JONES-HAYWOOD DANCE SCHOOL
"A Legacy of Excellence"
Devi C. Ramey (Ballet Technique, Pre-Ballet I & II, and Ballet I & II) began teaching at Jones-Haywood Dance School in 1984, and has served as costume coordinator since 2006. She was trained at the Jones-Haywood Dance School and at summer dance programs at Le Centre de Dance Classique in Cannes, France and Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. Ms. Ramey performed with the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet, the Capitol Ballet Junior Company, New York City Ballet and the Howard University Dance Ensemble. In the 1980's she also directed a summer dance camp. Ms. Ramey, who has also enjoyed a career in contracting management in the public and private sectors, has a BA in Communications with a minor in dance from Howard University and a Master's Certification in Government Contracting from George Washington University.
Brandye Lee (Beginner Pointe, Contemporary and Ballet Technique) a cum laude alumna of Smith College (Economics & Afro-American Studies), received her formal dance training as a scholarship student at Jones-Haywood School of Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Ailey School. A native Washingtonian, she was a featured dancer with Ailey II and Disney's blockbuster "The Lion King" - National Gazelle Tour. While touring with The Lion King, Brandye served as the company's outreach coordinator, creating unique behind-the-scenes experiences that included the show's cast, crew and orchestra members. Brandye has been a guest performer in many of the 47 states she toured, including at Flint Institute of Music, Dance Institute of Washington, Dance Theatre of Lynchburg, Troy D. Brown's The Art of Technique, George Mason University, Fisk University, Rhodes College, Marymount University, DC CAPITAL Stars Gala Competition, and countless others. Most recently, Brandye performed and served as Rehearsal Director for Memphis, Tennessee's groundbreaking ballet company and conservatory, Collage Dance Collective. She is the recipient of The Woman of Excellence Award (Asbury United Methodist Church, Washington, DC); The Outstanding Emerging Artist Award (Federal City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Washington, DC); the Distinguished Alumni Award (Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC); is a New Memphis Institute Fellow and served two terms as a commissioner for the Memphis City Beautiful Commission. A certified yoga instructor, Brandye loves promoting healthy lifestyles through dance and yoga, and continues to find innovative ways to let her life speak, and serve her community.
Jacqueline Higgins (Classical Ballet Technique) A native New Yorker, Ms. Higgins trained at the official conservatory of the Joffrey Ballet, principally under Ann Parson, Meredith Bayliss and Maria Grandy, teachers of high integrity. She performed in New York in her early dance career with Ballet Academy Youth Dancers at numerous high school theaters, Sandra Genter Dancers at New York City Parks Department venues, Grant’s Tomb and on Wall Street; Barnard-Columbia Dance Concerts at Columbia University, The Chapin School Dance Club; and Bernice Johnson Dancers at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Joffrey Ballet’s Petrouchka at City Center Theater.
Ms. Higgins has a Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and an AB from Columbia University, Barnard College. She devoted many years developing a career in international energy and economic analysis in Washington, DC, New York City, Paris, Bologna and Vienna. Ms. Higgins has chosen to return to dance, her first love, and has taught ballet and pointe technique classes for over 15 years in the DC metro area. During this time period, she has re-staged and coached over 20 classical repertory variations to dancers at the pre-professional level.
Katherine Smith (Introduction to Lester Horton Modern Technique) has danced professionally with Dayton Contemporary Company, Forces of Nature, Gallman's Newark, New World and others, and toured nationally and internationally in George Faison's For Colored Girls Who have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf; Debbie Allen's Soul Possessed, and Mike Malone's Black Nativity, Spirit, and Purlie Bessie's Blues. She has also performed in works by Donald McKayle, Ulysses Dove and Faye Snow, and been honored by the International Association of Blacks in Dance, of which she is a Board member. Smith formerly served as artistic co-director of the Adrian Bolton & Katherine Smith Dance Center and D.C. Explosion; artistic program manager for BodyMoves and artistic director of two Youth Ensembles and an Adult Repertory known as BodyMoves Contemporary Dance Company in Fort Washington, MD. She joined Jones-Haywood Dance School in 2010 and is also on the Howard University Dance Faculty. A graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts, she earned her BFA in modern dance from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts.
