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 (Director/Founder)
Julie founded Stage Door Dance Studio in 1992 and is enjoying her part time retirement. She is so proud that her daughter Kelly Colgan has fully taken over the company. She truly enjoys watching all of these kids grow up and becoming life long friends.


Kelly Colgan (Director)
Kelly has been teaching and a choreographing for the Stage Door Dance Studio and Company for the past 10 years. Kelly Spent 3 years training at New York Cities Broadway Dance Center. 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 the coach of the award winning Patriot High School Dance Team. Kelly also has a Certification as a Flexi Stretcher Instructor and AcroArts instructor.


Candra Eglin
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
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 fifth season with the Manassas Ballet Theatre.


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 six 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
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.


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 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.


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 the Madison Dance and choreographed for the Madison street team. Meghan has also been a choreographer for multiple high school competition dance teams.


Tim Roberts
Tim Roberts has been teaching in the DC metro area for over 15 years. His experience stems from both dance and theater, with performance credits include national tours with 42nd Street, Cats and Jelly’s Last Jam. He also worked for Disney and Norwegian Cruise Lines.


Kelvin Marmol
Kelvin Marmol began dancing at the age of 4 in Los Angeles, California. A year later him and his family moved to Bristow, Virginia and he began dancing along side of his brother at Stage Door Dance Studio under the direction of Julie and Kelly Colgan. He took part in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. Kelvin has been trained under Josh Nixon and Heidi Stafford as they played a huge role in his journey with tap. He hopes to give back to his Stage Door family by educating and pushing the students to be the best dancers they can be.


Julie Colgan in China!
Julie Colgan

Kelly Colgan

Candra Eglin

Pamela Kubiak

Gianna Mollica

Tim Roberts

Kelvin Marmol



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Best of Manassas 2008 Best of Manassas 2009



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