Meet Your MMDC Staff

Ashley Foote - Owner/Director/Head Choreographer

  

Ashley has been dancing since the age of 1 and has been non-stop ever since. Ashley has been teaching dance in the tri-cities for the last 11 years and has continued her training to keep up with today’s modern changes. She specializes in all areas of dance offered through the studio, and prides herself not only in the skills and techniques of dance, but also the passion and creativity. Ashley has received many awards through DanceMakers, Star Systems, Christian Cheerleaders of America and Eastern Cheer and Dance. Throughout Middle and High School, Ashley was chosen several times as an All American Cheerleader and Dancer which allowed her the opportunity to cheer and dance at the Pro Bowl half time show held in Hawaii and the Citrus Bowl half time show held in Florida. Ashley has studied under some of the best choreographers in the country to include Frank Hatchet, Tommy Alexander, Keith Clifton, Janice Barringer, Stephen Boyd, Brad Taylor and Kenny Wormald, just to name a few. Ashley has had the chance to travel up and down the East Coast competing and taking master classes at numerous nationally ranked companies since the age of 5. Since the age of 16, Ashley has had the chance to choreograph and teach hundreds of students the art of discipline through dance and has been able to achieve several national titles and awards throughout the last 11 years with her teaching and choreography abilities. Ashley currently Coaches/Choreographs the Prince George High School Royalettes dance team as well as their competitive cheerleading team. Under her coaching, their cheerleading team has achieved three championship titles. The Royalettes dance team was also chosen in 2018 to participate in the Citrus Bowl and the Sugar Bowl half time shows, which is “an invitation only” event. Ashley is currently certified in gymnastics levels 1-4, which allows her to train athletes the proper and safe way to perform all gymnastics skills, while making sure all techniques are followed through. For the past 6 years Ashley has had the opportunity to judge cheerleading and dance for CCA Regional and National competitions. Ashley is a graduate of Colonial Heights High School and studied Business Administration at John Tyler Community College. Ashley has a true passion for the art of dance and wants to share her passion with as many people as she can. By instilling that passion within her students, Ashley develops not only a strong dance foundation, but also provides a positive environment to grow her students on and off the dance floor. Ashley resides in Colonial Heights with her fiancé Chris and their two weimaraners. 

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Jonathan Farmer - Gymnastics Instructor

 Jonathan has over 16 years experience in gymnastics. He has attended and instructed numerous summer camps and tumble classes over the last 14 years. He was a Dinwiddie High School cheerleader from 2004-2008 where he cheered on the sideiline aswell as on their highly competitive compeition team.  After graduating high school in 2008 Jonathan took his cheerleading career even further and started coaching at Platinum Cheer Stars a local competitive cheerleading gym. At PCS Jonathan was a tumble instructor as well as a cheerleading coach for levels 1-5. Jonathan is currently certified in tumbling levels 1-5 to teach and insure that all skills are being taught safely and accurately. Jonathan is excitted to bring his gymastics knowledge to Making Moves Dance Company as a certified tumbling instructor.  

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Brianna Mackie - Instructor/Choreographer

  

Brianna’s love for dance started at the age of 2 when she joined Buffa’s Dance Studio in Fairfax, VA. With over 20 years of dance experience between dance studio’s and dance teams, dance is in her blood! She has taken numerous master classes and trained for 14 years with Tom Alexander. Brianna started choreographing when she was 16 and continued for the next 7 years. After high school, she continued her dancing in college on the Longwood University Dance Team, Blue Heat. In her 3rd year of college, she took on the role of assistant coach, and then head coach in her final year. With these roles she ran all aspects of the team including choreography, conditioning, technique, and all organization. Brianna is trained in: Ballet, Jazz, Pom, Pointe, Kick, Hip Hop, and Lyrical. She is extremely excited to be able to continue her love and passion of choreography and dance with Making Moves Dance Company.  

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Halee Taylor - Instructor/Choreographer

 Halee has been dancing since she could practically walk, and has been competing since a very young age. Halee’s bubbly and cheerful personality completely light up the stage when she is performing or while simply in the classroom teaching. Halee has competed up and down the east coast at the regional and national level. Halee has taken many master classes throughout her dance career from many choreographers to include: Frank Hatchet, Keith Clifton, Tom Alexander, Becca Retter, and Janice Barringer. Halee is a graduate from Thomas Dale High School and is working towards her Real Estate License currently. Halee can’t wait to spread her love of dance with everyone at Making Moves Dance Company. 

