Laura Gallagher Owner
Who is Kinderdance® of Central Virginia?
Laura grew up in Southern California and began taking dance, ice skating, and drill team as a little girl. After high school, she put away her dance shoes to focus on her studies. She graduated from California State University – Fullerton with a bachelor’s in Business Management and moved to Virginia to start her career and family. She has been happily married for over 20 years and has two grown children. After working several years in a business career, she had the opportunity to homeschool her children. Through her involvement with homeschool co-ops, she learned how much she enjoys teaching children. After being back in the workplace for several years as a sales and project manager, she decided it was time to make another change. She wanted to direct her career path toward something more personally fulfilling. She found Kinderdance® to offer all the criteria she was looking for and made the leap of faith. She is bringing the Kinderdance programs to the Lynchburg, Charlottesville, and Richmond areas of Virginia, and can’t wait to meet you and move and groove with your children!
Amber is a creative movement teacher, who works with children to build motor skills, have fun, and learn through dance! She believes all experiences can be learning experiences for a child, especially in dance. She believes in fostering creativity, helping them grow socially, emotionally and cognitively, all while learning the art of ballet, tap and modern dance.
Amber started dancing at the age of 6 and has studied ballet, tap, and jazz. She earned an Associates degree in Child Development from Central Virginia Community College and continues her education by attending workshops and training.
Liz teaches Kinderdance and Kindercombo in Lynchburg area locations. She attended college studying education for two years and is now studying to earn a degree in Veterinary Technology. She grew up in rural Kentucky and danced competitively for 11 years, training in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop, Lyrical/contemporary, Pom and Tap! She loves helping out with all classes, especially ballet, and believes that dance can be the key to a healthy and balanced life!
Rufus is a KinderGym instructor at KinderDance. He has 15+ years of personal gymnastics experience and 6 years of teaching experience. He also has 14+ years of hip-hop and is currently on Liberty’s DTrex dance team. Rufus is a great addition to our team because he has a lot of experience working with kids which has taught him patience and a love for kids. Rufus enjoys teaching KinderGym because it gives kids an outlet to let energy out, learn and grow.
Kayla brings a lot of experience to the table with 13 years of ballet experience with 4 years of pointe, 1 year of Irish Step, and 1 year of college-level dance on Liberty’s Divine Call Dance Team. She also spent a summer in China teaching dance in an after-school program. She is passionate about making learning a fun, engaging experience. She’s pursuing this passion as a senior in the elementary education program at Liberty University. Kayla loves dance because it helps kids grow their confidence and express their individuality. She shares her love and joy of dancing with students of all ages.
Graycen is one of our dance and motion teachers at Kinderdance. She loves teaching at Kinderdance because she believes every child should be able to dance, move, and express themselves in a loving and fun environment. She loves to teach small motor skills like pointing toes to the little ones because she knows these are the little things that will help them pursue their passions as they grow up. Graycen graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Business and Communication. She is applying some of these skills at Kinderdance, as well as serving as Director of Community Relations for Voices of Consent.
Jessica Linker competed on the Countryside Gymnastics Team in Lebanon, Ohio for seven years. During this time, her gymnastics coaches became like family and instilled in her the value of hard work and perseverance. Banning the word “can’t” from her vocabulary, they instead encouraged her to say “this is difficult for me.” She learned that when she put her mind to it, she could accomplish the unthinkable. After an ankle injury forced her to retire, Jessica traded her leo for a staff t-shirt and began coaching advanced levels and Junior Olympic 1 and 2. During her time as a coach, she strived to act as a positive influence and to instill the same values in her gymnasts that her coaches instilled in her. Currently, Jessica is a Junior at Liberty University pursuing a degree in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and hopes to live and work overseas one day. When not in class or studying at the library, you can find her outside hiking, kayaking, or playing with her goldendoodle puppy!