Tara R. Peyton-Burgess, Owner, Director, began her dance career at the age of two. During her early
years of training, she studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, gymnastics, modern/lyrical and baton at several tri-city area studios.
While training in the summers in New York City with professionals such as Charles Kelley, Frank Hatchett and Anne Reinking,
Tara was a member of the Thelma Olaker Ballet Company and The Richmond Ballet. Tara had the honor of performing the role of
"Clara" in the Richmond Ballet's production of The Nutcracker. During high school, Tara continued her studies
in dance and taught for area studios as well as for the youth at Fort Lee. She performed numerous time on television, at State
Fairs and various community events and modeled for Wolff Fording's Dance Costume Catalogue. Her dance career continued at
Radford University where she received a B.S. in Recreation with a Minor in Dance. While at Radford, Tara taught student dance
classes and choreographed for the dance group "AVEC Movement." During college, Tara was a dancer at
Kings Dominion in the main stage shows "Celebration" and "Gotta Dance" where she was Dance Swing. She
was also a finalist in the Miss Virginia Pageant. Tara spent a semester in Machrihanish, Scotland as a Recreation Intern where
she developed dance activities for Naval families. Following her graduation, Tara worked as an Activities Director in Nags
Head, NC where she implemented dance programs for a time-share resort. Tara then returned to school to receive her Certification
in Elementary Education from ECSU. She taught first, second and fourth grades in Prince George County for 13 years.
She was an Adjunct Faculty member at Richard Bland College from 2004-2007 where she taught Jazz. In 2004, Tara's life-long
dream came true when she opened Gotta DANCE! School of Performing Arts, Inc. Tara continues to train in New York
City throughout the year by taking dance classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. She also takes
classes at Richmond Dance Center. Tara is a member of Dance Educators of America, Inc. She also is an Adjudicator in
Dance for the Appomattox Regional Governor's School and is a Judge at the Kings Dominion Dance Festival. Tara attributes her
success to her faith and trust in God, to her supportive husband, Reggie and their two wonderful sons, Jared and Matthew,
to her parents and to her extended family and friends. Tara can't stress enough how much it means to her to be able
to share this experience and journey of Gotta DANCE! School of Performing Arts, Inc. with her teachers, students
Rachel E. Vaughan-Estes, Assistant Director and Special Programs Coordinator, has danced in the
tri-cities area for 20+ years. She has attended several dance conventions such as Dance Alliance, Dance Educators of America,
Show Stoppers, and Dance Caravan at the student and teacher level. Rachel has studied dance from some of the most prominent
dance teachers on the east &west coast. She was chosen as a "Junior Sweetheart" for I Love Dance to represent
Richmond Virginia at the National level of the event and was invited to dance in the main show along with about 150 other
boys and girls. Rachel graduated from Richard Bland College with an Associate Degree in Art and Science in 2008. She
was named Who's Who among Junior Colleges while attending Richard Bland College. Also, was a member of the Richard Bland
College Dance Team from 2006 until 2008 and served as Captain during her 2007/2008 school year. The team competed at
the Gold Level and performed in the Virginia Dance Festival and many other school and community events. Rachel coached
for the Matoca Middle School dance team from 2007 to 2009 and won Best Performance Group while attending UDA. Rachel was a
dancer on the VCU "Gold Rush" Dance Team for 3 years performing for Men's and Women's basketball games and other
dance team events. She also choreographed a piece for Prince George High School "Royalettes" Dance Team in
the 2011/2012 school year. Rachel has a B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in dance from Virginia Commonwealth University.
She is a dance instructor at Gotta DANCE! School of Performing Arts, Inc.
Erin M. Ingles has been twirling baton for over twenty years! She has studied all forms of dance at
Dance Unlimited and Atwater Dance Studio. Erin was a majorette for four years for the Prince George
High School Marching Band where she was Head Majorette her senior year. Erin has performed in numerous parades over
the years including the Richmond, Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Prince George parades. She twirled in these parades as she
represented her dance studios and Prince George High School. Erin has competed in various Baton Competitions with the Prince
George High School Marching Band. Erin has instructed and judged the Majorettes of Prince George High School. Erin obtained
her Associate Degree from Richard Bland College. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University where
she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in History. Erin is employed by Henrico County Public Schools and is an Exceptional
Education Teacher at Varina High School. Erin hopes to pursue her interest in twirling as a Majorette Coach while teaching
high school students. Erin has taught baton for Gotta DANCE! School of Performing Arts, Inc. since its
opening. Erin is happily married to Sean and resides in Richmond. They are the proud parents of their two children Heidi,
one of our younger dancers, and Forrest.
Amie L. Trent began her dance training at an early age and as most young ladies wanted to try it all.
Early on she took classes in ballet, pointe tap, jazz, baton and gymnastics. Amie settled on her favorites of jazz and ballet
for most of her training before majoring in Teaching of Ballet at Virginia Intermont College (VIC) and earning her Bachelor's
degree. While in high school she was an assistant instructor for classes in ballet, tap and gymnastics at Traylor Dance Academy.
