2021- 2022 Instructors
Molly Grace Smith is originally from the greater Philadelphia area and graduated from the University of the Arts in 2015. She studied photography and has been working with various performing and visual arts organizations. From age three to eighteen, Smith studied a wide range of dance styles at hometown studio, Babylon School of Dance. These styles included classical ballet, jazz and tap along with contemporary modern and hip-hop. While growing up, Molly had opportunities to work with companies like Alvin Ailey and the Radio City Rockettes during her summers and eventually found the university she attended through a dance intensive program. She taught at Halestone Dance Studio from 2016- 2020 and we are excited to have her back as Interim Artistic Director. Molly will be teaching Contemporary Ballet, Company Prep and Modern Company this year.
Ashley Shugart, Jazz III
Ashley Shugart is a Junior at Washington and Lee University double-majoring in German and studio art, and minoring in poverty and human capability studies. She has been an active member of the W&L Repertory since her freshman year as both a dancer and a choreographer. She grew up training in tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary and hip hop at Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria Virginia.
After serving as the artistic director and owner of Halestone Dance Studio in Lexington, Virginia from 1996-2016, Saylor continues to teach a variety of regular classes in Lexington and offers master class workshops and seminars as a traveling, guest artist. Her teaching, directing, and choreographic experience spans five decades and ranges from programs for preschool and school age children to dancers and productions on the university level and professional stage. As an active dancer/mover in continuous training, Saylor incorporates a broad knowledge of contemporary, somatic studies—Alexander Technique, Authentic Movement, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation, Developmental Technique, Experiential Anatomy, and Yoga—to support her artistic process and to inform her instructional methodology. Saylor specializes in helping people find their inner dancer through classes designed to support the body’s wisdom and innate potential to move with fullness and freedom at any age.
Christina has been dancing for over 30 years and it is her passion. When she was younger, she performed as a company member in both the Southwest Virginia Ballet Company and Roanoke Ballet Theatre Company. After high school, she continued her dance education at Radford University. Christina has taught various levels of ballet at Roanoke Ballet Theatre and taught Advanced Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern and Contemporary at Blue Ridge Performing Arts Academy for their competition teams. She was a dancer and choreographer for City Modern Ensemble for 10 years and served as their Assistant Director. In the past, she has volunteered with Mental Health In Motion (a non-profit organization that uses dance to increase awareness and compassion for Mental Health conditions). Christina had also taught Advanced Ballet and Pointe for Halestone in 2018 – 2019. She is very excited to return to teach at Halestone this year.
Arden Courtney Collins is a senior at Rockbridge County High School. Born and raised in Rockbridge county, she has attended Halestone for 14 years, studying ballet, jazz, modern, clogging, tap, choreography, and improv. She is excited to co-teach clogging this year at Halestone!
Zach is a Senior at Washington and Lee University studying Engineering and Dance. He has been involved in the W&L Repertory Dance Company since his sophomore year. Zach has been obsessed with breakdance and hip hop for almost two years since his first experiences with floor work in a Modern Dance class and has been known to spend every spare minute of his time practicing moves anywhere he can find space. With some experience teaching children PE, Japanese, and electrical circuits through other avenues, he is excited to be able to mix a love of watching students grow and a passion for dance.
Hi there! My name is Emilie Adams and I am from Queen Creek, Arizona! I am currently attending Southern Virginia University and participate on their dance team. I have been dancing since I was seven years old and teaching since I was a freshman in high school. Dance is my passion! My favorite styles of dance are hip hop and contemporary. I am so excited to be a part of Halestone and work with your wonderful dancers!
Stephanie Hodde has 20 years experience as an arts-based literacy educator working in Chicago, New Jersey and Lexington. She holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University at Illinois at Chicago, and currently teaches drama and literature at Virginia Military Institute. Stephanie has danced with Halestone in the Adult Company since 2004, received VA Arts grants to create outdoor puppet spectacles at Boxerwood, and previously taught Creative Movement to pre-school and elementary dancers. She is very excited to work with new and returning “movers” in the studio this Fall!
Alexis Henk has been studying dance for 12 years and is extremely passionate about the arts. She grew up dancing here at Halestone and was raised in Rockbridge County. She is a junior this year at Rockbridge County High School. Alexis is joining Arden this year teaching beginning clogging and our clogging workshop. She is excited to be teaching and dancing this year with the Halestone community!