Becca Nelson,

Guest Choreograhpher

  and Dance Instructor


Ms. Terry Peyton, Owner, Director and Choreographer

Ms. Terry is the inspiration for each TSD student everyday and a remarkable dance coach, creative artist and businesswomen.  Having her own dance background while growing up locally -- she and her late husband Jack saw the need for a full-service dance facility which could bring generations of aspiring dancers with the joy of realizing their dreams.  Our students love her strength, persistence, kindness and humor. 

Terry Peyton is a native Alexandrian.  She began dance as a tot and earned a spot as a member of the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.  Her talents took her to Broadway to appear in West Side Story. 

Her credits include choreographing commercials and musicals.  She has judged regional and national talent competitions, beauty pageants and auditions for the Redskinettes and many other football team cheer clubs.

Locally, she has coached and choreographed routines for Northern Fairfax County High School dance teams, cheerleaders, flag teams and marching bands.  Terry has coached Northern Fairfax County High School football teams and has worked with their summer camp programs to condition the players.

Ms. Shalet Peyton, Artistic Director

Shalet is a remarkably talented dancer, choreographer and dedicated.  Having grown up in the dance studio scene -- 

Shalet Peyton is the youngest daughter of Terry and Jack and of course, has danced her entire life. Shalet’s past have taken her to Los Angeles, California, where she performed in commercials, videos, modeling and became a member of a five girl singing group named “Nothing But the Truth” which opened for Regina Bell. 

She moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19 and received a full scholarship to Tremaine’s Dance Center where she trained with Margarite Derricks (choreographer for “Austin Powers”), Wade Robson (choreographer for Britney Spears and N-Sync), Carla and Melissa (choreographers for Prince).  

Shalet has earned many awards and honors   The most recent was this past summer at the Star Systems National Dance Competition in Myrtle Beach.  Shalet won The Top Teacher Award as well as Top Choreographer.

Joanne K. Bowman, Dance Instructor

Joanne K. Bowman is a highly trained, award winning, professional dancer with over twenty-five years of experience providing innovative, dynamic and original dance, baton, and acrobatics instruction to thousands of students ranging from toddlers to adults.  

Joanne studied dance for a decade under Mrs. Gloria F. Dance, who is both a former Miss Virginia and a legend of Virginia Dance Instruction for over fifty years.  Joanne also studied ballet under such great dance masters as Eugene Hammett of the Tidewater Ballet Association; Susan Borree of the New York City Ballet; and, Jerry Schwinder of the Richmond Ballet School of Ballet. 

Joanne danced professionally for King’s Productions serving as Dance Captain and Dance Swing for several years in multiple productions, and she has numerous professional musical theater credits to include Pippin, Fiddler on the Roof and 42nd Street, just to name a few.  She has also danced with the Petersburg Ballet (Principle Dancer); Concert Ballet of Virginia (Corps de Ballet); and, Tidewater Ballet Association (Corps de Ballet).

A gifted choreographer, Joanne has developed, tutored and coached numerous dancers in preparation for local, regional and national dance competitions.  From solo choreography and preparation to complex group and ensemble routines, she has developed winning innovative, original numbers, which have garnered high praise from dancers, audiences and judges alike.  

Before marrying and traveling extensively with her Army Colonel husband, she owned and operated the Sussex Surry Dance Academy, teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Baton and Acrobatics to students ranging from pre-school to high school (9 Seasons). 

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Linda Fisher, Head Gymnastics Coach

Linda is known throughout the region for her approach to teaching young athletes the foundational aspects of gymnastics.  Voted by as one of Washington, DC's Top Ten Gymnastics Coaches.  

A native of Alexandria, Linda is a great example of how hard work and dedication has it's rewards. Having started taking classes at TSD at the age of seven, Linda competed with Jack's gym team from ages 12 through 18. Linda began her coaching career at age 15 assisting with Jack's team. 

While studying at TSD, Linda attended Mount Vernon High School, where she competed with the gymnastics team, receiving titles and trophies to the schools gymnastics legacy. 

Linda has returned to her high school alma mater as a gymnastics coach - continuing her own personal journey with the Mount Vernon Majors, earning titles as National District Champions and receiving the  "Women in Sports Coach of the Year" award.

