Combo Class, Creative Dance, Parent/Child
Carol Asher holds a Masters Degree in Reading and Literacy as well as her BS Degree in Special and Elementary Education with a Minor in Dance from the University of Maryland. She holds a Teacher’s Certificate (Advanced Professional) for K-12 Special Education and 1-6 Elementary and Reading Education. Carol has been a special and elementary education teacher for the Howard County School System for over 20 years and has developed a training program for new dance teachers in elementary level classes. Carol was the Creative Movement Program Instructor for the Columbia Association and is affiliated with the National Education Association, Council for Exceptional Children, International Reading Association and is the Artist Enrichment Coordinator for the PTA Executive Board. She performed with Kinetics back in 2003 and 2004 and looks forward to continuing at Kinetics again as an instructor.
Colleen is a 2nd generation dance teacher and member of Dance Masters of America. She is certified thru testing to teach Ballet, Tap and Jazz (just like her mom!). Dancing in the DC Metro area since age 3, she has had the opportunity to study with many local teachers; however, she received the majority of her training at The Olney Studio of Dance (OSD) under the direction of Donna Reese (Rose) Byrd. At OSD, Colleen became a member of their first competition team (OSD Elite Team) and a competitive soloist in tap and jazz. While in college, she was a member of the Longwood Company of Dancers while minoring in Dance. Over the past 10 years, she has taught at a number of studios in the area including Silver Spring, Mt. Airy, Olney & Baltimore.
Currently, Colleen is the Associate Director of the Mid Atlantic Pom & Dance Association. She is also a judge for the organization, using not only her teaching experience but her time as a member of the Good Counsel (Wheaton, MD) Pom Team to help train other judges and provide learning opportunities for local high school teams. She has also been a guest choreographer for area high school dance teams, studio teams and pageants. Colleen is serving her 2nd term on the Dance Masters Chapter 17 Board of Directors, as well as Chair of the Petite & Jr. Miss Dance Chapter 17 pageants.
With a BA in Interior Design from Marymount University in Arlington, Colleen works as an Assistant Project Manager for a local construction firm during the day. She lives in Baltimore City.
Creative Movement, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Pointe, Dance Composition, Yoga
Gina graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts, and she continued her professional dance training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Modern Dance. Her experience choreographing and teaching dance spans over 25 years. In addition, Gina is a certified yoga instructor with training from The Yoga Center of Columbia and ChildLight Yoga. She began incorporating yoga into her children’s classes in 2008. After combining her various skills, Yoga Day, a musical yoga album was born. Along with writing songs, Gina is the author of a children’s book inspired by her dance, yoga and meditation studies.
As a mother of two young adults who studied dance at Kinetics, she understands anxiety, ADD, learning differences and more. For five years, she supported students as a one on one special ed assistant. Furthermore, Gina was the director of several dance programs. She shared the benefits of movement in schools, recreation centers, studios and a women’s prison. While a TWIGS teacher at the Baltimore School for the Arts, she created a dance teacher syllabus for their outreach program.
Some of Gina’s performances were at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore Theatre Project, The Dance Place in DC with Emileah Dance Company and a WMAR TV commercial. Behind the scenes, she worked at Jacob’s Pillow Dance and various NYC and Baltimore theatres. Gina is married to her college sweetheart whose work behind the scenes include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Richmond Ballet, Super Bowl Half-time shows, and so forth. Gina values family, a holistic lifestyle, creativity and the arts.
Yoga Instructor, Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors
Kris has been practicing yoga since 1994 and teaching since 1999. She received her teaching certification at The Yoga Center of Columbia in the Iyengar and Anusara methods. She has studied Ashtanga extensively and in 2001 received her Ashtanga certification under David Swenson. Kris continues her yoga journey by attending as many workshops and seminars as she can. She considers herself fortunate to have been able to study not only with David Swenson but other such world renowned yoga instructors as Beryl Bender Birch, Roger Cole and Donna Farhi.
