Missy Floyd, Artistic Director, Primary Instructor of Classical Ballet (all levels), Creative Movement for Toddlers and Preschooler Children, Pointe, Variations and Dance Composition
Missy began her training in Pennsylvania at the age of 3. She has studied with the late Joyce Reeves, Budzynski Studio of Ballet, Dance Elite, the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet. Her instructors have included such notables as Michael Loupazanski, Lupe Serrano, Cherie Noble, Gloria Govrin among many others. Her professional training led her to freelance as a professional dancer with Dance DelBello, Dance Elite and other companies in the northeast.
Missy began teaching classical ballet here in Rockbridge County since relocating here in 1991. She has taught at the former Lexington School of Dance, Washington and Lee University, privately and, for the past six years, Missy has served as adjunct faculty at Southern Virginia University. In 1999, she founded the Shenandoah Academy of Dance, originally in Lexington. She moved the studio to Buena Vista in 2008.
Tina McCann, Instructor of Advanced Ballet & Pointe
McCann, a native Californian, began her classical ballet training at the age of nine in Los Angeles under Mahri Coshever formerly of the Sadler’s Wells / Royal Ballet. McCann also studied and danced with Evelyn LeMone’s Pasadena Dance Theater and at the Los Angeles Ballet with renowned instructor and Los Angeles Ballet Mistress Irina Kosmovksa. She received additional training with other notable instructors such as Stanley Holden, formerly of the Royal Ballet, and Todd Bolender, formerly of the New York City Ballet and director of the Kansas City Ballet. Her performing career includes roles in “The Nutcracker” as well as “Blue Bird”. She danced other soloist roles and was the inspiration for a pas de deux choreographed for her called Waltz of The Vampire set to music from the opera “La Traviata”.
After a hiatus from the ballet world, McCann relocated to Rockbridge County. She returned to the world of classical ballet at the former Lexington School of Dance under the direction of Sherri Lamont. She studied with Kristen Burgon Whittaker and performed with the Rockbridge Ballet. In the fall of 2011, McCann moved her studies over to the Shenandoah Academy of Dance under Floyd’s direction and was immediately invited to dance with Floyd’s ballet company, Shenandoah Ballet. She has performed soloist roles in “The Nutcracker” including Dew Drop, Marzipan and Spanish and “Prayer” in Floyd’s 2012 production of “Coppelia”. In the spring of 2013, Floyd created the role of “The White Rabbit” in Shenandoah Ballet’s premiere production of “Alice in Wonderland”. McCann will continue her studies with Floyd and other guest teachers at the Academy and will continue as a principal performer with Shenandoah Ballet.
Holly Winnie, Modern Dance Instructor
Holly grew up in Payson, Utah, and has been dancing most of her life. She started dancing at the age of two, taking ballet and tap classes from her mom’s friend. Between the ages of eight and eighteen, Holly’s dance training was with Diane’s Dance Academy and The School of Ballet Arts located in Spanish Fork, Utah, where she passed the Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams up through the pre-professional levels. She also taught ballet and tap classes during her final two years at The School of Ballet Arts. Holly danced with the Utah Valley Civic Ballet Company for six years, performing in such productions as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Coppelia, and The Nutcracker from ages thirteen through nineteen. As a part of the UVCBC, she also assisted in running rehearsals and choreography. During high school she danced as a member of the Payson High School Dance Company for three years, serving as President her senior year, which also gave her the opportunity to continue to choreograph, teach, as well as run rehearsals and auditions. Holly earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in dance with an emphasis in ballet and modern dance from Brigham Young University in 2003, also completing courses in jazz, tap, aerobic dance, teaching creative dance, among others. During her senior year of college, two papers she authored were published in the Brigham Young University Dance Department Journal. Following graduation from college, she danced, choreographed, taught classes, and ran rehearsals as a member of a non-profit contemporary/modern dance company, Intermountain Dance Experience for five years. She also danced in two stage productions of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: the 2007 Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas Concert and a 2008 staging of the Nauvoo Pageant. Since meeting her husband (an avid swing dancer) in 2009, she has been involved in group and private lessons in various styles of swing dance styles. Holly is also a Certified Paralegal, and has tried to keep involved in dance as much as her full-time employment in the legal field would permit. She is extremely excited to be making the transition into having dance be her main career at this point in her life. She lives in Buena Vista with her husband Wyatt, and they are expecting their first baby in October of 2016.
Jessie Morgan Cluff, Jazz & Director of Creative Movement for Kids with Special Needs: