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 pointe classes during the 2020-2021 season.
Christiana Hodges has been dancing for 17 years. She trained in ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, tap, acro, and hip hop at Encore Studio in Midlothian, VA where she fell in love with technique and performance. She was on Encore Studio’s competition team called “The Collaborative” for over 10 years where she got to work with world renowned choreographers and compete along the east coast. In 2014, she began training in the Specialty Center Dance Company (SCDC) at Thomas Dale High School under the direction of Ilana Puglia. There she trained in modern and ballet, along with being educated on the anatomy of a dancer and dance history. Through SCDC she traveled to New York and Los Angeles, California where she got to take classes at Millenium Dance Complex, The Edge, and Disney World. SCDC is also where she became inspired by creative movement and realized her true passion is choreography and teaching. Christiana’s other highschool highlights were dancing in the School Musical each year and dancing on Thomas Dales dance team as a Knightette. Christiana is currently a sophomore at James Madison University, where she is studying Dance and working towards her licensure in dance education. She is also a member of Madison Dance Club’s contemporary team. Miss Christiana will be teaching lyrical during the 2020-2021 season.
Jenna Faillace started taking Hip-Hop and Jazz classes at the age of 6. As her love of dance grew, she joined Encore Studio in Midlothian, VA. There, she was able to gain more experience and train in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Hip-Hop, and Pointe. She was on the competitive team there for two years where she traveled around the east coast to attend conventions and learn from many amazing choreographers. In her junior year of high school, she became an intern at her studio, where she was able to assist and teach younger classes and develop a better understanding of dance. Outside of that, she was on her high school dance team, which competed in Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Pom, and was also captain of the Show Choir at her high school for three years. Jenna is currently a sophomore at James Madison University where she is studying Business and is also a member of Madison Dance Club’s Hip-Hop team. Miss Jenna will be teaching jazz, ballet, and musical theatre during the spring of 2020!
Lexi Grandjean started dancing at the age of 5 years old in Northern Virginia and began competitively at the age of 7. She has trained in ballet, tap, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, and acro. In addition to dancing competitively, she attended master classes and conventions. Beginning in her sophomore year of high school, she began teaching and assistant teaching at her studio. Outside of the dance studio she was co-captain on her high school varsity dance team and later choreographed. She is currently a junior at James Madison University studying Health Science with a minor is pre-occupational therapy and exceptional education non-teaching. Lexi will be teaching acrobatics during the 2020-2021 season.
Mackenzie Deputy started dancing with InMotion School of Dance when she fell in love with the art of dancing. She has been trained in the styles ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, hiphop, musical theatre, and latin ballroom. She also was involved in perform group at Inmotion where she performed at college basketball games and attended conventions and master classes. Her junior year of high school she began to assist classes to begin teaching at Inmotion her senior year of high school! She has also performed in multiple musicals as a dancer with her high school. She now works full time as a hairstylist and makeup artist at The Studio Hairsalon and Day Spa and has worked there since 2018. She is very excited to be teaching ballet, jazz, and musical theatre this year!
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 junior studying Business and Dance at JMU and will be teaching tap, hiphop, and acro during the 2020-2021 season!
Madelyn Baldwin has been dancing for 16 years, and she is originally from TwinkleToes Performing Arts Company, a local studio in Virginia Beach, VA. She is trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre, and modern. As she became more inspired by the world of movement and creative energy, she also became a dance captain and head choreographer for theatrical productions in high school. Most recently, her adventures have taken her to Moscow, Russia, where she taught dance at orphanages and summer camps. Madelyn is a junior at James Madison University, where she is studying Dance and Social Work. In the 2020-2021 season, Madelyn will be teaching ballet!
Reagan Stone started dancing at age 6, taking ballet, tap, and Irish step at the Harrisonburg Rec Center. At age 9 she started dancing with InMotion. Over the years Reagan’s love for dance has grown as she has trained in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Outside the studio, she spread her love of dance by being the dance captain and performing in musicals at Spotswood High School and being part of the color guard. Since she was 13, Reagan has assisted in various pre-ballet and beginning ballet classes and taught a class her senior year of high school. Reagan is a freshman at Eastern Mennonite University and is studying to become a nurse. In the 2020-2021 season, she will be teaching Ballet.
Rebecca Schanmier has been dancing since the age of 3, following in the steps of her mother and older sister. Throughout middle and high school, she competed in dance competitions in Northern Virginia and other parts of the East Coast. She has trained primarily in contemporary, ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. Rebecca is currently a junior at James Madison University studying Elementary Education. She is also part of Madison Dance Club, where she is president of the club and is on the contemporary and hip-hop teams. Rebecca will be teaching jazz for the 2020-2021 season!
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!