At the end of the day, going forward, a new normal that has evolved from generation X is on the runway heading towards a streamlined cloud solution.
Lauren Smith, born in Australia, is a Northern Virginia based dancer, performing artist, choreographer and dance educator. She is trained in social styles of dance (Salsa, Bachata, Cha-cha, Merengue, and Swing) in addition to ballroom fundamentals (Waltz, Foxtrot, Argentine Tango, and Rumba).
She has worked with all ages and all skill levels to not only learn the steps of dancing, but to also build confidence, understand connection, teach dance/social etiquette, and encourage individual expression.
Lauren is the founder of RedSand Dance, a social dancing company that embraces community, culture and compassion. She has 14 years of choreography and instructor experience, with the most recent 6 years focusing on latin styles. In addition to running her own events, she actively teaches at other venues throughout D.C, MD and VA.
She continues to share her love of teaching dance through one-on-one private lessons. group classes, workshops, festivals and private events.
“Aagje White is a 26 year old enthousiastic young woman from Belgium who graduated in 2015 as a Musical Theater Artist at the Song & Dance Academy in Zwolle, Netherlands.
Aagje started acting and playing the piano when she was 6 years old. In highschool she went to a private theater school and played in several plays and theater contests. She continued studying her dream job and went to college in the Netherlands. During her college years she got a lot of teaching / performing opportunities. For example she was in the ensemble of “The Sound of Music“ that toured through Belgium and the Netherlands. She also wrote and directed a couple plays herself and sang at a lot of events at her college. After her graduation Aagje came to the United States as an Au Pair and nannied for a host family. She also lived in NYC for 6 months and had the opportunity to see a lot of Broadway shows, attend in Open Mic Nights and follow workshops. Over the summer she has been teaching theater and singing classes and directed shows like Hairspray, Annie, Mathilda and Descendants.
Since she was a child she was always busy after school with the things she loved to do. And that’s why she loves this job so much.
As she quotes: “I am one of those lucky people who’s hobby turned into their carreer and I couldn’t be more happy about that. Sharing my talents with the kids, seeing them improve and have fun puts a smile on my face!“
Visual Art Teacher
Rona Kravitz is a lifelong artist who has taught art over many years to all skill levels, ages Pre-K through Adult. She delights in bringing her passion for creativity to enriching the lives of others through art. She is skilled in teaching the full gamut of art materials and also in exhibiting student artwork. Aside from teaching in her home studio, she taught art at an acclaimed private school for gifted students as well as at other locations.
Her double major B.A. degree is in Studio Art and Psychology, and she has taught art as therapy. She spent a semester abroad studying Art and Theater in Europe.
Rona’s art is vibrantly colorful. She has exhibited in the prestigious Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival and elsewhere. Her art is in private collections and businesses, and she does special commissions.
Rona’s other passion is healthy nutrition. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and also teaches cooking classes, combining creativity with preparing colorful, healthful meals.
Rona sees each student as a uniquely talented shining star and is thrilled to be teaching each and enriching the lives of many through art and creativity classes at the Infinity Arts Center!
Daveda Walton studied dance since the age of four. She’s danced in different companies like the Prince William Performing Arts, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Alley, Debbie Allen, Las Wolf Trap, and the Moscow Russian Ballet (Nutcracker). She’s been titled Best Solo and Featured Dancer in dance competitions, as well as chosen to dance for the New Year’s Celebration in Australia and the Emperor’s Birthday Celebration in China. In 2006 Daveda began teaching dance. She’s taught up and down the east coast, to include, Florida Atlantic University and Arts Umbrella Dance Company of Vancouver, Canada. As an instructor, Daveda has been awarded many national titles for dance, including awards for her choreography and teaching. In 2015, after receiving a few fitness and training certifications, Daveda founded The Adorn Dance and Entertainment Art Company d/b/s Adorn Dance & Fitness.
Marilu Seklecki studied ballet at the Opera Ballet School in Catania Italy under the direction of choreographers Alberto Moro and Silvana Lo Giudice. She danced with the Opera of Rome in Giselle and Bayadere. She perfected her technique with etoile Liliana Cosi and Gordana Petrovic from the St. Petersburg Vaganova Academy. She also danced with the London Royal Ballet and the company of the Paris Opera House. After getting the accreditation to teach and the specialization in choreography, she became an instructor for the International School of Stuttgart and later for the SKIES unlimited program sponsored by the Department of Defense in Stuttgart Germany, Seoul South Korea and Wiesbaden Germany. She applies both the Vaganova and Cecchetti method.
