A native of Philadelphia, Tony began his formal training at the Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts. He later went on to study at PHILADANCO, the Rock School for Dance Education, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. He was a 2004 Coca-Cola Arts Award Scholar and Presidential Scholarship recipient to the University of the Arts. In 2008, Tony received a B.F.A. from the University of the Arts in Classical Ballet. While in college, Tony performed works by Louis Johnson, Christopher Huggins, Roni Koresh, and Darrell Grand Moultire, to name a few. He went on to perform with the Eleone Dance Theatre, Smoke, Lillies & Jade Arts Initiative, Rebecca Davis Dance Company, Ballet Guild of Lehigh Valley, Dance Del Bello, Philadelphia Opera & Philadanco's D/2.
He currently travels nationwide as a competitive judge and choreographer for Headliners, Dance Xplosion and Inferno Dance. Mr. Tony is currently a full time dance director for the Anne Arundel County Public Schools. He also has been selected to teach Master Classes in Germany this Summer!
Shannan started dancing at the age of four at Darlene's Dance Studio where she took tap, ballet, jazz and gymnastics. By her freshman year in high school, she joined High Point High school dance company. This is where she started taking lyrical and modern classes. She stopped dancing at the studio due to the hours required to commit to the High Point Dance Company. After high school, she still wanted to keep dance in her life so she returned to her home studio. Darlene's Dance studio had transitioned into Starbound Dance Center and owned by Ms. Darlene's sister - Ms. Carol. It was Ms. Carol who gave her the opportunity to teach her own classes.
She has trained dancers who have gone on to schools like Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She has also trained dancers who have gone on to have professional dance careers, including one who is currently dancing for a major NFL franchise!
It's now been almost 22 years since she taught her first dance class and she's more in love with it now than she ever was before.
Joshua Muse is originally from Washington, District of Columbia and started dancing at age five (5). He was inspired by Michael Jackson, James Brown, Whitney Houston and other legendary singers and dancers who perfected the arts and became successful Icons. He trained in hip hop, ballet, and crump dancing for six (6) years at Marcellus Dance Studio in Washington, District of Columbia where he had the opportunity to perform in Culture Shock Youth Showcase in Ottawa, Canada; World of Dance in Orlando, Florida and Apollo Amateur Night in New York, New York. Also, in the summer of 2010, he mentored and taught hip hop dance at Juilliard School of Music’s Summer Camp, located in Washington, District of Columbia. Additionally, he has also taken many master dance classes and attended conventions that were taught by some of the choreographers you see on TV today.
In 2011, Joshua attended Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida where he studied Music Production. Since then he has enjoyed teaching children and adults at dance studios in Washington, District of Columbia, and Maryland.
Mr electrifier, ⚡️Di Diallo⚡️ (Dilectro). At only 20 years old, Mr Di has been teaching the multi award winning (J-Mob) for 3 seasons at MMDC. He has been a student at the studio since 2009 when he was 11 years old, and has trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical and many diverse hip hop styles. This training gives him a natural and unique dance style.
Mr Di has always been part of the platinum squad (Mob Squad) and was also the captain of the 3times national champions of stepping (Dem Raider Boys 15'). He is open minded and never afraid to learn more from his students and surroundings. Mr Di is also 1/2 of the Diallo Brutherz, the dynamic dance /recording artists. @diallobrutherz2
Hanna Leigh is ecstatic to be returning to Making Moves Dance Collective this summer! Most recently as Arie in PL Productions 'Sleigh Ride Around the World,' Hanna has performed professionally throughout the country with companies such as Starlight Theatre, The Fireside Theatre, 'Cabaret' at Ailey Center, among others. Being trained by Paula Lynn, and on scholarship with Washington Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet, Hanna has had the pleasure to guest teach and choreograph at various DelMarVa studios. She is currently performing and teaching in NYC.
