Sunshine Webster-Latshaw began her training with Anna Schaeffer, near Baltimore, and continued serious ballet training at DDC. Ms. Latshaw also trained at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet School and the Burklyn Ballet Theatre. She was honored to be chosen for a Special Workshop with the late Margot Fonteyn while training at The Joffrey Ballet. Ms. Latshaw joined The Maryland Ballet and later attended The University of the Arts, receiving a BFA with a concentration in Dance Education. While attending the University, Ms. Latshaw worked with local modern companies, including Archetype Dance and Koresh Dance Company, and developed a passion for modern and contemporary forms of dance. She returned to DDC as a faculty member and Ballet Mistress of the Company in 1993, becoming the Artistic Director in 1999. As an educator, Ms. Latshaw has drawn on years of experience to develop her own unique style of modern, focusing on a fluid and expressive style of movement. Her modern choreography is visually engaging for the audience and, though physically demanding, still natural and satisfying to the dancer. She is also a distinguished ballet choreographer and her work is featured in all DDC’s productions, including The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Tales from the Enchanted Forest and all spring galas. She recently choreographed excerpts from Carnival of the Animals for performance with the Newark Symphony Orchestra. She has taught dance at Cecil College and is a certified Jazzericise instructor.
Mary Roth, Business Manager, has been involved with Delaware Dance Company since 1995. She has served on the Board of Trustees with terms both as Secretary and President and coordinated the volunteer committees for the annual Nutcracker for over a decade. With a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology, she has worked in the chemistry departments at the University of Chicago and Swarthmore College. In 2006, she was hired by the Board of Trustees to oversee the business management of Delaware Dance Company. Both of her daughters, Miranda Liu and Elaine Liu, danced with the Performing Company and taught classes and camp while living in the area. Mary remains dedicated to ensuring that her extended dance family has the best possible experience during their years at DDC.
Allyson Cohen-Sherlock has trained at Delaware Dance Company since she was four years old. She joined the Performing Company in 1985 and rose through the ranks to Principal dancer. Her many and varied roles include Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty and the Sugar Plum Fairy in the annual production of The Nutcracker. Miss Allyson has also studied at the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont, University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Boston Ballet School and the Hartford Ballet School. In addition to her teaching and dancing duties for DDC, Miss Allyson has also contributed as a choreographer for the Performing Company with a jazz ballet Swingin’ and Jumpin, a classical ballet Vivaldi, a solo piece, Waterfall, in the contemporary ballet Elemental Rhythms that was performed at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in August 2002, and On the Frontline for Homecoming: an Alumni Gala in 2011. She is also the Rehearsal Director for DDC’s Nutcracker. Miss Allyson teaches high school dance at Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington. She has directed and choreographed her own annual high school spring dance shows at Cab Calloway and has choreographed many of their musicals, including Footloose, Hairspray, and Aida. She has continued her professional development in dance by completing the certification to teach the ABT® National Curriculum for Primary to Level 7. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a certification in Special Education. She and her husband, Adam are the proud parents of Hayden and Ava Rose.
Beth Marshall began her dance training when she was four years old in New Jersey. Growing up, she studied at the American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School and Kathleen Academy of Dance. Her tap mentors include Kathleen Cirioli (NJ) and Bettye Morrow (NY). Over the past 15 years, she has had the opportunity to study dance from renowned teachers including Cholly Atkins, Randy Skinner, and Heather Cornell, as well as, faculty at Broadway Dance Center in NYC. As a member of the NJ based tap company, “Kids on Tap”, Beth performed multiple times at the New York City Tap Festival, TapCity, and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. She has also performed throughout NJ with “Dance for the Cure”, a dance company that provides breast cancer education through the art of dance. A dance teacher since 1999, she has taught tap, jazz, and ballet for studios and a college in NJ, NY and GA. During Beth’s years as head of the Statesboro School of Dance (GA) tap program, she designed and created her own tap curriculum still in use today. Also, as a member of Dance Masters of America, she is a Certified Tap Teacher. While not currently practicing, Beth is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Beth, her husband, Tom, and their son, Steve, reside in Newark, DE.
