Now enrolling for our 2021-22 season! Including dance, music and martial arts.
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all about OUR MISSION
We accept new students at any age and skill level! We are a faith-based, family-friendly studio. We conduct all of our classes (dance, music, martial arts) in a safe and healthy environment with high moral standards. As we are an all-inclusive studio, we encourage our students to be the best that they can be and care for others. Competitiveness amongst our students is not welcomed unless one is competing to better his/her self. When you join all about DANCE and so much more, you become part of our extensive family.
all about US
Our staff members and teachers are what make all about DANCE so great. Learn about each of our teachers below.
SPARKS Program Director
Ballet Program Director
Ballet & Jazz Instructor
Jarhal “JD” Duncan
Hip Hop Instructor
Ballet, Jazz & Tap Instructor
Mighty Mites Instructor
Hip Hop Instructor
Vanessa Spicer – Owner/Director
This year marks the 14th season of our studio. Though not a dancer herself, she fell in love with the art of dance when her daughter was young. Her daughter, Emily, became a beautiful dancer and inspired her to open the studio to provide a safe place for children to learn dance in our community.
The studio has grown tremendously over the years and offers an outstanding dance program for preschool through high school students, as well as adults. Additionally, the studio has expanded its art program to include music and martial arts. So much more than just a dance studio, all about DANCE is a place for families to be supported and loved by a staff of many.
Most recently, the studio has added a group music program for children from 18 months to 8 years. An innovative approach to teaching music and improve growth and learning skills in all aspects of development. Music FunTime is a great way for children to learn the foundation of music theory while using real musical instruments and play. As with all classes at all about DANCE, play is an integral part of learning. Teaching skills “through the back door” using games, creative play and music is our expertise.
It is Vanessa’s complete faith and reliance on God that continues to grow the loving environment at all about DANCE. The studio slogan is and will always be “all are welcome, it’s what we’re all about.”
Karlea McCoy – Production Manager & Ballet Instructor
Karlea has been part of all about DANCE since the studio opened in the fall of 2008. She grew up taking ballet at small studios in Tennessee and Georgia then attended the University of Georgia. After graduating, Karlea moved to the Dayton area to work as a media producer at a local church. God planted her within walking distance of AAD where she immediately enrolled in an adult class!
Currently, Karlea teaches at AAD and directs the artistic vision for the annual spring performance. She’s fortunate for the opportunity to combine her passions of working with children, educating, creating, and dancing.
Kim Ticknor — SPARKS Program (Ballet, Jazz & Tap)
Kim, a Vandalia native, graduated from Otterbein College with a BA in Developmental Psychology with a heavy concentration in dance. Employed by the Dublin Dance Center in Columbus in all phases of the organization – with over 1200 students, DDCC provides multiple performance opportunities throughout the year, and proudly sends many dancers on to study at the college level as well as professionally. She had the pleasure of working with such noted professionals as Billy Bruce, Bruce Terry, Kristina Isabel (of HiJinx dance) and Christina Taylor. Additionally, Kim has served on the staff at Overfield Early Childhood Program in Troy as their Creative Movement Instructor, embodying the Reggio Emilia philosophy of Early Childhood Education into the realm of dance. Kim’s Special Focus – to blend Creative Dance with sound early educational philosophies, along with the principles of educational kinesiology in order to bring the best possible preschool dance experience to Vandalia and the North End. Teaching the whole child, the whole dancer, for a better tomorrow. We are so pleased with our ever-growing preschool program. She is an inspiration to all who meet her and does a remarkable job with our babies!
Audrey Heffner – Ballet Program Director
Originally from a small town near Cincinnati, Audrey began dancing at the age of 5 and has been dancing ever since. She studied pre-professional ballet at a small studio until the age of 16, taking a summer to also study with the Louisville Ballet. She has performed in a number of productions at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in downtown Cincinnati, as well as in The Nutcracker at Music Hall with the Cincinnati Ballet. After high school, she continued dancing with a club while in college. Audrey moved to Vandalia in 2015 and began taking adult ballet classes with us at AAD after graduating. She began instructing in the end of the 2015-2016 season and has helped our ballet program grow tremendously!