Ralph Glenmore (Jazz) was a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater under the direction of Alvin Ailey. He toured the world, working with choreographers Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty and Bill T. Jones among others. As Instructor, Rehearsal Director, Stage Manager and Choreographer, he worked with the Lula Washington Dance Theater, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Robinson Project and Horton Summer Intensive - Daytona Community College and the Dance Institute of Washington. He also served as Dance Supervisor for Disney's The Lion King Los Angeles
Dr. Brooke (Wilson) McKie (Ballet) began her classical ballet training at age three by her mother who studied at Philadelphia Civic Ballet Company. At the age of 7, Brooke auditioned and trained with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company School in Philadelphia, PA where she studied under Susan Miller, Stephanie and Bo Spassoff, Lupe Serrano, and David Gallagher. While at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, Brooke choreographed and performed ballet, modern, jazz, African and Hip Hop pieces with Creations Dance Troupe, a student run multicultural performing dance ensemble. In 1996, Ms. Doris Jones offered Brooke a teaching position at Jones-Haywood School of Ballet in Washington, DC, now the Jones-Haywood Dance School. Brooke is currently teaching beginner/intermediate ballet technique classes at Jones-Haywood Dance School.
Damien Johnson (Ballet Technique) is originally from Dallas, Texas. He received his early dance training from Kitty Carter, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and The Etkin-Atkinson School of Ballet. Johnson went on to study at The Rock School and The School of American Ballet, the official school of The New York City Ballet.
As a professional dancer, Johnson has been a member of American Repertory Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, New Chamber Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, and London based Ballet Black where he was a principal dancer for 10 seasons. Since returning to the states in 2017, Johnson has performed with Madison Ballet, The Ashley Bouder Project, and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.
Johnson is a sought after teacher who is certified in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum in Pre-Primary-Level 3 as well as classical Pilates through Power Pilates. He is a full time faculty member at The Washington Ballet and has taught for many companies and dance institutions including The Central School of Ballet, Rambert School, Bermuda Civic Ballet, Lake Tahoe Dance Collective, Ballet Black, and Matthew Bourne's New Adventures.
Quynn Johnson (Tap) is a professional Tap dancer, instructor, and choreographer who began her dance training in Flint, Michigan. Johnson was a member of Tap dance virtuoso Savion Glover’s most recent Tap dance company and has had the opportunity to perform at The Lincoln Center, Cirque du Soleil, National Tap Dance Day in New York, Capital Fringe Festival, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Folklorico Festival de Pacific Coast in Buenaventura, Colombia, Latido Negro at Gala Hispanic Theatre, and at many Tap dance festivals around the country. Johnson has toured Peru as part of the International Festival de Cajon performing Tap and West African dance in collaboration with Colectivo Palenke. In 2009, her company Just Tap was nominated for a Dance Metro DC Award for Emerging Group. She was ranked the #1 choreographer for students 12 and under in 2006 for the State of Maryland, and received several choreography awards from national competitions. Johnson is an original member of the Flintstone Hoofers club as well as Farafina Kan West African Percussion Orchestra.
Vincent W. Williams (Jazz) is an accomplished performing artist; he sings, acts, drums, choreographs, and dances on top of teaching. He has worked with renowned artists such as Mercedes Ellington, George Faison, Marilyn Manson, Cheryl Porter, and Joyce Yuille just to name a few. Williams’ unique performance style ranges from jazz and blues to hip hop and gospel and he tours throughout Europe, especially in Italy, Spain, Croatia, and Slovenia. Tours outside of Europe include the Bahamas, Jordan, Thailand, and the Dominican Republic. Williams’ talent in choreography led to developing dance segments for MTV Europe and International Dance Bassano in Italy. In the U.S. he created signature dance segments for television shows and movies. Williams’ diverse acting career includes performances in two international Broadway shows, “Sing Mahalia Sing” and “Chorus Line”. Williams also collaborates on recording projects with Mike Sponza, Michele Bonivente, and Marco Pandolfi in Europe. Most recently, Williams performed in commercials for the DC Lottery and AARP; the latter reaching over 6.5 million views nationwide.
