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Xavaire Bolton received her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of South Carolina. While there she was a part of the USC Dance Team, as well as the USC Hip-Hop Ensemble. After graduating, she joined and performed with numerous dance teams and companies in the Washington D.C./Metro area. In 2008 she began teaching in the styles of jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and modern. Xavaire has taught with the James School of the Dance Arts since 2011.

Connie Hanzel received her BA in Dance and her MA in Dance-Performance/Choreography from UCLA. While in school, Connie studied with the UCLA Dance Company. She was selected as a member of “Who’s Who” among American Teachers in 1996; an honor received by the top 4% of the nation’s high school teachers. During her tenure at JSDA, Connie’s classes have won acclaim at many competitions. Connie has taught with the James School of the Dance Arts since 1986.

Janet Hobson joins us from Norfolk, VA where she trained with The Norfolk State University African and Modern Dance Company. She is one of the co-founding coordinators for Norfolk State University's Marching Spartan Legion Band's Auxiliary/Dance group, Accent and guest choreographer for their dance line, Hot Ice. In addition to her dance work there, she was also the physical fitness coach for the entire marching band. Continuing her education, she traveled to many different states to further her education and enhance her dance ability. While in Ohio, she joined the Dove Project Modern Dance Company where she soon became a principal dancer. As an instructor she taught at the Academy of Urban Dance in Columbus, OH and the Academy of Champions East in Mt. Pleasant, TX. Her most recent position was at Maureen's School of Dance in Norfolk, also coaching their competition team. In her career she has won numerous competition and choreography awards. Janet is currently a youth gymnastic, yoga and dance instructor in the D.C.-Metro area. This is Janet's third year with the James School of the Dance Arts.

Giselle Heitger
came to Virginia by way of San Diego, California. She began her dance education at New West Ballet School in San Marcos, CA under the tutelage of Ms. Eugenia Keefer in 1984. Her classical ballet training earned her many roles in the annual production of The Nutcracker. Giselle was a lemon drop, party child and soldier until she worked her way up to the corps de ballet with parts in Snow, Waltz of the Flowers and The Variations. She made her high school dance team, Maroon Magic, as a freshman and became a four-year letterman in Dance. They participated in two recitals per school year and held various performances at local community centers and theaters. Giselle's most recent stage performance was a 2014 production of Peter and the Wolf, but has been teaching since 2007. Giselle wants her students to learn a strong and solid ballet foundation so that they may continue in any area of dance they choose. This is Giselle's second year with the James School of the Dance Arts.

Hannah Reedy joins us from Pennsylvania. This is Hannah's first year with the James School of the Dance Arts.

Libby Wilhoit received a BS degree in Elementary Education and studied Ballet with Kay Knight at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Libby taught preschool and elementary age children for over 25 years in Indiana and Virginia. She has danced with Performing Arts Ministries and Breath of Heaven Theatrical and Dance Company. Libby teaches with James School of the Dance Arts and has been Office Manager since 1999.

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