FACULTY

Ashley Valo-Horrigan

Owner/Creative Director

Contemporary, Jazz, Acro, Show Troupe

Ashley is originally from Southwestern Pennsylvania and began dancing at the age of two. She received her BA in Dance from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 2006. After graduating, she moved to Richmond to pursue her career as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher.

 

During her performing career she choreographed works that were 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 Directed the Extended Day Creative Dance Program at Saint Christopher's School from 2012 to 2018. She is Acrobatic Arts Certified, Certified in Modules one, two and three of Alixa Flexibility, Y.P.A.D. Certified (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance) and a member of NDEO (National Dance Educators Organization). She has a passion for continuing education in all ares of dance. After teaching at Regency for 8 years, Ashley became Owner in 2019. Ashley is determined to continue the legacy of Regency Dance Academy by providing the Richmond area with the best possible dance teachers and training. She is also the mother of Mabel 6, Roland 4 and Laszlo 2.

Tracy Crouch

Founder

Tap

Tracy founded and opened  Regency Dance Academy in 1989. She has been a dancer, performer, choreographer and teacher for over 50 years. Over the 30 years of owning Regency Dance Academy, she has had the privilege to teach three generations of students and families. Making the studio one of the largest and longest running in Richmond Virginia, Tracy is particularly proud of the adult dance department at the studio. Still today, The adult students number over 100 studying Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop. Over the years, Tracy conducted  many Award winning competition teams which have competed regionally and nationally and consistently won multiple first place trophies and specialty awards. To this day, The competition department remains at the top of their game at Regency Dance Academy, still winning and making a mark in the dance world. Tracy is very proud of all she’s accomplished over the years and is most proud that Ashley Valo- Horrigan can continue her legacy and maintain Regency Dance Academy as a top dance studio in Richmond Virginia! Tracy looks forward to many more wonderful years as a teacher at Regency Dance Academy!

Allisen Learnard

Children's Classes, Tap, Middle Eastern

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.

Jasmine Shaw

Adult Hip Hop

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. 

Valerie Tellmann-Henning

Ballet

Valerie Tellmann-Henning began her dance training at Tulsa Ballet and Lexington Ballet. She joined the Richmond Ballet in 2000, and while continuing to perform with them, Valerie also joined “The Suzanne Farrell Ballet” in Washington D.C., where she rose to the rank of Soloist and performed acclaimed Balanchine works from 2013 through their 2017 season. She has performed principal roles in, Romeo and Juliet, and Cinderella, and Giselle; Balanchine ballets such as, Allegro Brillante, Mozartiana, Stars and Stripes and Jewels; as well as in Anthony Tudor's Jardin Aux Lilas and Agnes de Mille's Rodeo. Valerie has traveled internationally, performing at the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House in London, at the Chicago Dancing Festival, multiple times at the Joyce Theater in New York City, and most recently theatres throughout China. Valerie completed her final season dancing with both the Suzanne Farrell Ballet and Richmond Ballet in May of 2017. Valerie enjoys teaching throughout the state and beyond, she loved sharing the joy of dance with students locally at School of Richmond Ballet, Chesterfield Dance Center, West End Academy of Dance, Encore, and countless others.

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Alyssa "Skye" Tapp

Contemporary, Jazz, Acro, Hip Hop,

Musical Theatre, Show Troupe

Alyssa "Skye" Tapp, a Raleigh native, and Virginia newcomer, has been dancing for as long as she can remember. At age 10 she started to take dance very seriously after falling in love with musical theater.  Hard work paid off at the FOD Conservatory, and at age 14 she got her first professional role in "Cats" the musical. Working at every major professional theater in North Carolina she has starred in Cats, Hairspray, A Christmas Carol, Oklahoma, The Wolf, The Crucible, Godspell, and many more!  Miss Skye has also danced in 2 professional companies in her career; "Poiema Artistry," a contemporary ballet company, and "Black Irish," a contemporary hip-hop company.  As a student, Miss Skye has had the honor of training intensively with teachers that have passed on the legacy of dance companies such as Paul Taylor, Carolina Ballet, ABT, Rockettes, and Ballet Magnificant. Skye is Also Acrobatic Arts Certified. Miss Skye now channels her knowledge of both the professional and technical aspects of dance to teach up and coming dancers. She firmly believes that strong technique and artistry are what make a truly inspiring performer.

Meredith Davis

Contemporary, Show Troupe

Meredith Davis, a native of Richmond, has been dancing since the age of 2 under the instruction of local teachers extending from Ann Catherine Cross to The Richmond Ballet. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography in 2009. Through her life she has had the pleasure of performing and studying with Robert Battle, Mia Michaels, Desmond Richardson, Urban Bush Women, Lori Belilove, Starr Foster Dance Company, rva dance collective, Suzi Taylor, Heidi Weiss, and Andy Blankenship. Her path has led her to teach and give her loyal students a haven to study and embrace their gifts and passions. In 2016, she founded The Dance Lab in Hanover, but chose to focus her efforts on teaching and choreography. While continuing to teach Ballet & Contemporary, Meredith has hopes of returning to her dream of studying to become a Doula and Freelance Photographer.

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Kelly Allen

Hip Hop, Jazz, Show Troupe

Originally from New Jersey, Kelly is a graduate of the Freehold Fine & Performing Arts Program in New Jersey as well as studied at the NJ Governor's School of the Arts at Trenton State University. She then continued her music and dance training at Howard University. Kelly was a dancer and Dance Team Captain with the Washington Wizards for 3 years and was a Washington Redskins Cheerleader for 7 years and held the position of captain as well. Present day, she still choreographs for the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders. In addition, Kelly has performed in a few music videos for National Recording artists.

