MEET THE TEAM
Founder and Owner
I have had dance in my life since the age of 3. It was always my source of self-confidence and discipline growing up and it is now my calling to give that comfort and sense of security to other children.
I am a mom of two amazing kids, Hendrix (15) and Ellie (11). We live on James Island with our dogs Max (6) and Bentley (1).
I received my BA in Dance from the University of South Carolina in 1996. I had studied dance my entire life and felt compelled to pursue a career in teaching upon graduation. After setting up a successful dance program at the Jewish Community Center in West Ashley, I decided to go out on my own. I started Dance Moves in 2002 by traveling around to schools and teaching dance on site, now known as our “Traveling Program”. I taught all the classes and was a solo operation for almost 4 years. I hired my first employee when I had my son, and from then it has grown beyond my wildest dreams. I feel grateful every day for the community, staff and families that keep my dream alive and growing.
Through the years, I have also loved working with people and sharing my story to help others. I recently started a coaching business, Authentic Coaching and Reiki that helps people find their own passion, get out of their own way, and make their goals and dreams a reality. I am also an intuitive energy healer and a Reiki Master and opened the Center For Healing right next door to the studio where we offer a wide variety of healing opportunities.
I love watching all the students come through our doors each year, whether to just have fun or to be serious about dance. I feel strongly about lifting our students up and helping them achieve their goals., and most of all feel good about themselves. My staff is amazing and I feel honored to have the hard-working, passionate, and talented employees that I do. I look forward to your children and families getting to know our Dance Moves family.
Julie DeLizza Clark
Julie DeLizza Clark is the Director of Dance Moves of Charleston and the Artistic Director of the Dance Moves Youth Company. She also performs regularly with Annex Dance Company, where she also serves as the associate artistic director. In 2014 Julie presented and performed at TEDx Charleston with Annex Dance Company and students from Memminger Elementary School. Julie has taught at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School and Wando High School, where she was the co-director of the Wando Dance Company. She has been a guest artist for Charleston County’s School of the Arts middle school dancers in 2015, 2017, and 2019, as well as Greeneville’s ARMES (Arts Reaching Middle and Elementary Schools) dance program in 2019. Julie’s piece “A Part Smaller” won the 2017 Choreography Award at the Charlotte Emerging Dance Artists concert, a part of the Charlotte Dance Festival. As a choreographer, Julie strives to create works that show genuine connections infused with nuanced movements.
When she is not dancing, choreographing, or helping run things behind-the-scenes at Dance Moves, Julie loves spending time with Chris (her husband), Jack (her baby boy), Addie & Olive (her two chocolate labs).
Ms. Brice is from Sumter, SC. Growing up, she trained at Miss Libby's School of Dance in the genres of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop and Contemporary. Brice traveled all over the South East, entering in dance competitions with the Rising Stars of Sumter and performing locally with Miss Libby’s performance company. In the fall of 2016, Brice began her collegiate studies at the College of Charleston, majoring in Dance Performance and Choreography, where she discovered her love for Modern dance. While at the College of Charleston, Brice has performed in both faculty and student produced concerts. She performed with Annex Dance Company in Piccolo Spoleto 2018-2019, and additionally presented choreography in 2019. Ms. Brice has been teaching at Dance Moves for 3 years and is very excited to be on the management team. Recently, in May 2020, she graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography.
Rachel Solomon graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, with a Bachelors of Science in Dance education and minor in health education. She also holds a k-12 teaching certificate. She has won regional and national competition awards and the Wayne State University Copperfoot Award in 2005 for contribution to repertoire. Rachel has received choreography awards from Star Talent Productions, Rainbow Connection Dance Competition, and International Dance Challenge.
Rachel has been teaching dance for over 10 years including 4 years as a full time public school dance teacher at the Elementary and High School level. She headed the first youth dance company in Fairfield, SC, at Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science and the first competitive dance company at Summerville High School in Summerville, SC. In 2008 and 2009 she was nominated for Teacher of The Year. Rachel teaches modern dance for LYDA, an outreach program through the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville.
Rachel has been a part of the Dance Moves family for 7 years, choreographs for the Dance Moves Youth Company, and teaches tap and lyrical.
Taylor has been dancing and performing for 16 years. She is a Junior at the College of Charleston double majoring in Dance (BA) and Early Childhood Education (BS).She has extensive training in ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, tap, and many other styles. She has been in every main stage show at the College since she arrived in 2019. She has choreographed in the Spring Concert titled Finding Place. She taught at Camp Ballibay for the summer of 2021 where she choreographed for the dance intensive and dance concerts, also taught as a dance counselor. She also performs with Annex Dance Company.
