LSB Faculty

 

Jenna DeLashmutt has 23 years of studio training in ballet, lyrical, modern, and jazz with Springfield Ballet and Missouri State University. She is a former member of the nationally ranked Sugar Bears Dance Team at Missouri State University.  Since graduating, Jenna has gained more than 10 years of teaching experience in lyrical, jazz, hip hop and modern dance as well as coaching and choreographing for many high school and college dance teams. Jenna currently teaches all levels of Lyrical Dance at The Loudoun School of Ballet and travels the nation guest teaching and choreographing.  Jenna has performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and recently spent three weeks performing at cricket matches throughout India.  She enjoys sharing her passion with her dancers and helping them grow by challenging them and promoting self expression through dance. 

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Rachel Leigh Dolan is Master Dance Teaching Artist and Choreographer based in Washington, DC. She is a three time Helen Hayes Award Nominated Choreographer whose work has appeared in the DC area, New York City, and internationally. In 2014, Rachel was honored to be selected as part of the 2014-15 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Prestigious Observership Class, and has since become a proud Associate Member. Rachel began teaching Jazz, Tap and Musical Theatre in 2002. Since then, she has had the privilege to teach at numerous prestigious studios, schools, and universities in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, including Catholic University of America, American University, Montgomery College, and Joy of Motion. A faculty member at the innovative private performing arts secondary school, The Academy at Metropolitan School of the Arts, Rachel is committed to training the next generation of professional dance artists.  She is delighted to be sharing her love of Musical Theatre style Jazz to the wonderful students at Loudoun School of the Ballet!


 

Lauren Eckart began her dance studies at the age of four with the Loudoun School of Ballet and has attended Summer Dance Intensives including Interlochen Center for the Arts, Virginia School of the Arts, and New York City Dance Alliance. She began her instructional career at the age of 16, teaching and developing the ballet program for the Town of Leesburg at Ida Lee Recreation Center. Mrs. Eckart currently resides in beautiful Western Loudoun with her husband and two amazing children, Nikolas and Sofia, and is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education from Shenandoah University.


   

Candra Eglin began her training in Northern Virginia and studied under Michelle Sarson, Mark Mejia, Linda Kintz, and with various professional teachers/choreographers through workshops locally and nationally. After attending Point Park University and finishing her degree in psychology at George Mason University, Candra began teaching and having success at the regional and national level with her choreography, winning high score and choreography awards at the solo and group level both regionally and nationally. This along with Candra’s artistically demanding and innovative class structure has made her a highly sought after master instructor. Candra co-founded fusiondance in 2006 and through this professional company, her choreography graced the stages of the Lincoln Theater, The Lang Theater, The Lisner, The Jack Guidone, The Ernst Cultural Center, Synetic Theater, Schlessinger Center, the Workhouse Arts Center, and in 2015 premiered an evening length work at Dance Place in the 10th Annual Capital Fringe festival to rave reviews. In 2009 Candra co-founded IMPACT DANCE, a pre-professional company with unique and dynamic choreography, technical excellence, and unparalleled artistry cultivated by fusing the elements of concert dance with contemporary movement and creating a captivating performer. fusiondance and IMPACT dance aim to elevate the contemporary dance scene with a dynamic group of dancers who excel in all areas of dance to create a visual explosion of movement and creativity.       


 

Edward Franklin, more simply known as "E," took his first dance class in high school as a means to avoid PE.  Under the watchful eye of dedicated teacher Cindy Herman, the dance studio became his second home and his talents blossomed.  Upon graduation he traveled to Spain as a performer in the Barcelona Olympics' Opening Ceremonies.  Moving to New York City, he received full tuition and board scholarships to the Ailey School and the Joffrey Ballet, and was also the recipient of the Donna Woods Award.  "E" has danced professionally on almost every major stage in the world, memorably including the final performance of the "old" Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia.  He is grateful to have danced with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, PhilaDanco, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, the Oakland Ballet and many other notable companies.

As an instructor, national and international master class teacher, visiting artist, and guest choreographer, "E" is proud of his multi-faceted approach for pushing students to the highest level of artistry and technique, ensuring their connection with the rhythms and phrasing of the music, enhancing their knowledge of theater dynamics, and helping them impact an audience on a deeper level.  Edward draws from over 20 years of top level training and performance experience, and is grateful to have been guided by many of the today's finest choreographers and dance instructors.  He heavily combines this immense experience with his deep love of movement to give all dancers, whether professional, aspiring or passionate hobbyists, a rich growth experience.


 

Jereme Goshorn is in charge of our popular graded TAP program in the Contemporary Dance Department at The Loudoun School of Ballet. She is also the director of our LOUDOUN TAPS! Performing Company. In 1996, Jereme retired after a successful 20 year career as a famed “Rockette” in New York City. Soon afterwards she moved to Loudoun County and began teaching tap classes at our school. It goes without saying that her specialties are precision choreography, performance quality, classic Broadway-style jazz, and pure tap technique. 


