Meet The Team
Noel Anaya has been involved in the performing arts for over 20 years. He has received scholarships and studied at several prestigious schools and intensives including Cal Arts/Innerspark, the Alvin Ailey summer intensive in New York, The Milwaukee Ballet and Joffrey summer intensives. Noel has trained in Acrobatics/contortion, ballet, jazz, musical theater, lyrical, modern, Horton, and Aerial Arts. Noel has been a regular guest artist with The Pasadena Civic Ballet where he performed soloist roles and danced with the Anaheim Ballet. He was as a former company member with the Kybele Dance Theater and is also a member of the Tiffany Billings Dance Ensemble. Noel has performed in musicals such as:Pippin, Cats, Hair, and Little Shop of Horrors, to name a few. Noel has has appeared as a featured acrobat in Roto-Fuji Commercials and Print Ads. Noel was accepted to the Alonzo King Lines Ballet School and the Alvin Ailey certificate program. In 2013 he graduated with dance and sociology degrees from Chapman University where he graduated with honors. He has trained many students who have gone onto professional careers in television/film, prestigious university dance programs, professional dance companies, NFL cheer teams and even on Broadway. Recently Noel worked as Competition Team Director at Pacific Coast Academy of Dance in Mission Viejo, Ca before moving to Washington D.C. In 2017 - Noel opened Axis Dance which is home to a high caliber competition team garnering numerous accolades and distinctions in technique and choreography from the dance community and competition circuit. Noel is also a judge for KAR, Rainbow, and Groove Dance Competitions where he enjoys sharing his expertise with dancers from all over the world. Noel is also an NASM Certified Personal Trainer working with both youth and adult demographics.
Amber began dancing at the age of 3 at Creative Dance Center. Throughout her dance career she was trained by many talented and respected choreographers and teachers, to include Tokyo, and Mitchell Kelley. Upon graduating in 2009, she became a as choreographer and teacher at Creative Dance Center in Chantilly, Virginia. While there she choreographed numerous award winning dances many of which won national recognition. In 2016, Amber moved to Axis Centre for Dance Education in Chantilly, Virginia, where she took the position of Competition Team Director, as well as continuing to choreograph. Since that time, her choreography has taken numerous first place titles across a wide array of competition platforms nation wide. For 9 years, Amber has taught all ages and levels at various studios. She currently choreographs for ZD dance. Academy’s Competition Team in Landover, MD. Additionally, her choreography has won accolades throughout the DC, Maryland & Virginia area as well as Ohio, Disney World and the Bahamas. Back in 2018 Amber along with with her twin sister Ashley were awarded the Technique award and First Overall at Turn It Up Dance Challenge for their Jazz piece “Sexy silk”. Amber and her studio Axis Dance just Attended their season 2 Nationals where she and her twin sisters’ choreography was awarded many top ranking scores and first overalls in a variety of divisions. Recently her Co- Choreographer (Ashley Davis) and she attended their first Starpower “ Battle on The Seas” where they were awarded First Overall and the choreography award for their Teen/Sr Lyrical piece “Seasons” where this same piece was awarded first overall and was invited to re-compete in the Starquest Classic Dance-Off where they were awarded “The Grand Championship”. Ms. Amber hopes to continue to share her love of dance with her students, and above all, she believes that dance should be fun and accessible to all.
