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, Co - Owner, Artistic Director & Instructor

Samantha 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 forty years ago by her mother, Priscilla Mooradian. A love and passion for dance was cultivated in Samantha at an early age and she studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, gymnastics, pointe and modern until she graduated from high school.

She now co - owns the studio with her mother Priscilla. She is the Artistic Director and runs the Award Winning Competition Team. Her numbers have won multiple Choreography Awards and High Point Awards along with multiple National Grand Championships. Her unique style of teaching has changed the way CSD competes. Her specialty is Contemporary and Lyrical. 

Samantha started her professional career at the young age of 14. During the course of her career she performed in numerous shows through the Washington D.C, Maryland, and Virginia area, including but not limited to, the Helen Hayes Awards and several Christmas and Halloween performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C with the composer Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra. She also guest performed at the Lincoln Center on Broadway, with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra receiving her Broadway credit. She even performed in a Christmas Special for Maurice Hines as a "Rockette". This was all under the prestigious choreographer, Karma Camp.

In 2009, she was part of a professional dance group in the metropolitan area under the direction of Jesse Beaudoin. She also 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 the fall of 2010 she attended Savannah College of Art and Design graduating with a degree in Graphic Design. While attending college she worked and traveled around the  country with Revolution Talent Competition. She worked with them from 2010 - 2019. After that, she then went on traveling the world with Starpower International Competition.

In 2018, she was brought on by Mrs. Karma Camp as the Assistant Choreographer for the annua July 4th Celebration at the White House. The show was broadcasted live and many of her students were able to perform.

Contemporary, Lyrical & Showtroop

Kyle Young

Kyle Young started with the Calvert School of Dance in. September of 2019. He was born and raised in College Park Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature. After growing up working for his father's carpentry company he has since spent his time occupying various managerial roles while staying active as a freelance graphic artist. His artwork has been sold and displayed in restaurants and businesses around the DMV and in December of 2019 produced and hung his first solo show. Kyle has enjoyed success while working for companies such as Costco Wholesale and Pepco. As an avid reader, comic book fan and lifelong collector, Kyle also maintains employment with Big Planet Comics and frequently assists with local events and conventions. Kyle enjoys getting to know new clients and is absolutely always ready to help with anything, just don't ask him to dance. 

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.

Courtney Rice

Courtney began her dance training at the age of two and began training with Calvert School of Dance at the age of 6. She began training intensely in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. Courtney competed with the CSD from the age of seven through her senior year of high school where she also began assisting toddler classes at 16.. She started teaching for CSD after graduating high school. Courtney joined Future Shock DC for two seasons before moving up to Culture Shock Washington DC where she trained intensely in different hip hop and urban styles. She was able to perform in different places like Canada, Las Vegas, San Diego, and all throughout the DMV area including the Kennedy Center for National Dance Day 2017. She also had the opportunity to dance in a music video for Kingslynn “Give It Up”.
Courtney has now been an instructor at Calvert School of Dance for five years.

Hip Hop, Lusby Instructor, Toddler Combination Instructor

Amanda Sutcher

Amanda Johnston (Suchter) began her dance training at age 2 with Double Take Dance Factory and continued at age 10 with the Calvert School of Dance. Although she is trained in all genres of dance, Amanda has trained privately in tap dance since the age of 5.  During her time with the Calvert School of Dance, she was selected by Karma Camp to perform in the Helen Hayes Awards Show and the Christmas Spectacular at the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. where she performed a tap solo for the American composer and conductor, Marvin Hamlisch. Amanda has also worked with the Company, The Jam Project and has been featured in tap music video performances and performed in the Chloe and Maud Tap Festival in Washington, D.C. Amanda graduated from Towson University with a Bachelors in Accounting in 2014. During her time at Towson, Amanda competed all four years with the 18x National Championship Towson University Dance Team and served as captain for two of those years. She returned to the Calvert School of Dance upon college graduation and has been the Intermediate and Advanced tap teacher for the past six years where she has choreographed award winning group and solo routines. Amanda currently lives in Annapolis, Maryland and also works for a public accounting firm in Baltimore, Maryland.

