About Ashburn Academy of Dance
The Ashburn Academy of Dance was established in June 2001 to provide dance training of the highest caliber. Dance classes are offered for students 2 - adult. The academy has 2 programs available to accommodate all dancers’ needs.
We are located in a state of the art 6,000 square foot facility in the Ashburn Technology Park, conveniently located between Leesburg and Sterling Virgina. The school houses three spacious studios equipped with resilient floating wood floors with marley coverings.
Anne Marie Kimmell is a high school graduate of the Virginia School of the Arts. Anne Marie's training also includes the Princeton Ballet and Ballet West Conservatory. She received her BFA in Ballet with both performing and teaching emphases from the University of Utah. While dancing at the University of Utah, Anne Marie also did her student teaching at the Ballet West Conservatory, The Virginia Tanner Creative Dance Center on the campus of the University of Utah, and in the Salt Lake City public school system. She danced professionally with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland under the direction of artistic director, Edward Stewart, as well as with the Alexandria Ballet. Anne Marie taught in the Northern Virginia area dance schools for six years before co-founding the Ashburn Academy of Dance in 2001, which has grown in reputation for its excellence in dance instruction. Alongside Katherine Beliveau, Anne Marie co-founded the Ballet Theatre of Ashburn in 2004 which has a history for not only its onstage performances in Loudoun County but its community service performances in area nursing homes, retirement centers, homeless shelters, and libraries. She later co-founded the Edge Performance Company in 2011. Anne Marie is excited about the upcoming school year and working with the professional staff at the Ashburn Academy of Dance. She looks forward to teaching all of the young dancers who are taking dance for the first time as well as teaching the experienced dancers at the school and watching their success this year after many years of hard work!
Katie Beliveau received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet with teaching and performance emphases from the University of Utah. Her training also includes Caryl Maxwell Classical Ballet, Ballet West Conservatory, Shenandoah Conservatory and Frederick Classical Ballet. She danced professionally with Ballet Theatre of Maryland under the direction of Edward Stewart for four seasons. Ms. Katie spent five years teaching dance in the Maryland and Virginia area before co-founding the Ashburn Academy of Dance in 2001. As co-founder, she, alongside Anne Marie Kimmell, has grown the Ashburn Academy of Dance into a respected dance school in Loudoun County. She is also the co-artistic director of Ballet Theatre of Ashburn, a non-profit 501c3 ballet company founded in 2004, which provides performance opportunities for dancers in the Loudoun County area. Each year the company produces a full stage "Nutcracker" production as well as takes the company members to local nursing homes and retirement centers to bring art into the community. In 2011, she co-founded the "Edge Performance Company" which is a contemporary dance company sponsored by the Ballet Theatre of Ashburn. Edge Company members are given the opportunity to dance in various venues throughout the community and will be participating in the company's first annual Malone Foundation charity performance which will be held at Franklin Park this upcoming spring. Ms. Katie is very excited to start the fourteenth season here at the Ashburn Academy of Dance in company with such a professional faculty of experienced dance teachers!
Kela Marceron graduated from the Visual Performing Arts program and Thomas Johnson High School where she studied music and dance. After graduation, Kela continued her vocal training with some of the top Mid Atlantic vocal instructors including Carol DiSantis and Jayme Hall. And later, she continued her studies at Mount Saint Mary's University. Kela has been performing from a very young age and has a vast amount of performing experience which includes a performance at the Kennedy Center for President Clinton in the National Institute's production of "Phat City." Kela is also a force in the dance field. She was raised in the dance world and has studied the art of dance for 35 years. She has studied and performed with many notables including Keith Clifton and Rhonda Miller. Kela has performed in the off Broadway Fazils Theater in New York City and Valentine's Theater in Ohio with Keith Clifton tap trio. She has also performed with Jacques d'Amboise. Kela has studied at EdgePerforming Arts Center in Los Angeles and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Kela's creativity shines in her choreography. She has been awarded many choreography awards on the regional level for Outstanding Choreography. In addition to that she has had several pieces win National Titles including a jazz piece entitled "One Last Breath" in 2007 and a lyrical piece entitled "Miss Invisible" in 2010. More recently in 2013 a lyrical piece entitled "Fly" won national recognition, in addition a soloist winning second overall in 2104 in entitled "wherever you go". These are to name a few. In addition to her choreography, Kela has been instrumental in guiding several of the dancers she has taught into professional dance careers. Numerous dancers from Elower-Sicilia Productions, have embarked on very successful dance careers performing nationally and internationally. Kela has been sharing her expertise and creativity in the performing arts with young students for over 20 years. Kela also co owns a music based school with her husband "Let there be rock school" in Frederick MD where she continues to stay active in the music scene and help young musicians explore the field of music.
