Dina Golding

Owner, Executive Director

Dina...

...brings expertise in the organizational and financial components that have made The Dance Company a model of innovation and efficiency. Dina has had many years in the financial industry with de/nova and startup business experiences which serves us well with our expansions. She now uses those skills to service the needs of customers not only in dance instruction but retail expertise as well. She has previously served as Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer at her Bank of Richmond as well as worked in Risk Management at Capital One. She has a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice as well as a concentration in Business Administration from VCU. She is married to Matt of Golding’s DJ & Lighting and is the proud mom of Sydney, Lyndsey, and Mason.

Ashley Woods Blary

Dance Instructor

Ms Ashley

Ashley is a very talented teacher and choreographer in many venues. Born and raised here in Hanover, Ashley has studied dance almost all of her life, studying under Miss Glenda. Ashley is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical and Pointe. In addition, Miss Ashley is vital in our Company and Competition programs, responsible for numerous organizational and training duties. She has also taught and assisted many children’s classes as well as camps and outreach programs. She is the proud mom of young Tyler.

Casey Wash

Dance Instructor

Ms Casey

Ms. Casey has been studying dance for 25 years and teaching for 11 years in a variety of genres, including jazz, tap, hip hop, and ballet. She has taught students of all ages from preschoolers to adults in Virginia and Alabama, including 4 years at TDC. Casey graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. She is recently married to Walter Wash, and they welcomed their first son, Julian, into the world in July. Ms. Casey is excited for another year teaching at TDC!

Ms. Sarah

Dance Instructor

Ms. Sarah

A native of Richmond, VA, Sarah began her dance education at the age of three. She pursued her artistic passions at Shenandoah University where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2015. Prior to joining the Conservatory, she was a 2011 graduate of a multi-disciplinary high school dance program. In May of 2015 Sarah joined Motion X Dance DC, under the direction of Stephanie Dorycott, and danced professionally in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. Sarah has performed at Kings Dominion, a Cedar Fair Amusement Park, since 2015 and was recently the Assistant Choreographer for WinterFest. In 2017 Sarah was the lead choreographer for the Macy’s Great American Marching Band featured in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She made her theatre debut in spring of 2018 in Bring It On: The Musical, under the direction of Tony Award Winner, Tonya Pinkins. Sarah joined RWS Entertainment in 2019, an Emmy Award-winning, New York-based live entertainment production company that creates custom shows for top resorts, cruise lines and theme parks. She is thrilled to join the family at The Dance Company!

Whitney Patterson

Irish Instructor

Ms Whitney

Whitney’s passion for dance started at an early age, starting her career with Swift Creek Cloggers. She later pursued other interest in ballet, tap, Musical Theatre and Jazz. At the age of fourteen she was introduced, by her brother, Kevin Warren, to the wonderful art of Irish Dance. From there Whitney’s passion grew and at the age of sixteen she was the Irish dance teachers assistant, and from then on it was hard to separate her from the dance floor. Since then, Whitney has danced in several productions, as well as benefit performances, and fashion shows with local area designers. She is currently working on her TCRG certification. Whitney is beyond excited to be joining The Dance Company.

Jackie Calder

Tap Instructor

Ms Jackie

Jackie is excited to be teaching this year at TDC! Originally from Charlottesville, she has been dancing since she was 4 years old. Tap soon became her favorite, however she was always just happy to dance. Oddly enough, she learned her tapping skills from her mother for most of her dance training. While at JMU, she danced on the side turning to her other passion of science for her major. Jackie has both a bachelors and masters of science in Geology from James Madison University and the University of Delaware, respectively. Outside of dancing, Jackie is an Earth Science and Physical Science teacher at Moody Middle School.

Ana Nuckols

Dance Instructor

Ms Monica

Ana began dancing ballet, under the strict Russian Vaganava ballet style, when she was four years old and soon there after began dancing on pointe at the age of ten. After many years training as a ballerina she had a strong desire to expand her repertoire and did so by attending different dance academies in the DC/Northern VA area, and advanced in disciplines such as, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, flamenco, hip-hop, and ballroom dance.