Lauri Fitz-Pegado (Pointe Technique) studied ballet at the legendary Jones-Haywood School of Ballet in Washington, DC, established by Doris Jones and Claire Haywood for children of color. She was a multi-year recipient of a Ford Foundation scholarship awarded by George Balanchine, administered through the School of American Ballet. She studied theater under the late Harry Poe at George Washington University's Workshop for Careers in the Arts, the forerunner to the Ellington School of the Arts, and performed a major role, Joan, in “Everyman” street theater in DC and New York City directed by the late Mike Malone and Peggy Cooper Cafritz. Lauri joined the Capitol Ballet company at age 13, performed with Vassar Dance Theatre, studied at the Dance Theatre of Harlem with Karl Shook and Tannequil Le Clerque, performed with Ballet Santo Domingo and taught ballet in Mexico City and at Jones- Haywood. She attributes much of her success in diplomacy, international affairs, trade negotiations, foreign country representation and investment promotion to skills acquired through the discipline of the performing arts. She returns to her passions in the creative arts space and sports after a successful career as a diplomat, public relations/affairs executive, corporate executive in the mobile satellite telephony space, international trade specialist and advocate. Lauri is a mentor, formally and informally to many young and mid-career professionals, serves on several non-profit boards focused on supporting and developing resources—human and physical—to sustain the growth of our planet. (more on (www.inthedash.live)
Adriana Ray (Beginning Tap) native of San Antonio, Texas, Adriana Ray has been performing professionally, choreographing, and teaching since 2007. In 2010, Adriana became a member of Tapestry Dance Company directed by Acia Gray performing both locally and internationally over 3 seasons. Credits include the shows Voices of Rhythm, Time, April Fools, and The Souls of Our Feet- A Celebration of American Tap Dance China Tour amongst others. She has also performed with Tri-Tone Productions, Ballet Afrique Contemporary Ballet, Third Coast Contemporary and as a soloist. Adriana has taught and choreographed for a number of studios in the San Antonio and Austin areas as well as for the Space City Tap Fest (Houston), The Beat Convention, the Tap Love Tour, and Beantown Tap Festival (Boston). She has showcased choreography at festivals around the country, including Third Coast Rhythm Project (San Antonio), Soul2Sole (Austin), Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Rhythm World, and the LA Tap Fest and continues her training at various festivals and workshops. Adriana holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin, is a Member of Texas Association Teachers of Dancing, and has attended the Tap Program directed by Dianne Walker at the School at Jacob's Pillow. She recently completed her Masters in Arts Administration and currently lives in Washington, DC where she dances with Sundays on Tap based in Northern Virginia.
Stacie L. Williams (Ballet) is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. At 17, Stacie joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she danced lead roles in classical and contemporary works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Mitchell, and Dwight Rhoden. She went on to dance with Ballet Memphis, Donald Byrd's Spectrum Dance Theater, Ballet NY, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. In 2013 Stacie was selected by the Department of State to travel to South Asia as a member of the Dance Motion USA program, where she utilized dance to engage with over 2,000 students in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Stacie holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service Degree from Georgetown University. She previously served as an Obama Administration appointee before joining The Rothkopf Group as Vice President, where she recently produced an international conference which brought together policymakers, artists, and arts administrators. Stacie is thrilled to complete her second year at Jones Haywood, where she teaches ballet technique. Stacie also teaches at The Washington Ballet’s THEARC and is a guest instructor at Howard University.
