Dina Golding

Owner, Executive Director


...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. Julia

Ballet Instructor

Ms. Julia

Julia trained in Fredericksburg, Virginia where she studied at The Academy of Ballet. She studied and performed under many instructors such as; Carolyn Seklii, Melissa Gregory, Mary Maus, and Charis Moses. At the age of 12 she began studying with Arnott Mader and soon traveled to the School of the Richmond Ballet to train with their upper level/trainee classes. She spent her summers training around the nation with Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Met, Suzanne Farrell, Richmond Ballet and The Juilliard School.

In 2003, Julia graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Music with her concentration in Ballet Performance and an outside field in Public Affairs. While at IUBT, she had the opportunity to study with and perform under some of some of ballet’s most stellar performers and teachers: Violette Verdy, Leslie Peck, Jacques Cesbron, Susan Pilarre, Glenda Lucena, Anya Evans and Julie Kent. Some of her many performances with IUBT included roles in The Nutcracker, Carmina Burana, Les Sylphides, Concerto Barocco, Symphony Concertante, Les Noces, West Side Story (Robbins), and original works by the faculty and guest faculty.

Julia is devoted to teaching the classical ballet pedagogy and traditions to students of all ages. She has been teaching, directing and creating in Richmond, VA. since 2005 where she challenges students in both classical and contemporary ballet. Mrs. Mitchell has directed and taught for the West End Academy of Dance since 2006, and continues to teach and choreograph for them. During her time teaching she has also been a guest teacher for Academy of Ballet, Appomattox Governor’s School, Charlottesville Ballet Company and Academy, Orange School of the Performing Arts, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, and SunKing Dance. In addition to guest teaching, Julia has created two original ballet’s for the Charlottesville Ballet, and will be setting her third piece with them this Fall 2019.

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!

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.

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.

DeLaney Wells

Dance Instructor

Ms Delaney

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.

Shannon Comerford

Dance Instructor

Ms Shannon

Shannon Comerford, who grew up in Amelia, VA, got her start dancing at a local studio. During her time there she was able to compete in several regional and national competitions and had the opportunity to perform on cruise ships and at Walt Disney World.
She continued her dance education at Radford University and graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance in 2015. She performed in many main stage productions in works choreographed by different faculty members and guest artists. She was also performed in New York at the New York Jazz Choreography Project and danced as an apprentice for d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks.
On top of performing, Shannon was given the opportunity to work backstage both as the co-stage manager and assistant stage manager for ballet productions at Radford. She also loves choreographing and on top of presenting work in student shows was fortunate enough to present a piece at the Mid-Atlantic region of the American College Dance Association in 2015.
She loves TDC and is very fortunate to be able to continue her teaching career at such an amazing studio!

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.

Donna Johnson

Dance Instructor

Ms Donna

Donna Johnson was a student of dance for over 13 years as a child and has attended various dance conventions over the years. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BS in Civil Engineering and holds a PE license in Virginia. Donna has taught all ages for 6 years, having started her teaching career as a teenager at her studio in South Carolina. She currently stays at home with her 2 sons and substitutes in the Hanover County Schools. We are excited to have Donna as part of our TDC team of professionals.

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.

Monica Holtz

Zumba / Exercise Instructor

Ms Monica

Monica is a Richmond native who has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and lyrical at Cary Clarke Dance Academy in Chesterfield, VA. More recently, she has taken classes at the Latin Ballet of Virginia, where she fell in love with Zumba in 2007. She has been a certified Zumba Fitness Instructor since March 2008. She teaches several times a week in the Richmond area, and enjoys creating choreography and sharing her passion with her classes. In the summer of 2013 she became certified in Core Barre, a mix of ballet barre and pilates, and looks forward to bringing this workout to Richmond as well. Monica also holds a Business Administration Degree from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC and currently works full-time as an Operations Analyst for Hamilton Beach Brands at Innsbrook. She now lives in Mechanicsville.

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.