2018-2019 Staff:

Miss Alaina
Alaina Pfeiffer began dancing at Dawn’s School of Dance in King William, Virginia, where she went on to teach beginning ballet and serve as president of the Student Dance Company. While attending Bridgewater College, Alaina served as captain and choreographer for the Bridgewater College Dance Team and founded the Lyrical Dance Ensemble.  She has danced and taught at InMotion since 2006, and became the owner and director of the studio in 2011. Alaina received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physics & Mathematics in 2010. Miss Alaina will be teaching ballet, and jazz classes during the 2018-2019 season.

Miss Alisa
Alisa Kish began dancing at the age of four at Dawn’s School of Dance in King William, Virginia. She was a part of Oh Night Divine, the Competitive Dance Team, and the Student Dance Company where she served as President for one year. In addition, she has performed on CBS 6 News, in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida and the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. Alisa was also a tap teacher her senior year and a pre-school ballet teacher’s assistant her junior and senior year. Alisa is now studying Special Education at JMU. She will be teaching hiphop during the 2018-2019 season.

Miss Caroline
Caroline Ross began dancing at the age of three at Encore Dance Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. After several years of competition dancing and traveling, she switched to a more concentrated studio called Ballet Virginia International where she trained in ballet, pointe, and modern technique. She has performed various roles in the Nutcracker 8 years in a row, as well as in shows such as the Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, 12 Dancing Princesses, and much more. Now, as a junior at JMU, she is studying Health Sciences with a pre-occupational therapy concentration with hopes to somehow incorporate dance into her work. She will be teaching ballet & prepointe during the 2018-2019 season.

Miss Claire
Claire Wayman began dancing at the age of 5 outside of Rochester, New York. She has trained with Elizabeth Clarke, Pamela Wilkins White, and Sandy Stramonine in the greater Rochester area. She has studied jazz, lyrical, and pointe, but especially loves ballet and tap. She was a member of Juniata College’s Kick Line dance team. She has choreographed several musicals (including A Year with Frog and Toad, Little Shop of Horrors, and Urinetown). She has also been a featured dancer in area community theater productions. She currently works as the Marketing Director for the Harrisonburg Homes Team of Kline May Realty and enjoys playing flute in area groups. She is excited for her first year at InMotion and the opportunity to share her love of tap with her students!

Miss Dakotah
Dakotah Smith is a sophomore Media Arts and Design student at James Madison University. She danced at Dawn’s School of Dance in King William, Virginia for 10 years and has performed at Disney Springs, the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida, CBS 6 News, and the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C. She also served for three years as vice president of Student Dance Company, a student-run organization at Dawn’s School of Dance in which dancers choreograph and teach their own dances, and ultimately put on their own annual recital. Dakotah is excited to be teaching lyrical during the 2018-2019 season at InMotion!

Miss Elayna
Elayna Cross has been dancing since the age of two at Gotta Dance in New Jersey, where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, and hip hop. She has been a member of various companies within the studio including The Dynamite Dance Team, an auditioned summer dance team that performs at various locations including Ellis Island, Hershey Park and many more locations. In addition she was a member of the Showstoppers Dance Company, the elite auditioned company at the studio that is featured in all 15 recitals, Elayna has also held lead roles through this company. She has been a teacher’s assistant and a substitute teacher at the studio for the past few years. Elayna is now studying Special Education at James Madison University.  She will be teaching ballet, tap, musical theatre, & DanceStars during the 2018-2019 season.

Miss Julia
Julia Weisberg has been dancing for 15 years, 8 of those being competitively, at Studio Bleu Dance Center in Ashburn, VA. She is trained in acro, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and ballet. She attends James Madison University studying Business and is Vice President of Dancing Dukes, a dance club on campus. In addition to dancing at a studio Julia was captain of her high school dance team and has performed at events such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and the iDance4aCure fundraiser/rally in Washington D.C. She is excited to be teaching Acro during the 2018-2019 season!

Miss Kerry
Kerry Luiso is from Southborough, Massachusetts and started doing gymnastics at three years old.  Kerry was a level 10 gymnast for three years.  Kerry is a junior media arts and design major and sports communication minor at James Madison University.  Kerry is an active member of the JMU club gymnastic team.  In high school she taught acro at a dance studio in Massachusetts.  She is very excited to be a part of the InMotion family and to be teaching acro in the upcoming season!

Miss Rebecca
Miss Rebecca started dancing when she was two years old in Pembroke Pines, Florida. While her father was in the military, she moved often and continued her training in Chesterfield County, VA. She finished her competitive dance career at J’adore DANCE, under the direction of Lauren Gareau. Rebecca was trained in ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, tap and hip hop. She was a dance major at Thomas Dale High School in the Specialty Center Dance Company under the direction of Ilana Puglia, where she was trained in modern, choreography and dance education. Through her high school years, she was a member and captain of her high school dance team and color guard. Rebecca is currently a junior at James Madison University majoring in Sports & Recreation Management. She will be teaching ballet, lyrical, & jazz during the 2018-2019 season.

Miss Maddie
At the age of three, Maddie Reuss was captured by the energy and expression of dance at a small studio in Pittsburgh, PA. As her passion for dance grew, she trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop, and more. In fifth grade, Maddie joined a dance company that allowed her to compete, attend conventions and master classes, and perform for different causes in her hometown.  Throughout high school, Maddie became an assistant, choreographer, and sub at her home studio and began her own training program for young dancers. Currently, Maddie is a freshman studying Business and Dance at JMU.

Miss Gail
Miss Gail is likely the friendly face you’ll see in the InMotion lobby while other staff are teaching our fabulous dancers! She was captain of the drill team at Turner Ashby High School, a drill team member at Shepherd College, and began taking ballet classes in 2004. She regularly participates in adult ballet classes and recently found a new joy in tap dancing! If you catch her during a lull in duties, young dancers and siblings can enjoy storytime with her! Her official roles at InMotion include: Front Desk Management, Studio Grandma, Costume Captain, SetMaster, Prop Proprietor, SuperSeamstress, Housekeeping & Maintenance Departments, and Keeper of the Glitter!