Creative Beginnings, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz
Sarah Gilliam began her training in Roanoke, Virginia under Terri Post and Pedro Szalay. In 2007, she was accepted to attend Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts where she continued her training in ballet and modern until she graduated in 2010. During her time at Nutmeg, Sarah spent her summers training with Virginia School of the Arts, Richmond Ballet, and Orlando Ballet. After graduation, Sarah accepted a position with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland where she remained until she retired as a Principal dancer in 2018. While dancing with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Sarah taught ballet, pointe, variations, jazz, and contemporary dance to students of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s school and post-grads in the professional trainee division. Sarah also taught company class and helped run rehearsals for the professional dancers of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Dance, choreography, and performance are Sarah’s biggest passions and she can’t wait to share them with the Kinetics community!
EC earned her BA from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County in Visual and Performing Arts with a concentration in Dance and later pursued her graduate studies at NYU. She also holds an AFAA certification in group fitness. EC has performed with The Eleo Pomare Dance Company, Ringling Bros. Circus, Sesame Street Live and several Maryland-based dance companies. Upon her return to Baltimore, EC appeared in and choreographed for several productions for area dinner theatres. EC teaches ballet, modern, tap, hip hop, jazz, Yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling and Kwando throughout the Baltimore/Washington/PA area.
Apprentice Company Director and Modern instructor
Franki holds an M.A. in Dance Performance from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, England where she graduated with Distinction. Funded as a Leverhulme Scholar, she danced as a member of Transitions Dance Company 2014-2015 under the artistic direction of David Waring, performing and touring original works by choreographers Stefanie Batten-Bland, Ikky Maas and Dog Kennel Hill Project. She holds a B.A. in Dance from UMBC where she was a Linehan Artist Scholar, and also earned Education and Honors certificates. Graham has been teaching dance for the past 5 years at the Peabody Preparatory of the John’s Hopkins University, and for the Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program of Anne Arundel County Public Schools. She is also the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of newly formed LucidBeings Dance (2017), in collaboration with artist, Jeanna Riscigno. LucidBeing’s work has been presented at the notable Maryland Choreographer’s Showcase (2018), VelocityDC Dance Festival (2017) and the Richmond Dance Festival (2017/2018), among others. Graham currently dances professionally with Rebollar Dance, Baltimore Dance Project and Kinetics Dance Theatre.
Student Company Director, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Repertoire and Choreography
Erin Gum graduated in 2013 from UMBC with degrees in both Dance and Ancient Studies. While there and at various summer programs she studied under Douglas Hamby, Elizabeth Walton, Sandra Lacy, Christopher K. Morgan, and Helanius Wilkins among others. She went on to perform with the Howard County Ballet, Common Ground Dance Company, and currently dances with Kinetics Dance Company. She formerly directed the ballet program at Artistry Dance Company but is now at Kinetics Dance Theatre as the Director of Student Companies and instructing dance in styles including modern, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, and tap. Erin is also the dance educator at the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School.
Lead Ballet Teacher, Creative Beginnings, Pointe, and Pilates
Jodi has been teaching dance for 15 years. She studied at Mid-Alantic Center for the Performing Arts and the Gniazdowski Studio of Ballet. She trained with private coach Dawn Verona. Jodi attended summer programs at North Carolina School of the Arts, Joffrey Ballet School, and Point Park University. In 2002, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Point Park University with a concentration in ballet. After college, Jodi danced and trained in New York City and became certified to teach the Pilates method under master teacher Deborah Lessen. While in New York, she choreographed for and trained dance students in Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland. In 2004 Jodi moved to St. Louis and worked at The Pilates and Yoga Center of St. Louis and did substitute work with Ballet Midwest. Jodi moved to Wuerzburg, Germany in 2005 and created a dance program for the children on a military installation. Fort Hood, Texas, was her next location, where she again created and maintained a reputable ballet program on base and also continued teaching Pilates mat work. She also had the privilege to dance with and work at the Newcomb School of Ballet.
