Tony E Colden Jr of Portsmouth Virginia began his dance training at the young age of five. He began learning genres ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, and African dance at a local studio in Portsmouth, The Gail Harts Dance Company, and later continued education in the magnet dance program at Chruchland High School.
Tony attended Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned his BFA in Dance and Choreography, and worked with numerous guest artist, Gerri Houlihan, Heidi Weiss, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Tania Issac, Robert Battle and many faculty as well. Upon graduation from VCU Tony received full scholarship for the Deeply Rooted Dance Productions Summer intensive in Chicago IL where he was an apprentice.
Tony later returned to Richmond where he worked with the Starr Foster Dance Company and Studio 4 Dance Agency as he began his teaching Journey at Henrico High School in the Center for the Arts Program. Tony continues to educate himself to bring forth new and bright ideas to today’s youth. He strives to teach the unspoken language of the body to deepen the structure of his work. Tony is currently teaching at Chesterfield Dance Center, Coaching at Virginia Union University and doing workshops, and guest artist residencies through the Studio 4 Dance Agency as well.
In Tony’s 9th Season at CDC, he passed away unexpectedly (1/13/2021). The immense sorrow in our CDC Family's hearts is unbearable from this incredible loss. A scholarship in his name is in the works, and the hip hop teachers that took over his classes both had close ties to Tony; one a previous student, and the other a friend and fellow dancer.
Tony's memory lives on at CDC, and he will always be in our hearts. Rest in peace, Tone...we love you and miss you dearly...but promise to do good in your honor, and never let your legacy die.
Carrie graduated cum laude with a B.F.A. in dance and choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000. During her time at VCU she performed in faculty pieces by Chris Burnside and the late Audrey Jung, and trained with amazing faculty and guest artists such as: Chris Burnside, Barbara Grubel, Arnott Mader, Judy Jacobs, Audrey Jung, Melanie Richards, Nicolas Leicter, Judy Steel, Martha Curtis, Scott Putnam, Taylor 2 Dance Company, BeBe Miller, and many others. She was selected to attend American College Dance Festival in 2000 for her piece “Phantasm”, and again in 2001 for her performance in "Reel Elements". In 2002 she moved to NYC to pursue her performance career. While there, she realized that her true passion in dance was with her students. She returned the following year to continue teaching and has built a modern department at CDC that cannot be matched, and in 2006, she became the owner of CDC.
The founder and artistic director of CDC's acclaimed contemporary company, dELIRIUM (est. 2006), she has received numerous awards for her choreography including Outstanding Contemporary, Outstanding Partnering, Choreographic Distinction Award, Outstanding Concept and her personal favorite; "Most Interesting Use of Music". Carrie has also done choreography for Cosby High School's dance team, Titania.
Most recently, Carrie performed around the Richmond and D.C. area with rva dance collective. In their first season, rva performed at the Jack Guidone Theater (D.C.), Artworks Studios (RVA) and Grace Street Theater (RVA). Their evening length show, 'breakthrough', received rave reviews by the Richmond Times Dispatch and they were the 2010 recipients of the Theresa Pollak Excellence in Arts Award in dance. She resigned from the company in 2011, after 2 seasons, to focus solely on the studio.
Carrie is thrilled to be in her 15th year as Chesterfield Dance Center's owner and director, and proud to say that this is her 23rd year teaching at CDC. She is overwhelmingly grateful to be able to do what she loves every day.
Having grown up in Florida and North Carolina, Katherine has had the opportunity to train at multiple places throughout the east coast. She began her extensive training with Mrs. P’s Dance and Acrobatic Studios in South Florida where she joined the company at the age of 6. While traveling to conventions, Katherine’s earliest influences were Barry Youngblood, Mallory Graham, and her jazz teacher, Scott Benson. When Katherine was entering the sixth grade her family relocated to Cary, North Carolina and began dancing at North Carolina Dance Institute and Cary Ballet Conservatory. She finally found her home at Cary Dance Productions under the direction of Tondalaya Pearson and became a member of the company.
Katherine continued her training throughout high school where she focused on Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theater and Hip-hop. On the competitive circuit, Katherine was a scholarship finalist at West Coast Dance Explosion and won a hip-hop scholarship to Los Angeles from Adrenaline Dance Convention. She was also very involved in high school by being a member (Captain) of the dance team, President of Mixed Chorus, and in school musicals; playing "Bonnie" in Anything Goes and choreographed Guys and Dolls her junior year. After high school, she attended East Carolina University and recently graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance. During her time at ECU, Katherine was in multiple faculty and student productions. Her own choreography was well received by her professors and peers due to her high-energy style that focuses on attention to detail and character.
