Dance Instructors in Chesapeake, VA


 
 

Lynne Economou

Lynne has been the Owner and Artistic Director of ACCD for over 21 years. She holds a BA degree in Dance & Theatre from Old Dominion University and was one of the founding members of the Old Dominion University Dance Theatre. She attended intensive studies with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She is the Director of the Fusion Dance Team, which is the competitive team housed at the Academy. Fusion has been recognized as a top dance team in the Hampton Roads area winning many top awards such as Best Technique award, Top Studio, Most Professional and most recently was nominated for an Industry Dance Award in the Musical Theatre category. A mission for Lynne over the years has been to offer students of all levels the very best in dance education in a healthy, structured environment.
 
 
 

Nikia Burks

Nikia holds a BA in Dance from Old Dominion University and is a graduate of the Governor's School for the Arts. Niki has been on staff at ACCD for 15 years. She has been a member of Second Wind Dance Ensemble, a guest choreographer at the Governor's School for the Arts and the University Dance Theatre (ODU). Nikia performed as the opening act for the James Brown concert at the Hampton Coliseum and was the choreographer for the Jamz Festival held at the Hampton Coliseum. She is Co- Director of the Fusion Dance Team and has been recognized with numerous awards on both the regional and national level. Some of these awards include Best Choreography, Most Entertaining, and Top Studio of the Day! Her innovative vision has been an integral part in getting Fusion Dance Team on the map as leading dance team in the Hampton Roads area.
 
 
 

Tamika Burks Steeley

Tamika (Niki's twin sister!) holds a BA in Dance from Old Dominion University and is also a graduate of the Governor's School for the Arts. She has been a guest instructor with the Old Dominion University Dance Department and guest choreographer for University Dance Theatre (ODU) and the Governor's School for the Arts. Tamika is a member of the Second Wind Dance Ensemble and a guest choreographer for the Virginia Stage Company. She performed as the opening act for the James Brown concert at the Hampton Coliseum and was the choreographer for the Jamz Festival held at the Hampton Coliseum. Tamika is a lead dance instructor at Booker T. Washington High School's dance academy located in Norfolk, Virginia. She is also a lead choreographer for Fusion Dance Team. Her work has been recognized on both the regional & national level.
 
 
 

Julia Felts

Julia has been a teacher at the Academy for over 12 years. She holds a BA in Dance from Old Dominion University and is a former member and president of the Old Dominion University Dance Theatre. While attending Old Dominion University, Julia was a member of the Competing Dance Team where she had the opportunity to participate in various dance conventions and competitions. Before becoming a teacher at the studio, Julia was a student at the Academy of Classical & Contemporary Dance for over 10 years and was an original member of the our competitive dance team. While a student at ACCD, Julia attended summer intensives at Broadway Dance Center in New York.

 
 
 

Jennifer Wheeler

Jennifer Wheeler was born and raised in the tidewater region of Virginia. She started dancing at the age of 7 in local dance studios. Her early achievements include the title of Miss Junior Chesapeake 1985, as well as choreographing for her high school dance team. Jennifer graduated with a BA in dance and theatre from Old Dominion University in 2001. During her time there, she was a lady Monarch Dance Team member, as well as a performer and choreographer for the ODU dance concerts. She went on to teach Dance Technique for local studios as well as Tidewater Community College and Salem High Schools Visual and Performing Arts Academy. Jennifer has choreographed many high school productions which include; Hairspray, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, Sugar, Guys and Dolls, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat and Pippin. In 2005, she opened her own studio; Transitions Dance Company; which became a sister studio to the Academy of Classical and Contemporary Dance for six years. Eventually merging the two companies, Jennifer is currently a dance instructor and choreographer for the Fusion Dance Team at ACCD. Jennifer has won many awards that include; Best Choreography, Top Score, as well as Most Entertaining on a regional and national level. Other achievements include; Governors Magnet teacher award, as well as writing Dance Education curriculum for the Virginia Beach School Board of Education.
 
 
 

Elise Rogers

Elise has been dancing for over 20 years and teaching for 8. She is a Chesapeake Fine Arts Scholarship recipient and competed in many regional and national level competitions. While attending Old Dominion University she was selected to dance with the University Dance Theatre, participating in both fall and spring concert performances. Elise has had the opportunity to teach and train in Los Angeles, California and Nashville, Tennessee. She is also a Registered Yoga Alliance instructor and a USA Gymnastics Certified instructor.