Check out what's going on with Dover-area businesses the week of Aug. 26

Business briefs…

    The Becker Morgan Group was recognized among the “Best of Delaware 2009” winners in the July 2009 issue of Delaware Today magazine.

    The firm was selected both as “Best Residential Architect” upstate, downstate and reader’s choice and “Best Commercial Architect” upstate and reader’s choice. Becker Morgan Group provides architecture, civil engineering, surveying, landscape design, sustainable design and interior design services. The firm has offices in Delaware, Maryland and North Carolina…

Personnel …

    Val Goncharov has joined the First State Academy of Dance as the newest member of its teaching staff, and has been joined by Michelle Parisi as the academy’s full time teacher.

    Goncharov graduated with professional honors with the Kiev Ballet Academy, Kiev, Ukraine, and pursued a professional dance career with Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware, Ballet Theater of Pennsylvania, and the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, Ukraine.

    Parisi attended the School of American Ballet, Princeton Ballet and workshops with Dance Masters of America. She also received her certification from the Cecchetti Counsel of America. Parisi is the former owner and artistic director of the Zwaanendael Dance Academy.

    FSAD is the home of the non-profit Diamond Dance Company, which is having open auditions Saturday, Aug. 29 (ages 7 and older) for its “Nutcracker” ballet.

    Open house and registration for the academy is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, or online at

    For more information, call 422-2633.