Baffa Academy of Irish Dance
Learn to dance from Jessie Baffa T.C.R.G., Emma Cross T.C.R.G., and Megan Baffa, who all have experience competing internationally and touring the world with Michael Flatley's Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, and Feet of Flames.
At the Baffa Academy, students are trained to dance competitively
under the worlds largest Irish dance organization, An Coimisiun Le
Rinci Gaelacha. Dancers are encouraged with professional expertise
to achieve their goals. Experience Irish culture, learn to dance, and
make new friends at the Baffa Academy of Irish Dance.
Dana began leading classes at The Dance Spot in September 2016. Hailing from Manassas, Virginia, her dance foundation is in jazz, ballet and tap. Dana's love for strong percussion and high energy led her to hip-hop, and to explore other dance styles including B-boy, Bhangra, and West African dance. She has taught dance in both studio and fitness settings, and is excited to combine her favorite elements of both experiences at The Dance Spot. When she is not dancing, Dana is styling hair and growing vegetables.
Karine Morgan has been dancing in the Charlottesville community for 15 years. She has trained, performed, and choreographed West African dance, Tahitian dance, and Dancehall. "To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking."~Agnes de Milles
Priyanka is a young professional who has been teaching dance locally since 2013 and is very excited to bring Indian dance to the Dance Spot! She is experienced in multiple styles of Indian dance including Bollywood, Bhangra, and classical dance. Priyanka's classes will be focused on Kathak, one of the eight Indian Classical dance styles hailing from North India. Classes will be a combination of technical exercises as well as choreography to pure classical and classical fusion songs.
Roderick J. Davis (Instructor Balanço) began intensive training under the instruction of Mestre Panão in 2005 and within a year through hard work and dedication was able to bring Mestre Panão to his community to start Capoeira Resistência in Richmond, VA. For more than a decade Instrutor Balanço has studied and trained directly with, taught and traveled all over the US and Brazil with Mestre Panão. Through his dedication to training and his commitment to Capoeria Resistência and his Mestre, Balanço graduated to one of Mestre Panão's first American Instructors in 2015. He is continuing his training with Mestre Panão and is now teaching capoeira in Charlottesville, VA.
Tracy Verkerke started dance training at the age of 3 at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She graduated with honors from their classical ballet program at 17 and performed Spanish dance, ballet, modern and jazz works with the Maria Morales Spanish Dance Company, Peabody Chamber Ballet, and Pas de Six Ballet. Tracy went on to study and perform in New York City at The Juilliard School, American Ballet Theatre School, and with the Joan Lombardi Modern Dance Company. She moved back to Baltimore where she taught and choreographed for the Peabody Institute. After moving to New Haven, she taught for the Connecticut Ballet School.
Tracy moved to Charlottesville with her family in 1991 and concentrated her creative efforts on visual arts. She was accepted as a member of the McGuffey Art Center in 2004. She had solo shows at McGuffey, MudHouse, and Angelo. Tracy also created designs for local businesses and then founded Well Hung Vineyard, a local wine business whose label was featured at the San Francisco MOMA 2012 show," How Wine Became Modern".
Tracy performs flamenco with the Charlottesville band Toma que Toma, previously at Maya on Main Street, and most recently at The Bebedero. She is also working on new paintings for art shows next year.