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.

Crystal Boutselis-Carfagno

Artistic Director
Tap, Jazz, 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, Dance Series

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

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

Sarah Turner

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

Dance Instructor
Dance Series, Ballet and Jazz

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 Duane

Dance Instructor
Musical Theatre, Tap, Jazz

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

Dance Instructor
Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Leaps & Turns and Pre-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

Dance Instructor
Lyrical, Ballet, Jazz and Leaps & Turns

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.

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 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 and Hip Hop

Leah Jackson began her dance training when she was 11 years old at Showcase Dance Studio. She worked her way from student to one of our dance instructors. She trained in Advanced levels of Tap, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Pom, and Lyrical.  Leah had the prestigious honor of being accepted into Colgan High School’s Fine and Performing Arts Program for dance. Her performance credits include dancing at the National High School Dance Festival and Ryan Seacrest Studio. Leah is an Acrobatic Arts Certified teacher.  She’s excited to continue her dance education by Majoring in Physical Therapy while sharing her love of dance with our students.

Abby Dow

Dance Instructor
Jazz and Tap

Abby began dancing at the age of 3. In 2007, she joined the Showcase Dance Studio family. Her passion for dance grew over the next several years as she advanced from beginner to elite dance levels. Abby has trained in many forms of dance including Lyrical, Ballet, Rhythm Tap, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Pom, Pointe, Acro, and Contemporary. From 2008 to 2015, Abby was a member of the Showcase Dance Studio Competition Team. She performed and competed at many different local events and regional dance competitions. During this time she earned numerous awards in group, duo, and solo performances, including being crowned “Senior Miss Power of Dance” at the 2014 Power of Dance Competition.

In 2014, Abby was selected for the NYC Rockettes Summer Intensive, the American Embassy of Dance’s House of Tap Dance Company Team, and Culture Shock DC’s Future Shock Company Hip-Hop and Freestyle teams.

In addition to her Showcase activities, Abby was a member of the Battlefield High School Purple Reign Dance Team. As squad leader she choreographed and directed Hip Hop routines for pep rallies and district dance competitions.

Abby graduated from Longwood University in May 2019, receiving a BS in Business with a concentration in Information Systems and Cyber Security. While at Longwood, she was captain of the Blue Heat Dance Team where she choreographed and directed the team during seasonal sports games and UDA dance competitions.

Abby enjoys all genres of dance. Above all, she wants to make dance a fun and creatively rewarding experience for her students.

Blair Rubach

Dance Instructor
Tap and Ballet

Blair Rubach began her dance training when she was four years old and later joined Showcase Dance Studio at age six. Since then, she has taken advanced level classes in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, modern, musical theater, lyrical and more. She is Captain of Showcase Dance Studio’s Competition Team and is in charge of leading her peers at local dance performances and competitions. This past summer, Blair spent a week in the Rockettes Intensive Dance Camp in New York City. She attended classes at Broadway Dance Center and master class workshops for several musicals, including Aladdin, Pippin, Book of Mormon, and Flashdance. Blair choreographed and won the Osbourn High School Talent Show dance category three years in a row and is currently the OHS Dance Team Assistant Captain. She has been a teacher assistant at Showcase since 2015. In addition, she has been inducted to the National Honor Society for Dance Arts for the past four years. In college, Blair plans to double major in Computer Science and Dance.