Abby grew up dancing at Poquoson Dance Academy.  She started with tap and ballet at the age of 4 and worked her way through all styles of dance until graduation from high school.  Abby is a member of the Kinetic Energy Dance Company.  She danced with the company until graduation and is now a teacher and choreographer.  In addition to her involvement in the competition team, Abby also teaches jazz and lyrical classes and assists our Petite Company.  Abby is in her senior year at Christopher Newport University, majoring in Biology and minoring in Spanish.

Molly Firth

Maurice Martinez

Molly also started her dance career at Poquoson Dance Academy taking tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop.  Molly is a member of the Kinetic Energy Dance Company, first as a dancer and now as a teacher and choreographer of our Petite Dance Company. As the Lead Teacher in a Toddler classroom at Riverside Child Development  and Learning Center, we entrust Molly with our youngest dancers.  She teaches our Creative Movement class  and our Beginning Tap and Ballet classes. 

TEACHERS

Abby Topping

Shannon Pohlman

Shannon grew up dancing in the Hampton Roads area.  She started at the age of 3 at Northampton Dance Studio and asked to join the Tidewater Dance Theatre and Debbi's Dancers at the age of 10.  With Debbi's Dancers, Shannon competed up and down the east coast winning regional solo and group awards as well as 5 national solo award (America's Youth on Parade Competition) and 2 International group titles (I Love Dance Competition).  Shannon continued dancing locally until she went to Radford University where she earned a B.S. in Exercise, Sport, and Health Education and then went on to earn a Masters Degree from Saint Leo University in Education.  Shannon has been teaching at dance at Poquoson Dance Academy since 2005.  She created the Dance Company Competition Team (now called "Kinetic Energy Dance Company") which began competing in 2007 as well as have danced on Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship in 2011.  Shannon continues her dance education by going to Tremaine Dance Conventions every year.  Shannon currently is also employed with Hampton City School as an Instructional Technology Teacher for the Science Department. 

Poquoson Dance Academy

Laura Brady

Rachael Hrinda

Mo teaches hip hop and tap