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Umbiance Center for the Performing Arts

33 Perchwood Drive Suite 107 Fredericksburg,VA 22405 

Umbiancedance@gmail.com 

Tel: 571-423-9041

 

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Khalia Harris

Founder & Director

 Kay Harris started her professional dance career at the age of nineteen. She has had the opportunity to meet and dance for such famous acts at Vivica Foxx and more.  At twenty four, she stopped her professional career to become an choreographer and instructor.  Her works include, choreographing for Debbie Allen's, "Dancing in the Wings, Amazing Grace, the Wiz and more.  She has since added director to her list of accomplishments.  Kay Harris has danced with Ailvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Duke Ellington School of the Arts dancers.  Most recently her choreography received five stars In Debbie' Allen's "Dancing in the Wings" and the Broadway Musical "The Wiz". She has been dancing as a principle and ensemble dancer all over the Unites States for over fifteen years.   Some of her students have gone on to perform for professional dance companies such as Dance Theatre of Harlem. But these accomplishments pale in comparison to what she feels is her greatest accomplishments, becoming a mom. Her passion for teaching starts in her heart, takes flight in her classroom and  flows into each of her students, which motivates her to continue to inspire others.

Isabella Gordineer

Isabella began her training at the School of the Richmond Ballet at close to age 4. At age 11, she continued her passion at Virginia Regional Ballet where she focused her studies on classical ballet under the direction of Heidrun Robitshek and also character dance, jazz, contemporary, and tap. After graduating high school, she was accepted to the dance program at Radford University where she continued her training in ballet, pointe, and modern. During the summers, Isabella has been to numerous summer programs including American Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, the Rock School, and Joffrey Ballet. She currently attends the University of Mary Washington, majoring in Historic Preservation. Isabella is a member of PAC, which is the Performing Arts Company. She is excited to share her passion for classical ballet with all of her students.

Ivanna Dozier

Born in Woodbridge, VA,  Ivy  began her dance career at the age of 16 when she studied Ballet.  Shortly after studying Ballet, she joined the Sankofa Dance Theatre of  Petersburg, VA and has been studying various styles of dance with them (African, Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary) for 4 years. In 2016, Ivy began studying Hip-Hop intensely when she joined P.A.N.I.C. 2000, a performing arts organization originated in Brooklyn, NY. In 2017, Ms. Dozier was appointed President of the organization and was given the opportunity to have a few of her choreographed pieces included in special performances as well as travel with the group to perform in various states. Today, as she pursues her degree in Elementary Education,  Ivy believes that her dance/teaching career have only just begun and that she is excited for what the future holds.

Natalie Carr

Natalie Carr moved to Stafford, VA in 2017 with her husband and three children. Being part of a military family, Mrs. Natalie has had the opportunity to teach dance for 25 years in many locations around the US. She began her dance training at a very young age with Beverly Stewart, also her mother, in Florida.  Her training continued in ballet , tap, modern, and jazz with Northwest Florida Ballet, Delia McDaniel, and summer scholarships to various schools. As a young adult she danced with First City Dance Theatre and The Dance Center Company in Pensacola, Fl.  By the age of 18, Natalie was teaching and choreographing for concerts, fashion shows, events, and musical productions. Military life has led to her teaching at a number of dance studios: Dance Plus, the Dance Centre, Dancemakers, MCAS Iwakuni Japan homeschool drama, Stafford Parks and Recreation Dance Department, Fort Walton Beach Dance, Okatie Youth Ballet, Kingdom Builder's homeschool dance, and Gift of Dance. This has given her the ability to choreograph for productions including :Alladin, Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Snow Queen, Wizard of Oz, and Nutcracker. She has also enjoyed dance for worship and has choreographed for various worship events. Her greatest joy is teach students technique, positive self esteem, and a passion for dance that will last a lifetime. 

Nya Harris

Nya Harris is a dancer and actress.     Nya has enjoyed many stage appearances since the young age of five.  Some of her debut performances include  "Amazing Grace", The Wiz, and Debbie Allen's "Dancing in the Wings".  She has performed for actress Vivica Foxx, and beside our very own First Lady Michelle Obama, Stevie Wonder, Debbie Allen, and Cathie Nicholas.  Her greatest achievements include performing for the opening ceremony for "The Special Olympics" with Debbie Allen and performing alongside Ballet West's professional Ballet Company at The Kennedy Center in "The Nutcracker".   When Nya isn't dancing or acting, she enjoys reading, playing the piano and hanging out with her friends. Her career goals include auditioning for a professional ballet company and becoming an actress that can use her platform to create major change in the world.

Emily Vance

Emily has been dancing since the 4th grade and is no stranger to the stage. Her music theater credits include Rapunzel in Into the Woods, The Dragon in Shrek, Jr., and a Mersister in The Little Mermaid, just to name a few. Emily had the opportunity last summer to study in New York with Tony Award Winner Lindsay Mendez at the Actor's Therapy Worskshop, along with leading vocal teachers and actors in the industry.

 

Although she loves to dance and sing, her heart belongs to the ocean. In the spring of 2020, Emily will be attending the University of Tampa to pursue a degree in Marine Biology. She is so thrilled to be teaching this fall and is looking forward to a wonderful semester!