The academy is designed to extend to children and adults the benefits that can be derived from an educational and professional dance program. Dance is the most physically and mentally demanding subject within the Performing Arts field. I strive to instill in my students the knowledge of dance techniques and style, feeling of movement, and the emotional qualities needed to dance.

The preschool and early childhood training program is a wonderful introductionto movement and rhythm and is designed to set the fundamental skills needed to advance to beginning dance technique.

Music association and music appreciation along with rhythm and timing are included in the student's training. Self-discipline, dedication, goal setting, and determination are major assets gained as the students progress through the dance program.

It is my hope that when the students leave the academy they will have developed a stronger character, an excellent background in dance, and a special love and awareness of the individual rhythm and talent within themselves.

Holli D. Mayberry

Owner/Instructor

Holli started her dancing career at the age of two and a half. She has studied dance from many professional and talented instructors including Randy Lamb of former Wytheville Fine Arts Center in Wytheville, Virginia. Holli also studied dance from Kelly G. Krantz, owner of Carroll County Dance Center in Hillsville, Virginia. Under Ms. Krantz's direction Holli began her teaching career at the young age of 16, at which time she started assisting Ms. Krantz with students in Carroll County.

Mrs. Mayberry is a graduate of Radford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in dance, Cum Laude. While attending Radford, Holli participated in numerous productions as part of her curriculum and was selected to perform in many special performances sponsored by the university. During Holli's studies at Radford University she was also a student instructor for the Dance Department preparing young children for their performances in The Nutcracker. Holli was also an instructor for RU's Community Arts Program teaching many local children. Holli studied various forms of dance from instructors during annual trips to the American College Dance Festival Association. While attending Holli took many hours of classes during ACDFA seminars.

Since Holli's graduation from college she has been a dance instructor numerous dance facilities within both the New River and Roanoke Valleys. She is going into her ninth year as the owner of her own academy.  Holli's dream has always been to open a fun dance environment for children and adults of all ages.

When Holli is not dancing she is spending family time with her husband Scott and two sons - Thane and Ezra.


 

Emma Cross

Instructor

Emma Cross is a professional Irish Dancer from Northern Virginia with years of experience teaching, competing and performing her craft. In 2012, Emma was selected to tour and perform along side the creator of Riverdance, Michael Flatley, in his world tour of Lord of the Dance. While on tour, she performed for audiences of up to 30,000 in Taiwan, Europe, Canada, and across the United States.

During her competitive career, Emma qualified for the World Championships eight times, traveling to Ireland, Scotland, and England to compete. She also ranked among the top ten in North America and holds several titles including the United States Southern Region Champion in 2005 and 2007. Emma is thrilled to share her passion for Irish Dancing with Holli's Academy of Dance during the 2014-15 season!


Katie Tiller

Instructor

Katie Tiller started dancing at the age of 4 at Bluefield Dance Theatre studying under Randy Lamb. She has been assisting/teaching at BDT for the past 7 years. Katie now attends Radford University and plans to graduate next year with a B.S. in Biology. Her future goals are to attend medical school, while also keeping dancing and performing a major aspect of her life! She is currently a 4 year member of the Radford University Rockers Dance Team. In addition, Katie has performed professionally for the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre as a dance ensemble member in their productions of Oklahoma!, Show Boat, Hairspray, and the Wohlfahrt Haus Christmas Spectacular. She has also worked with Adaire Theatre as dance captain for their productions of High School Musical and Wizard of Oz. Katie is very excited to be a part of Holli's Academy of Dance and is looking forward to a wonderful year!


Kelly W. Stalvey

Instructor/Assistant Instructor

Kelly Stalvey has been dancing since she was 4 years old at The Dance Place in Christiansburg, VA. At around 14 Kelly helped Mrs. Bland by substituting teaching. After 14 years she has decided to continue dancing. Kelly will be a freshmen at Radford University studying Dance and dance education.


Christa Weaver

Instructor/Assistant Instructor

Christa Weaver started dancing at the age of 5 at Dance & Theatre Unlimited in Powhatan, Virginia, and began competitive dancing off and on at 9. At the age of 11, she switched to Premiere Dance Academy under the same instructor and began student teaching at the age of 12 continuing until graduation. Throughout high school, she was a member of the Powhatan Indianettes, and a captain her senior year. Christa will be a senior this year at Virginia Tech and is studying Wood Materials Science. She is an associate member of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble at Virginia Tech. Christa is very excited to be teaching and assistant teaching as a part of Holli’s Academy of Dance this upcoming year!


Rebecca Doyle

Assistant Instructor

Rebecca began dancing at the age of 3 at Southside Ballet Studio in her hometown of Smithfield, Virginia. She trained and competed there under the direction of Leslie McGinn for 15 years. She is currently a Junior studying Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, and a second year member of the Hightechs Dance Team.  Rebecca has many years of experience working with students at her home studio, and is excited to bring her love of dance to Holli’s Academy of Dance!