A native of Virginia, Shannon comes to us with a strong studio background in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Contemporary. She is currently studying at George Mason University, is a member of her sorority's executive board and was a member of the nationally ranked Masonette Dance Team. While Coach Shannon loves all styles of dance, she feels especially connected to Lyrical and Contemporary and she is thrilled to teach both our Beginner Lyrical and High School Dance Team Prep classes this season.
Matthew Waters was born in Colorado Springs and raised in South Carolina. Mr. Waters began taking ballet when he was ten years old, and at fifteen attended the University of South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory. There he first met and studied under noted ballet teacher Radenko Pavlovich, who invited Mr. Waters to join the Columbia Classical Ballet as a trainee the following year. During his five years with CCB, Mr. Waters had the opportunity to dance in Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, and numerous other classical productions, as well as the LifeChance International Gala. He has also performed at Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, SC, with the Roanoke Ballet Theatre in their production of Don Quixote and others, with the Manassas Ballet Theatre, and with the Charleston Ballet of West Virginia.
Grace has been dancing since the age of three and has studied the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, pom, lyrical/contemporary, modern, hip hop and musical theater. While attending Charlene’s School of Dance in Cresson, Pennsylvania, Grace was a member of the Competitive Dance Team, where she not only competed on local and national stages but also learned from famous choreographers throughout the East Coast. Grace is a graduate of Penn State University, where she was a member of the Penn State Dance Team and the professional modern dance company, Allied Motion. While attending Penn State, Grace also taught dance at Charlene’s School of Dance to students ages 3-10. In 2009, Grace met Suzanne and Krissy and began coaching jazz and hip hop at Infinity All-Stars. When Suzanne embarked on opening her own studio, Grace immediately jumped at the opportunity to continue to work with her dance family, coaching all-star teams and teaching technique classes. Grace has a fierce love for dance and looks forward to continuing to build her dancers’ confidence, athletic ability and dance technique. When Grace isn’t dancing, she is a Mom to Elliott and Kennedy and a full-time Realtor. She lives in Annandale with her husband and biggest supporter, Jim, and their kids.
Suzanne has over 20 years experience as a dancer and cheerleader. She studied dance at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC and was selected to attend the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Summer Dance program. While attending George Mason University where she studied Dance, she was selected as a Washington Redskins Cheerleader. Following graduation from Marymount University of Virginia, with a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, she continued to be involved with dance and cheer activities throughout the District of Columbia and metro area.
Suzanne began her coaching career in the cheerleading world through her involvement in the Vienna Youth Inc. competitive cheer program, serving as Head Coach of the James Madison High School Cheer Program, and as the Assistant Coach of the Herndon High School Cheer Program. Under her direction these teams all went on to win numerous local, district, regional and even state titles. During this time Suzanne also began assisting with the James Madison High School Dance Team where she helped the team to national titles in Jazz, Pom and Hip Hop.
Dance became a large part of Suzanne's world again after becoming a founding owner of the original Adrenaline All Stars competitive teams in 2007. Suzanne was an integral part of the organization and responsible for coaching the Senior teams as well as creating all costuming for the program. In 2009 Suzanne founded the dance program at Infinity All Stars in Fairfax, VA. As Dance Director, Suzanne was responsible for all elements of the program and doubled the program's size in a single year. During Suzanne's time at Infinity All Stars the dance program grew rapidly each year quickly gaining recognition on the east coast as one of the highest performing programs across age groups/divisions. Suzanne's focus on progression of skills and technique led to the success of not only the Senior Teams, who attended the Dance Worlds each season, but also having the highest performing Mini, Youth and Junior teams in the state of Virginia. After building Infinity All Stars cheer and dance program to the largest and most successful overall program in Virginia as the Dance Director and then General Manager, Suzanne followed her dream of building a studio/program of her own.
Under Suzanne's direction Velocity Dance has grown to be the most successful All Star program not only in Northern Virginia, but the surrounding DMV area. The program has doubled in size since opening last year and houses 150 unique athletes, countless dancers who attend classes and a talented and recognized staff. Suzanne has not only continued to grow the studio, but also served as the Head Coach to the nationally ranked Herndon High School and James Madison High School Dance Teams. In 2016 at UDA's National Dance Team Championship, the largest high school competition in the US, Suzanne's were the only teams from the entire state of Virginia to advance to both the Semi-Final and Final rounds with the Herndon High School Dance Team finishing 13th in the highly competitive Small Varsity Jazz division. In 2017 she lead the James Madison High School Dance team to top finishes in Small Varsity Jazz and Pom ranking 19th and 25th in the country and this year took them to their first EVER finals, ending the season as 18th in the nation for Small Varsity Pom.
