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Dawne began dancing ballet at the age of 7. She performed in several theatrical dance productions with Storybook Theatre. She appeared on stage in several productions with The Alliance Theatre (TAT) including Oliver!, Music Man, Wizard of Oz and as a featured dancer in Cats. She was the choreographer for TAT’s Beauty & the Beast, Willy Wonka, Mulan and Aladdin, Jr; Rocky Run’s production of Willy Wonka, Jr; Franklin Middle School’s production of Legally Blonde, Jr, Little Mermaid, JR; Kilmer Middle School’s Annie, JR and Not Just Dance’s production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr, Fame, Jr, Peter Pan, Jr, Aladdin, Jr and Shrek Jr. She produced or co-produced TAT’s Aladdin, Jr; Annie, Jr; Little Shop of Horrors and Grease. She received two WATCH nominations for her work on Little Shop of Horrors as the Set Designer and for Properties Design. She is a certified Zumba Instructor (Zumba, Zumba Kids, Zumba Gold) and taught Zumba Kids at several elementary schools in the area. She is currently working on Not Just Dance’s production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr.
Dawne has engineering and computer science degrees and previously worked as a Program Manager for Northrop Grumman. She is the President/Owner of Dawne’s Technical Solutions where she provides Box Office Management and Support to Virginia Ballet Company & School. As a long time past member of the TAT Board of Directors, she created and maintained the website and provided box office support, along with serving in numerous artistic positions with just about all of the TAT shows over the past 10 years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors More
Jen began theatre as a Chantilly High School student studying under Elaine Wilson and Ed Monk. She remembers getting the theatre bug after seeing a production written by Elaine Wilson. She is currently working with Not Just Dance on Shrek Jr. She recently directed Not Just Dance’s productions of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr, Fame Jr, Peter Pan Jr and Aladdin Jr. She has served as Stage Manager for several of The Alliance Theatre’s productions including A Christmas Carol , Willy Wonka, Art of Murder, Aladdin Jr, Mulan Jr, Camelot, Annie Jr. and Hairspray. Her directorial debut was Little Shop of Horrors (The Alliance Theatre) which received 5 WATCH nominations. She has also been the Stage Manager for Contemporary Music Center’s Rock Camp and City of Fairfax Theatre’s production of Pippi Longstocking. Jen is on staff for Not Just Dance and serves as the main Registrar, Head of the Musical Theatre Classes and provides private coaching. She also heads up the After School Theatre programs at several area schools in Chantilly and Centreville.
Beth is a music teacher at Hunters Woods Elementary school. She has provided music direction for 25+ productions including for several children’s productions. Highlights include Peter Pan Jr (Not Just Dance), Fame Jr (Not Just Dance), 101 Dalmations, Kids (Franklin Performers Corner), The Three Prince Charmings (Elden Street Players TFYA), Flat Stanley Jr (Hunter Woods Elementary School), Alice in Wonderland Jr (City of Fairfax Theatre Company), Thoroughly Modern Millyie (Franklin Middle School), Annie Jr (The Alliance Theatre), A Christmas Carol (McLean Community Players), Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr (Not Just Dance) and The Nifty Fifties (Centerstage Academy).
She has also provided musical direction for the WATCH nominated show Musical of Musicals (the Musical!) (Elden Street Players) and Hairspray (The Alliance Theatre). Beth has also directed several Jr productions and has been seen on-stage, recently performing in Legally Blonde, The Musical (McLean Community Players). Having worked with many area schools and community theatres, she knows how to prepare for an audition, especially as it relates to children’s productions. Beth received her BM in Choral Music Education and Theatre from Christopher Newport University.
Amanda Fish is a native of Northern Virginia who has been pursuing excellence in multiple genres of vocal performance her entire life. She began taking voice lessons at the age of twelve, and soon after was admitted into the Fairfax Choral Society. In high school Amanda excelled in both musical theatre and choral singing. She was accepted into honors choirs at the district, state, and all-state level, was a soloist in Oakton High School’s elite madrigal choir, and had the starring role as Dorothy in her senior year’s production of The Wizard of Oz.
Amanda continued her studies at Elon University under the tutelage of Dr. Polly Butler-Cornelius. After graduating with her bachelors in Music, Amanda attended More
Candace’s dance life started – like most do – at a very young age, and has covered a wide range of disciplines, including tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, modern, hip-hop and pom. She has been dancing for over 25 years as part of performing troups, dance teams, and competition teams, and has been choreographing and instructing for over 10 years.