Tap Instructor

Abby Hayden

Abigail Hayden is a Calvert School of Dance Alum. She started her training at the age of 3 at CSD’s Lusby location. As her love for dance grew she transitioned to CSD’s competitive showtroope team where she trained and competed in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, gymnastics, modern, musical theatre, and jazz. Abigail continued her passion for dance in 2011 at Towson University where she was a member of the national champion Towson Dance Team. Throughout her dance career she has choreographed 3 years of Hampstead Hill Academy's school musical, danced as a “Rockette” for Maurice Hines, taught dance and movement education in Baltimore City, and instructed workshops for Inferno Dance Competition. Abigail is a teacher in St.Mary’s County and is excited to continue her love of both children and dance at Calvert School Of Dance. 

Jazz & Hip Hop & Tap Instructor

Mary Beth Meiggs

Mary Beth Meiggs started her dance training at Calvert School of Dance at the age of six. She received professional training in ballet, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and tap. She was on the Calvert High School Dance Team for four years, and also helped choreograph dances during her senior year. She was a member of the Calvert School of Dance Competitive Showtroop and won various scholarships and awards. She attended many workshops and studied under well renowned and prestigious teachers. Her love for teaching children began when she became an assistant teacher. She will soon begin teaching at the local community center.

Ballet / Tap Combo, Zoom Instructor, Community Center Instructor

Jaida Howard

Jaida is a regional as well as national award winning competitive dancer. She has received countless judges awards as a soloist. She is trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hiphop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theatre and Gymnastics. Jaida holds a Grade 3 Ballet Certificate in the Cecchetti Method. She began dancing at Calvert School of Dance at the age of 12 as a part of the competition team, and has been assistant teaching since she was 13 years old. She taught the Community Center recreational program for the 2019-2020 dance season. She has performed with the Washington Wizard Girls, on Good Morning Washington and at Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida. Jaida has performed throughout the Maryland/DC area, including performances at The Anthem Theatre, The Fillmore, The National Christmas Tree Lighting, The FBI Building, The Atlas Performing Arts Center, and Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center. She also performed at The White House in 2018 for the 4th of July Celebration working for Karma Camp. She was a member of Capital Movement’s Pre-Professional Company and JaM Youth Project’s Tap Dance Company. Jaida has performed dances choreographed by many notable artists such as Britney Hall, Laura Edwards, Becca Nelson, Justin Myles, Mark Osborne, Jodeci Milhouse, and Miranda Davis to name a few. She has spent several summers training at Powerpak Dance in Ocean City, MD. She has also received numerous invitations and scholarships to notable summer dance programs around the country. 

Toddler, Community Center Instructor

Caitlin Ball

Caitlin began her dance training at Calvert school of dance at the age of 6. She was a member of the Calvert school of Dance’s competitive team for 11 years where she trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and gymnastics. She began working with children as an assistant teacher at the studio and after completing her senior year began teaching in 2019. 

Toddler, Teen 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 fourty 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.

Sammi Miller

Sammi Miller began gymnastics at the young age of 3. She continued to excel, winning several state and regional championships, and retired after she reached level 10 and competed her freshman year in college. Once she was done training, she began coaching and her love for teaching truly began.  In addition to gymnastics, she also provided consistent private tumbling lessons  for cheerleaders and dancers.  Sammi coached and trained athletes in Hawaii from 2008-2018 where she had multiple individual and team state champions. She graduated from the University of Hawaii in 2012 where she studied sociology and kinesiology. Sammi moved to Maryland last year with her husband and 3 year old son. She enjoys training kids of all ages and abilities. She will be going on her second year teaching for Calvert School of Dance.

Acro Dance Instructor, Gymnastics

Althelia Harris

Mrs.Althelia Harris has been working as a Government Employee for over 20 years and has worked for the Calvert School of Dance on Saturday mornings for over 30 years. She has been a huge help over the many years and has seen the studio grow over time. 

Saturday Receptionist

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