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 certified through Acrobatic Arts. 

 

Catherine Hancock Privette

Performing Arts Instructor

Mrs. Catherine joined the Hollingsworth dance family at the age of two and fell in love with the art. During her high school years, she began assisting with dance education and the competition team at RHDAS.

Catherine is a graduate of Radford University where she received her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy and a minor in Dance. She is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist in Martinsville.

She and her husband own and operate Gym 24 where Catherine is a certified Pound Fitness instructor, teaching weekly classes. She also provides cardiovascular conditioning and training programs for several groups within the community. In May of 2020, she became a mother to a future Hollingsworth dancer, Miss Evie Claire. With her knowledge of movement and fitness combined with her love for dance, she is beyond excited to continue to bring a dynamic to our Hollingsworth dancers!

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 future 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!

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