Tiffany Spithas: Owner & Artistic Director of Impact & DanceWorx
TIFFANY is a graduate of James Madison University where she received a B.F.A. in Dance. Tiffany has performed with the Montgomery College Dance Co., D.C. Dance Collective, The Virginia Repertory Dance Co. and The LA Contemporary Dance Company. Tiffany was the coach at Quince Orchard High School in 2011/12 when the squad placed 2nd in County Competitions. She has taught for several studios around the area and schools such as James Madison University. Tiffany is enjoying her sixth year as the Owner/Director of Impact Performing Arts and Artistic Director for DanceWorx, four Competition Companies at Impact.
Nicholas Spithas: Owner, Instructor & Front Desk
NICK began dancing at the age of 4, mimicking the moves of Michael Jackson. The rest is history. His ability to pop, snap, & slide had viewers like former director of IMPACT, Jason Anderson, exclaim “I can’t even move like that!” A graduate of the University of Maryland (Philosophy & Economics); he and Tiffany Workman, humbly took over as the new owners of Impact Performing Arts in July of 2013. In August of 2013, he began teaching a boys Hip Hop class for ages 6-10.
Giavanna Hershey: Instructor & DanceWorx Assistant Coach
GIAVANNA is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BFA in Dance. While in school she worked with choreographers such as B.J. Sullivan (creator of the Release Modern Technique), Jan Van Dyke (Co-Founder of Dance Place), John Gamble and Gerri Houllihan. Since graduating, Giavanna has been teaching Modern, Jazz, Lyrical and Poms at several studios and private schools in the DC Metro Area. She has performed and choreographed for dance companies such as: FloydProject and Full Circle Dance Company.
Samantha Poto: Instructor
SAMANTHA grew up in Montgomery County and began dancing when she was 5 years old. She studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and tap. She was a part of many competitive dance teams in the D.C. Metro area. She was a member and captain of the Varsity Poms squad while attending Wootton High School. Upon graduation, she went to Hofstra University where she studied early childhood education and continued her love for dance by joining the dance team. Sam loves watching your children grow each week and appreciates their excitement and motivation to keep learning and dancing!
Heather Grimm: Instructor
HEATHER was born and raised in Frederick, MD and began dancing at age 3. After countless competitions and summer musicals, she enrolled at East Carolina University in the Theater and Dance Department. After her sophomore year, she transferred to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and received her Bachelors in Ballet Performance. While dancing she was able to train with Gus Giordano, Mia Michaels, Scott Jovovich, Roni Koresh, Kim Bears-Bailey and countless others. Since graduating, Heather has taught at multiple schools in the area and has dancers that have gone on to dance or train with several professional companies.
Bria Comer: Instructor
BRIA is a professional dancer, choreographer, dance educator, and licensed physical therapist assistant. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from James Madison University in 2011 and summa cum laude from Carroll Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program in 2018. Bria started teaching tap dance when she was 15 years old at Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center, and though the studios have changed, she never stopped teaching! She currently teaches tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, and adult and youth classes at 24/7 Dance Studio, and is so excited to be teaching tap at Impact. Bria also works in pediatric physical therapy at MOCO Movement Center. She has danced professionally with various dance companies including Light Switch Dance Theatre and Equinox Dance Company, and is the founder and director of Shift Dance, an adult non-profit dance company. When she isn’t working, she loves to lift weights, run, read books, and spend time with her husband.
Jamie Solomon: Instructor
JAMIE is a recent graduate from the College of Charleston where she received a B.A. in Dance. She grew up in Montgomery County where she began her training to become a professional dancer at the age of 3. She has since studied a variety of genres including modern, contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, and jazz. She has taken accredited master classes with Netherland Danse Theater and Bill T. Jones. Since graduating in May, Jamie has been pursuing performance opportunities as well as instructing at several studios. Jamie is currently a key dancer with the Dance ICONS Choreographic Institute in Washington D.C and freelances in the DMV area.
Joshua Davis: Instructor
JOSHUA has been a professional dancer and choreographer for the past 12 years. He has had the pleasure of working with artists ranging from Lil Wayne to Bryson Tiller, Tory Lanez and 2Chainz. Josh is a full-time student at George Washington University. He also enjoys working with less fortunate children and teaches dance classes at some of the after-school programs in DC and Montgomery County.
Hannah Rookstool: Instructor
HANNAH has been dancing for 16 years. She started her training with The City Ballet School, where she was taught ballet, jazz, modern, and tap. Through the years, Hannah has worked with The Western Maryland Youth Ballet Company, B.Funk Dance company, and Burklynn Ballet. She earned her diploma in dance from Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. Currently she is working towards her A.A. in Dance at Hagerstown Community College, where she is also part of the dance company. Hannah is excited to share her love and knowledge of ballet with the future generation of dancers at Impact!
Ellie Cohen: Instructor
ELLIE is a sophomore at Winston Churchill High School and is a member of the DanceWorx Silver team. Ellie has been dancing for 14 years and has been trained in many styles which include ballet, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, pointe, contemporary, and modern. She enjoys teaching her students and helping them improve over the year.
Bella Zoll: Instructor
BELLA is a student at Winston Churchill High School and has been dancing for 13 years. Bella is trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, contemporary, and lyrical. She loves watching her students learn and grow throughout the year.
Claire Yinger: Instructor
CLAIRE is a junior at Winston Churchill High School and is a member of DanceWorx Silver. Claire has danced at Impact for 12 years and has been a member of DanceWorx since the age of 8. She is trained in ballet, hip hop, jazz, modern, contemporary and lyrical. Claire enjoys working with kids and helping them develop their love of dance.