Cindee White

Aimee Velle Moran

Aimee Moran-She received her BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University in May 2008, where she also received the “Outstanding Senior Award” for dance performance. While there she performed in ECU’s Loessin Playhouse summer theatre production of “West Side Story.” She began training at the age of three at Ballet with Cindee Velle in the Baltimore/Washington area, where she was also a member of the Columbia Chamber Ballet for nine years and competed on their competition team from age five. She has received training in a variety of dance styles including, ballet, jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, pointe, tap, contemporary, and modern. She danced with Baltimore Opera in “Aida” and she performed with Royal Caribbean as a dancer on the Enchantment of the Seas. After returning home, she performed with the modern company, Deviated Theatre, in their original production of “siGht.” Most recently she performed with Vaught Contemporary Ballet in “1920”. Aimee has also taught children and adults of all ages in multiple areas of dance since she was fourteen. Aimee is very passionate about her dancing and hopes to continue growing in her professional career, along with her teaching. Aimee is the Competition Director and Co-Owner of BCV Dance Center. 

Rachel is an alumna of The University of Maryland College Park with a B.A. in Dance. She has also studied Accounting 101 at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. While attending Maryland, she studied with Modern, Choreography and Jazz artists Ed Tyler, Maurice Fraga, Ludovic Jolevelt, David Parsons, Giselle Mason, Alzine Wlitz, Alvin Mayes, Anne Warren, Mim Rosen and Sylvia Drucker.  Rachel performed with The Howard County Ballet Company under the direction of Kathi Ferguson from 1998-2008. Rachel’s various productions include: The Nutcracker, Alice and Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. During her time with The Howard County Ballet, she was also the Artistic Director’s Rehearsal Assistant. Rachel currently teaches technique classes beginning through advanced students at BCV Dance Center. She also coaches competition students of all ages and levels. In addition to being an accomplished dancer, teacher and choreographer, Rachel is the Administrative Assistant of BCV Dance Center. Her daughter is a member of the BCV Dance Center competition team.

Caryl is our guest artist in residence, who came to this area from New York City, where she performed with the Metropolitan, New York City and Philadelphia Lyric Operas, the Radio City Music Hall Ballet and the Larry Richardson Modern Dance Company. She holds a B.A. degree form Mercer University and certificates in the Cecchetti technique, earned while on a scholarship with the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto.  She has attended numerous teaching seminars including the National Ballet of Canada and those in the Vaganova Syllabus, as well as teaching seminars to dance instructors. Ms. Maxwell, a former faculty member at Towson State University, the Maryland Ballet and the Marietta Civic Ballet in Georgia, has guest taught at numerous schools throughout the region. Most recently she directed Caryl Maxwell Classical Ballet and the Ellicott City Ballet Guild for over 25 years in historic Ellicott City, MD. Currently she is Director of Schools for Dance for the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and is giving master classes throughout Maryland.

Shelly Masone

Shelly has been teaching dance to both children and adults for over twenty-five years. Staring out in Pennsylvania, she taught and choreographed Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics, Lyrical, Gymnastics, Ballet, Preschool and Exercise at the Linda Butcho Dance Studio and Kat & Co. Dance Studio, in both their WV and PA locations prior to joining Ballet with Cindee Velle in Columbia, MD at the turn of the century. She was soloist for the Kitchen Sink Dance Company directed by Michael McGowan and has instructed dance camps at West Virginia University, Kiddie Academy, elementary and high schools, as well as local dance studios. Shelly is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Arts School, majoring in Jazz. She has her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from West Virginia University with a major in marketing and a minor in Dance and Spanish. In 1994, she performed live on ESPN at the Hula Bowl. Shelly and her tap students performed in the Boscov’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, PA in 2005. Shelly has continued her training through clinics and workshops with the Canadian Dance Company, Step Stewart, Fiona Morris, David DeMarie, Joe Tremaine, Katy Lyon Palumbo, Broadway Dance, Tony, and local artists. Shelly’s students and her choreography have competed nationally, receiving numerous top ten and overall awards. She looks forward to instilling a confidence in your little dancer through dance to help them achieve all their dreams.

Shani (Candace) McKindra

Shani started dancing at the age of 6, at Arabesque Dance studio in Columbia for 2 years. She then transferred to Ballet with Cindee Velle, where she studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, and participated on the competition team and The Columbia Chamber Ballet.  Throughout High School, she continued at the Studio, and joined the Dance Team at Oakland Mills high school.  Upon graduating from high school, she went to Virginia Intermont College where she studied Ballet, Pointe, Modern, and Jazz for two years. Shani then transferred to Point Park College in Pittsburgh where she studied Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Tap, Folk, and Dunham technique. She graduated with a B.A. in Dance, with a concentration in Jazz.  She has attended several Master classes, continues to take class and had the opportunity to perform with Neil Young on stage. Shani is thrilled being back home with Cindee Velle’s Studio. She also teaches at Worthington’s P.T.A Program, and St. Patrick’s Catholic school.

