Instructors2018-08-31T18:09:46+00:00

Dance Instructors

Showcase Dance Studio is home to industry professionals who are ready to share their knowledge with your dancer. Our talented dance instructors are committed to providing a welcoming, creative space for dancers of all levels. We take pride in our incredible staff and are excited to teach every dance student.

Our dance instructors are lifelong learners who continue to educate themselves through certification programs, teacher-training schools, conference, and other learning opportunities. It is our objective to inspire a passion for the art of dance in every child who passes through our doors. In the process, our dance instructors strive to set the right example and help your child create memories that will last a lifetime.

Crystal Boutselis-Carfagno

Artistic Director
Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Pom, Hip Hop, Company

Crystal began her dance training at the age of three at Showcase School of Dance. She studied theatre tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, hip-hop, lyrical and funk-tap. By the time she was 15, she was selected as “Best All Around Dancer” at Eastern Dance Association’s dance camp, allowing her to participate in the Pro Bowl with N’Sync. A year later, she was again nominated “Best All Around Dancer” at National Dance Association’s dance camp. She was the Captain of Stonewall Jackson High School’s award-winning Freshman Cheerleading squad for one year and Captain of the Raiderettes dance team for two years.

Following graduation, Crystal earned Showcase’s prestigious “Outstanding Achievement in Rhythm and Style” award. While attending college in New York City, Crystal studied at Broadway Dance Center. At age 19, she was selected as an NBA Washington Wizards Dancer, performing professionally around the world. Crystal continued performing professionally for the next three years as a NFL Washington Redskins Cheerleader, touring Kyrgyzstan, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, Qatar, Africa, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Honduras, and China with Armed Forces Entertainment.

Crystal has taught as a Guest Teacher for the Wizards, Junior Redskins Summer Dance Camp and Capitol Movement Project’s Summer Dance Program. Crystal believes in upholding the highest standards for her studio and is a proud that Showcase is an affiliated studio of “More Than Just Great Dancing.”

Wendy Baccus

Ballet, Mini Mesters

Wendy began her dance career at four years old with Sudley Dance and Arts Studio where she first fostered her love of ballet. As a young girl, she briefly danced at Showcase but returned to Sudley Dance and Arts to study the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) technique which emphasized students’ ballet and character training. Wendy participated in six RAD examinations in which she received “commended” and “highly commended” scores. Wendy has also experimented with the Imperial dance curriculum which highlights pointe work.

Wendy’s passion for dance not only led her to the stage, but also to the front of the class as a ballet and character teacher for Sudley Dance and Arts Studio, Seven Oaks Academy, Rhythm and Rhyme Gym, and Showcase Dance Studio. Wendy is happily pursuing her 10th year as an instructor.

She has continued her studies and expanded her knowledge of dance by pursuing classes at George Mason University including ballet, ballroom, and Afro-Cuban styles, and has even tried tap. This array of experience has further inspired her to delve deeper into the dancing community.

Although Wendy plans to graduate with her PhD in Psychology from George Mason University, Wendy does not foresee an end to her dancing career or her love for performing and teaching.

Molly Calhoun Mello

Tap, Musical Theatre, Company

Molly began her dance training at the age of 6 with Showcase Dance Studio. She studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap and acrobatics. As a teenager, she became a student teacher. She was the president of the Showcase Dance Company and performed at many local venues including the Washington Convention Center and local television programs.

Molly began her professional career dancing at Kings Dominion as a singer and dancer and was part of the audition team. Her dinner theatre credits include: A Chorus Line, Damn Yankees, Singing in the Rain, Scrooge, and Anything Goes. Molly also performed in the national tour of the Broadway musical Anything Goes. She was a member of the Jean Ann Ryan Company and performed on Norwegian Cruise Line.

Molly has choreographed local high school musical productions and has taught throughout the years at Showcase Dance studio and other studios in Richmond, VA. She has been involved with the Showcase Dance Company for several years. Molly loves to watch her students shine on stage.

Laura Schmidt

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pom

Laura was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin and developed a love for dance at an early age. She began dancing at North Shore Dance Studio where she studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and modern. During high school, she expanded her dance training and joined the Varsity Pom Dance Team. While on the team she was elected Captain and led the team to the State Finals Dance Competition in Pom where the team ranked 10th in the state.

Laura decided to further her dance studies through college and studied at Oklahoma City University where she received her B.S. in American Dance Pedagogy and specialized in ballet, tap and jazz.

Along with teaching, Laura has continued her performance career and has had the opportunity to perform in the pre-game show of the Capitol One Bowl, a promotional music video for Step Up 3D, and various stages in New York City. Currently, she is dancing with Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz Dance Company based out of Fairfax, VA under the direction of Marilyn York.

Sarah Turner

Competition Director
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theatre, Company

Sarah began her dance training at the age of three. In high school, she danced with Roanoke Ballet Theatre where she had the opportunity to work with the Moscow State Ballet, Jaques D’Amboise, and other visiting artists. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University.

