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.
Demetia Hopkins began her dance training at the Orange School of Performing Arts under the direction of her uncle, Ricardo Porter. Ms. Hopkins graduated with honors from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program in 2009 while a member of Ailey II. In 2010 she joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. During her six year tenure in the company she was honored to perform ballets by prestigious choreographers such as Bill T. Jones, Kyle Abraham, Jiri Kylian, Robert Battle, Wayne McGregor, Ulysses Dove, Matthew Rushing, Ronald K. Brown, Ohad Naharin, Judith Jamison, and a multitude of roles from Alvin Ailey’s repertory including his signature solo Cry.
Ms. Hopkins was most recently seen in the Tony Award winning musical Oklahoma! on Broadway where she served as principal understudy for Dream Laury, Associate Choreographer, and Dance Captain. In 2018, she choreographed a production of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass presented at the historic Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, VA. She has performed with the Francesca Harper Project, Project-Inc, Mimi Garrard, and with performing arts pioneer Dianne McIntyre. Ms. Hopkins was cited on the Huffpost list of “26 Black Female Choreographers and Dancers You Should Know,” named one of Dance Magazines “Top 25 To Watch” in 2014, and was a recipient of a Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts in 2011. Ms. Hopkins is currently a freelance artist and dance educator based in New York and Central Virginia. She is proud to be Co-Artistic Director of the Orange School of Performing Arts.
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.
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.
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.
Cylie Kindvall hails from Stafford where she first began dancing in 2001. She earned her Bachelor’s of Art degree in Theater and Dance from Old Dominion University in 2013. During her professional dance career, she travelled with the Virginia Opera as a dancer in their productions of Salome and Orpheus in the Underworld from 2014-15. She moved to California in 2016 to earn her M.F.A. in Dance and Performance from Mills College in May 2018. During her stay on the west coast, Miss Kindvall has performed for Bay Area artists including Molissa Fenley, Hope Mohr, Kara Davis, and Latanya D. Tigner in annual exhibitions including, but not limited to, Epiphany Dance Company’s Trolley Dances, Bliss Festival and the Black Choreographer’s Festival. Cylie has taught many genres of dance for Theatre schools in San Anselmo, Pacifica, and San Rafael, CA. Cylie is well versed in styles including Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary/Lyrical. She truly enjoys sharing her passion for dance and its artistry to the youth in our community. Cylie looks forward to watching dancers grow technically and encourages them to find their voice through movement.