During Ana’s early dance career she had the opportunity to perform as an apprentice for Ballet Hispanico, in New York, NY, and attend award winning summer dance intensives, such as The Rockette Experience, where she got to perform with the Rockettes’ at Radio City Music Hall and take master jazz and tap classes with the company. She also spent a short time dancing with the American Ballet Theatre and was also asked to join the American Academy of Ballet’s Summer School of Excellence, receiving instruction from the infamous Mignon Furman, and many other instructors from the Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the New York City Ballet.

Ana studied Global Affairs with concentrations in the Environment, Latin America, and Spanish Linguistics with a minor in Dance/Performance from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. During her time at GMU she worked with world-class choreographers and professors such as, Susan Shields, Dan Joyce, Linda Miller, and Hugh Lee. She also had a chance to take part in GMU’s guest artist residency program and performed the work of Mark Morris, Bill T. Jones, Doug Varone, David Parsons, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, and Patrick Corbin. Ana also had a stent in the competition scene, where she performed and won scholarships and many high score awards for her dancing abilities, and most recently for her choreographic pieces. She also attended master dance workshops such as JUMP and NUVO and danced alongside choreographers, that have starred on the famous show, “So You Think You Can Dance”, including Allison Holker, Nick Lazzarani, Mandy Moore, Mia Michaels, Mike Minery, and Misty Copeland.

Most recently, Ana performed, trained and directed the junior company with the Latin Ballet of Virginia in Richmond, VA, as well as, holding the position of Director of Operations for the non-profit. While at LBV she choreographed and performed in LBV’s renowned productions of “Le Petit Prince”, “Dia de los Muertos”, “Legend of the Poinsettia”, “Carnaval”, “POEMAS”, among many other performances up and down the east coast.

Glenda Sink Hale

Owner, Artistic Director

Ms Glenda

Glenda has developed and led the comprehensive programs of dance instruction here at The Dance Company. With a specialized staff of gifted teachers, she is able to share those talents and aptitude to make TDC a successful Dance Studio for teaching excellence. She desires first of all to foster the love of dance through technical training and the development of one’s creativity in the artistry of dance. Glenda earned her Bachelor’s degree from VCU in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in dance education. She is proficient in all venues of dance. Under her leadership TDC has prepared young women for careers in dance at Shenandoah, James Madison and others through their participation in our Company programs. Glenda has developed our Competition program producing many awards in excellence both individually and collectively, including coaching and choreographing a National Award winning production. While she thrives in the personal, hands on teacher roll, Glenda also knows how valuable it is to train her staff and students in the essentials of teaching dance fundamentals, teamwork, personal integrity and responsibility. She takes great pride in the accomplishments of The Dance Company students and staff.

Glenda has danced with Gregory Hines as well as participated in classes taught by notables such as Savion Glover, David Covington, and Yvonne Edwards; Bakari Wilder from “Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk”, Carol Vaughn, Cartier Williams, Robert Reed and Smokey Stevens, Brenda Bufalino, Genna Carney from “Riverdance”, and “42nd Street” cast, Aysha Upchurch.

Ginger Grogan

Ballet Instructor

Ginger Grogan

Not only is Ginger proficient at teaching Ballet but has evolved into a most creative asset at TDC. This creativity shows itself in her great energy and excitement as our performances are produced. Ginger received her early training while at the Ballet Centre of Charlottesville. From there, she attended the School of the Washington Ballet; and attended and graduated from the Professional Division of the School of Cleveland-San Jose Ballet where she studied under Alexander Bondarenko, ballet master of the Bolshoi Ballet. She continued her training at Texas Christian University as a ballet and modern dance major where she had the privilege of working with Fernando Bujones, world-renowned principal at ABT. Upon transferring to the University of North Carolina, she continued to take ballet at both UNC and Duke University from former principal dancers of the Joffrey Ballet. After graduating from UNC, Ginger worked as a retail buyer and pedorthic assistant for New Balance, Virginia, where she worked closely with orthopedists on proper foot fitting and health. She has worked with The Dance Company since 2010, and not only will you see her teaching or helping in the front office, but also designing and building sets and props along with the assistance of her two children, Andrew and Meleana.

