Contemporary, Jazz, Acro, Show Troupe
Ashley is originally from Southwestern Pennsylvania and she received her BA in Dance from Rock University of Pennsylvania in 2006. After graduating, she moved to Richmond to pursue her career as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher.
Ashley choreographs under the name AV Dance that has performed in Chicago, Richmond, Charlottesville and the Asheville Fringe Festival. She has worked with RVA Dance Collective, Ground Zero Dance Company, Dim Sum Dance, and Starr Foster Dance Project. She was selected for the work-study position at the Studio Upsun in Pennsylvania (SUPA) Choreographers Workshop in 2010 and 2013 with Jeanine Durning, , 2011 ChoreoLab with Julie Mayo, and SUPA 2012 with RoseAnne Spradlin. Ashley is Acrobatic Arts Certified, Y.P.A.D. Certified (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance) and a member of NDEO (National Dance Educators Organization). Ashley's amazing and creative talents are a great addition to the studio, and her choreography has helped our competition team win many awards! She is now the current owner/director of Regency Dance Academy, and is looking forward to many fantastic years with the students and staff!
Tap, Show Troupe
Tracy is the founder of Regency Dance Academy since 1989. She has been dancing, performing, and teaching for over 50 years. Tracy attended Radford University concentrating on dance and education, graduating with an Education degree. Tracy is an experienced teacher, choreographer, and performer in all levels of tap, jazz, and ballet.
Tracy is particularly proud of her adult dance department at the studio. Adult students number over 200 at Regency Dance Academy, studying and performing all styles and levels of dance. Tracy personally ensures that all students enjoy a positive and exciting experience at Regency Dance Academy.
In addition, Tracy has conducted numerous award-winning competition teams, which have competed regionally and nationally and consistently win multiple Gold, Platinum and Specialty awards. Tracy is very proud of all she's accomplished and looks forward to many more wonderful years as a teacher of Regency Dance Academy.
Contemporary, Jazz, Leap Jumps & Turns, Show Troupe
Kendra is a performer and choreographer here in Richmond, VA. She grew up in Northern Virginia where she studied dance and performed on the competition team at Barton and Williams School of Dance. After high school, she attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied dance and choreography and also performed on the Gold Rush Dance Team. While still in the school, she continued to teach and choreograph while also coaching the dance team at Colonial Forge High School. After college, she continues to teach and choreograph here in RVA and in northern Virginia.
Kendra's choreography has helped our competition team win several awards! We're grateful to have her, and are looking forward to this year's competition season.
Children's Classes, Tap, Middle Eastern, Show Troupe
Allisen Learnard started her life as a dancer at 4 years old in a pair of patent leather tap shoes, and hasn’t looked back. Her passion eventually led her to a B.F.A. in dance from Florida International University, where she graduated with honors in 2006.
Since then, she’s studied, performed, or collaborated with such dance masters as Clyde Morrigon, Janice Brenner, Jane Goldberg, Katherine Kramer, Bill Evans, Pioneer Winter and Natasha Tsakos. And has been a member of several dance companies, including Ballet E’Toile, Momentum Dance Company, Animate Objects Physical Theater, and The Binti Middle Eastern Drum and Dance Ensemble- for which she was the assistant director for 6 years.
Although her technique background is eclectic, Allisen’s true passion is tap dance. She’s performed as a tap soloist and tap group choreographer for the Miami Beach Dance Festival, North Miami Arts Collective, Hero’s Unite Micro Theater, as well as many other venues.
Allisen’s decade of teaching experience reveals her deep understanding of dance as an art form and tool for powerful self-expression. She is certified in the Wolftrap Institute for Early Childhood Learning Through the Arts method, and has held countless community outreach residencies. Her Flamingo Park dancers were featured in the 2018 National Water Dance celebration.
Recently moved from Miami, Allisen is excited to continue spreading the joy of dance to the Richmond metro area, as a teacher at the Regency Dance Academy.
Ballet, Pointe, Show Troupe
Lauren is a choreographer, educator, and performer originally from Virginia. She has presented her work throughout Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia and San Jose, Costa Rica. She has performed with Amaranth Contemporary Dance, Ann Arbor Dance Works, Gravity Optional, RADAR, and Starr Foster Dance Project and has worked with notable choreographers including Monica Bill Barnes, Tere O’Connor, Thomas DeFrantz, Bill De Young, Jessica Fogel, Joe Goode, Gerri Houlihan, Gesel Mason, Peter Sparling, Judy Steel, and Rodney Williams.
Morris served as a head instructor for Universal Dance Association and her choreography for high school dance companies won numerous awards at regional and national levels. This opportunity allowed her to teach and perform throughout the United States as well as in Paris, France. She has also instructed at the American College Dance Association (Grand Valley State University, George Mason University, Towson University), The Concert Ballet of Virginia, The Dance Company, Diggs School of Dance, The University of Michigan, Performing Arts Institute, Oakland Dance Festival, Performing Arts High School in Denver, Colorado, Sun King Adult Dance Camp, Virginia Commonwealth University, and The College of William and Mary. Morris has created work for Amaranth Contemporary Dance, Collegiate School, The Dance Company, RADAR, Ohio Wesleyan University, The University of Michigan and The College of William & Mary.
Morris’ solo work was the recipient of the Maggie Allesee New Choreography award. She certified in Elemental Body Alignment System and is a practitioner of Thai Yoga Bodywork. Morris received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and MFA from University of Michigan. She recently returned to Richmond and is excited to be working with RADAR and Regency Dance Academy again!
Ballet, Children's Classes
Nadine began her dance studies in the small Chesapeake Bay community of Mathews, Virginia with Debbie Diggs. As her interest and dedication for ballet grew, Ms. Diggs encouraged her to train in a pre-professional program with renowned ballerina and teacher, Sandra Ballestracci, in Williamsburg.
Nadine quickly advanced in her ballet character, and modern dance training and performed as a member of Contemporary Ballet Theatre at Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts. Dorrington also performed at the Mansur Kamaletdinov School of Ballet.
While still in high school, she began assisting with children’s classes, substituting, and eventually began teaching her own ballet classes for youth and adults. Several years later, Nadine returned to her hometown and began teaching creative movement, ballet, and jazz and served as a guest artist, co-director, and choreographer for the Bayside Youth Ballet. In 2004, she moved to Richmond where she has shared her love for movement not only as a dance teacher but as a yoga teacher and teacher trainer. Nadine has a background in social work and has spent many years working with women and children in need. She is the proud mother of two talented dancers, Isabella and Rosemary, and is excited to begin another season with Regency Dance Academy.
Jasmine was born and raised in Richmond, VA and began dancing upon her entrance in high school. She attended Henrico High School and was a participant in their specialty center, Center for the Arts, where she studied dance under the direction of Victoria Fink. During her time in the program her love for dance heightened and she decided to further her study in college at James Madison University (JMU). While at JMU she performed in various works by students, faculty, and guest artists such as Xan Burley and Alex Springer and was also a member of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble. While in college she pursued various opportunities for dance such as the American Dance Festival (ADF) and a summer study abroad program in London. During her time at JMU she discovered a passion for choreography. She choreographed many pieces that were featured in numerous concerts and student works. Upon graduation from James Madison University in 2015, she returned home to Richmond. She currently coaches at Henrico High School while still actively choreographing and dancing in the community. She is also a member of a local, professional hip hop dance company, Studio 4 Dance Company. Jasmine aspires to own her own performance company to fulfill her love for choreography, the arts, and her creative mindset.
Jasmine is excited to be apart of the Regency Dance Academy family and very appreciative of the opportunity to choreograph and teach.