Rhonda has been involved in the art of dance since the age of three. She studied tap, jazz, ballet, voice and acrobatics with well known educators such as Sylvia Grey, Patsy Swayze, Maxine Asbury, Al Gilbert, the highly acclaimed Bo Wagner, and Vladimir Marek among many others. Before moving to Fredericksburg 25 years ago, she served as principal instructor, choreographer, and performer with the Southwest Jazz Ballet Company in Houston, Texas. She also owned and operated her own very successful studio with over 800 students in Houston for 15 years. Her students then and now attain top honors and awards in regional as well as national competitions and conventions! In addition to teaching at Ms. Rhonda's School of Dance in Fredericksburg and in Mason, Rhonda also teaches tap and choreographs for studios all over Texas and the surrounding areas. Her love of dance transfers into theatre as well. She has loved working closely with the Fredericksburg Theatre Company, choreographing numbers in numerous shows including Peter Pan, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie Get Your Gun, Fiddler On The Roof, Beauty and The Beast, The Music Man, Christmas At the Theatre among many others. Ms. Rhonda feels so very lucky to wake up everyday and spend time doing what she loves, sharing the joy of dance with such wonderful students and parents. She feels truly blessed to be a part of this very talented community with such amazing people.

 

Rhonda Mann

Regan Mann

Regan has been in the studio since she was born and has continued studying dance and choreography throughout her life. She was brought up taking dance from a number of nationally recognized teachers and choreographers in her mother's studio in Houston, Texas.  After moving to Fredericksburg, her passion for dance led her to enter the fine arts program for boarding students at St. Stephens High School in Austin.  Regan continued dancing in college with The University of Texas, Tapestry, and a number of other organizations before graduating from St. Edward's University in 2005. Shortly after, Regan began working for Showstopper National Dance Competition, along with teaching for several studios in Austin, Tx including the highly acclaimed Tapestry.  Several years later, she made the move back home to teach full time for Ms. Rhonda's School of Dance. She has had the opportunity to study closely with amazing companies, teachers, and choreographers throughout her years such as Al Gilbert, Bill DeRicco, Bo Wagner, Sam Fiorello, Patsy Swayze, Ray Hesselink, Randy Skinner, Derick Grant,  Mike Minery, Deirdre Strand, Acia Gray, Gregg Russell, Avi Miller & Ofer Ben, TOKYO, and Anthony Morigerato.  Regan's choreography and students continue to win top honors and scholarships in regional and national competitions each year. In addition to being a director of Fredericksburg Dance Company and Ms. Rhonda's School of Dance, Regan also choreographs for other successful competitive Texas dance studios and also travels nationwide as a regional and national judge for Starpower National Dance Competition.  Regan has a strong love and passion for dance and for her students, which is represented in every aspect of her teaching and life.  In addition to being grateful for her amazing dance family, she is most proud to be the mother of an amazing little girl, Wrenna.

 

Barclay classically trained with a Regional Ballet Company in Virginia for 8 years. In addition to classes, she attended summer intensives at the School of American Ballet in NYC, and also studied with The Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle as well as the Boston Ballet. A few of her dance accolades include The Nutcracker: Sugarplum Fairy, Snow Queen (& every role in between) , Swan Lake: Odette/Odile, Sylvia: Sylvia the huntress, Coppelia: Dawn solo, friend of Swanhilda, and Cinderella: The Winter Fairy. 

Barclay and her family moved to Fredericksburg in 2009. She currently works at FISD Primary School as a speech language pathologist and is a proud mother of two sons, age 13 & 15.  We are more than excited to have such a wonderful ballet teacher as part of our staff and dance family. 

Helena Sommers

Barclay Hammond 

Originally from Northeast Ohio where she owned and operated Fancy Feet Dance, Helena taught all forms of dance including Cecchetti Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Acro, Swing and Belly Dancing. Helena choreographed and performed for a variety of professional basketball and hockey dance teams, school dance teams, and community theaters. She shares a passion for continued education with the rest of Ms. Rhonda's School of Dance staff, and has taken master classes in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Pennsylvania and many other locations. Her students have achieved top honors, performing with the Moscow Ballet Company in “The Nutcracker”, and also at half time performances for the Cleveland Cavilers games. After relocating with her family to Fredericksburg 4 years ago, Helena began working for HCMHS ICU and Methodist Children’s ER. In addition to her passion for dance, she also thoroughly enjoys performing in the local theatre company. She has been in FTC productions of Oliver, Honk, Little Shop of Horrors and most recently played “Madam Thenardier” in Les Miserable. Helena is very excited to be at Ms. Rhonda’s School of Dance and looks forward to providing the best possible education and experience for her ballet students.

 

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