J. Regan Kline, Director
J. Regan Kline began her dance training and teaching career in upstate New York where she attended the State University of New York at Oswego. While at SUNY Oswego, Ms. Kline was the President of Del Sarte Dance, a performance ensemble, as well as a principal dancer with the Dance Arts Ensemble. Ms. Kline is also a former member of the Liberty Dance Troupe. She has entertained audiences throughout New York State, including performances at the Bi-Centennial Celebration in New York Harbor, the New York State Fair and Darien Lake Theme Parks.
Ms. Kline began teaching in 1989 and has taught dance students, beginner through advanced, both in upstate New York and locally. She moved to the Manassas area in 1995 where she continued to teach before opening Virginia Dance Center in 1999.
Lisa Flannery, Creative Director
Lisa Flannery has been a member of the Virginia Dance Center teaching staff since 2007. Growing up an army brat, Ms. Flannery started off in print and commercial work until the first day of ballet class and then was addicted to dance! Ms. Flannery has danced with the Baird Civic Ballet, studying Royal Academy Syllabus, and with Stage Crew Productions in such roles as The Little Mermaid, "Ann" in Raggedy Ann and Andy, "Mrs. Potts" in Beauty and the Beast, and "Dorothy" in the Wizard of Oz. Continuing on to college, she became president of the University of Kentucky Dance Ensemble and Jazz choreographer of the James Madison University Dance Club. After graduating college, she started teaching at a local dance studio while attending Nursing School at George Mason University. Nursing may be her main job, but dancing has always been her passion! Training and technique have come from many years of competitions, performing, and taking master classes under Muna Tsung, Frank Hatchett, Nicole Rome, Lauren Grahm, and Renee Cheneu to name a few.
Andrea graduated from Shenandoah University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, as well as studies in Psychology and Elementary education and has been dancing for over twenty five years. Since beginning dance at the age of two, Ms. Jiles has danced all over the United States. As a teen dancer she participated in several competitions including the Showstoppers Nationals for both solo and group works. Being a “military brat” has given Ms. Jiles the opportunity to be exposed to several different teaching styles which she embraces and uses in her own teaching style today. Ballet was her first love, but she has grown to love all genres. Since beginning to teach dance in 1998, her classes have included ballet, lyrical, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theatre from preschool ages through adult. One of the highlights in her dancing life has been the opportunity to perform in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Sydney Olympics. Throughout her dance career she has had the opportunity to dance the leads in several ballets including Nutcracker, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, and many more in the United States, Canada and Mexico. While in college dancing with the Flying Lions Modern Dance Company, she was selected to perform in a gala at ACDFA in a piece dedicated to the tragedies of hurricane Katrina, which is now a permanent part of repertoire at Shenandoah University. Recently Ms. Jiles was a member of a local modern dance company, AriDen, which performed throughout the Metro area as well as several invites and appearances in New York. Ms. Jiles now teaches a variety of classes around the area.
Originally from Atlanta, Elizabeth (Liz) Nahser received the majority of her training at the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, and also studied at the American Ballet Theatre and the Cleveland San Jose Ballet. She has trained under some of the world’s most notable instructors, including Maniya Barredo, Robert Barnett, Marianna Tcherkassky, Edward Villella, and Nan Giordano.
Ms. Nahser is a graduate of Mercyhurst College, Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and concentrations in performance, teaching, and choreography. While attending Mercyhurst, she received academic and dance merit scholarships, the President’s Award for Excellence in Fine and Performing Arts, the “Living the Mission” award, and served as the Artistic Director of the Mercyhurst College Liturgical Dance Ensemble.
Ms. Nahser has taught a wide variety of styles and techniques at private studios, public schools, workshops, and universities, and her choreography has been performed at concerts and competitions all over the country. She has also performed with several professional ballet companies, including the Manassas Dance Company and the Lake Erie Ballet. Her classical repertory includes La Bayadere, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Giselle, A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake. This is Ms. Nahser’s 14th year with Virginia Dance Center.
Jessica Petchenick is originally from Northern Virginia and has been dancing since the age of three. She is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance. Ms. Petchenick attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and graduated with degrees in Psychology and Dance. While there, she was a member of Orchesis Modern Dance Company and was president of the company her senior year. She has performed at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Ms. Petchenick has been teaching dance to children, as well as managing a local studio, since 2012. As manager, she helped grow the studio to over 1000 students! When she’s not dancing, Ms. Petchenick enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and dog. She is thrilled to be joining the VDC team as Operations Director and an instructor!
