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Resident Faculty

Lisa Swenton-Eppard

Tap

Renee Lopez

Ballet/Jazz/Tap

Somaya Reda

Contemporary

Jenn Shead

Lyrical

Lenaya Williams

Ballet/Modern/Tap

Lisa Swenton-Eppard is the founder and director of Capitol Tap and District Tap, adjunct professor at Bowie State University, Program Director and faculty for Knock On Wood Tap Studio, and assistant producer of Baakari Wilder’s annual Metro Tap Roots event at Dance Place.  She was quoted in Dance Studio Life magazine (December 2015), featured in Dance Teacher Magazine (May 2015), and selected as “Teacher in the Spotlight” for Dance Studio Life magazine (March/April 2013).  With a career spanning thirty years, Lisa’s passion for teaching has expanded into a training course designed to encourage the next generation of tap educators.

 

 

Renee’ has been teaching dance for  over 30 years. Her passion lays with beginner levels as she is able to get her students in a raw form and is able to teach technique without any bad habits to break. She also loves to be a part of instilling a passion for the art and a desire to further train in her students.

 

Renee’ was born and raised in Maryland. She started dancing at age 7, first at Warner's Studio of Dance in Hillcrest Heights and then at Linda Natoli’s Studio of Dance from ages 10-12. Renee' joined Fran Peters' Studio of Dance at age 12. She taught at Fran’s studio for 25 years before coming to Spotlight Studio of Dance in 2008.

 

Renee' has a daughter, Elayna,  who has carried on her  love for dance and who currently is a working professional who travels the world performing.

 

Renee's favorite form of exercise outside of dance is Bikram Yoga (hot yoga).

Jenn Shead was born and raised outside of Baltimore, Maryland. She grew up training at Spotlight Studio of Dance under the direction of Wyndee McGovern. As a dancer, Jenn won numerous regional and national awards through competitions, as well as receiving the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Award for the Arts. Jenn was an original member of “JazzFuzion”, performing at the Jazz Dance World Congress in 2002. She went on to the University of Arizona, where she graduated in 2009 with a dual focus in dance and communication. She has also performed in “Nothing Like A Dame” on Broadway in 2004 and with the Oasis Dance Ensemble at the Capezio A.C.E. Awards in 2010. Jenn’s choreography has been recognized both regionally and nationally. In 2011 and 2012, her choreography was selected to perform in the Maryland State Dance Showcase. Jenn is a current member of Dance Educator’s of America. She loves to travel and train children of all ages

Lenaya Williams, is a graduate of Towson University and University of Maryland's, School of Medicine. Receiving Bachelors degrees in Chemistry and Medical Research/Microbiology. She has been dancing since the age of two, training mostly with MCPA and Spotlight Studio of Dance. She has traveled internationally with Hot Shots National Dance Team and Spotlight Studio of Dance Company competing against some of the best dancers in the world. Being skilled in a variety of dance styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, modern, musical theatre, contemporary and hip-hop. She has studied under choreographers such as Stephanie Powell, Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Troy Powell, Frank Hatchett, Gus Giordano, Winnette McGovern, Shelly Hutchinson, and many others. Winning various scholarships from New York City Dance Alliance, Monsters of Hip Hop, West Coast Dance Explosion, L.A. Dance Force, The Edge and many other international dance conventions. She has made television appearances on The Morning Show with Rudy Miller, Showtime at the Apollo and The Morning Show with Marty and Don. Also earning and completing a full scholarship to Alvin Ailey's summer intensive. Although she is a full-time Scientist, Lenaya is still dancing and giving back every ounce of her talents to those just as passionate for this art as she is.

 

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Jennifer Boothe

Ballet

Jennifer Boothe trained under the direction of Caryl Maxwell at Caryl Maxwell Classical Ballet and then performed with the Ellicott City Ballet Guild for 6 years.  Her répertoire includes soloist roles in Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Coppélia, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, and various others including original works of Caryl Maxwell.  Ms. Boothe has taught at various ballet schools, most recently exclusively for Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland for 12 years as a teacher and choreographer, and also as Assistant Director for several years.

 

Ms. Boothe is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.

 

 

 

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Allyson Kelly

Precision Dance

Allyson Kelly started dancing at the age of 5, competing all over the US winning numerous titles and high scores. She then received her ballet training on scholarship at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles, CA. While working with Debbie Allen, Allyson starred in many of Ms. Allen's productions at the Kennedy Center including Dancing in the Wings and Dreams. Allyson went on to tour the world with Complexions Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. For the past twelve years she has been a Radio City Rockette in NYC at Radio City Music Hall. Throughout her career Allyson has performed with PITBULL, Christina Aguilera, on the Today Show, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, the VMAs, and the TONY awards to name a few. She has appeared in Radio City, Smirnoff, NFL, and Capitol One commercials, and was an original cast member in the New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. In addition to dancing, she has modeled for Curtain Call costumes and Movmnt magazine. Allyson also teaches master classes all over the United States and just got certified as a CorePower yoga instructor.

Brandee Stuart

Acrobatics

Brandee Stuart, co-founder of Concept Video Camp, began her dance training at the age of 9 in West Palm Beach Florida where she studied such styles as ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics at John’s Mullen’s Performing Arts Center. It is there that she won numerous awards under the competitive team JAMPAC. This is when Brandee recognized her talent and devoted her life to dance. From there, Brandee attended A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts and then later on pursued a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Dance form George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Since then, Brandee has committed to have an impact on the dance community around the DC/Baltimore Metro area, as her free-style is unique and widely recognized in the club dance community. She co-founded one of the area’s first freestyle crews, Salacious Funk, who had the opportunity to open for Dirty Vegas. Later on she became the only female member of Boogie Knightz, a nationally recognized popping, locking and freestyle group who you might have seen dancing for Washington Wizards basketball team.  Later on she became a dancer for the internationally known hip-hop troupe - Culture Shock (DC Chapter) alongside some of the industry’s best choreographers such as Tony Czar, Lyle Beniga and JoJo Diggs. In 2008, Brandee was responsible for the development Jamz Dance Center in Pasadena, Maryland which welcomed dancers of all styles and genres. Brandee was nominated for Choreographer of the Year by Headlines National Dance Competition and won many choreographer awards through various dance competitions. In 2012 Brandee was hired to choreograph a web based commercial for AT&T. She was also nominated Captain of the USA Team to attend World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Germany through the United States Dance Sport Federation. Brandee has been dancing, teaching and choreographing for over 25 years and will continue to share her passion for years to come.

Somaya began her competitive dance training here at Spotlight Studio of Dance at the age of 12 and continued until she graduated in 2012.  Somaya has trained with renowned teachers such as with Denise Wall, Travis Wall, Rasta Thomas, Stacey Tookey, Destini Rogers and Ivan Koumaev, to name a few.   Under the tutelage of Spotlight Artistic Director Winnette McGovern, Somaya won numerous regional and national competition titles and scholarships, including Miss Dance of the United States (USTD) and Miss Dance Educators of America (DEA). Somaya studied at Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts as a jazz major. She was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers dance team. She has also served as a judge and teacher for dance competitions and conventions and has also won numerous awards for her choreography.   She is a native of Odenton, Maryland, which she currently resides with her young daughter.

 

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