Owners/Directors:

Jan Williams

Artistic Director/Owner

Jan Williams has instructed, directed and choreographed in classes, workshops and dance productions for over 33 years.  In addition to B&W’s annual programs (including productions of The Lion King, Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Guys & Dolls, The Wizard of Oz, Grease, Aladdin and Beauty & The Beast) she has been the director of B&W’s award-winning performing group for over 20 years.  Under her direction the B&W Company Dancers have performed at the Kennedy Center Open House, the Northern Virginia Tap & Jazz Festival, Walt Disney World, Capital Center and King’s Dominion.  Students who have trained with her have gone on to perform in the Broadway touring production of ‘Aida’, Thodos Dance, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Dancin’ Unlimited, the Washington Redskinettes, Jacksonville Jaguar Cheerleaders, Washington Wizardettes, and on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance.  Students have also won both regional and national titles at various dance competitions.  Performance credits include live and televised work with West Coast Dance Theatre, Rec Russell Dance Company and the San Francisco Ballet (while in student program).  Training includes study at Ballet Arts of San Francisco, San Francisco Ballet, Roberta Meyer (NYC Ballet Soloist), Rec Russel and NYC, LA and other instructors on faculty with  NYCDA, WCDE, JUMP, SHOCK, Tremaine Dance in addition to Yogafit Certification and Pilates training.  Jan currently instructs the advanced levels of ballet, lyrical and jazz in addition to yoga and private instruction.

 

Teresa Barton

Administrative Director/Owner
Teresa feels very fortunate to have been able to combine her lifelong love of dance and dance training with working with young children.  Teaching children to dance is combining the best of both worlds for her and she has been fortunate enough to do so for well over two decades.  It is her belief that working with the younger dancer takes a nurturing nature and a desire for these little dancers to leave the dance room feeling good about themselves and what they have accomplished.  It is also her goal to develop a love of dance and performing in each one of them that they will build on as they grow each year.

Teresa has very much enjoyed and been inspired by taking continuing education master classes with children’s work master teachers such as dance icon Al Gilbert in NYC and the dynamic and talented Joelle Martinec, among several others.  While she has incorporated some of their syllabus and programs into her classes to most effectively get across the fundamentals of dance to her younger students, Teresa feels it is the many years of experience in the dance room with each different age that has taught her the most of how to get each concept across to them. 

While Teresa feels that her work with the youngest dancers is her true calling in life, she has immensely enjoyed her work as director of Barton & William’s Mini and Petite Competition Teams.  Her choreography with this age group has won many Top Overall scores at various regional and national dance competitions over the years.  Many of her competition students have gone on to become members of Barton & Williams performing and competing companies and tap troupes, then on to their college dance teams-- and a few to joining the staff at B&W.

Teresa knew at a young age she wanted working with children to be a part of her life, but changed her focus from childhood education to business administration in college, which served her well as she managed a successful dance school in Northern Virginia for 4 years before opening Barton & Williams School of Dance, Ltd. in 1989 with business partner Jan Williams.  Teresa is so very proud of the wonderful staff they have assembled at Barton & Williams and of all of the wonderful training and experiences so many talented youth have experienced and grown from at B&W.


Teaching Staff:

Kelly Barton

Kelly Barton has been dancing since the age of 4 and teaching dance since the age of 16. Kelly has received dance training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and pointe and was a competitive dancer for several years as a studio dancer and also on her varsity high school dance team. Kelly graduated from James Madison University in 2000 with a degree in Media Arts & Design, Television Production and a minor in Advertising. After graduation, Kelly worked with Interface Media Group in Washington, DC for 5 years in the television field. Kelly has been at B&W since 2005 and is our Office Manager as well as an instructor. Kelly enjoys teaching young dancers and has choreographed routines for our Kid Company & Tap Troupe as well as our Teen Ensemble, Jr. Petite, Petite, Junior Mini, Petite Mini, and Mini competition troupes. Kelly lives with her husband Marc and their three children, Ashley, Emily and Marc III.