As a business woman, choreographer and coach Suzanne continues to push dance to the next level in Virginia and throughout the east coast. Whether it be through classes, high school dance teams or all stars, Suzanne believes all children are capable of success through dance. Suzanne just recently was named a member of the USASF Regional Board and looks forward to continuing to push dance to the top. She shares her passion and dedication with the staff, families and students at Velocity and cannot wait to continue to build the Velocity program and the sport of dance throughout Virginia.
Since the age of three, Robyn has studied various genres of dance including jazz, lyrical, ballet, contemporary, pom, and hip-hop. She was a devoted member of the New Line Revue competition team in Lancaster, PA as well as the studio’s lead student instructor. Robyn was a gymnast for eight years as well as a varsity cheerleading captain at Warwick High School. She competed as a Level 5 cheerleader at Synergy All-Stars, winning numerous national titles. While attending Penn State University, Robyn focused on dance and was a member of Ivyside Dance Ensemble and Penn State Dance Alliance. She coached jazz, pom, and hip hop at Infinity All-Stars for two years, and has been with Velocity Dance since its opening. Robyn holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and currently teaches 6th Grade at Oakton Elementary. She is excited to share her experience, passion, and enthusiasm for dance.
Miranda has been dancing for over 25 years with a background in hip hop, jazz, ballet, tap and contemporary. She has trained with numerous teams along the East Coast including ABDC's Phunk Phenomenon & Static Noyze. In college, Miranda's four-year experience with the nationally ranked Boston University Terrier Dance Team gave her opportunities to complete in both UDA & NDA and was brought in as Head Coach in 2009, leading the team to 10th Place in the National Dance Alliance's (NDA) Collegiate Nationals. Miranda also coached the nationally ranked GWU First Ladies Dance Team in the 2010-2011 season. In 2013, she was an assistant coach for both the Senior Jazz & Large Youth Hip Hop teams at Infinity All-Stars in Fairfax VA. Miranda was also a member of one of DC's premier Hip-Hop Teams, Capital Funk. In addition to dance, she was the Head Coach of the Yorktown High School Varsity Cheerleading squad for six years.
Jill grew up the daughter of a Navy officer and moved every 22 months (or less) until 8th grade. With each family move she found a welcome home at a dance studio. She attended WT Woodson High School, dancing with the Precisionettes, and graduated with both Marketing and Management degrees from the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech. After a travel-filled career in Conference and Event Management, she decided to stay home with her three children and volunteer her time at their schools serving in the PTA, and at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. As Business Manager, Jill assists with logistics, studio procedures, billing, collections, celebrating successes and taking suggestions from dancers, families and staff. Jill lives in Vienna with her husband Tim.
Coach Ashley comes to us from Wisconsin and is an experienced dance instructor and coach with over 25 years of dance and gymnastic experience. Studying Jazz, Ballet, Tap and Acro she then began to work closely with Pom when participating in her high school and collegiate dance teams and later danced for the Green Bay Arena Football Team the Blizzard Breeze. Coach Ashely coached multiple high school dance teams and has led multiple teams to top state and national placements. She believes success comes both through championship titles as well as individual and team growth, while furthering the love of dance and teamwork. Coach Ashley works with our Senior Pom team this season and is well known in the studio for her awesome conditioning practices and classes.
All Star Coach/Class Instructor
Alex has lived in Northern Virginia nearly his whole life and currently studies Kinesiology at George Mason University. He was a dedicated member of Herndon High School’s cheerleading team where he first met Suzanne Mansfield. The team took home many victories including the 2012 State Championship title. He began dancing at Infinity All-Stars his junior year on the hip-hop teams and competed with them through the rest of high school. While attending college, Alex joined the Senior Pom and Coed Hip-Hop team at Velocity Dance in 2014, as well as being the assistant coach of the Herndon High Dance Team. He also enrolled in many dance classes at George Mason to further expand his knowledge. After taking a season off due to an injury, he competed on Velocity’s Open Contemporary/Lyrical team for the 2016-17 season. Alex joined the coaching staff in May 2017, currently coaches the Senior Lyrical, Senior Jazz, and Large Youth Hip-Hop teams and you can find him lighting up the stage with our Open CoEd Pom team. When Alex is not at the studio, he is pursuing his studies in effort to become a physical therapist.
