K-Force Dance Academy
About Us

Our Faculty

Kelly Sammon

OWNER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Kelly began dancing at the age of 3 with Linda Diamond’s Academy of Dance in Youngstown, Ohio. Kelly trained with Linda Diamond until 1999 and then continued her high school years training at Jamie’s Dance Force, under the direction of Jamie Cordon. Kelly continued to study jazz, ballet, pointe, tap, and lyrical. During her tenure at Linda Diamond’s Academy of Dance and Jamie’s Dance Force, Kelly worked with renowned choreographers; Alan Sherfield and John Crutchman of West Coast Dance Explosion, Tina Caspary-Cyphert, owner of Katrina Activewear and faculty member of Velocity Dance Convention, and tap professionals Corey Finn and Mark Goodman. She has also studied under Ray Leeper and Dee Caspary, whose work is showcased on So You Think You Can Dance. In 2003, Ms. Sammon represented Jamie’s Dance Force in opening number of “Star Systems” Nationals: Battle of the Stars, nationally televised on E! - Choreographed by Dennis Caspary in Panama City, Florida.

Kelly is a 2007 graduate of Kent State University in northeastern Ohio. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance. The dance program at Kent State University focused not only on the technical aspects of a meticulous training schedule, but also on a strong historical and academic perspective of dance, preparing her to become a professional dancer and educator. Kelly benefitted from training in an academic environment and was able to train alongside professionals in the field, who came to the University to set pieces on the pre-professional company, The Kent Dance Ensemble, where Kelly was chosen as a sophomore to join. Kelly’s performance credits consisted of works under Cliff Keuter, Robin Richardson, Tanya Mucci and Sabatino Verlezza. She also had the privilege of performing at The American College Dance Festival at University of Buffalo and Wayne State in Michigan. While at Kent State, Kelly studied under the direction of many greats; Barbara Verlezza, Andrea Shearer, Joan Meggitt and Kimberly Karpanty through the concentrations of the May O’Donnell technique, Erick Hawkins technique, Lynn Simonson jazz technique and Release Post-Modern. Kelly has also had extensive training in Improvisation and Composition. Through her tenure in college, Kelly was the Teacher’s Assistant for master classes for students with disabilities at the SELS Division of Kent State University and also acted as a Dance Instructor (KSU Non-Credit Instructor). She was invited to teach several master hip-hop and jazz classes to students enrolled in Dance as an Art Form at Kent State University.

After graduation, Kelly danced professionally with Travesty Dance Group and Verlezza Dance until she relocated to Washington D.C. in 2008 to accept an esteemed full time position with Adagio Ballet in Arlington and Fairfax, Virginia as a Program Director and Marketing Coordinator. She also acted as a guest artist as the Advanced Tap instructor at the Center for Ballet Arts in Fairfax City, VA. Kelly danced professionally in the national setting with Dancin’ Unlimited under the direction of Marilyn York, and also worked with the CAPS program, Creative Arts Program in Public Schools. Kelly was a choreographer and trainer for the competition troupe Blair Dance Studio until Patrice Blair's retirement in 2015.

Outside of K-Force Dance Academy, Kelly has traveled as a judge for Dance Machine Productions along the east coast along with attending the Dance Teacher Summit in the summer of 2013 in New York City. Kelly was given Dance Machine Productions 2015 'Teacher of the Year' in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  She extends her dance education by traveling across the country to attend master classes, conventions, and competitions to ensure the dancers of K-Force Dance Academy are receiving the best dance education in the area.

Kelly is also thrilled to start fourth year with The Merit School directing their dance program.  It has been so successful that Minnieland Day Care has asked her to start new dance program at their Old Town Manassas campus. 

She is also beginning her second season as coach for the Battlefield High School Purple Reign Dance team.  

Teaching dance and working with children have always been Kelly's passions. Owning her own dance studio is truly a dream come true!

Patrice Blair

INSTRUCTOR - ACRO and HORTON

Patrice began dancing at age 3 in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. By age 10, she was studying ballet in Harrisburg, taking ballet/tap/baton at her mothers' studio in Lewisberry, while studying mime, gymnastics, voice and violin. Patrice furthered her baton and dance career taking classes and competing throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey. By age 15, she was a state, regional and national 2 baton championships, as well as a featured twirler and performer with Red Land High School.
While in college at The University of Mississippi, Patrice studied ballet, pointe, jazz, modern(Horton Technique), choreography, tap, and musical theater dance. She was a performer in 2 dance companies with Ole Miss, and was named Dancer of the Year by University staff in 1993.

In 1993, Patrice moved to Virginia at began teaching at Showcase Dance Studio. She co-directed a performance company called Youth for Youth Productions, and was resident choreographer to Osbourn High School working in the choral, marching band and drama departments. Patrice also was the choreographer for the OHS Dance Team from 1998-2002, as well as the baton club. Patrice choreographed and taught dance clinics throughout Prince William County, including Pied Piper, Parkside Dance Team, and Round Elementary. She worked full time for a Urology Practice from 1994-1998 while teaching dance full time in the evening hours. By 2001, Patrice was ready to transition from teaching and running dance programs to owning her own studio.