While at VCU Dance, Sarah was a member of D’Feet Tap Ensemble, attended ACDFA, and performed in repertory pieces with Starrene Foster and Clay Taliaferro. She also studied with many guest artists including David Dorfman, Bebe Miller, Donald McKayle, and Gerri Houlihan.

Sarah attended Bates Dance Festival during the summer of 2003 where she worked and performed with Doug Varone. After performing Jose Limon’s ballet A Choreographic Offering at the Kennedy Center in June 2004, Sarah relocated to Saratoga Springs, New York where she received a scholarship to attend the Doug Varone and Dancers Summer Workshop.

Sarah moved to Boston in February 2005, where she danced with Boston Dance Collective, Kelley Donovan and Dancers, and choreographer Emily Beattie. She was also a member of Zoe Dance Company, performing and traveling throughout New England as well as touring to Santiago, Chile.

Gina Gasbarri

Marketing Director
Acro, Hip Hop, Pom, Jazz

Gina Gasbarri’s love for dance began at the age of three at a summer dance camp held at Showcase School of Dance. Summer dance camp turned into 15 years of training in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, acro, pointe, and hip-hop. While at Showcase, Gina was a Company Member where she was given a multitude of opportunities to perform in annual jubilees, parades, competitions, and recitals.

At the age of 11, Gina also fell in love with cheerleading. She cheered on her middle school and high school varsity cheerleading squads where she competed in a number of All County, Regional, and State competitions. Gina has also received the titles of “Top Gun Flyer” and “All American” at Spirit Xpress and National Cheerleading Association cheerleading camps. Her love for cheerleading also landed her a job as a Head Instructor for Spirit Xpress where she taught and choreographed for cheerleading teams up and down the East Coast for seven years.

In 2013, Gina graduated from Radford University with a Communication degree, as well as interned at Showcase. Gina is eager to spread her love of dance, and not only teach her students, but to learn from her students. Showcase has always been a second home and she loves to continually give back to the studio that gave her so much.

Andrea Jiles

Mini Mesters

Andrea has been dancing for over 25 years. She graduated from Shenandoah University in with a B.F.A. in Dance as well as studies in Psychology and Elementary Education. Since beginning dance at the age of two, Andrea has danced all over the United States. As a teen, she participated in several competitions including the Showstoppers Nationals for both solo and group works. Ballet was her first love, but she has grown to love all genres.

Being a military brat, Andrea has been exposed to many different teaching styles which she embraces and incorporates in her own teaching approach. Since beginning to teach dance in 1998, her classes have included ballet, lyrical, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theatre for preschool students through adults.

One of the highlights in her dancing life has been the opportunity to perform in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Sydney Olympics. Throughout her dance career, she has had the opportunity to dance the leads in several ballets including The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, and many more in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

While in college dancing with the Flying Lions Modern Dance Company, she was selected to perform in a gala at ACDFA in a piece dedicated to the tragedies of hurricane Katrina, which is now a permanent part of repertoire at Shenandoah University. Andrea was a member of a local modern dance company, AriDen, which performed throughout the Metro area as well as several invites and appearances in New York. The company also made appearances with other local dance companies in several genres. Andrea now teaches a variety of classes around the area.

Shania Stewart

Musical Theatre, Pom, Hip Hop

Shania began dancing at the age of three at Showcase School of Dance. She studied Broadway tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, hip-hop, breakdancing, pom, musical theatre, lyrical, and contemporary.

On numerous occasions, she trained at the Broadway Dance Center as well as with the Radio City Rockettes. She began studying theatre at the age of eight with the Center for the Arts in Manassas. By the age of 12, she got into her first professional show with the Gray Ghost Theatre Company. She began assistant teaching at the age of 14 under Showcase’s Student Teaching Program. By 17 she co-choreographed her first musical with Pied Piper Theatre and became a teacher in dance and theatre for the Center for the Arts.

After graduation, she started working professionally as a performer at Riverside Dinner Theatre, where she performed in both the mainstage as well as the children’s theatre. She as spent the last few years choreographing several children’s productions at the Riverside Dinner Theatre, directing and choreographing numerous productions for Pied Piper Children’s Theatre, and choreographing for Rooftop Productions Adult Theatre Company.