Janee Davenport

Dance Instructor

Ms Janee

Janee is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Masters in Music Education. She has an accomplished history of teaching the Contemporary program at TDC. Janee has taught and assisted in many children's dance classes, She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern and lyrical for 12 years. She is a full time music education teacher and married to Tim Davenport. We treasure her loyalty to our program.

Sheena Jeffers

Dance Instructor

Ms Sheena

Sheena is a dancer, choreographer, certified yoga teacher (RYT-200) and Wellness Life Coach from Virginia, with undergraduate degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters degree in Dance Education from Old Dominion University.
Sheena served as an adjunct professor of dance at Old Dominion University, Tidewater Community College and Governor’s School for the Arts. Her choreography has been featured at the American College Dance Festival and the Dogwood Dance Project.
She served as the Dance Expert Writer for Answers.com and the Dance Critic for Richmond Times-Dispatch. Sheena most recently finished working with the Vail Dance Festival and Celebrate the Beat in Vail, Colorado. Before that, she was sailing the Caribbean, teaching yoga and studying dance in 11 different countries. She now lives in Richmond with her husband.

Desmin Taylor

Hip Hop Instructor

Mr Desmin

Born and raised in Chester, Virginia, Desmin found his love of dance later in life at the age of 18. After attending college and earning his bachelor’s degree in computer science, he decided that he would make dance a major part of his life and career. A majority of his dance training comes from attending numerous workshops throughout the DMV and North Carolina for 2 years where he was exposed to many different styles of dance including modern, contemporary, breaking, housing, free-styling, and more.
Desmin trained and performed with Blank Canvas, a college hip hop crew at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has also performed with Pace Setters Dance Crew at the 2015 World of Dance exhibition in New Jersey. Desmin has taught several hip hop workshops as well as being one of the instructors for National Dance Day at Dogtown Dance Theatre in Richmond.
Currently, he teaches and hip hop and contemporary around the Richmond area and enjoys sharing his passion of choreography and movement. Desmin continues to seek training, teaching, and performance opportunities throughout Virginia and is more than eager to see what lies ahead.

Amanda Cinfio

Ballet Instructor

Ms Amanda

Amanda Cinfio commenced her childhood ballet training in Cambridge, United Kingdom studying with Nina Hubbard, Russian émigré and former dancer with the Bolshoi. In 1976, she and her family moved to Mexico City where she studied ballet and modern dance with Sonia Castañeda former principal dancer with Ballet Nacional de Mexico and with Dagmar Barajas former principal dancer with Stuttgart Ballet, Germany. Amanda also performed with Grupo Sanctus, Sonia’s dance troupe, performing modern pieces in Mexico City and surrounding areas. At 16, Amanda was accepted to Ballet Rambert School in London with the intention of making ballet her career.

Amanda continued her professional training at Ballet Rambert School studying under Bridget Kelly, Frank Freeman, Clover Roope, Therese Cantine, Juan Sanchez, Shirley Graham – all who were former principal dancers with the Royal ballet or the Ballet Rambert and studied with Dame Marie Rambert in the art of classical ballet, including repertoire, pas de deux, contemporary dance (Martha Graham technique) character dance and jazz. An unfortunate injury enforced early retirement, and a break from dancing that lasted some years.

Amanda rediscovered dance in London during the late 1980’s as a member of Cygnet Players, Amateur Dramatics group in, performing in productions of Cabaret, Follies, Salad Days, Sweet Charity, and other musicals. In 2002 Amanda moved to San Francisco, where she found ballroom dancing and is a huge fan of Argentine Tango.

Between 2007 and 2010 Amanda taught at 2 local dance studios in the Richmond VA area, and returned to California for another three years before moving back to Richmond in 2013

While in California she spent time studying and performing with the Peninsula Ballet Theater, and served as Chairman of Board of Directors for Bay Pointe Ballet where she performed in Act 1 in The Nutcracker for 4 years. At Bay Pointe Ballet, Amanda was an ongoing student of advanced ballet technique, taking classes with Artistic Director Bruce Steivel and guest teachers from Ballet San Jose.

