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Abrielle Harris
Owner/CEO

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Aubrey Kennedy is the proud owner and CEO of Umbiance Center for the Performing Arts. Aubrey attends American Musical Dramatic Academy in New York. Prior to pursuing a career in acting and dancing, she trained with the likes of Debbie Allen, Catherine Nicholas, Savior Glover, and Allison Stroming. At the age of 10 she was recognized by Gilda Squires, agent of Misty Copeland as an upcoming ballet talent in the Northern Virginia area. Her professional career began at the ripe age of five when she was cast in her first stage play under the Direction of Chaz Pando. She went on to perform in Debbie Allen's “Dancing in the Wings”, "The Wiz", “Amazing Grace”, “Alice in Wonderland” and many more. While in LA training with Debbie Allen she auditioned and was chosen to perform in the opening ceremony for The Special Olympics World Games, along side Stevie Wonder and First Lady Michelle Obama. Later Aubrey went on to perform at The Kennedy Center in Ballet West's “Nutcracker” and at The VBHM Gala.
 

Besides developing at UCPA, she is always training to ensure the students have a solid foundation with cutting edge resources. Most recently she trained with Teddy Forance, and Jason Williams. Her dance education also includes training at Steps on Broadway and The Broadway Dance Center. Aubrey has trained in multiple styles including Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Acro. When she isn't performing or training, Aubrey's focus is on speaking out against racial and human injustices. During 2020, the NAACP requested that she speak at marches across the Northern Virginia area.

 

Additionally Aubrey is proud to see UCPA students receive opportunities to become working professionals. UCPA students have gone on to be cast in commercials, music videos, off Broadway productions and more. Most recently one student was awarded entry to Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She is delighted when her students express that through the arts they were able to enrich their lives by having the self-confidence, poise and discipline that it takes for any career and a successful life.

Khalia Harris
Founding Director

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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 a 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 Alvin 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. All of these accomplishments pale in comparison to what she feels is her greatest accomplishment, 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.

Ivy Dozier
Program Director

Ivy Dozier became a member of our UCPA faculty in January of 2018. It was clear that she was born with a natural passion for dance, teaching and the performing arts. In early years of childhood, Ivy trained heavily in gymnastics, tumbling and cheerleading, building her athleticism and quality of performance. Her dance career began in 2006 at Mt. Hope Baptist Church where she studied liturgical dance for several years. In 2011, she studied Ballet at Ari's House of Dance in Fredericksburg, VA, was cast as part of the ensemble for Colonial Forge High School's rendition of the musical Hairspray! and earned a spot on CFHS dance team, where the focus was pom, jazz and hip-hop. Ivy's dance career accelerated when she began attending Virginia State University where she joined Sankofa Dance Theatre and "P.A.N.I.C. 2000" (a performing arts organization that originated in Brooklyn, NY) where she was deeply immersed in training various styles of dance (African, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip-Hop). In 2016, Ivy began studying Hip-Hop intensely when she joined P.A.N.I.C. 2000. She has also had the pleasure of training with and choreographing for Richmond Urban Dance Company in Richmond, VA. Through compassion, expression and proper technique, Ivy believes that all students have the ability to excel in the arts!

Demetia Hopkins

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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.

Victoria Edwards

Victoria Edwards started her dance training at Lorenzo’s Dance Studio at the age of 3 and continued to Fredericksburg Ballet Centre at the age of 5. She trained in Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary Modern, Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theater. Along with 13 years of Nutcracker, some of her favorite roles have been in “The Nutcracker” as Mirliton, “Cinderella” as the Summer Fairy, and “Sleeping Beauty” as Candide the Crystal Fountain. Hanging up her tutu after graduation to be able to share her passion of dance through teaching has been such a joy the over the past 10 years.

Hannah Wagner

Hannah Wagner is a piano instructor from King George. She started taking piano lessons in kindergarten and taught students in her junior and senior years of high school before she graduated. She continued her training at Mount Vernon Nazarene University where she learned many skills useful in piano pedagogy and graduated with a music degree in 2022. Hannah has a great passion for instilling the love of music into the hearts of students of all ages.

Alejandro Delossantoscoy

Alejandro is a Fredericksburg native who started dancing at the age of five and through his journey, found a love for teaching. His dance background includes training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop, but he loves all styles of dance. He has danced in multiple ballets to include The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Swan Lake and is currently working on Peter Pan. In addition, he has choreographed for color guards throughout Virginia and performed at World Championships in the sport, primarily as a dancer. Alejandro is in his 2nd year with the UCPA family and can’t wait to create more memories here at Umbiance!

Sydney  McLaurin

Sydney began dancing at age 3 at Dance Etc. School of the Arts in Woodbridge, VA. During her middle school years, she had the opportunity to dance with the Joffrey Ballet Company in their productions of the Nutcracker at the Kennedy Center.  In High School, Sydney attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where she had the opportunity to attend and perform for the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD). Sydney also danced during the halftime performances of the college football Bowl Championship Series' (BCS) Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA) and Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA). Sydney received her minor in Dance at North Carolina Central University. Sydney is ecstatic to be teaching the next generation of aspiring performers!

Jackie Jerndal

Jackie was born and raised in South Africa where she began dancing at age 5.  She came to America in 1988 where she studied  theater and dance with expertise in European and American acting techniques, Scene study, mask work, physical theatre, including acting with the whole body, movement, choreography, creative strategy and direction, team building and leadership. Jackie is a graduate of Dell’ Arte International school of physical theatre and studied extensively at HB Studios in New York City. Some of her career accomplishments include 8 years as a professional actor with Pax Amicus Repertory Theatre in New Jersey; Founder of La Commedia Theatre Company, New York City, NY; produced and directed Moliere's "Forced Marriage" at the Fringe Festival in New York City NY; taught workshops for the 3-year MFA Program at The New School for Drama in New  York City, NY and much more! She also has 15 years of experience teaching and managing classrooms of kids, teens, and adults. Jackie is delighted to be part of Umbiance and loves to teach and empower students in an atmosphere of fun and creativity.

Carah McCollum

Carah Faith McCollum is a 16 year old honor student that has been dancing since she was six at the Umbiance Center of Performing Arts in Stafford, VA and currently teaches 'Stretching and conditioning' and 'Hip Hop 7-11 year olds'.  Carah fell in love with dance at a young age while watching one of her favorite shows on TV, "So You Think You Can Dance!” Carah has learned and advanced in ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, modern, African and Liturgical dance styles.  At 10 years old Carah was encouraged to try out for the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s summer dance intensive program.  She ended up being accepted into the summer program earning an award in the process. Carah has also had the opportunity to dance with several professional and famous choreographers and dancers.     When she is not dancing, she loves art, sweets, drawing, fashion and sleeping! 

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