Mariah Lopez

Ballet and Pointe
Mariah Lopez is a magna cum laude graduate from Rider University with a degree in Dance Pedagogy and International Politics. She interned with American Repertory Ballet and volunteered with the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte working with international refugees from Nepal. A lifetime member of Psi Beta Psychology and honor member of the NDEO, Mariah always had an avid passion for art, dance, and the growth of the mind and the body. Mariah began teaching in 2011 with the ages of five years through adults gaining recognition for her contemporary choreography which was awarded by Beyond the Stars in 2014. Since college, Mariah has studied under amazing artists such as Lisa Grimes of Freespace Dance, Kimberly Vacarro, Pamela Levy, Dani Levi Sanchez, Jean Paul Jr, Claire Porter, Robert Burke, Kyle Marshall of Ten Hairy Legs, Randy James, Melissa Rector of Koresh Dance, Michelle de Fremery of Nimbus Dance, and Maureen Glennon of Moe-tion Dance Theatre. Additionally, Mariah has choreographed for FAO music, Raritan Valley Community College, DC DPR, Koresh Artistic Showcase, Dance NJ Showcase, Main Street Theater Company, Princeton Dance On the Lawn, Todd Rosenlieb Dance, and Artistic Visions Dance Company. She also danced for Artistic Visions Dance Company and was a guest artist in Nikki Manx Dance Project “Revitalization Earth”. Mariah is currently a teacher, freelance choreographer, and will attend the ICONS institute on scholarship in the fall 2018.

Clarissa Warren

Lyrical

Clarissa started her ballet training at the age of 7 under the direction of Glenda Carhart with Riverside Ballet Arts in California. After moving to Texas in 2008, she continued her training through high school with Texas Ballet Theater School, where she studied several different forms of dance, including jazz, modern, character, and ballroom. Clarissa danced as a Trainee with Ballet Met for two years, where she continued to perform with both the academy and the company. In 2017, Clarissa became a company member for Manassas Ballet Theater where she continues to perform today.

Amanda Thomas

Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, (Strength & Stretch, Leaps & Turns)

Amanda Thomas received her early dance education at the Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute School of Dance in her native Utica, NY, where she studied and performed ballet, jazz, tap, and modern. Through Munson-Williams, she was able to participate in choreographic workshops with the Moscow Ballet, Buglisi Dance Theatre, and Keigwin + Company. She continued her training at the Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive, where she was instructed by current and former members of the New York City Ballet, and spent a year in training at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy in New York City. Amanda graduated magna cum laude from Binghamton University with a B.A. in Dance and Theatre, where she also received the Albert Nocciolino Excellence in Theatre Award.

Amanda has performed as a guest and featured dancer with the Kirkland Arts Center, Utica College, Tri-Cities Opera, and several other companies throughout New York State. Her work with the Outcast Theatre Company brought her to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she reprised her lead role in Eurydice in 2015. She has taught and choreographed for all ages and skill levels throughout both New York and Virginia, with projects including 4 years as choreographer for Waterville High School in Waterville, NY, and personal coaching for the Youth America Grand Prix. She currently dances as a company member of Manassas Ballet Theatre, with favorite roles including the company’s production of Carmina Burana and a Stepsister in Cinderella.

Matthew Waters

Ballet
Matthew Waters was born in Colorado Springs, CO and raised in South Carolina, where he began taking ballet when he was just ten years old.  At fifteen he attended the University of South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory, where he first met and studied under noted ballet teacher Radenko Pavlovich, who later invited Mr. Waters to join the Columbia Classical Ballet as a trainee the following year. During his five long years with CCB, Mr. Waters had the opportunity to dance in Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, and numerous other classical productions, as well as the LifeChance International Gala, learning from a diverse collection of notable dancers of various styles and backgrounds along the way. After moving to northern Virginia, Matthew went on to perform around area in such parts as the prince Désiré in the Sleeping Beauty, the Cavalier in the Nutcracker, and Von Rothbart in Swan Lake. He has also performed at Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, SC, with the Manassas Ballet Theatre, and with the Charleston Ballet of West Virginia. His favorite roles are those which require more acting, as he enjoys bringing out the character in roles such as the eccentric namesake of Don Quixote, or the menacing and controlling Baron Von Rothbart in Swan Lake. His goal as a teacher is to encourage students to find a sense of confidence in themselves and accept what they cannot change, since looking back he has realized that it is those few people he met along the way that encouraged him to constantly improve while still remaining realistic that had the deepest impact on his dance career.

Meg Kourmadas

Office Manager

Margaret grew up in Maryland, taking ballet as a child and modern dance in high school. She spent many years learning and performing Polynesian dance styles including Hawaiian, Tahitian, and Maori.

Margaret graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she received a B.S. in Hotel Administration and returned to the East Coast. While raising a family, she’s worked in Hotel Management, Payroll Administration and Human Resources. She was a dance mom for 10 years and feels her business background and dance mom experience is a great combination for Showcase Dance Studio.

Tasha Stull

Customer Care Rep

Tasha Stull grew up in Northern Virginia with her sister, studio owner, Crystal Carfagno. She took dance classes at Showcase for 7 years growing up and wishes she never stopped!  As a mother, she loves what Showcase represents and fully supports their mission to provide a safe environment to all the dancers who come through the studio doors. She is excited to be on the Showcase team as the customer care representative and she can’t wait to work with as many families as possible.