Sydney Kendrick is a current student at Virginia Tech studying towards a B.A. in Theatre Performance with a minor in Psychology. She is very excited to work as an assistance choreographer on Legally Blonde Jr. this summer! After finding a love for theatre in middle school, Ed Monk and Shannon Khatcheressian at Chantilly High school helped to establish the art as an essential part of Sydney’s life. She started as an actor but has since delved into the dance world and become very involved in the creation of the department of dance at Virginia Tech. Acting as a Teacher’s Assistant this past spring semester, she has taken on a leadership role within the department. Her recent performance credits include: Mrs. Deaton in Decision Height (Virginia Tech), Charlotte Purcell in Theses Shining Lives (Virginia Tech Blackbox Workshops), Aunt Dot & Zelda in Sap of Life (Virginia Tech Blackbox Workshops).
Gabe Ribeiro has been acting since his freshman year of high school and has been cast in high school and college performances. Gabe Ribeiro is a rising Junior at Radford University where he is studying theatre. He received a Cappie Nomination (2017) for Comic Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Ted in Peter and the Star Catcher. Some favorite theatre roles include playing Stuart Little in Stuart Little (Radford University), as Seyton/Murderer Three in the Tragedy of Macbeth (Radford University), as Ted in Peter and the Star Catcher (Chantilly High School), and as Jack in Jack and Jill and the Beanstalk (Chantilly High school). Gabe has also worked with Shannon Khatcheressian as her co-director on the children’s summer show at Chantilly High School (2017 and 2018). Gabe will be working High School Musical 2 JR, Rendalina and Broadway Story Tellers.
Abby Rozmajzl is a rising Senior studying Musical Theater and Dance at Christopher Newport University. She is looking forward to becoming part of the Not Just Dance family and working with some amazing kids. Her past roles include Belle in URTM’s Beauty and the Beast, Harriet Belagamba in CNU Theater’s Single Girl’s Guide and more to come. She is also a SAFD certified actor combatant. Abby will be working High School Musical 2 JR as a Fun Counselor!
Thank you to EVERYONE that attended and helped with our first annual Not Just a Costume Party Halloween Party!
Ghosts and goblins gathered on Saturday, Oct. 20th, from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. There were delicious foods, face painting, a movie, games, a popcorn bar and a haunted house!!! The studio was completely transformed with amazing decorations! Join us again next year, for our 2nd annual Not Just a Costume Party Halloween Party, on Oct. 19, 2019.
In 2018, Not Just Dance launched a scholarship competition for graduating Seniors who are pursuing a degree beyond primary education/high school and have taken/completed a year long theatre class plus one additional class.
Not Just Dance is pleased to announce our scholarship winners for 2018!
Lindsey Jacobson, from Oakton High School, plans to attend Catholic University pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Theatre. At Not Just Dance, Lindsey took tap classes and was part of our Musical Theatre class, Shrek JR. Lindsey writes “Not Just Dance has helped me grow as both an actor and as an individual by giving me the opportunity to grow and learn as not only a student but also as a mentor. By being one of the oldest people in the cast of Shrek Jr., I did not expect to become friends with a lot of the younger actors, but as the year progressed, I found myself not only able to teach hem and help guide them in their acting and performance, but also learning from them.” She goes on to say “I was able to refine my acting for the production, and I had to beome a lot more flexible to change, all the time while serving as a role model for a bunch of young actors.” When asked about what she will do next, she explains “Theatre is my passion, and it is my life’s goal to share my love with as many people as I can and to touch people by telling stories through acting, dancing, and singing.”
Lindsey is awarded a scholarship of $200.
Diana Witt, a 2018 graduate of Westfield High School, plans to attend James Madison University in the fall. Diana was part of School House Rock Live JR and has taken numerous dance classes at Not Just Dance. Diana writes “Through my theatre and dance education at Not Just Dance, I have learned my true potential, learned how to embrace change, and the mentors and teachers I have had have fostered my love for the performing arts. Through my dance education at NJD, I received individual attention that focused on helping me turn my weaknesses into strengths. I studied tap and jazz and had many different teachers that showed me the art of dance from different perspectives.” She goes on to say “Maya Angelou once said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” This is certainly true for all artists, and in theatre, creativity is essential. In theatre, we generate innovative, imaginative ideas on screen and onstage. By exercising ingenuity, theatrical artists can create immersive experiences that make audiences laugh or cry. Theatre can pose new questions that can question concepts and change or inspire people.”
Diana is awarded a scholarship of $200.
Due: May 28, 2018