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
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
DANCE! School of Performing Arts, Inc. with her teachers, students and parents!
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
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.
Kelly Hamlin, modern choreographer, began dancing at a young age at Jessica Morgan
School of Dance (Richmond, VA.) During her youth, she received scholarships by The Professional Dance Teachers Association
and Dance Educators of America. Over the course of her training, Kelly has studied at The Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theatre of
Harlem, Ballet Hispanico, The Ailey School and Broadway Dance Center. In 2002, she moved to New York City to launch her dance
career. Throughout her 13 years in New York, Kelly has performed works by Alvin Ailey at City Center & The Apollo Theater.
She has also performed with The Nai Ni Chen Dance Company, Errol Grimes Dance Group, Genesis Dance, Jennifer Archibald/Arch Dance Co., Earl Mosely, Milton Myers, M'bewe Escobar, Stephen Contreras/SDance, The Riverbank Dance Collective
and JP Dance Group. In addition, Kelly has also toured nationally & internationally, performing abroad in Lithuania, Russia,
Poland, and Germany in affiliation with the International Dance Festival and the Malta Dance Festival. In 2015, Ms. Hamlin
relocated to her hometown of Richmond, VA where she was awarded the Space Microgrant of Dogtown Dance Theatre. With the help
of this grant, she produced a number of original works under the name of KrasH!Dance. Since then, her company has performed
in the 2016 Richmond Dance Festival, the 16th Annual Virginia Dance Festival Benefit, and Small Plates Choreography Fest in
Northern VA. Her company, KrasH!Dance is currently in residence at The Dogtown Dance Theatre. Kelly has also set choreography
for Lee Davis High School's Production of "Fiddler On The Roof (2016) , MKSD's Nutcracker, and The Richmond Chinese Performing
Arts Group. In the Fall of 2017, Kelly served as a Guest Artist in Residence at Longwood University (Farmville, VA) and at
Richmond City Dance (Richmond, VA). We are excited to welcome Kelly our Gotta DANCE!
Taleah Anderson, dance instructor,
received her B.A. in Studio Art frm Old Dominion University. She is currently an elementary art teacher for Hopewell City
Schools. Taleah has been dancing and cheering since an early age. Taleah graduated high school from the Appomattox Regional
Governor's School of Arts and Technology in dance. She was a proud member of the Dragonfire dance team during her 4 years
at ARGS. She also served as secretary for the competition cheer squad. Her honors in high school include being an active member
of the National Society for Dance Arts and the French Club. While in college, Taleah was an ODU Dynasty dance member where
she served as team captain. She has had many years of experience in working with children. Taleah served as a camp counselor
for the YMCA of Greater Richmond. She also taught dance and cheer for the Starz Dance Program around the Hampton Roads area.
Taleah is a freelance graphic designer in her spare time. We are so excited to welcome Taleah to our Gotta DANCE! family
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 welcome Rebekah to our Gotta DANCE! family!