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DIVINE INSPIRATIONS CENTER 

FOR THE ARTS 

Home of Divine Dance Company!

14849 Persistence Drive - 2nd Floor

Woodbridge, VA 


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Capriece Piper; Founder and Executive Director

                                               

Born in Frankfurt, Germany to military parents; raised as a proud Alexandria, VA native I am a longtime advocate for at risk, underprivileged, and girls of color fighting childhood obesity. I was blessed to walk in my calling in 2015 when I founded Divine Inspirations Inc. The concept of my organization was born from my natural passion for the arts and the desire to participate in dance and arts programs as a child but did not have the resources or access to those opportunities.

My love for the arts was cultivated in grade school, where I danced as a performing arts student having the opportunity to performing alongside the Washington Team’s First Ladies of Football, Washington Wizards dancers, and was even featured on the front cover of the Washington Post all before graduating senior high school. Before my first year of college, I had the pleasure of traveling to New York City to compete on the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance.”

The arts truly saved my life, it was the light in a dark place, it was the path to creating a life that was my own. 

  Our students have been featured on Washington DC’s News Channel 7, “Let’s Talk Live”, performed at the National Cherry Blossom Parade, and won many National Dance Competition titles just to name a few accomplishments. I have made it my personal goal to build a community of experienced teachers, coaches, and mentors that will support my vision in building a legacy in the arts for young girls of color. My life is dedicated to shaping and molding young minds and cultivating their passion for the arts but most importantly a sense of self-worth and confidence through my “Be Inspired!” Mentorship program where we also provide college prep assistance and scholarships.

It is always a pleasure to be recognized for my advocacy but never an expectation; it was an honor to be titled a 2019 Harris Hero and interviewed by award winning journalist, Leon Harris of News NBC 4 Washington, nominated for the Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Awards in 2019, and was recently named a 2020 “Change Maker” in the Prince William Living Magazine and the 2021 Orchid Award Winner, a prestigious award from the Top Ladies of Distinction; Dale City Chapter. Out of all the honors that have been bestowed upon me nothing gives me greater pleasure than being a loving wife to my husband of 12 years and a nurturing mother to our five beautiful children.

I am a true believer that in order for a child to be successful in life we have to focus on the TOTAL child, that means their mind, body, and spirit. This is why I emphasis art education combined with mentorship at Divine Inspirations Inc. I am walking in my purpose, paying it forward to better the lives of girls everywhere! 

Zena Smith; Programs Liaison

Mrs. Smith currently serves as Divine Inspiration Center for the Performing Arts (DICA) Programs Liaison. At a young age, Mrs. Smith had a desire to serve the youth in her community. In high school, she was afforded the opportunity to do so. At the community center in her neighborhood, she was involved with the after-school mentoring and tutoring programs. This involvement become a foundation, which has taught her the importance of giving back to her community.

In 2015, her daughter joined the Divine Dance Company and Mrs. Smith became a supportive parent. After Mrs. Smith and her daughter completed their first season, she knew this was the organization where she can make a difference. Volunteering over the past seasons and extending her service where needed has become her trademark. Her goals are to help develop, support and communicate the organizational vision for success.

In 2001, Mrs. Smith received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force. Today, she continues to support the Department of Defense working as a government contractor in the National Capital Region.

Mrs. Smith enjoys spending time with her children, Tayler and Tyler and traveling the country with her husband Gregory.   

Starr Woodall; Master Dance Teacher

Starr Woodall, born and raised in Charleston, SC, started dancing at the age of 3 years old. Starr began her study of dance under the instruction of Karen Huett at The Dance Factory, studying ballet, tap and jazz until the age of 13. Still under Mrs. Karen, Starr auditioned and entered Charleston County School of the Arts (SOA) as a dance major from 6th-12th grade. Following her first year at SOA, Starr earned entry into the summer dance program at The Governor's School of the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC. While attending the summer program at the Governor's School, Starr's introduction into other genres of dance began with character, pointe and modern dance.

At 14, Starr continued more advanced training under the instruction of Buffi Wade and Lindsey Gentry at the Charleston Dance Center/Just Dance. Starr started with the Hip-Hop troupe for one year, and then she auditioned for and joined the competition team. Here, Starr branched out into other genres of dance such as lyrical and contemporary. She competed with the Just Dance team from 9th grade until her senior year of high school.

