Showcase takes pride in our incredible staff. Instructors are chosen based on the right combination of training, professional experience, personality, and teaching skills. Read below to learn more about our talented staff!
Our Dance Staff/Instructors Are Unique
- Our owner was a professional dancer for the NBA and NFL
- Our musical theatre teacher performed professionally at Kings Dominion, local Dinner Theatres, and The Norwegian Cruise Line
- Three of our instructors have a degree in dance
- One of our instructors is a dance professor at George Mason University
- Two of our instructors are R.A.D certified
- One of our instructors is a professional dancer for The Manassas Ballet Company
Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Pom, Hip Hop, Company
Crystal Boutselis began her dance training at the age of 3 at Showcase School of Dance. She studied Theatre Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Hip-Hop, Lyrical and Funk-Tap. By the time she was 15, she was selected as "Best All Around Dancer" at Eastern Dance Association's dance camp, allowing her to participate in the Pro Bowl with N'Sync. A year later, she was again nominated "Best All Around Dancer" at National Dance Association's dance camp. She was the Captain of Stonewall Jackson High School's award-winning Freshman Cheerleading squad for 1 year and Captain of the Raiderettes dance team for two years.
Following graduation, Crystal earned Showcase's prestigious "Outstanding Achievement in Rhythym and Style" award. While attending college in New York City, Crystal studied at Broadway Dance Center, and at age 19 she was selected as an NBA Washington Wizards Dancer, performing professionally around the world. Crystal continued performing professionally for the next three years as a NFL Washington Redskins Cheerleader, touring Kyrgyzstan, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, Qatar, Africa, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Honduras, and China with Armed Forces Entertainment.
Crystal has taught as a Guest Teacher for the Wizards, Junior Redskins Summer Dance Camp and Capitol Movement Project's Summer Dance Program. Crystal believes in upholding the highest standards for her studio and is a proud to have Showcase an affiliated studio of "More Than Just Great Dancing."
Ballet, Mini Mesters
Wendy began her dance career at four years old with Sudley Dance and Arts Studio where she first fostered her love of ballet. She briefly danced at Showcase herself, as a young girl, but returned to Sudley Dance and Arts to study the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) technique which emphasized students’ ballet and character training. Wendy participated in six RAD examinations in which she received “commended” and “highly commended” scores. Wendy has also experimented with the Imperial dance curriculum which highlights pointe work.
Wendy’s passion for dance not only led her to the stage, but also to the front of the class as a ballet and character teacher for Sudley Dance and Arts Studio, Seven Oaks Academy, Rhythm and Rhyme Gym, and Showcase Dance Studio and is happily pursuing her 8th year as an instructor.
She has continued her studies and expanded her knowledge of dance by pursuing classes at George Mason University including ballet, ballroom, and afro-cuban styles, and has even tried her hand, or should she say feet, at tap. This array of experience has further inspired her to delve deeper into the dancing community.
Despite her recent graduation from George Mason University with a B.A. in psychology, Wendy does not foresee an end to her dancing career or her love for performing and teaching.
Molly Calhoun Mello
Tap, Musical Theatre, Company
Molly began her dance training at the age of 6 with Showcase Dance Studio. She studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap and acrobatics. As a teenager she became a student teacher. She was the president of the Showcase Dance Company and performed at many local venues including the Washington Convention Center and local television programs.
Molly began her professional career dancing at Kings Dominion as a singer and dancer and was part of the audition team. Her dinner theatre credits include: A Chorus Line, Damn Yankees, Singing in the Rain, Scrooge and Anything Goes. Molly also performed in the national tour of the Broadway musical Anything Goes. She was a member of the Jean Ann Ryan Company and performed on Norwegian Cruise Line.
Molly has choreographed local high school musical productions and has taught throughout the years at Showcase Dance studio and studios in Richmond, VA.
Molly has been involved with the Showcase Dance Company for several years. She loves to watch her students shine on stage.
Kate Mehl Bachman
Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Company
Kate is a professional dance educator specializing in Contemporary Ballet & Modern and has been training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Modern for over 33 years. For the past 18 years, her choreography has been presented in dance concerts, art & education programs, musical theater, and charity gala events, dance and cheer competitions. A New Jersey native, she trained at the Gail DeSantis’ School of the Performing Arts and at the prestigious New Jersey School of Ballet under the tutelage of George Tomal and Paul Sutherland. Kate earned her BFA in Dance from George Mason University where she had the opportunity to study and perform the works of Master Artists Lar Lubovitch, Danny Buraczeski, Jan Eckert, and Dan Joyce. From 1999-2002, she was a member of the Dance Innovations Performance Company under the direction of Susan McCutcheon Coutts. In 2002, Kate was named to the Advisory Board for the Friends of Dance, George Mason University Foundation.
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pom
Laura was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin and developed a love for dance at an early age. She began dancing at North Shore Dance Studio where she studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and modern. During high school, she expanded her dance training and joined the Varsity Pom Dance Team. While on the team she was elected Captain and led the team to the State Finals Dance Competition in Pom where the team ranked 10th in the state. Laura decided to further her dance studies through college and studied at Oklahoma City University where she received her Bachelor of Science in American Dance Pedagogy and specialized in ballet, tap and jazz. Along with teaching, Laura has continued her performance career and has had the opportunity to perform in the pre-game show of the Capitol One Bowl, a promotional music video for Step Up 3D, and various stages in New York City. Currently, she dancing with Dancin' Unlimited Jazz Dance Company based out of Fairfax, VA under the direction of Marilyn York.