Brittany Slanac has been dancing since age 3. She studied primarily as a member of the pre-professional program at Ballet Westmoreland Academy, under the direction of Marsha Kulik and Nicolas Petrov. She completed her undergraduate work in International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University, where she served as president of the school’s Modern Dance Company for four years, received a Certificate in Modern Dance and was awarded the President’s Commendation for Achievement in the Arts. While in college, Brittany worked closely with Marilyn K. Byers and had the opportunity to study intensively with Alberto del Saz, director of the Nikolais-Louis Foundation for Dance in New York. Brittany has taught dance at various studios, including The Dance Dimension, a semi-professional teenage modern dance company in Columbia, MD, and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (200 hour level). She has served as the Director of the School of Dance at the Jewish Community Center in Austin, TX, and is currently the Coordinator of the School of Dance at the Western Family YMCA in Newark, DE. She and her husband, Dan, live in Pennsylvania with their dog, Reed.
Erin Fitzgerald is a former DDC performing company member. She graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Modern Dance Performance and the School of Music Interdisciplinary Award in 2011. While studying at Uarts, she performed under a number of notable choreographers and had the opportunity to travel to Liverpool to produce a piece at the Paul McCartney School of the Arts. Always eager to learn more, she also attended post-graduate study programs at Headlong Performance Institute for creative process, Upright Citizens Brigade NYC for improv comedy, and William Esper School for Meisner acting technique. Miss Fitzgerald has grown an interest in finding how her extensive knowledge in the arts can help others through education and therapy. She has taught at studios throughout the Philadelphia and NYC areas. As of July 2015, she is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor in Hatha and Vinyasa techniques as well as eastern philosophies through the Sadhana Yoga School. Erin is very excited to be back in her home state sharing her love of the arts and creativity with the talented students at DDC!
Heather Reynolds grew up in Elkton, Maryland where she began dancing at the young age of two and a half. At age eight, she continued her dance training by joining the Delaware Dance Company. Miss Heather spent over fifteen years performing with DDC in numerous productions including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel & Gretel, and Peter Rabbit and Other Tails, to name a few. For seven years Miss Heather served as Act 1 Rehearsal Assistant for DDC’s annual Nutcracker performances, and in 2014 became Act 1 Rehearsal Director. Miss Heather is an honors graduate from Wilmington University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Elementary School Counseling. Miss Heather has been on the teaching staff at DDC since 2000 and served as co-director for DDC’s Youth Dance Ensemble for five years.
Jamie Meyer began studying Vaganova ballet at First State Ballet Theatre under the direction of Kristina and Pasha Kambalov in 2001. She became a part of the First State Ballet Theatre company at eighteen, and has been a returning member since. Additionally, she has attended summer intensives at Kirov Academy of Ballet and American Ballet Theater. Miss Jamie is excited to begin her second year teaching at DDC!
Kathleen Gallant joined the DDC faculty in 1992 and was also Dance Coordinator of the Western Family YMCA School of Dance for many years. Her early dance training was incomplete, and her mission is to make sure that young dancers develop and nurture a love of dance while getting the correct preparation to continue successfully. Although classical ballet is her first love, she believes in a well-rounded dance education and is an advocate for many other forms of dance, especially tap. Miss Kathleen has worked extensively with children and adults in summer camps, after school programs, and community theater groups. She holds a B.A. from Skidmore College and an M.A. in Literature and Pedagogy from the University of Delaware. Because of her affinity for all things French and her love of ballet history and vocabulary, she received the French Advocate of the Year Award from the faculty of the University of Delaware. Miss Kathleen and her husband John reside in Old New Castle and love to travel.
