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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Amanda Holland began studying ballet at California Ballet Academy in the San Francisco Bay Area. She spent summers with Ballet Magnificat in Mississippi, and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. While pursuing a B.A in Philosophy, she performed in Giselle and The Nutcracker with State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, also teaching PreBallet at the Gustafson School of Dance. After college, she joined Inland Pacific Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet, and taught dance for many levels throughout the academy. She also taught ballet and choreographed pieces at Crescendo Performing Arts, Way Off Broadway, Chesapeake Dance Center, and Encore Dance. She continued her professional career at Pasadena Dance Theatre, performing soloist roles in The Nutcracker and several contemporary works. Ms. Holland has a passion for cultivating students’ creative expression through the technique of classical ballet.
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.
Brooke Manker graduated with honors from Towson University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography in Spring of 2019. Throughout her training, she has been able to study modern under Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell (former member of Alvin Ailey), and ballet/pointe under Runqiao Du (Former member of The Washington Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet). In addition, she has trained in contemporary, jazz, tap and hip hop from various instructors and intensives. Currently, Brooke performs as a company member with Motion X Dance DC and spends most of her time teaching and choreographing for dance studios in Pennsylvania and DMV area.
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.
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.