Meet the Staff
Priscilla Mooradian, Director
Priscilla is a distinguished dancer, teacher and choreographer. She started her training early in the Cecchetti Ballet Method under the guidance of Pamela Moore of the National Ballet. She then attended and studied at Adelphi University under the direction of Norman Walker. Upon her graduation she returned to perform with the National Ballet and continued her training at the prestigious Maryland Youth Ballet Company under Eric Hampton. Ms. Mooradian has performed with the Annapolis Theater of Magic and numerous industrial shows in the area. She returned to her training after receiving a full scholarship to Michigan State by the Cecchetti Council of America. She holds an Advanced Grade VII Ballet certificate in the Cecchetti method. Priscilla guest teaches and choreographs nationally and internationally. She has produced two groups to participate in the RC/TS "Winners" dance industrial showcase in California. She produced two numbers for "Christmas through a Child's Eye" at the Merv Griffith Resorts in Atlantic City. She choreographed for Northern Virginia Opera Company, and "Revenger's Tragedy" for the Washington Sheakespeare Opera Company. She has choreographed several musicals at the surronding high schools and received great recognition for "Anything Goes” at the University of Maryland. She was also recognized as an assistant choreographer in the second National Tour of “Big” in New York City and associate choreographer for the “Merrily We Roll Along” at the Kennedy Center and associate choreographer for the Disneyland Production of "Snow White" and the Enchanted Musical at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.
Ms. Mooradian has received numerous choreography awards with her outstanding choreography within her competitive showtroops and has been artistic director of the Calvert School of Dance for over 30 years. The Calvert School of Dance is one of three studios in Maryland to be ranked in the top 50 studios in the Northeast region for the Federation of Dance Competitions. For the 2012 competition season, Priscilla's showtroops have received 3 FDC (Highest Scoring Number) awards.
Robin Gale, Instructor
Robin graduated with a BFA major in dance from the Boston Conservatory of Music. She performed with Directions Dance, a modern dance company, and with the American Contemporary Ballet Company for ten years. Robin co-owned the Calvert School of Dance for 25 years where she taught and directed competitive show troupes. She holds a Grade VII advanced teaching certificate in the Cecchetti Ballet method. She currently serves as chairman of the East Coast Region of the Cecchetti Council of America. Her students have won scholarships to numerous colleges and dance companies. For three years Ms. Gale lived in Switzerland, where she taught master rhythm tap classes as well as in Germany. Recently, she has choreographed for the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
Mark Orsborn, Tap Instructor
Mark Orsborn has been a student of the art of tap for over 18 years. After ending his studio training at the age of 12, Mark became an award winning soloist under the direction of Joseph Webb (“Bring in Da Noise/Bring in Da Funk.”) He moved on to become a member of two premiere tap companies, “Tappers With Attitude” and “Tap America Project,” and performed at the Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary and Smithsonian Institute’s 150th Anniversary with the likes of Mya and Cartier Williams. Mark has performed in over 50 shows at the Kennedy Center with Debbie Allen, and was an assistant to Laurie Johnson for two years on the Tremaine Dance Convention circuit. He has also trained with shows such as Stomp and Tap Dogs. More recently, Mark’s focus is on his choreography, catapulting students to top honors at numerous talent competitions and conventions. A number of Mark’s students have been seen on, “America’s Got Talent,” “America’s Best Dance Crew,” “Hairspray” and “Step Up,” just to name a few.
Anthony Richardson, Gymnastics Instructor
Jessie Beaudoin, Jazz Instructor
Stephanie Johnson, Hip Hop Instructor
Stephanie has been a student of the Calvert School of Dance for over 15 years, where she received extensive training in tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, ballet, pointe, and gymnastics. After ending her studio training at the age of 18, she traveled to New York to study dance education at Hofstra University. Once there, she studied in-depth the art of dance education, all while studying in their dance program, dancing on their competitive dance team, and dancing for their student run organization, Danceworks. She moved back to the DC/Metro area and finished her studies at the University of Maryland, College Park where she moved on to be the director of the hip hop company, Phunktions Hip-Hop. While directing the company for three years, Stephanie traveled, competed, and choreographed, all while receiving instruction from great hip hop names such as Laura Edwards, Ellen Kim, Lyle Beniga, and many more. Alongside hip hop, she has also performed in numerous tap and jazz shows at the Kennedy Center located in Washington, D.C., for Marvin Hamlisch. In the Spring of 2011 she graduated with a degree in Ancient Mediterranean History and is now employed at the Calvert School of Dance and for Revolution Talent Competition. Stephanie is continuing her hip hop training and is currently on scholarship for the Culture Shock Dance Troupe of Washington D.C., while also working as an assistant coordinator for dance production and agency, Cruz Productions, LLC.
Jessica began her dance training at the Calvert School of Dance at the age of four. She received professional training in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, hip hop, and gymnastics. During the course of her career she has performed in numerous shows through the Washington D.C, Maryland, and Virginia area, including but not limited to, the Helen Hayes Awards and several performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C with the illustrious Marvin Hamlish. She also guest performed at the Lincoln Center on Broadway, with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Jessica has been a judge and guest teacher for talent competitions throughout the east coast. She guest taught numerous workshops at the 2010 On Stage America nationals in Cape May, New Jersey, as well as co-choreographed the opening gala. In 2011, she was part of a professional dance group in the metropolitan area under the direction of Jesse Beaudoin. Most recently, Jessica graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a degree in Communications and is currently employed at the Calvert School of Dance. While working with and choreographing for the competitive showtroops at Calvert she has received numerous choreography and "High Point" awards.
Christy Devere, Office Manager
Althelia Harris, Evening Receptionist