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Valerie Gooding

Valerie Gooding hails from the Torresdale area of Philadelphia where she began her dance training with an instructor from the Pennsylvania Ballet. She has performed in numerous productions and competitions traveling throughout the country and abroad. She continued her education at many world renowned schools in all styles of dance to include Gus Giordano, Fosse, Al Gilbert, Vaganova Syllabus…

Heather Pate

Heather began her dance training at the age of three from the New Castle Dance Academy, under the tutelage of Valerie Gooding, and Koresh Dance Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Heather is certified through UNLV and DEA in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Acrobatics from beginner to advanced levels. She has taken master classes from Pamela Bowling, Ray Leeper, Karen Hebert,…

Angela Ains

Angela Ains began dancing at the age of two and started her formal dance career at New Castle Dance and Music Academy at the age of four. She was mentored by director Valerie Gooding who inspired her to pursue her love of dance. Angela has studied, competed, and had extensive training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, pointe, and lyrical…

Hilary Swift

Hilary Swift- I fell in love with Zumba in April of 2010. I had been working on losing weight for a year and a half. Needing something to kick my weight lose in high gear, I tried Zumba and reached my goal of 100 lbs lost in November of 2010. I have always loved to dance. As a child…

Sophia Castaldi

Sophia received her early training in Downingtown, PA, with Donna Muzio and the Brandywine Ballet. She studied under Suzanne Farrell at the Kennedy Center, Patricia McBride at Chautauqua, and attended The School of American Ballet in New York on full scholarship. She is a 1998 National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts award recipient and also SAB’s 1998 Princess…

Alex Wadolny

Alex has over 20 years experience in teaching bass and guitar in many different skill levels. His instruction philosophy is to build a foundation of a good practice regimen, promote positive thinking and determination,and foster an appreciation of all musical styles through an understanding of music theory, composition, arrangement, and music history. He has performed for Pope John paul…

Katharine Nace

Katharine is currently an Apprentice with the First State Ballet Theatre for the 2009-2010 season. She also performed with the Dance Corp of 7 from the Theatre West Virginia, Rapture with Willie Hinton, Charlottesville Ballet/Ma’at Ensemble with Ariadne Connor and the Richmond Ballet. She has received her education from Virginia Commonwealth University, BFA Dance and Choreography, Harrisburg Area Community…

Danielle Lehman

Danielle has been a dancer at NCDA since the age of five and has studied under Valerie Gooding, Andrei Govorov and Heather Pate. She was one of the original company members of Diamond Cut Dancers. She won many awards to match her graceful and polished style. She was a company member of “Ballet Elite of Delaware” dance company and…

Ron Jones

Ron Jones is a resident of Delaware. He first began his training here in Delaware at the Crystal Danceport, where he studied American Ballroom Dancing at the age of 12. Ron has been a musical theater performer since age 15 when he made his debut in “Once on this Island” at the Penn Players Theater. He then went on…

Dawn O’Hanlon

Dawn O’Hanlon is a native of New Jersey where she began her studies at the age of four, under the direction of Joan Holmes who decided to open a studio after receiving training from the Vaganova Choreographic Institute and performing with the Kirov Ballet for many years. From an early age, Dawn ‘s studies emphasized learning the Vaganova method…

Andrei Govorov

Andrei studied in Russia at the famous Vaganova Academy School of Dance and performed in the world renowned Kirov Ballet. He has performed operas and ballets at the Academy opera and danced solos with the New Jersey Ballet Company. He was formerly a performer for the world class Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware. He has impeccable teaching skills, equal…

Val Goncharov

Because he was a “weak, frail child,” Mr. Goncharov’s mother encouraged him to participate in sports and dance to build his strength. In 1974 at the age of 11, he successfully competed with fourty other applicants for one opening in the Kieu Ballet School. After graduation in 1982, five different companies offered him positions, but he chose the Donetsk…

Joy Kline

Joy has been immersed in music and dance since 3 years of age having grown up in a family of musicians and artists. She was trained at Duke Ellington School of the Arts focusing on ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance. Joy received her BA in Psychology at Temple University and later obtained her Master’s in Social Work from…

Sammi Rader

Sammi Rader holds a Master in Social Work and a minor in Dance Education.  She has specific experience in hip hop, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, and tap with 18 years experience as a dance instructor and choreographer.  During her dance career, Sammi participated on Various competition teams and was an award winning dancer on both the local and national levels….