Liz Fink-Rakoski is a dance educator, choreographer and performer located in northern Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Shenandoah Conservatory, where she was a recipient of the Excellence in Choreography Award. Click here for full bio
Shari Smigo has been owner/director of The Mid Shore Dance Academy in Easton, MD since 1996 and is thrilled to have expanded to an additional studio location in Centreville, MD in 2013. She began her dance training with local eastern shore dance studios and continued her training through summer intensive programs in the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) ballet exam syllabus at the School of the Baltimore Ballet and Peabody. Double majoring in Psychology and Dance, she attended Jacksonville University and completed her studies at Ohio University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Click for full bio
1st Vice President
Tina Travers is the owner of Cecil Dancenter, as well as the administrative director of Cecil Junior Dance Troupe and Cecil Dance Theatre. She received her B.A. Degree in Dance Education from Goucher College in 1989 and has been teaching dance for over 30 years. She has taught at the Baltimore Actor's Conservatory, Harford Gymnastics and Dance Center, Ballet Studio of Glendon, Harford Community College, and Cecil College’s Kids in Kollege. She has also choreographed for Cecil Dance Theatre, Dulaney Dance Company and Harford Dance Theatre. Click for full bio
2nd Vice President
Growing up in the world of dance, Brienne was privileged to receive many scholarships for the gifted and talented to the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis. At MD Hall she was able to study under the direction of Barbara Easter, Bobbie Smith, and the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis (Currently the BTM). As the years have gone by, she has enjoyed learning from dance greats such as Joe Tremaine, Rhee & Rennie Gold, Frank Hatchett, Mandy Moore, Greg Russell, Bob Rizzo, Doug Caldwell, and Denise Wall. Inspired by the passion of some of her own teachers, she knew she wanted to also teach dance.
Reggie Cole has been active in the D.C. dance community for 20 years. He has danced locally and internationally with CityDance Ensemble, Company E, Contradiction Dance and the Metro DC Dance Award-winning Edgeworks Dance Theater. He is trained in Modern technique, Jazz, West African dance, and Ballet. In 1996, he became a founding member of CityDance Ensemble. With CityDance, he choreographed and performed for the Early Arts Outreach program in Nebraska, Philadelphia and all over the Washington, DC area. As a company member, he toured Russia, Lithuania, Poland and performed several times at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Click for full bio
Barclay Gibbs is the Artistic Director of Ballet Chesapeake and the Owner and Artistic Director of the Dance Conservatory of Maryland (DCM). Barclay received her early dance training at the Peabody Preparatory, Towson University’s Children’s Dance Division, and the Baltimore School for the Arts. As part of her training in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, Barclay completed both the Advanced Ballet and Solo Seal RAD examinations. Click for full bio
MD Council for Dance
Please mail correspondence to:
MD Council for Dance
c/o Shari Smigo, Exec Director
1030 Carmichael Rd.
Queenstown, MD 21658