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 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 Team

​​​​SHANTILEE  OTEY

Our Board


Our Staff

Ms. Marlene Milstead

   Office Supervisor


Ms. Kami Marshall

​   Administrative Director

SHERON WHITE

Mr. Nathaniel Marshall
Chair, Board of Directors


Mr. James Hubbard
Vice Chair, Board of Directors


Ms. Madeline Davis
at large member


Ms. Aletha Cabell
at large member


Ms. Veronica Callaham
at large member


Mr. Dontae Carter
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.

​​​​​​BARBARA

DANISZEWSKI