Sara Cato Bailey
Sara Cato Bailey has danced professionally for over 18 years and has been teaching and choreographing for over 16 years. As a young artist she grew up dancing in the Washington D.C. area under the instruction of Fran Peters. At a college level Sara studied Modern, Ballet, Dance Composition, and Anatomy for Dancers at Towson University and Goucher College in Baltimore, Md. Sara received her Personal Training Certificate with an emphasis on Sports Rehabilitation in 2010 from American Fitness Professionals and Associates and also earned a Business Degree at University of Maryland, University College.
Her professional dance career began at age 18 when she performed in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s Tarzan Rocks and was a swing for Universal Studios. She has also performed and modeled with Hard Drive Productions, in Orlando and can be seen dancing in the movie “Step Up” (Touchstone Pictures, 2006). Sara was also a member of Baltimore’s “Common Ground Dance Company” for two years.
Sara’s choreography over the past 18 years has won numerous accolades and her choreographic style has been recognized nation-wide. Sara has studied Dance Education at the Dance Master’s of America Teacher Training and currently travels yearly to the Midwest, Houston, Washington D.C., and Baltimore to train dancers and set choreography and shows in those regions.
Sara is also one of the five founding members of “Gift of the Arts” Foundation, which aims to provide opportunities for young dancers facing challenges.
Lisa Swenton-Eppard is the founder and director of Capitol Tap and District Tap, adjunct professor at Bowie State University, Program Director and faculty for Knock On Wood Tap Studio, and assistant producer of Baakari Wilder’s annual Metro Tap Roots event at Dance Place. She was quoted in Dance Studio Life magazine (December 2015), featured in Dance Teacher Magazine (May 2015), and selected as “Teacher in the Spotlight” for Dance Studio Life magazine (March/April 2013). With a career spanning thirty years, Lisa’s passion for teaching has expanded into a training course designed to encourage the next generation of tap educators.
Renee’ has been teaching dance for over 30 years. Her passion lays with beginner levels as she is able to get her students in a raw form and is able to teach technique without any bad habits to break. She also loves to be a part of instilling a passion for the art and a desire to further train in her students.
Renee’ was born and raised in Maryland. She started dancing at age 7, first at Warner's Studio of Dance in Hillcrest Heights and then at Linda Natoli’s Studio of Dance from ages 10-12. Renee' joined Fran Peters' Studio of Dance at age 12. She taught at Fran’s studio for 25 years before coming to Spotlight Studio of Dance in 2008.
Renee' has a daughter, Elayna, who has carried on her love for dance and who currently is a working professional who travels the world performing.
Renee's favorite form of exercise outside of dance is Bikram Yoga (hot yoga).
Jenn Shead was born and raised outside of Baltimore, Maryland. She grew up training at Spotlight Studio of Dance under the direction of Wyndee McGovern. As a dancer, Jenn won numerous regional and national awards through competitions, as well as receiving the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Award for the Arts. Jenn was an original member of “JazzFuzion”, performing at the Jazz Dance World Congress in 2002. She went on to the University of Arizona, where she graduated in 2009 with a dual focus in dance and communication. She has also performed in “Nothing Like A Dame” on Broadway in 2004 and with the Oasis Dance Ensemble at the Capezio A.C.E. Awards in 2010. Jenn’s choreography has been recognized both regionally and nationally. In 2011 and 2012, her choreography was selected to perform in the Maryland State Dance Showcase. Jenn is a current member of Dance Educator’s of America. She loves to travel and train children of all ages
Lenaya Williams, is a graduate of Towson University and University of Maryland's, School of Medicine. Receiving Bachelors degrees in Chemistry and Medical Research/Microbiology. She has been dancing since the age of two, training mostly with MCPA and Spotlight Studio of Dance. She has traveled internationally with Hot Shots National Dance Team and Spotlight Studio of Dance Company competing against some of the best dancers in the world. Being skilled in a variety of dance styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, modern, musical theatre, contemporary and hip-hop. She has studied under choreographers such as Stephanie Powell, Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Troy Powell, Frank Hatchett, Gus Giordano, Winnette McGovern, Shelly Hutchinson, and many others. Winning various scholarships from New York City Dance Alliance, Monsters of Hip Hop, West Coast Dance Explosion, L.A. Dance Force, The Edge and many other international dance conventions. She has made television appearances on The Morning Show with Rudy Miller, Showtime at the Apollo and The Morning Show with Marty and Don. Also earning and completing a full scholarship to Alvin Ailey's summer intensive. Although she is a full-time Scientist, Lenaya is still dancing and giving back every ounce of her talents to those just as passionate for this art as she is.
Brent Curtis is an east coast native hailing from Silver Spring, Maryland. His talent, hard work and charisma were rewarded as his first big gigs were booked as a performer in Debbie Allen's production of Alex In Wonderland at the Kennedy Center and Mosaic with Cirque du Soleil. Brent's rapid growth as a performer and creator soon allowed him to move his focus to Los Angeles and become a full-time dancer. He found himself training with the best at Millennium Dance Complex, Movement Lifestyle, and Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio. He has had the opportunity to assist top choreographers such as Laura Edwards and Tony Tzar, in master classes across the nation and creative projects for recording artists and specialty groups. He has performed in the BET awards, assisted in choreography for Panic! at The Disco and has appeared in commercials, TV shows, and music video's including Lil Wayne's "How to Love", Reese's Puffs and has even performed with the world renown, DJ CHUCKIE. Brent's talent, passion and personality makes him a unique artist as he continues expand his journey.
Jennifer Boothe trained under the direction of Caryl Maxwell at Caryl Maxwell Classical Ballet and then performed with the Ellicott City Ballet Guild for 6 years. Her répertoire includes soloist roles in Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Coppélia, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, and various others including original works of Caryl Maxwell. Ms. Boothe has taught at various ballet schools, most recently exclusively for Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland for 12 years as a teacher and choreographer, and also as Assistant Director for several years.
Ms. Boothe is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.
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