Her summer studies included Richmond Ballet and trips to New York for master classes under Charles Kelley, Greg Burge, Bob
Fitch, Betsy Haug, Phil Black, Ron Forella and tap great Honi Coles. While attending Virginia Intermont College, Amie served
as props manager for the Bristol Ballet Company, was a dancer and choreographer for Orchesis at VIC and did her teaching appointment
at The Bristol School of Ballet. After college, Amie stayed in Bristol where she taught classical ballet at local studios
including Branson School of Dance in Abingdon and Kingsport Guild of Ballet as well as teaching classical ballet and Teaching
of Ballet as part-time faculty at Virginia Intermont College. She danced with the State of Franklin Dance Alliance where she
also served as ballet mistress for the company. Her performing experiences include: State of Franklin Dance Alliance, Kingsport,
TN, The Sleeping Beauty, Passages, Cats, and Pratt Trilogy, Showboat Dinner Theatre, Kingsport, TN, Sugar Babies, Mountain
Movers, Johnson City, TN, County Suite and At One In Time and Space, Theater of Bristol, Bristol, VA, Music Man. Amie has
been a member of the Tennessee Association of Dance Conference where she received additional training under Marcus Alford,
Edward Villella, Finis Jhung and Jeremy Blanton. Amie also continued her ballet studies after college during the summers in
New York City at David Howard Dance Center and Joffrey Ballet. Upon returning to the Tri-cities area, Amie earned her Master's
Degree in Education and has taught dance and choreographed for spring recitals at local studios and conducted ballet
classes at John Tyler College and the Greater Richmond YMCA. Amie is currently on the substitute roster for the Appomattox
Regional Governor's School's Dance Department, snisrative Assistant for the Petersburg Library Foundation and enjoys her down
time with her horse - appropriately named Dancer. Amie is the Ballet Mistress at Gotta DANCE!
School of Performing Arts. She takes pride in sharing her talent and expertise with her students.
Anderson, dance instructor, received her B.A. in Studio Art from Old Dominion University. She is currently an elementary art
teacher for Hopewell City Public Schools. Taleah has been dancing and cheering since the age of 3. Taleah graduated high school
from the Appomattox Regional Governor's School for the Arts and Technology in dance, where she was given the opportunity to
work with many dancers and guest instructors, along with dancing at the Richmond Ballet. Taleah was a member of the Dragonfire
dance team during her 4 years at ARGS, while also competing on the Competition Cheer Squad. She also danced at Encore Performing
Arts Studio in Chester during her younger years. In college, Taleah was an ODU Dynasty Dance team member where she served
as team captain during her senior year. She performed at all home basketball games and football games, along with getting
to travel to other colleges to dance. She won All-American Dancer 2017 at NDA during the Collegiate team summer camp in Myrtle
Beach, SC. Taleah has also taught dance and cheer for the Starz Program around the Hampton Roads area. Taleah loves to dance
and share her talents with others. We are so excited to welcome Taleah to our Gotta DANCE! family.
Rebekah Pilout, Hip Hop instructor, has danced in the tri-cities for
nearly 20 years. She has done numerous regional and national dance competitions up and down the east coast. She has attended various workshops and conventions with artists such as Twitch, Darrin Henson, Mary
Anne Lamb, Dena Rizzo, and Geo! She has also made several trips to New York City to take classes at Broadway Dance Center.
Rebekah is a graduate from Richard Bland College with an Associate degree in Science, and plans to continue to further her
studies in nursing school. She loves getting the chance to see the potential in a young dancer, and giving them the notes
and advice they need to do their best! We are so excited to welcome Rebekah to our Gotta DANCE! family!
Christine Wyatt, Advanced Modern Dance instructor,
is a D(MV) artist who was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She moved to Richmond, VA in 2014 to attend Virginia Commonwealth
University. She began her dance journey at the age of 9. After attending a performing arts summer camp at Flair Dance Studio
in Baltimore, she never stopped dancing. Christine studied dance, music, and theatre at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, continued
to train in ballet and modern at the Baltimore County Youth Ballet Summer intensive, and performed in many youth companies,
youth theatres, and school musical productions throughout middle school and high school. Christine received
her B.F.A. in Dance & Choreography from VCU in May of 2018. Thirteen years of a multitude of experiences in dance (and
music/musical theatre) she has sought out opportunities and knowledge to develop a clear philosophy about
dance. Christine is currently on faculty at J'adore Dance Studio in Midlothian, VA, certified in
Scott Putman’s Elemental Body Alignment Systems (EBAS 1), and most recently added as a Teaching Artist for Richmond
Ballet’s Mind In Motion program. She has worked with professional modern
dance artists like Liz Lerman/Dance Exchange, Jawole Jo
Zollar/Urban Bush Women, MK Abadoo, Maria
Bauman, Melanie Richards, Ching-I Chang Bigelow, Autumn Proctor, Dr. Gaynell Sherrod, and Alicia Diaz/Agua Dulce Dance Theatre.
Her experiences have inspired her passion for community based work in dance and fueled her desire to decolonize her dance
practice. Inspired by africanist movement values and aesthetics in American dance forms (such as Jazz, Tap, and Modern), Christine
explores movement as a means for liberation in the body and spirit. Her class is rooted in utilizing technical principles
to find groundedness and suspension. These principles are explored through repetition, and the dancers are invited to
embrace risk as a means of evolution. Dancers will gain experiential knowledge about movement and their bodies.
Improvisational structures throughout the class will facilitate Christine’s desire to empower students and cultivate
an environment that emphasizes the beauty
of the individual voice. We are so excited to have Christine join our Gotta DANCE! family.