Zoe-Elizabeth McCray

Hailing from Alexandria, VA, Zoe-Elizabeth McCray (soprano) received her Bachelor’s in Vocal performance at James Madison University studying with Grammy-Award winning Baritone Kevin McMillan.  As Terry’s resident vocal coach, Zoe-Elizabeth not only brings music to our ears, she is music to our ears with her operatic beauty and range with Musical Theater, perhaps best is her solos that are as soulful and spiritual as it gets. Zoe-Elizabeth has preformed in such greats as 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Annie, Seussical and Godspell.  Having studied at James Madison University, Zoe-Elizabth has been featured on USA Today, TEDTalk and Buzzfeed News.  With accolades and awards listing into the zillions, our Zoe-Elizabeth has been recognized as Best Collegiate Female Singer in Virginia, Virginia NATS (2016), Inaugural United State of Women Performer (2016), Best Arrangement and Song of the Year, CARA Acapella Awards(2016), and OperaWorks Winter Intensive participant.  Stop by and meet Zoe-Elizabeth – you’ll be delighted with her kind, personable nature and her ability to bring joy with her divinely inspired talents.   

Vocal Coach

Alec Faddoul, Hip Hop Instructor

At the age of ten, his charismatic and upbeat personality gives the world just a little taste of what is to come from him. His overload of energy allows him to be talented in more than one area. Tae Kwon Do, Soccer and Basketball are only some of his major interests. However, dancing is his heart. Alec has been dancing since he was as young as three years old. At the age of six he began training in advanced professional hip hop classes with choreographer Jason Cerda, and since has been blessed with many amazing opportunities. His styles of dancing range from break dancing and locking to popping and tutting. Along the way, he has developed his own unique style that has earned him much recognition and respect on online websites such as YouTube and Facebook, with over 40,000 views and shared links. His dancing inspirations include Michael Jackson, Usher, and Chris Brown."Out of all my activities, dancing is the only thing that puts me in a really good mood. I'm just really happy when I do it."Aside from dancing, Alec is also captain of his soccer team and school basketball team. He enjoys playing sports and leading his teams to championships. By being a captain, he has built a strong sense of leadership and responsibility. He knows the true meaning of determination and always strives to win and be the best. Alec knows the meaning of hard work and never settles for less.One of Alec's major achievements is his hard and devoted work in Tae Kwon Do. In spring 2011, he will receive his black belt after six years of intense martial arts discipline.Above all, dancing is where his future lies. There is no telling where this ten year old will end up, but sit back and be amazed. With his perseverance and enthusiasm, he won't fail to dance his way into your heart.

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Jennifer Lee, Gymnastics Coach

Jennifer is our very own rolling, twirling rock-star who started gymnastics training when she was 6 years old. At the ripe old age of 10, Jennifer advanced to spending her summers in Houston, Texas at Bela and Marta Karolyi's training Center. Under the direction of the legendary coach and national coordinator of the U.S. women's gymnastics team, Martha Karolyi, Jennifer profected her acro skills and began to competing.  Jennifer advanced as a Level 7 gymnast training throughout the state of Alabama.  

Jennifer began coaching when she was 15, mainly focusing on Level 4 and 5 competitive gymnastics. We're very proud to have Jennifer with us at Terry's and we're even more proud to have her teach all ages from pre-school to gym 3/4. Also involved in the local community, she is the assistant gymnastics coach at the award-winning Mount Vernon and West Potomac High Schools. 

Terry's Kids love Jennifer for enthusiasm and patience with the little-ones; she takes the time to get to know each of her students and builds a bond of trust and strong learning with them -- all needed to take on the skills that acrobatic gymnastics calls for to twist, twirl and roll themselves to lots of fun and competition bling. 

Jennifer asked us to be sure to mention that she enjoys sitting down with new students and their parents to discuss what the family would like to experience -- and, how learning at Terry's can help achieve their goals.  

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Lindsey Blough, Assistant Gymanstics Coach

Lindsey is a remarkably versatile dancer and an incredibly agile gymnast.  A TSD alum, Lindsey has earned her stripes by pounding out fierce hip hop routines and teaching our huge trampoline a lesson on how to bounce.  


Lindsey’s interests in dance are began at an early age right here at Terry's. She's expanded her dance and gymnastics training by working hard and excelling as a Freshman to the varsity level of the award-winning Mount Vernon cheer team. Having just graduated, Lindsey has her sights on a criminal justice degree -- likely the reason she's become a top notch athlete and a cool cat under pressure. 

In the gymnasium, Lindsey's  areas of expertise are in basic body techniques  (Arch, Layout, Pike & Tuck, Salto and Twist) and floor techniques (Tumbling Pass, Backhandspring, Full Twist Double Back, Double Full and Rudi).

Terry’s students love Lindsey for her want to help others – her ability to sense what others need and her drive to exactness.  Lindsey’s students must be prepared to work up a sweat – but also enjoy lots of fun creative routines and a few good laughs along the way.

Assistant Gymnastics Coach

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Becca Nelson,

TSD Guest Choreograhpher and Dance Instructor

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George Marcos, Guest Instructor

George Marcos began dancing at a very young age. Growing up he studied all types of dance at various studios and companies in the DMV area.