    

Cherie Maroni is the owner and Director of the Loudoun School of Ballet.  She is also the Assistant Director of our Rising Stars Department, founder and president of the Rising Stars Foundation; a nonprofit that offers mentorship opportunities to young dancers, Director of Student Guidance, and supervisor of costumes and merchandise sales, as well as teaches in all three dance departments at The Loudoun School of Ballet. Originally from the New England area, she began dancing at the age of three, studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Lyrical at schools throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She now has more than 25 years of performing and teaching experience. Cherie has a degree in Exercise Science from New Hampshire Technical College. She is a certified fitness instructor and is also CPR and AED trained.  Cherie is the co-founder of Barre & Pointe, ~ a dancers shop in the Tollhouse Center in Leesburg that provides dancewear and accessories. 

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Sharon Mercke is Director of the Contemporary Dance Department at The Loudoun School of Ballet. With an undergraduate degree from James Madison University she continued her dance training in New York City and at George Mason University.  She spent many years performing and choreographing for regional musical theater and has taught as an adjunct dance faculty member at Shenandoah Conservatory. Sharon is founder and Artistic Director of the school's pre-professional contemporary dance company JAZZ&CO DANCEHer goal as a teacher and director is to provide strong technical instruction in an encouraging environment in which students will grow and flourish.

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Maureen Miller is the Director of the Ballet Department at The Loudoun School of Ballet. She received her early dance training in Newcastle, Australia, successfully completing the Royal Academy examinations, including Solo Seal. Her training then continued on scholarship at Rosella Hightower Centre de Dance Classique in Cannes, France. Her professional career began at the age of 18 with the Slovene National Ballet Company in Yugoslavia. While dancing with the Slovene National Ballet Company, she toured in France, Germany, Italy, and Austria, and performed as guest artist and soloist with the Paris Opera Ballet in Cannes, France. After the Slovene National Ballet Company , Ms. Miller traveled to the United States where she joined the Maryland Ballet Company in Baltimore. There, under the direction of Petrus Bosman, she performed as soloist and served as Ballet Mistress. Ms. Miller is an acclaimed choreographer and has been a valued and well-respected teacher in the metropolitan Washington area for many years. Honored in Who's Who among American Teachers in 2000, 2004, 2005, and 2006, her teaching experience includes The Maryland Youth Ballet, The Washington School of Ballet, The Joy of Motion Dance Center, Capital Ballet, and Arlington Center for Dance. She has owned and directed her own school and is the former Ballet Mistress to D.C. Contemporary Dance Theater. She is currently the Artistic Director for the Loudoun Ballet Performing Arts Company.

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Chuck Paynter was born in Richmond and began his dance training while attending James Madison University and working summers in live entertainment at Busch Gardens. After college he studied at the American Dance Festival and in New York with David Howard, Bobby Blankshine, and Willie Burmann.  Chuck danced professionally for over 10 years, performing many principal and soloist roles in the classical repertoire as well as in works by Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, and Agnes de Mille.  He danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, under the artistic direction of Patricia Wilde, the Richmond Ballet and the Omaha Ballet, where he met his wife, former dancer and LSB instructor Suzanne Paynter.  


 

Suzanne Paynter began dancing in southern California at the age of 4, training not only in ballet but also tap, jazz, Hawaiian dance, and Spanish (with castanets!). Once she discovered pointe shoes, her dream of becoming a ballet dancer was born. While in high school she was accepted as an apprentice in the Omaha Ballet, eventually rising to the rank of soloist, dancing professionally for nine years. While there, she taught all levels of ballet at the company school. She spent summers in NYC training with Willie Burmann, David Howard, and others.  Suzanne later joined her husband, Chuck, in Pittsburgh where she taught advanced and pointe/variation classes at Point Park. She and Chuck have three children who pursue various activities--music, visual arts, horseback riding- but have never shown the slightest interest in ballet.


 

Danielle Sirinsky is the Director of our Rising Stars Department. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Danielle hails originally from Chicago, and has taught, performed, directed, and choreographed throughout the Chicago and Eastern Pennsylvania areas. In Allentown PA, she was a dance faculty member at That’s Dancin!, taught theatre and dance at the Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, and was a Theatre Faculty member at the Lehigh Valley High School of Performing Arts. Since moving to Leesburg, Ms. Sirinsky has been enjoying our youngest dancers, creating a Teen Musical Theatre program at The Loudoun School of Ballet, teaching Zumba classes, and being a mom to her daughters Mia and Lila.

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Lisa Startsman is the Assistant Director of our Ballet Department, instructs the Early Release Program for pre-professional training, and supervises our Adult Dance Program.  Ms. Startsman received her early training at the Canton Ballet in Ohio. She attended the University of Akron on scholarship where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ballet. While in college, Ms Startsman performed solo works and trained with Jerry Burr, Dr. Margaret Carlson, and Alaine Haubert. She continued to train with the Ohio Ballet and at STEPS Studio in New York City with Nancy Bielski and Robert Blankshine. Ms. Startsman’s professional experience includes The Experimental Dance Ensemble, The Ohio Ballet, and The Cleveland Opera where she had the pleasure of dancing in The Merry Widow with Ms. Roberta Peters. Ms. Startsman has taught in the area for more than 20 years, including for the Washington School of Ballet in Washington, D.C. The Governor’s School for Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts of Virginia has recognized her as an Outstanding Educator. She is also certified with the Cecchetti Council in which she passed all of her teacher’s exams with honors. Ms. Startsman is the proud mother of two and relishes the knowledge and growth she has obtained from guiding her daughter to achieve a professional ballet career. 

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