Whitney Rucker

owner / creative director

Whitney has been dancing since the age of three.  She studied ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap, and hip-hop at Floyd Ward School of Dance, Roanoke Ballet Theatre, and Southwest Virginia Ballet.  She graduated from James Madison University with a major in dance and danced with the Contemporary Dance Ensemble and the Virginia Repertory Dance Company.  Whitney has worked with choreographers from the University of Maryland, TISCH School of the Arts, Kansas State University, and Arizona State University.  She has performed in choreographers’ showcases in New York City and Washington DC.  Whitney studied improvisation, ballet, and modern at the American Dance Festival at Duke University and the American College Dance Festival at George Mason University.  She was the professor of dance at Ferrum College from 2006-2019. Whitney has been teaching and choreographing in the Roanoke Valley for 15 years.

 
 
 

Sue Koel

owner / business manager

Sue is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  While she has never danced, she has been involved in dance as both a parent and studio owner for many years. Sue is a very organized individual with a varied business background in sales, marketing, project management, and finance.  Her goal is to provide a studio where everyone can enjoy their experiences! She brings innovative ideas to the studio and pledges to do everything she can to keep the costs as low as possible for our families.

 
 

Erika Quesenberry

instructor

Erika has been dancing for 25 years. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, clogging, lyrical, pointe, hip-hop, and modern dance at The Dance Factory and Ardell Stone School of Dancing. Erika was chosen as the youngest member of the performing and competition team Top Hats at eight years old. With this team, she won multiple awards in jazz and tap. Erika holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Hollins University and is currently pursuing a dance minor at Radford University. She has over ten years experience teaching and choreographing in the Roanoke Valley.

 

Christian Woody

hip-hop instructor

Christian is a local hip-hop and breakdancing artist.  He currently teaches a hip-hop class for children at the Roanoke Public Libraries as a part of a youth fitness program.  He has also taught classes at Radford University.  Christian has performed with popular music acts Flo-Rida and The Pussycat Dolls and is a traveling breakdance competitor.  He was most recently featured as a dancer in the Roanoke City Police Department lip sync challenge video.

 

Nakia Wimberly

photographer

Nakia is a talented photographer (and father to one of our dancers) who has been photographing our recitals and other performances since our studio opened. All the photos found on our website are by Nakia. All these photos and many more are available to view and purchase on his website, https://nakiawimberly.smugmug.com/Clients/Dance