Dara Watson began her dance training at the age of three. She started dancing at the Ashburn Academy of Dance, with Katie Beliveau and Anne Marie Kimmell, at the age of 10 where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Lyrical. Dara graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, with honors, in May of 2014. While at Radford, Dara performed in many shows including The Nutcracker, Evening of Ballet, Fall Dance Fest, and Dancing on the Edge. She also toured The Shadow Waltz to two colleges in New Jersey.
Anna Headen began her training on a full tuition dance scholarship at the Classical Ballet Academy of Northern Virginia where she performed in Cinderella, Peter and the Wolf, and The Nutcracker as well as many original works choreographed by faculty and guest artist. In High School, Anna was a member of the step team and drama department. While on the step team she won/placed in several competitions and performed in front of Herndon Basketball Team's home crowd at half times. Also she was a principle dancer in the school's musical Footloose, where her step and dance talents were combined. Upon graduation, Anna received the Town of Herndon Arts Scholarship in 2004 which is awarded to one graduating high school senior each year. She has also been granted from George Mason University, the Bette Carter Dance Award, Higher Education Teacher Assistance Program Scholarship and Kevin Campbell Summer Scholarship. Anna received her BFA in Dance from George Mason University in 2008. In college, Anna performed works by Laura Dean and Kevin Campbell, all while expanding her dance palette as she became an original member of GMU's first Hop Hop Dance Company, Urbanknowlogy 101. During her collegiate career, Anna was given many opportunities to choreograph for the George Mason Dance Department's Company and in turn had four pieces chosen by GMU Dance Faculty for performances. After graduating, Anna began performing professionally in VA, MD, DC and NY with Modern Dance Companies Anna Brown Massey, DancEthos, Ari-Den Dance Company, Bettman Dances and Dance Antonini. Anna was also given the opportunity to choreograph for DanceEthos and Ari-Den Dance Company for performances in DC. Her other professional experiences include performing in the Expansion Dance Project's production of The Wiz, attending Ronald K. Brown/Evidence and Philadanco workshops, Urban Bush Women's Summer Institute and Technique Workshops, and Dance Theater of Harlem's Winter Intensives. Anna has taught students ages 4-18 across Northern Virginia. She has taught Pre-Ballet for a Montessori school, Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, and Lyrical at two Competition dance studios and Dance in a Musical Theatre class at two public elementary after school programs. Recently, Anna premiered Ah Moves in DC and also performed as a freelance dancer for Anna Brown Massey in NACHMO in NY. She is currently the Head Coach for South Lakes High School's Varsity Dance Team and a Dance Instructor with The Ashburn Academy of Dance.
Lindsey Christensen is a graduate of Winthrop University in South Carolina where she studied Biology and Dance Performance. While in school, Lindsey had the privilege of performing in more than 15 main stage shows as well as the South Carolina Dance Association Festival, American College Dance Festival, Charlotte Dance Fest, Rock Hill's Rockhettes Annual Christmasville Show, and the Medal of Honor in the Arts. She was also fortunate to have received the Producer's Circle scholarship and the Herbert L. Dean scholarship during her years at Winthrop. Following graduation, she began work at various dance studios in the Maryland, Virginia and DC area in addition to pursuing a career in physical therapy. Currently, Lindsey is continuing her dance career as an educator and choreographer at Ashburn Academy of Dance working with several classes and the Edge Dance Company. In addition to teaching, Lindsey works at a skilled nursing facility in Walkersville, MD, where she is an assistant manager of the rehabilitation department and a licensed physical therapist assistant.
Tamu Ortenzio trained at Mobile Ballet with Vasile Petrutui, Homer Garza, Ann Duke and Winthrop Corey. Mrs. Ortenzio studied further with the Joffrey Ballet School, Atlanta Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Giacobbe Dance Academy and Rotaru Ballet School International. Professionally, Mrs. Ortenzio danced with Ballet Rotaru International under the artistic direction of Pavel Rotaru and Delta Festival Ballet in New Orleans, LA under the direction of Joseph Giacobbe. While teaching, Mrs. Ortenzio continued her education in Political Science at Spring Hill College and in Social Science in a master's program at Southern University, Baton Rouge. After owning her own dance studio for many years, Mrs. Ortenzio decided to focus on choreography by starting a professional dance company. Mrs. Ortenzio began exploring integrated choreography in 1997, experimenting with various styles of dance with a contemporary edge without neglecting classical lines and traditional ballet technique. In 2007, along with Dianna Jones, she founded Willow Oak Contemporary Ballet in Baton Rouge, LA. She has created original works for WOCB as well as other companies and staged full-length classical ballets in New York, Louisiana and Florida. Mrs. Ortenzio has over eighteen years teaching experience.
Coach V has over 15 years of experience coaching gymnastic and Acro for tumblers, dancers, cheerleaders, Parkour practitioners and martial artist in the Northern Virginia area. His background in gymnastics helped work with Vaulters (Acrobatics while horse riding) and dancers participate at national level competitions for several years. He focuses on the interaction between techniques and function on the practices of artistic dynamic movement and improving on how the practices on programs associated with the arts provide better services to diverse students.