Angela Ingram, originally from Pittsburg, PA, is a life-long dancer and for the past 20 years an instructor in the DC area. Starting ballet at the age of 9 where she was trained in the Cecchetti Style of ballet in Pittsburg, PA, Angela also learned jazz, tap, and hula. Angela built her jazz experience through training in New York City to include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater , Fred Benjamin, Frank Hatchet, Luigi and Bob Fosse Style of Jazz, and Martha Graham, where she trained directly with jazz great Luigi. Angela then became interested in Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian dance, upon seeing how folkloric dance influence contemporary dance styles, such as jazz. She traveled to Havana, Cuba and Bahia, Brazil several times, studying the folkloric (Orisha) dances of Cuba as well as rumba, salsa and son, and folkloric (Orixa), samba, and samba-reggae dances of Brazil. In the DC area, Angela studies Flamenco and other Gypsy folkloric dance techniques, modern jazz with Maurice Johnson, and modern and ballet with Danilo Rivera. Angela has taught at the U.S. House of Representatives, Office of Naval Intelligence, Sports Club LA, National Capital YMCA, DC Dance Collective, and the Flow Yoga Center, George Washington University, and the Joy of Motion. She has performed at Fiesta Latina at the White House for President Obama, lectured on story of Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban dance, as well as the anthropological relationships of rhythms and dances to contemporary dance styles, lectured on dance at the Washington Health Expo, Black Family Reunion, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) universities and colleges, and was featured on MTV’s The Real World. She applies traditional and folkloric techniques, & her experiences to her instruction of Pilates, ballet, modern Afro-Cuban contemporary, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, samba, Fosse and Luigi-styles of jazz, in her youth and adult classes throughout the DC area. Angela encourages her dancers to understand the cultural context of their dance style to reach a higher quality of movement & to connect with the experiences that originated the dance technique they are bringing to life.
Dellan Sellers is a current instructor and lead assistant at Making Moves Dance Collective. She trained at Hyattsville Middle School in their creative and performance arts dance program from 2005 until 2007. She is a recent graduate of Bowie State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. Dellan has over 22 years of dance experience, including over 10 years of competitive dancing. She has trained in basic and rhythm tap under Robert Burden.
Breeana Daniels (Bree) is currently researching movement at the University of the Arts located in Philadelphia PA as a dance major and business minor. Through this opportunity, Bree plans to apply her skills as a leader, learner, and thinker creating a safe, fun and learning experience for the dancers at Making Moves Dance collective.
Rachael Appold is a professional dancer/choreographer who specializes in modern, contemporary, and Musical Theatre dance styles. She has a B.A. in Dance from James Madison University and has trained with Sandra Atkinson, Ryan Corriston, Shane O'Hara, Cynthia Thompson, and Edward Franklin. Rachael has danced professionally with LightSwitch Dance Theatre, Uprooted Dance Company, and Erica Rebollar. She currently dances with Fusion Dance Company.
Rest In Peace our Princess Warriar, Journey B. Butler.
On Thursday, July 7th, we said goodbye to this beautiful angel. This #PrincessWarrior who was appropriately named Journey. This is the first time we've lost a student and wouldn't wish this pain on anyone. In February, Journey was diagnosed with a rare form of Kidney Cancer called RMC. RMC is aggressive and is prominent in young, African Americans who carry the sickle cell trait. Normally it isn't detected until Stage 4. In January, Journey began having severe back pains and she couldn't hold any food down. The doctors didn't know what was going on. Finally, at Children's Hospital, she was diagnosed.
Journey was a fighter. She didn't let her diagnosis crush her spirit. She recorded a CD before her passing and on Wednesday 6/29, when she was given 24 hours to live, she fought and held on until 7/7. She's in a better place and thankful she's not in pain anymore, but we ask you to pray for her family and for our dance family as many of our students are dealing with death for the first time.
Also, if you could take a minute to sign this petition and spread the word, we would be eternally grateful. RMC could be detected prior to stage 4 with yearly ultrasounds for those with the sickle cell trait. This could save a life, or at the very least prolong one.
Just as parents are an integral piece of the puzzle for their children to be the best they can in academics, the same holds true for dance. Dance education is just that – AN EDUCATION! We need parents to be connected, active and involved in order for all of the students to succeed. This year, we are starting the MMDC – DPA :) – Dance Parents Association. Among other things, the DPA will help plan our activities, beginning with our homecoming month and masquerade party. If you are interested, please leave your name, number& email at the front desk!