For the next 14 years, Patrice trained competition dancers, as well as recreational dancers at her dance studio, The Patrice Blair School of Dance and Baton. Her students went on to win national championships, audition and gain acceptance to dance teams/college dance programs/dance companies, and many became dance teachers and professional performers. Many of her competition pieces have won choreography awards, entertainment awards and high score awards. Patrice was very honored to judge for Boogie Fever Dance Competition in 2014, and was blessed to end her 13 year career running the dance program at The Merit School in 2015.

Patrice is bringing Horton Technique modern dance to K-Force this year.  Modern is part of the core curiculum in most of the college dance programs,  Patrice wants the K-Force dancers to be college ready when the time comes to audition!  We are also so happy that she is continuing to work with the dancers on their Acro/Floor Tumbling technique this season.

Patrice is proud to be a Mom to Jacob and Maddie, and is blessed everyday to be a part of their lives, and the lives of the K-Force family!

Christina Franco

BALLET DIRECTOR

K-Force Dance Academy is honored and privileged to welcome Christina Franco onto our faculty. Christina Franco began dancing at the age of 6. She trained under the direction of Alison Hron and Elbert Watson until high school. Christina continued her training at Academie de Ballet in Chesapeake, VA with ballet master Andrei Yemelinov. She received training in several dance styles, including ballet, lyrical, contemporary, modern, jazz, and musical theatre.

At the age of 19, Christina moved to New York City to be a trainee at the Joffrey Ballet School, with Era Jouravlev as her mentor. Christina danced in 2013 at the Richmond Ballet, performing in Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

Christina joined Manassas Ballet Theatre in 2013,  as a company dancer. She has performed roles such as The Cat in Peter and the Wolf, Pink Fairy and White Cat in Sleeping Beauty, and Chinese, Columbine Doll, and Marzipan in Nutcracker. She is currently in her fifth season with the company.

Christina is really amping up the ballet program here at K-Force!  We are so excited about all of the new ideas she is bringing to the ballet program to help our dancers reach their fullest potentional. 

Jessica Hutchins

ARTISTIC CO-DIRECTOR

Jessica Hutchins has trained the last 16 years at Blair Dance Studio, K-Force Dance Academy and most recently, Studio Bleu Dance Center and the Art of Technicque Ballet.  She has also trained at Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago and San Fransico Conservatory of Dance in San Fransico, CA. She enjoys all forms of dance, from ballet to hip hop, but her passion is for contemporary dance. 

Jessica has been choreographing for K-Force for the past 3 years and has also choreographed dances for several other studios along the East Coast.  Her dances have won choreography awards from Broadway Dance International, Imagine, Star Power, Encore, Artists Simply Human, Hype, Dream Makers and Intrigue Dance Competitions.

She will be attending the Ailey School Professional Division in New York City this fall, but will be coming back to NOVA to work on choreography and to hold some combination workshops throughout the year.  Jessica will miss all of her students this year, but she is excited to be helping Kelly with the competition team choreography again this year and looks forward to seeing all of the dances on stage!

 

Robel Makaveli

HIP HOP INSTRUCTOR

Robel is a dancer, choreographer, teacher & a creative artist. He is very passionate about dance and has trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary/modern & hiphop. After graduating high school,  Robel dedicated himself to training intensely in hip-hop. He joined an All Star Competitive team and reached top 5 of the Dance World with his teammates ‘‘Rush Crew’’ in 2015-2016. 
 
Robel is currently dancing with Culture Shock DC & Capitol Movement, both  professional dance companies. He has performed internationally in Canada and teaches hip hop workshops at serveral universities in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. He has also taught as Gear Up Dance Convention in Rock Hill, SC & Myrtle Beach and has taught workshops in multiple places in North Carolina & West Virginia.
 
Robel is currently perfecting his craft by being completely dedicated and focused with his training and teaching.  He wants to help anyone with dance in any way he can and he hopes to inspire a whole new genetration of dancers through his teaching.
 

Kelvin Marmol

TAP INSTRUCTOR

Kelvin Marmol began dancing at the age of 4 in Los Angeles, California.  A year later he and his family moved to Bristow, Virginia and he began dancing along side his brother, at Stage Door Dance Studio. He took part in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary dance classes.  Kelvin has been trained under Josh Nixon and Heidi Stafford and they played a huge role in his journey and love of tap. He hopes to help the students of K-Force expand their knowledge in tap dance and to encourage them to follow their dreams.

Emma Hardy

INSTRUCTOR

Emma is currently a senior at Manassas Park High School, where she participates in BETA, NHS, Medical Club, Yearbook Club, and is the founder of the newest club, Girls Learn International. This will be Emma’s 11th season as a dancer with K-Force and 2nd year on faculty. She plans to attend a university in North Carolina next fall and to pursue a medical degree with a minor in dance.   Emma’s owes all of her accomplishments and tremendous amount of growth to Kelly Sammon and Patrice Blair, who have provided several opportunities for her and their constant support!

Sara Verdi

INSTRUCTOR

Comong Soon....

 

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