Our Board of Directors

Liz Fink-Rakoski



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

Executive Director


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

Tina Travers

1st Vice President

Acting 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

Brienne Garland

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.


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Elizabeth Terschuur


Elizabeth Terschuur is a professional seeker, performer, dancer,

choreographer and educator. She has an MFA in Dance from UCLA

Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and a BFA in Dance

Performance from Towson University located in Towson, MD. Her

awards include grants from UCLA, Towson University, the Golden

Key International Honor Society, National Society for Arts and Letters

DC chapter, Washington Ballet, Boston Ballet, Harid Conservatory,

and the Vienna Opera Ballet School in Austria. She is a graduate of the Washington School of Ballet under Roudolf Kharatian, Mary Day, Victoria Leigh and Patricia Berrend.        Click for full bio 

Reggie Cole


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


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

Nysia Wilhite


Nysia Wilhite-Carter is a woman who is in love with not only dance but

teaching dance. Dancing since the age of 11, she has been trained in

ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, hip hop, and African. She danced

professionally as a backup dancer and choreographer for a local artist, Fain as well as for Aurora Professional African Dance Company and a short-lived series called Only In Baltimore. She has had an opportunity to

choreograph for Blaze, fashion shows for Hitchye Appearls and co-

choreograph with Cecilia Villalobos and her dancers of Salsa Fuego.

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