JENNIFER CLEATON - JAZZ, MUSICAL THEATER - This is my 26th season as a teacher at FBC and I am celebrating my 20th year anniversary on November 1st as owner and Director. I received my B.A. Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University. I performed at Paramounts' Kings Dominion for four years and choreographed two shows which were performed in conjunction with the USO. I taught dance at the West End Academy of Dance in Richmond and taught creative movement and dance to local Richmond children through the YMCA. I have continued my educational training by attending various workshops with such teachers as Tremaine, Doug Varone, Susan Kicuchi (Martha Graham Company), Richmond Ballet, SYTYCD alums Kathryn McCormick, Robert Roldan, Twitch, Sonya Tayeh and more. I have two daughters of my own, a Senior and a 10th grader whom share my love of dance.
BETHANY ALLEY - JAZZ, BALLET, TEAM - Ms Bethany began dancing at age 6 in Stafford, VA at The Dance Spot and then later moved to Jacksonville, NC where she danced at the Dance Theatre of Jacksonville, training in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip hop. She is a graduate of UMW in English and Elementary Education. Ms Alley was an avid participant in dance at UMW where she served as co-captain to the UMW Dance Team and the President of the Performing Arts Club. Ms Alley also works as an instructor with the National Dance Alliance where she travels across the country to teach summer dance camps to students from middle school age to college. Through NDA, Ms Alley has gained instructional experience with focus on jazz, hip-hop, and pom, as well as team building and technique training for bettering young dancers.
EMILY BYERS - BALLET – Emily began her dance training at The Fredericksburg Ballet Centre at the age of three. She studied ballet, pointe, contemporary, modern, jazz, and hip-hop. During her teenage years, she studied classical ballet technique as well as pointe, modern, and contemporary at Avery Ballet. While she studied, she was chosen to train seasonally with instructors such as Dame Amy Watson, Principal Dancer of the Royal Danish Ballet, Andrea Weber, and Malcolm Burn. Among her notable performances was Malcolm Burn’s original ballet, Les Apparitions. Emily began her training in dance instruction in 2011 and worked in performing arts administration for three years. As an administrator, she organized and coordinated “Ballet & Beyond,” a local benefit concert held at the University of Mary Washington. In 2015 she was awarded the Sonja Dragomanovic Haydar Scholarship by UMW’s Friends of Dance. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from UMW in December 2017. Emily is excited to continue sharing her love of dance with FBC.
ASHLEY CLEATON - TAP, JAZZ, HIP-HOP - Ashley has been dancing at FBC since she was 2, where she has studied tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, modern, hip-hop as well as many other forms of dance and attended multiple conventions learning from world renowned choreographers. This will be Ashley's 7th year on the competition dance team with the past 3 years as Dance Captain. She was chosen for a hip-hop scholarship this past year to participate at Dancemakers Nationals competition in Myrtle Beach. Ashley grew up in the FBC offices and will be working as a part of the FBC office staff for her fourth year, this includes subbing classes and working dance birthday parties. As a junior, she taught her first two classes and is excited to add four more!
CHERISH DOBBINS - JAZZ, TAP, MUSICAL THEATER, TEAM- Ms. Cherish was born bouncing to the beat of the Bee Gees, and has been dancing ever since. Her talents have given her the honor of being a featured performer and choreographer on numerous stages across the globe including those in New York City, Vermont, and at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Dobbins favorite roles have included the Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara in The Nutcracker, Maria in West Side Story, Uraula's Eel in The Little Mermaid and the various featured roles in contemporary dances she has been honored to perform in. Dobbins graduated Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Dance and Choreography in 2007 and is proud to be celebrating her thirteenth year as a teacher at Fredericksburg Ballet Center and her 27th as a student!
MARY ROSE FRASHER - TAP, JAZZ- Has been dancing since she was three years old in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and musical theatre. She participated on the competition team for five years and has assisted and subbed classes over the past couple of year. She attended the School of Richmond Ballet's 2016 summer intensive.
