Who we are...
We are avid lovers of both dance and children...
Educated in Dance, Recreation Management, and Equestrian Studies. Danced with Russell School of Ballet, Chantilly, VA; In Motion Dance Studio, Warrenton, VA; Shenandoah University Conservatory of Dance, Winchester, VA; Halestone Dance Studio, Lexington, VA; and Brigham Young University Dance Department, Provo, Utah. Accomplished in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Tap. Co-founded Excell Dance Studio in 2008. Read more
From a very young age, Kim remembers watching her mother teach dance lessons in their home in Herndon Virginia. Kim's mother, Connie Davies (certified with Dance Masters of America) studied under Hazel Sebert and later, Doris Covac in Cleveland Ohio, culminating her dance career as a member of the Hariraya National Ballet Company in the Philippines, and later, majored in Dance at Brigham Young University, Utah. With music and dance as constant influences growing up, Kim felt naturally inclined to pursue a career in dance. She attended the Russell School of Ballet in Chantilly before moving to Warrenton, where she joined In Motion Dance Studio, directed by Laura Crowne. During her teen years, Kim performed in community productions, recitals, and also held lead roles with Voices of a New Day, a singing/dancing group directed by Gay Nell Poulton, which toured public schools and churches throughout Northern Virginia. To expand her dance portfolio, she enjoyed attending Master classes at Shenandoah University Conservatory of Dance. Kim also recalls attending countless Ballets, Dance Performances, and Theatre Productions in DC and Northern Virginia, including performances by Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey, and Harlem dance companies as well as the Bolshoi Ballet, and even Mikhail Baryshnikov, all of which greatly contributed to her appreciation for and love of the performing arts.
After graduating from high school in 1996, Kim attended Southern Virginia College (formerly Southern Sem) where she studied Equestrian Science. During her years at SVU, Kim was founder and president of the college Dance Club where she taught ballet, modern, and tap lessons to fellow students, as well as children of faculty members. She also attended the Halestone Dance Studio in Lexington, directed by Nancy Saylor, and participated in Dance Company classes. Later, she transferred to BYU to pursue a degree in Recreation Management with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation and danced with the BYU dance department. Kim's passion for dance is what ultimately motivated her to begin her career in dance in 2008, when she moved back to her home town of Warrenton and co-founded Excell Dance. Now a mother of 5, Kim hopes to foster the love of music and dance with her children, students, and the Fauquier Community.
Claire began dancing at the age of 9, at the Falls Church School of Ballet under Elisabeth Graetzer, former prima ballerina with the Innsbruck Opera Ballet, and dancer with the Vienna State Opera Ballet. During the following decade, Mrs. Rosenberger studied classical ballet, Viennese Waltz and Hungarian Character, and performed with the school. Ms. Rosenberger also performed Read more a Viennese Waltz at the Hungarian Freedom Fighters Ball in Washington DC. She taught classes starting at age 16, from beginners to adults. During this time, she also studied with Carolou Fiery Russell in Arlington. While attending Virginia Commonwealth University, Ms. Rosenberger studied ballet, modern, and jazz (with Tanya Dennis), performing with the University Dance Ensemble. Not only that, but Claire is a fabulous person to know and associate with. We are so privileged to have her as a ballet instructor for us at Excell Dance!
- Julie Taylor
When Julie began dancing at the age of seven, she quickly discovered that it was her favorite activity. It wasn't until she started teaching dance in 2008 that she realized it was her passion. Julie was instructed at one of Northern Virginia's largest dance studios, Spotlight Dance Company. She studied ballet, broadway tap, jazz, and went on pointe around the age of 13. After almost a decade of learning Read moreshe took time off to go to college, and realized how badly she needed dance back in her life. After teaching in Fairfax for a couple of years, she decided to instruct closer to home. Now she is with Excell Dance, and loves every second of it!
- Rachel Sippert
Rachel grew up in Utah and began dancing at the age of 7. In high school, she auditioned for and became a member of the color guard lead by Nancy Cannon, and ballroom dance team coached by Shawn Mortensen. She learned flag work combined with Jazz and Modern dance moves on the color guard team, and competed in a number of events throughout Utah and Las Vegas, Read moreincluding taking part in the street entertainment for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Her color guard team ranked 1st in the state of Utah for one of the four years she competed with them. On the ballroom team, she studied all major forms of ballroom dance and competed at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University invitationals, among other performances in the area. She later attended Utah Valley University where she continued to study and practice Ballroom Dance. Rachel lives in Warrenton with her husband, Steven, and son, Blake, and is excited to be a new instructor with us this year!
