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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!

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 at Blair Dance Studio, K-Force Dance Academy and Studio Bleu Dance Center/The Art of Technicque Ballet.  She has also completed intensives at Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago, San Fransico Conservatory of Dance,  Company E Dance, in Washington, DC and Norhtwest Dance Project in Portland, Oregon.  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 5 years and has also choreographed dances for several other studios along the East Coast.  Her dances have won choreography awards from multiple dance competitions.

She is currently in her 2nd year attending the Ailey School in New York City as a part of the scholarship program.  Jessica loves coming home to work on choreography and to teach at K-Force.  She hopes she can help her students become authentic artists who dance with openess and passion.

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 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.

Sara Verdi

INSTRUCTOR

Sara is currently a high school senior at Manassas Park High School. She has an 11 year history of dance including 10 years competitively, that started with Blair Dance Studio and then most recently with K-Force Dance Academy. Sara spent the last year intensifying her ballet training, teaching at K-Force Dance Academy, choreographing, and attending various dance conventions. She aspires to pursue a dance major upon graduating in 2020. Sara loved teaching this past year and is so excited for another season of growth and inspiration.

Abby Hardy

INSTRUCTOR

This is Abby Hardy's second year as K-force faculty and will be teaching the Future Stars combo classes, as well as the Choreography Lab.  She is a senior at Manassas Park High School and plans to continue her dance training in college.  Abby started her training at Blair Dance Studio at the age of four and has continued on to the senior line at K-Force.  Abby enjoys all styles of dance and loves sharing her creativity with others.  She is excited to have a great last year as a team and faculty member at K-Force.

Erica Wallace

INSTRUCTOR

Erica is a senior line member and is going to be a junior at Colgan High School. She is a member of the Colgan Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) Dance program and the NHSDA, the National Honor Society for Dance.  Erica trained with Blair Dance Studio starting when she was three and has been a K-Force company member since its opening in 2015. She loves exploring her artistry in all styles of dance and she has a passion for helping others. For the past two summers, Erica has done missionary work for less fortunate people and children in Guatemala, by building homes, volunteering at children's organizations and providing clean water for families.  Erica is excited to be on faculty this season at K-Force and wants to help her students become confident and believe in themselves.  

Logan Dukeman

INSTRUCTOR

Logan is a Junior at Colgan High School where she was accepted into the Colgan Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) Dance program her freshmen year and a member of the NHSDA, the National Honor Society for Dance.  Logan was a member and Captain of the Benton Middle School Golden Paws Dance Team and a 2-year member of the Varsity Dance Team at Colgan High School. She began dancing with the Patrice Blair School of Dance  at the age of 3 and continues to dance under the direction of Kelly Sammon.  Logan enjoys all forms of dance with special interest in contemporary and jazz. She truly adores being able to work with young dancers to help lead and foster their abilities while building their confidence. Logan is very excited to be part of the K-Force faculty this year.  

Kinsley Gagnon

INSTRUCTOR

Kinsley has been training in dance since she was three years old and is a member of K-Force’s senior line. She will be a rising sophomore at Colgan High School and trains in Colgan’s Fine and Performing Arts Dance program. Kinsley is also joining the Colgan Varsity Cheer team this year. Another interest of hers is modeling and she is currently represented by Divide Management of New York City. This past year, Kinsley received the award of Prodigy Assistant from NRG Dance Convention. She has always loved training and competing with K-Force and is very excited to be joining the faculty!

Anja Kripowicz

INSTRUCTOR

Anja is currently attending her senior year at Colgan High School and is furthering her dance studies in Colgans Fine and Performing Arts  program.  She is also an active member of the National Dance Honor Society.  In her 9 years of dance training, Anja has attended Strictly Rythm Dance, DeGrasse Dance Studio, Dancensations dance Center and Studio Bleu Dance Center as a competetive dancer. She also receives additional intense ballet training through the Art of Technique dance program. Recently, Anja has attended dance conventions and received recognition from Intrigue Dance as a True Performer and Artists Simply Human as a 2019-2020 Assistant.  She plans to continue dance in college and has applied for several BFA programs for next fall.

Anja is thrilled to expand her teaching experience here at K-Force this season!  Her goal as a teacher is to encourage students to express themselves and to have fun while working towards individual improvement in technique.

 

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