OUR STAFF

Felecia Calaman Childress

Owner and Director of Performing Arts

Felecia is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College with a BA in Politics and a minor in Dance. While at R-MWC she was a member of the Randolph-Macon Dance Company, as well as a member of the R-MWC Dance Repertory, which toured the East Coast giving concerts and lecture demonstrations. Her field of concentration was in Ballet and Modern with emphasis on technique and dance composition that instilled an understanding of dance historically, aesthetically and also therapeutically. She was very fortunate to have studied Modern with R-MWC Professor of Dance, Helen McGehee, an original member and soloist for 30 years for the Martha Graham Dance Company.

Through the Visiting Artists Program at Randolph Macon founded by McGehee, Felecia was afforded the opportunity to study with professional dancers and choreographers from such well known companies as the Paul Taylor Dance Company, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, the Jose Limon Dance Company, the Joffrey Ballet as well as numerous other well known instructors and choreographers on an everyday basis as part of her dance curriculum. Upon graduation Felecia took a position as a performing arts instructor for Ray Hollingsworth Studios in Martinsville and Rocky Mount, Va and Jamestown, NC.

Felecia has been a performing arts instructor at the Ray Hollingsworth Studio for 35 years and has been a Ray Hollingsworth Dancer since age 7. She also served on faculty for Dance Troupe, Inc., one of the largest National Dance Seminar and Competition Companies in the United States. Felecia was the director of the Ray Hollingsworth Dance and Theater Arts Center in Jamestown, North Carolina for five years.

She is a two time Miss Virginia Preliminary winner crowned Miss Martinsville-Henry County and Miss Peanut Festival. She was the President and Director of the Miss Martinsville-Henry County Pageant from 1986 until 1998. She served also as choreographer and producer for many years for the pageant, as well as sponsor, chaperone, and coach to many titleholders in the Miss Virginia Pageant system.

In addition to her dance she is also a Reiki Master and teaches all levels of Reiki. Felecia was selected as a teacher for SARA-Shelter Animal Reiki Association which is an international not for profit organization by SARA founder Kathleen Prassad. SARA provides a standardized approach to implementing professional Animal Reiki programs for shelters, sanctuaries, and other facilities that assist animals in need. Over the years, Felecia has volunteered her time to work with the animals at the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA offering Reiki treatments as well as teaching Reiki to many of the staff members and volunteers. The local SPCA achieved SARA certification through these classes. Felecia offers this holistic healing modality to her students in the dance studio as many of her students seek her out when feeling ill or suffering from an injury. It is a great complement in dance class bringing into the forefront the mind body connection.

Felecia is married to J. Ford Childress, an attorney in Charlottesville, Virginia. They share their home with their 3 loving furbabies Mr. Bojangles Dance (Bo), John Anthony (Tony) and MiaBella Spirit Dancer, affectionately known as Princess Mia.


Catherine Rodenbough

Performing Arts Instructor and Choreographer

Catherine grew up training in dance in the Hollingsworth Studio during which time she excelled in all fields of dance and worked as an assistant to Mr. and Mrs. Hollingsworth. She traveled extensively from the east to west coast with them on dance tours and conventions, where she performed and taught alongside Mr. Hollingsworth. Catherine worked as a professional dancer in the theme park at Carowinds, with extended specialty performances for various pageants and theater groups. She returned to the Martinsville, Virginia area, and rejoined the staff at the Hollingsworth Studio, and also maintained several of her own dance studios in the surrounding areas. Catherine continues to be a driving force in style and choreography at the studio.


Sherry Harvell Yacuzzo

Performing Arts Instructor and Choreographer

Sherry is a professional dancer who has over 30 years experience as a performer & choreographer with training in all styles of dance. Sherry has performed for over 10 years in Lake Tahoe, NV, Branson, MO and throughout North Carolina. She also has modeled and danced in many fashion shows throughout the years. Sherry has worked with such all time greats as Al Gilbert, Frank Boem, Joe Tremaine, Ron Lewis and Michael Darrin. She credits the late Jacqueline Dorminey and Ray Hollingsworth for inspiring a love of dance that has led to her being an instructor/choreographer for over 18 years. Sherry has coached competition teams that have won top awards in jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theater, just to name a few. She also is a judge for national dance competitions and continues her education by attending dance conventions, workshops, and masterclasses. Dance has been her life since she was 6 years old and there is nothing she would rather do than to continue teaching and sharing her knowledge and experience for the Art of Dance.


Amanda Frazier

Performing Arts Instructor and Choreographer

"Mandy" grew up as a Hollingsworth dancer from the age of 6 and embraced each opportunity present to her to better herself as a dancer. By the beginning of high school, Mandy was certain that she wanted to pursue dance as a career. Following high school graduation from Carlisle School, she attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography and Performance in 2009. While in her final years at UNCG, she spent some time with physical therapists and athletic trainers due to injuries obtained during rehearsal and/or performance. It was during this time she decided to further her education and become a physical therapist. She attended Radford University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2015. She has returned to Martinsville and works as a Physical Therapist at Stanleytown Health and Rehab. She is anxious and excited to return to the art form that made the greatest impact in her life, brought her joy, and made her into the woman she is today.


Michele Dyer

Studio Receptionist and Secretary

Michele is a Martinsville native who returned home after majoring in music education and sacred music at Gardner-Webb University. She has been actively involved in the community as a Music/Choral Director for several dramas at Martinsville High School and Carlisle. Michele co-directs a teen choir and children's choir at Hillcrest Baptist Church where she is one of the Awana Commanders. She also sings with the praise team and the adult choir on Sunday mornings. During her "free" time, Michele is employed by Kroger as the Lead Scan Coordinator and enjoys spending quality time with her Mom. Michele is excited to join the Hollingsworth team and is looking forward to a great year with her new dance family!

"Dancing and performing have been lifelong passions of mine and I honestly don't think they would be without the wonderful talent of Felecia Calaman Childress. Mrs. Childress, or "Miss Felecia" as her students know her, is the one person I have to credit for not only teaching me technique, but turning my technique into a passion-filled performance. Her professionalism in the studio only motivates me to work harder and perform directly from the heart. She is such an amazing teacher, performer and inspiration. I wish her the best of luck in her new studio!" ~ Maggie Pilson
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