Lee Raney a.k.a WKDFEET, has been dancing since the age of 6, pursuing training in ballet, modern, lyrical, tap, hip hop, jazz, and contemporary dance. His training culminated at the The College of William and Mary, where he was mentored under Jim Hensen, Joan Gavaler, and Denise Thorton. Lee graduated from The College of William and Mary in 2006 with a B.S. in Biology. His collegiate background in the sciences has given him the ability to explain to students how and why your body “do what it does” through his conceptual knowledge and understanding of the physics of dance. Take one class and you’ll understand.
Lee has had the privilege of working with and being mentored by professional dancers and choreographers such as Roberta Dale, Harold Cromer, Professor Reed, Oscar Hawkins, Mike Connelly, Mike Minnery, Gil Stroming, and Rasta Thomas. Growing up Lee was a top contender on the competitive circuit, winning numerous National titles and first-place soloist awards such as but not limited to National Mr. Starquest, Mr. Starpower, and Mr. Dance Explosion. He also took 1st place in the Senior Male Division in the World Class Qualifying Event at the North American Tap Dance Festival, sending him to The International Dance Organization’s Tap Dance World Championships held in Reisa, Germany. At the age of 16 he placed 5th in the world while representing the United States as the Male Soloist. Currently Lee is on the forefront of Rhythm Tap, Hip-Hop, and Contemporary innovation and is a dedicated teacher and choreographer throughout the East Coast of America. He has taught classes at Dance Academy of Loudon, Metropolitan Fine Arts Center, C&C Dance Company, Dancensations Dance Center, DeGrasse Dance Studio, Stagedoor Dance Studio, and Stryctly Rhythm Dance Studio. Lee’s students and choreography have received numerous Top Scores, Top Placements, Choreography Awards, and Special Award Distinctions at National Dance Competitions Nationwide.
Kathleen (Raney) Bombick
Miss Kathleen took her ﬁrst dance class at the age of 3 and continued her studio dance training in Woodbridge, Va through her senior year of high school. She trained and performed extensively in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical and tap, under the instruction of Johnna and Colette DeGrasse, and Roberta Dale. She competed at the local and national level in all forms of dance from age 12-18. Kathleen was also a member of the award winning Vikette Dance Team at Woodbridge Senior High School and had the honor of being a team captain her senior year.
The next step for Kathleenʼs dance training was at Radford University where she graduated in 2003 with a BA in both Dance and Economics, magna cum laude. She broadened both her knowledge of dance as well as technical skills while working with their prestigious dance faculty, including Frano Jelincic, Dagmar Kessler, Margaret Devaney, Pegeen Albig and Danah Bella, in a program that focused heavily on ballet, pointe and modern technique as well dance history, theory and choreography. Radfordʼs program allowed her to grow into a more intelligent, well rounded dancer through both the professional performances of the dance department and the class room curriculum. She has translated this knowledge into her passion for teaching dance to a new generation of students. During her tenure at college, she began teaching ballet, pointe and tap in Pulaski County to beginner, intermediate and advanced level students. Miss Kathleen has been teaching ballet, pointe, modern, tap, jazz and pilates to youth and adults in the Woodbridge area since the fall of 2004.
Piano lessons were introduced to Kathleen at the age of 5 and she continued instructions through her senior year of high school. She served as the accompanist for the SEAS Childrenʼs Choir for 6 years before attending college. Moving home to Woodbridge after graduation, Kathleen resumed accompanying the children and teen choirs and also began teaching piano lessons to students of all ages. When KLR Studios opens in the fall of 2012, she looks forward to her 9th year as a piano teacher.
Kathleen lives in Woodbridge with her husband, Eric, their newborn (june, 2012!) son,Bryton and two dogs, Heinz and Noel.
Julianne Gurgul is originally from Medford, NJ and began dancing at Triplett Dance Academy competing in Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet and Tap. In high school she started training at The Princeton Ballet School where she was in their Professional Training Program. She performed with their ballet company, American Repertory Ballet, in Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker and Graham Lustig's Cinderella. Julianne then spent a year as an apprentice with Ballet Florida under the direction of Marie Hale and Claudia Cravey. While at Ballet Theater of Maryland, she performed the roles of Dormouse in "Alice in Wonderland" and the Chinese and marzipan soloists in "The Nutcracker". Julianne is entering her third season with Manassas Ballet Theatre where she has performed Cupid in "Don Quixote", The Sugarplum Fairy in "The Nutcracker", and Aurora in "The Sleeping Beauty".
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