 

 

Megan Gates

Megan Barnes has been dancing since the age of five.  She began dancing at B&W at the age of eight and studied ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and pointe for numerous years.  She has also participated in several conventions in which she had hip hop, contemporary, modern, and musical theater training.  Megan was a member of B&W’s Company for five years.  As a member of the Company, she performed solos, duos, trios, and group routines.  Megan has also auditioned for a variety of other venues to include such things as: Disney World, Stiletto Entertainment, Alabama Theater, Atlanta Ballet, Richmond Ballet, and the Kirov.  Megan has also coached the Junior Varsity Dance Team at North Stafford High School where she choreographed routines for games and competitions. 

 

Nathan Beech

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Alex Herlig

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Trish Hill


Trish Hill has been teaching at B&W for almost 20 years.  She currently teaches the hip hop classes, and also jazz and tap classes of all ages, including adults and an all boys hip hop.  She has over 29 years of teaching experience, and over 45 years of dance training.  Trish attended East Carolina University, where she majored in Dance Choreography.  Trish has choreographed routines for our Kid Company for competitions across the area.  She has judged for the Governor’s School of Virginia and local competitions.  Trish has also coached for a local high school in Stafford for their Junior Varsity and Varsity teams.  She resides in Stafford with her husband Randy and daughter Amie Fowler.

 

 

Anne Johnson


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Jenny Kohler


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Brandi McAleese

Brandi McAleese began dancing at the age of 3. Throughout her teenage years, she trained at several local studios, including Barton & Williams. After graduating from North Stafford High School, Brandi moved to Virginia Beach to continue her studies in dance at Denise Wall’s Dance Energy.  Brandi has studied and trained with many professional teachers and choreographers such as, Denise Wall, Travis Wall, Danny Tidwell, Ivan Koumaev, Jaimie Goodwin, Tara Foy, Jason Parsons, Tony Testa, Lauren Adams, Danny Wallace and many others. Brandi traveled to New York City to dance at The Sheraton New York for the New York City Dance Alliance Gala and The Hudson Theater. Brandi also had the opportunity to perform at The Joyce Theater in New York City to help raise money and awareness for Dancers Responding to Aids. She has performed live with the Rascal Flatts at the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater.  Brandi is professionally trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, hip-hop, tap and musical theater and has received training in ballroom dancing, tumbling, acting and singing.  Brandi recently made it through to “Vegas Week” on Season 7 of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, finishing in the top 96 dancers out of thousands who auditioned for the show.

 

Chris Munar


Chris Munar started dancing in 2008 with a DMV-based crew called Ajnin Precizion. In 2009 he joined the collegiate competitive team from UMBC, Major Definition. Shortly after he started dancing with the crew, Tito BoyScouts, known for their comedy and urban stylized sets. In 2010, Chris has volunteered with the non-profit organization Baltimore Dance Crews Project. KCX artists is a division of the KODACHROME network was formed in 2011 and Chris was invited to be a part of the first installment as one of their dancers and choreographers. The same year, Chris auditioned and joined the professional hip-hop dance troupe, Culture Shock DC. In the year 2012, he signed with the Cruz Productions management company and also became sponsored by Fresh From Birth clothing line. In 2013 Chris became the assistant director of Mini Shock DC dance Troupe and a co-founder of an all-male dance crew from the DMV called UpperClassMen. In 2014 Chris started to work with Raw Element Dance Company as well as became a hip-hop instructor for Capitol Movement in DC. He has worked for many studios in the DMV area including C-Unit Studio, Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center, American Dance Institute, Dance Dimensions, Strictly Rhythm, Dancin’ Time Studio, 24/7 Dance Studio, Mount Airy Performing Arts Center, and Making Moves Dance Collective, Studio 180 and Gainesville Dance Center. His journeys has taken him to teach and perform at places such as DC, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, North Carolina, New York, Texas, Utah, California, and Canada. Throughout these many events, Chris has also been privileged to judge prestigious dance competitions such as Prelude Carolinas, Prelude DMV, and Prelude Championships held in Philadelphia. He was also awarded a one-city scholarship at the Monsters Dance Convention held in DC as well as won the ClubStylez freestyle battle in 2015. Chris hopes to share what he has learned from many great dancers, mentors, and friends. But above all, Chris prays to share God through his dancing.

