Faculty

 

Our faculty brings years of teaching and performance experience in order to provide the best dance education for your young dancer whether it's ballet, jazz, or gymnastics, or a combination of specialities. 

Adrienne Taylor
Artistic Director

Raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Adrienne Taylor began her dance studies at the age of 4 at Terry's School of Dance. She continued and refined her skills under the direction of Joceile Nordwall, Virginia Britton, and at the Washington Ballet Summer Institute before entering West Virginia University where she was the recipient of a full four-year scholarship to dance with the prestigious Orchesis Dance Ensemble. Adrienne has taught ballet and jazz at all levels in West Virginia and Virginia, most recently heading ballet instruction at Alexandria Dance. From 2009-2014 she served as the coach of the State-Champion Junior Varsity Dance Team at West Potomac High School. For the past eight years she has been the co-director of the popular annual Alexandria Community Nutcracker. 

Crystina Sowell
Dance Instruction

Crystina Sowell began her training at three years of age in Morgantown, West Virginia. At the age of twelve she had the honor of spending a month in Italy with her dance troupe as an American Dance Ambassador. Crystina has studied a variety of different dance forms including acrobatics, gymnastics, jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, contemporary, and modern. In 2005 Crystina received a dance minor from WVU where she was a member of the modern dance ensemble, Orchesis, and was also a choreographer within WVU’s Division of Theatre and Dance. Since graduating, Crystina has had the pleasure of performing with Alchemy Dance Ensemble for three seasons as well as teaching and performing with the African American Arts and Heritage Academy, Bridgeport High School Dance ensemble, and Morgantown Dance Studio.

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