Our professionally-educated and trained dance faculty have many years of instruction, performance and choreography experience. Each instructor is committed to teaching proper dance technique and progression, as well as, providing a safe environment for all students. Because dance class sizes are limited, students receive personal and individual attention. Music in Motion Dance Studio is an education oriented Dance School, placing an emphasis on development and progression of skills and growth through a positive teaching approach to all levels and capabilities.
Music in Motion Founder and Lauren's mother, Darlene Davenport, was pregnant with Lauren on stage in the very first performance in February of 1986 in which the Children's Dance Theater of Virginia was invited to perform as Music in Motion. Some people joke they were born to dance, Lauren was actually dancing before she was born!
Lauren took classes at Music in Motion from age 3 to 18 and progressed through the Junior & Senior companies. She continued her passion in dance, receiving her BFA in Performance & Choreography with honors from the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. As a student at SU, Lauren was a senior member of the traveling performance & recruiting company, the only undergraduate upon which a solo piece has been choreographed and the rehearsal director for the Dance/USA grant re-staging of a Murray Louis masterwork. She attended summer programs with Parsons Dance Company, Peridance NYC and The American Dance Festival at Duke University.
Lauren danced professionally for 2 years with Danco 2, the second company of classical modern dance company Philadanco! Lauren has performed throughout the Eastern Seaboard including performances dedicated to Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus and the International Association of Blacks in Dance and has worked with choreographers Anthony Burrell, Donald Lunsford and Iquail Shaheed. Additional professional dance works Lauren participated in in Philadelphia include; ContempraDance Theater, Rain Ross Dance, Darcy Lyons Dance Works and Nick Cave Soundsuits.
Lauren is a comprehensively trained Pilates instructor with Power Pilates of NYC. She has taught Pilates to 100's of clients in the top podiatric, chiropractic, physical therapy and boutique fitness centers in Philadelphia.
Jessica is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Dance. While at Old Dominion, Jessica was named Outstanding Student of the Year within all of the Arts and Communication departments. Jessica has danced professionally both in and out of college with Second Wind Dance Company, dame (dancers and mina estrada), and TRDance Ensemble. She has also performed and choreographed for University Dance Theatre, To the Nines Productions, Granby Theater, and The Miss Virginia Pageants. Jessica has performed on various stages throughout the country including The Piccolo Spoletto Festival in Charleston, SC and Even in Silence in New York City. Jessica is the co-artistic director of Music in Motion® Dance Company. She continues to grow and learn as both a teacher and dancer and will be traveling to New York City for continuing dance education at The Dance Teacher Summit.
Ashley Budy Whitlinger grew up dancing in Hampton Roads and had the privilege of graduating from the Governor’s School for the Arts Dance program. She then graduated from Old Dominion University in 2008 with her BA in Dance. While enrolled, she was the two-time recipient of the Eva May Morris Gregory Scholarship for dance. Ashley has danced professionally with Virginia Ballet Theatre, Second Wind Dance Company, Todd Rosenlieb Dance, and dame (dancers and mina estrada). In addition to ballet and pointe, Ashley, a registered yoga teacher with a 500-hour certification, teaches yoga at Old Dominion University where she has had the chance to choreograph for multiple faculty concerts.
Jessica Keesler is a Music In Motion alum, having trained here as a student and a company member. Jessica currently choreographs for the Music In Motion Dance Company and teaches Ballet 1, Tap/Tumble, Ballet/Tap/Tumble, Hip-Hop 1 and Modern 1/2. She is proficient in all styles of dance including Jazz, ballet, tap, modern and musical theater. She is beloved by her students as a kind, technical and compassionate, yet firm educator. Jessica currently is a full time employee of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools as a special education teacher.
A long time choreographer for MIMDance Company, faculty member at the Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, with a BFA in Dance Education from ODU. Ms. Sheena's teaching philosophy is to pass along dance history and proper dance technique, while inspiring within individuals the desire to stay hungry and keep learning; to foster progress, live as role model, and travel a journey with students; to instill confidence, track growth and share a prevailing hope for the future.
Kim Louis was born in Brooklyn, New York where her dance training began at age 2. She grew up in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and continued her dance training through college. Kim graduated from George Mason University in 2010 with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Dance. Her professional experience includes background dancing for local artists as well as being a principal dancer for Culture Shock, D.C., a hip hop company based out of Washington, D.C. Over the last 5 years Kim has been using her knowledge and experience to give back to her community by teaching all ages and all styles of dance.
Ms. Tiffany joins us from Rhode Island after settling into Hampton Roads with her military husband. Tiffany studied primarily Lyrical & Ballet as a student in Florida and Alabama and went onwards to a competitive and performing career in her youth before suffering an injury that led her to her teaching career.
"Dancing is my passion and I enjoy sharing my love for it with my students. As a teacher, I always strive to give the students a positive environment to learn and grow as young dancers. I am a firm believer that technique is the basis of all dance, and I motivate my students to work hard while allowing them to express themselves through artistry, unique choreography and their individual talents. I truly enjoy watching my students understand the value of hard work and dedication and seeing them grow as technical dancers that love to dance just as much as I do!"
Richard Corbin is a dance teacher and tumbling coach who began training at the age of 12 through the local Parks and Recreation program. He proved to be a natural and left for a much larger facility in a neighboring city called Gymnastics World. There he was taught tumbling as well as the various apparatus required in men’s gymnastics. At the age of 19 he auditioned as a dancer for Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Richard impressed the choreographer with his acrobatic talents and ability to pick up choreography. He was hired a costume character and took advantage of the free dance and gymnastics classes offered by the park. Richard then went on to work for three season at the Busch Gardens performing as a dancer. This ultimately led to him auditioning for PGT Entertainment through which he performed as a dancer and acrobatics specialist on some of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships.
Brandon is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia and works as an educator in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools system. After having danced for over 10 years, Brandon continues to share his love of dance with the community, especially for youth! A graduate of George Mason University, he has studied hip hop, African and Afro-Cuban dance styles and during his tenure at the university, he served as Vice-President and choreographer for the hip hop team, Urbanknowlogy 101. While living in the Washington, D.C. area, Brandon had also trained with Culture Shock, Washington D.C.'s Scholarship Hip Hop Team. Now, Brandon works as the Executive Director for CREWcial, a local, young-adult, hip hop dance team. As an instructor, healthy expression and measurable fitness and wellness are primary goals that he places for each student, either young or young at heart.
Auriel’s love of dance began in 2000 at the prestigious Encore Theatrical Arts Project in Fairfax, Virginia, where she performed at Wolf Trap, the Fairfax County Fair and competed in many dance competitions with New York Dance Alliance. Auriel attended Chantilly High School, in Chantilly, Virginia, where she was a member of the Thespian Honor Society. Since graduating in 2010, she has taught multiple genres including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, and Hip Hop with several dance and gymnastic companies in Virginia and Colorado. In 2015, she also became a certified yoga teacher. What Auriel loves most about teaching dance is seeing students grow and develop their self-confidence, self-esteem and belief in themselves through the art of dance.