 

 

Jenn Pyles

Jenn Pyles is from Fairfax, Virginia.  Jenn received her dance training in Maryland as a Superstar with Gary Pate and a PM dance company member with Fran Peters.  She is a graduate of James Madison University where she was a 4 year member of the nationally ranked Dukettes.  She received her degree in business management and minored in dance.  Jenn worked for Universal Dance Association for seven years as an instructor, head instructor, Philadelphia parade event staff, and national dance team championship judge.  After college Jenn coached two different high school dance teams over seven years.  Jenn continues to judge local dance team competitions and is a business teacher in Fairfax County.  She has been teaching at B&W for over ten years. 

 

 

Melanie Rice

Melanie graduated from Towson University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance.  While in college, she performed and choreographed for several choreography showcases and benefits throughout the Baltimore/Washington DC metro area, and also began teaching dance to students at private studios.  Upon graduation, she began her teaching career at B&W, where she has continued since September of 1995.

In 2001, Melanie graduated with a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, and was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in October 2001.  She has been an associate at the law firm of Nichols Zauzig Sandler, P.C. since January 2003, where her practice is focused solely on domestic relations/family law.  Melanie has also served on the Board of Directors for the Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence since 2002.

Melanie has been married for 13 years to her husband, Ralph, and is the proud mother of her son, Liam.

 

 

Wendy Wahala Richards

Wendy grew up locally and began her dance training at the age of six. She had the opportunity to study at Pennsylvania Ballet at the age of 14, under the instruction of Lupa Serrano, Jeffery Gribbler and Gloria Govern. While attending Radford University, where she worked to earn a Bachelor of Science in Dance, she studied under Frano Jelincic (former Ballet Master of English National Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pittsburg Ballet, Garden State Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, and The Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Yugoslavia),and Dagmar Kessler (former ballerina with Pennsylvania Ballet, English National Ballet, Pittsburg ballet Theater, and Hamburg Ballet, and who partnered with world renowned artist including Rudolf Nureyev, Peter Schauffuss, Edward Villella, Ted Kivitt, and John Gilpin). While at Radford Wendy danced many roles including Odette, Swanhilda , Flower Festival Pas De Deux, Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy. Wendy has also had training in jazz, hip hop, and lyrical. She was an instructor / Head Instructor for National Cheerleading Association, Dance and Pom division, right out of high school. With NCA she worked on Choreography for summer camps as well as college bowl game half time performances including the Citrus Bowl, Cotton Bowl, and Peach Bowl. She was also a guest teacher and judge for a sister company JSDA in Japan. While at Radford she also coached and choreographed for the universities dance team, the RU Rockers.

 

 

Amanda Skewes

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Katie Speights

Katie Raziszewski has been dancing for over 19 years at Barton and Williams. She was a company and tap troupe dancer for several years, appearing as Ariel in "The Little Mermaid" recital 2006 and again in our 20th Anniversary Gala. She is a graduate of George Mason University where she received a BFA in Dance, with a minor in Events Management. Katie has danced for the NBA, for the Washington Wizards, and the NFL, for the Washington Redskins. In 2004 she was a part of the State Champion cheerleading team at North Stafford in 2004 for the AAA division. Katie also danced with Capitol Movement Project, a nonprofit performing arts company. She has been teaching dance classes for seven years. She has been fortunate to perform in many incredible places like Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruises, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Disney World, the Warner Theater, Hong Kong, Aruba, and Marco Island Florida.

 

 

Kristy Wills

Kristy Leigh Santmyer Wills was born and raised in Stafford, Virginia. She started dancing at the age of 5. At the age of 8 she began training at Barton & Williams School of Dance. She continued dancing at Barton & Williams for 10 years until she graduated high school.  From the age of 12 Kristy competed on B&W’s company at numerous competitions and conventions. She won multiple scholarships & traveled to several east coast states to train with famous teachers and choreographers, including Mia Michaels and Debbie Allen. Kristy’s travels included a trip to Philadelphia for a 3 week summer intensive with the Philadelphia Performing Art Center and to North Carolina and Pennsylvania through West Coast Dance Explosion’s scholarship program.

Kristy has been a part of the B&W family since the doors opened in 1989! She trained along side the owners Teresa Barton & Jan Williams as a class helper, assistant, and substitute, helping out wherever she was needed. Barton & Williams is her home away from home and appreciates all the love & support for the past 25+ years.

Now Kristy's own daughters are now enrolled Barton & Williams and hope to follow in their mother's footsteps!

 

 

 

 

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