Meet your Qualified Instructors

All of our instructors have a dance background, some with college and professional experience!

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Michele Xiques

Award winning choreography awarded by Delaware Division of the Arts, 2014! Vaganova background- Over 40 years of dance experience, Professional Ballerina with the Empire State Ballet, NY & the Atlanta Ballet, GA. Obtained the Actor’s Equity Card and...

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Destiny Clark

Destiny began dancing at FSDA when she was three years old. She continued to dance until in her later years she began to venture off into other things such as cheer leading, softball, and gymnastics. Nevertheless, she intermittently came back to dance between...

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Jessi Jones

Former student of FSDA, trained by the late Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith, (Vaganova) Michele Xiques & Michelle Parisi. Jessica was a soloist with Towson University’s dance company, principle dancer with Ballet Mobile. She has performed in excerpts choreographed...

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Kaitlyn Conboy

Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC as well as eight years of dance instructing experience. Kaitlyn has taught all ages, levels and needs, including ages two through adult and special needs dance classes...

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Mandi Plump

Mandi started dancing at the age of five, and has danced under the instruction of Maria Fry, Michelle Parisi, Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith, (Vaganova instructor)Michele Xiques, Heather Johnson, Allison Crouse and Tanya Potts. She has been a member of A Dance Class, Diamond Dance Company,...

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Owen Lawson

Owen Lawson began his dance education at Masters of Movement in Lewes, Delaware. He currently takes classes at First State Dance Academy in Milford, Delaware. He has been a member of Delaware Dance Alliance since it started performing in their productions of “Twilight the Ballet”...

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Jen Schick

Jen began dancing while in elementary school through middle school, primarily African dancing under Chuck Davis in North Carolina and continued with modern and contemporary in high school under Annie Dwyer. She graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Geology...

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