 

Kelly was also a member of The Capitol Movement Project Dance company where she had the honor of choreographing and performing in 7 Capitol Movements Concerts at the Historic Lincoln Theater, as well as the Kennedy Center under some of the country’s top choreographers including Tony Powell, Luam, Laura Edwards and Chris Hale.

 

In addition, Kelly Directed the Lady Raiders for 4 years (Indoor Professional Football) and the Richmond RoughRiders for 2 years. In its first season, the Richmond RoughRiders were voted the best dance team in the league. She has also choreographed competition routines for Clover Hill High School’s dance team and Prince George’s High School Dance Team.

Megan Baker

Ballet

A native of Tennessee, Megan Baker began her dance training at age six with Van Metre School of Dance, under the direction of Amy Moore Morton. As a senior member of Van Metre’s resident company, Appalachian Ballet Company, she had the opportunity to work with artists such as Helen Star, Allen Hineline and Cary Martin.  Megan received her B.A. in Dance from Radford University, where she studied under Frano and Dagmar Jelinsic, Peggy Hunt, danah bella, Margaret Devaney and Inessa Plekhanova.  She was a member of the Radford University Ballet Theatre, performing on campus as well as for other regional festivals such as ACDF.   Upon graduating, Megan continued to perform, dancing with Momentum Dance Lab, CityDance II, Ariden Dance and Mich Mash Productions.  Megan is currently in her 7th season with local modern dance company RADAR Dance.  She also has 12 years of teaching experience, ranging from studio education and community outreach to undergraduate instruction.  Additionally, Megan practiced massage for eight years, integrating her knowledge of functional movement with valuable bodywork.  She is delighted to join the Regency Dance Academy team!

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Nadine Dorrington

Ballet

Nadine began her dance studies in the small Chesapeake Bay community of Mathews County at the Diggs School of Dance. A late starter, she fell in love with dance and soon embarked upon her professional ballet and character dance studies in Williamsburg, VA with Sandra Ballestracci and Mansur Kamaletdinov as a member of Contemporary Ballet Theatre. Nadine exhibited a natural talent for teaching and soon began leading her own adult and children’s ballet classes. She eventually returned to her hometown to teach pre-ballet, ballet, and jazz at the Diggs School of Dance while serving as a co-director and choreographer for the Bayside Youth Ballet where she re-staged classics, choreographed original contemporary works, and performed as a guest artist. Nadine has been teaching ballet in the Richmond area for15 years and is also an accomplished yoga teacher. She has worked as an advocate for adult and child survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and served as Yoga Therapist at a local mental health facility for teen trauma survivors. Nadine resides in Richmond with her two amazing daughters, two rescue dogs, and two spoiled cats and is overjoyed to continue sharing her love for the art of movement at Regency Dance Academy.

Maggie Small

Ballet

Maggie Small, a native of Richmond, Virginia, began dancing at The School of Richmond Ballet. She completed the trainee, apprentice, and Minds In Motion programs, and attended New York University before joining the Company, where she is enjoying her twelfth season. Recently she earned a B.A. in Performing Arts through the LEAP Program at St. Mary’s College of California. At Richmond Ballet she has performed and originated many roles. Some favorites include Juliet in Malcolm Burn’s Romeo and Juliet, the title role in John Butler’s Portrait of Billie and Eve in his After Eden, George Balanchine’s Duo Concertant, as well as new works with Ma Cong, Jessica Lang and Val Caniparoli. While with the Richmond Ballet, Maggie has performed at the Linbury Theatre in the Royal Opera House in London, in the Chicago Dancing Festival, in the Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis, Missouri and multiple times at the Joyce Theater in New York City. She has spent summers working with National Choreographers Initiative, VOICE Dance Company and Jessica Lang Dance, with whom she performed at Jacob’s Pillow. In 2012, she was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine as Richmond Ballet’s ‘Homegrown Ballerina’. In January of 2019 she was honored to perform alongside Carmen DeLavallade in “Life of a Legend: Carmen de Lavallade” at Jazz at Lincoln Center. In September 2019, Maggie retired from the company at Richmond Ballet and transitioned into the Grant Specialist position for the company. She also teaches private lessons and a master class series at 13 different studios throughout Virginia. In December 2019, Maggie was honored to receive the inaugural “Dancer of the Year” RVA Dance Award.

Abby Bobb

Studio Manager/Social Media

Abby grew up in Fredericksburg, VA. She is a School of Richmond Ballet and VCU graduate! She majored in dance and stage management and is currently a professional stage manager. After college Abby worked as Resident Stage Manager in The Villages, FL for 2 seasons. Recently she has been working on Broadway national tours as a stage manager including An American in Paris Natl’ Tour (Prod. Stage Manager) and Legally Blonde Natl’ Tour (Asst. Stage Manager), as well as worked on the international tour of Dream Girls before their departure to Asia this past fall. Other fun career highlights include American Dance Festival in Durham, NC (Prod. Stage Manager) and The Richmond Ballet’s: The Nutcracker (Asst. Stage Manager). Abby recently got engaged and is a proud dog mom to Josie and Finley!

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Lee West

Webmaster/Portal Manager/Admin

Lee grew up dancing from the age of five until she was in college. She studied at West End Academy of Dance and also here at Regency Dance Academy where she was a member of the jazz show troupe. Both of her daughters have also danced here at Regency and her youngest is now following in her mom’s footsteps as a member of the Regency Show Troupe. When not at the studio, you can find Lee teaching French at Bailey Bridge Middle School in Chesterfield County. She is the mother of three children, Hannah (17), Peyton (11), and Avery (9).

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