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Owner/Artistic Director

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Alexandra Smith

Owner/Artistic Director


Shawntee Hubbard

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Amber began her dance training at the age of three at the Susan Ina Dance Studio. During her time there she trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Lyrical under Susan Ingrassia, Denise Ebert Rogers, Renee Rassa, Karen Antosca, Carrie Hammond and David Vain. Amber received several special awards and high score achievements while on the Susan Ina Competition Team. Amber also attended The Kirov Ballet School in Washington, DC for additional training in Ballet. During high school, Amber was a member of the North County Dance Company and Pom Squad. She became captain of the dance company and choreographed many routines for their performances. Amber has a passion for Tap dancing and enjoys spreading the love of Tap to all of her students. She has taken teacher training courses for Tap from Karida Griffith, Chloe and Maud Arnold, Hillary-Marie with iTap Online, Anthony Morigerato with Operation Tap and Julie Kay Stallcup with Team Julie Kay Teacher Training. Amber plans to continue to take classes and continue her teacher training courses so she can keep growing as a dance teacher. Amber has been teaching dance for over 15 years and has taught at Starlet Express Dance Studio, Royal Performing Arts Center and Susan Ina Dance Studio. Amber has choreographed many solos, duet/trios and groups for competition teams with many overall winners and special judges awards. She looks forward to continuing her passion for teaching dance at the Susan Ina Academy of Performing Arts.

            Amber Cooper         

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Annette Walters started dancing at a very young age. Her teaching career began in 1982 under the direction of Susan Ian as a teacher’s assistant and has been teaching for over 30 years. Annette teaches all ages and genres of dance, focussing primarily on ballet. She holds her intermediate Teaching Certificate in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet and continues her education by attending conferences and workshops each year. Annette danced professionally with the CFL Baltimore Stallions for two seasons and holds a certificate in PBT (Progressive Ballet Technique) which was developed by Marie Walton-Mahon of Australia. Annette loves to see her choreography on stage at recitals as well as in regional and national dance competitions where her students have won numerous awards. Being able to give those she teaches the confidence and grace to do better in each class and enjoy the artistry of dance fills her with great joy.

          Annette Walters       Instructor

          Asia Mitch            Instructor

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     Courtney Flanders      Instructor

Crystal began her training at the age of 5 at the Susan Ina Dance Studio where she studied ballet, tap,
jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop. At the age of 8, she joined the competition team, traveling across the US
attending many regional and national competitions and winning many awards. Crystal knew at a young
age she wanted to be a teacher and began to student teach shortly after joining the competition team.
During Middle and High School, Crystal was a part of the dance magnet program and joined the dance
company for both schools. While continuing her dance training, at the age of 14, she began teaching at
The Starlet Express Dance Studio, owned by Susan’s Aunt Evanne Robinson. Crystal is entering her 17 th
year teaching for the Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks dance program and her 8 th year
teaching for Susan Ina.

       Crystal Foor     

          David Vain           Instructor

         Gail Rondon          Instructor

         Lateisha Melvin       Instructor

          Susan Ingrassia         Instructor

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