Isabelle Keeslar, a native of Miami, Florida, has been instructing and choreographing Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, and Lyrical dance for over a decade. A graduate of Florida International University she earned her Bachelors of the Arts degree in Dance, with a concentration of Dance Composition and Modern Dance in 2000. Professionally, from 1999-2005 she founded and directed Pure Reaction Dance Company. As their sole director she created works for the Walt Disney World's Magic Music Days, represented Miami during the Florida Dance Festival's "Florida Dances Series;, the Florida Dance Association's "Looking at Dance Series", Vizcaya's "Cornucopia of the Arts", the 2002 Big Orange New Year's Eve Celebration in collaboration with the Miami Calendar Firefighters, and many A.P.A.S. charity luncheons. As a dance educator in the Miami area she has worked as a magnet dance teacher for the Miami-Dade County Public School System at the Elementary and Middle School levels. She was also the Dance Director at both Archbishop Carroll High School (2005-2010) and Immaculate La Salle High School (2006-2009). Additionally, Mrs. Keeslar has served as a Guest Choreographer, Master Teacher, and Dance Adjudicator for numerous schools and workshops throughout Miami-Dade County. As a studio dance instructor, Mrs. Keeslar has instructed all levels and ages of dance in Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Jazz at both Roxy Performing Arts Center and Dancing in XS. Her peers have recognized her award winning work through various regional and national competitions. At the 2010 International Dance Challenge National Competition in Orlando, Florida Mrs. Keeslar led her Roxy students to win the top award, Senior Group Performance National Champion, among a dozen other awards her students won that weekend. Mrs. Keeslar is very excited to be teaching in Northern Virginia and to have privilege to share her unique dance experiences with her new students!
Lisa Startsman received her early training at the Canton Ballet in Ohio. She attended the University of Akron on scholarship where she trained with Jerry Burr and earned a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Ballet. She continued to train with the Ohio Ballet and in New York City with Nancy Bielski and Robert Blankshine. Ms. Startsman performed with the Canton Ballet, The Experimental Dance Ensemble and The Cleveland Opera. Ms. Startsman has been teaching in the area for over 18 years and has been recognized as an Outstanding Educator by the Governor's School for Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts of Virginia. She is certified with the Cecchetti Council where she passed all of her teacher's exams with honors. Ms. Startsman has taught at the Washington School of Ballet and was the former Ballet Mistress for the Loudoun Ballet Company. Currently, Ms. Startsman is the Assistant Director of the Ballet Department at the Loudoun School of Ballet.
Jessica Cerovic (Altman) began dancing at the age of three and has been a professional dancer for over 10 years. She attended Oklahoma City University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree in Dance Performance and a Minor in History in 2008. Jessica performed and traveled the world on Holland America and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for over five years and in between life on the ship received her certification in Pilates Mat in 2012. She currently teaches dance, Pilates and Barre fitness classes.
Colleen Giardina received her training with the Loudoun School of Ballet. She also attended programs with Richmond Ballet and Washington Ballet. Colleen earned her BFA in dance from Radford University. She danced professionally with Columbia City Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, and as a soloist with California Ballet. Colleen is also a certified Pilate's instructor through Body Arts and Science.
Mary Robare is a dance teacher, choreographer and former performer. She received her earliest training at the School of American Ballet (seven years), and at numerous other New York City studios. Following graduation from New York's High School of Performing Arts she performed on Broadway, in National Tours, in an MGM movie, and as a soloist with Garden State Ballet. Mary also worked as an Assistant Choreographer and Dance Captain on Broadway and at the New York City Opera and has choreographed dozens of musicals. She was privileged to dance for and assist the legendary Agnes de Mille during pre-production of her ballet, The Informer. An Adjunct Assistant Professor at Shenandoah University, she also enjoys working with all ages at Mercersburg Academy, the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy of Shenandoah University, and the Ashburn Academy of Dance. The recipient of an Outstanding Educator Citation from the Governor's School of Virginia, she holds a BA, Regents from WVU.
Christina Franco began dancing at the age of 6. She trained under the direction of Alison Hron and Elbert Watson until high school. Christina continued her training at Academie de Ballet in Chesapeake, VA with ballet master Andrei Yemelinov. She received training in several dance styles, including ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, and musical theatre. At the age of 19, Christina moved to New York City to be a trainee at the Joffrey Ballet School, with Era Jouravlev as her mentor. In 2012, Christina danced at the Richmond Ballet, performing in Nutcracker and Swan Lake. In 2013, Christina joined Manassas Ballet Theatre as a company dancer and performed roles such as Chinese in Nutcracker, Pink Fairy and White Cat in Sleeping Beauty. She is currently in her second season with the company. Christina enjoys teaching and working with children. She is excited to begin teaching at Ashburn Academy of Dance and looking forward to the school year.