TDC Faculty, 2019-2020
Natasha C. Rhodes
TDC Company & Artistic Director
Mrs. Rhodes has been dancing for over 25 years and received a BA in Dance and Arts Administration from Elon University. She is an ABT® Certified Teacher, Primary through Level 3. Additional credits include: Parsons Dance Company intern, Broadway Dance Center, Baltimore School for the Arts, Elmhurst Ballet School, UK, Baltimore Actors Theatre Conservatory, and The American Academy of Ballet. Additionally, Mrs. Rhodes teaches Middle and Upper School dance at SPSG, and she directs Inertia, SPSG’s elite curricular dance ensemble.
Mrs. Tary studied ballet and modern at Baltimore School for the Arts. She received a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. She danced with Bowen-McCauley Dance Company, flew as an aerial artist for Celebrity Cruises, performed on tour with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and toured with the world renowned Radio City Rockettes in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Additionally, Mrs. Tary teaches Middle and Upper School dance at SPSG, and is a TDC Company Co-Director.
Ms. Dutcher’s dance training begun at Balleraena Dance Studio in Sioux Falls, SD, in genres including ballet, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, as well as being a Company member. In January of 2014, she was one of seven dancers in Freedom, a project based on women standing against sex trafficking in South Dakota. Ms. Dutcher currently attends Goucher College, pursuing a chemistry major, dance minor, and Pre-Med concentration. Alayna was a founding member in LiRa Dance Company and is now participating in her second year as well as the hip-hop team.
Ms. Piper trained in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and musical theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan before moving to Baltimore to continue her studies as a Dance and Environmental Studies double major at Goucher College. In addition to dance, Ms. Piper studies voice and flute, and started tapping as a way to make music! As a senior at Goucher, she is the musical director of Pizzazz, Goucher’s Musical Theatre Club, a co-founder of their Tap Club, and a Dance Mentor.
Mrs. McDowell studied ballet and modern at Baltimore School for the Arts. She continued her training at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, receiving her BFA in Jazz Performance. Mrs. McDowell has shadowed artists from Koresh Dance Company, Philadanco, Complexions, Alvin Ailey, and David Parsons. She has danced with Dissonance Dance Theatre in Washington, DC for two seasons and currently adjudicates for On Point National Dance Competition while teaching in the Baltimore area. Mrs. McDowell began teaching at TDC in 2013.
Ms. Merrick received her BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University and also had the pleasure of studying abroad at Palucca Schule Dresden in Dresden, Germany. She began her training at the Baltimore School for the Arts, and continued with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Miami City Ballet, and American Ballet Theater. Professional credits include Die Theater Chemnitz, Oakland Ballet Company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, and Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour on Broadway. Ms. Merrick has previously taught at Dallas Black Dance Academy and Supernova Dance Company.
Mrs. Steinmetz has over 20 years of dance training and performance experience. Mrs. Steinmetz has danced for Royal Caribbean International, performing in a tango production and two Broadway-style productions. Mrs. Steinmetz received her BS in Finance and a minor in Dance from Wake Forest University, and she was awarded the Presidential Scholarship for Excellence in Dance Performance all four years. Other credits include dancing with the Alternative Dance Project, a Maryland-based contemporary company, and studying ballet under the Royal Academy of Dance.