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.

Samantha Johnson, Artistic Director & Instructor

Kyle Young

Office Manager

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.

Jesse Beaudoin, Jazz Instructor

Jesse is originally from the Washington DC area and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from Towson University.  Jesse’s most recent performance was with the first national tour of the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” starring the world famous Radio city Rockettes.  He’s also worked for the Disney Company in Tokyo, Anaheim, and at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.  He served as Artistic Director for “Les Femmes,” a professional dance troupe in the Washington DC area.  Other credits include “Mass” at the Hollywood Bowl, performing and choreography for Holland America Cruise Lines, and industrial performances for Casino Morongo, Mattel, Milkfed Clothing (Tokyo), NFL ProBowl (FOX), NHK Productions (Tokyo), Macy’s, The Kirov Academy of Ballet, Jazz Dance World Congress, Footworks Dance Ensemble and Teelin Irish Dance Company.  He’s performed in almost all 50 states and abroad and has worked with celebrities such as Julie Andrews, Destiny’s Child, Don Ho, Santana, American Idol’s Jasmine Trias, and MTV’s downtown Julie Brown.  In his spare time he continues to be active in education, guest teaching at studios all over the US, but spending most of his times serving as Artistic & Creative director for Strictly Rhythm Dance Center in Alexandria, VA.  Jesse is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association, the American Guild of Variety Artists, and Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for collegiate schools of business.

Amanda Sutcher

Tap Instructor

Abby Hayden

Jazz & Hip Hop Instructor

Courtney Rice

Toddler, Hip Hop & Boys Hip Hop Instructor

Victor Adebusola, Hip Hop Instructor

Victor started his dance career in 2002 in Baltimore, MD, where he trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz and Hip Hop for several years. After graduating high school, Vic went to the University of Maryland College Park where he received his bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics and his master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. While attending Maryland, he discovered an on campus based hip-hop team called Dynamic Hip-Hop Dance Troupe and eventually became Artistic Director of the group. Vic became an official member of Culture Shock, Washington DC in 2011. Through Culture Shock DC, Vic has had the opportunity to travel to places such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Ottawa, Canada, and New York showcasing with the troupe. Vic has also taught nationally and internationally, at locations such as University of North Carolina, Virginia Tech, George Mason University, and most recently teaching abroad in Ottawa, Canada. Vic recently has taken on the full time role as a choreographer, dancer and instructor in pursuit of his goal and dream of becoming a house hold name in the dance community and a professional working dancer / choreographer. Vic is currently the Chief Artistic Director of Culture Shock DC, and a member of the all male Hip Hop crew, UpperClassMen, and Tito Boyscouts. Vic also recently accepted a position as an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University teaching the Introduction to Hip-Hop course. Vic has choreographed several competition-winning pieces for dance studios in the Maryland and DC area. He is managed and represented through Cruz Productions as dancer and choreographer, a hip-hop based department under Metropolitan School of the Arts. With Vic’s newfound commitment and all his knowledge and skills, he continues to spread his knowledge and love for dance to all communities and people who share his passion.

 

HEADLINES CREDITS: *CULTURE SHOCK DC (CHIEF ARTISTIC DIRECTOR),*UPPER CLASSMEN (DANCER),*CRUZ PRODUCTIONS (DANCER/INSTRUCTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER),*TITO BOYSCOUTS (DANCER),*DYNAMIC ,LUMNI (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR)

Stephanie Johnson, Instructor

Stephanie Johnson began her dance training as a student of the Calvert School of Dance. Calvert, which holds a place in the top 50 Northeastern Schools under the Federation of Dance Competitions, was founded over thirty years ago by her mother, Priscilla Mooradian. A love and passion for dance was cultivated in Stephanie at an early age and she studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, gymnastics, pointe and modern until she graduated from high school. In the fall of 2007 she traveled to Hofstra University in New York to study ballet and modern dance. Once there, she studied in-depth the art of dance education within the university's dance program, was accepted on the nationally ranked competitive dance team, HUDT, and also danced for the 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 furthered her interest and involvement in the dance world through her involvement with Phunktions Hip Hop Dance Company. Using her knowledge of competitive dance, Stephanie became the director of Phunktions after her first year and over the course of her college career, she continued to push the limits of her hip hop knowledge by teaching, choreographing, and competing until she graduated from Maryland in Spring 2011. While fulfilling her requirements as a student at school, Stephanie also held numerous professional tap and jazz performance jobs under choreographer Karma Camp and composer Marvin Hamlisch at the Kennedy Center located in Washington, D.C.. She has been employed as a judge for the touring dance competition, OnStage America and worked as a tabulator for Revolution Talent Competition for many years. Following her college graduation, Stephanie continued her involvement at the Calvert School of Dance, training students in both hip hop and contemporary styles. While living in DC she took on many dance opportunities, including performing for competitive hip hop crew, Piernas Locas Project and Kick Rocks Crew, as well as dancing for the non-profit dance company, Culture Shock DC. She toured with Culture Shock for three years and was named a choreography captain her last year with the organization. Following her touring and training with both dance groups, she moved to New York City to  further her focus in the contemporary dance scene. She continues to train professionally in both hip hop and contemporary under favorite instructors such as Derek Mitchell, Hannah Frederick, Kristin Sudeikis, Mike Esperanza , Candace Brown, Neil Schwartz and Jared Jenkins. She has had the opportunity to perform in the Brooklyn Dance Festival and remains in the teaching field by guesting at Culture Shock DC, University of Maryland and Calvert School of Dance. She currently holds a permanent teaching position as an advanced hip hop and contemporary dance instructor at Variations Dance Studio in Huntington, Long Island.

Jessica Reynolds, Instructor

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.

Amanda Wood, Instructor

Amanda began her dance training at the Calvert School of Dance at the age of three.  She began intense training in ballet, jazz, and lyrical at seven where she discovered her love and passion for ballet.  Amanda trained all through her dance career at CSD in the Cecchetti method of ballet with such notable instructors as Pamela Moore and Thomas Hanner studying to Level VI.  She was a member of Calvert School of Dance’s competitive Hot Feet Showtroop for ten years and won various awards and scholarships.  She has trained under such greats as Joe Tremaine, Miranda Davis, Kasey Combs, Joe Lanteri, and Ray Leeper.  Her love for children began early when she became an assistant teacher for CSD and then promoted to teacher within the last year.  She continues to train in the DMV area.

Stacey Gulioano

Office Staff

Althelia Harris, Saturday Receptionist

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