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Derek Wagner Dance Center
Derek Wagner- Artistic Producing Director
Abigail Bice- Resident Teacher / Co-Director of The Nutcracker
Ballet, Pointe, Jazz
Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, Hip Hop
Derek has studied dance and theatre in Crossville, TN since 2009. After falling in love with dance, Derek decided that he wanted to make a career out of this art. In 2013, he graduated from the Cumberland County Playhouse's Dance Education program and was awarded the Mary D. Crabtree scholarship. Derek studied at Western Kentucky University's Dance Depatment and worked to finesse his craft. "I want to inpire students to not only move their bodies, but also move their minds. Dance allows us to express ourselves when words cannot. Movement leads us to break boundaries and push through walls inside of ourselves."
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Claudia Anderson- Resident Teacher
Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop, Preschool
Claudia, a senior at Radford University, is majoring in Parks and Recreation specializing in Tourism and Special Events with a minor in Dance. She just recently moved back to Virginia after a fun filled year of working for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, FL. She was a successful competitive dancer at Miss Libby's School of Dance and Gymnastics in Sumter, SC and Divine Dance Center in Roanoke, VA. As a student dancer, Claudia won numerous awards with her solos, duos, trios, and group numbers. As an instructor, her work has been praised at both the regional and national level. Claudia has a knack for connecting with our younger dancers and brings energy and excitement into her classes.
Abigail began studying dance at the age of three in Abingdon, Va and joined the Highlands Ballet Company at the age of 13. She has studied under teachers from ABT, Nutmeg Conservatory, and the Montgomery Ballet. Her favorite past roles include Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol, a corps member of Grad Ball, and Mustardseed in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Abigail graduated from Radford University in 2015 with a psychology degree and works in community mental heath. Abigail returned to her love of dance in 2018 when she joined the faculty of the DWDC. Her main goal is show students that ballet is fun and rewarding, and to help girls and boys of all ages to fall in love with the dance form as much as she has.