J.J. BUTLER - OWNER/DIRECTOR
J.J. Butler began her training with the Fort Worth City Ballet. She went on to train with the San Francisco Ballet, Steps NYC, American Ballet Theatre, Broadway Dance Center, Debbie Reynolds Studio F and Edge Dance studios. She trained under such people as Doug Caldwell, Luigi, David Wright, John Wey Ling, William Martin-Viscount, Jaymi Marshall, The Moscow Ballet and the revered Mikhail Baryshnikov. She began her professional career at the age of 16, performing on a local and nationwide show under the direction of Gordon Graham. Upon finishing school J.J moved to New York City to continue training, auditioning and working. At 19 she left for Italy to join her first cruise ship and to co-choreograph two (2) multi-million dollar production shows produced by Jean Anne Ryan and Neva Rae Powers. Three years later J.J. formed Trans-International Entertainment where she employed and placed dancers on several major cruise lines - such as MSC and Starlight Cruises including the ill-fated "Achille Lauro". J.J Butler left the cruise ship life in '98 to raise a family and to continue her passion as a dance teacher to young children. She has since then had countless award winning dances and had many talented children come into her classes and train then to go on ans receive scholarships to prestigious universities. Her previous students, Billy Bell and Tiffany Maher, were contestants on Season 7 and Season 9 of “So You Think You Can Dance”
ASHLEY WARMSTEIN - STUDIO MANAGER
Ashley Warmstein grew up in South Florida and has been dancing since the age of 5. She began her training in Ballet, and after her first season, began Jazz and Tap as well. At the age of 10, Ashley began dancing competitively and continued through her high school graduation. Throughout the years, she has also performed at many charity events and festivals. During her senior year of high school, Ashley was given the opportunity to perform at the Jazz Dance World Congress in Buffalo, New York in a piece entitled, “Arranged Disorder”. After graduating high school, she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she continued her dance education at UNLV, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance. She performed in many faculty and student concerts during her four years at UNLV. In March of 2008, Ashley was invited to perform at the American College Dance Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was also given the amazing opportunity to travel abroad to Germany in June 2008, where she performed at the Kiel Dance Festival and taught classes at the Cologne Dance Center. While studying for her Bachelor’s degree, Ashley became certified in Pilates through D.K. Body Balancing. Ashley has been teaching and sharing her passion for dance since the age of 14. She loves working with students of all ages in a variety of genres. She is very excited to be starting her 11th season with VPD and take on her new role as Studio Manager!