Our instructors are full of life and energy and all have the same vision: to spread their joy of dance and music to children and adults of all ages. They are caring individuals who pride themselves on maintaining a creative, safe and organized learning environment while having fun and making sure each student feels encouraged and involved.
Our instructors are highly trained—most have a degree from accredited colleges and universities or dance equivalent. And to ensure students are in good hands, all employees are required to undergo a national criminal and sex offender background check.
Martha Krabill is the Owner & Artistic Director of 5678 Dance, LLC. Martha and her staff provide dance and yoga enrichment programs for Schools in the Northern Virginia & DC area. Martha began teaching in 2002 and has choreographed for numerous organizations including PBS Kids, Think Film, The Discovery Channel, the Military District of Washington and Award Winning Dance Studios and Dance Teams across the United States. Prior to opening 5678 Dance, she was an instructor for Metropolitan Fine Arts, Strictly Rhythm Dance Center, 2 The Pointe’ Academy of the Arts, The Dance Connection and Arlington Dance Theatre where she served as the Youth Company Director from 2004-2008. In 2005 Martha discovered a deep passion as an expressive dance instructor for individuals with special needs. In 2009, she was awarded for her extraordinary levels of service to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities by the Arlington County Department of Human Services. Click here to Read more about our Martha Krabill and our Adapted Dance Classes.
Lillian (Lily) Chong was 4 years old when she found her passion for dance. Lily was raised in Alexandria, VA where she studied numerous dance styles at Just Dance studio and Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA). In 2013 she was invited to join the Staff at Just Dance Studio. Lily has over 16 years of training in Cecchetti ballet, Broadway, rhythm tap, jazz, and contemporary. Lily is currently serving her 3rd year at George Mason University studying Kinesiology while balancing her Presidency of the University’s Caribbean Student Association where she choreographs authentic Caribbean dance pieces for on and off-campus performances. She is currently working to build a national foundation for child health and fitness that includes all forms of dance and other physical activity.
Stacey Yvonne Claytor has studied the art of dance professionally for the past twelve years. As a means of enhancing her technique, range, diversity and her knowledge of the art, Stacey matriculated at James Madison University, in Virginia, and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and Dance with a specific concentration in Dance. For further professional study, Stacey trained with several dance studios in Virginia and New York, one of which was the famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in Manhattan and recently completed her Masters of Fine Arts degree in dance at The George Washington University. Stacey’s involvement in the field of dance has led to performances at numerous theatres in the United States including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. and The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Stacey has also been honored with the opportunity to perform, instruct and choreograph internationally in Bangladesh as well as numerous cities in India. Stacey is a former member of Deborah Riley Dance Projects and Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh and Company of which served as Associate Director and Director of Education. In addition, Stacey has shared her love for dance by teaching at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland as an Adjunct Professor of Dance, at Dance Place in Washington, D.C., at Virginia Ballet Company in Fairfax, Virginia, and at Swan Ballet Dance Schools Inc., in Fairfax, Virginia. Her most recent accomplishment is a childhood dream come true. In August of 2011, Stacey founded her own company, C4 Performing Arts, LLC and serves as Artistic Director and CEO. C4 is proud to partner with Martha Krabill and 5,6,7,8 Dance to provide after school dance classes. In addition, Stacey includes dance instruction in her continuing outreach efforts at the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Maryland, The Boys and Girls Club of Silver Spring, Maryland, the D.A.R.E. Dancer after school program with ClancyWorks in many Maryland Public Schools, Excel Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. and at numerous local churches and places of worship. With dedication, passion, and a genuine love for dance and the performing arts, Stacey continually seeks opportunities to perform, instruct, organize performances, benefit concerts and infuse her community with the joy that dance and the performing arts provide to her. Stacey and C4 joined the 5678 Dance Staff in 2013.
Mayna (May) Duarte grew up in Brazil, in a town notorious for their Ballet Schools. She was 5 years old when she first danced on a big stage and fell in love with performing. She’s formally trained in classical ballet and rhythm tap dance and has had the privilege of both attending workshops at and competing in some of the world’s biggest dance festivals such as Festival de Dança de Joinville, Festival de Dança de Indaiatuba, and Cuballet Sao Paulo, to name a few. In high school, she began working at her dance studio in exchange for classes. She started as an assistant instructor and went on to direct rehearsals, learn/execute the logistics aspects of a performance, teach her own classes, and even technically direct a couple different performances. May studied Theater in college and today works full time with Productions. She still loves performing and sneaks in stage time whenever she can! May joined the 5678 Dance staff in 2018.
Josephine (Josie) Gilliland is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and has been dancing since the tender age of 3. She has formally trained in numerous dance styles, ballet, tap, jazz, Irish step dancing, hip hop and musical theatre. While obtaining her bachelors degree at Kent State University she was a member of the semi pro North Easterner Ohio Prowlers dance team, where she perfected her craft of pom and cheer.She continues to spread her love of dance and movement at Tiny Dancers and most recently she has obtained her 200 hour yoga teacher certification. Josie joined the 5678 Dance staff in 2018.