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Maryanne Trexler - Ballet & Pointe Instructor/Choreographer

  

Dance has been a part of Maryanne’s life for 26 years, and she has been teaching for 7 of them. There hasn’t been a time in those 26 years that dance has not been a part of her life. Maryanne began dancing at the age of 3 in Omaha, Nebraska. Her family later moved to Virginia where she began to advance her technique in multiple styles of dance. At the age of 14 she began her competition career, even placing nationally with Cheer Eruption All Stars in Winchester, Virginia. In addition to competition dancing, Maryanne was also training in classical ballet, jazz, modern, and lyrical at Shenandoah Conservatory of the Arts Academy (SCAA), a subsect of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. It is at SCAA where Maryanne discovered her love of ballet and her love of teaching. After graduating from Millbrook High School she attended Radford University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Performance in 2012. After graduation, she was offered a job teaching advanced placement ballet at Ravel Dance Studio in Reston, Virginia. While at Ravel she produced two ballet a year, The Nutcracker every winter and a classical ballet every spring: Cinderella, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, or Coppelia.  Maryanne produced a total of 12 ballet productions with Ravel. In 2018 she and her fiancé made the decision to relocate from Northern Virginia to Midlothian, Virginia where Maryanne continues her love for dance and dance education. Maryanne is thrilled to be joining the Making Moves family, and hopes to spread her love for ballet to a new group of students. Ballet is an integral part of any dancer’s education and career. It establishes the base for a dancer to grow. Maryanne’s ballet teacher changed her life when she was a young dancer; it has always been a life goal of Maryanne’s to be the same ballet teacher for her students as her past teachers were to her: loving, caring, knowledgeable, a role model, and a friend. 

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Amber Wallace - Baton Instructor

 Amber began dancing and twirling at age 5 with Gloria Dance School of Dance before she became a member of the Royalettes Baton Corps of Richmond, VA where she advanced to twirl competitively across the state and country. She was the feature twirler for the Prince George High School Marching band from 2003-2008. Amber holds the title of 2007 Miss Majorette of the Mid-Atlantic and holds multiple other awards for her twirling achievements over the years of her competitive twirling career. She has performed multiple times for the VCU women’s basketball team with her former twirl team and has also performed multiple times with the University of Virginia Marching Cavaliers. She was chosen to dance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade as part of the Macy’s Great American Marching Band in 2006. She performed as one of two twirlers in the Liberty Bowl half time show in 2007 and twirled with the Price George High School Marching Band at Disney’s Bands on Parade in 2008 at Universal Studios. Amber specializes in skill twirling, trick work and two baton. She can twirl one, two and three batons and has performed with one and two fire batons throughout her twirling career. Amber is a Prince George County native who currently resides in Colonial Heights with her daughter, Addalyn, and their rescue dog, Chief. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach and spending time outside with her daughter, camping and watching Red Sox baseball. Amber thoroughly looks forward to teaching your beginner twirler and advancing your knowledgeable twirler to new heights. In baton, the ceiling isn’t your obstacle, only your mind is. So toss that baton up, do a spin or two and work hard for no drops! 

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Sydney Walaski - Instructor/Choreographer

 Sydney is a 2018 Summa Cum Laude graduate from VCU, having majored in psychology and minored in; dance and choreography, and criminal justice.  She started dancing at the age of two in Garner, NC where she studied with Center Stage Dance Studio, Christy’s DancExplosion and the dance program at Raleigh, NC’s Enloe High School. Along with her dance studies, she also competed with Christy’s as both a soloist and with their top-level teams.  Sydney is trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, clogging, ballroom, modern, and musical theater. 

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Student Teachers/Choreographers

Katilyn Burns

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Kailey Gifford

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Delaney McQuiggan

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De'Asiah Taylor

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Matilyn Moody

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Office Staff

Amy Burns

Accounts

Siobhan Milan

Accounts & Apparel 

Ashley Banks

Director of Fundraising