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Tara R. Peyton-Burgess, Owner, Artistic 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" which is now a program that was implemented by Tara at Gotta DANCE! in 2005. 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. 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 and parents!

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Rachel E. Vaughan 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 certified Zumba Instructor. Rachel currently teaches dance and is the Co-Director for the Performance and Competition Team AVEC Movement, at Gotta DANCE! School of Performing Arts, Inc.

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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.

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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, serves as Administrative 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.

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Kim Richardson, Director to Dance Interface, the Summer Dance Intensive, and ARGS Dance Teacher, is a native New Yorker and daughter of the late great jazz saxophonist, Jerome Richardson. Her dance education includes: Katherine Dunham School, Donald McKayle School, School of American Ballet, LaGuardia High School for he Performing Arts, Arthur Mitchell’s Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Center.  She performed with Alvin Ailey Repertory Company, under Miguel Godreau, then later as a professional with Tally Beatty’s Dance Company and Bella Lewitzky’s Dance Company. By 1978, she attended The Juilliard School and received a BFA degree in dance in 1981. After graduation from The Juilliard School, Ms. Richardson moved to Italy for several years where she taught in various schools, choreographed numerous shows, performed on tour with Robert Pomper, and appeared on Italian television (Canale 5) under Silvio Berlusconi. Upon returning to the United States, she chose to retire from performing and pursued a career as a dance educator. In 1993, Ms. Richardson became the chairperson of the dance program at the Newark School of the Arts where she successfully developed a dance program and created the NSA Dance Ensemble, which performed for President Clinton at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In 1995, Arts High School offered her the position to pioneer their new dance department for their performing arts high school. There, she not only taught and choreographed, but wrote the curriculum for dance and the National Dance Assessment Standards. Today, Arts High School is used s a modeled dance program for all of the New Jersey dance programs. As a result, many students she taught were offered scholarships to top dance universities. After renouncing her position at Arts High School, she went on to obtain many varied certifications to help dancers’ injuries; the outcome, of which, gained a stronger comprehension of anatomical-movement analysis. During that period, she maintained her position as the Horton modern dance professor at CUNY University in New Your and at Premiere Dance Theatre in Montclair, NJ, until she was offered to relocate to Richmond, VA to teach at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School (ARGS) in 2013. Through her diligence and commitment to advance the level of dance, she started the company, Dance Interface, formed from strong dance students at ARGS. Dance Interface has been performing successfully throughout the community, which includes festivals, public schools, retirement homes, and local television. Their 45-60 minute show has thrilled audiences through their varied choreographies of students, faculty, and guest artists. Gotta Dance! School of Performing Arts is honored to have Ms. Richardson join our dance faculty. We are fortunate to have her share her expertise and talents with our students.

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Haleigh N. Brown began her dancing at the young age of two. Training at local studios in Colonial Heights, Virginia the next fifteen years of Haleigh's life were immersed in a wide variety of styles including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip-hop. Early on Haleigh recognized her passion for dance and began competing at various competitions all along the east coast including Dance Caravan, Dance Makers Inc., and Showstoppers. At the age of thirteen, Haleigh was selected to enter Thomas Dale High School's Specialty Center for the Visual and Performing Arts where she trained in modern and contemporary dance under the direction of Denise Purvis. In 2011 and 2012, Haleigh performed as entertainment for the Miss Virginia Pageant. Haleigh has been teaching and choreographing at various studios in the tri-cities area since the age of sixteen. Haleigh has also travelled up and down the east coast teaching workshops and competing with Shag dance, eventually helping to found and become a board member for the Central Virginia Junior Shaggers, Inc. Upon graduation from high school, Haleigh continued to pursue her love of dance through the Conservatory at Shenandoah University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. While studying at Shenandoah, Haleigh was given the opportunity to travel to Paris, Greece, and Barcelona performing and taking classes with Maurice Fraga and Dorcas Román. This will be Haleigh's first year teaching dance at the studio, and we are thrilled to have her join our dance family!


 
6317 Courthouse Road, Prince George, VA 23875
804-861-DNCE (3623)
Tara R. Peyton-Burgess, Owner, Artistic Director, Instructor

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