Chelsea is from James Island. She began dancing at the age of 3 at Trudy’s School of Dance. At Trudy’s, she took classes in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and lyrical. She attended middle and high school at Charleston County School of the Arts as a dance major. Chelsea attended Winthrop University and graduated in 2017 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught Pre-Kindergarten for 4 years and is now a First Grade teacher in Berkeley County.
Chelsea began working with Dance Moves in 2010 as a traveling camp assistant. She has since taught many camps and classes. She loves being able to continue her love for dance with all of the kiddos at Dance Moves.
I am from Blythewood, South Carolina where I trained at Columbia City Jazz Conservatory. During my 10 years of pre professional training I studied ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, tap, and lyrical. I have had the privilege of studying with Hubbard Street, Joffrey Ballet, and The American Ballet Theatre. In addition to my classical training, I also have experience with coaching and choreographing for performance and competition teams. I have had the honor of performing works from Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall, Desmond Richardson, and more. I am currently studying dance and exercise science at The College of Charleston and aspire to become a physical therapist for dancers and other athletes. Dance has been my greatest passion for years and I cannot wait to share that passion with the students here at Dance Moves!
Marka was raised and trained in Baltimore, MD, USA, at the Harriet Sauber Eisner Studio and The Baltimore Ballet. She also regularly performed with The Baltimore Actors Theater, Spotlighters Theater, The Vagabond Players and other local professional theater companies.
After high school she was offered a full scholarship at The Boston Conservatory and then The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where she was invited into Ailey’s prestigious Ailey II Performance Company. In 1981, she was offered a job to teach Modern and Ballet in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She worked there for nearly 8 years, training dancers and actors. She also performed in and choreographed for Concert Dance, Broadway and other International Musical Theater Productions, Television and Movies.
In 1989, Marka returned to the United States. Needing health care for her son who had a “preexisting condition”, she became a Firefighter and EMT. She worked for The James Island Fire Department and Charleston County EMS. In her mind, this was just another kind of performance art. She fell in love with the work! Helping others, like teaching, always felt right.
CLICK HERE to read Ms. Marka's FULL Biography. She has had an amazing journey with over 50 years of experience in the dance world and you don't want to miss out on the details!
Ms. Eva began dancing at the age of 3 at DC Danceworks in Newberry, SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2018 with a bachelors in exercise science and minor in dance. Her favorite styles of dance include tap, jazz, and hip hop. She has experience competing in many jazz and tap routines and she is currently a member of the tap company, Holy City Hotfoot, here in Charleston. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, working out, or spending time with friends and family. Ms. Eva hopes to share her passion for dance through teaching others!
Dylan has been dancing for 16 years. She has trained and performed in various places, one of her favorites being at Madison Square Garden in New York City. She is a dance major at the College of Charleston to continue her studies of dance. She has trained in modern, jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, musical theater, and many other styles. She has also had experience choreographing for performances both in person and virtual. Over the summer she teaches at American Dance Training Camps and choreographs for their weekly shows. Dance has always been a passion of hers and being able to share that with younger dancers is an experience she’ll never take for granted!
Krista is a professional dance instructor, integrative healer & somatic movement practitioner, originally from New Jersey & quite new to the Low Country. As a lifelong mover, professional modern dancer and dance instructor, she has felt the pressures of body expectations and aesthetics in a personal way. Krista holds a BA in Dance Performance & a Masters in Integrative Health. She has performed professionally in the New York City, Philadelphia & New Jersey areas with Open Category Dance Company, Redef Movement, & her own modern dance company, SomaSonder Dance Project. Krista has studied modern dance under Silvana Cardell & Steven Vaughn, as well principles of Body Mind Centering & somatics with Brigitta Herman, Sherry Greenspan & Martha Eddy. This led to her research as a graduate student, in discovering how somatic movement practices could be a vehicle for healing ongoing physical & emotional health symptoms, stress & poor body image, as well as building community and self awareness. The method that was used for research was her own curriculum, which includes her original mind-body dance technique, SomaSoul Flow. She currently owns & operates her Integrative Healing practice, SomaSonder, in which she guides clients towards making their lives their medicine through integrative nutrition, emotional healing & somatic awareness, using the SomaSoul Flow method. She specializes in parts integration work & functional nutrition, with which she supports clients in healing autoimmunity, disordered/emotional healing, unhelpful body image, gut health & emotional trauma. Through teaching classes & workshops, she passionately shares the joyful and therapeutic elements of movement, and the value of caring for your body, mind, and spirit, during classes, live events, workshops & retreats.