Kelly Millar In her seventh year as Ballet Mistress for the Vineland Regional Dance Company, Ms. Millar also spent six years as Ballet Mistress and Choreographer for the Delaware Ballet. Kelly is a 2002 graduate of the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Human Services, Education, and Public Policy. Raised in Elmer, NJ, she started dance training at the age of nine under the direction of Maxine and Kimberly Chapman. She was a soloist member of the Vineland Regional Dance Company from 1992-1997 and danced lead roles including four years as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker Ballet. As a dancer with Regional Dance America Northeast (RDA/NE), Ms. Millar traveled the United States, performing for their annual festivals. She attended Burklyn Ballet Theatre (Summer 1993) and the prestigious Juilliard School in New York in 1996 as one of 40 students to receive a scholarship to the first Juilliard Summer Dance Program. Ms. Millar was a performer and assistant coach for the University of Delaware Dance Team, and presently works with the team on their ballet technique. She taught dance at Polytech High School for seven years and was the drama club choreographer for numerous shows. Kelly has taught at various dance studios throughout Delaware including the Central Delaware Dance Academy, Delaware Dance Company, En Pointe Studio, Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy, and Mid Atlantic Ballet. She was a guest artist with the Diamond Dance Company in Milford, DE for their production of the Nutcracker in 2012. In the spring of 2013, Miss Kelly had the opportunity to choreograph “Beauty and the Beast” for the Sacred Heart High School Drama Club. Presently, she works as a choreographer and master teacher for the Vineland Regional Dance Company, an instructor for Maxine’s Studio of Dance, and is on staff at the Delaware Dance Company in Newark, DE. She has worked with various well-known choreographers such as Jonathan Phelps, Francis Patrelle, Alan Hineline, Daniel Marshall, and Gina Gardner-Walther. She won the first prestigious “Jonathan Phelps Scholarship” at the RDA/NE Festival in 2009, which was awarded for the most outstanding contemporary dancer. Ms. Millar’s choreography was accepted and allowed her to attend the Regional Dance America Craft of Choreography Conference in Seattle, Washington in 2009. She returned to the program in 2010 as a staff member. As a choreographer, six of her works were selected through an adjudication process, and shown at the RDA/NE Festivals. One of Ms. Millar’s proudest responsibilities has been the Director for the annual Delaware Dance Festival since 2007. She is the President for Dance Delaware, a non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting the art of dance in Delaware and the surrounding area by providing performance opportunities for dancers and scholarships for dance students. This event includes rehearsals, master classes, and scholarship opportunities. Over 200 dancers come together from four states to perform each year. Kelly has been married to her very supportive husband, Jason, for nine years, has a son, Owen, and a new daughter, Alicia. She truly enjoys sharing her love for dance with others.
Kimberly Henshaw is a sophomore at the University of Delaware where she will be majoring in Economics and minoring in Dance. Kim has danced with DDC since the age of 4. She is a former Performing Company member and had performed in many DDC production including Nutcracker, Cinderella, Peter Rabbit and Other Tails, Tales of the Enchanted Forest, Peter and the Wolf, Forest Fables and various Galas. Kim is very excited to be teaching this year and continuing as Assistant of the Youth Dance Ensemble. She made her choreographic debut in DDC's 2015 Spring Gala and is excited for her piece to be adjudicated for Regional Dance America this year.
Kimberly Schroeder is thrilled to return to DDC as co-director of YDE! She is currently the University of Delaware Dance Minor Director, as well as master teacher, choreographer and performer in a variety of venues. Kimberly has been the choreographer of over 40 musical theatre, non-musical theatre productions. She has worked in regional and national theatre, including national tours with the Missoula Children's Theatre and international performances in Jamaica, Ireland, and Canada. Her most recent endeavors include performances with several national and international symphony orchestras and is artistic director of professional modern dance company, ignite: a company of dancing artists. Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music & Dance Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Melissa Rivera graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance education, concentration in modern dance. She danced professionally with Philadelphia modern based company, the Anna Marie Mulgrew Dancers and Company. As a company member, she performed at Martha’s Vineyard and the Painted Bride Theater in Philadelphia. Miss Melissa was involved in outreach/education programs for schools in New Jersey and Philadelphia. She has choreographed several modern pieces for DDC's various Spring Gala's, most recently reworking the modern version of “Little Red Riding Hood” for Tales from the Enchanted Forest. This will be Miss Melissa's fourth year with the Youth Dance Ensemble, and she is excited to be co-directing with her friend and colleague, Ms. Kim. She and her husband Adolfo reside in Newark with their 4 children.
