Pamela Brushwood

Pam has been the Owner/Director of Brushwood’s School of Dance since its beginning in Orange County in 1975. Pam studied dance in Richmond under Julia Mildred Harper, was a member of the Richmond Ballet until 1971, and was a member of Miki Liszt Dance Company in Charlottesville. She is a member of Dance Masters of America. Pam lives in Gordonsville with her husband Steve, and when not teaching she enjoys her family (including her 4 granddaughters and one grandson), sewing, church activities and traveling.

Regina Delman

Regina has been part of Brushwood's School of Dance faculty for twenty-eight years, but has been teaching ballet, tap and jazz for over thirty-four years. Of her twenty-eight years with BSD, she has been teaching Petite Performance for fifteen years. She found her love of dance while growing up in the Bronx, NY at age three and began her performing career at age ten. After graduating from high school, she expanded her studies of dance in college and was nominated and published for the "Extraordinary Students of America" for Performing Arts in 1987. When Regina is not dancing, she is the barber at Fork Union Military Academy. One of Regina's proudest accomplishments is raising her two dancing daughters, Jessy and Stephanie. Regina also has two adorable grandsons, Jace and Lex. 

Shannon Higginbotham

Shannon has studied ballet, tap, and jazz since the age of nine. At age twelve she expanded her studies to include modern, lyrical, hip-hop, and pointe. She studied at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota and University of Wisconsin-Steven’s Point focusing on Modern and African dance as well as choreography. As a professional dancer she has performed for a number of companies including Tapestry Russian Ballet Company, Repertory Dance Theatre; a modern and African based repertory company, a featured guest performer throughout the Twin Cities area and a break-dancing troupe based out of Minnesota. She has taught a variety of dance techniques through inner city outreach programs and oversaw the dance department at Camp Matoaka for girls. Shannon joined Brushwood faculty in the summer of 2005. After a break from teaching in 2013 and 2014, Shannon returned as a Brushwood instructor in the fall of 2015.

Ashley Tucker Kisamore

Ashley danced at Brushwood's School of Dance for fourteen years where she was a member of the Performance Companies, as well as assisted in classes of younger students. She earned a Master of Arts in teaching degree from James Madison University in 2010. In 2009, Ashley graduated cum laude from JMU, completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance and a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. At JMU she was a member of both the Virginia Repertory Dance Company and the Contemporary Dance Ensemble. Ashley has performed throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including at Dance Place and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, as well as Miami Florida, and London, England. Besides teaching at BSD, Ashley is currently dancing as a founding member of Dogwood Dance Project based in Richmond, Virginia, as serves as the Director of Education and Youth Ensemble Coordinator. Ashley also is currently a fourth-grade teacher in Ruckersville, VA.

Kayla Jones 

Kayla started dancing while in middle school and simply fell in love. Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theater, and Hip Hop gave her a way to express herself physically. After dancing though grade school Kayla studied dance at Lynchburg College, where she was a part of the Lynchburg Dance Company for one season before an injury interfered. Redirecting her attention, Kayla earned her Bachelor's in Fine Arts Education while simultaneously teaching dance and color guard for local high school students. In more recent years, she has been teaching studio art, theater, coaching color guard, and giving private dance lessons to the youth around her. Kayla is extremely excited to be a part of the Brushwood's School of Dance staff.

Racheal LaBonte

Racheal believes that home is where the heart is. Currently, she and her daughter reside in Louisa, Virginia but loves traveling as often as possible. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and performance and a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification. Prior to this she has received an Associates of Arts for Dance, an Associates of Science for Exercise Studies from Anne Arundel Community College, a graduate from the Kirov Academy of Ballet and has performed with Corps de Danse, previously DragonFly Dance Experiment. Racheal has taught at both Towson University and Anne Arundel Community Colleges’ Departments of Dance as an adjunct faculty member, worked with CREDO (Capital Region Education Dance Organization) as a board member, and CORPS de Ballet International as an intern to the President of the Board. She has traveled and lived throughout the US and abroad, most notably she initiated a collaboration where she staged and managed Amman, Jordan’s first “Nutcracker Spectacular,” which included a children’s choir, local dance students, and the Amman Symphony Orchestra.


As an Artist, there is no greater honor than to serve a purpose in opening the minds and hearts of an audience member or student. As an Instructor/teacher it is her belief that every person deserves the opportunity to share thoughts through movement, kinetic and potential spaces, and to engage in critical thinking as a result. It is a kinesthetic awareness that unleashes the mind to open within a diverse environment, develops the brain through multi-intelligence processes, and allows organic freedom to begin from within. To see, to experience, and to acknowledge a cultural aspect of life, is a passion for life!

Maddie Haislip 

Maddie has been dancing with Brushwood School of Dance for 13 years, participating in a wide range of dance styles with an emphasis on tap. She has been a member of Brushwood’s Performance Companies for 10 years and loves performing. Maddie is also an apprentice for both Junior performance and Ballet. She is a Junior at Fluvanna County High School where she continues to participate in various clubs. She lives in Fluvanna with her mom Julie, stepdad Sean, and her many pets. She is beyond excited to be part of our Faculty! 
Kelli Sims

Kelli grew up dancing at Brushwood's School of Dance, starting at just 3 years old. She spent 15 years at Brushwood's and the majority of that time she was a member of Brushwood's Performance Companies. She apprenticed many classes and assisted instructors with younger students. Kelli just recently moved back to town with her husband Jacob and she couldn't be more excited to be part of this dance community again. Kelli is currently dancing at Brushwood's and is assuming the role of an alternate substitute instructor.