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!

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!

I consider it an honor to have been taught by Ray and Cindy Hollingsworth themselves. The studio has given me years of fond memories and lifelong friendships. The bond between our dance family is strong. I appreciate everything the studio has done for us over the years, including my favorite, the 50th anniversary reunion.
-April Slate, Class of 2009