Ashley began dancing at the age of 3 at Creative Dance Center. Throughout her dance career she was trained by many talented and respected choreographers and teachers, to include Tokyo, and Mitchell Kelley. Upon graduating in 2009, she became a as choreographer and teacher at Creative Dance Center in Chantilly, Virginia. While there she choreographed numerous award winning dances many of which won national recognition. In 2016, Ashley moved to Axis Centre for Dance Education in Chantilly, Virginia, where she took the position of Competition Team Director, as well as continuing to choreograph. Since that time, her choreography has taken numerous first place titles across a wide array of competition platforms nation wide. For 10 years, Ashley has taught all ages and levels at various studios. She currently choreographs for ZD dance. Academy’s Competition Team in Landover, MD. Additionally, her choreography has won accolades throughout the DC, Maryland & Virginia area as well as Ohio, Disney World and the Bahamas. Back in 2018 Ashley and Amber were awarded the Technique award and First Overall at Turn It Up Dance Challenge for their Jazz piece “Sexy silk”. Ashley and her studio Axis Dance just Attended their season 2 Nationals where she and her twin sisters’ choreography was awarded many top ranking scores and first overalls in a variety of divisions. Recently her Co- Choreographer (Amber McAtee) and she attended their first Starpower “ Battle on The Seas” where they were awarded First Overall and the choreography award for their Teen/Sr Lyrical piece “Seasons” where this same piece was awarded first overall and was invited to re-compete in the Starquest Classic Dance-Off where they were awarded “The Grand Championship”. She has also attended “Worlds” where she and her team took second place in the Meadowlands, NJ back in 2014 for her choreographed routine “Sassy”. Her choreography has won her many accolades, such as: best choreography, most entertaining routine, and top scores at both regional and national competitions. Ms. Ashley hopes to continue to share her love of dance with her students, and above all, she believes that dance should be fun and accessible to all.
Emma started dancing at age five at a local studio and earned a place on the competition team at age ten. She competed in jazz, lyrical, tap, musical theater, and pom. She attended Christopher Newport University to pursue a degree in mathematics and earn a minor in dance. Emma was a member of the CNU Silver Storm Dance Team for all four years and a captain for two years. As captain, she choreographed routines for sidelines as well as football and basketball halftimes. Emma has studied under Heidi Schultz, Ashley White, Mark Goodman, Jaimie Goodwin, Caroline Lewis, Nicole Snelson, Tokyo, Alisha Captain, and more. Emma twice created award-winning choreography for the Silver Storm at regional competitions. Her contemporary piece, “The Wanting, ” was featured in CNU’s spring dance recital “A Delicate Balance, 2012.” She was one of six student choreographers to earn a space in that program. Since college, Emma has choreographed for studios in Northern Virginia. Her choreography has won many awards and is ranked both regionally and nationally. Emma is currently a high school math teacher at Robinson Secondary School where she is also the head coach for the Robinson Dance Team.
Renee is originally from Upstate New York where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. She grew up competing in all of these styles and won many awards for her performances. Renee graduated from the State University of New York. University at Albany with a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Education. Throughout college, Renee studied dance and was a member of the Great Danes Dance Team. During her tenure, this team was nationally ranked at the National Dance Alliance (NDA) Championship and she choreographed for several team performances. Renee started student teaching at age fourteen and has been a lead dance teacher for the past twelve years to children of all ages. She has choreographed for competitive teams in New York and for top area dance schools. In addition, she has served as the dance team coach at Marymount University. Renee’s routines have won many awards at competitions both regionally and nationally. During the day, Renee serves as the Northern Virginia Regional Director for Little People’s Creative Workshop where she teaches dance and theater in preschools throughout the area. Renee’s teaching style is fun and energetic, while making each child in class feel special. She encourages self-confidence and creativity, so each child can develop a love for dance.
Michelle is a Northern Virginia native who has trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop, and Pom. She began dancing at the age of six and has competed all over the east coast with local studios receiving multiple awards for her performances in groups, productions, and duo/trios. Her first place winning solo performances earned her many scholarships while she was competing as well. Michelle graduated in 2011 as a member of the Lake Braddock Lady Bruin high school dance team where she received training from UDA (Universal Dance Association) and NDA (National Dance Alliance) staff. She has received intense training from and worked alongside multiple remarkable choreographers and teachers such as Roberta Dale, Chris Suchan, Johnna & Colette DeGrasse, Rasta Thomas, Sheryl Olecheck, Tokyo, Alisha Captain, Mitchell Kelly and much more. Michelle graduated from George Mason University where she earned a B.S. in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Natural Science Education. During her time at GMU she continued to study dance working towards a minor in Dance Appreciation and participating in dance workshops open to all students. Michelle began teaching dance in 2013 and has worked with children and adults of all ages and levels, she has taught and choreographed routines in the styles of Tap, Jazz, Open, Pom, Hip-Hop, and Lyrical. Michelle’s students and routines have received multiple choreography, technique, performance, overall, and first place awards at the regional and national levels in all categories and divisions. Most notably, in 2018 “Runaway Babies” placed first overall at all regional and national competitions making it undefeated for the dance season, in 2018 “Miss Jackson” received the Woodbridge Regional Platinum Power award, and in 2019 “The Chain” was invited to re-compete at the Sandusky VIP Dance Challenge Nationals Dance Battle where it won third place overall. Michelle continues to learn and grow through her craft and is motivated by her love for dance, the arts, and her students. While working at The Axis she also teaches at ZD Dance Academy in Landover, Maryland and assistant coaches the Dance Team at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, VA.
