Faculty 

Xavaire Bolton received her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of South Carolina. While there she was a part of the USC Dance Team, as well as the USC Hip-Hop Ensemble. After graduating, she joined and performed with numerous dance teams and companies in the Washington D.C./Metro area. In 2008 she began teaching in the styles of jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and modern. Xavaire has taught with the James School of the Dance Arts since 2011.

Connie Hanzel received her BA in Dance and her MA in Dance-Performance/Choreography from UCLA. While in school, Connie studied with the UCLA Dance Company. She was selected as a member of “Who’s Who” among American Teachers in 1996; an honor received by the top 4% of the nation’s high school teachers. During her tenure at JSDA, Connie’s classes have won acclaim at many competitions. Connie has taught with the James School of the Dance Arts since 1986.


Janet Hobson joins us from Norfolk, VA where she trained with The Norfolk State University African and Modern Dance Company. She is one of the co-founding coordinators for Norfolk State University's Marching Spartan Legion Band's Auxiliary/Dance group, Accent and guest choreographer for their dance line, Hot Ice. In addition to her dance work there, she was also the physical fitness coach for the entire marching band. Continuing her education, she traveled to many different states to further her education and enhance her dance ability. While in Ohio, she joined the Dove Project Modern Dance Company where she soon became a principal dancer. As an instructor she taught at the Academy of Urban Dance in Columbus, OH and the Academy of Champions East in Mt. Pleasant, TX. Her most recent position was at Maureen's School of Dance in Norfolk, also coaching their competition team. In her career she has won numerous competition and choreography awards. Janet is currently a youth gymnastic, yoga and dance instructor in the D.C.-Metro area. This is Janet's fourth year with the James School of the Dance Arts.

Giselle Heitger
came to Virginia by way of San Diego, California. She began her dance education at New West Ballet School in San Marcos, CA under the tutelage of Ms. Eugenia Keefer in 1984. Her classical ballet training earned her many roles in the annual production of The Nutcracker. Giselle was a lemon drop, party child and soldier until she worked her way up to the corps de ballet with parts in Snow, Waltz of the Flowers and The Variations. She made her high school dance team, Maroon Magic, as a freshman and became a four-year letterman in Dance. They participated in two recitals per school year and held various performances at local community centers and theaters. Giselle's most recent stage performance was a 2014 production of Peter and the Wolf, but has been teaching since 2007. Giselle wants her students to learn a strong and solid ballet foundation so that they may continue in any area of dance they choose. This is Giselle's fourth year with the James School of the Dance Arts.

Hannah Reedy  is originally from Lititz, Pennsylvania where she was born and raised. She began dancing at age 3 and has been trained in a variety of styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, acro, tap and even baton twirling. Throughout her childhood and high school years, she was a member of her studio’s competition company, earning top awards as a soloist and group member in local, regional, and national competitions. She then went on to receive her B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Lebanon Valley College. While studying, Hannah was a four-year member and served as vice-president of the Lebanon Valley College Dance Team. Also, while in college, she was a teacher at Palmyra Academy of Dance in Annville, PA.  Upon graduation, Hannah moved to Washington, DC to pursue her master’s degree and begin her career. In May 2018, Hannah received her M.A. in International Education from the George Washington University. She looks forward to continuing to share her passion, excitement, and energy for dance during her 2ndyear of teaching at the James School of the Dance Arts.   

Rachel Stover is originally from Dinwiddie, Virginia and a graduate from George Mason University. Rachel graduated Summa Cum Laude, with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Arts Management. While at Mason, Rachel was fortunate to be cast in works by Robert Battle, Mark Morris, Nick Pupillo, Christopher d’Amboise, and by her fellow peers. Rachel has also been privileged to work with esteemed companies such as American Dance Festival and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Upon graduating Rachel  has performed with SeaWorld Entertainment Group as a Dance Captain and Ensemble Dancer and also locally with the American Pops Orchestra. Rachel looks forward to furthering both her performance career and her arts management career while at JSDA!
 

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