Dionne D. Figgins (Contemporary, Dance for Actors and Broadway Jazz) began her career as a member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, under the direction of Arthur Mitchell, dancing lead roles in Serenade, Four Temperaments, Agon, all by George Balanchine. She has also appeared as a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Broadway Credits include Hot Feet, Memphis, Leap of Faith and Motown The Musical. Regional credits include Sophisticated Ladies, The Wiz, Ray Charles Live, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Trip of Love, Chicago, and A Wonderful World. She can also be seen playing Yasmine on the Starz drama Flesh and Bone. She is the co-founder of Broadway Serves, a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect theater professionals to community service opportunities locally, nationally, and abroad. She is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
Catherine Foster (Afro Beats) - From Washington, DC, Catherine received her training from the DC Youth Ensemble (DCYE), Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) and at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She was a finalist and 2nd place winner in the National Arts Recognition, in Miami, Fla. and a recipient of the Astaire Award for Best Broadway Female Ensemble. She has worked with and performed the works of noted choreographers including Kevin “Iega” Jeff, Donald Bryd, Hinton Battle. The Fred Benjamin Dance Company (artistic director Fred Benjamin), Forces of Nature (artistic director, Abdel Salaam), Darrel Grand Moultrie, and Camille A. Brown and dancers ( artistic director, Camille Brown). Catherine made her Broadway debut in the original cast of the hit musical FELA! produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith in 2009 and went on to tour internationally with the production until 2011. Catherine has performed throughout North America as far as Central and South America, Europe, and Africa. She has been an assistant choreographer for the Broadway production "Once on This Island" and other Off-Broadway productions as well. Catherine is soon to be seen in the Netflix film "Ma Raineys Black Bottom" with Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. Catherine Foster gives thanks to all of her ancestors and loved ones for her success and guidance.
Karen Niceley (Pilates/Yoga) attended the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet and later received her BFA in Dance Education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Karen’s professional credits include work with: Dance Theatre of Harlem, Michael Mao Dance Company, Metropolitan Opera, Cirque Du Soleil and the Broadway National Tour of The Color Purple. Karen is also an instructor of Vinyasa Yoga and recently started her own company Niceworld Movement. She currently teaches dance, yoga and empowerment workshops for various community based organizations and schools in New York City, while guest teaching, choreographing and performing for Keith Lee Dances of Lynchburg, VA and Collage dance Collective of Memphis, TN.
Men Ca (Modern) - The bio-Kemet-cal essence of Men Ca is in his name: meta is energy from the nucleus of the ca'nscious atam. A practitioner of defining that which he does through that which he is (i.e., Men Ca), his absolute Art and Science is simple to be ca'nscious at all times, in all times; thus defining the life force energy of love and understanding.
Whitney Brown (Ballet) is a multifaceted entertainer with a strong background in dance and musical theater. Born and raised in Washington D.C. and now residing in Brooklyn, Ms. Brown is a graduate of and SUNY Purchase conservatory of dance Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She also studied with The Dance Theater of Harlem, The Washington Ballet, and The Dance Institute of Washington.
Ms. Brown has had the opportunity to work with some of the best tastemakers in the world such as Debbie Allen, George Faison, Desmond Richardson, Jamal Sims, Sergio Trujillo, Tanisha Scott, Adam Shankman , and Mark Shaiman and John Waters. Her film credits include Step Up, HAIRSPRAY, Big Momma's House: Like Father, Like Son and FOOTLOOSE. Her theater credits include the off Broadway production Lost & Found , The 1st National tour of Broadway production MEMPHIS and the touring company of FELA! Other performance experience includes a host of international festivals, concerts, and music videos.
She has instructed international musical theater workshops in Poland and Russia's Open Look Festival. Ms Brown has been a soloist in contemporary ballet company Ballet Noir, as well as contemporary modern company Creative Outlet Dance Theater.
She was most recently seen performing at the MTV Video Music Awards with Beyoncé , and TBS’s Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. MS Browns musical ventures have given her opportunity’s to be the opening act for Eric Benet and perform her very first sold out solo performance at the Apollo Music Cafe in NYC. She is happy to be returning home to work with the youth in the city that inspires her.