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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.
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.
Xtina Suzanne Hamilton has been teaching professionally for 20+ years in Richmond and up and down the East Coast. She has dedicated her entire career to facilitating the creative growth of all ages of dancers and is extremely proud of her many former students that have chosen to become Professional Dance Educators as well. She received much acclaim including a
MUSE Award nomination from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, was listed as one of the top 25 most influential people in the Arts scene in Richmond, and one of the ‘101 Things that make Richmond cool” by RVA magazine. She believes Dance should be accessible to all people and more importantly that ANYONE can become a brilliant dancer. As a Choreographer Christina has worked with thousands of dancers and is always invigorated to work with new artists and create unique pieces incorporating the strengths and aspirations of each person into their work. The
art form of Dance is ever evolving, and throughout the years she has guided countless dancers to Regional and National Competitive Titles.
Deborah T. Dowden a native of Richmond, VA. Has been a support of River City from the beginning, Ms. Dowden a retired Postal Worker of 35 years now is serving a President of the USPS UNION and support of River City keepsakes moments.
Michele Turlington was born and raised in Erie, PA where
she was initially introduced to dancing. She danced for many years during elementary and middle school and took a couple classes while in college. After graduating from Slippery Rock University, she moved to Newport News, VA where she started her teaching career and eventually moved to Richmond where she currently resides with her husband and two children.
Michele has been a member of the River City team for ten
years and both her and her children are current students. Previously Michele was a middle school teacher and clinic assistant and currently she is a travel agent along with
being River City’s Studio Manager.
Bravita is a professional dancer, singer and actress, who has
over 20 years of professional experience performing, touring, teaching, and personal physical training. She has worked in film/television as an actor/dancer, Good Morning America, New York State Development Commercial, CW’s “Katy Keene”, Fox Films “Avatar”, QVC Network, ESPN’s “Sport Science”, 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, San Francisco Opera, Disney’s “The Lion King” on Broadway and touring companies, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas, TX, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, and Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, “The Salute to The King, Elvis” and Cirque Productions “Imaginique”.
Miss Bravita is a former Miss Black Los Angeles and Miss Virginia Peanut (Suffolk). She is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. A native of Newport News, VA by way of her military family. Threatt received a Master’s of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University, a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University and graduated from Woodside High School for the Performing Arts in Newport News, VA. She has the pleasure of sharing life with husband, 1SG Branden Brown.
I am Gabrielle Lopez, but go by Ms. Bri for all my students. I am 25 years old and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2020 then moved to Harrisonburg, VA for a few years before deciding to return to the lovely city of Richmond.
I have danced my whole life, but found the joy of teaching when I was a junior in college and have continued to teach for the past five years! I love all styles of dance and getting the opportunity to grow in each, but my favorites to teach are ballet and tap. I've had the honor of choreographing high school musicals, story ballets, and yearly recital dances for years and hope to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. My goal as a teacher is to make my students not only strong and confident in their performance ability, but as individuals as well.
We are seeking dance educator(s) to inspire, enlighten, and educate our students about dance! We are seeking educator(s) that are able to teach MULTIPLE styles of dance and to a variety of ages for our 2023 - 2024 SEASON.
Let's share the art of dance together!