Corey Norwood has been dancing and teaching dance for numerous years. Throughout the years, he has enjoyed dancing the roles as the prince and king in “The Nutcracker” as well as the king in “Alice in Wonderland”. He grew up in the competition dance world attending nationals, conventions, worlds, and dance pageants while earning many titles and overall wins. Corey attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for Dance and Choreography and has continued teaching dance ever since. Corey Norwood has trained in many styles including: Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Modern dance.
Rebecca Hickson is a Tennessee native who began training and, later, competing in a wide variety of styles at Ginger Brown’s Academy of Performing Arts. When she was introduced to ballet, she discovered her passion and soon began training full time with the VanCura Ballet Conservatory. After continuing her training with Nashville Ballet and Atlanta Ballet, she began her professional career as an Oklahoma City Ballet apprentice. Rebecca joined Manassas Ballet Theatre in 2017. She believes that dance can be transformative in a person’s life and strives to empower her students with the knowledge and confidence to achieve their goals.
Veronica Robertson is a native of Northern Virginia; training primarily at The Dance Etc. School of the Arts. Throughout her adolescence she was awarded numerous scholarships to train at world renowned dance facilities to include The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Washington Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Under the tutelage of instructors such as Lorraine Graves and Robert Garland Veronica had the opportunity to perform on The Kennedy Center stage at the young age of 15 and her love of performance and movement continued to grow. After graduating high school Veronica took her talents to New York City. Training full time as a Fellowship student at The Ailey School of Dance; studying both ballet and various modern techniques. More recently Veronica moved back to Virginia to study Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. It was then during her time living in Richmond, Veronica began competing in scholarship pageants such as the Miss America Organization. She was presented numerous awards and scholarship funds to go towards her degree, for her talent in dance and commitment to physical fitness. Veronica is proud to have represented the commonwealth as the first ever African American Miss Greater Richmond, among other titles. To date Veronica is ecstatic to have returned home to her roots in Northern Virginia teaching at several area studios and even making a return to the stage as a Guest Artist and choreographer with the Fairfax Ballet Company. Veronica is extremely proud and excited to be on staff with the Artists of Axis Dance and looks forward to another brilliant and creative season!
Ivan started learning dance at George Mason University by taking his first jazz class, an experience that led him to pursue a Minor in Dance and explore other various types of dances, including ballet, modern/contemporary, lyrical and african. Outside of an academic setting, however, he also became well-versed in hip-hop, jazz-funk, and the street styles vogue and waacking. With his skills nurtured in the DMV area, he became a part of multiple projects and companies, including the former Family Matters Project and Culture Shock DC, and started teaching. Eventually, he travelled to the Philippines to take on a life of artistry. He trained additionally in voice and acting at Star Magic Workshops, a well-known training subsidiary in the nation of ABS-CBN Corporation, while still dancing and pursuing these in a professional manner. In addition, he was part of the Iconic House of Mizrahi: Philippine Chapter and A.X.I.S. PH (All Xystems In Sync) Dance Company. He then returned to the US, first taking a stop in LA to take an intensive acting workshop at the Ivana Chubbuck Studio and rigorously took classes at multiple dance studios, including Millennium Dance Complex, Debbie Reynolds Legacy Studios, Movement Lifestyle and more. Now that he is back in the DMV, he is taking some time to share the learnings he has acquired from his past experiences with the newer generation in an effort to support their passion for dance and give them knowledge that could be useful if ever they decide to journey onto a grander stage in their future.