Kim Parmer, Founder & Director
Kim Parmer has taught around the DC area at American Dance Institute, Joy of Motion Dance Center, The Washington Ballet and is the former Artistic Director of Georgetown University Dance Company. Originally from Long Island, she has studied with renowned teachers, Maggie Black, Elena Kunikova and Fabrice Herrault. She attended North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied with Melissa Hayden, and the Walnut Hill School under the direction of Michael Owen. Ms. Parmer is a former dancer, choreographer, and rehearsal director for MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet and has danced with regional companies in the Boston, Chicago, and New York City area. Ms. Parmer holds her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University and is a certified teacher in the ABT® National Training Curriculum, levels Primary-Seven. Under the tutelage of Raymond Lukens, Franco De Vita and Susan Koff, Ms. Parmer is a graduate of New York University's Master's program in Dance Education with a concentration in American Ballet Theatre Ballet Pedagogy.
CHRISTINE DOYLE, Pre-Ballet, Ballet
Christine Doyle was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, where she trained at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts under the direction of Phyllis Penney and Rhonda Stampalia and at The Florida Ballet under the direction of Laurie Picinich-Byrd. Ms. Doyle has had the opportunity to work with and perform original works by Ronen Koresh, Eddy Toussaint, Emery LeCrone, Christopher Huggins, Michael Smith, and Runqiao Du, as well as train at White Oak Plantation. After graduating from Florida State University, Ms. Doyle relocated to Washington, DC. Since then, she has performed with regional companies such as Moveius Contemporary Ballet, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, DC Contemporary Dance Theatre, Ballet ADI and currently Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. Ms. Doyle has taught at the Kirov Academy of Ballet and American Dance Institute and is currently on faculty at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Georgetown University.
Joanne Findlay, Tap, Jazz
Joanne is a native of the DC metropolitan area. She began dancing at age 3 studying Cecchetti ballet, tap, jazz and gymnastics. At age 7 she started competing in both dance and gymnastic continuing through high school. She has won awards in national and international competitions as a dancer and choreographer, and performed professionally in Savion Glover's youth tap company at The Kennedy Center. Upon graduating high school, Joanne attended Towson University. While at Towson she continued her dance training at Broadway Dance Center NYC Trainee program, and in Towson's BFA program. After earning degrees in Mass Communitions, Dance Performance, and Women Studies, Joanne continued her professional teaching and performing career dancing with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, touring with many pop artist and musicians, choreographing at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, and acting in motion pictures with actors such as Chris Rock and Robin Givens. Her private students have gone on to dance programs such as Kirov Academy of Ballet, Washington Ballet School, So You Think You Can Dance, and Alonzo King Lines Ballet. Currently Joanne teaches tap, jazz and ballet at many competitive studios in the area.
Lateisha Melvin, contemporary
LaTeisha Melvin (Baltimore, MD) began her dance training at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She received her B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University where she performed works by Nathan Trice, Christian Von Howard and Autumn Waddell.
Notably, in 2011, LaTeisha was awarded a gold medal in dance and choreography for the NAACP Act-So competition in Baltimore, MD. After graduating, LaTeisha danced with "Ashani Dances" from Seattle Washington and "Nomadic Dance Theatre" from Baltimore Maryland. Additionally, she has studies at the American Academy of Ballet, Peabody Conservatory, American Dance Festival and the Houston Metropolitan Dance Theatre all on scholarship. LaTeisha is currently a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer in the DMV area.