It wasn’t until half way into high school until George began creating his own choreography and since then he has traveled extensively on the east coast teaching his own pieces at various studios; as well as, assisting major choreographers. In a few months, he plans to make a move to LA to pursue his career as a dancer/ choreographer.


George has been a member of Capitol Movement Pre-Pro, Future Shock DC, CMI Kidz, and the Two-AM Project.

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James Thomas, Guest Instructor

James Thomas started his dance career when he joined the Brooke Point High School Varsity Dance Team in 2011.  Since then he has become an instructor for The Movement Studios and Born 2 Dance.  In April 2014 James joined TeamCerdafied and now performs as a backup dancer for Latin/Pop artist, Jason Cerda.


With TeamCerdafied he has performed in Los Angeles, CA and Miami, FL, as well as locally  at the Echo Stage and The Fillmore Silver Spring.  With heavy media coverage, these performances were taped and broadcast on major TV networks including Fox 5, Univision, Telemundo, and Uforia Music Platforms.


James is also a back up dancer for local singer/dancer, Jodeci Milhouse, and a member of Capitol Movement Dance Company, based out of Washington, DC.

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Deonte Sharp, Guest Instructor

Adam Parsons, Guest Instructor

​We love Adam for his creativity and wonderful spirit -- a proud alumni of TSD, he is well known for his multifaceted award winning choreography, and his unique approach to music makes him a  sought after choreographer in the dance industry. He has danced for stage, film, TV and industrials such as Fila, NBC, Redken, Power Rangers(Blue Ranger), Prince, Monica, Pepsi, Shell OiL, and performed as the principal dancer in the Ballet "Rodeo" at the White House for President Bill Clinton.


The Los Angeles Times critics have said his choreography is "refreshingly original and various in his scope and theme" and Dance Magazine named him "One to watch".  He has choreographed projects such as  So You Think You Can Dance Australia, Redken Hair industrials, created duets for the Prima Ballerina of Seoul National Ballet and the Prima Ballerina of Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. 


He is the founder and artistic director of COMMONALITY his dance company that has toured the United States, Mexico, South Korea, and Europe. Known for his dedication to dancers, he created the GIVEBACK INITIATIVE, supporting emerging dancers through travel, mentorship, company dance classes and performing with COMMONALITY. Adam teaches master classes around the world and for companies and schools in Australia, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea and Switzerland. 


Adam's recent projects include choreography for a halftime show for the WNBA Sparks at the Staples Center, a new dance production for COMMONALITY and choreographic work on the film “ Love on a Sunday Afternoon”

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Christina Woodard, Guest Instructor

Christina's unique style and challenging classes have put her in demand as a master teacher and choreographer throughout the world. Her extensive knowledge of anatomy allows her to provide exciting and educational classes with a deep focus on stretch, strength and placement, while her incredible energy and compassion has made her popular with dancers of all ages.

She is a faculty member of EDGE Performing Arts Center, Dance Masters of America, Groove Street Dance Conventions and Harbour Dance Center in Canada.

Christina's TV and FILM credits include:  VICTORIOUS (Nickelodeon), iCARLY (Nickelodeon), Motion City Soundtrack "HER WORDS" Music Video, GARY UNMARRIED w/ Rob Riggle (CBS), The STEVE HARVEY SHOW (WB), SUDDENLY SUSAN w/Brooke Shields (WB), FAME (Sony), and THE NIKKI COX SHOW (WB). Industrials for GUESS, DISNEY, NESTLE AND NIKE.

Currently Christina is teaching all over the country and can't wait to get back to TSD for some fun master classes!

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D.J. Smart, Guest Instructor

"DJ Smart has been described as one of the most versatile and gifted dancers of his generation and possibly one of the most brilliant performers in the world. The way he intertwines and merges the world of dance with reality remains a mystery. His unfathomable gift has led him to rapidly become a highly recognized and sought after dancer, teacher and choreographer in all facets of the industry.

Originally from Detroit, MI, he was immersed into sports and the arts as a child proving to be naturally gifted in areas such as architecture, acting, basketball, track, journalism, voice, modeling and most popularly dance. He grew and excelled at a rapid pace which instantly ignited his journey to stardom.

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Ashley Seldon, Guest Choreographer and Dance Instructor

Ashley Seldon is one Terry's School of Dance's most successful alumnus, having been raised in our studios and achieving new heights as a member of the TSD Competitive Dance Team.  Ashley was born right near by and started at the ripe old age of 3.  For the past 20 years, she has been pursuing her passion for the performing arts.


She has trained in numerous styles including modern, jazz, ballet, tap, and hip hop, beginning at Terry’s School of Dance and Gymnastics where she studied for eight years. Under the guidance of Terry Peyton, she entered The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she received her Bachelors Degree in Jazz Dance Performance with an emphasis in choreography. While attending school at the university, Ashley also found the time to teach at numerous dance studios, and was a cheerleader for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles for three seasons.