Ballet, Pointe, Modern, and Dance Composition
Katherine Heming, from Michigan, began her ballet training at age eleven at the Turning Pointe School for the Performing Arts in St. Claire Shores, MI. From 2004 to 2006, Katherine attended the Arts Academy in the Woods of Fraser, MI for her junior and senior years of high school, with a major in dance. Katherine graduated from Marygrove College in May of 2011 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts – Dance Performance where she was a member of the Marygrove College Dance Company. She performed on campus in the seasonal showcases, and performed several times at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township, MI. Katherine also attended ACDFA (American College Dance Festival Association) in 2009, 2010, and 2011 where she had the privilege of taking classes from various esteemed teachers from across the country. While studying for her degree, Katherine studied many styles of dance, as well as a variety of dance concepts, including jazz, modern, ethnic, improvisation, dance composition, partnering, ballet, and pointe. After college, she taught for five years at a local studio. There she taught ballet technique to a variety of ages and levels, including the technique classes for the studio’s competition teams. For two years in a row she had her own small ballet competition team that performed and scored well at multiple competitions across the state of Michigan. She also taught a creative movement class for toddlers, an adult contemporary class, and lyrical. From 2014-2016 she trained at the Ballet Theatre of Maryland where she performed with the company and student showcases throughout the season. Katherine has a passion for dance and enjoys sharing her love and passion for the art form through teaching.
Bollywood and Classical Indian Dance
Jaya Mathur has been trained for a total of ten years in three forms of Indian classical dance: Bharatnatyam, Kathak and Manipuri. Each style is from a different part of India and has its own unique style. She also has learned Indian folk dances from Rajasthan and Punjab, India and Bollywood dance. Jaya has performed at many different venues including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian Freer/Sackler Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and at various cultural events at the University of Maryland in College Park. She has also performed at the Indian Embassy. Her most recent performance in March 2014 showcased two styles of Indian classical dance performing with a Flamenco dancer. The performance showcased the collaborative qualities of Indian classical dance. Jaya has been teaching classical, folk and Bollywood dance for 10 years. She has taught adult, teen, and Mommy and Me style Bollywood dance classes through Howard County Recreation and Parks. She has also taught workshop style classes at medical and health-related conventions. Her students have performed at cultural shows at universities, temples and folk life events.
Creative Beginnings, Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Lyrical
Laura began her artistic training under the direction of Veronica Mack and Dawn Macey-Boyette, studying classical ballet and tap. As she advanced in her technical training, Laura added jazz, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, partnering, hip hop, poms, modern, and Bollywood dance to her performing repertoire. She was a proud member of AHC’s Adrenaline Dance Team, as well as Stars Studio’s Competition Team and USDSF’s Team USA. In 2017, Laura graduated from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, earning two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance and Biology. She was presented with the Sarah Williston Senior Prize and inducted into the theta chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious honor society for the liberal arts in the nation. During her time at Mount Holyoke, Laura explored the vast kinesthetic capacity of the moving body through the unique lens of biology and dance choreography / performance. She performed in numerous faculty and student concerts across the Five Colleges and served as the Treasurer and Choreographer for TAAL, Mount Holyoke’s Bollywood Fusion Dance Group. Laura is honored to be a member of the Robinson lab at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she is fortunate to investigate cellular mechanics as a means of understanding and combating various disease states. As SARE Director and Program Coordinator for the CSM (Careers in Science and Medicine) Initiative, she enjoys offering academic fortification, professional development, and scientific research opportunities to Baltimore teens. In the evenings, Laura loves sharing her passion for dance and performing alongside Kinetics Professional Dance Company and GroundShare Dance Alliance. Through thick and thin, Laura’s passion for movement fuels her drive for excellence and instills within her a sense of determination and a desire to generate compassionate, reflective relationships through dance.
President of the Board of Directors, Combo Class
Julie holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education, B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education and a Minor in Dance. She has been with Kinetics since 1997 as a parent, teacher, and board member.
Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Barre Burn
Melissa graduated magna cum laude from UMBC with a BA in Dance. At UMBC she had the privilege to study under amazing faculty and guest artists. Melissa was an active participant in the dance department, performing in many shows and at the American College Dance Festival. After college, she was asked by both faculty and guest artists to perform in independent projects such as the Reston Arts Festival and Open Marley Night. Melissa currently dances for Kinetics Dance Theatre and has been featured in roles such as ‘Peter’ in ‘Peter and the Wolf’, ‘Mowgli’ in ‘Jungle Book Tales’, as well as dancing in their adult concerts as well. Melissa has taught dance for ten years, in a wide variety of styles, for all ages and adult. In the past, she served as the School Director of Kinetics School of Contemporary Dance as well as the Junior Company Director. She is thrilled to continue to teach at Kinetics and dance with their company. Melissa is also currently Studio Manager and Student Company Director of Design In Motion Dance Studio. She looks forward to many years of dancing and teaching with Kinetics to come!
School Director, Creative Beginnings, Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Barre Burn and Yoga
Becca graduated from The University of Iowa in just three years with her BA in Dance and a minor in Theatre Arts. She has performed with Upstate NY Ballet Company (aka Syracuse City Ballet), San Diego Dance Theater, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, and Kinetics Professional Company. Becca has trained at summer intensives such as Joffrey Ballet, ABT, Nashville Ballet, City Ballet in San Diego, and Malashock Dance. She trained extensively in all styles of dance including: ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, jazz, tap, musical theater and hip hop. She received her year-round training from both The Rock School West and Nolte Academy of Dance and has taught at studios throughout Iowa, Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland. Her students have gone on to pursue dance at places such as Boston Ballet School, Forham University, and UMBC. Becca is in her sixth year teaching at Kinetics and is the School Director of Kinetics Dance Theatre.
Creative Beginnings, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical and Musical Theater
Meagan Singleton graduated in the Spring of 2013 with her BA in Dance Performance from UMBC. She has trained in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theater and Lyrical. At UMBC Meagan had the privilege of training under Sandra Lacey, Liz Walton who is a former Paul Taylor Company member, Douglas Hamby, Carol Hess-Vait, and Helanius J. Wilkins. Meagan has been a choreographer and coach in the Annapolis area for other dance studios competition teams and has helped them compete and rank nationally for the past three years.
Artistic Director, Lead Modern Teacher, Tap, Ballet, Creative Beginnings
Lauren Tait holds bachelor’s degrees in Visual and Performing Arts/Dance as well as Developmental Psychology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she also minored in writing and was a Linehan Artist Scholar. Her extensive dance training began at Carver Center for the Arts and Technology. She has taught and presented choreography in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire. Lauren has served as a guest artist at Franklin and Marshall College and Howard Community College. She is the recipient of various grants and in the past few years developed a project called CommunityDanceLaboratory through which she presents enrichment-based movement classes throughout the community. She has danced with Baltimore Dance Project and currently directs the Kinetics Dance Theatre Professional Company.
Assistant to the School Director, Creative Beginnings, Ballet and Modern
Teresa began her dance training right here at Kinetics, focusing primarily in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Lyrical and Jazz, and she is going on to obtain her BA in dance at UMBC, as a Linehan Artist Scholar. Alongside her regular participation at Kinetics, she maintains a membership with Dance Masters of America, and performs with Howard Community College’s dance company. Choreographing being one of her passions, Teresa eagerly presented her choreography, “For Control” for Arts By the People in December 2015. She always dreamed of becoming a teacher, so every class she leads is actually a dream-come-true.
Creative Beginnings, Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz and Yoga
In 2012 Rachel graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Dance. As an undergrad she had the pleasure of training with Adriane Fang, Alvin Mayes, Sharon Mansur, Dawn Springer, Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig. Since graduation Rachel has danced with The Collective, Stephanie Miracle Dances and withhart.dance.projects. She has showcased her choreography at the SOS Dance Festival, Baltimore Theatre Project and Creative Alliance.
Rachel has taught everything from theatre to dance to math in public and private settings, for pre-k through middle school aged children. Previous teaching posts include Frederick County Public Schools, The Charis Center for the Arts, C.A.R.E. Actor and To the Pointe School of Dance. Recently she received her Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga District, a Yoga Activist affiliate organization in Washington, D.C.
Rachel is beyond excited to be joining the faculty at Kinetics. She can’t wait to share her passion for dance with Kinetics’ bright, creative, young students!