Our Staff

Maxine Chapman
Maxine Chapman Artistic Director and Founder
Owner, teacher and choreographer of Maxine’s Studio of Dance which she opened in 1970, Maxine Chapman also founded and became the Artistic Director of the Vineland Regional Dance Company (VRDC) incorporated in 1980 under the laws of the State of New Jersey as a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation to further cultivate and develop interest in the Art of Dance. Ms. Chapman is a lifetime accredited member of “Dance Educators of America” ...
Kimberly Chapman
Kimberly Chapman Artistic Co-Director
Is a graduate of Juilliard, and danced professionally with the Eliot Feld Ballet. She received two choreographic scholarships to Jacob's Pillow in 1985 and 1986, received the Monticello Choreographic Award in 1987 and was the recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA Dance Scholarship in 1987. She was on the dance faculty at University of Nevada at Las Vegas from 1996-1998, and was the ballet mistress at the...
Richy Romero
Richy Romero Master Teacher
Richy Romero, a native of Vineland, New Jersey, received his ballet training with Maxine’s Dance Studio LLC and the Vineland Regional Dance Company, where he performed multiple lead roles in various productions. He has attended summer intensive programs at Boston Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont. Richy is the recipient of numerous scholarships including the Jonathan Phelps Memorial Scholarship from Regional Dance America/Northeast and the Delaware Dance Festival Artistry Award. Over the past year, he has been a guest artist with Delaware Dance Company, Vineland Regional Dance Company, and Philadelphia Dance Theatre. He is a professional dancer with First State Ballet Theater in Delaware while majoring in nursing at Cumberland County College. When he is not in the studio or on stage, Richy enjoys photography, playing soccer, and spending time with his family and friends. We are excited to have Richy Romero on Faculty.
Dillon Shifferly
Dillon Shifferly Master Teacher/Choreographer
Dillon Anthony Shifferly originally started his training at
Canton Ballet School under Cassandra Crowley. Throughout
his training he studied at American Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh
Ballet Theatre and Chautauqua Ballet. Dillon was a
professional dancer with the North Carolina Dance, Dayton
Ballet, Western Ballet Theatre of Puerto Rico, Balletfleming
and Pennsylvania Ballet. Along with his company affiliations,
Dillon has been welcomed as a guest artist along the east
coast in performances such as Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker
and Dracula. He also is a choreographer and has had his
work performed by several regional companies around the
Northeast as well as in Puerto Rico and the Dominican
Republic. He is now focusing on his new project base
company FLUX Modern/Ballet based in Philadelphia, PA. Maxine’s Dance Studio LLC is excited to have Dillon on faculty for this season.

Guest Teachers and Choreographers

In addition to our outstanding teaching staff, upper level students regularly study with guest teachers and choreographers who maintain performing and choreographic commitments, bringing these perspectives to their classroom teaching. Many have attained graduate degrees in dance education and have won awards for their teaching. All are committed to our philosophy of dance education, which includes providing the atmosphere and training that will nurture both the potential artist and the dance student who studies only for the inherent rewards: self-discipline, physical fitness, and a greater appreciation of movement, music and the arts. These guest teachers are provided to the dancers at no additional fee.

Colby Damon: Born in Richmond VA he began his training at the Virginia School of the Arts. A former dancer with Ballet X he is their current class teacher.

Bruce McCormick: Juilliard Graduate/Former professional dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, Germany and the Bern Ballet of Switzerland/Choreographer and Master Teacher/Former VRDC Dancer

James Ihde: Principle Dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet

Angelo Lemmo: Resident Choreographer and Faculty member at Canton Ballet

Gwen Baraniecki Zwil: Former Maxine’s Studio of Dance Student and VRDC dancer; Gwen is an NYU graduate and certified in the Horton Syllabus.