Throughout college, Katherine continued to attend conventions so that she could soak up as much knowledge from a variety of teachers and provide fresh and stimulating techniques to her students. While teaching at a local studio, she also commuted back to Cary to choreograph for her old studio. Due to her success in dance team, Katherine was asked to lead and judge auditions for two high schools in the Raleigh Area and has worked with Manchester and Midlothian High School Dance Teams here in Midlothian.
Katherine prides herself on being a teacher who keeps her choreography and teaching styles fresh and challenging, while maintaining a very strong focus on the technique and athleticism of dance. To her being a dance teacher is an extraordinary opportunity to share her passion of this art form and to motivate students the way that her teachers have motivated her. This is Katherine's 11th year with the CDC family.
Jamie Skates, a native of New York, began her dance training at Coupe Dance Studio under the tutelage of Nenette Charisse. She continued her training at the North Carolina School of the Arts and went on to dance with the Richmond Ballet for four seasons. While in Richmond, she performed in ballets such as Colin Connor's Vestiges, Mauricio Wainrot's Now and Then, Vladimir Angelov's Bouncing Light, Macolm Burn's Cinderella, and Balanchine's Serenade, Valse Fantasie and Who Cares.
Jamie continued her career with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland in Annapolis. She performed roles such as Hester in The Scarlet Letter, Carmen in An American Southwest Carmen, Jo in Little Women, and the Snow Queen and Dewdrop in The Nutcracker. Jamie was Ballet Mistress to the professional company for four years and a Faculty Member in the school teaching ballet, acting for dancers, dance histroy, pre pointe, and pointe for five years. She staged and rehearsed works on the company as well as staged and choreographed works for the school and local high schools.
In 2008, Jamie retired from dancing and moved back to Richmond where she continues to teach dance and spend time with her three beautiful children. This is her 11th year teaching for CDC.
Lauren Stiglich was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia where she trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and modern at Chesterfield Dance Center. She majored in dance at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology. While attending college at Virginia Commonwealth University, Lauren spent her summers living in New York City furthering her dance education. She found a unique niche tap dancing with the bands Party Crashers and Dawg! Mama throughout the Richmond area.
She moved back to Virginia after a two year stay in New York City. While living in NYC, Lauren worked as a professional tap dancer in Undertoe Dance Project; performing in numerous shows and venues throughout the five boroughs. She has trained extensively with such greats as Lynn Schwab, Barbara Duffy, Michelle Dorrance, Danny Wallace, Andrew Nemr, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Jason Samuels Smith, Aaron Tolson, and many others.
With over nine years of teaching experience, Lauren’s tap classes emphasize the importance of technique and musicality. She challenges her students to use their whole body when tap dancing: to loosen their ankles, work from their hips, incorporate and use their arms, engage their core, and feel the groove throughout their body and soul. Lauren plays a variety of genres and styles of music in her classes to highlight her creative and distinct rhythmic abilities. Students learn to clap rhythms, sing rhythms, and count rhythms. Lauren’s newly found passion for playing the drums has greatly expanded her musical knowledge and this is incorporated into her classes as much as possible. She pushes her students to challenge themselves and strive for more than they believe they are capable of. She brings her wealth of knowledge and unique style to her students and dares them to think outside of the box. That is perhaps what Lauren is most passionate about when it comes to tap dance; the idea that this art form is an expression of oneself and that they are no limits to how you choose to do so because tap dance is a rhythmical journey that requires one to not only be a dancer but a musician as well.
Lauren is thrilled to be teaching with the inspiring faculty for her 16th year at CDC!
Born to immigrant parents of Chile and Yugoslavia, Luisa Innisfree Martinez began her life in Manhattan, New York. She had the fortuity of moving and growing up in several states along the East Coast. In 2010 she received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from Ohio University. Moving back to NY, Luisa pursued a career in dance education while her choreography was performed at several theaters in the NYC area. She has recently embarked on a new journey to Richmond, VA; she is excited to further her career by teaching, performing and collaborating with new dancers.
Luisa’s work tends to be very theater based with a comedic and athletic presence. For more information on her choreography please visit www.luisainnisfree.com. This is Luisa's 3rd year at CDC.
