Innovative dance education in a professional ballet environment.  



Our Dance Academy uses Studio Director to manage all of our class schedules, registration, and payment. Please, call us if you have any questions!



The Stavna Dance Academy is the official training school of the Stavna Ballet. By offering exciting and progressive Academy dance programs for beginners as well as pre-professionals, we allow each student to enrich their lives through the art of dance in whatever way they choose. 


The Stavna Dance Academy provides quality training taught by world-class professionals in Midlothian, Virginia. Students can watch the Stavna Ballet Company rehearse and even have the opportunity to perform in their productions. Dance Academy programs at Stavna Ballet are available for students ages 2-18 and they may take a variety of classes based on their individual interests including jazz, modern or contemporary dance. Our goal is to help nurture the love of dance through an exciting and progressive curriculum. In addition to teaching dance at the highest level, we work to promote confidence and self-awareness that will help dancers achieve their goals both inside and outside of the Dance Academy. 

Contact us for more information on the Stavna Dance Academy.




The Stavna Youth Ballet (SYB) is for students ages 6-18 who are placed according to their skill levels. These dancers have the opportunity to learn and perform with our professional company, the Stavna Ballet, as well as participate in community events and an end of the year showcase. Members of the Stavna Youth Ballet commit to being performing members of the Stavna Ballet Company for the entire August through May season and to attend all rehearsals and performances for which they are cast. 

Contact us for more information about the Stavna Youth Ballet.

Important Dates 

First day of 2017-2018 season: Monday, September 11th, 2017

The Stavna Dance Academy follows the Chesterfield Country Public School calendar. Below are the dates that the studio will be closed. We also adhere to Chesterfield County's inclement weather closings.  

  • Thanksgiving Break: November 20th-26th, 2017
  • Winter Break: December 18th, 2017-January 1st, 2018
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: January 15th, 2018
  • President Washington's Birthday: February 19th, 2018
  • Spring Break: April 2nd-6th, 2018
Our daughter has flourished and rediscovered her love of dance.  For her, learning the art of dance and participating with a professional company in productions and being treated as an equal in age appropriate classes has allowed her flourish. Learning dance terminology, classical music, and being able to come home and look up dance classics because that curiosity and love is being instilled in her at  class is amazing!
— proud parent
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Shannon fell in love with dance at a very young age. Originally from Tennessee, she began her training at the City Youth Ballet with Susan Pace-White. She has trained all over the country with many of the nations most distinguished artist including David Howard, Edward Villella, Gelsey Kirdland and Alonzo King. She received a B.F.A from Radford University with a concentration in performance and choreography under the direction of Frano Jelincic and Dagmar Kessler. Upon graduation, Shannon became a principal dancer with the San Diego Ballet. During her time with the company she had the opportunity to dance various lead roles under the direction of Robin Morgan and Javier Velasco. After moving to Virginia, she is proud to have founded the Stavna Ballet, a non-profit dance company in December of 2010. In 2012 she opened the Stavna Dance Academy, becoming the offiial training school of the Ballet. Most recently, Shannon was awarded one of Richmond's 2013 "Top 40 under 40".



Jennifer Klotz grew up dancing in her hometown of Allentown, Pennyslvania where she studied various stayles of dance including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary and Tap. Jen is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she earned her BFA in Modern dance performance under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. upon graduation Jen moved to Richmond, VA and began her teaching career with Stavna Ballet in 2013. In addition to teaching at Stavna, Jen is an adjunt professor at John Tyler Community College and is a Barre fitness instructor in the Richmond area. She has had the pleasure of performing with the Stavna Ballet in their productions of Snow White, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and most recently has been cast as Peter in Peter Pan!



Rachel Seeholzer is from Los Angeles, California where she began her training at the Pacific Dance Academy with Louise Mandel. Rachel continued her training at the School of Ballet Chicago, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Lines Contemporary Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre (now the Charlotte Ballet), and The Richmond Ballet. In 2014, Rachel joined the Charlottesville Ballet as an apprentice and was promoted to company in 2015. Rachel as well will be joining The Suzanne Farrell Ballet for the 2016-2017 season. Rachel’s teaching began with the Degas Dance Studio where she created their first ballet production of The Nutcracker, as well as with the Los Angeles Ballet Academy where she began her studies of the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) method. Rachel continues to teach throughout the Richmond area and is excited to begin her first year with Stavna Ballet.



