Ashley Wheeler

 Owner / Instructor

Instructor for Jazz, Acrobatics, Gymnastics, Contemporary, Pre-dance & also YogaFit Certified, Ashley has over 20 years dance experience and is still furthering her  dance education with conventions, workshops & master classes. Ashley was also recognized in article titled "These Women Mean Business" in WV Magazine. She is also the head instructor of our competition team! She has received numerous awards for her work with her students over the years!

  • Choreography award for BITTER SONG
  • Artistic Judges Choice Award and The Capezio Dance Alliance Award for ALL THE ROWBOATS.   
  • 1st place junior duo WIPE OUT
  • 1st place teen group HERE
  • 1st place senior duo WHATS A GIRL GOTTA DO
  • 1st place senior duo YOUTH
  • 1st place senior small group BITTER SONG
  • 1st place junior trio CARNIVAL
  • 1st place regional and national winning duo MIRRORS
  • 1st place junior group HOLY SOUL
  • 1st place junior duo TWO OF US ON THE RUN
  • 1st place teen group ACCIDENTAL LIGHT
  • 1st place teen large group THE LIGHT THAT NEVER FAILS
  • 1st place teen solo WHO YOU ARE
  • 2nd place junior duo JET SET
  • 2nd place senior duo SILLOUETTE
  • 3rd place junior solo HOW LONG WILL I LOVE YOU

 

Laura Stauder

A native from Tennessee, Laura is a jazz and contemporary instructor. Coming from a strong dance background, she is trained in all genres of dance from ballet to tap. She danced in NYC for a contemporary company after college, as well as dancing for the theater department at MTSU.  Laura is also part of the staff for the competition team and she has received multiple awards for her work!

 

  • 1st place teen trio SHINE
  • 1st place (and our first crystal award) teen trio CAVALIER
  • Outstanding Choreography Award for SHINE
  • Outstanding Choreography for CAVALIER
  • 1st place teen solo I SEE FIRE
  • 1st place teen solo FLY BEFORE YOU FALL
  • 1st place teen solo ESMERELDA
  • 1st place teen group and top scoring advanced level dance of the day FREAKUM DRESS
  • 1st place teen group I WANT YOU BACK
  • 1st place teen group HERE
  • 1st place teen solo SMOTHER
  • 1st place teen duo WINTER
  • 2nd place junior trio SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW
  • 2nd place teen group ACCIDENTAL LIGHT
  • 2nd place teen trio for SHINE at Showstoppers Nationals
  • 2nd place teen solo WHITE LIES
  • 2nd place teen solo MEDICINE
  • 2nd place senior small group WOMAN
  • 2nd place teen small group HEARTBURN
  • 2nd place teen duo LIKE THE SUN

  

Savannah Lipscomb

Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary instructor at A W Dance Company. Former DTUSA Company Dancer 2010. Savannah was a former AWDC company member before committing to teaching full time. She has earned many judges choice awards for choreography including 'Sassy Sensations' and 'Power House'. Currently, Savannah is an instructor for the competitive team and has received many awards for her work.

  • 1st place junior duo BUBBLEGUM BOY
  • 1st place junior duo GIRLFRIEND
  • 1st place junior group OH NO
  • 1st place teen solo LOCOMOTION
  • 1st place junior duo WIPE OUT
  • 2nd place junior duo JET SET
  • 2nd place junior group NEVER LET ME GO
  • 2nd place junior group KILL THE LIGHTS
  • 2nd place senior solo HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN

 

Miranda Straub

 A W Dance Company's Jr. Competitive Lyrical/Modern and technique instructor. Miranda has also received recognition for her work!

  • 1st place teen solo SALVATION
  • 1st place teen duo YELLOW LIGHT
  • 1st place teen solo I GOTCHA
  • 1st place teen duo OPEN HANDS
  • 2nd place teen trio YOU ARE ENOUGH
  • 3rd place teen trio THE FACE
  • 'Elegance + Grace' judges choice award

 

Mandy Duda

A W Dance Company's Beg-Int level Gym-Acro Instructor. Mandy has a cheer and tumbling background along with a safety and spotting certification for tumbling and gymnastics

 

AW Dance Company Assistants

 

 

Marissa Lipscomb

Teacher's Assistant in Acro, Jazz and Contemporary classes. Marissa was a scholarship winner for the DTUSA workshops and NYC Broadway Dance Center. She has received multiple judges choice awards including 'Flying Leaps' and 'Power House'.

