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 was the Executive Director of Regional Dance America, a national association of dance companies for ten years. Contact: email@example.com
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.
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.
Earning her BFA in Performing Arts from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2016, Morgan performed with Through the Fourth Wall, an immersive theater company and D.C based dance company, Aras Dance. Morgan moved to New York and performed with Salvatore LaRussa Dance Company and Golden Hour Dance Company while also extensively teaching, choreographing, and directing dance performances throughout the NYC boroughs for primary school students. Morgan's class creates space for each dancer to explore beyond the boundaries of their comfort zone. Rooted in the classical training of Limon and Cunningham, Morgan fuses technical training with a mind-body, yoga inspired warm up. Movement phrases are taught progressively with tools to welcome individual artistic expression. Morgan's class is dedicated to refueling creativity and emoting inner passions through full body choreography. Dancers are encouraged to wear comfortable pants and long sleeves for floor work and above all, prepare to groove together in a physical shared space!
Hailing from Sumter, SC, Mychal Keels began his dance training under Nancy D. Pinckney at North Carolina Central University, where he acquired an immense love for dance, exploring a myriad of styles and concentrations in the process. He uses his background in football, track, and rugby to bring an intensity and strength that is usually only found in sports, to the world of dance. Mychal is experienced in the styles of jazz, ballet, and street jazz, but has a focus in Horton technique and contemporary movement. He is a member of Koffee Dance Company, a member of Origin Urban Dance Crew, and has participated in the American Dance Festival where he was a recipient of the Fox Family Foundation Scholarship, where he performed with Charles O. Anderson’s Dance Theater X. He has performed with Charles Anderson, Chuck “Baba Chuck” Davis, and has been a guest artist with ShaLeigh Dance works. He currently works as an instructor at Elite Formation Dance Studio and has been guest teaching at many DMV dance studios and schools Formerly he has been an instructor at Empower Dance Studio, Threehouse Studios, and Studio One Dance in NC. Mychal has also set pieces on Fayetteville State University, choreographed forNorth Carolina Central University Theater Department’s production of Dreamgirls., Longleaf School of the Arts (Raleigh, NC) and Durham School of the Arts, as well as taught master classes at a myriad of high schools in the RDU area.
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.
Caitlin Vives (200RYT) loves to laugh, and brings that joyful effervescence to each and every one of her yoga classes. With a firm dedication to create a welcoming, unpretentious, empowering space that is safe in all ways for all practitioners, Caitlin has experience teaching post-natal yoga, senior yoga, and everyone in between. Caitlin graduated in March of 2019 from the rigorous and well-regarded yoga teacher training program at Beloved Yoga in Reston, VA. It is there that she honed her skills teaching anatomically-focused, trauma-informed, inclusive classes. Immediately upon graduation, Caitlin was recruited to teach at Samskara Yoga in Sterling, VA. In addition to highly popular before-school elementary school and preschool yoga, Caitlin has taught large all-levels community outdoor classes at Lake Anne Plaza, baby-and-me classes at INOVA Loudoun, adult Vinyasa classes, senior classes, and more. In 2020, Caitlin's yoga teaching experience expanded further when she was brought on to teach young adult ballet dancers at The School of Theatrical Dance in Great Falls, VA. Quickly, the addition of yoga to the dancers' training became noticeably beneficial. Now, Caitlin brings her talents and teaching to Greater Washington Dance Center, enabling all practitioners to become more aligned, aware, and balanced in their whole selves.
Ms. Warren began her studies on a Ford Foundation grant at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, going on to study with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Joffrey Ballet School. After receiving a B.S. in Dance with honors from Skidmore College, she performed as a Soloist with the Delta Festival Ballet of New Orleans, New Orleans Opera and Tulane Summer Lyric. Ms. Warren served on the faculty of the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and as an Artist-in-Residence for the Louisiana Commission on the Arts and the New Orleans Arts Council. Her choreographic experience included a concert of original works at the Choreoground Theater in New York; a choreographic internship with the Joffrey Ballet, and as repetitrice for the Delta Festival Ballet. Ms. Warren was on the faculty of BalletNova Center for Dance from 2002 – 2017, and co-choreographed the Nutcracker ballet with artistic director Nancie Woods. She recently choreographed a piece for The Company Project – Evolution with Metropolitan Youth Ballet, and completed the Teacher’s Workshop with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.