In 2010, her last year of competing with Just Dance, Starr won Dancer of the Year at the Hollywood Vibe Regional Dance Competition in Myrtle Beach, SC. Winning Dancer of the Year put her in the running to win the MSA agency award at the Hollywood Vibe National Competition. Winning the MSA Agency award allowed her to travel to Los Angeles, CA, attend classes for a week at the Millennium Dance Complex, have a photo shoot and also meet with an agent at the Go 2 Talent agency.

Following her trip to L.A., Starr decided to further her education in dance by attending Columbia College in Columbia, SC. After a year at Columbia College, she transferred to the University of South Carolina. While at USC, Starr joined the Carolina Girls Dance Team, under the instruction of Lindsay Sprague. She also became a member of the Unbound Dance Company under the instruction of Caroline Lewis-Jones and Susan Dabney Hancock. Being a part of the Carolina Girls, Starr cheered and danced on the sidelines at football games, as well as dancing during halftime at the basketball games. Starr took the opportunity to compete at the national collegiate level at NCA/NDA in Daytona Beach, FL. After her two years on the Carolina Girls, she began her focus on giving back to the community through teaching dance to younger generations.

In 2017, Starr began work at The Dollhouse Dance Factory in Stone Mountain, Georgia, the home of the Dancing Dolls as seen on the Lifetime's series, ​"Bring It."​ She instructed classes such as: ballet, hip hop, jazz, contemporary and was introduced to majorette dance.

Starr looks forward to choreographing award-winning dance routines at both the regional and national level for the DICA students.

Janaya Wilson; Jazz Instructor

Under the mentorship of the Founder & Executive Director; Janaya (Coach JiJi), is one of Divine Inspiration’s leading choreographers and the head dance instructor for Divine Dance Company. She was the Captain of the organizations dance team in 2016 & 2017 and comes with a wealth of experience. 

She was professionally trained by master instructors in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and modern dance for a duration of 8 years, winning National titles at sought show-style dance competitions such as Starquest, Starpower, and Platinum. Janaya aspires to be an entrepreneur in the field of the arts and strives to one day to

become a studio owner to continue to pay it forward in an impactful way!

Affala Atta; Majorette Coach 

Affala Atta is currently in her 3rd year at the illustrious Alcorn State University, majoring in Business Administration located in Lorman, Mississippi. Since a young age, Affala has been determined to advance her skills as a professional dancer. With so many high priced dance companies in Northern Virginia; she founded the first dance team at her local high school where she danced for 3 years as the Captain. In the spring of 2016, she  auditioned for Divine Dance Company, made the team, and soon became the Captain during the 2016 & 2017 dance seasons. She continues her passion for dance as a dancer at her university. Inspired by our Founder & Executive Director, Affala is the proud owner of FaFa lashes, a luxurious eyelash line. She aspires to be a mentor for the students of DICA and continues to be an inspiration to other DICA alumni!

Daniel Tahi; Majorette Asst. Coach

Daniel Tahi a freshman student at Old Dominion University is one of the first male dance students at DICA. He has a natural gift of dance and even stronger passion for the Majorette style and specializes in the Stand battle (also known as HBCU Stands) competitive dance prep style of dance. His strong hitting, creative, and innovative approach to choreography is the reason for many battle squad wins at DICA. He is also a Student aide for Prince William County School's AlphaBest formerly known as School Age Child Care Program (SAAC). Daniel's dedication to the developmental growth of DICAs company students is unwavering and he looks forward to shaping our students for a dance career in college. 

Terryn Nelson; West African Dance & Culture Instructor

 Terryn Nelson is a West African dancer (primarily the dances of Guinea, Mali and Senegal) and choreographer who started dancing in 1999 with the African Caribbean Dance Theater in Tallahassee, Florida. In 2002 she joined the Balafon West African Dance Ensemble under the direction of Mama Kadiatou Conte. She has performed in the National Capital Area, Pittsburgh, the Kennedy Center and the United Nations in NYC. 

In 2014 she joined the Soul In Motion Players family under the direction of Michael Friend and Pam Lassiter Rhone and had the opportunity to perform for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Discovery Theater, and university shows in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Terryn is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel for the Army Nurse Corps. Upon her retirement in 2009, she decided to pursue her passion for fitness. She holds certifications in Aqua Cardio, Indoor Cycling, Zumba, Primary Group Exercise and Personal Training. She enjoys spending time with her big dog Teddy, her family and supporting the music ministry at her church. She is proud to be apart of building a legacy at Divine Inspirations Inc!

