics and Spanish.

Karime started dancing and performing at the age 5 for the Compania de Danza Floklorica de la UACJ under the direction the Dr. Fernando Soto and the professor Victor Soria until she moved out of the country. When she moved to the United States she continue to dance recreationally to keep with her passion for dance. During 2006 she started an adult dance company in Washington, DC that performed during national heritage month at the White House and Multiple Government Agencies and continue to sporadically teach workshops during hispanic heritage month.

On June of 2016 Karime with the help of her husband(Jr Echevarria) opened Virtuous Dance Center , LLC, a dance school dedicated to inspire dancers to achieve the virtue of excellence trough dance. Since 2016 he studio has grown by 75% and our competition team members have received numerous national awards for their performances in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Tap and Musical Theater.

 

Kelly Wray Denke 

Kelly started dancing at the Marion Mease School of Dance in Richmond, VA before she was 3 and considers her 23 years with the studio as the happiest memories of her childhood and young adult life. Her studies at the studio included Classical Ballet, Pointe, Musical Comedy, Jazz, Tap, and Acrobatics.  If the doors of the studio were open, she was there.  Kelly was also 1 of 3 lead teachers and support staff for Ms. Mease before she retired.  She was also involved in specialty classes including Lifts, Break Dancing/Hip Hop, studied Hindu, Hawaiian, and Baton.  She has also taken classes during her time at Virginia Commonwealth University and believes her study of lifts helped her with her 3 years on the Varsity Cheerleading Squad for VCU. 

Kelly taught with The Royal Dance Company in Richmond, VA for 3 years.  Her instruction there was focused on Tap and Jazz for intermediate to advanced dancers.  Later Kelly continued her own studies taking and performing with Kim’s School of Dance in Mechanicsville, VA.  She loves choreography and helping the students discover their abilities and uncovering strengths.  She loves working with students of all ages.

 

Kyra Thompson

Kyra Thompson

Kyra Thompson has been interested in the use of dance and the body as a creative expression since a very young age. Her dancing journey began with classical ballet and expanded to include lyrical, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and several styles of ballroom dance. She has danced locally at several different studios for over 20 years and taught for The Dance Box for four years. During that time, she discovered a passion for choreography and used that talent in several local presentations for both the dance studios she was a part of and her church, New Life Ministries in Colonial Beach. She’s also used her dancing skills in performances at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts (Fiddler on The Roof, West Side Story) and started an individual worship dance class, Praise Movement.

Kyra believes dance to be one of the purest forms of artistic storytelling. Graduating from Liberty University with a degree in journalism and minor in cinematic arts, she continues to pursue her passion for storytelling through writing, film, and choreography. She’s also gained an interest in honing the body’s ability to tell stories leading her to practice yoga, cross-training, running, and several martial arts as hobbies while also using her free time to learn as much as she can about how the human body works. She loves passing on that passion for the beauty and discipline of dance to her students and hopes to inspire their creativity within the art.”

 

Jamie Gibbins

Jamie Gibbins

Jamie has loved dance her entire life and became interested in the practice of yoga while she lived in New Jersey 20 years ago. After settling back in Virginia, she started practicing locally, enjoying the physical and spiritual benefits that the practice of yoga provides. After receiving her 200 hour “Registered Yoga Teacher” certification under Catie Nawrocki at Latitude Yoga, Jamie has taught Foundational, Restorative, and Flow classes at local studios and in support of local charities. One of her favorite teaching achievements is leading Puppy and Kitten Yoga in support of the Fredericksburg SPCA.

 

Xavier Clark

We are excited to add Xavier Clark to our team of dance professionals specializing in Hip-hop. Xavier had the honor to dance background for Jason Cerda and Jodeci Milhouse in the dmv area. Additionally, he has experience with hip hop competition dance teams (Ari’s House of Dance, Heart N Soul) and have competed as well as a dancer. I’ve trained on a competition team on Brooke Point High School, and at Florida International University (Tokyo Love Bots/Unit 305). He is versed in popping but also has a foundation in all styles. Recently, Xavier danced in a brief number at the Millenium tour 2019 (B2K) and looks forward to sharing his passion with dance box students.

 

Blayne Stine

Blayne Stine

Ms. Blayne has been dancing since she was 12 years old and it was a passion from the moment she stepped into her first studio in Fredericksburg, Va. She graduated from Randolph College in 2019 with a B.F.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Sport & Exercise Studies. During her time dancing in college, she worked with members of TAKE Dance Company, Kegwin & Co., and Seoul National Ballet. She is trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, acro, modern, and musical theater. Along with her first love of teaching dance, Blayne is also an NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and the Athletic Trainer for the Rappahannock Rugby Football Club’s men’s and women’s teams.
She hopes she can bring her well-rounded knowledge to all of her students and share a love for dance!