Born and raised in New York, Pamela began her dance career on Long Island with the Eglevsky Ballet and North Shore Studio of Dance, performing locally and internationally. Her dance education continued in New York City with Phil Black and Hines and Hatchett, later to become the Broadway Dance Center. Pamela obtained her Bachelor of Arts in French Literature, with a minor in Dance from Hunter College New York in 1989. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, she spent one year studying French and Dance at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.
Pamela is a current Woodlake resident with her three children, Sierra, Chloe and Dylan; also splitting time between continents with her husband, Patrick, whom she met in France. She loves to travel, and believes that each new experience brings exposure, perspective and helps make necessary connections to the greater themes of life. Her passion is embracing the cultural and performing arts and making a difference in the lives she touches. She is grateful for the joy she receives from her talented staff and amazing Spotlight families!
Starting her 12th year with Spotlight Studio, Adelle is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned a degree in African American History, with a minor concentration in 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. She also runs Mixed Karma Productions, a music editing service in Richmond, VA. In between Spotlight, teaching, editing music and performing, she is eager to see her 2 children, Miles and Vivienne, begin classes with our #spotfam this fall. Dance and music are her passion, and sharing experiences and life through movement with the world is worthy of her life's mission.
Sierra Butler’s passion for dance started at the very young age of 3. She began her training in ballet, tap, and jazz but has continually expanded her repertoire to include contemporary, lyrical, pointe, hip hop, modern, Broadway, tumbling, and Bollywood. An alumni dance major from Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology, Sierra is enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University as a Dance Major. She has been featured in many productions both as dancer and choreographer.
Sierra enjoys participating in master classes at THE PULSE studying with industry leaders such as: Brian Friedman, Tyce Diorio, Laurieann Gibson, Dave Scott, Chris Judd, Gill Duldulao, Trisha Miranda, etc.
She loves being in the classroom, sharing her talents and knowledge with minds alike, and inspiring others to express themselves through movement. She is excited to become Spotlight’s Assistant Artistic Director, working closely with her mom on multiple projects.
Melissa Crouterfield graduated from Liberty University in May, 2013 with a B.A. in Theater Performance, a B.M. in Piano, and minor in Vocal Performance. She began working as an accompanist/vocalist at age 12 for choirs, churches, singing tour groups, and homeschool co-ops. When Melissa came to Liberty as an undergraduate studying Theatre and Music, she simultaneously became immersed in playing piano for voice lessons on campus as well as playing in the orchestra pit for several theatre productions. New to the Chesterfield area, Melissa taught private voice and piano lessons while performing onstage with Alluvion Stage Company in Lynchburg, Virginia. She also worked four years at Liberty University as the University's theater department pianist, providing vocal coaching and prep for musical theater students. Melissa is thrilled to be joining the Spotlight family!
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.
Kevin Hawkins was born in Williamsburg, VA. At a very young age his mother recognized his talent and put Kevin in the Regency Dance Academy in Richmond to study dance. Kevin trained in hip hop and jazz and later joined to study at Broadway Dance Arts as well. After graduating high school, Kevin attended the Savannah College of Arts and Design in Georgia. There he studied graphic arts, hip hop, jazz funk, belly dancing, dance hall, African, and contemporary. During his college studies, Kevin held summer dance jobs on cruise ships. In 2002, Kevin had the opportunity to work with Missy Elliott during her music video, Gossip Folks, set as an extra. There he was introduced to the famous choreographer Fatima Robinson from NYC who has choreographed for artists like Aaliyah, The Black Eyed Peas, Janet Jackson, and Britney Spears. In 2005, Kevin accepted an instructor position at Virginia Commonwealth University, and is still currently still instructing young dancers who attend there. In 2013, Kevin co-founded En Pointe Dance Academy in Williamsburg. Kevin is also an instructor for the Debbie Allen Dance Academy located in Los Angeles, CA. With this company he has flown all over the United States to teach at seminars and conventions. Kevin is very excited to be joining Spotlight this year!
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 ISU 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. This is her 9th year with Spotlight, and she is excited to share her passion for dance with the students of the Spotlight family.
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, 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.
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 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 family.