- Kelley Elliott - Kelley started dancing with Culpeper Parks and Recreation when she was just 4 years old, studying ballet, tap, and jazz for 6 years. She later began taking ballet classes with Claire Rosenberger and danced with her for 7 years. While her main passion is ballet, she enjoys all types of dance.
- Lisa Watts
Lisa has been involved in dance and gymnastics from early childhood. She quickly discovered the confidence that comes from a strong body, and the joy of performance. After being involved in team gymnastics at Karon in Manassas, Lisa became a Cheerleader at Brentsville District High School where she was both an All- District and All- Region Cheerleader. After going off to college, marriage Read more and the start of her family, Lisa realized how much she missed training and performance. In 2011 she started teaching gymnastics and dance to children at The Little Gym in Gainesville, VA. From teaching Developmental Gymnastics in a parent-child setting, to Creative Movement, Ballet, and Tap, Lisa was thrilled to help children discover their own strength and confidence through movement. Lisa has also spent a great deal of time privately training students through various after-school programs and camps at Saint James Episcopal School and Covenant Christian Academy, both located in Warrenton. Now she is thrilled to be with Excell Dance where she not only teaches, but gets to watch both of her daughters experience their own joy through dance as well.
- Wendy Miehm
Wendy began dancing at the age of 3. She studied ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz and broadway privately and competitively, and has been teaching in northern Virginia for the last 12 years at various studios, including working as a choreographer’s assistant to Anthony Wortham Read more for 5 years. Through this, she was an assistant instructor/demonstrator at the Fairfax Academy for Communication Arts at Fairfax High School, assisted/demonstrated in various master classes in Virginia and Maryland and was an event co-coordinator for shows and auditions including auditions for the 2002 Cappie Awards at the Kennedy Center. Wendy was certified to teach ballet and jazz through Dance Masters of America in 2004.
- Patricia Purcell Hendrix
Patricia Hendrix began studying dance at the age of 6 in Warrenton with Joyce D'Urso. She later began taking classes at In Motion under the direction of Laura Crowne. It was at In Motion that she found her passion for ballet and dance. There she met and danced with Kim Bridges, as well as studied under Claire Rosenberger. Read more At 11, she began studying at the Loudoun School of Ballet with a full scholarship. She also performed in many of the Loudoun Ballet Company's performances as a soloist. Patricia has also studied at The Richmond Ballet, The Russell School of Ballet, Shenandoah Conservatory, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey School of Ballet, George Mason University, and Steps on Broadway. She has studied under Bart Cook, Maria Calegari, Gene Murray, Malcolm Burn, Judy Jacob, and Warrenton's own Claire Rosenberger. In 2005, she opened 'On Your Toes, Inc' dance studio in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and later 'The Tahelquah Ballet Co' a pre-professional not-for-profit ballet company. Sadly, in 2009 she had to sell her company and move due to her husband's job transfer. Patricia has taught hundreds of students across the country some of whom are now professional dancers, teachers, and studio owners. She is thrilled to begin teaching again and looks forward to working with Claire and Kim.
- Connie Davies
Connie Davies began taking dance at the age of 6 studying under Hazel Sebert, and later Doris Covac, both in Cleveland, Ohio. After High School, she moved with her family to the Philippines and continued her dance career with the Hariraya National Ballet Company. She later attended Brigham Young University as a dance major. Read more Connie also took courses at Kent State University to became certified with Dance Masters of America. For over 30 years Connie has taught ballet, tap, and jazz in the Northern Virginia area, including teaching with In Motion Dance Studio here in Warrenton.
Where to find us...
We have two locations in Old Town Warrenton:
- 4th Street Studio:
15 South Fourth Street Warrenton, VA
- Main Street Studio:
65 Main Street Warrenton, VA
How to contact us...
For general inquiries:
Phone: (540) 905-4886
Phone: (540) 905-4886
92 Main St. Suite#002
Warrenton, VA 20186
92 Main St. Suite#002
Warrenton, VA 20186