Staff/Instructors

Danielle Flood

Owner and Operator of the Safari Dance Studio. Mrs. Flood started as a student of the Fine Arts since the age of 8. Mrs. Flood attended Evelynn Ott School of Dance in her elementary years and continued her love of dance through Community and Public School forums, entering and performing in plays and skits throughout her school years. In 2009, Mrs. Flood started a Non Profit  Cheerleading Team, which soared and developed into over 100+ Cheerleaders.

She is currently the CEO and Executive Director of The Competitive  Youth Dance Team named Captivating Cats Dance Team.

Daniel Flood

Co-Owner and Operator of Safari Dance Studio. Daniel discovered his love of dance at age 9 when he portrayed Michael Jackson in a special halftime performance with the Hampton Roads 7 CIties Pro-Am Cheerleading Team. Since, Daniel's passion of dance only began to grow. By the age of 16, Daniel became a choreographer for the infamous Captivating Cats Dance Team and in 2017 was named Head Coach. Daniel has choreographed countless winning routines and helped bring home over 250 awards including a win at JaQuel Knight's Something In The Water Dance Showdown. Daniel is a mentor and big brother in the 757 community and has helped guide youth on and off the dance floor. He is currenly the Hip Hop Instructor at Safari Dance Studio.

April Flood

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Born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia- April is the current Head Captain as well as current Assistant Coach of the Captivating Cats Dance Team. Her achievements include leading her team to over 250 victories and choreographing countless award winning routines. April is trained in an innumerable amount of genres including Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Majorette, African, and Liturgical and has been filmed for Lifetime's Hit TV Show, "Bring IT!".

Schuyler Dickens

Schuyler Dickens was born and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia and began dance training at the age of two years old. She received her dance training at Maureen's School of Dance in Chesapeake, Virginia and Denise Wall's Dance Energy in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Ms. Dickens continued her dance education as a Dance major at Virginia Commonwealth University and Old Dominion University. She has had the honor of performing for George de la Pena (who called the duet she performed a "gem"), Shani Collins, and Sean Curran, among others. She was an original member of the United Football League's Virginia Destroyers Cheerleaders and is an alumna of both UpStream Society and CREWcial, two HipHop crews based in the Hampton Roads area. Schuyler has had the honor of receiving various choreography and technique awards for her work in jazz and hip hop and has been teaching dance for the last ten years at various studios, cheer gyms, preschools and dance teams in her community.

Ajah Heckstall

Ajah Heckstall is the head cheerleading technique instructor at Safari Dance Studio. Ajah began cheerleading at just 4 years old on a recreational cheerleading team and continued to hone her skills through the Hampton Roads 7-cities pro-am cheerleading squad ran by SDS Director Danielle Flood. From there, cheer became Ajah's life; she cheered for her middle school and in just the 8th grade she began cheering on the junior varsity cheer team at  Norview High School. In the 9th grade Ajah made the Varsity cheer squad where she was apart of the two time back to back Eastern District Cheerleading Championship. During Ajah’s senior year she was named captain. In 2018, when Ajah graduated highschool, she attended Radford University majoring in pre-nursing. During her freshman year she founded the first official stomp and shake cheerleading squad at Radford University, the Lady RUs. With the help of Jade Hayes, Ajah’s responsibility as founder and president consisted of leading a group of young woman, creating routines, organizing fundraisers, seeking sponsorships, representing the team in a professional manner, finding events to perform at and much more. Ajah has recently returned from Radford University and is now the Head Coach of the Captivating Cats Cheerleading Team.

Michael Flythe

Michael Flythe was born and raised in Chesapeake, VA and began his career in dance through stepping and hip hop in grade school. Since starting college at Old Dominion University, Michael began to minor in dance and trained in Moden, Ballet and Hip Hop. Michael has worked alongside Dance Professor, James Morrow, to put on a "Pre-Collegiate" Dance Intensive for recent High School Graduates, became a Hip Hop Instructor at ODU's Student Recreation Center, performed his own choreographed modern solo in ODU's University's Dance Concert and began dancing for ODU's "Afrosimbas" where he trained in Afro-beat and traditional African Dance. Alongside the Simbas, Michael has performed at Pharell Williams' Something In The Water Festival, TACA 757, Norfolk State, UVA, on the Hampton Roads Show, and various events at ODU and in the 757 Community. Michael is currently a Hip Hop instructor at SDS and a coach for Safari Dance Studio's Captivating Cats Dance Team.