DIVINE INSPIRATIONS CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Meet the Team Behind DICA

Capriece Piper

Founder and Executive Director

Majorette Instructor

                                               

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 perform 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! 

  

Erica McPherson 

Studio Manager

Erica grew up in New Bern, North Carolina where the Arts cultivated her life and she began dancing at the age of 6. Throughout the years, her passion for dancing and the Arts led her to study at the Art Institute of Washington. While there, Erica gained the skills that excelled her on the caree​r path of business ma​nagement and entrepreneurship. Erica is the proud owner of E.D M​edia Photography and currently manages government contracts as the Lead Program Liaison. Erica loves to help others! Her goal is to inspire everyone to be the best version of yourself, always striving for better. 

Starr Woodall

Ballet Instructor

Majorette Instructor

Jazz/Tap Instructor

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. 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.


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.  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.

Terryn Nelson 

West African Dance Instructor 

Mentorship Coach

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!

DICA Contemporary Coach, Nola

Nola Payton

Contemporary Dance Instructor

Musical Theatre

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. Coach Nola danced with Divine as a student in 2018-2019 and is beyond excited to be able to give back to her community.

DICA Hip Hop Coach Valerie

Valerie Koon

Hip Hop Instructor

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 hip hop, kick, pom, and jazz but has also studied different genres such as modern dance. Coach 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!  

Chyrah Piper

Tiny Tots Instructor

Chyrah Piper has been involved with and enjoying the arts since she was 4 years old. She is always working on and perfecting her skills as a performing and visual artist. Chyrah loves working with our students and is always helping them get to their full potential as a dancer. She was an All-Star cheerleader for 3 years, competing in several “Cheer and Dance Extreme” competitions, and she also has experience in many genres of dance including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and majorette. 


Chyrah has been a member of DICA since the very beginning in 2015 and danced as Captain of the junior and senior stand battle team. Having a strong passion and love for what she does, she wants to continue her journey of dance and visual arts in college, with goals to compete in regional and national competitions and becoming an inspiring figure in the world of arts. Chyrah is proud to be a part of our organization and can't wait to teach all that she knows to our DICA students!

Madisyn Battle

Cheer & Tumble Instructor

Madisyn started gymnastics when she was 3 years old. She has 13 years of experience in gymnastics, tumbling, and cheerleading and has competed at several USA Gymnastics Women’s Junior Olympic State Championships. Having cheered on her high school varsity and middle school teams, Madisyn was a standout cheerleader and was recognized with athletic achievement awards. From 2018 to 2020, Madisyn cheered with Virginia Royalty Athletics, competing and winning competitions across the United States, including the D2 Summit in Orlando, FL. Madisyn has a passion for teaching and helping others, and alway strives for excellence.

Jaylin Green

Assistant Coach

Jalen Green, or Coach Jay, is a DICA Teacher Assistant and works with our 12 and up students in the Hip Hop, Majorette, and Competition Team classes. His dance background also includes jazz, contemporary, musical theater, lyrical, and ballet — but hip hop remains his favorite. His passion for dance started at a young age, and he began officially dancing around 2008 followed by a trip to California for more training. Prior to moving to L.A., Coach Jay was in the competition cirque for 6 years. Coach Jay believes that he loves dance so much because it helps brings people together and it allows you to break away from reality to be free. Beyond dance, Coach Jay is also into other fine arts such as drawing, painting, and working with other art mediums.