AMI DOWDEN-FANT was born in Richmond, Virginia, and started her exploration of dance at the tender age of four. Since then she has trained in many dance styles including Ballet, Jazz, and Modern. While studying for her BFA in Dance & Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University, she worked alongside numerous artists: Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Tania Isaac, Daniel Gwitzman, Robert Battle, and more.
Over the years, Miss Ami has been awarded numerous recognitions, such as the Outstanding Choreographer and Performer Award from VCU, and her choreography has been presented at venues like the National American College Dance Festival Gala and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
Miss Ami Dowden-Fant has been instilled with the gift to educate and provide young aspiring dancers with a well-rounded education. That’s why today she serves as Artistic Director of River City
AARON BROWN is a Richmond, Virginia native who has enjoying dancing since he was a kid. He took to the stage for the first time in high school, before moving on to study dance professionally in college.
During his four years at the University of Richmond, Mister Aaron studied Contact Improvisation, Modern Dance, Ballet, and Jazz. He also joined a hip-hop group where he served as both performer and choreographer.
Today, Mister Aaron continues to dance as an instructor for River City, in addition to his main work as a freelance writer
DANIELLE KING began training at the age of six. In her hometown of Richmond, Virginia, she attended classes at the Richmond City Dance Program. Later, at the age of nine, she joined their dance company, The Richmond City Dance Troupe. Miss Danielle has trained in various styles of movement: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, African and Pointe.
She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and received her BFA in Dance & Choreography. While in college, she studied with professionals like Robert Battle, Gerri Houlihan, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Daniel Gwirtzman, and others. She also spent time performing at various festivals and competitions.
Now, Miss Danielle teaches dance at various studios, churches, and the Boys and Girls Club. She has a passion for dance, and shares that enthusiasm as a dance educator.
D. TERESA DOWDEN is a 30-year recent retiree from the U. S. Postal Service. She is also the proud mother of Miss Ami.
With two AS degrees in Business Administration and Education, Miss Dowden (or Mama D.) has helped manage the work of Miss Ami for twenty-six years. Today, she continues that trend as Office Manager for River City.