Instructors 2018-01-12T15:12:59+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 8th 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 she earned a B.A. 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.

Kate Mehl Bachman

Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Company

Kate is a professional dance educator specializing in contemporary ballet and modern. She has been training in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern for over 33 years. For the past 18 years, her choreography has been presented in dance concerts, art and education programs, musical theater, charity gala events, dance and cheer competitions.

A New Jersey native, she trained at the Gail DeSantis’ School of the Performing Arts and at the prestigious New Jersey School of Ballet under the tutelage of George Tomal and Paul Sutherland. Kate earned her B.F.A. in Dance from George Mason University where she had the opportunity to study and perform the works of master artists Lar Lubovitch, Danny Buraczeski, Jan Eckert, and Dan Joyce.

From 1999 to 2002, she was a member of the Dance Innovations Performance Company under the direction of Susan McCutcheon Coutts. In 2002, Kate was named to the Advisory Board for the Friends of Dance, George Mason University Foundation.

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.

Hugh Lee

Lyrical, Turns & Leaps, Jazz

Hugh trained under jazz legacy Gus Giordano. His professional dance career includes dancing with Jazz Dance Chicago, Sea World National Tour, Disney, Pan American Games, Metropolitan Ballet, and the Alexandria Ballet. Hugh’s movie credits include Ferris Buller’s Day Off and War Dancing choreographed by Paula Abdul.

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.

Kelsey Stinson

Ballet, Pointe

Kelsey began as a teaching assistant in Ohio with Suzanne Winland at Pointe West Studios in 2004. She has also received teacher training at the Ohio Conservatory of Ballet with Inna Stabrova and Dmitriy Tuboltsev. In 2012, Kelsey began teaching at Elite Dance Academy for the advanced ballet and lyrical classes. She is now a company member with Manassas Ballet Theatre and an instructor at the academy.

Meg Kourmadas

Customer Care Representative

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.

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.