Dance teachers

Fall 2018-Spring 2019 Season

Christina Valenti

Studio Owner/Director

 

Christina grew up dancing at Backstage Dance Studio in Columbia, Maryland at the age of 4.  She continued dancing through high school in the styles of ballet, jazz, and lyrical, and competed as part of her studio's competition team.  She was the captain of the high school dance team, member of the school dance company, a varsity cheerleader, and a hurdler for the varsity track team.  Christina attended James Madison University, where she was on the nationally-ranked JMU Dukettes dance team and also incorporated dance into her studies. After graduating from JMU in 2005, she worked in the media and tourism industries in Washington, DC for several years, and was a dancer for the NBA's Washington Wizards.  Christina also lived overseas for several years teaching English and dance in Beijing, China.  She moved to Virginia Beach in 2014 and after working at Channel 13 (WVEC) for several years, she decided to pursue her dream of opening a dance studio.  It was her goal to create a dance studio where everyone is welcome and feels comfortable, while having fun learning the art of dance.  

Kendall Grant

Director of Moonlight Dance Company,Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop

 

Kendall has over 30 years of dance training, choreographing, and teaching experience.  She is technically trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and lyrical.  Kendall recently moved back to the area after spending ten years performing in Atlanta for a variety of artists including Sean Paul, Ludacris, and Lil' John.  She was also the director of Future Shock Atlanta and was a member of Culture Shock Atlanta, an international non-profit organization of professional hip hop dancers. Kendall was also an instructor for Atlanta Ballet, The Studio Atlanta Dance, Heather Wayne Dance Academy, and West Cobb Dance Explosion Companies.  She is currently the Director and Founder of Choreographers of Virginia.  

Janice Elliott-Britton

Intro Ballet/Tap, Creative Movement, Adult Tap

Jan Elliott-Britton, a native of the DC area, she is a credited dancer of all genres. A professional performer ~ Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre, Woodbridge VA ~ "Show Boat" & "Cabaret" ~ Choreographer for: The British Embassy Players, Washington, DC "Old Time Music Hall" & Wild World's Largo, MD "A Broadway Carousel", Port Tobacco Players, LaPlata, MD "Little Mermaid". "On Call" in 1975 as a summer replacement for the NYC Rockettes. Owned & directed her studio, "The Dance Company" in Maryland for 9 years before coming to Virginia Beach to raise her family. 

MELISSA BAKA 

Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz

Melissa grew up in Virginia Beach and began dancing at the age of 3.  She graduated from Salem High School's Visual & Performing Arts Academy and went on to attend The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she received her BFA in Dance.  While at UArts, Melissa was awarded the Promising Artists Scholarship for her choreography.  Melissa has worked with and under the direction of many great artists including Wayne St. David, Gary Jeter, Nicholas Leichter, Anne White, Douglas Becker, Jen McGinn, and Ayo Jackson.

Lori Celeste

Ballet

Lori recently relocated to Virginia Beach from New York City.  She holds a BFA in Contemporary Dance from the Boston Conservatory and has danced professionally for several Boston-based companies.  Lori was most recently a teacher for Steps on Broadway in New York.  Growing up, she trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, the Bossov Ballet Theatre, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

Jessica LorinG

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Irish

Jessica has over 20 years of teaching experience in a variety of styles including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, and Irish.  She choreographed several modern pieces while attending the University of Pittsburgh and was the captain of the University of Pittsburgh dance team.  She led the team to several awards for performances she choreographed.  She is currently 8th in the world for Irish dance, and 4th in the nation.

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1777 London Bridge Rd., #101
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

757-716-3428

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