Ms. Sydni is from Hampton, South Carolina where she started dancing at the age of 4. She fell in love with dance while training at Studio Z in her hometown. Ms. Sydni attended College of Charleston as a Dance Major with a concentration in Performance and Choreography. While at The College she performed with the Department of Theatre and Dance multiple times, including collaborations between the the department and Annex Dance Company. Ms. Sydni became an apprentice to the company in 2018 then was later promoted to company member. She has enjoyed performing and is excited to begin her teaching career with Dance Moves!
Madison Maniaci is originally from Brooklyn, New York, and began her dancing career at the age of 3. She moved to South Carolina at the age of 8 and continued pursuing her passion for dance. She continued her training in classical ballet, jazz, tap, modern, acrobatics, ballroom, and her favorite, contemporary. Madison was very active in the dance community and would attend master classes and competitions. Later in life, she attended the College of Charleston and received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Dance and Computing in the Arts in 2018. Madison has continued to stay active in the dance community and participates in adult classes and is even a part of an adult dance company. This will be Madison's 4th year here at Dance Moves of Charleston and she is so excited and privileged that she is able to do what she loves to do.
Tara Rooks is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2019 with
her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography and Performance. During her time at UNCG
she trained with Duane Cyrus, Janet Lilly, Michael Job, Maurice Watson, and others, as well as
performing works by Martha Graham and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane. In 2018 she joined Theatre
West Virginia performing in “Paradise Park” and “Hatfield’s and McCoy’s”. After graduation she
spent time in Melbourne, Australia where she worked with Infinite Dance Studio as their jazz
and acrobatics teacher. In 2020 she danced with the West Virginia Dance Company performing
”Souvenir: Diary”. This is Tara’s first year with Dance Moves and she is so excited to share her passion for dance with her students.
Noelle started dancing at Anne Fattal’s Footnotes in Chatham, NJ when she was three and danced there all the way through high school. In middle school she decided she wanted to take dance more seriously and also began studying at New Jersey School of Ballet. Her training is focused on classical ballet and pointe but has also studied tap, modern and jazz.
She started assistant teaching in high school where she realized that she loves working with children and teaching dance is a real passion of Noelle’s! After that she taught classes all through college and with her recent move to Charleston she’s now back to doing what she loves at Dance Moves :) Noelle is so thrilled to be part of the team!
I am going to be a junior at the School of the Arts as a dance major this year. I have been dancing since I was 4 but started dancing with Dance Moves when I was around 8. Along with the dance done at SOA, I come to the studio during the week to take ballet/pointe, lyrical, modern, and soon tap. Being at the studio has provided me with many opportunities like being able to work and perform within the Dance Moves Youth Company. I have also traveled and performed with the Annex Company in "The Red Suitcase". In the future I plan on majoring in dance for college and hope to have a career in the dance world. I am so happy to be a part of the Dance Moves team and can't wait to see what's ahead!
Sophia Katsibas has been dancing with Dance Moves for 8 years and is a member of the Dance Moves Youth Company. She is about to start her Junior year as a Dance Major at the Charleston County School of the Arts. She has attended many summer intensives such as Hubbard Street Chicago and Visceral Dance Center Chicago. She has received scholarships such as; the Cecilia Slowinski Scholarship which is awarded to students who are hardworking and driven at their art, and the Marlayna Locklear Summer Intensive Scholarship. Outside of dancing, Sophia loves to play with her two pets: Tobey, her kitten, and Beasley, her Labradoodle. She also loves to support her brother by going to his soccer games and spending time with her friends and family. Sophia intends to go to college to study dance, with hopes of a professional career as a dancer. Sophia is so appreciative of all her teachers, fellow students, and family who have helped push her to become her best self, and she is so grateful and excited to be on both the dancing and teaching side of Dance Moves of Charleston!
Victoria is from Hanahan, SC. She is a senior attending Hanahan High School. She hopes to attend Clemson University in Fall 2022 to study Animal and Veterinary Sciences. Victoria began dancing at the age of 4. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and acro. Before coming to Dance Moves, she trained in Cecchetti method of ballet, passing exams 1-3 at Metro North Dance with Carroll Thompson. Victoria fist began assisting in 2015 with her sister at the Hanahan studio with Ms. Raven. She has been assisting classes ever since. Victoria has been a member of the Dance Moves Youth Company since 2014. Victoria loves being able to share her love and knowledge with the kids. As well as her passion for dance, Victoria also loves horseback riding, spending time outdoors, and being with her family.