Ann Catherine Cross

Founder, Artistic Director
Ann Catherine Cross has been a fixture of the Richmond dance community for 4 decades, and has produced, the best dancers, choreographers, and arts scholars in the area. She started ACCSD in 1981, and has tirelessly sought higher education for both herself, her children, and her dancers. She believes in providing quality dance education with a strong foundation in technique, performance quality, and versatility. She has brought teachers and guest artists from New York to Tel Aviv (Israel) to work with the kids and impart knowledge and experiences that they would never receive at any other dance school in this area. She is a vital force in this community, and a seasoned veteran in the business. She welcomes you and your family to check out what we have to offer, as we guarantee a high quality education that promotes excellence both in the dance studio and beyond.


Blake Roeder

Strategic Planner, Executive Assistant, Associate Artistic Director
Blake is Miss Ann's son, and has been involved in dance since his first stage debut at only one month old. He is responsible for this website, so if you have any comments or suggestions, please send him an email at blakeroeder [at] Visit his personal website here and here for his full bio.


Autumn Waddell

Administrative Assistant, Associate Artistic Director
Autumn is Miss Ann's daughter, and has been part of the organization since before it even existed. She is strong, independent, organized, and committed to excellence in all that she does. She is also a teacher at ACCSD and a full-time Professor of Dance at Virginia Commonwealth University. Click here for her full bio.


Stephanie Lewter

Office Manager
Stephanie has been involved at Ann Catherine Cross School of dance for many years, starting in the 1980s as a student. She graduated in 1991 from Lee-Davis High School and then graduated with honors from the Braxton Business School in 1992. Prior to being a stay home mom, she was employed as a Technical and Marketing Assistant for CUNA Mutual Group. Stephanie is married and has two children, Brittany 21 and Kyle 19. Her children took dance at Ann Catherine Cross School of Dance for 16 and 9 years respectively. She has been employed at Ann Catherine Cross School of Dance for the past 13 years. Stephanie loves volunteering with many activities. She has held numerous positions at the local schools including PTO President. Stephanie was also recognized as the volunteer for the year for a local elementary school.Stephanie is responsible for running the Backstage at all of our local recitals.


Barbara Smith

Administrative Assistant
Barbara has worked alongside our dance family for many years. Her two children, April and Emily, are both stellar graduates of ACCSD, and April is one of our teachers.