Welcoming some new faces to DanceArtThea

Debora Greer

Originally from Brazil, Ms. Greer started to dance at age twelve. In Sao Paulo, she joined “Renata Reis Producoes e Eventos” for two years as a dancer and taught classes, as well. Ms. Greer first came to the states for a summer intensive at Ballet Chicago in 2012 then studied on a full scholarship in the year-round program with Chicago Ballet Arts.  In 2014, she began studying at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York as a ballet trainee for two years, dancing as a guest artist with Eglevsky Ballet for “The Nutcracker” in 2015 with Homo Veritas Dance Theatre in 2016.  She studied with Mrs. Ashley Tuttle during the summer of 2016.  Ms. Greer joined Manassas Ballet Theatre in 2016 and joined the Manassas Ballet Academy teaching staff in 2017, choreographed her first work for the company in 2019. She joined DanceArtTheater in November 2019.

Andrea Cook

 Andrea is a locally trained dancer and currently serves as the Academy Administrator at the Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts, after directing the dance program for nine years.  After receiving her BFA in Dance Performance, with a concentration in jazz from Point Park University, Andrea moved to New York City to pursue dance performance and teaching opportunities.  During her time in New York City, she danced with PushFactor Dance Company and Undertoe Dance Project worked for the New York International Ballet Competition and taught dance classes at the New York Kids Club.  She also served on the faculty of and was a judge for, DanzJam Conventions in the New England area.  Her work has been featured in numerous companies and as part of choreography festivals in Pittsburgh, New York City, and the Washington, D.C. area, in addition to local theatre companies.  She has had the privilege of working with dancers at various youth companies, including setting both ballet and contemporary works for the Fairfax Ballet Company where she is currently serving as the Artistic Director. Andrea is proud to work with multiple arts organizations in various capacities including the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts and the National Capital Area Cappies.

Megan Ellard

Megan grew up dancing across the country as part of a military family. She graduated from the Metropolitan School of the Arts in Kingstowne, Virginia as well as the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts dance program at Woodbridge Senior High School in 2012, where she primarily studied ballet and modern/contemporary. She was part of the Youth Ballet Conservatory Program at MSA and the modern company OCDance, under the direction of Nancy Gross, at Woodbridge HS. She graduated from George Mason University with a minor studies certificate in dance in 2015. While at GMU, she attended the SummerDance intensive and danced with Urbanknowlogy 101, Mason’s hip hop dance crew. While at GMU, she had the opportunity to work with instructors such as Susan Shields, Christopher d’Amboise, Dan Joyce and Karen Reedy.  Currently, Megan is teaching dance in the DMV area to young children, teaching fitness at Pure Barre in Kingstowne, and a company member with both Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz Dance Company and DanceArtTheater.

Melissa Snow Tubach

Melissa Snow Tubach graduated in 2016 with honors from James Madison University’s School of Theater and Dance. She began her study of dance at age three in her hometown of Fredericksburg, Virginia. She has trained in ballet, Pointe, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and modern/contemporary dance, as well as partnering in ballet and modern. Further she has taught all age levels and types of dance during high school, college, and post graduation career. As a freshman at JMU she represented her class at the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While attending JMU Melissa performed pieces in the Fall and Spring Student Dance Concerts. Both of her originally choreographed pieces, “Empire of Hurt” and “Uncharted Territory”, were shown in the Student Dance Concerts along with both being performed on Mainstage for the Contemporary Dance Ensemble concert. As a sophomore she became a member of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble and performed in New Voices in Dance. As a member of the Ensemble she performed in “Out of Frame” a piece that was performed at the Route 11 Dance Festival in Lexington, Virginia, which was chosen to open during the final night for the Trey McIntyre Project.  Melissa became a member of the JMU Virginia Repertory Dance Company in 2014 and performed in Dancescapes on the Mainstage and again in December 2015. As a member of the repertory company Melissa has had the opportunity to work with choreographers, Christopher K. Morgan, Eluza Santos, Karen Reedy, Emily Oleson, Pam Pietro, Laurie Eisenhower, Danah Bella, and John Dixon. Outside of school Melissa has attended summer intensives with the Jose Limon Company and Christopher K. Morgan. In the spring of 2016 Melissa traveled with the Virginia Repertory Dance Company and showed their works in Martinique. While in Martinique she had the opportunity to teach dance and interact with local students. She attended the American College Dance Festival (ACDA) in West Virginia in March 2016 and was honored to perform in the adjudicated concert.  The piece “scattered. places.” was further chosen to be performed in the Gala that night. Since graduation Melissa has continued refining her craft with DanceArtTheater in Northern Virginia.


