Erica Hidalgo-Monroy grew up taking classes in all dance styles but fell in love with tap. She continued tap dancing through college (as a member and choreographer of a dance company) and after (as a member of a tap ensemble). She has taken classes from many amazing tap dancers and uses every opportunity possible to continue learning and growing both as a tap dancer and as a tap instructor. Erica has been teaching tap dance for 11 years and is thrilled to be at the Performing Arts Academy sharing her love and knowledge of tap dance with her students.
Andria Maxwell has long been associated with WEAG dance — having danced in and served as a lead choreographer for WEAG productions, including Glorious Christmas Nights and Master’s Plan, for several years. Andria is a gifted, highly trained and experienced dancer and teacher across many styles of dance, but her first dance-love is ballet. Andria, who is in her twelfth year of teaching with the Performing Arts Academy, currently teaches ballet to children and adults.
Jasmine Mckenzie was dancing before she could walk! Jasmine graduated from undergrad at Old Dominion University and continued studying for her masters at Liberty University. Jasmine is the Quality Assurance Manager for Virginia Home for Boys and Girls by day and Assistant Director of Richmond Urban Dance by night. Jasmine started teaching dance in 2018 and has recently choreographed for a shoe commercial, as well as choreographed a musical (13: The Musical). Dance has opened more doors than she could imagine, and she now knows that dance is truly a gift from God and a part of her purpose, and she plans to walk, well, dance, into her purpose unapologetically.
Danielle Quenneville, a native of Western MA, began her training at Pioneer Valley Ballet under the direction of Ms. Maryanne Kodzis and Mr. Thomas Vacanti. She continued her training at Mercyhurst University and received her BFA in Dance in 2020. During her time at Mercyhurst, she performed all around Northern PA with many groups including SoMar Dance Works and The Mercyhurst Liturgical Ensemble. Danielle is currently a professional ballet dancer and teacher with Stavna ballet and is excited to be joining the faculty here at WEAG. She can’t wait to share her passion of dance with others!
Kara Robertson founded Richmond based Karar Dance Company, a professional performance modern dance company and nonprofit organization, in 2016 immediately following her graduation from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography. Her work has been shown across Virginia as well as in Washington, D.C., Maryland, New York, Philadelphia, West Virginia, and Tennessee. She has been a guest artist at numerous dance programs including Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas. The theme of “hope” is interstitially woven throughout her choreographic work as she seeks to connect with audiences and dancers of all abilities and understanding of modern dance both as a freelance artist and through Karar Dance Company.
Elizabeth Woodington is a resident of Midlothian, Virginia where she began her training at Stavna Ballet. After receiving her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance and Choreography, she spent the past year performing and teaching here in Virginia. She has had the opportunity to perform and work with a lot of amazing artists, and she is very excited to spend her first year at Performing Arts Academy! Her passion is to inspire the students to express themselves and what they love through the art of dance.