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 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!
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.
Ballet, Office Manager (Morning)
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!
Jazz, 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. During her teen years, she had the pleasure of circulating competition circuits with The Showbiz Kids. 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.
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, Va. 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 currently become certified in Progressing Contemporary Technique, and teaching at Arts In Motion Dance Academy and Regency Dance Academy. She specializes in Contemporary, Modern, Ballet, Jazz and Tap, as well as integrating her love for improvisation, yoga, strength training, and dance medicine into her classes.
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 for 15 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.
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 Show Troupe member.
Lauren Morris is a choreographer, performer, and educator originally from Northern Virginia. She has presented her work throughout Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia and San Jose, Costa Rica. Morris’ solo work, Within Roots was the recipient of the Maggie Allesee New Choreography award. 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, Joe Goode, Gerri Houlihan, Gesel Mason, and Peter Sparling. 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 University of Michigan. For nine years, she was a Lecturer of Dance at The College of William and Mary where she taught Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Dance Composition, Group Choreography, and the History of American Vernacular Dance as well as choreographed for the dance company, Orchesis. Morris has created work for Amaranth Contemporary Dance, Binford Middle School, Collegiate School, RADAR, Ohio Wesleyan University, The University of Michigan and The College of William & Mary. She is certified in Elemental Body Alignment System (EBAS) and Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT). Morris received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and MFA from University of Michigan.
Melanie Richards is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and actress. She toured nationally with Margalit Dance Theater, Eyes Wide Open Dance Theater and Repertory West Dance Theater. She was featured as Betty Boop in Hollywood Showcases and at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas. Additionally, she has performed in works by Doug Varone, Doug Nielsen, Liz Keen, Jack Cole and Donald McKayle. Her theater performances include Phyllis Gold in Twilight of the Golds (Theater Gym Production), Sister Felicity in Suddenly Last Summer (Richmond Triangle Players), and Violet Weston in August Osage County (Cadence Theater). She has been a guest artist/teacher at Scripps College, CSU Fresno, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Dartmouth College, Denison University, Sam Houston University, University of Richmond and University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico. Evening length productions created and choreographed by Melanie include Music Was His Mistress and Hard Sock Dance (both events performed with the VCU Jazz Orchestra), Picasso’s Women (Barksdale Theater), and Getting In/Getting Out, Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2013 and 2015 she was selected to present work in the Tasmeem International Arts Conference in Doha, Qatar. Melanie recently celebrated her
retirement from Virginia Commonwealth University completing 35 years as a professor in the Department of Dance and Choreography. She continues to teach at the Richmond Ballet and is currently working with the company trainees teaching jazz dance and also remains on the faculty at VCU teaching rhythm tap to dance and theater majors. Her choreographic career includes more than 200 works in modern dance, classical jazz, rhythm tap, musical theater and theater/dance pieces. Melanie completed her BA and MA degrees in Dance at UCLA.
Carmen is a professional modern and contemporary dancer, but is trained in ballet technique as her first passion. She began her dance schooling with the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk Virginia as a ballet major. After graduating in 2011, she danced as a trainee with North Carolina Dance Theatre, now Charlotte Ballet under Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, as well as Nashville Ballet under Paul Vasterling. Carmen began her professional dance career with Todd Rosenlieb Dance and Virginia Ballet Theater for two seasons. After dancing with TRD and VBT she moved to New York city and trained with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Parsons Dance, and others by taking intensives. In 2016 she became a company member with Heidi Latsky Dance which is a physically integrated modern contemporary company where she was able to perform Heidi’s work in various locations such as; The Russian Drama Theatre in Armenia, United Nations Building in NYC, Montclair University, Baruch College, The Whitney Museum, City College, Hurleyville Arts Center and many other performance venues. Carmen has moved to Richmond to re-focus on some of her
ballet technique and start getting some teaching experience. Carmen is very excited to be back in Virginia, her home state, and is looking forward to becoming a part of the Regency Dance Academy Team.
Alyssa "Skye" Tapp
Contemporary, Jazz, Acro, Musical Theatre, Show Troupe
Alyssa "Skye" Tapp, a Raleigh native, 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.
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.
Lifelong Richmond native, Rave has had a natural gift for dance his entire life but began honing his passion at the age of 10. His desire to dance had him studying numerous different genres up and down the East Coast. Rave attended the School of Richmond Ballet, Jessica Morgan School of Dance, Alvin Ailey's Summer Intensive, Bates Dance Festival, Monsters Of Hip Hop Dance Convention, This Is Kaos Dance Convention, and Center for the Arts at Henrico High School where he took Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and African. Although these are only a few of the plethora of experiences, Rave continues to explore and learn the different styles and variations of dance, but his true love will always be Hip Hop.
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!
Webmaster, Portal Manager, Admin
Lee, a Richmond native, 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. 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 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 (18), Peyton (12), and Avery (10).
Rebecca Allan was born in Williamsburg, VA where she was homeschooled and grew up playing volleyball. She went on to play collegiate-level volleyball for Christopher Newport University and graduated with B.S. in Government Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice. After graduation and a brief trip to Gretna, Scotland where she got married, Becca found her way to Richmond where she pursued her dream of being a police officer at the Henrico Police Academy; however, she chose another career to be a stay-at-home and she is thrilled to join RDA in this capacity where one of her children, Paisley, is a member of the RDA Show Troupe!mother to four children. This is where her love of photography flourished with capturing the special memories of her children as they grew. After 13 years, with her desire to serve the community and serve law enforcement still kindling, she became a volunteer with the Henrico Police Department. However, her passion for photography has continued to grow and she is thrilled to join RDA in this capacity where one of her children, Paisley, is a member of the RDA Show Troupe!