Terry Peyton is a native Alexandrian.She began dance as a tot and earned a spot as a member of the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.Her talents took her to Broadway to appear in West Side Story.
Her credits include choreographing commercials and musicals.She has judged regional and national talent competitions, beauty pageants and auditions for the Redskinnets and many other football team cheerleading clubs.
Locally, she has coached and choreographed routines for NorthernFairfaxCountyHigh School dance teams, cheerleaders, flag teams and marching bands.Terry has coached NorthernFairfaxCountyHigh School football teams and has worked with their summer camp programs to condition the players.
SHALET PEYTON - Director
Shalet Peyton is the youngest daughter of Terry and Jack and of course, has danced her entire life.
Shalet’s past have taken her to Los Angeles, California, where she performed in commercials, videos, modeling and became a member of a five girl singing group named “Nothing But the Truth” which opened for Regina Bell.
She moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19 and received a full scholarship to Tremaine’s Dance Center. She trained with Margarite Derricks (choreographer for “Austin Powers”), Wade Robson (choreographer for Britney Spears and N-Sync), Carla and Melissa (choreographers for Prince). Shalet continued to work with Carla and Melissa after completing her scholarship
Shalet has earned many awards and honors The most recent was this past summer at the Star Systems National Dance Competition in Myrtle Beach. Shalet won The Top Teacher Award as well as Top Choreographer.
LINDA FISHER – Gymnastics Coach Linda is a native of Alexandria, Virginia and graduated from Mount VernonHigh School where she competed with the gymnastics team. She also graduated from GeorgeMasonUniversity in Fairfax, Virginiawith a degree in Accounting.
Linda started taking classes with Terry’s School of Dance and Gymnastics at the age of 7 and competed with Jack’s gym team from age 12 thru 18. She started assisting Jack at the age of 15.
Linda is also a part-time coach at Mount VernonHigh School. Her gym team has won National District Championships and Linda herself has won “Women in Sports Coach of the Year”.
JENNIFER LEE - Gymnastic Coach
Jennifer starting training for gymnastics when she was 6 years old. By the time she was 10, she was spending her summers in Houston, Texas at Bela and Marta Karolyi's training center. She competed and trained all over the state of Alabama as a Level 7 gymnast. Jennifer began coaching when she was 15, mainly focusing on Level 4 and 5 competitive gymnastics. Here at Terry's, she teaches all ages from pre-school to gym 3/4. Also involved in the local community, she is the assistant gymnastics coach at Mount Vernon and West Potomac High School.
Joanne K. Bowman is a highly trained, award winning, professional dancer with over twenty-five years of experience providing innovative, dynamic and original dance, baton, and acrobatics instruction to thousands of students ranging from toddlers to adults.
Joanne studied dance for a decade under Mrs. Gloria F. Dance, who is both a former Miss Virginia and a legend of Virginia Dance Instruction for over fifty years. Joanne also studied ballet under such great dance masters as Eugene Hammett of the Tidewater Ballet Association; Susan Borree of the New York City Ballet; and, Jerry Schwinder of the Richmond Ballet School of Ballet.
Joanne danced professionally for King’s Productions serving as Dance Captain and Dance Swing for several years in multiple productions, and she has numerous professional musical theater credits to include Pippin, Fiddler on the Roof and 42nd Street, just to name a few. She has also danced with the Petersburg Ballet (Principle Dancer); Concert Ballet of Virginia (Corps de Ballet); and, Tidewater Ballet Association (Corps de Ballet).
A gifted choreographer, Joanne has developed, tutored and coached numerous dancers in preparation for local, regional and national dance competitions. From solo choreography and preparation to complex group and ensemble routines, she has developed winning innovative, original numbers, which have garnered high praise from dancers, audiences and judges alike.
Before marrying and traveling extensively with her Army Colonel husband, she owned and operated the Sussex Surry Dance Academy, teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Baton and Acrobatics to students ranging from pre-school to high school (9 Seasons).
Danielle Harris, current member of Capitol Movement, alumni of Culture Shock DC, and has danced for Shade Jenifer, Snoop Dog, and TheFix.