Bradford Academy of Dance
"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" - Martha Graham
Miss RayAnn is our Studio Director. She has been dancing since she was 6 years old. Studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, and Pointe. She was a competitive dancer for 8 years winning many awards. She studied dance at Dance Revolution under the direction of Sue Marotte and Drew Marotte, Tayler's Dance Academy under the direction of Tayler Holt, and Generations Performing Arts Center under the direction of Angie Haver and Cindy Straub. She started teaching dance at the age of 16, and while dance is her passion, in her free time she is an avid car enthusiast. Traveling for many car shows throughout the U.S.
Arianna Coontz started her dance career when she was 3 years old. She began with a combination class that included tap and ballet and by the time she was 5 she was performing ballet solos. She has danced at The Spotlight under the direction of Katie Delozier, and Stephanie Stute from the age of 3 to 10, and then at Tayler’s Dance Academy under the direction of Tayler Holt from the age of 10 until 13, and currently she dances at Bradford Academy of Dance under the direction of RayAnn Bradford. At Bradford Academy of Dance she performs jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and ballet routines. She also has student taught different styles and ages of dance for many years under Tayler Holt and RayAnn Bradford. She has competed in many competitions with groups, duos, and solos. She’s been awarded many high golds, platinum and overall awards. She won the title Miss Starquest 2021. She has competed in both regional and national competitions. She currently studies at the Knox County Career Center and plan on going into the College-U Business program in the fall. She twirls as co-captain in the East Knox Marching Band and plays in the East Knox High School Concert Band. After high school she plans on attending college and studying a medical field. She’s looking forward to the many smiles and years of dancing to come!
Samantha Webb was 8 years old when she started dancing. Her first class she trained in was Hip Hop, and soon added Tap into her schedule. She attended her first competition in the spring of 2013 and was hooked, competing in four to five competitions each year since. She's trained in many other styles including jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, and tumbling. She has attended workshops put on by The Ohio State University Dance Team, New Vision Dance Company and KAR. She loves photography and is a Jeep girl!
Michelle Garcia is a person with a great interest in the execution, creation, and investigation of movement in physical bodies in the dance environment. She was born in 1996, originally from the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Michelle recently relocated to Mount Vernon, Ohio.
She began her dance training in Irish dance in 2012, and later trained in jazz and classical ballet at the same time as she was studying graphic design. Afterward, she began her degree in Contemporary Dance at Universidad de las Américas Puebla in Mexico. Michelle's training specialized in practice, research, improvisation process, and creation. However, she trained contemporary dance techniques, classical ballet, irish dance, and commercial dance technics during her four years of university. In her artistic career, she has been collaborating and participating in dance projects, performances, physical theater, musical theater, and international dance festivals with different international choreographers, directors, and teachers.
After graduating, she married, moved to the United States, and taught contemporary dance, ballet, and creative movement to different ages. Michelle is an artist focused on contemporary dance philosophy of thought, keen on creating and investigating original movement through having a dialogue with the body and soul instead of controlling it.