About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of the Stage Door Dance Company is to give youth in our community the opportunity to participate in the cultural arts through the discipline of dance. The Dance Company provides cultural activities, enrichment programs, artistic inspiration, career training, and employment opportunities for many young adults.

Students participating in the Dance Company’s program will help youth develop and broaden their interest in the performing arts. Through dance, children will earn to express creative movement of their feelings. Our dance programs will give children self-discipline, self-confidence, and self-esteem. Hopefully, dancers will receive discipline that will carry with them for life; while enjoying the much-needed fun that comes from their classes.

Meet Our Staff

Julie Embrey Colgan
Julie Embrey Colgan (Director) founded Stage Door Dance Studio in September 1992. She has been teaching in the Manassas area for over twenty years. She has studied ballet with Dean Crane and Nina Stroganara, jazz with Nat Horn at Alvin Ailey's American Dance Center, tap with Amelia Gillmore, and is also a member of the Tap America Program. She has attended many jazz workshops with Frank Hatchett, Tremaine Dance Workshops, and Jeff Shade's Workshops.

Having completed Dance Masters, Inc. courses and taken classes at Harkness School of Ballet in New York City, Julie also studies at the Broadway Dance Centre and Steps, both located in New York City. She has taken a performing arts medicine seminar at George Mason University. Julie is also a member the Professional Dance Teachers Association and the International Association of Fitness Professionals.

Julie Colgan in China!
Julie Colgan

Julie choreographs for the Battlefield High School Dance Team, local beauty pageants, and several area show choirs.  Her students have won local, regional, and national dance competitions.  Her students have auditioned and been accepted at the Virginia High School for the Arts, the Kennedy Center, the Dance Center of Harlem Community Dance Residency program and Shenandoah University intense summer dance program.  Her students have also attended the Virginia Governor’s School for the Performing Arts.

Her graduating students are in college dance companies, college dance teams, touring with music groups, and performing in music videos.  Julie’s students have been invited to perform as All American Dance team members, Star Powers-STARR PAC Dancers, professional dance companies, and are now instructors with the Eastern Dance Association.  Her Senior Dance Company was rated #1 by the Professional Dance Teacher’s Association and her Junior Dance Company was rated #3 in the nation!

Julie has had a busy year conducting many dance workshops and clinics for junior high, high school and college students.  Her latest accomplishments are being awarded the Junior and Senior Best Choreographer Award from the Professional Dance Teachers Association and Dance Troupe’s all Around Choreographer Award for her musical theatre choreography, choreographer awards from L.A. Dance Force, choreography award from the Starquest National Dance Competition, outstanding choreographer for NexStar Competitions and Dynamite National Talent Competition. Julie has been invited to join the staff to judge Regional and National dance competitions.
Kelly Colgan (Director)
Kelly Colgan (Director) has been teaching and a choreographing for the Stage Door Dance Studio and Company for the past 8 years.  While attending college in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, Kelly auditioned and was selected for an internship at New York City’s leading multi-disciplinary center, The Broadway Dance Center.  She has performed professional many times.  Kelly is on the staff for On Stage America National Talent Competition. As well as the Choreographer for their National opening numbers. Kelly’s numbers at Stage Door have won numerous over-all top scores, choreography, entertainment and many special awards this year at competition. In 2013 Kelly was awarded OSA’s teacher of the year at their national awards gala.  Kelly is also the coach of Patriot High School Dance Team.

Kelly Colgan

Nicole A. Goodson
Nicole Goodson is a dancer/instructor/choreographer in the Washington, DC metro area. She grew up performing and competing in the area, nationally and internationally. She trained with Henry LeTang, Joe Lanteri of NYCDA, Tommy Ralabate, Christine Grogis, Fran Peters and Jimmy Peters. Nicole is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Nicole has been on staff at Stage Door since 1999. She has judged numerous dance competi- tions and dance team tryouts from High School teams to NBA teams. Several of her students are pursuing professional dance careers and many are on nationally ranked College Dance Teams (Towson University, East Carolina, James Madison University, Radford University, Christopher Newport, George Mason University, Penn State, Point Park Univer- sity, VCU, UVA and Virginia Tech).Currently, Nicole is an adjunct professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA teaching courses in both dance and Pilates. While teaching at Mason, she received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in 2010. She has been selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in Fine Arts Higher Education. She founded and co-directed “Break It Down” (a dance team training program) which gives kids a chance on their high school dance team. Nicole has produced award winning routines as well as, well-trained dancers.

After her greatest accomplishment, the birth of her son Easton in July 2014, Nicole started on her latest business endeavor. She is the owner of FIT4MOM Centreville/Chantilly. In an effort to find a way to work and spend time with Easton she stumbled upon this amazing company. Supporting and connecting moms in every stage of motherhood.

Nicole Goodson in Beijing
Nicole Goodson

Pamela Kubiak
Pamela began her training in ballet at the age of 5 with the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. She also studied dance with the Nutmeg Conservatory, Richmond Ballet, BalletMet, Bolshoi, and American Ballet Theatre. She has training in modern, contemporary, jazz, character, and flamenco and is certified to teach the Vaganova technique. Pamela went on to dance professionally with the Columbia Classical Ballet in South Carolina and is entering her fourth season with the Manassas Ballet Theatre.

