Tara R. Peyton-Burgess, Owner, Artistic Director and Performance Company Advisor, 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, Performance Company Director, 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.
Suzi Redling, Ballet instructor, is a local performer, choreographer and instructor. Suzi's professional training
and schooling includes the Joffrey Ballet Academy in Chicago, Alonzo King Lines Ballet Summer Intensive in San Franciso, Dance
Interface ARGS Dance Company, School of the Richmond Ballet and Appomattox Regional Governor's School graduate for Dance.
Highlights of Suzi's choreography experiences include the Theatre Company at Fort Lee's productions of Fiddler on the Roof
and The Lion King. Suzi also choreographed JEJ Moore's production of James and the Giant Peach. Suzi has performed in The
Sound of Music, Godspell and All Shook Up The Musical at the Theatre Company at Fort Lee. Other performances include A Christmas
Carol and Annie with Theatre IV (now Virginia Repertoire). We are always happy to have Miss Suzi as an instructor at Gotta
Rebekah Pilout, Hip Hop instructor, has danced int he 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 have Rebekah as part of our Gotta DANCE! family!
is a worldwide singer,
dancer and choreographer, but her first love is teaching! Sara received her bachelors degree in Elementary Education from
University. She will be teaching fourth grade this year in Prince George County. Sara toured nationally for Theatre IV’s
Children’s Theatre and worked in Virginia Repertory’s main stage shows (Shrek, The Golden Duckling & Beauty
& the Beast) as well as their theatrical education program. Her previous Fort Lee Playhouse credits include 9 to 5, You’re
a Good Man, Charlie Brown, & Annie. In between shows at the Fort, she has spent her time working for various entertainment
companies including Norwegian Cruise Lines; Carowinds, Charlotte, NC; Pagosa Springs Performing Arts Center, CO; and Regent
Seven Seas Luxury Cruises. Sara has been a guest choreographer and has conducted many musical theatre workshops at Gotta DANCE!
School of Performing Arts for the past 5 years. We are thrilled to have her join our dance faculty this season!