Nia Tucker; Head Hip Hop Coach

 Nia Tucker is a college student at North Carolina Central University where she is a  Psychology Major and minors in Business. In 2020, she became the head hip hop coach for DICA's Dance program. She has over 16 years of dance experience and 4 years of coaching experience. She is a member of a National Competition Dance team called House Arrest 2 and is a member of their 3rd chapter; Juke Squad. She has a God given talent and passion for the art of dance and brings the strong Hip Hop style to our DICA students!

Nate Owusu; Music & Theatre Instructor

Nathan Owusu has been pursuing the arts ever since he was a kid. He has been involved in music, dance, and theater since elementary school, but has just recently started to make it his own, He has been in plays and musicals such as The Wiz as Uncle Henry Shrek, and The Addams Family as Lurch just to name a few. During his senior year of High School he learned the art of afrobeat from his peers in the African community. He has had operatic/classical voice training from the amazing and renowned vocalist Mark Andrist and Dr.Lori Lind. It is with great pleasure to bring his God given talents to the students of DICA.

Nola Payton; Contemporary Instructor 

 Nola Payton has always had a strong passion for the arts. She is currently a sophomore at Old Dominion University where she is studying theater arts. She is a young inspiring performer who adores being able to uplift any and everyone that comes her way. She has over 10 years worth of dance experience in liturgical, ballet, majorette, modern & contemporary. Her favorite style is contemporary because she enjoys being able to tell stories through various movements. Nola danced with Divine as a student in 2018-2019 and is beyond excited to be able to give back to her community.

Valerie Koon; Volunteer Dance Teacher Assistant 

Valerie Koon graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor's in Health Services Administration and a minor in Dance. She has been dancing for 13 years and loves teaching as well. Her background is in kick, pom, jazz and hip hop but has also studied different genres such as modern dance. Valerie has always enjoyed learning and exploring new genres of dance! She has choreographed various pieces in afrobeat and hip hop for all age groups and would love nothing more than to teach, create choreography, and giveback full time. Her passion is in working with adolescents and finding strengths in her students, as well as mentoring them outside of the classroom. On her free time she enjoys spending time with friends, making new connections, going on long drives, and finding new food places in the DMV!  

Makayla Jordan; Tumble Coach

Makayla Jordan was raised to be strong and to find your life's passion and meaning in whatever you do. She lives by the motto: Give it your all! Since the tender age of 5, she has been tumbling and competing as an All-Star Cheerleader leading her team to local and national championship titles.  At the age of 7 she joined the award winning all star cheer team Hot Topic Allstars of Alexandria, VA where she quickly advanced her  tumble skills. She then moved on to join Legacy Allstars where she was blessed with the opportunity to compete at the largest cheer competition "The Worlds" Championship! 

Makayla also enjoys working with children and giving back on her free time. She is thrilled to be a part of DICA organization, where she plans to build a legacy for herself and the generations to come!

Dyvine Wood; Be Inspired! Volunteer Mentor Coach

 Dyvine attends Virginia State University as a History major. She loves dancing, roller skating, and reading. Dyvine is an alumni of Divine Inspirations Dance program from 2017-2019. During her free time she loves touring the museums in Washington, DC and mentoring the students of DICA. She is skilled an enjoys tutoring the students in reading comprehension, writing, and math. Dyvine's has always been a natural leader and is the heart and soul of the Be Inspired mentorship program!

Elijah Javanni; Social Media & Content Developer

Elijah Javanni is a jack of all trades. He is a dancer and choreographer that specializes in Afro-beat dance styles such as Azonto and Afrohouse. He also has a background in Hip Hop, Naija Street, and a hint of Dancehall. Elijah has over 10 years of dance experience and 2 years of coaching experience. He is a member of the international dance academy known as Dance With a Purpose academy that was featured in Beyoncé's "Black is King" visual album. He has performed with music artists such as Deo, Kweku Williams, Tizo, Tobby Drillz, etc. He has also had the opportunity to open for massive artists such as Davido and Kwesi Arthur. Elijah is also a model, photographer, videographer, and content creator that utilizes his creative vision to materialize authentic art. From creating visual content that catches your attention and tells a story to capturing photos that highlight detail and emotion, Elijah is capable of doing it all. Behind the scenes Elijah enjoys to help people and is a powerful leader that knows how to bring people together. He thrives in diverse environments and has a mindset full of gold.