Our Cast

Pamela Butler Le Bescond - Owner

Born and raised in New York, Pamela danced at the Eglevsky Ballet and with North Shore Studio of Dance, performing locally and internationally. Pamela continued her studies in French and Dance at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in French Literature with a minor in Dance from Hunter College New York in 1989, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Pamela is a current Woodlake resident with her three children, Sierra, Chloe and Dylan. Her passion is embracing the cultural and performing arts and making a difference in the lives she touches.

Instructors

Kelly Atkinson - Assistant Director

As soon as she could walk, there was no question Kelly would take the creative path. Born in Richmond, Virginia, she danced her way through life and quickly found that teaching was her gift and passion. Kelly is a proud graduate of George Mason University where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance education and choreography; studying under Susan Shields, Dan Joyce and Jim Lepore. After college she pursued her love of dance, working both with Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation as a dance instructor for the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Community and with the Weinstein Jewish Community Center as the dance director for their summer camp programs. In addition to teaching dance, she is a nationally certified Massage Therapist working with individual clients as well as various professional sports teams.

Adelle Broom - Multimedia Manager

Adelle is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned a degree in African American History, with a minor concentration on dance and choreography. She grew up in a myriad of places including Idaho, Barbados and Williamsburg,VA which gives her a uniquely diverse background. She has worked with and performed with artists such as Coyote Run, Cathy Davalos, Antonio Hidalgo Paz, Francisco Mesa "El Nano", and Frances Wessells. In between teaching, editing music and performing she also travels to different local schools to teach dance, literacy, and music appreciation through Americorps, FitKids and University Instructors. She has done choreography for Showstoppers Productions in Williamsburg, and its Broadway Bound summer camps. Dance and music are her passion, and sharing movement with the world is worthy of her life's mission.

Sierra Butler

Sierra Butler’s passion for dance started at a very young age of 3. She began her training in ballet, tap, and jazz but has continually expanded her repertoire to include contemporary, lyrical, pointed, hip hop, modern, Broadway, tumbling, and Bollywood. She has been featured in several productions through student works and professional choreography. Sierra enjoys participating in master classes at THE PULSE; a dance convention that tours America that brings famous choreographers and dancers to teach those who take dancing seriously. This past summer was her 6th year participating with choreographers/dancers such as: Brian Friedman, Tyce Diorio, Laurieann Gibson, Dave Scott, Chris Judd, Gill Duldulao, Trisha Miranda, Tessandra Chavez, Ian Eastwood, Desmond Richardson, Brooke Lipton, Robert Hoffman, etc. Currently, an alumni dance major from Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology, Sierra is enrolled as a freshman at John Tyler Community College as a general education major and is hoping to transfer to William and Mary to obtain her secondary education degree. She loves being in the classroom, sharing her talents and knowledge with minds alike, and inspiring others to express through movement. One day she hopes to follow in her mother’s footsteps.

Samantha Hannon

Samantha began her training at the age of three with the New Paltz School of Ballet under the direction of Lisa and Peter Nauman of the New York City Ballet. Dance quickly became more than a hobby, and Samantha started competing at the age of 7 winning regional and national titles around the country, including being hand selected by Brian Friedman of “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2007 for the Clear Talent Group award. After receiving her Associates Degree in Performing Arts, Samantha began performing as a professional dancer. Her performing resume includes Kampground of America NY City North, Splashdown Water Park, Cedar Fair Parks, and Sea World Parks and Entertainment (Busch Gardens Europe). She has been sharing her passion for dance in the studio for 5 years, along with 7 years as a certified U.S.A. gymnastics instructor. Her classes are fun and exciting, with focus on strength and flexibility. Samantha is excited to be a part of the Spotlight family.

Krista Killelea

Krista began her dance training at the age of three with Aragona Dance Academy in Bartlett, IL. Krista earned her B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation from Illinois State University in 2007. While attending ISU, she continued dancing at the university and was captain of the ISA competitive dance team. Krista’s experience includes teaching dance classes and clinics, judging dance competitions, competing in national championships, and performing in a variety of settings. Krista is currently a recreational therapist working with individuals with disabilities and is excited to share her passion for dance with the students of the Spotlight family.

