Faculty/Staff

 

 

Krystal Klem/ Director

Krystal Klem grew up in Northern Virginia and began her ballet training at Dance World Studio, Degrasse and Manassas School of Dance before making her home at Sudley Dance and Arts in Manassas where she completed the Royal Academy of Dance Graded Examination Syllabus. She also branched off into other areas of dance including Jazz, Lyrical, and Modern/Contemporary and developed a gift and passion for dance choreography. She began assisting her instructors at the age of thirteen and by age 17 she was teaching all levels of ballet.

During high school Krystal became an accomplished competitive dancer, receiving multiple high score awards for both performance and student choreography including several titles and national awards.

Krystal was selected for the summer intensive program at the Washington School of Ballet and continued her RAD training, progressing to the Vocational Graded Syllabus. After an ankle injury took her out of her pointe shoes, she continued to train in other dance forms at Barton & Williams and competed as a Senior Company Member at Fairfax Dance Company. In her senior year, she was offered a position with the Young Americans but another serious injury intervened and she was sidelined from dance for 18 months. During that time she decided that she would prefer to focus on teaching and passing her passion and love for dance on to future generations of dancers.

An award winning, gifted teacher, Krystal  served as as ballet mistress and then simultaneously as a competitive instructor and head of primary dance at Heartbeats Music and Dance for 6 years before coming onboard as Assistant Director with Melina's in 2016.  She was promoted to studio Director in 2019, and is thrilled to continue the Melina's tradition.

Andrea Jiles/ Dance Instructor

Andrea graduated from Shenandoah University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance as well as studies in Psychology and Elementary education and has been dancing for over thirty years. Since beginning dance at the age of two Andrea has danced all over the United States. As a teen dancer she participated in several competitions including the Showstoppers nationals several years for both solo and group works. Being a “military brat” has given Andrea the opportunity to be exposed to several different teaching styles which she embraces and uses in her own teaching style today. Ballet was her first love which lead her to complete her RAD examinations as well as the profession track of the Imperial Society of Dance examinations. Since beginning to teach dance in 1998, her classes have included, but are not limited to ballet, lyrical, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theatre from preschool ages through adult.  One of the highlights in her dancing life has been the opportunity to perform in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Sydney Olympics. Throughout her dance career she has had the opportunity to dance the leads in several ballets including Nutcracker, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Giselle, and Sleeping Beauty and many more in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  While in college dancing with the Flying Lions Modern Dance Company, she was selected to perform in a gala at ACDFA in a piece dedicated to the tragedies of hurricane Katrina, which is now a permanent part of repertoire at Shenandoah University. Andrea still loves performing just as much as she loves teaching. She has danced and continues to dance with a few local professional companies. Andrea now teaches a variety of recreational classes and competitive classes around the area. 

Peggy Pottenger/ Dance Instructor

Peggy began dancing at the age of four and was in her first Nutcracker Ballet at the age of five. By age eight she was training 6 days a week in ballet, modern, and jazz. Under the teaching and direction of Rosemary and Alan McCarter in Southern California, Peggy performed in winter and spring performances and had her first ballet solo at the age of fifteen. Also at the age of fifteen Peggy traveled to Budapest, Hungary for three weeks where she took ballet intensives from several European dance instructors. Back in California she participated in several workshops with dancers from the Joffrey Ballet and was privileged to be in several pieces choreographed by Joffrey dancers. One of her summers was spent at the Westside Studio in Los Angles, CA where she took dance intensives from one of Balanchine’s famous dancers Maria Tallchief.

 

Continuing her studying of dance through high school she often danced with a local college in Santa Maria, CA and attended a summer acting camp at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. During this time Peggy began exploring tap and also began to dance with the Academy of Dance in San Luis Obispo and had a paid position with the Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo. In 1995 Peggy moved to Los Angles and trained at several acclaimed studios while working at the famous Ed Debevic’s restaurant where she waited tables while singing, dancing, and acting. After enjoying a few small dance jobs while attending many auditions, Peggy was offered a six month dance contract with Princess Cruise Lines. 

 

After dancing as an entertainer with Princess she turned down the opportunity to pursue TV work with Dick Clark Productions to return to college in San Luis Obispo. She worked in the public schools with a program called "Children's Creative Project,” that taught dance to children of all ages. It was here that she learned her love for children and teaching them. She graduated in 2000 from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with her B.A. in Liberal Studies and received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential which remains active today. Before finishing her degree Peggy traveled to China in a cultural arts exchange and danced on stages in Beijing, Shanghai, and places in between. She also taught dance at the Academy of Dance in San Luis Obispo, Central Coast Gymnastics, at her church, and while on the mission field in Kenya, Africa. Since returning to the States she has enjoyed the blessing of teaching in this area and is so thrilled to be at Melina's and to have her two daughters dancing here as well.

 

Windy Queen 

Owner/Executive Director

 

A graduate of the Governor’s School for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, VA,  Windy Queen holds Junior, Senior and Post Graduate Certifications from Dance Masters of America’s teacher training program at Kent State University, an Advanced Certification through Dance Educators of America and has received specialized focus training in children’s dance education and kinesiology from The Little People’s Creative Workshop ​in Greensboro, NC. ​

 

A dance educator for over 32 years, Windy has taught beginner though pre-professional level students both In the US and Italy, launching 3 successful studio programs, and teaching for dozens more over the past 2 decades. Passionate about excellence in children’s dance education, Windy has written ​ pre-school and early elementary dance curricula used by multiple studios throughout the U.S, and has lectured on children's dance programs across the country. Windy has made it her life’s mission to provide children not only with superior dance training, but to help them open their hearts and minds to the possibilities that lie before them when they believe in themselves.

 

​Windy has been certified by examination to teach all levels of Ballet, Tap and Jazz by DANCE MASTERS OF AMERICA and is an active member of Chapter 45, Dance Teacher's Association of Virginia.

In 2018 she moved to Chesapeake, VA where she also owns our sister school Copeland Mills School of the Arts. She continues to travel back and forth between Chesapeake and NOVA to oversee operations in both locations.