Technique Coach/Class Instructor
Coach Ali comes to us with a strong studio background in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Pom, Tap and many other styles. She was a member of the Chantilly Varsity Dance Team all four years of high school and served as Captain. She began her coaching career in college as a Middle School Head Coach and Assistant Varsity Dance Team Coach. Ali is currently in her third year as a UDA instructor and this year began serving as a Head Instructor leading camps in the Virginia area. Not only does Ali have a strong technical background, but her passion for dance and teaching is infections. We are thrilled to have her teaching our Showcase and Technique classes this season and have her compete with our Open CoEd Pom team!
Travis is an active dance artist whose teaching background spans over ten years incorporating extensive choreography throughout the country. His performance credits include MTV, Disney, Joffrey Ballet School, and Odyssey Dance Theatre.
Travis holds a B.F.A from the University of Utah. He studied under the National Scholarship from the Dizzy Feet Foundation as well as the John Scoville and Tandy Beal Award given by the School of Dance.
In 2015, Travis was named Artistic Director of Expansion Dance Company, during his time there he produced original works for the stage, Ping (2016), as well establish EXPOSE: A National Choreographic Competition, which commissions the work of choreographers nationwide. In addition to teaching daily classes, he also regularly served as a guest teacher for the Ballet West Summer Intensive.
As a choreographer, Travis’ work has been presented by elite collegiate dance teams including the University of Minnesota, Brigham Young University, and West Virginia University, among others. His work has also been recognized and awarded by National Dance Alliance and Youth America Grand Prix.
In addition to choreography, he produces music for choreographers, dance companies, universities, and independent filmmakers. Most recently, his work was commissioned by Universal Dance Association and Ballet West.
Travis is passionate about dance education and dance as creative research. He aims to inspire others through his distinct teaching methods.
Originally from New York, Krissy started dancing in 3rd grade and quickly immersed herself into every style of dance she could get her hands on. Studying Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary and participating in her studio's competition teams and company. During her high school career she also participated on her school's cheerleading team. After studying Special Education and graduating with her Masters in Education, Krissy decided to make Northern Virginia her home as a teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools where she taught for 7 years.
After completing her first year of teaching Krissy wanted to become more actively involved in the community coaching cheerleading or dance. She met Suzanne Mansfield, our owner, and became her Program Assistant Coach for James Madison High School's Cheerleading teams. When Suzanne realized that Krissy also had a dance background, she was invited to join the coaching staff at the original All Star Adrenaline dance teams located in Tysons Corner. In 2009, Krissy joined Suzanne at Infinity All Stars in Fairfax, VA and coached both cheerleading and dance teams helping lead them to many regional and national titles. Krissy later assumed the role of Dance Director at Infinity All Stars and took over more gym and administrative responsibilities. Along with Suzanne, Krissy was instrumental in helping the program almost triple in size across age groups and gaining national recognition for the dance program. While she worked with all ages and styles, Krissy was most known for her work with the Mini and Youth aged cheerleaders and dancers. Krissy feels passionately that all children, regardless of age can find something that they love and help them see the value they can provide to a team setting. When given the opportunity to join Suzanne at Velocity Dance, Krissy knew this was where she should turn her dream of making this part time job into a full job a reality and she whole heartedly joined the staff as the Studio Manager.
Velocity Dance is Krissy's main focus, passion and her family. She has helped the program grow into the largest and most successful All Star program not only in Northern Virginia, but the DMV. Krissy is responsible for all day to day operations at the studio, scheduling, staffing, communications, social media as well as working with students and coaching teams. If there is a question you need answered at the studio... she is your girl! If she's not at the front desk you can find her working with our teams or coaching Large Senior Jazz or our sassy Mini Prep Jazz and Mini Hip Hop teams.
Krissy believes that all kids are capable of learning and being great as long as they have the drive and determination. Our studio provides athletes with a place to feel safe and valued where they can express themselves and grow their skills and passions. She takes this mentality out to the schools as the former Assistant Coach of the Woodson Varsity Dance team, is the current Head Coach of James Madison High School's Junior Varsity Dance team and through Velocity's programs in the local elementary schools and community centers. She is excited for the studio to continue to grow and to have more dancers join our supportive and passionate family.