Faculty & Staff
“All of the instructors love and care about each and every dancer that walks through these doors.”
- Regency Dance Parent
Dance Styles: Contemporary, Jazz, Acro, Company
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 7, Roland 6 and Laszlo 3.
Dance Style: 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!
Dance Style: Hip Hop, Jazz, Company
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.
Dance Styles: Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Pointe, Company
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. During her teen years, she had the pleasure of circulating competition circuits with The Showbiz Kids and performed with The Moscow Ballet. During this time she had the pleasure of training with Mia Michaels, Desmond Richardson, Andy Blankenbeuhler, Suzi Taylor, and Leslie Browne. In the Summer of 2005, Meredith attended the New York City Dance Alliance Dance Intensive, and performed original works at La Guardia High School of Music, Art & Performing Arts. Meredith graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography in 2009. Through her career at VCU, she had the pleasure of performing and studying with Robert Battle, Urban Bush Women, Scott Putman, Gerri Houlihan, Francis Wessells, Arnott Mader, Lori Belilove, Starr Foster Dance Company, and Heidi Weiss. Meredith has danced professionally in the Richmond scene with companies such as Starr Foster Dance Company, and rva dance collective. Her own award winning choreography has been shown in the Virginia Dance Festival in both 2018 & 2019. Over the years, Meredith’s path has led her to teaching and giving her loyal students a haven to study, and embrace their gifts. In 2016, she founded The Dance Lab in Ashland, Virginia to engage and continue training with local dancers. During this time, Meredith gained many skills such as Art Direction, Lighting, Stage Management, Marketing, Public Relations, Media, Marketing, and Office Management. Meredith has most recently become certified in both Progressing Contemporary Technique & Progressing Ballet Technique. She specializes in Contemporary, Modern, Ballet, Jazz and Tap, and integrates her love for improvisation, yoga, strength training, and dance medicine into her classes, workshops, choreography and curriculum.
Dance Styles: Ballet
Nadine began her dance studies at the Diggs School of Dance in her hometown of Mathews, Virginia. A late starter, she fell in love with ballet immediately, began assisting Ms. Diggs in class, and began teaching her own classes while still in high school. She began her professional training in Williamsburg, Virginia as a company member of Contemporary Ballet Theatre under Sandra Balestracci, and deepened her Vaganova and Character Dance studies at the Mansur Kamaletdinov School of Ballet. After several years of travel, Nadine returned to her hometown and resumed teaching at The Diggs School of Dance, and choreographed numerous classical and contemporary works for The Bayside Youth Ballet. Nadine moved to Richmond in 2004 and has been teaching ballet and conditioning for dancers ever since. Her passion for the movement arts combined with a love for wellness and injury prevention led her to teach yoga and eventually train yoga teachers in the Richmond area. Nadine is excited to spend another year with the talented faculty and dancers of Regency Dance Academy.
Dance Styles: Tap
Stephanie is a native of Richmond, Virginia and began dancing as a young child at Regency Dance Academy when it first opened its doors. While there for nearly two decades, she trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, & hip-hop under Tracy Crouch, Arthur Purslow, Jacqueline Lopez, Jennifer Edgcomb, Carrol Dodd, Elizabeth Venini, and many others. She enjoyed participating in regional and national dance competitions successfully throughout elementary, middle, and high school. Stephanie continued her study of dance in college, becoming a member of the Wake Forest Dance Team and graduating with a minor in dance from the University of Richmond under Myra Daleng and Anne Van Gelder. She created and managed her own dance program for children during college, and then came back to teach at Regency after graduation. Stephanie was also the head coach for the Freeman High School dance team for numerous years. After a break from teaching to focus on her babies, Stephanie went back to teaching and choreographing jazz and tap for Aspire Dance Academy for many years. She is still involved there and at other studios around Richmond as a substitute teacher and also continues to practice her technique with her lifelong dance friends each week. At home, Stephanie is a wife and mother to her seven children, many of whom also dance. She loves teaching and creating jazz and tap and is very excited to be back at Regency!
Dance Styles: Jazz, Tap, Company
Amory is very excited to join the RDA family this year! She’s been dancing her whole life, and after a brief break when she started her family, can’t wait to jump back into it. Amory has a degree in theater and dance from The University of Mary Washington where she served as the head choreographer for their dance team and show choir. After college, she performed at Walt Disney World for 3 years and then moved to RVA. She is currently a TV/Film Casting Director and choreographer for several national commercials. She loves spending her free time on weekends on adventures away from home with her husband and 3 kids. Her daughter, Belle, is also a Company member.
Dance Styles: Ballet
Natasha started dancing when she was five and began taking dance classes at Regency Dance Academy when she was thirteen. She joined the RDA Company in 2017 and competed in Jazz and Contemporary small groups, as well as production numbers and solos until she graduated from Douglas Freeman High School in 2021. After graduating high school, Natasha began teaching dance to kids ages 3-10. Natasha is currently a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University pursuing a dual degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Business with a concentration in Management and Administration. She is excited to come back to Regency Dance Academy and join the team, this time as a teacher!
Dance Style: 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 Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, and Cinderella; Balanchine ballets such as, Allegro Brillante, Mozartiana, Stars and Stripes and Emeralds; 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. For the past 5 years Valerie has worked as the PR Manager for Richmond Ballet, where her knowledge of the industry and specific skill set were put to great use. Her knowledge of dance and media allowed her to help grow their social media following and engaging the Richmond community with dance in new ways.
Dance Style: Hip Hop
"Coach Gregg" is a Creative Director and Choreographer with over 16 years of experience. Born and raised in Essex County, New Jersey, he has since relocated his talents to Richmond, Virginia and continues to network in various markets across the United States of America. He is a self-trained popping based dancer with a style favored to waving, hitting, house dancing, tutting, and animating, continuously growing as a freestyle dancer, but strongest as a choreographer. Giving definition to his unique style of choreography, which invites fusion of dance styles and a high level of musicality or lyrical interpretation, Coach Gregg has coined the term, "subjective dancing". He teaches various styles of Hip-Hop dance to dancers of all ages (toddlers through adults) and can be exactly what you need.
Brooke is a freelance artist with a passion for fashion. Her work spans from teaching toddler art classes to styling events at New York Fashion Week. Brooke is a Virginia native who joined the Regency Dance team in 2021. She enjoys being back in the dance studio, a place where she spent the majority of her childhood and teen years. She moved to Richmond in 2012 to attend Virginia Commonwealth University's Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture. From there, she received a Bachelors of Science in Mass Communications with a focus in advertising. In her free time, Brooke loves collaging, creating clothes, binging her favorite reality tv shows and belting classic Britney Spears bops.
Lee, a Richmond native, grew up dancing from the age of five until she was in college. She even studied dance here at Regency Dance Academy where she was a member of the jazz show troupe. She continued to dance at Regency and at Shuffles Dance Studio in Mechanicsville while attending the University of Richmond, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in French and Education. Both of Lee's daughters have grown up dancing here at Regency and her youngest is now following in her mom’s footsteps as a member of the Regency Dance Company. 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 (19), Peyton (14), and Avery (12).