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Chanel Hicks is an implant by way of Detroit, Michigan and works part-time as a mental health counselor. She enjoys learning about new dance styles, techniques, and ways to promote self-expression in her free time. She has formal training in Jazz, Ballet, and Contemporary dance styles. She spent most of her life as a competitive figure skater, where she learned to incorporate her dance training's into her routines. Chanel has experience choreographing routines as well as teaching gymnastics. She is very happy to work with 5678 Dance and promote positive self-expression to young dancers. Chanel joined the 5678 Dance Staff in 2016.
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Alex Miegel is originally from Fairfax, VA and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance & Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2008. As a student at VCU his work “Ethereal Emissaries” was performed in the Senior Project Concert. After graduating he has had the pleasure of performing with Theatre West Virginia and West Virginia Dance Company located in Beckley, West Virginia. Since returning to Fairfax he has worked with Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company primarily in their educational outreach program and most recently with Dance Art Theater. He is thrilled to be working with C4 Performing Arts Academy under the direction of Ms. Stacey Yvonne Claytor, where he teaches ballet, jazz, tap and assists with outreach classes offers by C4 and their affiliates in Virginia, DC and Maryland. Alex joined the 5678 Dance Staff in 2015.
Natalie Rahn, a Seattle, Washington native, initially trained in ballet and modern dance with Ballet Bellevue and then Ms. Deborah Hadley. Since graduating high school, she has danced in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Graduate Program and as a Trainee at the Oklahoma City Ballet. While dancing with OKC Ballet, Natalie also began her journey to become a certified Pilates instructor. Natalie has also had the privilege of attending summer programs with Ballet Austin, Milwaukee Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Houston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the Rock School, and Los Angeles Ballet. This year, Ms. Rahn began her first year as a student at George Washington University to study Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and she is excited to join the 5-6-7-8 Dance's mission in sharing dance with children in Northern Virginia. Natalie joined the 5678 Dance Staff in 2015.
Olivia Lopez began dancing at the age of 3. She has studied and trained in a variety of dance styles including Vaganova and Cecchetti ballet forms, contemporary dance, tap, jazz, hip-hop and zumba. Olivia is a certified Zumba Instructor. Olivia spent 8-years in competing and has trained and performed in numerous festivals and elite programs including; Shanghai, China, The Kirov Ballet Academy and at Alvin Ailey. Olivia is a Graduate of Radford University where she choreographed and performed numerous pieces for the Dance Department and various dance activities at the University. Olivia holds a B.A in Psychology with a minor in Dance Performance. She is currently seeking her M.A in Human Resources Management.. Olivia joined the 5678 Dance Staff in 2017.
A native of Northern Virginia, Caroline studied ballet, pointe, hip hop, and character dance at Reston Conservatory Ballet for 13 years. At the University of Mary Washington, she received her undergrad degree in Business Administration, as well as participated in the UMW Performing Arts club as a dancer, choreographer, and Treasurer. Since graduating in 2010, Caroline has participated in a variety of local community theater productions including Cabaret at Prince William Little Theatre and Beauty and the Beast at Castaways Repertory Theatre. Depending on the show, she acts, dances, sings, designs hair and makeup, helps backstage, choreographs, and/or directs. Caroline has a Masters degree in Special Education and was an autism teacher for 5 years. Currently she is a theatre and dance teacher for Adventure Theatre in Maryland and, of course, 5678 Dance! Caroline joined the 5678 Dance Staff in 2018.
Raven Sellers graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Dance in 2012. She began dancing at the age of 10 and received her dance training in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz at Metropolitan Fine Arts Center. In high school, she continued on to become a member of the West Springfield Dance Team where she received intensive training in Hip Hop. After high school, she became a member of the nationally ranked George Mason University Dance Team (the Masonettes) where she obtained her Pom training. Both in high school and in college she competed on the national dance floor, and her teams both placed top five in the nation in their respective styles of dance. Raven continues to dance at BalletNOVA and George Mason University to expand her knowledge of dance technique. She also teaches in several schools and studios in the area to spread her love for dance to kids all over the county. Her specialties include Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pom, and Bollywood styles of dance. Raven joined the 5678 Dance Staff in 2014.
Kiya graduated from the renowned Suitland High School’s Visual and Performing Arts Program.She was three years old when she first discovered her love for dance and the arts. Kiya has trained with some of the top programs, including the Washington Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, Ballet Arts Academy, Divine Dance Institute and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Kiya loves working with children and finds great joy watching them reach their goals. Kiya is honored to be a part of the C4 Performing Arts Faculty and looks forward to helping amplify the success of C4’s outreach programs. She attends George Mason University where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree as a Dance Major. Kiya is also minoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Special Education. joined the 5678 Dance Staff in 2018.