Competition, Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap
Our Artistic Director, Keisha Gervais-Stewart has been a professional dance instructor for over 10 years and has vast experience and training in all our offered dance programs. She is an award-winning choreographer with multiple critically-acclaimed works, and engages in continuing dance education taking master classes and attending conventions with dance instructors and industry legends from around the world.
Keisha is known for her gentle yet stern teaching methods that enlighten and encourage students through positive reinforcement. Keisha has designed a central curriculum that ensures all students progress and learn in a consistent environment.
She directs the Elite Company who travels to many Regional and National Dance Competitions. Keisha feels very blessed to guide BNDC to its full potential and adores working with her amazing staff and students!
Christina "xtina" hamilton
Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Competition
Out of the 31 years she has been dancing, Christina Suzanne Fitch has dedicated 20 years of her life to her teaching career. A second generation Dance Educator, she began ballroom training at 3 years of age, and expanded her education to Jazz at age 6, which quickly opened doors to lyrical and hip-hop, then eventually modern, and contemporary. She formally began assisting dance teachers at the age of 14, and sought to work with many different instructors from as many disciplines as possible to broaden her horizons and increase her knowledge. Her career in teaching began at NC State, studying Engineering and Mathematics, when she was hired as the formal TA for all University Dance classes including non-performance focused classes such as “A History of Dance”.
In the early 2000's she returned to Richmond VA to begin her full time education career, working for a local studio for 7 years, creating award winning numbers for Dance Competitions up and down the East Coast, and choreographing show-stopping performances for the annual spring recitals. In 2006 Christina, aka Xtina, formed her very own dance Company; XF Company of Dance, and proceeded to create three completely sold out productions at The Firehouse Theatre Project, shattering every previous box office record. Her choreography and the inclusive nature of her company led to multiple award nominations from the Arts and Theatre community including the VMFA, and tremendous critical acclaim from local publications such as Style Weekly and RVA Magazine.
In 2009 she began working with The Concert Ballet of Virginia, bringing Hip Hop, Contemporary, and strong Jazz technique into their world. In 2011 she was honored with a request from legendary director Robert Watkins to create a contemporary Ballet for their repertoire, which debuted during the Fall Gala of the Company’s 36th season. Interpreting the Greek Myth of Persephone utilizing the music of Florence & The Machine. It was a true sensation. Over the years she has taken on leadership rolls with The Concert Ballet including organizing and staffing their Summer Intensives, while continuing to teach for these programs.
Christina is ecstatic to be joining the family here at Barre None Dance Company, and is very much looking forward to getting to know, challenge, learn from, and grow with all of our wonderful dancers. Her philosophy is that Dance should be FUN, and she's thankful for every opportunity to share her knowledge and love of this brilliant art form.
Ballet, Pointe, Combo Classes
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 at three local studios in Richmond, attending adult classes at Richmond ballet with Susan Massey, and is now thrilled to be joining the faculty at Barre None.
Competition Choreographer, Hip Hop
Has been professionally training in various classical styles of dance for over 15 years. Specializing in hip-hop. She is excited to bring her creative talent to Barre None!
She Graduated form university of Richmond with a dance minor and has been a teacher in Richmond for 4 years and currently is teaching in Northern VA. She has been a competition dance team coach leading her team to win various top honors and titles throughout VA and NC.
She has performed as an ensemble dancer in university of Richmond's production of Rent and Also danced back up in the Nephew Tommy "What Now ?" Comedy tour. She has also partnered with Federal Dance Initiative teaching a Hip Hop workshops in Richmond.