About Excell Dance

Who we are...

We are avid lovers of both dance and children...

Directors

  • Stephanie Layton
  • Kim Bridges

Artistic Director

  • Claire Rosenberger
    Claire began dancing at the age of 9, at the Falls Church School of Ballet under Elisabeth Graetzer, former prima ballerina with the Innsbruck Opera Ballet, and dancer with the Vienna State Opera Ballet. During the following decade, Mrs. Rosenberger studied classical ballet, Viennese Waltz and Hungarian Character, and performed with the school. Ms. Rosenberger also performed Read more a Viennese Waltz at the Hungarian Freedom Fighters Ball in Washington DC. She taught classes starting at age 16, from beginners to adults. During this time, she also studied with Carolou Fiery Russell in Arlington. While attending Virginia Commonwealth University, Ms. Rosenberger studied ballet, modern, and jazz (with Tanya Dennis), performing with the University Dance Ensemble. Not only that, but Claire is a fabulous person to know and associate with. We are so privileged to have her as a ballet instructor for us at Excell Dance!

Instructors

  • Julie Taylor
    When Julie began dancing at the age of seven, she quickly discovered that it was her favorite activity. It wasn't until she started teaching dance in 2008 that she realized it was her passion. Julie was instructed at one of Northern Virginia's largest dance studios, Spotlight Dance Company. She studied ballet, broadway tap, jazz, and went on pointe around the age of 13. After almost a decade of learning Read moreshe took time off to go to college, and realized how badly she needed dance back in her life. After teaching in Fairfax for a couple of years, she decided to instruct closer to home. Now she is with Excell Dance, and loves every second of it!
  • Rachel Sippert
    Rachel grew up in Utah and began dancing at the age of 7. In high school, she auditioned for and became a member of the color guard lead by Nancy Cannon, and ballroom dance team coached by Shawn Mortensen. She learned flag work combined with Jazz and Modern dance moves on the color guard team, and competed in a number of events throughout Utah and Las Vegas, Read moreincluding taking part in the street entertainment for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Her color guard team ranked 1st in the state of Utah for one of the four years she competed with them. On the ballroom team, she studied all major forms of ballroom dance and competed at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University invitationals, among other performances in the area. She later attended Utah Valley University where she continued to study and practice Ballroom Dance. Rachel lives in Warrenton with her husband, Steven, and son, Blake, and is excited to be a new instructor with us this year!
  • Kelley Elliott  - Kelley started dancing with Culpeper Parks and Recreation when she was just 4 years old, studying ballet, tap, and jazz for 6 years. She later began taking ballet classes with Claire Rosenberger and danced with her for 7 years. While her main passion is ballet, she enjoys all types of dance.
  • Lisa Watts
    Lisa has been involved in dance and gymnastics from early childhood. She quickly discovered the confidence that comes from a strong body, and the joy of performance. After being involved in team gymnastics at Karon in Manassas, Lisa became a Cheerleader at Brentsville District High School where she was both an All- District and All- Region Cheerleader. After going off to college, marriage Read more and the start of her family, Lisa realized how much she missed training and performance. In 2011 she started teaching gymnastics and dance to children at The Little Gym in Gainesville, VA. From teaching Developmental Gymnastics in a parent-child setting, to Creative Movement, Ballet, and Tap, Lisa was thrilled to help children discover their own strength and confidence through movement. Lisa has also spent a great deal of time privately training students through various after-school programs and camps at Saint James Episcopal School and Covenant Christian Academy, both located in Warrenton. Now she is thrilled to be with Excell Dance where she not only teaches, but gets to watch both of her daughters experience their own joy through dance as well.
  • Victoria Carrico
    Originally, Victoria had no interest in dance classes. She was a gymnast at heart and thought that dance was for "girly" girls. But, after watching her sister's ballet recital in 2003, she caught the bug. The next year, at age eight, Victoria started dancing and never stopped! She discovered that dance was a way to express herself through music and movement and she fell in love with dancing. Read more Over the past ten years Victoria has studied lyrical, hip hop, modern, jazz, ballet and Irish. She has been with Excell since 2011 and was a part of their Performing Group from 2011-2013. As she grew in her ability, Victoria quickly realized that she wanted to share her talents with young dancers. She is thrilled to be teaching lyrical and hip hop at Excell this year and hopes to share her enthusiasm for dance with her students!
  • Wendy Miehm
    Wendy began dancing at the age of 3. She studied ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz and broadway privately and competitively, and has been teaching in northern Virginia for the last 12 years at various studios, including working as a choreographer’s assistant to Anthony Wortham Read more for 5 years. Through this, she was an assistant instructor/demonstrator at the Fairfax Academy for Communication Arts at Fairfax High School, assisted/demonstrated in various master classes in Virginia and Maryland and was an event co-coordinator for shows and auditions including auditions for the 2002 Cappie Awards at the Kennedy Center. Wendy was certified to teach ballet and jazz through Dance Masters of America in 2004.

Where to find us...

Come visit us at both of our new studios:

  • 526 Fletcher Drive, Warrenton, VA 20186 (next to Harris Teeter)
  • 518 Fletcher Drive, Warrenton, VA 20186

How to contact us...

For general inquiries:

Email: info@excelldancers.com
Phone: (540) 905-4886
Mailing Address:
Excell Dance
347 Fox Chase St
Warrenton, VA 20186