CHRISTINA HAWKINS - BALLET - Started formal dance instruction when she was six years old and has made dancing a lifelong passion. She started teaching ballet and tap classes at her local studio in Rapid City, SD, when she was 16. She continued her education of dance by earning a B.A. and a M.A. from Brigham Young University (BYU), specializing in ballet and ballroom dance. During her collegiate career, Miss Christina performed worldwide as a member of BYU Theatre Ballet and BYU Ballroom Dance Company. As a graduate student, she taught beginning, intermediate, and advanced level ballroom dance classes. More recently, she has been performing locally with Dance Matrix and Company (DMC) and has been a "Party Parent" in FBC's production of The Nutcracker. She is the mother of four fantastic kids, who are also dancers.
TERESA MAYER - BALLET, TEAM - Ms Terry has taught at FBC for 15 years. Previously she taught at the Roanoke Magnet School for the Visual and Performing Arts where she directed the Magnet School Dance Company. Ms. Mayer received her B.S. in dance, Summa Cum Laude, from Radford University. Her training includes Point Park College, Washington School of Ballet, Boston School of Ballet and Chautauqua Institution. Ms. Mayer danced professionally with Southern Ballet Theater in Orlando, FL. She and her husband John have performed as professional guest artists for FBC, Southwest Virginia Ballet, Rockbridge Ballet, Lynchburg Rigional Ballet Theatre, Southwest Virginia Opera and Dance Matrix.
BEVERLY MENDEZ - BALLET MISTRESS, MODERN - Ms Beverly has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of dance and theater production. She will be celebrating her 20 year Anniversary with FBC where she is also the Artistic Director of it's full length Spring Ballet's. She is a Magna cum Laude graduate with a double major in Dance and Theater from St. Leo College in Florida with additional training in N.Y at Martha Graham School, Alvin Ailey School and Eric Hawkins School. Her accomplishments include Theatrical Choreographer for the Embassy Theater in S.F. California, Artistic Director & Choreographer for Licensed Movers Dance Company, N.Y.C., Dancer, Instructor & Choreographer for Phyllis Rose Dance Company, N.Y.C.,and more. She currently is the Director of Dance Matrix, a modern dance company if the Fredericksburg area.
TAYLOR MURRAY - JAZZ, TAP, HIP HOP, BALLET, MUSICAL THEATRE - Ms Taylor started at Fredericksburg Ballet Centre when she was three years old and continued dancing through high school taking a variety of different classes. She started her teaching path with assisting different ballet classes her freshman year of high school, then moved onto having her own. She is currently going to college to get a degree in teaching students with Autism.
GENEVIEVE O'CONNOR - BALLET - Has been dancing for 11 years, 9 of which at FBC. She assisted and substitute taught ballet for the past year, but loves every genre of dance. Aside from regular FBC classes, Genevieve participated in The Manassas Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive and danced on FBC's Ballet Team. She has been cast in prominent roles at FBC; Giselle in Giselle, in addition to Fritz, Clara, and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker.
JAMES POLLARA - BALLET MASTER - Mr Jim began his dance training as a scholarship student with the Miami Conservatory and Later San Francisco Ballet School under scholarship. While at SFB James became a protege of Royal Ballet Principle Keith Martins and later joined him at the San Diego Ballet Company where he had several roles created on him. While there Jim also performed with the renowned San Diego Opera as a Principle dancer. Jim later moved to Los Angeles and moved into the contemporary arena, dancing in films, nightclubs, industrials, and numerous music videos for MTV. Jim left Los Angeles to join Nevada Dance Theater and upon his return to California, continued his classical ballet career dancing with The Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Golden State Ballet and as a principle with Ballet Pacifica under Molly Lynch where he had a ballet commissioned for him. At Ballet Pacifica Jim performed under a wealth of international choreographers in both the modern and classical repertoire. Upon moving to Virginia, Jim performed with The Virginia Ballet Theater as a principle and also as a guest with the Virginia Symphony. His classical repertoire includes principle roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Le Corsair Pas De Deux, Specter De La Rose, Raymonda Pas de Dix/Balanchine and various modern and contemporary ballets. He has balanced his career with a variety of teaching and coaching assignments.
