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. 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.
Ms. Basik received a BA in Dance from Muhlenberg College. She studied in Arezzo, Tuscany under a variety of Italian and International Dance and Physical Theatre artists and professors. In 2013, she studied and performed with ClancyWorks, a resident company at Dance Place in Northeast DC. Additionally, Ms. Basik has completed the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at Charm City Yoga.
Mr. Discher has danced professionally with Ballet New Jersey, Ballet Theater of Maryland, and Olney Ballet Theater amongst other professional companies. He graduated cum laude from Towson University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Towson University. Mr. Discher’s primary instructors include William DeGregory (Pennsylvania Ballet), Tim Fox (New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet), and Runqiao Du (Washington Ballet, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet). A selection of highlight performance repertory includes Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Mary Day’s The Nutcracker, as well as works by Runqiao Du, Peter Pucci, Therese Gahl, and others.
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.
Ms. Szychowski studied ballet and modern at Harford Dance Theater, Dance Conservatory of Maryland, Maryland School of Ballet and Modern Dance, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She received her BA in Dance and Mathematics from Goucher College, where she studied Ballet, Pointe, Tap, and Africanist Dance, as well as Horton, Graham, and Humphrey-Limón/Release techniques of Modern Dance, Anatomy, and Dance Composition. She has worked with guest artists such as Gabrielle Lamb, Sidra Bell, Alan Hineline, Adam Hougland, and Laura Meade.
Ms. Tucker began dancing on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. While in high school, she earned All-County and All-State dancer for four years. Ms. Tucker received her BFA in dance performance and choreography from Towson University. She has studied under Runqiao Du, Linda Denise Fisher-Harrell, Nancy Romita, and Catherine Horta-Hayden to name a few. She was also a member of Towson University’s Dance company.