Jillian Peterson, Modern
Jillian Peterson is a performer, choreographer, and dance instructor from Baltimore, MD. She has earned her BA in Dance from Slippery Rock University where she focused on modern dance technique and choreography. There Jillian performed in student, faculty, and guest artist works featured in numerous concerts, including the American College Dance Festival. In the summer of 2008, Jillian traveled to Chennai, India to study Bhratanatyam with master guru, Revathi Ramachandran. Currently, Jillian performs with the internationally acclaimed Bollywood dance company Mystic India: The World Tour. She has toured internationally, performing at prestigious venues and danced with Bollywood stars. Jillian has also been performing with ReVision dance company, the resident modern company at Dance Place in Washington D.C, for four years. Aside from performing, ReVision focuses on working with all age groups of the D.C. community as well as teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Mané Rebelo-Plaut, Adult Ballet, Adult Floor Barre
Mané Rebelo-Plaut, born in Portugal, studied gymnastics for several years before enrolling at the School of the Lisbon Dance Company, where she studied ballet, jazz, and modern. She danced with the Lisbon Dance Company for five years, performing leading roles in works by Rui Horta, Mark Haim, Igal Perry, Monica Levy, and David Parsons, among others. In New York City, Ms. Rebelo-Plaut studied ballet under Igal Perry, Finis Jhung, Kim Abel, and Maggie Black. She trained in pointe technique at the Joffrey Ballet School. In addition, she studied the modern techniques of Jennifer Muller, Lar Lubovitch, and Paul Taylor. In New Jersey, Ms. Rebelo-Plaut danced with Nicholas Rodriguez and DanceCompass, performing principal roles in various works by the director. She also was featured in Paul Taylor’s “Aureole.” She performed at The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard, was principal dancer in an Off-Broadway show, and worked as Production Assistant for the Joffrey Ballet. In Washington, D.C., she has danced with Eric Hampton Dance, Bowen McCauley Dance, DC Dance Theater, The Washington Opera, and The Folger Consort. Ms. Rebelo-Plaut performed in Washington Ballet’s “Ballets from Within” and Dance Place’s “New Releases” program, performing a duet choreographed by her husband, Roger Plaut. Ms. Rebelo-Plaut has taught jazz and modern throughout Portugal and in high schools in New Jersey. She has taught ballet, floor barre, modern, and stretch at the Washington School of Ballet. She has been a substitute teacher for American University, Montgomery College, and the Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet, and has choreographed for the National Cathedral School. Ms. Rebelo-Plaut has also taught at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Terry’s School of Dance, Jane Bittner’s Dance Center, MINT Fitness, and American Dance Institute, as well as company classes for Ballet Preljocaj at the Kennedy Center. She currently teaches in the Dance Department at the University of Maryland and at Joy of Motion Dance Center. She and her husband enjoy dancing ballroom and West Coast Swing; together, they teach group and private ballroom lessons and prepare wedding couples for their first dance. Outside the dance world, Ms. Rebelo-Plaut has a degree in Interior Design and operates her own business, MRP Design Studio.
Roger Plaut, Adult Ballet
Roger Plaut first studied ballet at the Maryland School of the Ballet and the Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet. During his teenage years, he studied on scholarship at the American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet schools and the School of American Ballet. Mr. Plaut danced with the junior companies of American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey before joining the Joffrey Ballet, where he danced for seven years. While with the Joffrey, he performed in the works of Robert Joffrey, Gerald Arpino, Frederick Ashton, John Cranko, and Paul Taylor. In addition, Mr. Plaut worked with such choreographers as Mark Morris, James Kudelka, Laura Dean, and Peter Pucci. After spending a year with the Zurich Ballet, Mr. Plaut joined the Washington Ballet, where he danced in works by Choo San Goh, Nils Christe, Graham Lustig, Rick McCullough, and Monica Levy. He has also danced locally with Bowen McCauley Dance, Sharon Wyrrick, and The Folger Consort. Mr. Plaut has taught and choreographed for the Maryland Youth Ballet and has also taught for the Lisbon Dance Company and the Zurich Ballet. He has taught at the Washington School of Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Montgomery College, Joy of Motion Dance Center, and American Dance Institute. Mr. Plaut choreographed four pieces as part of the Washington Ballet’s “Ballets from Within” workshops, one of which was chosen for Dance Place’s “New Releases" program. He has also set three of his works on the Georgetown University Dance Company. He and his wife, Mané Rebelo-Plaut, enjoy dancing ballroom and West Coast Swing; together, they teach group and private ballroom lessons and prepare wedding couples for their first dance. Outside the dance world, he has a doctorate in microbiology and works in a research laboratory.
Ashlei Yancich, Ballet
Ashlei Yancich received her early ballet training in Ellicott City, Maryland. As a teenager she studied at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. with the legendary Alla Sizova. Ashlei continued her ballet education under the direction of Michael and Pamela Bjerknes at the American Dance Institute. She brings with her professional experience from dancing with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Richmond Ballet, and Charleston Ballet Theatre. After a career ending injury brought her back to Maryland, Ashlei was offered a teaching position at the Howard County Ballet under the direction of Kathi Ferguson. She spent six years there teaching and watching her students learn and grow into beautiful artists. Ashlei earned a BS in Neurobiology and Physiology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and just completed her MS in Cybersecurity at the University of Maryland, University College. By day she works in IT at St. John’s College High School (go Cadets!) and can be found most evenings at her home in Silver Spring playing with her two cats, Gracie and Darcie.
Royce K. Zackery
Royce K. Zackery received his M.A. from New York University and his B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University. He is certified in American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum and is a Certified Specialist in Guidelines of Dancers' Health. Mr. Zackery combines his methodological Ballet pedagogy with elements of sports training as a means of injury prevention and to enhance performance. Mr. Zackery has worked with over 30 companies during his professional performing career ranging from classical and contemporary ballet, to modern and Broadway. He has taught and choreographed across the globe including New York City, Germany, Mexico and Russia. Mr. Zackery has been commissioned to create works for Dixon Place Place Theater, Irondale Theater, Hofstra University, Ajkun Ballet Theater, Staten Island Ballet, Loteria Performing Arts, and Nomad Contemporary Ballet.