Marissa was a participant in

  • 1st place teen small group FREAKUM DRESS
  • 1st place regional and 2nd place national winning trio SHINE
  • 1st place senior duo YOUTH
  • 1st place senior group ALL THE ROWBOATS
  • 1st place senior group BITTER SONG
  • 1st place regional and national winning teen duo MIRRORS
  • 1st place senior duo WHATS A GIRL GOTTA DO
  • 1st place teen trio CAVALIER
  • 1st place teen small group ACCIDENTAL LIGHT
  • 1st place teen small group HERE
  • 1st place senior solo ESMERELDA
  • 1st place senior large group THE LIGHT THAT NEVER FAILS
  • 2nd place teen solo MEDICINE
  • 2nd place senior duo SILLOUETTE
  • 2nd place senior small group WOMAN

 

 

Brooke Nagy

 Teacher Assistant in Beg Competitive Dance

Brooke was a participant in

  • 1st place teen small group FREAKUM DRESS
  • 1st place regional and 2nd place national winning trio SHINE
  • 1st place teen solo NEAR TO YOU
  • 1st place regional and national winning teen duo MIRRORS
  • 1st place teen trio CAVALIER
  • 1st place teen small group ACCIDENTAL LIGHT
  • 1st place senior large group THE LIGHT THAT NEVER FAILS
  • 1st place teen small group HERE
  • 2nd place senior duo SILLOUETTE
  • 2nd place senior small group WOMAN

 

Marriah Straub

Teacher Assistant in Beg Competitive Dance

Marriah was a participant in

  • 1st place teen small group FREAKUM DRESS
  • 1st place regional and 2nd place national winning trio SHINE
  • 1st place teen trio CAVALIER
  • 1st place teen small group ACCIDENTAL LIGHT
  • 1st place teen small group HERE
  • 1st place senior large group THE LIGHT THAT NEVER FAILS
  • 2nd place senior small group WOMAN

Mallori Straub

 Teacher Assistant in Pre/Beg-Dance

Mallori was a participant in

  • 1st place teen small group FREAKUM DRESS
  • 1st place teen solo I GOTCHA
  • 1st place teen solo LOCOMOTION
  • 1st place teen duo YELLOW LIGHT
  • 1st place teen duo OPEN HANDS
  • 1st place teen small group HERE
  • 1st place senior large group THE LIGHT THAT NEVER FAILS
  • 2nd place senior small group WOMAN
  • 2nd place teen trio YOU ARE ENOUGH

Emma Swaniger

Teacher Assistant in Pre/Beg Dance

Emma was a participant in

  • 1st place teen small group ACCIDENTAL LIGHT
  • 1st place teen small group HERE
  • 1st place teen duo YELLOW LIGHT
  • 1st place teen duo OPEN HANDS
  • 1st place teen solo WHO YOU ARE
  • 1st place solo I SEE FIRE
  • 1st place senior large group THE LIGHT THAT NEVER FAILS
  • 2nd place senior small group WOMAN

Savanna Powroznik

Teacher Assistant in competitive dance

Savanna was a participant in

  • 1st place teen small group FREAKUM DRESS
  • 1st place teen small group ACCIDENTAL LIGHT
  • 1st place teen small group HERE
  • 1st place senior large group THE LIGHT THAT NEVER FAILS
  • 2nd place senior small group WOMAN
  • 2nd place teen solo WHITE LIES
  • 2nd place teen trio YOU ARE ENOUGH

Alayjah Jones

Teacher Assistant in beginner competition

Alayjah was a participant in

  • 1st place junior duo BUBBLEGUM BOY
  • 1st place junior duo GIRLFRIEND
  • 1st place senior large group THE LIGHT THAT NEVER FAILS
  • 2nd place junior do BOSS
  • 2nd place teen solo STONE
  • 2nd place teen small group HEARTBURN