LaWanda Raines

LaWanda received her BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University and has worked with such artists as Fred Ho Big Red Media Company in New York City, Chris Burnside, African American Repertory Theater, and Antonio Hildalgo Paz of Carlotta Santa Flamenco Vivo and Antonio Gades Foundation. LaWanda has used her diverse experiences to choreograph Children of Eden (Manchester High School- Cary Nothnagel Director, 2004), and 1920’s based Langston’s my man (AART, Derome Scott Director, 2011 Branching off into DHDA, a multi-media work), her original choreography, delving into the intricacies of raising a child and working with children with ADHD, was featured in Starr Foster Dance Projects’ 2012 Choreographer’s Showcase. In addition to teaching dance, she is currently working on her MFA studies at St. Mary’s College in San Francisco. LaWanda believes dance and arts promote an understanding of self and others, that fosters positive cooperation and helps strengthen the bonds of communities.

Norvell Robinson, Jr.

Norvell Robinson, Jr. was born and grew up in Richmond, Va. He began his dance training at the School of the Richmond Ballet in 1979. Years later he was accepted to study dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts. While studying there, he had dreamed of the school in Richmond starting a professional company. In 1984, this came to fruition and he had the opportunity to not only audition, but be a part of the beginnings of the Richmond Ballet Company.

During his years in the school and company, he was fortunate to have the opportunity to learn, and dance, with some of the best teachers and dancers in the nation. Some of which include Mr. Jerry Schwender, Miss Leslie Peck, Mr. Kamaletinov, Miss Carol Sue Dodd, Mr. Randy Strawderman, Mr. Danny Buraceski, Miss Pam Turner, Mr. Arnott Mader, Mr. Malcolm Burn, Mrs. Ruth Petrinovic, Mr. Chris Burnside, Miss Maria Gisladottir, Mr. Igor Antonov, Miss Kristen Gallagher, Miss Tina Martin, Miss Tristi McMaster (to whom he is now married), and Mrs. Stoner Winslett, to name a few.

Now, some “30 something” years later, he and his wife have 3 wonderful children and are the directors of a local performing and fine arts nonprofit , PDM PRODUCTIONS, INC., whose mission is to create opportunities in the arts for children and adults in any community. All that is needed is the desire.

Norvell is very honored and pleased to be a part of the arts community.

Jade Ross

Originally from Greenville, North Carolina, Jade began dancing at the early age of three and has been trained in all styles of dance. She graduated from East Carolina University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance. Since college, Jade has continued her training and has performed in numerous shows all over the United States including Cedar Point, Disney and Kings Dominion, just to name a few. She enjoys being in the studio, sharing her passion for dance and watching young artists' talent blossom before her eyes. Jade is excited about the upcoming season and is looking forward to a great year!

Nicole Shaver

Nicole began her dance training in Miami, Florida under the direction of Tony Catanzaro. She graduated from New World School of Arts, where she trained with Mia Michaels, Gerald Ebitz, and Judith Newman. Upon graduation, Nicole joined Atlanta Ballet where she danced for four seasons performing soloist roles in Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Serenade and Raymonda. In 1998 she joined Riverdance the Show, and toured throughout Europe. Moving back to Georgia, Nicole became a guest artist for Ballet Tennessee, Ballet Du Soleil, and Cherokee Ballet Theatre. Later she joined Georgia Ballet as a company member, production manager, and teacher. Now she enjoys living in the Richmond area with her four boys.

Keith Sutton

As a Richmond native, Keith began dancing at the age of ten, studying tap, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, modern and lyrical with different local studios. He loves teaching hip-hop because of its ability to inspire creative self-expression. He has studied under professional choreographers from the Broadway Dance Center and other artists along the east coast. Keith’s talent has caught the attention of Richmond artists, which has awarded him the opportunity to teach at local studios, judge competitions, conduct dance workshops, and share the love of dance with students in after school programs. When Keith is not dancing, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and operates his own personal training business. Keith is truly honored to use his God given talent to share with others!

Crystal Willoughby

Crystal Willoughby has been a part of the Spotlight family since its inception in 2005. She graduated in 2008 from Appomattox Regional Governors School where she focused in musical theatre under the direction of Kay Ingram and Brandon Becker. Crystal has earned her degree in elementary education Longwood University and is pursuing her Masters degree this fall. She has performed in many pieces and currently dances under the direction of Rodney Williams. Crystal is very excited to dance with each of you this year!

Front and Back Office

Chloe Butler

Kim Gerrells

Julia Killelea

Susan And Orville Stevenson
(G’ma & G’pa)

It takes a village to raise a child. ~ African Proverb

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