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 instructors 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.

Our dance instructors are chosen based on the right combination of training, professional experience, positive attitude, and teaching skills. Discover our employment opportunities to become one of our dance instructors.

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Crystal Boutselis-Carfagno

Artistic Director
Tap, Jazz and 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 certified in Acrobatic Arts and has completed Perfect Form Physiotherapy’s Flexibility Intensive.  Crystal is proud that Showcase Dance Studio is home to recognized dance instructors and a founding member of “More Than Just Great Dancing.”

Wendy Baccus

Dance Instructor
Ballet and Dance Series

 

 

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 12th 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.

Wendy is currently working as a researcher at Capital One, after getting a PhD in Psychology from GMU in 2019; however, Wendy does not foresee an end to her dancing career or her love for performing and teaching.

Molly Calhoun Mello

Dance Instructor
Tap, Musical Theatre and 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’s team of dance instructors for several years. Molly loves to watch her students shine on stage.

Sarah Turner

Competition Director
Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Pointe

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. 

Andrea JilesAndrea Jiles

Dance Instructor
Ballet, Ballet Tech, Pre-Pointe and Dance Series

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.

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

Marketing Director

Tasha Stull grew up in Northern Virginia taking dance classes for seven years at Showcase. Over that time she was enrolled in ballet, tap, jazz, and acro. Her biggest inspiration as a dancer was her older sister, and now owner of Showcase, Crystal Carfagno. She left the professional dancing shoes to her sister and focused on a degree in Therapeutic Recreation (TR). Her degree was put on hold, as she gained a family and as a mother, saw what an impact the studio atmosphere could have in a dance student’s life. She loves the message Showcase manifests throughout the community. She fully supports their mission in giving back, as well as to provide a safe environment to all students who enter Showcase as their home away from home. Her dream would be to finish her degree and intertwine TR for individuals with special needs with dance. She enjoys being a part of the Showcase team and her favorite part is interacting with the wonderful families she is blessed to be in contact with.

Leah Jackson

Dance Instructor
Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro, & Hip Hop

Ms. Leah began her dance career at age 11 training in advanced levels of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, and Pom. She was accepted into Colgan High Schools Fine and Performing arts program for dance. Her performing credits include, dancing at the National High School Dance Festival, The National Children’s Hospital of DC in the Ryan Seacrest studio. After high school Ms. Leah Performed at the Atlas Intersections Festival in DC, Performed for UWM school of the arts MFA virtual dance program , and has been working as a freelance performing artist in the DMV area. Her certifications include, Graduating high school with a CFPA diploma, YPAD safety certified, CPR/AED certified and Acrobatic Arts Module 1 Certified. Ms. Leah is devoted to helping dancers realize their potential and giving them a safe space to grow as individuals.

Jen TJenn Thompson

Dance Instructor
Contemporary and Ballet

Jenn began dancing at the age of 3 at the Old Opera House Dance Studio in Charles Town, West Virginia. Under the instruction of Amanda Cipriano, her mentor and biggest inspiration, she was trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary from the beginning to advanced levels until her high school graduation in 2016. Jenn was also a member of Washington High School’s Dance Team, performing and choreographing for pep rallies, half time shows, local, state, regional, and national High School Dance Festival performances all four years of high school. In 2014, Jenn attended West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts with 15 other hand-chosen high school dancers to intensely study ballet and modern by members of the West Virginia Dance Company. In 2015, Jenn was selected to attend The Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive and offered a spot in the Jazz Trainee Program in New York City. During her time at Shepherd University, Jenn was a member of Shepherd University’s Dance Team, participating in on-campus appearances, football games, local parades, and conferences assisting the captains in choreography. She is looking forward to sharing her passion and love for dance on her journey with the Showcase Dance Studio family

Robel KabtiyRobelmer

Dance Instructor
Hip Hop

Robel is an experienced teacher, dancer, choreographer, & creative artist. He has trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern & hip hop. After graduating high school he dedicated himself to training intensely in hip-hop. He joined an All Star Competitive team and reached the top 5 in the World with his teammates ‘‘Rush Crew’’ in 2015-2016.  Robel credits include performing with renowned professional hip hop crews such as “Culture Shock DC” & “Capitol Movement.” 

Robel is a sought after teacher for university workshops in the DMV area as well.  He is also faculty on the convention circuit for “Gear Up Dance Convention” and has toured the U.S. teaching hip hop in Rock Hill, SC, Myrtle Beach, North Carolina, and West Virginia.  

AllyHAlly Hudson

Dance Instructor
Tap

Ally developed a love of dance at the age of three when she began her training at Showcase Dance Studio.  At the age of 10, she joined Showcase Dance Studio’s Competition Team.  Through the years Ally’s received many Special Judges Awards like “Future Rockette,” “Future Professional Dancer” and National Invitations. In 2018, Ally was selected to participate in the prestigious Joffrey Summer Intensive in New York City for Jazz and Contemporary. Ally actively participates in masterclass workshops and conventions such as Hamilton, Pippin, Aladdin, Groove, Turn it up, and Tremaine. She currently takes advanced level classes in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Acro, and Musical Theatre. This year, Ally will be a senior at Osbourn High School and is leading her team as one of Showcase Dance Studios Competition Captains. Ally is looking forward to teaching this year and sharing her love for dance with our youngest dancers!

Shania DuaneShania Stewart Duane

Dance Instructor
Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre

Shania Stewart Duane 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. She also trained on numerous occasions at Broadway Dance Center as well as the Radio City Rockettes. She began studying theatre at the age of 8 with the ArtFactory 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 ArtFactory.  

After graduating High School, she started working professionally as a performer at Riverside Dinner Theatre. She performed in both the main stage as well as the children’s theatre. Some of her favorite shows include White Christmas, Gypsy, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, and The Wedding Singer.

She has 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.