Gretchen L. Vogelzang, MFA, Director
Gretchen Vogelzang is a seasoned dance instructor, artistic director, choreographer and arts management executive. She has over 30 years experience as an instructor and coach in ballet (all levels), pointe, repertoire and partnering as well as contemporary dance forms within universities and highly successful private dance schools. For fourteen years, Ms. Vogelzang was the Founding Artistic/Executive Director of a nationally ranked pre-professional dance company in Northern California. As Artistic Director, she choreographed over thirty ballets including five full-length ballets, one of which she wrote, developed and produced as well as choreographed. Her choreography has been performed locally, regionally and nationally with much acclaim. She holds degrees in Kinesiology and Theatre and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance Education from the University of California, Irvine. In addition to her vast teaching experience, Ms. Vogelzang is certified in the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum - Primary to Level 3 and the Progressing Ballet Technique program. In addition to training dancers, Ms. Vogelzang is the Executive Director of Regional Dance America, a national association of dance companies.
Stephanie York Dorrycott, Associate Director
Stephanie L. Dorrycott was born outside of Washington, DC in Alexandria, VA and has been integrated in dance for as long as she can remember. It was not until age twenty, during her third year at Shenandoah University, that she grew a passion for choreography paired with a strong desire to start a professional company. Stephanie performed professionally as a freelance artist in DC in various festivals and showcases and also performed with Dancin Unlimited Jazz Company for four years. Her early training came from The Center for Ballet Arts in Fairfax, VA where she performed pre-professionally as a member of The Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax. Stephanie went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Shenandoah University in 2009, earning the Excellence in Choreography Award upon graduation. Her choreography has been seen on various dance groups, including Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Dancin Unlimited Jazz Company, The Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax (BAE), and Inwood Dance Company and was featured in a collaborative work with Step Afrika in 2013. Her work Holding On, Letting Go, performed by BAE, was chosen to be presented at the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association's Regional Festival '11 where it received the Monticello Award for best emerging choreography. As a result of the award, Stephanie attended the CRAFT of Choreography Conference on full scholarship. Stephanie founded her professional contemporary company, Motion X Dance DC in 2013 with a mission of expanding the audience for dance in the surrounding community. Her work on Motion X has received accolades from reviewers in DC Metro Theater Arts, DC Theatre Scene, The Huffington Post, Washington City Paper, and DC Dance Journalism Project. Motion X has produced two successful productions as part of Capital Fringe Festival and has participated in Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival for three years. In addition, the company has performed at TEDx Herndon, Petworth Dance Project, and at The John F. Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Stephanie is currently teaching at Metropolitan School of the Arts in addition to being the Associate Director for Greater Washington Dance Center in Reston, VA.
Caitlyn Smith has over 15 years of experience as a ballet instructor, and brings her lifelong passion for ballet to GWDC. Ms. Smith has a diverse dance education, training in the techniques of the Royal Academy of Dance, Vaganova, and Graham. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Intermont College, with a concentration in dance instruction and choreography. Ms. Smith holds a Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), and is qualified to enter students for the Academy's annual ballet examinations and presentation awards. She has experience developing successful new ballet educational programs at area ballet schools such as ballet intensives and teacher training courses. She also has experience in all aspects of ballet production, including direction, choreography, costume design and fabrication, prop fabrication, music direction, and organizing photo shoots. Ms. Smith is also a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and is certified in the Progressing Ballet Technique program.
Amanda Clauss began her training at the Ballet Academy of Texas under the direction of Lisa Slagle. During her time with The Ballet Ensemble of Texas she performed many original works, along with soloist roles in The Nutcracker, Coppellia, Paquita, Peter and the Wolf, Tarantella, to name a few. Amanda has attended summer intensive programs such as, Ballet Austin, American Ballet Theater New York and Austin, Joffery and received scholarships to attend the State Street Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet. Amanda attended the University of Arizona on scholarship and received her BFA in Dance. At the UofA she studied with James Clouser, Melissa Lowe, Amy Ernst and Sam Watson, among others. Here she performed in several ballet, modern and Jazz pieces including, Suite Dimitre, Sleep Out, Con Spirto as well as Sabor a Mi. She took the summers to study abroad in Italy with Philip Beamish, Evelyn Heart and Nina Janik. Upon graduation Amanda moved to Southern California and began teaching and obtained her certification for American Ballet Theater’s National Training Curriculum for levels Primary-5. In 2013 Amanda achieved ABT Affiliate teacher status successfully presenting her students to ABT examiners in an end of year exam. Amanda has performed with Architecture modern company, Gaudium Dance Movement, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet and Contemporary Ballet Dallas.
