Staff

Tiffiny Ashley

Tiffiny started dancing at the age of four at the Dance Art Studio in California, studying in jazz, ballet, lyrical, acrobatics, tap, and pointe.  While studying at the Dance Art Studio, Tiffiny was honored with the role of Clara in the ballet “The Nutcracker.”  At a very young age, she traveled extensively to train with renowned choreographers such as Duane George, Keith Clifton, Tony Anton, Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, and Sabina Hillman.  She also trained at the world renowned studio All That Jazz in Oregon.

Continuing with her dance education, Tiffiny became part of the Bear Delights Dance Team quickly rising to the position of captain, which she held for three years until graduation while simultaneously holding the position of captain on the BHHS Cheerleading Team.  After graduation, she became the Assistant Coach to the Bear Delights.  During her time with the Bear Delights, Tiffiny choreographed controversial dances that drew national attention such as “Exploring the Darkness,” “Precious Things,” and “Hurt.”  She also placed in the top ten best turns for the state of Oregon, held the title Miss Super Sensational for USA Dance, traveled to Australia and Hawaii to dance on the USA Dance Team, won various awards such as best technique and outstanding performer, and placed third in the Best of the Best all-around dancer for the state of Oregon.  During this time, Tiffiny was invited to teach for USA dance, but turned down the opportunity to marry her high school sweetheart.

Currently, Tiffiny is teaching Advanced and Intermediate Jazz and Acrobatics at the Performing Arts Academy of Virginia Beach while raising three children and pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Calan Bryant

CALAN BRYANT being called the Kid Magnet…. is originally from New London, CT and is a former college football player turned dancer/instructor and Recreation Specialist. Calan has danced with legendary dancers such as Clover Mathis (original Alvin Ailey dance company member and dance theatre of Harlem), Laurianne Graves (dance theatre of Harlem), Obadiah Wright, Kenneth Jenkins, David Riddick, Steven Wilson and Iris Good-Middleton.

Calan has choreographed and taught for institutions such as Hampton University, Old Dominion University, Reaction Dance Company, Beauty for Ashes school of Contemporary Dance and Theatre Company, Oasis Dance Company, Ella Fitzgerald Theatre, Writers bloc inc. Connecticut, The City of Newport News and Hampton as a dance specialist and Bad Boys Entertainment Company.

He has worked with artists such as Levi little from the R&B group Blackstreet, Tyler lane, Chosen Wilkins, Stephan James, Freddie Jackson, misstrendi, Kabana black aka trap rock misfit, The Unifics and many more.

He was a nominee for the Virginian Pilot’s Citizen of the Year Award. He is also a recipient of Virginia Beach’s NAACP award for top choreographer and dancer of 2014 and within the same year given an award for most inspirational teacher at the ACE awards in Connecticut.