Since returning to Richmond in September 2013 Amanda has been teaching ballet, attending adult classes at Richmond ballet with Susan Massey, and is now thrilled to be joining the faculty at TDC.

Contributing Choreographers.

Heather Zimmerman

Yoga & Dance Instructor

Ms Heather

Heather Zimmerman grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she started dancing at the age of 14 and training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical and Hip-Hop at Chesterfield Dance Center. She spent her teen years competing in a multitude of dance competitions along the East Coast. Her summers were filled training at the Richmond Ballet and Point Park University. She attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she graduated cum laude with a BFA in Modern Performance. She trained under Jennifer Binford Johnson from the Martha Graham Dance Company, Zane Booker of Philadanco, Brain Sanders of Junk and previous performer of Momix, Curt Haworth, Kim - Bears Bailey of Philadanco, among many others. She has both performed and choreographed for stages including the Drake Theater and the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia. Upon graduation she returned to Virginia where she began teaching Modern at The Dance Company as well as performed for RVA Dance Collective under the direction of Jess Burgess and Danica Kalemdaroglu. She then moved to Los Angeles where she signed with The S Agency, danced for Zooey Deschanel and performed with the traveling professional Modern Company, Kybele Dance Theater. While in Los Angeles, Heather started regularly practicing yoga to enhance her dancing as well as nurse a low back injury. She fell in love with yoga and she has now completed 500 hours with the YogaWorks Teacher Training Professional Program. She is back in Richmond and is very excited to be back with her dance family teaching both dance and yoga at the Dance Company!

DeLaney Wells

Dance Instructor

Ms Delaney


Jess Burgess

Modern Instructor

Ms Jess

Jess Burgess is the Co-Artistic Director and Founder of the award-winning dance company, rva dance collective. The collective was the Theresa Pollak Award recipient for excellence in dance in 2010. A James Madison University graduate, Burgess has trained extensively with many acclaimed professionals in the dance community in the United States and abroad. Hungry to satisfy her creative needs and entrepreneurial tendencies, Jess immediately began creating work and performing. Artistic Director and Founder of her solo project, jessburgess dance, Jess' work has been seen by patrons of the arts at Jack Guidone Theatre (D.C.), Dance Place (D.C.), James Madison University and Courtsquare Theatre (Harrisonburg, VA), Mcvey Studio Theatre (Rva), Grace Street Theater (Rva), Dogtown Dance Theatre (Rva) and Merce Cunningham Studios (NYC). Jess' choreography piece of mind was selected to be a part of the 2009 New Releases Choreographer's Showcase at Dance Place in Washington, D.C. Her passion for dance extends well beyond the stage and into the studio. A seasoned educator, Burgess has taught and choreographed numerous companies and educational venues. Jess continues to grow and evolve as a dancer, choreographer and person, and we are excited to have her.

Jen Riehl

Dance Instructor

Ms Jen

Jennifer Riehl has been studying the
performing arts for over 26 years. Her training includes ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip-hop, and musical theatre. While training in the Maryland area, she as a member of a competitive dance company and performance troop that achieved many regional and national titles. She represented Maryland as one of the state’s delegates at the Dance Excellence Festival held in Long Beach, CA, where she was also invited to join The Young
Americans, a national touring performance company. She has studied throughout the country with such choreographers as Frank
Hatchett, Steven Boyd, Joe Lanteri, Mia Michaels and AC Ciulla. Jennifer is a scholarship recipient and graduate of John Robert Powers School and Agency in Philadelphia, PA. While attending JRP she was awarded the Miss Modeling Association of America Award. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Salisbury University in Interpersonal Communication and a Minor
in Dance. While attending SU she was a member of the SU’s Dance Company, where her choreography was featured in the Fall Student Showcase. Her choreography has been presented in the production of Maggie Little from the Young Actors Theatre in Reston, VA under the direction of Mark Brutsche. Her recent work was showcased at the Kennedy Center with Joy of Motion Dance Center’s Youth Dance Ensemble. As a teacher for the past 15 years, her work has received recognition for Top Scores, Entertainment and Choreography
Awards from numerous competitions.