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.
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.
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.
Kelly McGill was born and raised in upstate New York where she began taking dance classes at the age of six. For the next twelve years Kelly studied ballet, tap, and jazz at Danek School of Performing Arts in Johnson City, New York, and Southern Tier Academy of Dance, in Binghamton, New York. Through out junior and senior high Kelly traveled the east coast to New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New Jersey competing and performing at dance competitions and conventions. Through this experience Kelly was able to take master classes with numerous professional artists, and learn and grow with dancers from all over the country. After high school Kelly attended SUNY Buffalo State College where she studied ballet, modern, partnering, and dance composition. Kelly was a member of the Buffalo State Dance Association and performed and choreographed for their annual dance concert in the spring of 2014. Kelly was the only student featured in the program as performing solo choreography for that performance. After one year at Buffalo State, Kelly decided to further pursue her passion for dance and transferred to Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. Kelly received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance from Shenandoah Conservatory in just three years, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in spring 2017. After graduation, Kelly traveled to France, Greece, and Spain on a five week, global extended learning trip, with Shenandoah Conservatory. On this trip Kelly was able to study modern dance at the American College in Greece, the Isadora Duncan School, and many other local dance organizations throughout Paris, Athens, and Barcelona. Currently, Kelly teaches ballet, jazz, and modern dance at Progressions Dance School in Warrenton, VA, and throughout the greater Washington area. In addition to education, Kelly feeds her passion for dance though her work with Motion X Dance DC. Kelly is a first year company member of Motion X Dance and is very excited to be creating and performing with this organization.
Caitlin is thrilled to be teaching group voice classes at the Greater Washington Dance Center! As a native of the D.C. area, Caitlin grew up singing in choirs and performing in her high school's musicals. Caitlin attended James Madison University where she was classically trained in voice and earned a Bachelor of Music. After graduating from JMU, Caitlin spent her first four years out of college teaching elementary music in Fairfax county, as well as, directing school musicals and choirs. In addition to teaching at GWDC, Caitlin also teaches early-childhood music classes at Levine Music in Arlington and Washington D.C.
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.
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.