Lyrical, Turns & Leaps, Jazz
Hugh trained under jazz legacy Gus Giordano. Hugh's professional dance career includes dancing with Jazz Dance Chicago, Sea World National Tour, Disney, Pan American Games, Metropolitan Ballet, and the Alexandria Ballet. Movie credits include "Ferris Bullers Day Off" and "War Dancing" choreographed by Paula Abdul.
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theatre, Company
Sarah began her dance training at the age of three. In high school she danced with Roanoke Ballet Theatre where she had the opportunity to work with the Moscow State Ballet, Jaques D’Amboise, and other visiting artists. She graduated magna cum laude with her B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2004. While at VCU Dance, Sarah was a member of D’Feet Tap Ensemble, attended ACDFA, and performed in repertory pieces with Starrene Foster and Clay Taliaferro. She also studied with many guest artists including David Dorfman, Bebe Miller, Donald McKayle, and Gerri Houlihan. Sarah attended Bates Dance Festival during the summer of 2003 where she worked/ performed with Doug Varone. After performing Jose Limon’s Choreographic Offering at the Kennedy Center in June 2004, Sarah relocated to Saratoga Springs, New York where she received a scholarship to attend the Doug Varone and Dancers Summer Workshop. Sarah moved to Boston in February 2005, where she danced with Boston Dance Collective, Kelley Donovan and Dancers, and choreographer Emily Beattie. She was also a member of Zoe Dance Company, performing and traveling throughout New England as well as touring to Santiago, Chile.
Acro, Hip Hop, Pom, Jazz
Gina Gasbarri’s love for dance began at the age of 3 at a summer dance camp held at Showcase School of Dance. Summer dance camp turned into 15 years of training in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Acro, Pointe, and Hip-Hop. While at Showcase, Gina was a Company Member where she was given a multitude of opportunities to perform in annual jubilees, parades, competitions, and recitals.
At the age of 11, Gina also fell in love with Cheerleading. She cheered on her middle school and high school Varsity cheerleading squads where she competed in a number of All County, Regional, and State competitions. Gina has also received the titles of “Top Gun Flyer” and “All American” at Spirit Xpress and National Cheerleading Association cheerleading camps. Her love for cheerleading also landed her a job as a Head Instructor for Spirit Xpress where she taught and choreographed for cheerleading teams up and down the east coast for 7 years.
In 2013, Gina graduated from Radford University with a Communication degree, as well as interned at Showcase. Gina is eager to spread her love of dance, and not only teach her students, but to learn from her students. Showcase has always been a second home and she loves to continually give back to the studio that gave her so much.
Andrea graduated from Shenandoah University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance as well as studies in Psychology and Elementary education and has been dancing for over twenty five years. Since beginning dance at the age of two, Andrea has danced all over the United States. As a teen she participated in several competitions including the Showstoppers Nationals several years for both solo and group works. Being a “military brat” has given Andrea the opportunity to be exposed to several different teaching styles which she embraces and uses in her own teaching style today. Ballet was her first love, but she has grown to love all genres. Since beginning to teach dance in 1998, her classes have included, but are not limited to ballet, lyrical, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theatre from preschool ages through adult. One of the highlights in her dancing life has been the opportunity to perform in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Sydney Olympics. Throughout her dance career she has had the opportunity to dance the leads in several ballets including Nutcracker, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Giselle, and Sleeping Beauty and many more in the United States, Canada and Mexico. While in college dancing with the Flying Lions Modern Dance Company, she was selected to perform in a gala at ACDFA in a piece dedicated to the tragedies of hurricane Katrina, which is now a permanent part of repertoire at Shenandoah University. Andrea was a member of a local modern dance company, AriDen, which performed throughout the Metro area as well as several invites and appearances in New York as well as making appearances with other local dance companies in several genres. Andrea now teaches a variety of class around the area.
Miss Kelsey began as a teaching assistant in Ohio with Suzanne Winland at Pointe West Studios in 2004. She has also received teacher training at the Ohio Conservatory of Ballet with Inna Stabrova and Dmitriy Tuboltsev. In 2012, Miss Kelsey began teaching at Elite Dance Academy for the advanced ballet and lyrical classes. She is now a company member with Manassas Ballet Theatre and an instructor at the academy.
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Margaret grew up in Maryland, taking Ballet as a child and Modern Dance in high school. She also spent many years learning and performing Polynesian dance styles including Hawaiian, Tahitian and Maori. Margaret graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she received a BS degree in Hotel Administration and returned to the east coast. While raising a family locally she's worked in Hotel Management, Payroll Administration and Human Resources. She was a dance mom for ten years and feels all of her business experience and dance mom understanding is a great combination for the job.
"I'm so excited to be part of the SDS family and to assist parents, students and faculty in any way I can."
Musical Theatre, Pom, Hip Hop
Shania Stewart began dancing at the age of three at Showcase school of Dance. She studied Broadway Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Hip-Hop, Breakdancing, Pom, Musical theatre, Lyrical and Contemporary. She also trained on numerous occasions at the Broadway Dance Center as well as with the Radio City Rockettes. She began studying theatre at the age of 8 with the Center for the Arts in Manassas. By the age of 12 she got into her first professional show with the Gray Ghost theatre company. She began assistant teaching at the age of 14 under Showcase’s Student Teaching Program. By 17 she co-choreographed her first musical with Pied Piper Theatre, and became a teacher in dance and theatre for the Center for the Arts.
After graduation she started working professionally as a performer at Riverside Dinner Theatre. Where she performed in both the mainstage as well as the children theatre there. Some of her favorite shows include White Christmas, Gypsy, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, and The Wedding Singer.
She as spent the last few years choreographing several children's productions at the Riverside Dinner Theatre, directing and choreographing numerous productions for Pied Piper Children's Theatre, and choreographing for Rooftop Productions Adult Theatre Company.