CHRISTIAN SALUDEZ - HIP HOP, TEAM - Mr Christian (Niki) is a hip hop dance instructor and choreographer based in Fredericksburg, VA. He is currently the assistant director of the youth hip hop company, Pace Setters Dance. His training consists of hip hop choreography as well as styles such as popping, locking, breaking, waacking, vogueing, and house. He also trains outside of hip hop in styles such as modern and contemporary. His work has been showcased in shows and competitions all along the east coast including the international competition USASF Dance Worlds, The US Finals, World of Dance, and Ted Talks. Christian also dances professionally and has worked with artists such as Don Diablo and Spencer Ludwig and choreographers like Luam Keflezgy. Through his love for the arts, he always strives to challenge and inspire people to excel in their craft, work hard, and develop their confidence all in a safe, creative, and fun environment.
CRISTI SAUNDERS - CREATIVE MOVEMENT, BALLET - Ms Cristi celebrated her 12th year in June as an instructor for FBC. She teaches Creative Movement through beginning Ballet. She has successfully fostered the love of dance in many hundreds of children. She is the creator and director of the summer Princess Ballet Camp, a program designed to enliven creativity and encourage confidence in young children through imagery and ballet. Additionally, she has been the office manager for 17 years and is the resident costumer for the Fredericksburg Ballet Company. Participating in all areas of FBC has given her a well-rounded approach to educating the children at FBC as well as their parents. She holds a BS in nursing and biology, which has come in handy for dance injuries! She has 3 daughters of her own who danced from toddler years to adulthood.
MELISSA SNOW - BALLET, CONTEMPORARY - Graduated in 2016 with honors from James Madison University’s School of Theater and Dance. She began her study of dance at age three in her hometown of Fredericksburg, Virginia. She has trained in ballet, Pointe, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and modern/contemporary dance, as well as partnering in ballet and modern. Further she has taught all age levels and types of dance during high school, college, and post graduation career. As a freshman at JMU she represented her class at the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While attending JMU Melissa performed pieces in the Fall and Spring Student Dance Concerts. Both of her originally choreographed pieces, “Empire of Hurt” and “Uncharted Territory”, were shown in the Student Dance Concerts along with both being performed on Mainstage for the Contemporary Dance Ensemble concert. As a sophomore she became a member of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble and performed in New Voices in Dance performing in “Out of Frame” at the Route 11 Dance Festival in Lexington, Virginia, which was chosen to open during the final night for the Trey McIntyre Project. Melissa became a member of the JMU Virginia Repertory Dance Company in 2014. Outside of school Melissa has attended summer intensives with the Jose Limon Company and Christopher K. Morgan. In the spring of 2016 Melissa traveled with the Virginia Repertory Dance Company and showed their works in Martinique as well as taught dance. She attended the American College Dance Festival (ACDA) in West Virginia in March 2016 and was honored to perform in the adjudicated concert. The piece “scattered. places.” was further chosen to be performed in the Gala that night. Since graduation Melissa has continued refining her craft with DanceArtTheater, a modern dance company, in Northern Virginia. Melissa has performed all over Northern Virginia and in DC with DanceArtTheater and is proud to continue to push her dance technique and grow as an artist with the company.
SARAH WORMAN- BALLET, CONTEMPORARY - Sarah has been dancing since she was three years old. She has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, musical theater, lyrical, modern, and ballroom in Fredericksburg, New York City, and Los Angeles. She trained at Fredericksburg Ballet Centre for 15 years, and taught there and in California while living out there. While in CA, she started choreographing productions, including "The Wizard of Oz". Also, she has choreographed many shows with Fredericksburg's CYT, including "Oliver!", "Disney's Mulan Jr.", and "The Little Princess" and also at her church, New Life in Christ Church where she choreographed "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Esther" and currently is in rehearsals for "Fiddler on the Roof." She is very excited to be back at FBC and looks forward to helping ignite the passion of dance into her students and her own children who now take lessons at FBC.