Shantilee Otey is a dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher whose desire is to share, educate, and connect people to the transforming power of dance. Her mixture of technical and intuitive training reflects her unique experiences as a dancer. Currently Shantilee teaches the Tap and Foundations classes at Dance Lynchburg.

​​​​BARBARA

DANISZEWSKI

Barbara Daniszewski grew up in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and trained in ballet, pointe and character with Lucille Hood at the Rockville School of Ballet which was affiliated with the Washington Ballet. She also trained with Tania Rousseau and Oleg Tupine with the Virginia Ballet Company and extensively with Colin Worth from the Lynchburg Regional Ballet. She has performed with Ballet Austin and the Lynchburg Regional Ballet, performing such roles as the Sugarplum Fairy, Snow Queen, and Arabian in "The Nutcracker", the title role in "Giselle", Swanhilda in "Coppelia", the Fairy Godmother in "Cinderella" as well as many other ballets including: "Gaîté Parisienne", "Swan Lake", "Sleeping Beauty", "Beatrix Potter", "A Midsummer's Night Dream, and the rock ballet "Tommy".  She has also performed in numerous theatre productions with the Fine Arts Center, Renaissance Theatre, Bedford Little Town Players and the Academy Center of the Arts.  She has a degree in Liberal Arts from Virginia Tech and master work at Lynchburg College. She is a licensed teacher and is currently employed by Amherst County Schools. She has taught ballet levels beginning through advanced including pre-pointe, pointe and creative movement for over twenty years with the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, and the Virginia School of the Arts Community School. She has a passion for the beautiful art form of ballet and hopes to instill this passion for dance unto her students.

Our Board


Lydia Phillips is a member of the Missouri Ballet Theatre in St. Louis Missouri, which is under the direction of artistic director Adam Sage. She received her early training at the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center with her mother Barbara Daniszewski as well as Sylvia and Colin Worth. She also trained at Dance Theatre of Lynchburg with Keith Lee. She furthered her training at the Virginia School of the Arts where she received the Dame Margot Fonteyn Award. After graduation from VSA she joined Richmond Ballet where she danced for two years performing in numerous works. Since joining Missouri Ballet theatre some of her favorite roles include: the Sugarplum Fairy in the "Nutcracker", Titania in "Midsummer's Night Dream", the title roles in "Cinderella", and the "Little Mermaid". She has also taught ballet extensively throughout the St. Louis area.

LYDIA PHILLIPS

Mr. Nathaniel Marshall
Chair, Board of Directors


Ms. Madeline Davis
at large member


Dr. Scott Ehrhorn, Ph.D.
at large member


Ms. Aletha Cabell
at large member


Ms. Veronica Callaham
at large member


Mr. Dontae Carter
at large member


Mr. James Hubbard
at large member


Ms. Linda Williams
at large member


Ms. Cori Davis

at large member


Ms. Michele Poindexter

at large member





Sheron White is native of Lynchburg. After graduating from EC Glass High School, she earned a BS from Virginia State University and an MA in Special Education from Coppin State University in Baltimore. She has danced with Sankofa Dance Theatre in Baltimore, MD, as well as Kankouran West African Dancers in Washington D.C. Sheron has performed in Dinner Theatre shows as a Singer, Dancer and Actress and is excited to return to her hometown to share her expertise and experience.

Our Team

​​SHANTILEE

OTEY

SHERON WHITE