Miss Caroline “Grace” Burkhardt, native of Manassas, Virginia. Miss Grace began her ballet training at Northern Virginia Dance Academy when she was four years old and continued her ballet training under Robin Conrad Sturm and jazz/modern under Robert E. Sturm. She began Student Teacher Training under Robin Conrad Sturm in 2008 and quickly discovered her love for teaching and has been teaching her own classes at NVDA since 2012.
Miss Grace attended Northern Virginia Community College, obtaining her A.S. in General Studies. While at NVCC, she created their first performing dance company, “NOVA Dance Company.” She also competed and won the title of “NOVA’s Favorite Dancer” in 2014. Miss Grace obtained her B.A. in History and Minor in Dance from George Mason University in 2018, graduating cum laude.
Miss Grace began dancing with Asaph Dance Ensemble in Spring 2011 as a Trainee and was promoted to Company Artist in Spring 2013. Her repertory with the company includes “Butterfly”, “Light”, and “Fish” in The Nutcracker – Clara’s Christmas, “Silent Night solo” in Love Has Brought Him Here, “For Unto Us a Child is Born” and “He Shall Purify” in Handle’s Messiah, “The Egyptian Princess” in Moses Chronicles, “Doves” in The Birds, and featured/soloist roles in Turning The Heart, and On The Edge.
While in college, Miss Grace appeared as a guest artist for Prince William County Dance in title roles such as: “Alice” in Alice in Wonderland, “Aurora” in Sleeping Beauty, “Cinderella” in Cinderella, and “Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Snow Queen” in Nutcracker.
Miss Grace’s choreography has been featured in showcases at Northern Virginia Community College while with NOVA Dance Company and Small Plates Choreography Festival in Lorton Virginia.
Miss Grace looks forward to sharing her love of dance with the students of NVDA!