49 Ford Street, Martinsville, Virginia 24112   
Creative Movement   |   Ballet   |   Pointe   |   Tap   |   Jazz   |   Modern   |   Lyrical

Our Staff

Mandy Frazier Gordon

Owner and Director

Mrs. Mandy grew up training as a Hollingsworth dancer from the age of 6 and has been a part of the Hollingsworth studio for 25 years. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and contemporary. Mandy is a certified Acrobatic Arts intructor through Acrobatic Arts. She had the opportunity to learn and assist under Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hollingsworth and Mrs. Felecia, among others, through childhood and leading into adulthood.

Mandy is an honor graduate of Carlisle School. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During her time there, she received multiple performance opportunities with numbers choreographed by professors along with Masters students, performing in numerous concerts from 2005-2009. For completion of her degree, she choreographed a thesis piece presented in a concert along with her classmates.

Mandy furthered her education following her undergraduate studies and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Radford University in 2015. She is Module 1 and Preschool Acro certified through Acrobatic Arts. 

 

India Dillard Brown

Performing Arts Instructor

Mrs. India's love for dance started at Ray Hollingsworth Dance & Arts Studio at the age of 4. During her time as a student, India learned many forms of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and modern.

A graduate of the University of Virginia, India completed several dance and movement courses, and was a member of a student hip-hop dance team during her time in Charlottesville. While in college, India returned home each summer to teach a free dance program for community youth.

India is a Program Officer at The Harvest Foundation in Martinsville. She and her husband, Matthew, are the proud parents of a Hollingsworth dancer, Miss Grace Elizabeth-Day. India is excited to be back with her Hollingsworth family and looks forward to sharing her gift and love of dance with the next generation of dancers!

Brooke Reynolds

Performing Arts Instructor

Brooke Reynolds, of Martinsville, is employed with Vrain Corporation. She is a 2010 graduate of Martinsville High School and attended Virginia Polytechnic University. She is an RHDAS alumni, and her time spent at RHDAS played a major role in participation as a crowned contestant of the 2011 Miss Virginia Pageant and a Hokie collegiate cheerleader.

As an adult, she is living the “other side” of dance as a dance mom with her daughter and current student of RHDAS, Edyn. She worked as a substitute teacher during the 2023-2024 season. Teaching at the studio brings her so much joy, passion, and appreciation for the art. Brooke is thankful for the opportunity to return to the studio and nurture rising dancers.

Catherine Hancock Privette

Substitute Instructor

Catherine is an alumni of RHDAS. She became a RHDAS dancer at the young age of two. After 16 years as a RHDAS student and 5 years as an assistant teacher with the Hollingsworth family, she graduated and attended Radford University where she continued to study dance and creative movement.

Catherine's love for dance and movement inspired her to help others regain or learn movement after injury, illness, or disability, which led her to the rehabilitation and medical field. Catherine graduated from Radford University with a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy and a minor in Dance and Performing Arts. She currently works as a pediatric occupational therapist in our area.

Further continuing her passion for movement and health, Catherine, along with her husband, own and operate Gym 24, where they promote health and fitness to all ages. She teaches weekly group fitness classes at Gym 24. Despite her love for therapy and movement, her favorite "job" is raising her two young children, one of which is a RHDAS dancer!

Brittany Rowe

Substitute Teacher

Brittany Nickelston Rowe, of Martinsville, is employed at ValleyStar Credit Union as the Consumer Loan Manager. She is a 2009 graduate from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Brittany’s love for dance started at an early age of 3 years old. She is an alumnus of Ray Hollingsworth where she danced for 14 years studying ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern and river dance. Her daughter, Adaleigh, is following right behind her and keeps her busy with dance throughout the week. Brittany enjoys helping at the studio when needed, as it brings back many childhood memories for her.

When I think of RHDAS, I think of home. A place where I could be free and escape from the realities of life. It’s a studio that wants you to express yourself in movement and grow, not only as a dancer but as an individual as well. One of the biggest things I learned from my instructors was how to have grace and elegance in everything I do, two true representatives of what defines a dancer. I also had the privilege of gaining a second family. Monday nights ended up being what I looked forward to every week, and summers felt incomplete without dancing next to my best friends for a few weeks. The people that I still keep in touch with after heading to college are my friends from RHDAS, proving that the experiences, memories, and friendships will last a lifetime. One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was graduate and leave Ray Hollingsworth, and I would do anything to dance in that studio again.
-Morgan Clemons, Class of 2018