Although the facilities are certainly impressive, it is the staff and programming that set Creative Dance Center apart. From the beginning, CDC hired teachers who specialize in each dance style and are placed in classes with the age range and level they are most able to teach effectively. Teachers have stayed at Creative Dance Center for many years because they enjoy the teaching environment.
Creative Dance Center President & Founder
Creative Dance for Children President & Founder
Having earned her BS in Elementary Education from George Mason University, Ramona's approach has always been to offer a developmentally sound program to children of all ages. Ramona and her staff wrote the curriculum for Creative Dance for Children, a program offering dance and movement classes to ages two through five in preschools nationwide. Having taught movement to young boys and girls for over 25 years, she is still moved by the impact the creative process can have on their lives.
Ramona finds strength in the excellent staff, devoted volunteers, and enthusiastic dancers involved in all of the CDC programs. Masters coursework at Marymount University in Organizational Leadership and Innovation have been instrumental in helping her balance the business management side of program development.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OLD TOWNE ASHBURN STUDIO DIRECTOR
Miss Vivian has been dancing since the age of 3 and has been involved in many aspects of dance, choreography, theater, and acting over the years. Although she has a degree in Engineering and worked in International Sales, she was meant to be a performer: winning the title of Miss Lehigh Valley (a Miss America preliminary pageant), cheerleading for the Buffalo Bills NFL football team, and traveling the West Coast in a two-woman show called “Tap with Me”. She has been teaching at CDC since 2004, bringing her love of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theater and Zumba to students young and old. She remains an active member of The Sterling Playmakers community theater group and The Actor’s Center of Washington DC. She loves to see Broadway shows and enjoys continuing her dance training by attending conventions and teacher classes whenever she can. Miss Vivian brings her organizational skills and positive energy to the Ashburn Studio.
Noel Anaya has received scholarships and studied at several schools and intensives including Cal Arts/Innerspark, the Alvin Ailey summer intensive in New York and theMilwaukee Ballet summer intensive. Noel has trained in Acrobatics/contortion, ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, Horton, and trapeze. Noel has been regular guest artist with The Pasadena Civic Ballet where he performed soloist roles and danced with the Anaheim Ballet he was as a former company member with the Kybele Dance Theater and is also a member of the Tiffany Billings Dance Ensemble. Noel also worked with Cirque Du Soleil two years in a row. He was also successful in making it to Vegas on the hit show “So You Think You Can Dance”. Noel was accepted to the Alonzo King Lines Ballet School and the Alvin Ailey certificate program. Noel graduated with dance and sociology degrees from Chapman University where he graduated with honors. He also just completed his post baccalaureate work for his credentials and Masters in Dance Education.
Gabrielle began dancing at age 3 and trained in many genres including ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, hip-hop, and contemporary. She began teaching at the age of 16 in Portage, Michigan, where she grew up. She taught at Steps Dance Center where she was also a student and company member, training for 2 years under TOKYO the choreographer. After high school, Gabrielle went to college at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. During her freshman year she was accepted on to the only student-run, university-sponsored dance group on campus. Impact Dance is known as the University’s most elite jazz and contemporary dance company with only 15 members each year. Gabrielle was elected to be the director and artistic director for her junior and senior years. Gabrielle continued to teach dance during and after college and was recently a faculty member for TOKYOthePRODUCTION’s MOVE Workshop in Detroit, Michigan! She has spent the last 3 years as Executive Assistant for TOKYO, and is proud to have assisted in launching TOKYOtheACADEMY in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Heather, a dancer since age two, was trained in Sydney Australia in classical ballet, jazz, tap, vocal and performance. Heather grew up competing in many individual and group competitions and also had success in acting, being featured on a national children's tv show, and being featured in many commercials.
Heather started teaching at age 17 and went on to own and operate her own performing arts studio "Dance Xpress" for over a decade. Dance Xpress prospered and saw students perform professionally both interstate and overseas, with many of Heather's senior students working abroad in London, on cruise ships, and throughout America. She also worked professionally as a dancer and singer for Carnival cruise lines, and Australia's Tap Dogs, Heat her also auditioned with success for the River Dance Australian tour in the late 90's. Heather is a passionate and experienced teacher, performer and choreographer and is excited about being a part of CDC.