As a teenager, Candace attended the year-long Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts, where she studied Musical Theater and served as the group’s dance captain. As a member of the group’s select troupe, she traveled to Japan for a performance tour, and participated in dozens of Broadway revues and shows, including Will Roger’s Follies and Chicago. At the collegiate level, Candace was a member of the James Madison University Dukettes, a very competitive and nationally ranked dance team. Over the years, she has studied with several notable choreographers, including Bakaari Wilder (Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk, original cast) and Denise Wall (Denise Wall’s Dance Energy), More
Cathy was the choreographer assistant for Not Just Dance’s productions of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr, Aladdin Jr and Shrek, Jr. She also was choreographer for Annie Jr, Nunsense, co-choreographer for Capital Cabaret, Little Mermaid Jr, and Grease, all for The Alliance Theatre; Kilmer Elementary School’s Annie, Jr and Franklin Middle School’s Little Mermaid Jr. She appeared as the Baron in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (The Alliance Theatre) Paulette in Legally Blonde, The Musical (The Alliance Theatre), Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray (The Alliance Theatre), Mrs Cratchitt/Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol (The Alliance Theatre), the Wardrobe in Beauty and the Beast (The Alliance Theatre), Grizabella in Cats (The Alliance Theatre), Amelia Earhart in Flight of the Lawnchair Man (Taking Flight Theatre) and Claire in Bare (Taking Flight Theatre), for which she received a WATCH nomination. Cathy has worked for a local music company, The Lace Music, as a jazz vocalist and DJ assistant for 19 years. She is also the lead singer for Kat Atomic, a local rock band. By day, Cathy teaches Pre-Kindergarten at the Ox Hill Baptist Church Pre-School. In addition, Cathy works on both the Not Just Dance Take After School Theatre program and the Zumba Kids After School program. She is currently working on choreography for Not Just Dance’s production of Beauty and the Beast.
Kim Thornley has worked in the D.C. metro area as a director, choreographer and performer in dinner/community/children’s theatre, dance companies and with the Wolf Trap Opera Company. She received dance training at the Stone-Camryn School of Ballet in Chicago and Gus Giordano Dance Center in Evanston, Illinois. She performed with the DuPage Ballet Company in the Chicago area, Dancin’ Unlimited, Feet First Dance Company and The Loudoun Ballet Company in the D.C. metro area. She earned ballet teacher certification from the Cecchetti Council of America. She studied acting at the Theatre Lab and voice over techniques with the Such a Voice Company. She received recognition from the D.C. Metro Theatre Arts publication as one of the best actresses for the 2013 season. She works as a dance and theatre instructor at performing arts centers, dance studios and community centers.
Adam is one of the newest members of the Not Just Dance staff. He began his acting career at the age of 6 and has appeared in over 28 local performances. He received a Cappie Nomination (2016) for Lead Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Sheridan Whiteside in The Man Who Came to Dinner. Adam appeared in Ford’s Theatre’s Production of A Christmas Carol back in 2009. Adam finished 2nd at the Virginia (2016) and Mid-Atlantic Regional (2016) NATS competitions and has been invited to the National (2016) NATS finals competition in Chicago, IL. He was a finalist in New Voices in 2015 for his script “A Teen’s Life”. He has appeared on radio, on TV (America’s Most Wanted and Fatal Attractions), in commercials and even as an extra in a couple featured films. Some favorite theatre roles include Sheridan Whiteside in The Man Who Came to Dinner (Chantilly High School), as Danny in Grease (Westfield Summer Stage), as Eddie in Lost in Yonkers (Chantilly High School), as Oliver Warbucks in Annie (Chantilly High School), as Picasso in Picasso at Lapine Agile (Chantilly High School), as Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Chantilly High School) as Charlie in Willy Wonka (Vienna Theatre Company), Wally/Ovington in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Westfield Summer Stage) and Doody in Grease (The Alliance Theatre). In addition, Adam has appeared in Not Just Dance productions as Captain Hook in Peter Pan JR and Nick in Fame JR. He recently worked on staff for Not Just Dance’s production of Shrek, JR.
Adriana graduated from Chantilly High School in 2017. She has always been a huge theatre nerd, and love spreading her love of theatre with anyone willing to learn! During her time at Chantilly, Adriana was able to step into amazing roles as well as win some awards. These include; 2016 Forensic State Champion for Storytelling and overall team State Championship, 2017 Overall Forensic State Championship for Comedic Duo, 2017 Theatre One Act state champion ship as well as Best actress in the state award. Adriana is a student at the Northern Virginia Community College.
Alayna, dance team coach for Rocky Run Middle School, is currently a senior at Chantilly High School, where she is a part of their theatre department and dance team. She has been on the Charger Dance Team since freshman year, and is now one of the senior captains of the team. Asides from dance team, she has danced at the Centreville Dance Academy for the past decade. Alayna has received dance training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and tap and hopes to continue dancing when she begins college next fall. As an actor, she has performed in many productions at her high school. Some of her favorite previous shows include Annie the Musical and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and also acting as head of publicity for Peter and the Starcatcher for which she was nominated for a Cappies award.
Note: Not Just Dance sponsors the dance team at Rocky Run Middle School.