Richmond Dance Center was founded in 1976. It is a studio known for operating with integrity and experience, while sharing the joy of dance for over 40 years. Its unparalleled reputation for offering quality instruction in Classical Ballet, Point, Creative Movement, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical/Contemporary, Competition skills and BeMoved® for children and adults is highly regarded on local, regional, and national levels.
Meet Our Faculty
Jazz | Tap | Lyrical | Ballet | Creative Dance
Pam Turner received her B.F.A. in dance from the North Carolina School of the Arts and then continued her studies in NY for several years. She has taught for Richmond Ballet, Tidewater Ballet, VCU, and the Henrico Center for the Arts as well as serving as an Artist-in-Residence for schools in Virginia and North Carolina. She has choreographed for SPARC, King's Dominion, Carowinds, the University of Richmond, the New Virginians at Virginia Tech, a national tour for Georgia-Pacific and various commercials and pageants. She was the recipient of the 2007 Theresa Pollack Prize for Dance for her contribution of dance in the Richmond Community.
Jazz | Tap | Hip Hop| Director/Choreographer of Competition Teams
Tracy received her B.F. A. in Dance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She travelled as a dancer for the shows on Carnival Cruise Lines as well as choreographed and performed with various dance companies on the east coast. Besides teaching for Richmond Dance, she also teaches and choreographs for SPARC and the Henrico Center for the Arts. Tracy is the Director and Choreographer for our competition teams.
Ballet | Pointe
Elizabeth Turner, a Louisiana native, began her dance training at Giacobbe Academy of Dance in New Orleans eventually becoming a member of Delta Festival Ballet. She continued her studies with Harvey Hysell and was delighted to perform in many productions for the New Orleans Ballet. Ms. Turner is a graduate of the University of Utah, where she received both her BFA and MFA in ballet pedagogy. After graduation, Ms. Turner moved to Virginia and has been dancing, teaching, and choreographing in the Richmond community for more than twenty years. In addition to working for RDC, she is currently adjunct faculty for the dance department at the University of Richmond.
Katy McCormack found her love for dance at a very young age, beginning her training right here at Richmond Dance Center studying ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical. In high school, Katy attending Henrico High School’s Center for the Arts, where she fell in love with the art of Modern Dance. In 2009, Katy began her education with a BA in Theatre and Dance at James Madison University and a Minor in Exceptional Education. While attending James Madison University, Katy had the pleasure of working with numerous guest artists, studying abroad in London, and in 2013, had her work “Ladylike” chosen for the Contemporary Dance Ensemble’s spring concert, New Voices in Dance. Upon graduating from JMU, Katy moved back to Richmond where she joined RVA Dance Collective, a modern dance company that strives to make dance and dance performance accessible to all members of the community. Katy is thrilled to be back at the studio teaching the modern class and hopes to fill her students with the same passion she gained while studying at Richmond Dance Center!
Anna Branch, born in Russia raised in Richmond Virginia, began her training at West end Academy of Dance. She later decided to further her training and studied at The Richmond Ballet and went into the the trainee program. She trained under Malcolm Burn, Igor Antonov, Starr Foster and many more. She went to college in NYC and studied at Marymount Manhattan College and earned a BFA in dance with a concentration in ballet. She graduated in 2015 and moved back to Richmond Virginia where she reconnected with Starr. She became a member of her company, Starr Foster Dance and has been there for four seasons. She also started teaching ballet at Richmond Dance Center and has been for about two years. She enjoys widening the minds of her dancers with the basic principles of ballet.
BeMoved® | Original Founder of RDC
Myra Daleng is an Artistry Certified BeMoved® Instructor which is an adult dance fitness experience for all abilities. Ms. Daleng founded the dance program at the University of Richmond and was the Director of Dance there for 28 years. Upon retiring in May, 2013 she was named Director of Dance Emerita. She holds a bachelor of arts in dance from the University of Maryland and a masters of science in dance from James Madison University. Ms. Daleng received a University of Richmond Distinguished Educator Award in 2010 and in 2011 she was the recipient of the Theresa Pollak Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the arts.
KATE GOW, born in Bangkok, Thailand, began her voyage into movement practice at an early age in local studios. When she was 14, she was accepted on scholarship to The Grier School under the direction of Jocelyn Hrzic, spearheaded the Pre-Professional dance program, and in her senior year was offered the opportunity to apprentice with Jon Lehrer’s company, LehrerDance, in Buffalo, New York for the 2014-2015 season. She was then accepted on scholarship to The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she was named the Lizbeth Krupp merit scholar. Outside of school, she performed in Ruckus Dance’s 2018 tour as a guest artist and was a close collaborator for MIT's various Movement Initiatives. Kate recently graduated as valedictorian from The Boston Conservatory and is excited to foster a love for movement practice for a new generation of young artists!