Tammy Taylor acquired a B.A. in Sociology from Norfolk State University, while studying dance at various dance institutions throughout the Hampton Roads region. She received training in the Hampton Roads area from Golden Slippers Dance Academy, Evelyn Ott School of Dance, Virginia Beach Ballet Academy, and Attitudz Dance Studio. She was a member of the Elite Dance Team for two years. Ms. Taylor has held several dance instructor positions in the Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia area. Ms. Taylor has also written and implemented a dance program for children, teens and adults. She is excited to be part of the VDC faculty and loves sharing her passion for Hip Hop with our dancers.
Brittany Tomb was born and raised in Burlington, North Carolina, near Elon University. Ms. Tomb started dancing when she was 3 and has not stopped since! Ms. Tomb has trained in almost all forms of dance, including classical ballet and pointe, hip-hop, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, modern, African, and even ballroom. She was a part of nationally awarded dance teams in middle and high school and traveled all over the U.S. as captain for both teams. It was then that she discovered her skills as a leader and developed her desire to teach. She later auditioned for, and was accepted on partial scholarship to, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Manhattan, NY where she learned about the art of entertainment in singing, acting, and dancing. Ms. Tomb quickly became a company performer for the jazz, tap and ballet company associated with AMDA. She later returned to N.C. where she worked with her dance studio’s competitive team. As a competitive choreographer, her routines won dozens of awards and she is proud to say that many of her students have gone on the dance for NC State, Western Carolina, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, Eastern Carolina, Elon, UNC Greensboro and many more university dance teams. While living in Greensboro, N.C., Ms. Tomb auditioned for the Carolina Panthers Topcats NFL Cheer Team and was selected to be a cheerleader and ambassador for the 2009- 2010 season. She continued to dance, teach and attend college in N.C., focusing on medical assisting. Ms. Tomb lives with her husband and two children, Charlotte and Rex. While is she not currently teaching any in-person classes, Ms. Tomb is excited to be offering some online options to VDC's dancers so she can continue to share her passion for dance with her students.
Originally from Madison, NJ, Hallie Wilde began her dance training at the age of three at Studio Allegro School of Ballet. It was there that she developed her love and passion for ballet, while also exploring jazz, modern, and choreography. She continued her training as a junior company member with the New Jersey Ballet in high school, where she danced alongside the main company in full length ballets such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Don Quixote. From there, Ms. Wilde attended the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, where she recently received her BFA in Ballet Performance, Summa Cum Laude, with a secondary degree in Early Childhood Education. While at UC, she studied Dance History, Music Theory, Costume and Makeup, Lighting and Sound Design, Anatomy, and Somatics, in addition to her movement-based dance classes. Ms. Wilde was featured as a soloist in La Bayadere, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, a soloist in Paquita, and a Mer-Sister in The Little Mermaid. During her sophomore year of college, Ms. Wilde accepted a professional contract with Manassas Ballet Theatre which brought her to VA. She continued her academic studies online while being able to begin her professional career, and is now in her third season with Manassas Ballet. Ms. Wilde has also received additional training through summer intensives with Ballet Chicago, American Ballet Theatre, New Jersey Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet.
Erin Willis was born in Bainbridge, GA, but grew up in Manassas. Ms. Willis began dance class at VDC at age 5, during our second year of operation, and has continued dancing at VDC ever since. Ms. Willis was a dedicated dance student who studied multiple styles of dance throughout college. She has a strong background in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Pointe, Theater Dance and Hip Hop. She was a member of the first VDC Dance Company, competing in multiple dance competitions and attending several dance workshops over the years. Ms. Willis has been involved in many plays, dinner theater, and stage productions and was the choreographer for her high school's choir for multiple concerts. Ms. Willis was honored by being named Captain of the Stonewall Jackson High School dance team for all four years of high school and served as the middle school dance team assistant coach at the same time. Ms. Willis graduated from George Mason University, with a degree in Public Relations. She recently returned to Manassas after completing the Disney College Program in Orlando, FL. Ms. Willis began teaching at VDC in 2017, after working for 4 years as an assistant and substitute teacher. Ms. Willis was the first VC Alumni to be hired as VDC Staff!