Candra Preshong
Candra is the Artistic Director of  fusiondance  and IMPACT DANCE Candra began her training in Northern Virginia and studied under Michelle Sarson, Mark Mejia, Linda Kintz, and with various professional teachers/choreographers through workshops locally and nationally. After attending Point Park University and finishing her degree in psychology at George Mason University, Candra began teaching and having success at the regional and national level with her choreography, winning high score and choreography awards at the solo and group level both regionally and nationally. This along with Candra’s artistically demanding and innovative class structure has made her a highly sought after master instructor. Candra co-founded fusiondance in 2006 and through this professional company, her choreography graced the stages of the Lincoln Theater, The Lang Theater, The Lisner, The Jack Guidone, The Ernst Cultural Center, Synetic Theater, Schlessinger Center, the Workhouse Arts Center, and in 2015 premiered an evening length work at Dance Place in the 10th Annual Capital Fringe festival to rave reviews. In 2009 Candra co-founded IMPACT DANCE, a pre-professional company with unique and dynamic choreography, technical excellence, and unparalleled artistry cultivated by fusing the elements of concert dance with contemporary movement and creating a captivating performer. fusiondance and IMPACT dance aim to elevate the contemporary dance scene with a dynamic group of dancers who excel in all areas of dance to create a visual explosion of movement and creativity. 

Pamela Kubiak

Candra Preshong

Gianna Mollica


Gianna Mollica
Gianna has been dancing since she was two years old. She began dancing at Stage Door in 2007. She is trained in Tap,Ballet,Jazz,Lyrical,and,Hip Hop. While in high school she was on the Battlefield Varsity Dance Team all four years and was captain her senior year. She graduated from Beauty School and loves doing hair and makeup and how it all ties into being in the dance world. Gianna has a very outgoing personality that everyone who knows her loves her and she has a gift working with children. Gianna loves teaching the kids and being apart of the Stage Door Staff.

Heather Davis
Heather was born and raised in Northern Virginia and started her dance career at the age of five. Heather danced at Stage Door Dance for thirteen years and competed nationally with the competition team. After graduating high school, she attended George Mason University where she majored in Public Relations and minored in Dance. Heather has taught at Stage Door for over five years and loves sharing her passion for dance with others. She works full time as the Partnership Manager for a national non-profit but always enjoys her time teaching at the studio. Stage Door will always be “home” to Heather and she is thankful to work along side the other amazing instructors there.

Denise Verespy
Denise Verespy is a mother to 2 great girls Lexi and Cami Crouch and wonderful 9 year old son Ashton Crouch. She started gymnastics when she was five and competed until High School, she then taught at Chantilly Academy. She was very blessed by the opportunity given to her last year by Julie and Kelly to get back into her love for gymnastics. Denise enjoys teaching the kids and seeing how excited they get when they learn new tricks. All the kids that come to her classes have become such an important part of her life and make her job so much fun.

Alessandro Marmol
Alessandro joined Stage Door in 2005 dancing tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, ballet. While in high school he was a tap teaching assistant, while coaching Gainesville Middle school Dance Team. He has his B.S. in Biology from Christopher Newport University and is currently attending George Washington University’s nursing program. He will be the Assistant Coach for Patriot High School Dance Team in the Fall.

Meghan Cree
Meghan started dancing at Stage Door when she was 11 years old. She  attended James Madison University where she was a part of Madison Dance and choreographed for the street team. Meghan has also choreographed for local high school dance teams.

Sade Jones
Sade was a member of Stage Door Company for 6 years and is now a teacher and choreographer for the studio and the Dance Company. She is a photography major and plans to attend a four year university next semester.

Minda Hunter
Minda is a student at the University of South Carolina majoring in Elementary Education. She danced for 16 years, competitively for 10 years, and completed her last 3 years at Stage Door before graduating in 2014. While she isn’t dancing at school, she loves coming back to Stage Door to teach tap classes whenever she is home!

Josh Nixon
Josh is a Northern Virginia native, growing up dancing at Centreville Dance Academy. Being a dancer of 16 years, Josh has been trained in ballet, lyrical, jazz and tap, with tap being his favorite. With this, Josh has had the opportunity to train all over the with many phenomenal dancers including Debbie Allen, Chloe & Maud Arnold, Jason Samuels Smith, Derrick Grant and Joseph Webb to name a few. In addition to the professional training, Josh has had the opportunity to travel, teach and perform internationally in places including Rio De Janerio, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.  When not traveling, Josh teaches in the DC/Metro Area and also helps run the DC Tap Festival every year. Credits include Shrek; The Musical, Young Frankenstein, Fox 5 Morning News, UTZ Potato Chip’s National Chip Day commercial, The 2016 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards and “Tap World; A Film about Tap.”

Jackie Ebert
Jackie Ebert has been apart of the Stage Door Family for 4 years with her two daughters.  This year her son joined the family as a dancer and she joined our staff as an assistant tumbling teacher.  She teaches ballet, tap, hip-hop and tumbling.  Her true passion is tumbling as she is still doing gymnastics herself!  In her spare time she loves spending time with her family, tumbling, and cooking new things she finds on Pinterest.



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