Melissa Ritchie – Studio Administrator
We are so excited to welcome Melissa to our studio staff this season! Melissa has worked as an administrator for Pontecorvo Ballet and as the Pointe Shoe Project Coordinator/Artist at Dayton Ballet. She has also created displays and stage props for Dayton Ballet at the Victoria Theatre. She has an eye for detail and has already began refining our studio’s look. Expect to see Melissa around the studio and at the front desk often this season!
Lexie Anders – Ballet Instructor
Bio coming soon!
Lillian Dickman – Ballet & Jazz Instructor
Lilly is a recent University of Dayton graduate from Richmond, Indiana. She has been dancing since she was 4 years old and took ballet, lyrical, jazz, and tap classes at her local dance studio. In high school, she was a member of the Richmond High School Devilette Dance Team for all 4 years. While in college, she continued dancing with the University of Dayton Dance Team. Upon graduating with a degree in Business Administration, Lillian started a job as a Defense Contractor in the Dayton area. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue dancing and is eager to share her love of dance with the rest of the AAD family as an instructor this upcoming season!
JD Duncan – Hip Hop Instructor
JD “Dance Fever” is a native Daytonian. He is a co-founder of the popular dance group, DYT’s Finest. During his first year at the University of Dayton he became head choreographer and dance teacher for a growing hip hop class offered there. He helps mentor and train students and former dance crew members. In his junior year, he established 2 more classes and he teamed up with SMAG Dance Collective, which is a part of Dayton Contemporary Dance Corporation (DCDC), as their hip hop specialist. JD is presently training under Flex from Zulu Kings & Stanky D to take his skills to the next level. Currently a member of a Dayton group, TWS Crew where he serves as president and head choreographer and performs throughout Ohio. JD’s classes will be taught in choreographed routines which focus on poppin’, breakin’, lockin’ and krump. Classes will be taught each move and then put in a routine in which students will be able to express themselves with dance and gain knowledge about the hip hop culture.
Jessica Ligas – Ballet, Jazz & Tap Instructor
Jessica grew up in Xenia, OH where she started taking dance classes at 4 years old. She began teaching dance classes in high school and loved it so much she went on to become Certified to Teach through the Dance Masters of America Teacher Training Program. Jessica joined All About Dance in 2012 and loves watching our wonderful students grow more confident and graceful every year.
Cindy Redolfi — Martial Arts/ Mighty Mites
Cindy Redolfi is a fourth degree black belt in a Traditional Korean Martial Arts called Kuk Sool Won. Her passion for teaching began in 1980 with teaching horseback riding. She is a PATH Intl. certified Advanced instructor with the Therapeutic Riding Institute teaching special needs individuals. She began her martial arts training in 2003 with her two boys and became the school owner of Kuk Sool Won of Dayton in 2009. She has been teaching the preschool martial arts program – the Mighty Mites – and the intro to martial arts program – the Little Dragons at All About Dance for the past seven years. Martial arts manners and respect is emphasized in each class. Students are challenged each week with obstacle courses, special animal exercises, martial arts kicks and punches as well as martial arts forms and self defense techniques while improving balance, coordination, listening skills and having fun.
Elizabeth Shinlever – Hip Hop Instructor
Elizabeth is a former student of all about DANCE and has since returned bringing with her various skills and technique surrounding Hip Hop. She is a recent graduate of Northridge High School and will be working closely with JD on our Hip Hop program. We are so excited to have her on board!
Amber Sturgill – Ballet/SPARKS Instructor
Amber is originally from Huber Heights and has been dancing since the age of 3. She is well-versed in dance, having experience will all styles including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and more. She danced at her home studio until graduating high school in 2018. During high school, she was a member of the Wayne High School Warriorette Drill Team, and was an officer her sophomore through senior years. This included teaching and aiding in choreography for the team. Amber has been with AAD since 2018 and currently teaches SPARKS, ballet and lyrical.