Voted 2012 Cecil County Small Business Person of the Year!

Our Staff

We are proud to provide Cecil County, Maryland with professional dance instruction by accomplished and highly trained teachers. Please contact us for more information about our staff or classes.

Barbara Smith - Founder of Bobbie Ann's Dance Studio

Bobbie Ann founded Bobbie Ann's Dance Studio in September 1947. She had danced her entire life and has taught generations our students throughout her life. Bobbie Ann, a former TV personality and beauty pageant winner, taught generations for over half a century. Susie and Anna Smith are continuing the wonderful legacy she has set.

Susie Smith - Director of Bobbie Ann's Dance Studio

Susie's extensive training includes Philadelphia Civic Ballet, Mike Lanning for tap, and Suzi Miller (of Evening Magazine Dancers) for jazz. Susie also trained at the Broadway Dance Center, Steps, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Center in New York, as well as Joe Tremaines and Jane Fonda's Studio in Los Angeles, CA. Susie received voice training from Roy Hisson in Washington, DC, Russ Faith in Philadelphia, and Andy Goultier in New York. She has used her extensive training to perform professionally at Three Little Bakers Dinner Theater, where her credits include "West Side Story", "Singing in the Rain", "Guys and Dolls", "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas", and numerous musical reviews where she was featured. Susie was a finalist in the Nashville Country Music Showdown talent contest. She worked for 15 years at Cecil Community College and was the creator and instructor for the "Kids in Kollege Summer Dance Program". Susie has been the director of Bobbie Ann's Dance Studio since 1981. In her spare time she chereographs and directs plays at Elkton United Methodist Church, Northeast Middle/High School, Immaculate Conception School, and Newark High School. She additionally coached the twirl team at Salesianum High School. She proudly holds the title of Small Business Person of the Year 2012.

Anna Smith - Co-Director, Instructor, & Office Manager

Anna is Susie's daughter. She is a freshman at University of Delaware with a concentration of Elementary Education and Middle School English, as well as a dance minor. She has studied dance for 15 years. Anna has performed and held lead roles in various productions over the year, her most recent being Evita, Grease, and Bye Bye Birdie through Salesianum School theater in which she was dance captain.

Val Goncharov - Ballet Master

Val graduated from Kiev Ballet Academy and danced with the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theater. As a principal dancer with the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theater from 1982 to 1992, Val toured the United States four times, and danced at the Nervi International Ballet Festival in Genoa, Italy. He received a Bronze medal at the Republican Ballet Competition (Donetsk, Ukraine). In 1992, while on a U.S. tour, he defected to the United States. Working as a Principal Dancer at the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theater, Ballet Theater of Pennsylvania and Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware, Mr. Goncharov performed principal roles in many classical ballets: Bahchisarai Fountain, Swan Lake, Giselle, Francesca da Rimini, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Chopiniana (Les Sylphide), The Firebird, Cinderella and many more.

Heather Crouse - Studio Manager/Instructor/Assistant

Heather has danced for 27 years at Bobbie Ann's Dance Studio. She graduated from Barbizon Modeling School and has coached cheerleading for the Cecil County Jaguars for 10 years. Heather has a degree in Elementary Education. Previously, Heather has volunteered at Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Ranch, working with disabled children.

Michael Brooks - Recital Director/Choreographer

Michael Brooks has been working professionally as a dancer, singer and actor for over 27 years. A full dance scholarship at the Anna Marie Leo studio in Wilmington, De, led to appearances in shows at many theaters in Wilmington, Philadelphia, the Atlantic City Casinos, and national touring companies. Local theatre goers recognize Michael from the Candlelight and Three Little Bakers Dinner Theatres.

Now living in Las Vegas, Nevada, Michael has trained in tap with the Radio City Rockettes, and ballet with Carol Sampson of the Nevada Ballet Theatre. Credits include feature performances in "Hollywood in Vegas", at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, and the ESPY Awards show at the MGM Grand. In continuing education, Michael is an A.C.E. accredited personal trainer, and a student at the Stott Pilates Center in Tribeca, NYC.

Scott Rogenzweig - Artistic Consultant/Choreographer

Scott currently resides in Las Vegas and is the marketing manager with Caesars Interactive Entertainment. His credits include Entertainment Director for Madam Tussaud's and director of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" for MGM-Disney. He has numerous TV and movie credits and locally has starred in and directed many Three Little Bakers Dinner Theater productions.

Julia Stratton - Hip Hop Instructor

Julia has danced for 14 years and trained extensively in ballet, lyrical, jazz, pom, and hip hop. She holds the position of captain on Padua Academy’s varsity dance team. She has performed as an opening act for the New York Knicks and placed 1st nationally in the Dance Expressions competition.

Ashley McKinney - Instructor/Assistant

Ashley has studied dance for 25 years and holds many pageant titles. She is also a teacher and field hockey coach at Bohemia Manor High School.

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