Nichole Masters is a graduate of Cape Town University Ballet School, where she studied Ballet, Modern, Spanish Dance, choreography and choreology. She taught with the Western Cape Education department for nine years, specializing in ballet and creative dance. During those years she also organized RAD examinations and staged and choreographed student performances. In 1999, she moved to the USA and joined the faculty of the Shore Ballet School, Island Heights, New Jersey. Ms. Masters has been examined successfully in RAD and Cecchetti methods and holds the Royal Academy of Dance’s Teachers diploma and is also a certified Group Fitness instructor. She is a member of the American Academy of Ballet and Royal Academy of Dance. Since relocating to Delaware in 2010, Ms. Masters has been teaching Ballet at DDC and Creative Dance enrichment programs at area pre-schools. She is excited to start her 6th year at DDC and working as Company Ballet Mistress. She is also looking forward to another memorable Nutcracker season.
Pamela Oppenheimer graduated from the University of Delaware in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music in General and Choral Music Education and a Minor in Dance. From Wilmington, DE, Pam has studied dance since age 6, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, modern, and Latin dance styles. During her time at UD, she performed frequently for the University’s Dance Minor Department and Nova Modern Dance Company. Discovering a passion for volunteering while studying dance and education at Delaware, Pam has acted as head staff member and teacher for Indigenous Pitch Dance Collective and Jamaica Field Service Project, providing free dance and music programs to underserved children in New Orleans and rural Jamaica. Pam currently teaches at Las Americas ASPIRA Academy as the middle school choir director, K-8 dance teacher, and director of the ASPIRA Dance Company in Newark, DE. She is excited for her third year with DDC teaching Hip-Hop and Musical Theatre!
Samantha Gartley began her training at DDC at the age of 4 and was a member of the Performing Company from 2006-2012. She graduated from Cab Calloway School for the Arts where she majored in Dance and is a 2015 graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and a minor in Dance. She worked as a teaching assistant and camp assistant for many years and in 2009 became a junior member of the Faculty. Samantha has performed in the annual Nutcracker ballet as well as numerous other DDC performances including Peter Rabbit and Other Tales, Tales from the Enchanted Forest, Cinderella and several spring Galas. She supplemented her training by attending summer programs and workshops at DDC, at the Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theater and regional festivals. While at UD she was in the first four annual dance minor concerts, a TA for multiple dance classes, the President of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, and was awarded a grant for a choreography research project as part of the UD Scholar in Arts program. Recently she has joined the modern dance company, “ignite: a company of dancing artists”. Samantha enjoys sharing her love of dance with young dancers and looks forward to her classes this year.
Shannon Lynch trained in ballet with the Greenwich Ballet School (Greenwich, CT) and The Lorna London School of Ballet (Larchmont, NY). Miss Shannon is pleased to begin her 13th year with DDC. She has performed at Longwood Gardens with The Brandywiners as a featured dancer in Kiss Me Kate and at Milburn Stone Theatre in Legally Blonde, The Musical. Miss Shannon works as a choreographer and director at the Jennersville YMCA and runs a nonprofit, Carasmark, which benefits children in need. She enjoys spending time with her husband Nathan and children, Isla, Tessa & Finnian.
Sherry Hiott attended Boston Ballet School under the direction of E. Virginia Williams and Harkness House for Ballet Arts under the direction of David Howard. She was invited to join the American Festival Ballet under the direction of Kathleen Crofton. She performed with Mercury Ballet Company, Ithaca Ballet Company, Dance Circle, Festival Ballet of New York, Galveston Ballet and Corpus Christi Ballet Company in Texas. Miss Sherry also served as Ballet Mistress for both the Galveston Ballet Company and the Corpus Christi Ballet Company. She has trained to teach in the Russian method with Kirov trained ballet masters and with former American Ballet Theater ballet master Jurgen Schneider. Miss Sherry has also attended the David Howard Teacher Training Workshop at the University of North Carolina, the teacher’s workshop at Julliard, NY, and the Teacher-Training Course at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA. She is currently studying and seeking certification in Revolutionary Principles of Movement (RPM) to enhance her teaching abilities.