Emily Drechsler

Emily Drechsler is an alumna of both The George Washington University with an M.A. in Education and Human Development as well as Loyola University with an M.S. in Clinical Psychology. Growing up in a military family, Emily danced throughout the country with numerous training schools including the Ballet Repertory Theater (Albuquerque, NM), Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (Carlisle, PA), Chambersburg Ballet Theater (Chambersburg, PA), and the Center for Ballet Arts (Fairfax, VA) before continuing her training as an adult ballet dancer with Cindee Velle. Emily was a junior company member with Ballet Repertory Theater New Mexico, and a Senior Company member with the Chambersburg Ballet Theater and Center for Ballet Arts between 2008 and 2011. Emily’s performance repertoire includes: The Nutcracker (Soldier, Snow, Arabian, Waltz of the Flowers), Coppelia (Corps), Don Quixote (Corps), Sleeping Beauty (Fairy of the Golden Vine), Firebird (Infernal and Priestess), and original choreography. Emily teaches ballet technique and pointe classes to preschool through intermediate students at Ballet with Cindee Velle. Emily is currently working towards an Associate’s Degree in Dance and preparing to pursue a doctorate in occupational therapy and will be attending American Ballet Theater’s Teacher Intensive Training Program in 2023. Diversity and disability accessibility in dance is a strong passion for Emily, and she hopes to encourage inclusivity and belonging for all in the ballet world.

Nikki Kelly

Nikki received her early dance training at Ballet with Cindee Velle, during which she danced with The Columbia Chamber Ballet and won many awards on The Competition Team at local and national dance competitions. Nikki continued her dance training at Towson University earning a BFA in dance performance and education. Her junior composition piece was chosen to be showcased at the prestigious American College Dance Festival.  Nikki has taught a wide variety of dance styles for many years at multiple studios in the area. She has won many prestigious awards for her choreography at local, national and world dance competitions. She has performed at TU, and danced with The Collective, The Harford Ballet Company, Merge, Deviated Theatre and Vaught Contemporary Ballet.

Gail Rondon

Gail was born and raised in Baltimore and joined the Baltimore City Ballet at the age of 13. The first part she ever had was a turtle doing a very, very slow Cancan from the ballet Carnival of the Animals. Little did she know then that years later she would meet up with Miss Cindee and Miss Debbie to do the Cancan. Taking ballet classes was the most important thing in her life, but fortunately her teacher advised her to take some Jazz too, which lead to 2 years at Frontier Town Ocean City MD doing… what?  Why the Cancan of course!! Gail danced with Disney on Parade shortly after. She toured the United States, South America and a little bit of Europe.  Believe it or not, there was a Cancan and she even got to be the understudy for the lead Cancan dancer. Gail lived in Los Angles for 4 years, taking and teaching ballet and jazz classes, performing (yes some more Can Cans) and went to every audition that came along. She danced on a cruise ship twice. The 2nd cruise is where she meet the man who is now her husband of 39 years. He was a musician on the ship, from Colombia SA originally, which lead to a 3 year stay in Bogota. Gail taught Jazz, danced in several show and did the lead in The Man of Mancha. One day she was walking up the stairwell of Caryl Maxwell Classical Ballet in Ellicott City to take class, when she happened to see a poster on the window sill. It was, of course, requesting seasoned Can Can dancers to come to an audition.  So, there it began, there it continued for many years.

Anna Carlisle

Anna Carlisle is a Maryland native who began dancing at the age of three with Ballet with Cindee Velle. She attended Towson University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography. Anna studied Ballet, Modern, Pointe, Partnering and a composition series culminating in a senior capstone performance project titled “Unmasked”. While studying at Towson University, she has had the privilege of training under Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Catherine Horta-Hayden, Vincent Thomas, Alison Seidenstricker and Susan Mann. After graduating, Anna moved to New York City and attended Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester, studying intensely under industry leading choreographers and teachers. After spending a year and a half training in New York City, Anna is excited to continue sharing her passion for dance with the students at BCV Dance Center. Anna believes in creating a safe, inclusive space for dancers to express themselves through movement and most of all have fun!

Claire Kobulnicky

Claire began dancing when she was 4 years old and primarily received her training at both Ballet with Cindee Velle and Caryl Maxwell’s Classical Ballet, where she studied ballet and pointe along with a variety of other dance forms. She enjoyed performing various solos with both studios, with the Italian and Clara variations from The Nutcracker, and “The Dying Swan” being her favorites. She continued to dance and choreograph at Grove City College, where she graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Physics/General Science/ Secondary Education in 2000. Claire was named the Head Choreographer for the college’s dance troupe “Orchesis” and had the privilege of directing their performances during her junior and senior years at GCC. For the last 20+ years, in addition to raising four children, she has enjoyed teaching dance classes and choreographing for various public, private, religious, and homeschooling venues. She thanks God for the gift of dance and is delighted to be back teaching for BCV this year.

Emily-Rose Brock

Emily-Rose Brock is currently attending Towson University as a Dance Performance and Choreography Major (B.F.A.) with an additional PreK-12 Dance Education Concentration. She has been dancing at Ballet with Cindee Velle since age 2, studying Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, and Tap. Emily was a member of the BCV competition team for 7 years, winning multiple awards and special invitations, including Discovery Spotlight, Power Pak, Wild Dance Intensive, and getting a special award for a piece she co-choreographed. She also danced in The Nutcracker with the Columbia Chamber Ballet for 13 years. She has assisted with classes at the studio since age 11 and started teaching classes at age 15.