Noelani was raised in Richmond, Virginia where she studied dance from a very young age. She attended Thomas Dale High School's Specialty Center for Visual and Performing Arts and graduated with numerous awards for her innovative choreography. She also participated as a member of the Thomas Dale Dance Team. In addition to dancing at school, Noelani trained at Chesterfield Dance Center where she was a part of the competition company "dELIRUM." They competed at dance competitions, including West Coast Dance Explosion, where Noelani received the Regional Senior eLite Dancer Scholarship to dance in Las Vegas. Competitions exposed her to current contemporary dance from teachers like Travis Wall, Liz Imperio, Allison Holker, and Kim Wolfe. Noelani is currently training as a Dance & Choreography Major at Virginia Commonwealth University where she is continually evolving as a modern dancer and choreographer. Noelani is so excited to be working at Stavna.

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Caroline began her training in Acrobatics and Cecchetti Ballet from a young age at Pine Island Dance and the Cuppett Performing Arts Center. Her passion lead her to continue dancing with the Fusiondance Company in Vienna, VA. She also had the unique opportunity to further enrich her training in Sarasota, FL, studying at The Circus Arts Conservatory in Trapeze and Aerial skills. She is excited to begin her first year teaching at the Stavna Academy and loves sharing her knowledge and skill set with her students. Caroline is proud to have started the Acro Program at Stavna, inviting students to learn how to increase their strength and flexibility to safely meet new lengths. She is also a certified Yoga instructor, receiving certifications from Reflex Arts and The Yoga Dojo here in RVA. She has a 200hr Iyengar Yoga & 50hr Rocket yoga Certifications. She is excited to use her experience in both yoga and Acro to help her students explore what they didn't know their bodies could do.



Sophie is originally from Raleigh, NC. Her dance experience began when she was five years old at the Raleigh School of Ballet. As her skills developed, she joined their Professional Division at the age of thirteen, which is Raleigh School of Ballet’s program that recognizes potential in young aspiring dancers. Sophie then continued her dance studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a ballet major for three years. During that time, she attended summer programs at the Miami City Ballet and Richmond Ballet. After graduating high school, Sophie moved to Richmond, Virginia to begin dancing with the Richmond Ballet as a Trainee. In 2015, Sophie joined the Stavna Ballet as a company member and she also serves a role as a ballet instructor at the Academy. Sophie has performed in numerous pieces including Valse Fantasy, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Divertimento, Paquita, La Source and Kingdom choreographed by Larry Keigwin.



Ali Pfautz is a local storyteller, author, and teacher, known as The Story Lady. Ali grew up out West where she studied dance, theater, and journalism. After more than a decade working in TV news, she followed her heart and found her way back to the arts world. Ali has taught dance, storytelling, and theatre classes for local elementary enrichment programs and for CharacterWorks Theater. She's also the music and movement teacher at Salisbury Presbyterian Preschool. She loves encouraging children to get up and move, use their imaginations. During her story sessions at schools and bookstores, Ali has entertained thousands of children, always keeping her audiences on their toes with lots of interactive fun.



A native of Tennessee, Megan Baker began her dance training at age 6 with Van Metre School of Dance, under the direction of Amy Moore Morton. Megan received her B.A. in Dance from Radford Univeristy and studied under Frano and Dagmar Jelinsic, Peggy Hunt, danah bella, Margaret Devaney and Inessa Plekhanova. Megan was a member of the Radford University Ballet Theatre all four years of college, performing on campus as well as for other festivals such as ACDF. After graduating college, she danced as a soloist for Appalachian Ballet Company, as well as performed as a guest artist with Momentum Dance Lab. In Washington, DC, Megan performed with CityDance 2, Ariden Dance, and Mich-Mash Productions. Megan was recently certified in massage therapy, dances with RADAR, and is thrilled to be back in the studio teaching at Stavna, sharing love and light through movement.



Growing up in Midlothian, Katie began dancing at the age of three and immediately loved it. During her early years as a dancer, she danced at a local studio and was trained in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, and contemporary. Katie made a decision to focus her training on classical ballet and pointe and became a founding member of the Stavna Youth Ballet in 2012. Since then she has continued her training under the direction of Shannon McConville and performed along with the Stavna Ballet in Carnival of the Animals, Snow White, Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan- in which she danced a lead role. In addition to her position as a student, Katie has furthered her love of dance through volunteering with both Stavna Reach and the Stavna Youth Ballet. In 2016 Katie's role at Stavna was expanded yet again when she was promoted to teacher. Katie is grateful to have been able to follow her passion of not only learning dance but also sharing it with her students. Katie is currently a member of Level 5 Stavna Youth Ballet and simply cannot wait to see what this year holds.


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