Upon graduation with honors, she moved to Los Angeles, CA, aspiring to be a professional dancer and actress. She immediately obtained a job as a member of the NBA Clipper Spirit Dance Team. She began dancing with many artists including Flo Rida, Kelly Rowland, and Usher as well as making appearances on TV shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, Mad TV, and Americas Best Dance Crew.


Ashley’s biggest accomplishment thus far was her current position as a dancer for Beyonce, where she was on World Tour. During the past year, she has performed and traveled around the world at the young age of 23. She continues to perform, choreograph and teach students and dancers around the country.

Lane Napper, Master Class Conductor and Dance Instructor

Lane Napper is a Terry's alumni and an accomplished teacher, acting & dialogue coach, actor, dancer, and choreographer who has been featured in a long list of videos, commercials, stage productions, voice overs, and television.


Growing up in the Terry's studios, Lane was always the kid who was first and last on the dance floor, often seen lending a helping hand or working with his friends on a routine.  Lane is very recognizable in the cast of  the hit television show, “Victorious”. The sitcom about a young girl (Victoria Justice) who goes to a Performing Art School in Los Angeles, California. Lane plays “Lane Alexander”, the school’s hip and zen guidance counselor. Lane is also the head choreographer for each episode. This summer his choreography was submitted for an Emmy.

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Deniek Turner, Dance Instructor

Deniek’s life motto is “Stop worrying about what you have to lose and start focusing on what you have to gain,” and she applies this philosophy every time she comes near a dance floor.

Deniek’s passion for dance began right here at TSD’s studios, having rocked our classes all the way through and hyped up our competition teams with her vibrant personality.

Howard University was Deniek’s next stop for a biology degree, that is, when she wasn’t choreographing and coaching the award-winning Bison Dance Team.  Deniek often reflects on her time at TSD and how Ms. Terry and her other teachers gave her the confidence and techniques to achieve her dreams.

Deniek is proficient in contemporary dance and our students enjoy learning spirited jazz she’s choreographed.  It’s Deniek’s ability to teach our young ones the early fundamentals of ballet technique combined with her own style of friendly affirmation that earns her a special place with the kiddos. 

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Brittany Miller, Guest Choreographer and Dance Instructor

Brittany Miller is a great example of perseverance, passion and someone who has an awesome support system. As a Terry’s School of Dance alumnus, Brittany is continuing her own dancing education while attending the spirit-filled University of West Virginia.  There, Brittany is known to be giving it her all as a member of the Mountaineer’s award-winning dance team, competing at the National Dance Alliance Collegiate Dance Championship each year and serving as the team's vice president.

Brittany is a great example of TSD’s teaching philosophy that addresses the whole needs of the student, rather than focusing only on certain skills groups or the pressures of professionalism. Hailing from a lineage whose athleticism and competitive spirit is endless, Brittany’s love for dance continues her family’s passion of dance – one that continues to inspire whole new generations of young dancers to reach deep and “bring in the light,” TSD style.

TSD students enjoy working with Brittany for her creative choreography and attention to technique. Brittany is proficient in Lyrical, Contemporary and Jazz genres and delights in coaching small group routines – frequently trying out concepts and ideas with her friends both at the TSD studios and at WVU.


As an Excel In Motion Eleite Dancer, Brittany was selected to travel the nation instructing aspiring dancers and creating new routines. TSD students will likely run into Brittany around the studio as she guest choreographs and coach award-winning routines or polishing her own technical abilities.


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Becca Nelson, Guest Choreograhpher and Dance Instructor

We’re thrilled over the moon to have Becca as a gust instructor on our team – she’s bright, loves dance and a very versatile dancer.  Her focus is in creating thrilling competition routines and coaching our competitive teams from one bling filled competition to another. 


Here’s some cool facts about Becca – she’s been part of the Broadway smash hit Syncopated Ladies, described by Beyoncé as “they killed it!”  As of late (pun intended), Becca has joined with James Cordon on the Late, Late, show as a regular dancer – you’ll quickly notice her as the most powerful dancer amongst the crew.   TSD students just love Becca for her Master Classes – she’s direct, energetic and determined to coach every one of her students right to stardom with every class.

Becca’s hip hop styles incorporate diversity of styles and techniques – TSD student’s love when she’s in town and pops in for an impromptu lesson or to show the latest moves she’s picked up along her rising professional journey.

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Terry's School of Dance & Gymnastics

8730 Richmond Highway

Alexandria, Virginia 22309



Hours of Operation

Monday-Wednesday: 5:30-8:30 pm

Thursday & Friday: Closed

Saturday: 10:00-1:00 pm

Sunday: Closed