Catherine Faszewski’s early training began at Chesterfield Dance Center in modern, tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and other styles. While growing up, she attended dance conventions and workshops with her studio where she took classes from a variety of teachers and choreographers. Catherine attended Virginia Commonwealth University and received her BFA in Dance and Choreography in 2014. While at VCU, she trained with the incredible faculty including Christian Von Howard, Courtney Harris, Scott Putman, Melanie Richards, Martha Curtis, Judy Steele, James Frazier and Autumn Waddell. She was selected to work with guest artists such as Kate Weare, Nathan Trice, and Stephanie Martinez where she traveled and performed at the American College Dance Association in both her junior and senior years. In 2013, Catherine traveled to Italy and trained with World Dance Movement with such amazing faculty as Desmond Richardson, Bruno Collinet, Michele Assaf, and Igal Perry.
After graduation, Catherine became a full time faculty member at Chesterfield Dance Center teaching a range of classes as well as choreographing for dELIRIUM, CDC's competitive company. While working, she traveled as a member of Malayaworks and the REDproject and began performing on the east coast. Catherine was featured on film in Courtney Harris and Charli Brissley’s “Left of Canvas,” which was a piece of their multi-media immersive performance salon event “20 Rue Jacob,” in which she portrayed the twentieth-century painter Romaine Brooks.
In 2016 Catherine moved to Los Angeles where she was signed with the Movement Talent Agency. She continued to train in a mixture of styles at Millennium Dance Complex and The Edge Performing Arts Center and with Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company. During her stay in LA, Catherine had the chance to perform all over the city including at Club Jete with The Ladies of Purr all the while continuing her love for teaching at Danceline LA and Carlos Santana School of the Arts.
This year, Catherine is excited to return as a faculty member of Chesterfield Dance Center. Catherine’s raw energetic energy provides a dynamic environment for students to challenge themselves physically and to help them improve upon their technique, musicality, and artistry.
Sheila Gunderman is a native of Tampa, Florida and has lived in Chesterfield, Virginia since 2003. She has been connected to dance, choreography, coaching and instruction her entire life. She studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, musical theater and hip hop for 16 years under the direction of Sandra Sears, Artistic Director and Owner of Atelier of Dance in Tampa. Sheila was a leader on her high school dance team for four years and served as captain and choreographer for three of her four years on the Carolina Coquettes Dance Team, performing at SEC football and basketball games while a student at the University of South Carolina. Throughout college and for several years after, she judged dance auditions and competitions, coached high school dance teams, and taught jazz, ballet and lyrical classes to children and adults before focusing on a career outside of dance and becoming a mom.
Sheila became a certified Zumba® Fitness Instructor in 2007 after taking classes locally and quickly falling in love with the fun and energetic Latin-dance inspired music and choreography. Since then, she has taught Zumba® throughout the Metro Richmond area, bringing her passion for music, movement, health and wellness to every class she leads. She firmly believes everyone, no matter their age, physical fitness or level of coordination, can experience the benefits of adding Zumba® dance fitness to their routines – benefits that are not just physical: weight loss, greater muscle tone, and improved cardiovascular endurance are often accompanied by increased self-esteem and confidence and overall reduced stress and tension.
Her two young daughters, Lyla and Madeline are both CDC students and are thrilled to be part of the CDC family! This is Sheila's 2nd year teaching at CDC.
Lifelong Richmond native, Rave "Rah" Williams has had a passion for dance his entire life. His desire to dance had him studying numerous different genres up and down the East Coast. Rave attended the School of Richmond Ballet, Jessica Morgan School of Dance, Alvin Ailey's Summer Intensive, Bates Dance Festival, and Center for the Arts at Henrico High School. He is well versed in Hip Hop, Breakdance, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and much more.
Rave has been blessed with the opportunity to learn from CDC's own Tony Colden, be a part of Tedx Talk, dance alongside Chloe Arnold in Alex In Wonderland, attend Kaos Dance Convention and Monsters of Hip Hop Dance Convention, and be nominated for Best Hip Hop Choreography and Best Hip Hop Freestyle in RVA Dance Awards 2019.
His overall mission is to positively impact the world through dance. He's excited to see where his dance journey will continue to take him and the lives he will impact along the way.
