Our Teachers

All teachers in the Global Music Academy hold Bachelors or Masters degrees in Music,Dance or Art. They are involved personally in each student's development and preparation for recitals, festivals, competitions, and exams. At the same time, they strive to make the learning process for the student pleasurable. We put special emphasis on our teachers performing careers because we believe that active concert musicians and dancers are the best possible example for our students.

LaVergne Smith- Lee -- Ballet, Tap, Hip- Hop, Jazz, Modern

Lavergne Smith- Lee began her pre-professional training in Reston, VA where she danced with the Reston Youth Dance Ensemble and The Conservatory Ballet. Lavergne entered The Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City. There she was taught by Judith Jamison, John Parks and Kelvin Rotardier, star dancers in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Then Ms. LaVergne became a full - time professional student at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater School and was invited to take classes with the former American Ballet Theater Principal Keith Lee. LaVergne was accepted into the Capital Ballet in Washington, DC and she performed in a Tribute to Artistic Director Doris Jones at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. LaVergne was then invited to work with Keith Lee as his full time professional assistant and teacher. LaVergne began teaching full time for Keith Lee at Syncopated Inc., a contemporary dance company in Lexington, KY., where he was Artistic Director. There she headed an outreach program for children. Some of LaVergne accomplishments have been: finale soloist with Reston Conservatory Ballet, Washington Ballet, Kintz- Mejia School in McLean, VA, Keith Lee’s Ballet of Contemporary Arts in New York City and Washington, DC, etc.

Ian Dandridge - Guitar

Ian is a skilled and experienced guitarist who have played and performed for over ten years. He played in Robinson Jazz Ensemble and the Robinson Guitar Ensemble throughout High school. Ian has been performing shows with various bands in VA, MD, DC, PA, etc. He is one of the founders of the band “Call for Fire”. Ian has been teaching students of different levels at GMA for the past four years and is well- versed in any style a student wants to learn.