Our Teachers



  • Artistic Director/Owner of CMAD
  • Director of the Dance Program and Instructor in the Fine Arts Academy at Harrisonburg High School 

Amber Corriston has been teaching to children of all ages since 1994 through-out Seattle, NYC, and Connecticut. She teaches ballet, jazz, creative movement, parent-toddler, modern, musical theater, and beginning tap. Each class includes the BrainDance and a different dance concept each week (i.e. Levels, Energy, Directions, Focus).
She grew up dancing at Elizabeth’s Dance Dimensions in Bellevue, WA where she studied with Elizabeth Lanning. Amber graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Washington, double majoring in Dance and Communications. In both 1995 and 1997, she was awarded the title of Miss Dance of the Pacific Northwest through Dance Masters of America. In 1995 she also won the title of Miss Washington and competed in the Miss America Scholarship Program. She is currently the Director of Dance at Harrisonburg High School and lives with her husband and their two children in Harrisonburg, VA.


Katie is a senior JMU Second Century Scholar with a Biology major and minors in Environmental Science and Dance. Miss Katie grew up dancing at Elkton Parks and Rec. and looks forward to teaching dance throughout her life. She’s been teaching at CMAD for the past 3 years!


Jenna has been assisting at CMAD for the past 2 years. She is a  junior Biology major with a Dance minor.  Miss Jenna and Miss Katie grew up dancing together in the Elkton Parks and Rec. dance program!


Julia is a senior at Harrisonburg High School where she is a member of HHS Dance and The Fine Arts Academy. She takes classes in ballet, modern, and jazz and has been assisting and teaching dance classes in Harrisonburg for the past 3 years.


Chloe is a junior dance major at JMU. She grew up doing many styles of dance at The Fredericksburg School of the Arts and currently focuses on modern and composition. This will be her second year assisting at CMAD.


Valeria has taught dance extensively in Guatemala and will soon be a graduate of the University of San Carlos in Guatemala with a degree in contemporary dance and choreography.

  • JMU – Associate Professor of Dance
  • CMAD supporter and available for private lessons

Ryan Corriston is an Assistant Professor in Dance at James Madison University. He began his training at the Creative Dance Center in Seattle, WA where he studied under Anne Green Gilbert and performed with the Kaleidoscope Dance Company (a modern dance company for children). After graduating with his B.A. in Dance from the University of Washington, he moved to NYC where he performed and toured with Doug Varone and Dancers, The Tiffany Mills Company, and also performed in many productions at the Metropolitan Opera. In 2013, Corriston graduated with a Masters in Dance from the University of Washington.  He loves to play sports, travel, and BBQ!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close