Lucetta Furr, Artistic Director for Woodbridge Academy of Dance and Woodbridge Dance Company. Lucetta returned to PWC after four years of studying and performing in the LA area. While in CA, Lucetta had the opportunity of working with many dance artists such as Joe Tremaine, and the dancers of Tap Dog. She performed in Washington, DC on National Tap Day with guest stars, Gregory Hines, Joe Webb, and Savion Glover, and sang in the Stand for Children event hosted by Rosie O’Donnell. Lucetta attended The Juilliard School of Performing Arts, The Joffrey Ballet School in New York, and was a company member of the Center Dance Company in VA. Lucetta’s talent for choreography has won her several choreography awards at local competitions; Lucetta also choreographs gymnastic levels 7-9 floor routines for area gymnasts. Lucetta is an American Ballet Theatre certified instructor. She is a 9-year member of the Capitol Movement Dance Company in D.C., performing and instructing dance in the DMV area. Last summer and fall she spent three weeks performing and teaching for the military over seas in several different cities. This year Lucetta is the recipient of Potomac Local’s Forty Under Forty for her leadership in the Arts.
Shontal Snider attended Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida on a music scholarship and has studied Percussion and the Trombone. She returned to the area and began her training in Hip-Hop dance and currently choreographs all over the Metropolitan area. Shontal is a founding member of the Capitol Movement organization and a faculty member at the Capitol Movement Dance Studio located in Washington DC. For three years, Shontal was Assistant Director for the NBA Jr. Wizards dance team, known as the Capital Kidz and the WNBA Mystics Mayhem dance team. Last season for the WAD’s Competitive Dance Team, Shontal's piece awarded her the Federal Dance Competition's People Choice Award for the Southeast Region. Shontal is an advocate for Hip Hop and has founded the G.U.M. Crew which continues to perform all over supporting dance as a culture. Shontal’s most recent resume includes tours in Japan, Italy, and Turkey performing for the military troops.
Leanne Taylor is a graduate of George Mason University, with a BA in History. She has been dancing since the age of seven, and has trained for many years. She is an alumna of WAD and has been instructing at the studio since 2008. Leanne captained her school’s cheer teams where she was also selected as a UCA All Star. She has choreographed award winning cheer routines for PWC Schools. For eight years Leanne managed and taught swim lessons with SwimKids where she developed a love for working with young children. She is currently the assistant general manager at the Woodbridge location. Leanne is enthusiastic about sharing her passion for dance with students at WAD.
Dawn Whitaker has studied ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical at studios in New Jersey, Georgia and Washington. Dawn attended the University of Washington in Seattle where she majored in Dance with a focus in Modern Dance. After graduating, she pursued a career in corporate America. During this time she started a family and quickly realized that dance was something she would love to share with her daughters and she sought out a studio to begin training once again. Dawn is the Company Manager at the Woodbridge Dance Company. She has performed with the company over the past four years now and looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with others in any opportunity.
Yodet Meresie is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she received her BA in Anthropology. She started her formative dance education at Chris Collins Dance Studio, and went on to perform/compete in the Northern VA area throughout High School. In College, as a member of the Virginia Dance Company, Yodet choreographed and performed numerous pieces in styles ranging from contemporary, lyrical and tap, to jazz, hiphop, and musical theater. After University, she joined Capitol Movement Dance Company in Washington, DC, and performed all around the DMV area. She spent a year in Los Angeles, California training with various choreographers and was a member of the KreativMindz Dance Academy. Since moving back to the Northern VA area, Yodet has rejoined Capitol Movement Dance Company, resumed teaching at Woodbridge Academy of Dance, and received choroegrpahy awards for her recent works with Woodbridge Dance Company!