Abby grew up in Poquoson, VA where she began her dancing career. She was a student at Poquoson Dance Academy when it first opened in 2000 when she was 4. Abby started with a class of beginning tap and ballet and eventually trained in all styles of dance including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary.  Abby was an active member of the Kinetic Energy Dance Company for 5 years.Abby graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2018 and received her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Spanish.  She has had the opportunity to take classes from well known choreographer and organizations including the Joffery Ballet, Derrick Schrader, and Tony Bellissimo. Abby is now a teacher and choreographer for the company and other classes at the studio. As a choreographer, she has received choreography, high-score, and judges awards for her work over the years. Abby teaches jazz and lyrical as well as the Mini and Teen Companies. Along with Laura Bransford, Abby is the co-director of the Kinetic Energy Dance Company. Abby loves to encourage her students and see how they improve as dancers!

Victoria “Tori” Terrill was born and raised in suburbs of Washington D.C. Tori began dancing at the age of nine in Fairfax, VA. She has trained in multiple genres such as Jazz, Pom, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Ballroom, Irish Step dance, and Afro Caribbean. Since she began competing in 2004, Tori has been a semi-finalist at UDA and a finalist at NDA. Tori has performed for several philanthropic charities helping raise money for different organizations. She has also won numerous awards including two All-Americans and has been nominated for a Cappies award for choreography. In addition to her dance accolades, Tori has also choreographed routines for productions such as Fiddler On the Roof, By Bye Birdie, Singing in the Rain, and A Delicate Balance. Graduating with a dance minor from Christopher Newport University, she received the Casey DiPersio Annual Business and Performance Scholarship. While she was there, she was also Historian for Nu Delta Alpha Dance Honor Society. Tori currently judges and is involved with event planning for Eastern Cheer & Dance / AmeriDance. Tori teaches tap and hip hop for Poquoson Dance Academy.  She love her being a mentor for her students and enjoys seeing them be dedicated to improving their dance abilities. 

Tori Terrill

TEACHERS

Laura Bransford

Shannon McWilliams

Hannah grew up in southern New Jersey, where she began dancing at the age of three and trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre and modern. She began competing at age eleven and performed for several charities, fundraisers, and local holiday parades and festivals. Hannah also performed at the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade with Walt Disney Productions for several years and have performed in several productions as a lead dancer and dance captain, including South Pacific, Oklahoma, Seussical, and Into the Woods. She is a graduate of Rowan University, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Dance. During her time there Hannah was a member of the Rowan University Dance Team as well as the “Dance Extensions” dance company. Hannah loves sharing her passion for dance with her students and watching them achieve their goals and build their confidence.



Shannon McWilliams grew up in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. She started dancing at the age of three and has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, pointe, hip hop and musical theater. Shannon was an extremely active member of her home dance studio as part of the competition and performance team, which allowed her to take classes from Tyce Diorio, Twitch, and Andy Blankenbuehler. At the age of 12, Shannon started a non-profit summer dance camp that has impacted over 500 students in Pennsylvania. Her work with iDance Summer Program gives her experience teaching all ages and all skill levels. Shannon is a student entering her senior year at CNU and looks forward to joining Poquoson Dance Academy teaching the youngest dancers. Shannon loves seeing students have fun while learning to express themselves through the love of dance.  

Laura began her dance training at three years old and fell in love with it immediately. When she was five, she began dancing at Poquoson Dance Academy as one of its original students. Over the next thirteen years, she trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, and tap. Additionally, she has trained in modern, pom, and musical theater. She was a member of the York County School of the Arts (SOA) for four years. In 2013, Laura had the amazing opportunity to dance in the Orange Bowl halftime show with country singer Jake Owen. Additionally, she was a member of Poquoson Dance Academy’s competition team for six years and has been teaching for the studio and its company ever since. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in dance from Christopher Newport University. At CNU, Laura was a member of the CNU Storm Dance Team and actively participated in the dance department’s annual dance concert, “A Delicate Balance,” as both a dancer and choreographer. Over the years, she has taken classes from some of the biggest names in the industry such as Travis Wall and Stacey Tookey. Since she began teaching, Laura has received numerous high-scores and awards for her choreography at various competitions and is passionate about inspiring others to love dance as much as she does. Laura teaches ballet, jazz, and tap and also teaches for our Petite and Junior Companies. She, alongside Abby Topping, is co-director of the Kinetic Energy Dance Company.

Poquoson Dance Academy

Hannah Battiste

Rachael Hrinda

Abby Topping