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 other dance instructors and industry legends from around the world.
She trained at Concepts in Motivation Inc. at an early age and attended James Hubert Blake, Fine Arts High School with a concentration in dance. She became a student choreographer and apprentice to the Director of the Dance Department. She also trained with the Dance Theater of Harlem in their DC Residency program.
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.
Alyssa "skye" tapp
Combo Classes, Company Technique
Skye, a Raleigh native and Virginia new comer, has been dancing as long as she can remember. At age 10 she started to take dance very seriously after falling in love with musical theater.
Hard work paid off at the "FOD Conservatory" and at age 14 she got her first professional role in "Cats" the musical.
Working at every major professional theater in Raleigh, NC she has starred in Cats, Hairspray, A Christmas Carol, Oklahoma, The Wolf, The Crucible, Godspell and many more!
Having also danced in 2 professional companies in her career; "Poiema Artistry" a contemporary ballet company and "Black Irish" a contemporary hip hop company.
As well as training intensively with Teachers that have passed on the legacy of dance companies such as; Paul Taylor, Carolina Ballet, ABT, Rockettes, and Ballet Magnificant.
She now channels her knowledge of both the professional and technical aspects of dance to teach up and coming dancers. Firmly believing that strong technique and artistry are what make a truly inspiring performer.
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.