Art In Motion Dance Center is very dedicated to dance as an art form. It is our mission to provide a positive,
energetic, and family-oriented environment where our students can develop technically and artistically. We are a non-competition
studio, offering a wide range of classes for ages 3 to seniors in high school, including performance companies selected by
audition. We strive to provide a creative, supportive, and fun-filled environment for our dancers. It is our goal
to introduce and instill self-expression, confidence, and a love for the art of dance in each of our students.
Whitney Rucker, Owner/Creative Director
has been dancing since the age of three. From ages three to eighteen, she studied ballet, pointe, modern,
jazz, tap, and hip-hop under the instruction of Floyd Ward School of Dance, Roanoke Ballet Theatre, and Southwest Virginia
Ballet. She is a 2004 graduate of James Madison University with a major in dance. While
at JMU, she danced with the Contemporary Dance Ensemble and the Virginia Repertory Dance Company. As a
senior at JMU, she was the student director of the freshman dance ensemble. She was also selected
as the demonstrational assistant for various improvisation and choreography courses. Whitney has
worked with choreographers from the University of Maryland, TISCH School of the Arts, Kansas State University, and Arizona
State University. She has performed in choreographers’ showcases in New York City and Washington
DC. Whitney has studied improvisation, ballet, and modern at the American Dance Festival at Duke University and
the American College Dance Festival at George Mason University. She has been the professor of dance at Ferrum
College for eleven years and continues to add dance classes to her repertory there. Whitney has won various choreography
awards and has directed numerous performance companies within the last twelve years. She has been teaching
and choreographing for over a decade.
Sue Koel, Owner/Business Manager
is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a BA in Business Administration. While she has never danced,
she has enjoyed watching dance performances since living in Chicago. Sue is a very organized individual with a varied
business background in sales, marketing, project managent and finance. Her goal is to provide a studio where everyone
can enjoy the experinece, bring innovative ideas to the running of the studio and do whatever possible to keep the
costs for the families as low as possible.
Erika Quesenberry, Instructor
Erika has been dancing for 25 years. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, clogging, lyrical, pointe, hip-hop and modern
dance at various studios in Roanoke and the surrounding areas including The Dance Factory and Ardell Stone School of Dancing.
Erika was chosen as the youngest member of the performing and competition team Top Hats at eight years old. With this team
she won multiple awards in jazz and tap. She has been a member of a Roanoke area performing company for the past five years
and held a position as judge for several performing companies in the past three years. Erika holds a Bachelor of Arts
in Communication Studies from Hollins University and is currently pursuing a dance minor at Radford University. She has over
five years experience teaching and choreographing students in the Roanoke Valley.