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 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.

 

 

 

Kyra Thompson

Kyra Thompson has been dancing classical ballet for as long as she can remember. She has since expanded her dancing interests to include lyrical, contemporary, jazz, hip hop and several styles of ballroom dance. She is also very excited to return to teaching dance at the Dance Box after recently graduating Liberty University with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Cinematic Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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!