Alex Miegel

Alex Miegel is originally from Fairfax, VA and received his BFA in Dance & Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. After college he performed with Theatre West Virginia and West Virginia Dance Company located in Beckley, WV. He currently is an instructor at Virginia Ballet Company, C4 Performing Arts, and Rhythm and Arts Center of Virginia. He has been with DanceArtTheater since September 2015.

Kari Argabright

Kari Argabright graduated in 2016 from Radford University with a BFA in Dance and in 2017 with a BS in Elementary Education. When not dancing with DanceArtTheater, she spends her days teaching Kindergarten at a local elementary school. She began her study of dance at the age of three in her hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While attending Radford, Kari performed in most faculty shows, participated in guest artist residencies, performed in multiple student works as well as choreographed numerous pieces of her own. She has had the opportunity to work with choreographers, Kyle Abraham, danah bella, Deborah McLaughlin, Katie Wells, Natalie Marrone, Crystal Lewis, Bob Boross, and Wesley Williams. She also had the privilege to attend the American Dance Festival summer intensive and the Christopher K. Morgan winter intensive during her college career. Her professional dance career started before she moved to the Northern Virginia area, when she had the opportunity to work with Toneta Akers-Toler and perform in Addams Family, Footloose and Hatfield and McCoys, with Theater West Virginia during the 2016 and 2017 summer seasons. Since moving to Northern Virginia, Kari has continued to improve her dance technique while performing with DanceArtTheater and Kista Tucker Insights. 


Sabina Vitola

Sabina Vitola graduated from the Academy of Dance of Fairfax High School in 2018, where she trained in modern dance, ballet, contemporary and tap, as well as participated in various master classes from places such as Pace University and Steps on Broadway. In 2017 she got admitted into the Virginia Governor's School for the Arts in the dance discipline, where she got to perform and take classes at Radford University. She is originally from Guatemala City, and started dancing at a local dance studio at the age of nine. When she was sixteen years old she moved to Fairfax, Virginia, and began dancing under the direction of Andrea Cook and Meredith Barnes. After high school she interned with DanceArtTheatre for a year before becoming a permanent dancer with the company. She is currently a student in Northern Virginia Community College with a major in Biomedical Engineering.

Another new face for Dance Art Theater!

Moira Ragen

Moira Ragen found her love of dance at the age of four when she saw Riverdance on television.  At age five, she began taking dance lessons and competing as an Irish dancer in the Washington, D.C. area. 

          By the age of fourteen, Moira was teaching and performing, and competing internationally. She has attended regional and national championships all over North America, as well as the World Championships in Ireland, Scotland and England. In high school, Moira enrolled in the Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts, a partial-day program of the Fairfax County Public Schools, where she expanded her love of dance to include modern, ballet, jazz, and tap. 

          After earning a B.A. in Dance and Dance Teacher Licensure from James Madison University, Moira joined several national Irish dance tours, including Rockin Road to Dublin, Dublin Irish Dance Company, and Irish Dance Theatre.

          Moira currently heads the Dance program at Mount Vernon High School, where she teaches all genres.  She also assists with choreography for middle and high school musical theatre productions in Fairfax County and is looking forward to continuing her work with the National Capital Area Cappies Awards.