Visual Art/ Dance Teacher
Nandini has been artistically inclined since childhood which encouraged her to complete a Graphics design course (5 years diploma). She began her career as a Graphics designer and worked for 7+ years in a variety of roles with various arts & animation studios, advertising agencies, and multimedia firms. Her love for the performing arts and a strong desire to work with young minds empowered her to pursue teaching Art and dance to children of all ages. As an art teacher, for over 2 years, she has successfully managed an after-school enrichment program for Elementary and Middle school children. She, as a dance teacher for over 5 years, has been conducting individual and group Bollywood dance lessons. Her students have won accolades for their performances in some of the most prestigious Bollywood dance competitions.
Nandini is very excited to share her passion at Infinity Arts.
Lion Dance Teacher
My name is Ve Thai. I have been a lion dancer for over 6 years now. Lion Dance is a cultural Chinese dance performed during holidays, weddings, birthdays, special events in order to bring good luck. The art of lion dance takes years to master as it requires a strict balance of the mind and body in order to control the movement and emotions of the lion. I have followed the art of lion dance intricately and studied diligently in perfecting the craft. I have performed in over 100 events and taught lion dance for 4 years. Currently, I am a coach with the Choy Wun Lion Dance Troupe, a non-profit, 501c3, lion dance team based in northern Virginia. I can’t wait to share my knowledge and spread the culture with everyone.
Visual Art Teacher
Zerihun Seyoum paints from the inspiration of his surroundings and from experiencing his own emotions. He believes that there are still new ideas to discover and to explore after he creates
each painting. For him, art is always original in its expression of ideas and emotions, and he feels that there must inevitably be some connection between the viewer and the artist. With words there is always more to say, but to Zerihun, painting says so much more.
There are no boundaries in the way in which Zerihun chooses to explore colour, texture and composition. One of the first things to strike you about Zerihun’s paintings is his use of bold colour and line to create a sense of energy and movement in each of his works. He is inspired by the fusions in life and fearlessly paints images that revels, reveals, unearths and discovers. As you examine his concepts and expression of fused identity and fused environments, it is clear that he recognizes the beautiful detail of the convergence and clash of the traditional and the modern. Zerihun also creates simultaneously from both a pensive reflection and from spontaneously improvised feeling and sensations. Some of Zerihun’s most impactful pieces are clearly inspired by the practice of experiencing life as the true nature of his self, whereby emotions play out like a living painting.
He is inspired by the fusions in life and fearlessly paints images that revels, reveals, unearths and discovers. As you examine his concepts and expression of fused identity and fused environments, it is clear that he recognizes the beautiful detail of the convergence and clash of the traditional and the modern.
There are no boundaries in the way in which Zerihun chooses to explore colour, texture and composition. One of the first things to strike you about Zerihun’s paintings is his use of bold colour and line to create a sense of energy and movement in each of his works. He is inspired by the fusions in life and fearlessly paints images that revels, reveals, unearths and discovers. As you examine his concepts and expression of fused identity and fused environments, it is clear that he recognizes the beautiful detail of the convergence and clash of the traditional and the modern.
Kirslyn Schell-Smith is an artist and writer who has a Bachelor’s of Art in Studio Art from Denison University and is currently getting her Master of Fine Arts from Ithaca College. Her work is concentrated in photography, painting, and exploring the intersection between images and text. She has taught at an arts organization in Richmond, and is excited to be teaching what she is most passionate about.
Sarah E. Beck
Sarah E. Beck is a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory with a BFA in Acting. For three summers, she taught as a teacher at Acting for Young People (AFYP) where she gained experience with elementary school students. Throughout her college years, she also coached students that ranged in ages 9-10 as well as high school level classes. She is a Meisner trained actor and is very passionate about her craft. Her alma matter taught her a lot about the career path for a serious actor and she is still chasing that dream today. Along with acting, she is very interested in behind the scenes when it comes to film.
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