Jenna Beardsley is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in Richmond, VA and holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. While at VCU, Jenna received training from a diverse group of faculty, including MK Abadoo, Scott Putman, Jenna Riegel, Autumn Proctor-Waddell, Judy Steel, Melanie Richards, Trebien Pollard, Dr. Gaynell Sherrod, Eric Rivera, and Martha Curtis. Jenna had the opportunity to perform in a multitude of student works as well as work choreographed by Eric Rivera, Christopher K Morgan, and Trebien Pollard. Jenna had the pleasure of performing in the Dominican Republic as part of the EDanco dance festival in the fall of 2019, performing A Pasar Del Dolor, a solo work created on Jenna by Eric Rivera. Currently, Jenna is a dance educator in the Richmond area, performs in independent projects with choreographers and companies such as Era Dance Co and Sinclair Ogaga Emoghene, and produces site-specific choreographic works, dance for film, and traditional stage works that incorporate improvisation, multimedia elements, and audience engagement to create interactive environments.
Jenna's work has premiered around Richmond and the DMV, most notably at Dance Place's Exquisite Frame showcase in the fall of 2020. As a teacher, Jenna is experienced in a range of styles including modern, jazz, contemporary, and ballet. Jenna is passionate about engaging students in their artistry while expanding their technical abilities and skill level.
Taylor Bonadies received her B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University in Spring of 2020. During her time at VCU Dance, she performed works by Helen Simoneau, Scott Putman, Autumn Proctor, Eric Rivera, and further studied under Trebien Pollard, Jenna Riegel, André Zachery, MK Abadoo, and Dr. Gaynell Sherrod along with many other valued guest artists and faculty. She worked alongside Johnnie Cruise Mercer as rehearsal assistant during his residency for the 2020 Freshman Repertory concert led by professor Scott Putman, and was chosen as outstanding choreographer for 2019-2020 year by staff and students for her senior capstone work "Untitled – electric33." Taylor deepened her dance and choreographic education by attending ADF, Bates Dance Festival, MELT by Movement Research, and New Dialect intensives with working artists and dance educators Sidra Bell, Miguel Gutierrez, Joy Davis, Jenn Nugent, Paul Matteson, Kristopher KQ Pourzal, and Michelle Boule among others. She is certified in Elemental Body Alignment System (EBAS) Level 1, a series of exercises designed by Scott Putman for structural integrity and supported range of motion preventing injury and facilitating healthy, mobile bodies.
She is currently a dance instructor for the Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia teaching courses in Modern, Improvisation, and Dance on Film. She is a member and collaborator of Era Dance Company creating multimedia performances in Richmond, Virginia, and a partner with nonprofit community organization Dogtown Dance Theatre as videographer and administrative assistant. Taylor is continually working as a freelance interdisciplinary artist seeking to integrate her love for movement, teaching, media, and community.
A native of Newport News, Va, Melissa Tiggle started dancing around the age of 5. She received formal dance training in the Magnet program at Woodside High School under the direction of Dr. MaryAnn Laverty. There she studied ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, and African dance.
In 2004, she progressed to VCU, studying business administration. While in school and garnering a true love for the hip-hop dance genre, she performed and competed with 4 The Streetz; a professional hip-hop dance company in Richmond, VA. During this time, she continued to train at different studios along the east coast including Broadway Dance Center, Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts, Gotta Dance Atlanta, and Dance 411.
To establish herself as a resource in Richmond, Melissa started teaching hip-hop movement at local studios and began working with local musicians; providing artistic direction for live performances and videos. In 2009, she co-founded L.I.P.S.T.I.C.K with a group of women who shared a similar passion for dance and performance. Through their live stage shows, L.I.P.S.T.I.C.K was able to support the Richmond arts community by providing a creative outlet to other artists in the area.
Melissa continues to offer choreography services to groups and individuals in the Richmond area and beyond. She has organized flash mobs for Altria and Haley Auto Group. In 2016, she choreographed for Suntrust’s OnUp! Campaign which included performances at the Richmond Coliseum and The Philips Arena in Atlanta. Recently, she was commissioned by Maryland Live Casinos to choreograph for events that include “Dirty Dancing’s" 30th anniversary celebration and “Thriller” during the Halloween season.
Currently, Melissa is a member of Studio 4 Dance Company where she continues to teach and perform. Through Studio 4, she’s had her work featured in the Richmond Dance Festival as well as The Small Plates Choreography Festival. Melissa continues to train as well as learn new techniques to help develop her dance and teaching style. She can be found teaching in and around the Richmond area. She is grateful to be able to share her love of hip-hop with the youth. She hopes to continue to train and encourage dancers to find their true voice.