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 Rock University of Pennsylvania in 2006. After graduating, she moved to Richmond to pursue her career as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher.

 

Ashley 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 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). Ashley began teaching for RDA in 2012 and became owner in  2019. She is determined to provide the Richmond area with the best possible dance training. She is the mother of three children, Mabel 5, Roland 4 and Laszlo 18 months.

Tracy Crouch

Founder

Tap, Show Troupe

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, 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.

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. 

Lauren Morris

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!

Kirsten Saleh

Hip Hop

Kirsten Saleh choreographs and performs in Richmond, VA. She grew up in Little Silver, New Jersey and first started dancing at the age of 3. She was a member of the competition team at Dance Plus from elementary school through high school. She was also part of the dance program at Red Bank Catholic High School. In addition to being a member of the dance company there, she choreographed her first piece in the annual spring concert during her senior year. She attended the University of Richmond where she was a member of the dance company (University Dancers) her freshman year. In December of 2018, she began teaching with Richmond Urban Dance, a street dance company here in RVA. She teaches hip hop, jazz, contemporary, heels and tap to dancers of all ages. Her pieces are showcased in Richmond Urban Dance’s annual concert. Through Richmond Urban Dance, she had the opportunity to perform in the 2019 Orange Bowl halftime show. She is very excited to be part of the Regency Dance Academy.

Alyssa "Skye" Tapp

Contemporary

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.

Brenda Jean Hamilton

Jazz

Brenda Jean Hamilton is a performer who most recently appeared in the National Tour of Wicked, as a swing/ Nessarose US.  She has performed the role of Nessarose over a dozen times and has also appeared in the Broadway company.  Other credits include the National Tours of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Chorus Line, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Brenda was hired out of high school to be a Radio City Rockette and has been performing continuously since the age of 18.  Her most recent project is playing the role of Margaret in The Light in the Piazza at the RIver Center in Colombus, Georgia.

 

Along with her professional credits, Brenda holds a B.A. in Performing Arts from St. Mary's College of California.  She is currently working towards a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance at Schwob School of Music.  In addition to her collegiate studies, she attended levels I, II, and III of the contemporary commercial music voice teacher training program, Somatic Voicework™, the LoVetri Method. 

 

Residing in LaGrange, GA, Brenda is a private voice teacher and musical theatre instructor at Lafayette Society for the Performing Arts.

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.

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Meredith Davis

Ballet

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.

Meg Ruperto

Office Manager

Meg is from Bridgewater, NJ where she has been dancing since the age of three. She has trained in many styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Modern. In addition to her regular training, Meg has attended dance conventions and workshops all across the country. During High School Meg attended the Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School’s Gifted and Talented Dance Program.  She graduated the program with a concentration in Dance Education and it was there, that her love of teaching dance began. After graduating high school, Meg attended Rutgers University where she majored in Sports Management and minored in Dance. While at Rutgers, Meg was a member of the Rutgers Performing Dance Company for four years. During that time she choreographed Contemporary, Tap and Hip Hop routines for the company. Since graduating, she has worked for both professional sports teams and dance companies. Meg has continued to teach dance at several dance studios throughout New Jersey. 

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