Faculty Bios


Suzanne Antolini is originally from Montgomery County, MD, and attended Shepherd College where she studied social work and psychology. For the past 15 years, Suzanne has been an office administrator for the WVU Extension Service for Berkeley County and the key administrator for the Berkeley County 4-H program. In this capacity, Suzanne keeps all aspects of the Extension Office running smoothly, assists the three county Extension Agents, and serves the kids, parents and leaders involved in 4-H.

Suzanne came to RNM with no background in dance but a willingness to learn and to help support RNM staff and families. Suzanne remembers that at the end of the day, it’s about the kids.

Suzanne resides in Martinsburg and is married to George Antolini. They have 3 wonderful children, Jessica, John, and Jacob. When she as a spare moment, she spends time gardening and reading.


Layna Lamons is a dancer and teacher currently residing in Winchester, Virginia. Layna received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Shenandoah University in December of 2015. During her time at RnM, Layna’s choreography has been featured at the West Virginia State Dance Festival gala in 2018, as well as the Eastern Panhandle’s Dance Works Festival in 2018 and 2019. Layna has also had the pleasure of performing as a guest artist in various shows, including “Sleepy Hollow”, “Sleeping Beauty”, and “Peter Pan”. Outside the studio, Layna has performed with local artists at various venues around Winchester including the Children’s Discovery Museum and the Virginia State Arboretum.

Layna is adamant about teaching her students to perform from the heart even in class combinations, and is passionate about kinetic learning as an important aspect of dance education.

During the day, Layna is a Behavior Specialist at a psychiatric residential treatment facility serving children with intellectual disabilities. In her spare time, Layna enjoys coffee, reading, and dabbles in functional fitness and power lifting.

Instructor and Secretary

Alexis Petry or Lexis is a dancer, choreographer, coach, and teacher that currently resides in Shenandoah Junction, WV. She has taken dance from the ages three years old to 23 years old. These dances range from ballet, jazz, pointe, modern, contemporary, tap, and, her favorite, hip hop!

Alexis graduated from Shepherd University earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Computer Aided Design. She was also apart of Shepherd University Dance Team for five years, and team captain for two of those years. She is now the elected head coach of the Dance Team.

Alexis is our Hip Hop and Advanced Tap teacher! Alexis has been teaching at Rhythm ‘n Motion for five years now, and just recently assumed the roll of working at the front desk. She loves teaching her students the diverse and energetic moves of Hip Hop and Tap, and she always strives for her students to perform in a way that highlights their skills and unique personalities!


Gabby Green was one of Rhythm ‘n Motion’s first students. She was a member of Turning Pointe Dance Company and danced a variety of roles throughout high school.

After high school, she continued her dance education at West Virginia University. Gabby received her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance in 2019.

Upon graduation, she has retuned to Rhythm ‘n Motion as one of our teachers! She currently has been teaching here for last three years. Gabby teaches our intermediate and advanced classes in both Ballet and Modern.


Tiara Elliott was a former dancer at Rhythm ‘n Motion! Tiara Attended Marshall university where she was an All American dancer for their dance team. She is now studying to be a medical assistant and plans to graduate in March! Tiara teaches our Intermediate Tap class!


Emma Brown has been dancing since the age of two. Emma is originally from Frederick, Maryland but moved to Washington county, Maryland to attend Barbara Ingram School for the Arts where she studied Dance. Emma has an adorable little girl that she hopes will begin dancing very soon! Emma Currently teaches beginner Ballet and Jazz at our studio!


Emma Pierre is a recent BFA graduate of University of Utah where she minored in Pediatric Research and Chemistry. Emma is RAD trained and has been studying ballet since the age of five where she has had amazing opportunities to perform on stages in multiple countries. She she is excited to join the teaching staff at Rhythm N Motion and is beyond excited to work with their beautiful dancers this dance season. Emma will be teaching Ballet and Variations. She is also available for private sessions in technique or variations for auditions.

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