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 is Miss Ann's son, and has been involved in dance since his first stage debut at only one month old. Blake teaches a variety of classes, and has recently opened a new dance school with his wife called Aileron Performing Arts Studio. He is primarily tasked with marketing, graphic design, and website maintenance.
Administrative Assistant, Associate Artistic Director
Autumn Proctor Waddell was born and raised in Virginia, where she started her early years of training with her mother through the Ann Catherine Cross School of Dance, where she is currently the Associate Artistic Director. She had additional training at the Washington Ballet, Richmond Ballet, and the Virginia School of the Arts. She also had many opportunities to study closely under the direction of Luigi in NYC. As a young teen, Autumn was selected as one of the first National touring company members of the Hoctor’s Dance Caravan Jr. Caravan Kid program, where she studied intensely under the direction of Kit Andre, Mallory Graham, Jerry Rose, and Tommy Tune to name a few, while traveling Nationwide. She later continued her dance training into college. During this time Autumn was fortunate to have the experience of working closely with Milton Myers, studying and demonstrating the Horton technique at Steps on Broadway and at the Alvin Ailey School. She was also a scholarship student for two summers at Jacob’s Pillow in the contemporary program under the direction of Milton Myers. In the summer of 2005, Autumn traveled abroad to study at Danceworks Berlin in Germany, where she had the opportunity to study Gaga technique, which was founded and developed by Ohad Naharin, Director of Batsheva Dance Company in Israel. During this same summer she also attended Impulstanz in Vienna, Austria as Milton Myer’s class assistant/demonstrator. In the fall to follow, Autumn presented work in the Collaborative, Here Now Three at the Cunningham Studios, NYC, with Kyle Abraham, and Bridget L. Moore.
Autumn received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance with a concentration in Modern from Marymount Manhattan College, NYC. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in dance performance and choreography from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Upon completing graduate school, Autumn served as adjunct faculty at East Carolina University and the University of Virginia. She also co-founded and directs a summer dance program, We Are Artists, in the Richmond area which works to serve young aspiring artists in their continued creative process, technical training, and exposure endeavors. In the summer of 2009 she spent a month in Canada performing in the Montreal Fringe Festival and working intensely at Springboard Danse Montreal with BJM Danse Montreal. Autumn has worked extensively with various artists including: Kyle Abraham, Bill Young, Cheryl Therion, Rodger Belman, Bridget L. Moore, Milton Myers and VCU’s own Christian von Howard. She has also performed works by: Angelin Preljocaj, Pina Bausch, Merce Cunningham, Jose Limón, Jiří Kylián, Maguy Marin, Azure Barton and others. Autumn is currently a member of the Von Howard Project, directed by Christian von Howard, based in Richmond, VA and NYC. Most recently, she was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit and teach as a guest artist in Arezzo, Italy at the Accademia dell’ Arte.
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 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.