Bronwyn Dean is originally from Cape Town, South Africa where she attended RAD Ballet classes with Stephanie Rutherford, Mignon Furman at the University of Cape Town Ballet school, and Barbara Holden. She also attended IDTA Modern dance classes with Stephanie Rutherford, and later Brigitte Reeve where she attained the advanced level. Bronwyn has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Barkly House Teachers College and has taught pre-school classes South Africa, Tanzania, and in DC. She currently works for Fairfax County’s Office for Children as a Child Care Specialist, providing classes for pre-school teachers and home daycare providers. She has been a faculty member of Metropolitan School of the Arts for the past 6 years. She is currently undertaking the Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies.
Ellen Price has loved musical theater as long as she can remember! She’s studied both acting and voice and is passionate about giving students the tools they need to be at their best on stage. Frequently a resource for children and their parents, she advises on audition preparation, monologue/song selection, and how to ‘act the song’. She also runs a homeschool theater club. Often seen performing locally, she is primarily known for her comedic roles and eccentric characters. Her favorite recent roles include: Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn (The Music Man), Mrs. Sowerberry (Oliver!), Aunt Em/Glinda (Wizard of Oz), Aunt Spiker (James and the Giant Peach). She’s also a member of the musical revue ensemble, On That Note.
Roxanne “Roxy” King is a tap dancer, teacher, student and tap company director based in Washington D.C. Roxy was a dance student at Metropolitan School of the Arts, where she also taught tap. She is a member of the first graduating class of the MSA Academy. Roxy is currently the Artistic Director of DynaMYTE, the junior company of Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble (MYTE). As a member of MYTE she had the opportunity to travel the country taking classes and performing at tap festivals. With the company Roxy has taught in Brazil at Tap In Rio, and The Tap Show festivals. Just this year she also taught master classes at the 9th annual D.C Tap Festival. As a student Roxy has just completed her freshman year at Montgomery College in Rockville Maryland. Roxy hopes to continue taking classes and gaining more knowledge about the history and art that is tap dance.
Amanda Schrider is a classically trained vocalist with a background in Musical Theater. She received her BA in Music from Ave Maria University and can be heard as a soloist, and in various ensembles and stage productions throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia. Her love of performing has developed into a love of directing and she has directed and music directed productions of Fiddler on the Roof, The Wizard of Oz, and A Night on Broadway Cabaret Show. She currently resides in Maryland with her husband, Alex.
Halle Elizabeth Schulman grew up in Louisville, Kentucky where she received her dance training at the Louisville Ballet School. Halle performed with the corps de ballet for the Louisville Ballet Company in the professional productions of Giselle, Coppelia, and the Nutcracker. She is a graduate of the Youth Performing Arts High School in Louisville and earned a BFA in Dance Performance from the Shenandoah University Conservatory of the Arts in Winchester, Virginia. Halle completed her Master of Science in Performing Arts Leadership and Management in May of 2017 at Shenandoah University. Halle has danced in residency under the direction of numerous world-renowned choreographers such as John Lehrer with the Lehrer Dance Company, Tara Compton with the Company E, and Stephanie Martinez, a freelance choreographer for several professional companies including Thodos Dance Chicago. Halle currently teaches all genres of dance for the young aspiring artists at the Inwood performing Arts Center in Winchester, Virginia and throughout the DC Metro Community. She has also taught jazz and hip hop classes as a guest artist and choreographer at the Louisville Ballet Pre-Professional summer Dance Intensive for the past three years. In the summer of 2016, Halle served as the education outreach and development intern with the Omaha Community Playhouse in Omaha, Nebraska. While in Omaha, she also ran a two-week dance workshop for Omaha's Next Step Dancing with Maren. Halle has a genuine passion for educational initiatives within the arts. She has a true sense of arts advocacy and understands the importance of community outreach programs that allow her to perpetuate her love of the arts for future generations. Halle currently performs and serves as the Business and Marketing Director for Motion X Dance DC