Jacqueline Higgins (Classical Ballet Technique) has enjoyed a successful career in dance and as an international energy and economic consultant, living in France, Italy and Austria. A native of New York City, she began her ballet training at the Joffrey Ballet School and later performed with the Sandra Genter Dancers and Bernice Johnson Dancers. As an adult, she studied the Cecchetti technique for a year in New York City at Alfredo Covin's Dance Circle. Ms. Higgins began teaching at Jones-Haywood Dance School in 1992 and while there helped raise money to document the history and work of Doris Jones. She has an AB degree from Barnard College, an MA from Johns Hopkins University, and has served on the Capitol Ballet Board and the Joffrey Ballet's Washington Board. Devi C. Ramey (Ballet Technique, Pre-Ballet I & II, and Ballet I & II) began teaching at Jones-Haywood Dance School in 1984, and has served as costume coordinator since 2006. She was trained at the Jones-Haywood Dance School and at summer dance programs at Le Centre de Dance Classique in Cannes, France and Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. Ms. Ramey performed with the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet, the Capitol Ballet Junior Company, New York City Ballet and the Howard University Dance Ensemble. In the 1980's she also directed a summer dance camp. Ms. Ramey, who has also enjoyed a career in contracting management in the public and private sectors, has a BA in Communications with a minor in dance from Howard University and a Master's Certification in Government Contracting from George Washington University.Katherine Smith (Introduction to Lester Horton Modern Technique) has danced professionally with Dayton Contemporary Company, Forces of Nature, Gallman's Newark, New World and others, and toured nationally and internationally in George Faison's For Colored Girls Who have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf; Debbie Allen's Soul Possessed, and Mike Malone's Black Nativity, Spirit, and Purlie Bessie's Blues. She has also performed in works by Donald McKayle, Ulysses Dove and Faye Snow, and been honored by the International Association of Blacks in Dance, of which she is a Board member. Smith formerly served as artistic co-director of the Adrian Bolton & Katherine Smith Dance Center and D.C. Explosion; artistic program manager for BodyMoves and artistic director of two Youth Ensembles and an Adult Repertory known as BodyMoves Contemporary Dance Company in Fort Washington, MD. She joined Jones-Haywood Dance School in 2010 and is also on the Howard University Dance Faculty. A graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts, she earned her BFA in modern dance from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts.
Ralph Glenmore (Jazz) was a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater under the direction of Alvin Ailey. He toured the world, working with choreographers Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty and Bill T. Jones among others. As Instructor, Rehearsal Director, Stage Manager and Choreographer, he worked with the Lula Washington Dance Theater, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Robinson Project and Horton Summer Intensive - Daytona Community College and the Dance Institute of Washington. He also served as Dance Supervisor for Disney's The Lion King Los Angeles
Dr. Brooke (Wilson) McKie (Ballet) began her classical ballet training at age three by her mother who studied at Philadelphia Civic Ballet Company. At the age of 7, Brooke auditioned and trained with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company School in Philadelphia, PA where she studied under Susan Miller, Stephanie and Bo Spassoff, Lupe Serrano, and David Gallagher. While at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, Brooke choreographed and performed ballet, modern, jazz, African and Hip Hop pieces with Creations Dance Troupe, a student run multicultural performing dance ensemble. In 1996, Ms. Doris Jones offered Brooke a teaching position at Jones-Haywood School of Ballet in Washington, DC, now the Jones-Haywood Dance School. Brooke is currently teaching beginner/intermediate ballet technique classes at Jones-Haywood Dance School.
Quynn Johnson (Tap) is a professional Tap dancer, instructor, and choreographer who began her dance training in Flint, Michigan. Johnson was a member of Tap dance virtuoso Savion Glover’s most recent Tap dance company and has had the opportunity to perform at The Lincoln Center, Cirque du Soleil, National Tap Dance Day in New York, Capital Fringe Festival, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Folklorico Festival de Pacific Coast in Buenaventura, Colombia, Latido Negro at Gala Hispanic Theatre, and at many Tap dance festivals around the country. Johnson has toured Peru as part of the International Festival de Cajon performing Tap and West African dance in collaboration with Colectivo Palenke. In 2009, her company Just Tap was nominated for a Dance Metro DC Award for Emerging Group. She was ranked the #1 choreographer for students 12 and under in 2006 for the State of Maryland, and received several choreography awards from national competitions. Johnson is an original member of the Flintstone Hoofers club as well as Farafina Kan West African Percussion Orchestra.
Vincent W. Williams (Jazz) is an accomplished performing artist; he sings, acts, drums, choreographs, and dances on top of teaching. He has worked with renowned artists such as Mercedes Ellington, George Faison, Marilyn Manson, Cheryl Porter, and Joyce Yuille just to name a few. Williams’ unique performance style ranges from jazz and blues to hip hop and gospel and he tours throughout Europe, especially in Italy, Spain, Croatia, and Slovenia. Tours outside of Europe include the Bahamas, Jordan, Thailand, and the Dominican Republic. Williams’ talent in choreography led to developing dance segments for MTV Europe and International Dance Bassano in Italy. In the U.S. he created signature dance segments for television shows and movies. Williams’ diverse acting career includes performances in two international Broadway shows, “Sing Mahalia Sing” and “Chorus Line”. Williams also collaborates on recording projects with Mike Sponza, Michele Bonivente, and Marco Pandolfi in Europe. Most recently, Williams performed in commercials for the DC Lottery and AARP; the latter reaching over 6.5 million views nationwide.
Sofia Goldin (Piano Accompanist) has been with Jones-Haywood Dance School since 2009, where she provides piano accompaniment for the students age seven and up. A professional piano accompanist and instructor, she has served on the faculties at the St. Petersburg College of Music (Russia), Montgomery College, the Washington International School, the Washington Conservatory of Music, the Duke Ellington School and the Soesterberg International Music Festival in Holland. She has also performed in concerts in Russia and the Washington area at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, American History Museum, the Montgomery College Recital Hall and other venues. Ms. Goldin earned her BA and MA in Piano Performance from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia.