If you are an alumni, please send us information about your achievements and any links you would like displayed.
May 2015 Graduation
Katie Borrello, Desiree Davis, Kaci Harakas, Samantha Jones, Hunter McCadden, Andrea Miller, Paige Nebistinsky, Allie Pigliavento, Erika Rich, Sarah Rose, Mary Seghers, Amanda Urbanski, Liz Wagner, Julie Wright
Kaci Harakas in June went away to the mountains of Vermont for two weeks and had a 200 hour yoga teacher training. She is now certified in Vinyasa flow yoga and has been teaching private lessons for the past two months. Recently she got hired at two gyms here in Connecticut and will be teaching yoga there beginning in September. She also just got hired to teach yoga and dance at a new dance studio called Spotlight Dance Center. Outside of dance related careers, she has been doing freelance hair and makeup for proms and weddings and has been modeling as well. She to shoot an upcoming movie called Pitching Tents coming out in theatres in 2016 and will be an extra during one of the scenes.
Andrea Miller is enrolled in the M.Ed program here at DeSales. She plans on getting certified in pre-k to fourth grade, as well as special education. She also hope to get her masters in special education! Her plan is to finish all of that within 2 years and then hopefully she will be on her way to teaching. But for now she still plan to teach at the dance studio where she grew up. She teachs children from ages 3-15 in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical.
Allie Pigliavento moved back home to Saratoga, NY and is working full-time for a new company called B Plus Printworks. They design and sell gift products and accessories for dancers. Her primary responsibility is marketing, but she also contribute to product development and management. She is also bringing modern to her family’s 62 year old dance studio by teaching workshops on Saturdays and subbing for other classes whenever needed.
Mary Seghers still has things that are developing in her life, but she has a few things in the works. Currently she lives in Covington, Louisiana, and is teaching dance at Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts (LAAPA) in New Orleans. She is also playing Dina in a production of ‘School House Rock Live!’ at 30 by Ninety Theatre which will be running the last three weekends of September. She also worked as assistant choreographer throughout the production process. Later this year, in November, she will be working with Stella Maris Films on their short film entitled “Slow Dance With Me” as the choreographer.
Julie Wright is currently teaching ballet for Delaware Valley Dance Academy and continuing to perform. She plans to perform for Trinette Singleton and Sarah Carlson in the Rivers Merge Dance Festival as well as Lisa Wassermans Nutcracker.
May 2014 Graduation
Jesse Florence, Audra Fryberger, Brittany Gordon, Gregory Herron, Jillian Ikeler, Kristin Kavanagh, Kolbe Rubin, Liz Shemory, Cristina Siegel, Margaret Vaccaro, Jamie Walcheski
Jillian Ikeler is a 2014 graduate of the DeSales University Dance Department. In 2013 she joined MM2 dance company where she was a choreographer and performer. While with MM2 she toured Canada and performed in various places in Philadelphia. In 2012 she had joined the Radio Disney road crew as a dancer and performer. Radio Disney had given her the opportunity to perform all along the north east and meet notable Disney celebrities. She will continue to perform and choreograph in the Philadelphia and New York area as a freelance artist.
Kolbe Rubin graduated from DeSales University with Salesian honors as a double major with Dance and Sport and Exercise Science. Although she ultimately desires to become a Physical Therapist for dancers some day, upon graduating, she chose to go to New York City in order to pursue work experience and dance experience for one to two years. Having had 3 years of Residence Life experience in college, she now works for the Joffrey Ballet School in Manhattan as the Director of Residence Life for the trainee program. Still coming back from a rather large injury she suffered in her senior year, she has been utilizing her time there by working full time, taking class, auditioning, and applying for Physical Therapy Doctorate programs. Recently, she was chosen to present her Senior Research project at the Regional ACSM MARC International Journal for Sport and Exercise Science Annual meeting in late October and is now looking to bring it to Nationals. She will also be attaining her certification in Pilates and Yoga in the spring of this year and is looking to gain experience as an intern at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries in NYC in order to further facilitate her pursuit as a Physical Therapist. She is incredibly thankful for the time she spent at DeSales and feels that the school thrives in forming well-rounded, intelligent dancers who look to be exemplary not only through their dancing but also through the integrity of their character.
Liz Shemory is a 2014 graduate of the DeSales University Dance Program. While at DeSales, choreography became her main focus and she was one of six choreographers to present work in the 2013 Emerging Choreographers Concert. She also took this work to WaxWorks at the Triskelion Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY, and presented a piece in the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange’s Cabaret Nights VIII at Allentown Brew Works. During her time at DeSales, Liz also pursued a minor in technical theater and focused primarily on scenic design and scene painting. In her final semester she completed an independent choreographic project for which she created several comedic dance pieces. In August, Liz accepted an intern position at Dance Place in Washington, DC and is currently working as a Production Management Intern and House Manager there. She is also a work/study student for The Field/DC and has been participating in the Fall 2014 DC Fieldwork session. She has been dancing for Ilana Silverstein and will be performing in the Fall 2014 Fieldwork Showing in both Ilana’s piece and her own new work. She recently completed a Rep and Performance Class with ClancyWorks Dance Company under the direction of Adrienne Clancy and performed in a rep piece in ClancyWorks’ show at Dance Place. She plans to apply to grad school in San Francisco for expressive arts therapy for Fall 2015. She hopes to continue her choreographic work and someday form her own company, using her background in comedy to bring laughter to audiences.
Jamie Walcheski born in Kazakhstan, Russia, moved to the United States at the age of 2 and is currently living in New York City. Started dance training at the age of five and began teaching at Steppin’ Out Academy of Dance and Baton from 2008 to 2013. Jamie recently graduated from DeSales University with a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Business with a focus in Marketing. She trained under Timothy Cowart and Trinette Singleton. Jamie attended American College Dance Festivals Association at Hofstra University, Muhlenberg College, Ohio University, and University of Wisconsin. In the summer of 2013, Jamie attended the American Dance Festival Six Week School and performed and collaborated with Vanessa Voskuil Footprint piece “Gates” at Durham, North Carolina. Jamie had the privilege to work with Kyoko Imura and Kumiko Komine and perform Michio Ito Repertory “Ave Maria”. She has also performed Keith A. Thompson “Rekindling Beginnings,” Larry Keigwin “Triptych,” and Natalie Desch “Lines From Here To There.” Jamie is currently a front desk receptionist at Peridance Capezio Center and is continuing her training there, as well as, Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway.
May 2013 Graduation
Leigha Adduci, Jessica Bartorel, Kendra Brisco, Danielle Desimone, Alyssa Fernandez, Catherine Fischer, Isabel, Garcia, Bridget Hopkins, Melissa Janssen, Danielle Nadine, Kaleigh Kunkle, Veronica Roppelt, Dina Servidio, Megan Steele, Erin Weigand
Megan Steele graduated in the fall of 2013. She loves dance but especially academic dance, with a real passion on dance history. Her senior project researched her family tree of dance. In other words she researched her teachers, and their teachers to connect her historically with some amazing choreographers and dancers. Her goal is to continue to find more connections within the dance world. Currently Megan is working with Hershey Entertainment & Resorts in the Hershey Park Entertainment Department. Her position is a Production Assistant for the resident shows that are throughout the park. January up until May she makes hiring calls for the performers. She also creates, sends, and processes their contracts. Once the summer season starts she helps monitor. It is great transporting some of the performers. Also she basically does anything needed to help the shows run smoothly. It is a great job and it has really been a great experience teaching her about the production side of dance and theatre. She has also saved up to continue my education in graduate school, for her masters in dance with a concentration in Dance History.
May 2012 Graduation
Julie D’Angelo, Tia DiPietro, Elizabeth Frame, Kelsey George, Cathy Hentschel, Chelsea Lester, Jessica Markovic, Kaitlin Rago, Brianne Taylor
Kelsey George graduated from DeSales University with a B.A. in Dance in 2012. After graduation, Kelsey moved to New York City to take dance classes throughout the city and audition regularly. While there, she had the chance to work at Broadway Dance Center and rehearse for a short time with DM Dance Company. Shortly after, Kelsey accepted a contract from Norwegian Cruise Line as a professional dancer with the opportunity to perform shows choreographed and directed by Tiger Martina, among many others. With the help of Norwegian, she also received a Zumba certification and teaches classes in her free time on the ship.
Brianne Taylor graduated from DeSales University with a B.A. in Dance and B.S. in Psychology in 2012. Since graduation, Brianne started working at Magna Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center in Avon, CT as the Director of Dance Medicine & Conditioning. She is also in pursuit of her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Besides working at the Magna Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center, she has embraced the Connecticut dance community and became a member of the Connecticut Dance Alliance. She has also received her Pilates certification in addition to continuing her dance career. This past December, Brianne performed with CONNetic Dance, a West Hartford based contemporary company.
May 2011 Graduation
Catherine Adduci, Alyson Jacques, Michelle LoGuercio, Jordan Martin, Christine Michener, Kristin Ranke
Alyson Jacques graduated from DeSales University in 2011. Since graduating, Alyson has been pursuing a number of projects, both personal and career based. Alyson auditioned for the Eureka Dance Festival held in Washington, D.C. and was chosen to be in a new work titled “Teaching Fish How to Swim” by University of Maryland graduate, Amber Tietgens. The festival was held in December 2013 at Dance Place in D.C. Prior to the performance, Alyson also became certified in Zumba and started her own classes for teachers at local schools in her county. For the past two years, Alyson has been a Modern instructor at Upper Falls Dance Academy as well as the co-director of the Upper Falls Dance Company, a pre-professional performance based company for young dancers. Since her start with the company in September 2011, they have held two Christmas performances and a Mother’s Day Tea performance, participated in three parades, and performed at local libraries and nursing homes. In May 2012, Alyson began working full-time as the Administrative Assistant for Programs at the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in Baltimore where she gets to see behind the scenes of resourcing for multi-state arts resourcing, programming, and support. She most recently became a resident of Baltimore City. Alyson performed in November 2012 for Sara Link (’10) with Coexist Dance at Act II Playhouse in Ambler, PA. Alyson has began to get back into choreography and hopes to start showing her work around the Baltimore/DC area soon.
January 2011 Graduation
Jennifer Gill, Stephanie Strausser
Jennifer Gill teaches Ballet, Hip Hop and Jazz. She graduated from DeSales University in 2011 with her B.A. in dance. She has been dancing for the MarDelDance Company for the past couple of years. Her solo, Patsy, won Dance Magazine’s editor’s choice video of the month in October 2010. She was also featured in the January issue of Dance Magazine. Jen performed for Sesame Place for three summers and appeared on CN8 and CBS and is continuing her training while pursuing a career in dance.
Stephanie Strausser ia a recent graduate of DeSales University. She is currently continuing her education at the Advance Fuller School of Massage Therapy in Virginia Beach. Stephanie is also in the process of becoming a ballet instructor at one of the ballet academies in Virginia.
May 2010 Graduation
Ryan Alexander, Lora Allen, Susan Briggs, Melanie (Fisichella) Burkhart, Madeleine Cummings, Heather Fleischman, Kristen Ghirardi, Andrea Lanzetti, Sara Link, Kayleen Loughery, Lauren McGinnis, Kaitlin Reid, Sarah Schweyer, Jeana Viggiano, Gabrielle Winter
Lora Allen is a recent graduate of DeSales University with a B.A. in Dance. As a member of the DeSales University Dance Ensemble, Lora’s performance credits include: Twyla Tharp’s “The One Hundreds,” Alwin Nikolais’s “Tensile Involvement” and numerous other works. While at DeSales, Lora was given the opportunity to choreograph several Modern/Contemporary pieces for various concerts and the American College Dance Festival. In 2009, Lora attended the Levy Dance Summer Intensive in San Francisco, where she trained with Benjamin Levy, Trinette Singleton, Timothy Cowart, and Tara Madsen. Ms. Allen is also the choreographer and manager for Artistry Dance Company, based in Philadelphia, PA. Lora teaches all Contemporary classes at Dance Artistry Center.
Susan Briggs began her dance career at the age of 8 and trained at Center Stage Dance Academy since its opening in 2002. While at Center Stage she was a student teacher for 4 years, assisting and at the age of 17, she began teaching her own classes. Susan recently graduated from DeSales University with a BA in Dance and a minor in Psychology. While at DeSales, Susan performed in various student dance concerts and was cast in the re-staging of Bob Fosse’s “Sing, Sing, Sing” and Alwin Nikolais’ “Tensile Involvement.” Along with performing, she was also the production manager for the Emerging Choreographer’s Concert in 2009. She was also involved as a Peer Mentor and a Certified Peer Educator. She attended the American College Dance Festival and was an active member of the DeSales University Dance Team. Susan also performed for two Philadelphia based modern companies, Vada Dance Collective and coEXISTdance. She was also a member of the original Philadelphia Fight Vixens Dance Team for their 2009 season. Upon graduating, Susan has been spending time working with the Pennsylvania Ballet in their internship program to discovering the inner working of how the ballet company is run. Susan’s other passion is working with animals and she is currently working at the Philadelphia SPCA.
Melanie (Fisichella) Burkhart graduated from DeSales University in 2010 with a B.A. in Dance. She is currently a dance instructor at Encore Dance Center in Lancaster, PA. Melanie also choreographs for Cocalico Senior High School
Kristen Ghirardi has been dancing since the age of 3 under Rose Marie Menes, principal dancer with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She was a member of Dance Theater of Westchester for several years and performed at West Point, Brooklyn College and many venues throughout Westchester, N.Y.. She continued her intensive dance education and graduated from DeSales University in 2010 with a B.A. in Dance and minor in Psychology. Currently, Kristen is living in Boston pursuing a masters in Dance Movement Therapy and Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University in Cambridge. She is teaching Hip Hip at Jody’s School of Dance and runs the summer dance intensive program at Westchester Ballet Center.
Andrea Lanzetti has moved to NYC soon after and began dancing professionally with several modern dance companies and choreographers. Specifically, she has danced and trained with Marie-Christine Giordano Dance for 3 years. She had the opportunity to perform several works by MCGD including the premiere of “In and Out” which was performed both in NYC as well as in Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. Andrea has worked with BODYART dance for several years as well and had opportunities to perform evening length works as well as site-specific works throughout NYC and surrounding areas. In addition, she has worked in underwater dance photography for promotional purposes as well as dance on camera productions with BODYART. Andrea is thrilled to currently be dancing for BODYART dance, Bryan Strimpel Movement, and Lora Allen of allendance. Performance credits include but are not limited to: BAX (Brooklyn Arts Exchange), Peridance Capezio Theater, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, Chateau de Penthes (Geneva, Switzerland), Jazz at Lincoln Center, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts (Detroit, MI), Irondale Arts Center, as well as various site-specific locations.
Dancing professionally has made Andrea extremely aware of the body and all that goes into treating it with care. She received her Pilates mat certification through LindaFit in 2012 and her apparatus training through Center For Movement in 2013. Andrea currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and continues to dance professionally while also teaching Pilates classes in both group settings as well as in private settings. She continues to take classes elsewhere as well to educate herself further and keep her body happy and well.
Jeana Viggiano graduated from DeSales University in 2010 with a B.A. in Dance. While at DeSales she was a part of the Dance Honors Society (XTE). She studied under Trinette Singleton, Tara Madsen, Tim Cowart, Mishele Minnett, and Kristin Fieseler. She has been privileged to work with choreographers such as Rennie Harris, Lynne Mariani, and Cleo Mack. Jeana also attended and performed at the American College Dance Festival Association at the University of Akron, Ohio. She is certified in Zumba Basics I. Jeana is part of coEXISTdance and has danced with undertoearts
January 2010 Graduation
Caitlin Catanella is the founder and choreographer of Force Modern Dance Company. She has been dancing for 21 years, and is trained in the areas of Ballet, Point, Modern, Jazz, and Hip Hop. She is also a trained gymnast. She recently attended DeSales University where she pursued a degree in Dance. While at DeSales, Caitlin traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to study many forms of Brazilian dance including: Capoeira, Samba, and other cultural dances. Caitlin has had the opportunity to dance in the traveling Tina Turner Review Show, numerous ballets with South Jersey Ballet Theater, and performs in theater productions through out the Philadelphia/South Jersey area. Recently, Caitlin performed with The Road Company in A Chorus Line dancing the role as “Laura” (Larry). She was also recently in the production of Kiss Me Kate at the Ritz, and at The Broadway Theater of Pitman in the Damn Yankees. Caitlin has choreographed for many professional theater companies, shows include: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Oklahoma, and Anything Goes. Caitlin also acted on the Forensic Files on Court TV. Most recently, she danced and choreographed for the Cherry Hill Education Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Dancing With The Cherry Hill Stars. She currently works at Beck Middle School and teaches Ballet, Modern, Musical Theater, Jazz and Hip Hop at Happy Feet Dance Studio. Caitlin has also been rewarded the choreographer position of Cherry Hill High School West’s Spring Musical 2010.
May 2009 Graduation
Megan Amitrani, Ashley Decker, Marianne Delehanty, Daniella Del Pizzo Ehritz, Danielle Fritz, Nakia Gard, Kathleen Glynn, Samantha Hillegass, Victoria Kroll, Jacqueline Markey, Madeline Moore, Lauren Post, Cassie Russo, Amandan (Westcott) Swenson
Marianne Delehanty graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Dance. Since then she has established her company, MarDelDance. Her choreography won Dance Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award for her piece Patsy in 2009. Marianne has also collaborated with Cassie Russo of CaRu Entertainment and Christine Chan of Suhka Arts Center in co-founding a cabaret-styled dance group called Viva Glamour. She also teaches at Diane’s Dance Academy 23 and Sukha Arts Center.
Daniella Del Pizzo Ehritz went to Radomile Academy of Dance for over 15 years. She has danced in the Media Ballet Nutcracker and enjoyed performing in theatrical groups throughout grade school and high school. Daniella recently graduated from DeSales University with a BA in Dance and a minor in Psychology. Daniella is now teaching at Sharon Plessl School of Dance.
Danielle Fritz graduated in 2009 from DeSales University with a B.A. in Dance. She has taught all over Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley for places such as The Little Gym, The Pennsylvania Ballet Guild, The Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, and The Suburban North Family YMCA. While also choreographing the Whitehall High School musical “Damn Yankees.” She has worked for Radio Disney (putting on shows and entertaining children all over the east coast), and danced at Sesame. In 2009, Danielle established her own dance program, 3D Dance (Northampton,PA) along with the dance and tumbling programs at The Little Treehouse (Chestnut Hill,PA). She is also currently teaching at Zero Gravity .
Nakia Gard recently graduated, with honors, from DeSales University where she received her B.A. in Dance with a concentration in Business. She received her dance training of fourteen years from the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts (PHILADANCO). Nakia has studied dance in India, Brazil, and Mexico. She presented work in DeSales University’s Emerging Choreographer’s Concert in 2007 and 2008, her pieces were selected for adjudication at the American College Dance Festivals. As a performer, Nakia worked with Rennie Harris, Ashleigh Leite, and the Shen Wei dance company. Currently, Nakia is the director of the dance outreach ministry called Total Prayze Mime Ministry and a proud member of coEXISTdance.
Kathleen Glynn is the Artistic Director of CoEXISTdance, Inc. CoEXISTdance, Inc is a nonprofit dance company working to blend dance and community outreach work. In addition to directing her company, Ms. Glynn is a third-year dance teacher for the School District of Philadelphia. She recently presented her findings on arts education in public schools at the Performance Garage in Philadelphia. Ms. Glynn also teaches at Delaware County Performing Arts and Napoli School of Music and Dance. She is currently working to obtain her Master’s degree in Education from Temple University.
Samantha Hillegass attended the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts until 2005. In May of 2009, she graduated from DeSales University with a BA in Dance. During her time at DeSales, she has had the opportunity to perform works choreographed by Twyla Tharp, Sean Curran, Gerald Arpino, Ashleigh Leite, Kate Jewett of Shen Wei Dance Arts, as well as numerous faculty and student works. She was apart of the DeSales Dance Company in her sophomore year. She has attended and performed in the High School Dance Festival in 2005 and the American College Dance Festivals in 2006 and 2009. In 2008, Samantha performed in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival with the Keila Cordova Dance Company. This past summer she has had the opportunity to attend the Amy Marshall summer dance intensive in New York City. Samantha is a dance instructor at Dance Works and a certified Zumba instructor. Sam is also a member of Fight Vixens Dance Team.
Jacqueline Markey graduated DeSales University in 2009 with a B.A. in Dance. Jacqueline is a certified Pilates and Zumba instructor. She recently opened up her own studio, Shape Up! Dance Fitness, which offers pilates, zumba, and Irish Step Dancing. Jacqueline is also currently teaching at Fedelmia Mullan Davis Academy of Irish Dance. Jacqueline is also completing the requirements to become a fitness specialist and a personal trainer.
Lauren Post graduated from DeSales University, with a double major in Communications and Dance. Lauren has had an extensive amount of training in Ballet and Modern dance with several choreographers and professional dancers, such as Tim Cowart, Kristin Fieseler, Gretchen McLaine, Trinette Singleton, Tara Madsen, Mishele Mennett, Keila Cordova, and Clyde Evans Jr., as well as members of David Dorfman Dance Company, Gina Gibney Dance, Keigwin + Company, and Keila Cordova Dances. She has also been given the chance to perform in multiple productions at DeSales University, such as The Emerging Choreographers Concert and The DeSales University Dance Ensemble, as well as productions in both New York City and Philadelphia. Lauren has also performed in the Philly Fringe Festival with Keila Cordova Dances, and has performed with Annex Dance. She has also worked as an intern for Keila Cordova Dances in arts administration and Parsons Dance in arts administration, marketing, and development. She is currently a part of undertoearts and New Street Dance Group.
Cassie Russo graduated from DeSales University in 2009 with a B.A. in Dance. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of CaRu Entertainment, LLC in New York City. Her company is built around the idea that dreams are merely visions awaiting the opportunity to become reality. CaRu Entertainment offers consulting and choreography services for aspiring and seasoned performers, dance companies, studios and professional dance teams. Cassie has also collaborated with Marianne Delehanty of MarDelDance and Christine Chan of Suhka Arts Center in co-founding a caberat-styled dance group called Viva Glamour. Cassie is also co-director of the Vixens Dance Team in Philadelphia, PA. She has also worked on THE PULSE on Tour, as well as, back-up danced for Rascal Flatts.
Amanda (Westcott) Swenson grew up with a love for ballet and performed with the Repertory Dance Theater. She graduated from the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts, where she received the awards of Outstanding Senior in Dance and Outstanding Senior in Academics. She is a graduate of DeSales University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance under the direction of Timothy Cowart. For the past four years, Amanda has been teaching ballet movement to the Figure Skating Department at the Performing Arts High School as well as teaching classes locally at That’s Dancin’. She is also undertoearts company photographer.
May 2008 Graduation
Narissa Fell, Nicole Gunkle, Erin (Pearce) Hinkle, Francesca (Stigliano) Marinaro, Emily Perkins, Melanie Pomerantz, Amanda Takacs
Narissa Fell graduated from DeSales University with a B.A. in Dance. Narissa performed, choreographed, and taught in Rio de Janerio, Brazil and attended Surfscape Dance Theatre Summer Intensive in Daytona, Fl. She continues her training in Philadelphia at the Koresh Dance Studio. Narissa works at Dance Works, Central Bucks Gymnastics and Dance, and Beth Jacobsen’s School of Dance, where she teaches not only the technique and art form of dance, but allows her passion and love for dance to come through her students and her choreography. She is also a dancer for coEXISTdance.
Erin (Pearce) Hinkle grew up in southern New Jersey where she began dancing at the age of three. She received her BA in dance and a minor in Business from DeSales University, where she both performed and choreographed for several shows. She continues her dance education by attending various teacher conventions and workshops, along with her yearly attendance to Dance Master’s of America’s-Teacher Training School, where she has recently tested for her national certification. She is now an instructor at That’s Dancin’ a School for dance and Accent School of Dance.
Francesca (Stigliano) Marinaro is a resident of Tannersville, Pennsylvania and received her BA in Dance from DeSales University. While at DeSales her work was a part of both main stage productions and student concerts. She has worked with prominent artists such as Trinette Singleton,Sean Curran, Eddie Taketa of Doug Varone and Dancers, former Bob Fosse dancer, Lynne Mariani, Janet Peck, J.T. Jenkins, Kate Jewett of Shen Wei Dance Arts, Nicole Wilcott of Keigwan and Company, and Angeline Wolf of Jennifer Muller Company & Jen Peters. She has danced for Annex Dance Company based out of Charleston, South Carolina, under Artistic Director Kristin Fieseler. She has performed at various dance festivals from the Piccolo Spoletto Festival in South Carolina to the Hatch Series in NYC, both in works of other choreographers as well as her own. Francesca is the owner and director of FuSia Dance Center, located in Stroudsburg, Pa, where she directs a pre-professional dance company and offers all styles of dance and musical theater classes from ages 3 through adult. Francesca formed the DM Dance Company in 2011 alongside co-artistic director, Jamie Drye. The professional contemporary dance company is based out of NYC, and has primarily shared its work with the east coast over the past 2 years, teaching at schools and universities and performing in many different concerts and festivals. Dedicating to the availability of the arts for everyone, DM Dance Company created the Fresh Series, alongside Ashley/Sutler Martin, Forthrights Dance, to bring dance companies together to promote the art of dance within the communities they visit. Francesca is delighted to be back at DeSales and to have the opportunity to share her work with the school that helped develop her craft.
Melanie Pomerantz is a 2008 graduate of DeSales University in Center Valley, PA where she received her BA in Dance with a minor in Psychology. Her studies were comprised of Modern Dance, Ballet and Jazz Techniques, Dance Composition, Dance History, Kinesiology, Improvisation and Dance Reconstruction. Her choreography was featured in The Emerging Choreographers Concert at DeSales University. Some of her outstanding experiences include working closely with major dance artists such as Trinette Singleton of The Joffrey Ballet, Lynne Mariani – a former Bob Fosse dancer and Nicole Wolcott of Keigwan and Co. She took great pride as the Assistant Director for the Conservatory of Dance while at DeSales University. Behind the scenes she did technical work as an Assistant Stage Manager and Light Board Operator for University sponsored performances. In 2006, she studied and earned membership with National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). Melanie began her professional career in Allentown, PA where she performed in “Peter Pan” in 2006 at Allentown Symphony Hall. She has been invited to guest teach, and direct Dance Companies for various Long Island Dance Studios. She has taught dance for all ages from children to adult in various styles such as Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, and Tap.
May 2007 Graduation
Krista (Grunklee) Armbruster, Marcella Burger, Emily Cabellero, Ashley Carrier, Nicole Chew, Shannon Dooling, Lorelei (Marquis) Easler, Lise Filipelli, Abbey Hogg, Randi Ierley, Courtney (Andrews) Kay, Jaclyn Kokolus, Jennifer Lafferty, Samantha Lonsdale, Jessica Prakopcyk, Moira Ryan, Amanda Sutliff, Mary (Long) Wayock
Krista (Grunklee) Armbruster is from Skippack, PA, where she began her dance education. She graduated from DeSales University with a B.A. in Dance in 2007. During her time at DeSales, she had the privilege of working with Eddie Taketa (Doug Varone and Dancers) and Sean Curran. Also at DeSales, Krista was selected to choreograph for a student produced show, and created a site specific work around campus. She attended the American Dance Festival where she performed in pieces set by Larry Keigwin of Keigwin and Co, Doug Elkins, and Stafford Berry. Currently, Krista is the co-director of New Street Dance Group, performs with Vada Dance Collective and teaches at The Dance Centre in Skippack. She is employed as an Applied Behavior Analyst, working with children on the autism spectrum, and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in that field from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
Emily Caballero recently graduated from DeSales University, in Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Dance and Business. She was a dance instructor in Pennsylvania throughout college and has several teaching jobs in North Jersey. She works in New York City as the Program Associate for The Center for Kinesthetic Education (CKE). In the fall of 2008, she expanded her role at CKE and is instructing dance in New York City Public Schools.
Ashley Carrier graduated with her B.A. in dance from DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. Where she performed and choreographed for Dance Ensemble and Young Choreographers Series in college. Ashley was a member of XTE (National Dance Honors Society) at DeSales. Some of the artists Ashley has worked with were Sean Curran, Eddie Taketa from the Doug Varone Company, and Trinette Singleton from Joffrey Ballet. She has also worked with David Parsons and his company members in New York City. She was a dancer for the modern dance company Vada Dance Collective, which is based out of Philadelphia. Ashley performed in the Philly Fringe Festival with Vada. She is currently a dance instructor at Dimensions in Dance in New Hampshire.
Shannon Dooling is pursuing an MFA in Dance at The University of Maryland, studying choreography, pedagogy, and performance. At the University, she is the instructor of two undergraduate courses: Fundamentals of Modern Dance, a studio course for mostly non-majors, and Introduction to Dance, a theory course for dance majors and non-majors alike. She has been developing a pedagogical method for teaching modern dance that combines the students’ already embodied knowledge as human movers through pedestrian movement with concepts based on the traditions of Doris Humphrey, Paul Taylor, Release Technique, and ballet. She uses improvisation, peer feedback, and group discussion to facilitate the development of each student’s own authentic understanding of dance technique as found in their individual bodies. Outside of the University, Shannon is currently on faculty at New Chicago Dance Studio in Greenbelt, Maryland, where she teaches pre-ballet, ballet, and contemporary dance with the same holistic and individualized approach. Her choreography has been seen at the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Maryland, Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem, PA, and the Philly Fringe Festival, as well as at numerous festivals and showcases in PA and MD. A lover of words as well as movement, Shannon writes original text for her choreographies (which she calls dance-dramas), and maintains a blog in which she muses on life as a student/teacher/artist/scholar and reviews performances in the Washington, DC area. In 2009, she founded the ensemble that would become known as New Street Dance Group, which she currently co-directs with good friend and fellow dancer, Krista Armbruster. She holds a BA in Dance from DeSales University.
Abbey Hogg is a graduate from DeSales University (Allentown, PA) with a B.A. in Dance. While at DeSales Abbey performed in numerous student choreographed & faculty choreographed performances, and was a member of the DeSales University Dance Touring Company. Abbey also choreographed multiple dance pieces of her own including one that was performed and adjudicated in Montana at the American College Dance Fesitval. During her senior year at DeSales, Abbey started working with inFluxdance Company. She performed as a dancer and as the deaf character of the production, which involved performing American Sign Language. Abbey traveled and performed with inFluxdance to ten cities in the U.S. and Canada for their 2003 season. Abbey is now in her third season performing with The New Street Dance Group (formally Undertoe Arts). New Street Dance Group (NSDG) is based out of Allentown, PA. Most recently, Abbey choreographed an original work for NSDG’s 2010 Spring performance. Abbey also is a dance instructor at The Dance Corner.
Randi Ierley graduated from DeSales University with a B.A. in Dance and Business Management. During her four years at DeSales, she had the opportunity to study with many well-known dancers and choreographers as well as perform in various student and faculty works. Randi was an active member of the DeSales University Dance Team for 3 years as well as the Dance Honor Society, XTE, and the Creative Exploration Organization, CEO, for 3 years. Randi is now teaching at On The Move Performing Arts Center.
Courtney (Andrews) Kay is a recent graduate from the DeSales University Dance Program where she had the opportunity to perform works by Sean Curran, Doug Varone, and Gerald Arpino. She also had the opportunity to perform in many faculty, student, and guest artist pieces. While at DeSales , Courtney was a member of the DeSales Dance Company for 3 years and traveled to American College Dance Festivals throughout the US where she both performed and presented her own work. In addition, her choreography was broadcast on PBS. In December 2006, she founded Artists Building Hope with Habitat, an arts performance event that seeks to raise money for local Habitat projects. She also had the opportunity to study at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the Bates Dance Festival, and the Virginia School of the Arts. Courtney is currently a member of Repertory Dance Theatre and Annex Dance Company.
Jackie Kokolus received a B.A. in Dance from DeSales University, where she performed and choreographed several pieces. In 2007, her choreography (The Umbrella Effect) was presented at the American College Dance Festival at the University of Montana. In 2008, she was a dancer on the professional dance team, “Lady Outlawz” part of the L.V. Outlawz Indoor Football Team, and was principal dancer in Philadelphia’s own Contempra Dance Theatre Professional Dance Company. In the summer of 2011, she will be performing in Poland where she will be showcasing her choreography skills with her touring company. She has additional training in Acting, Musical Theatre, and Vocal training. Jackie teaches Jazz/Lyrical, Modern, and Ballet classes at Dynamix Dance, along with choreographing pieces for IN THE MIX.
Moira Ryan received her B.A. in dance from DeSales University, where she graduated magna cum laude, as a recipient of the DeSales University Dance Ensemble Award, for excellence and leadership in performance. Moira performed in ballet and modern works by students, faculty, and guest artists including Doug Varone and Sean Curran, in addition to performing with the ACT I Theatre Company in West Side Story, Cabaret, and Crazy for You (dance captain). Moira has also studied dance at the Koresh School of Dance, Dance New Amsterdam, Peridance, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Summer Residency, Muhlenberg College’s Artist in Residence Workshop with Charlotte Boyd-Christensen, and the Doug Varone and Dancers’ Summer Workshop at SUNY Purchase. In 2007, Moira made her professional performance debut with inFluxdance in Found & Lost: Goals for 2002 at the Boulder International Fringe Festival and San Francisco Fringe Festival. She has performed with Annex Dance Company since its inception in 2007 and more recently began performing with undertoearts and New Street Dance Group. Moira currently teaches dance throughout the East Coast.
May 2006 Graduation
Lacey Althouse, Elizabeth Aquino, Adrienne (Leriche) Eaton, Kristin Egan, Erin Jelacic, Kathryn Kane, Arielle (Garrison) McMahan, Janise Miuccio, Lindsay Murray, Melissa Reynolds, Angela Sigley, Marian West
Kristen Egan is an adjunct professor of dance at County College of Morris and Centenary College. Kristin received her B.A. in dance from DeSales University in Center Valley, PA and currently teaches and choreographs in Northern New Jersey. During her college career, Kristin performed in Another Metal, Spirals, and Falling Off the Back Porch. She has performed with VADA Dance Collective in Philadelphia and with Influxdance Company based in Virginia. Kristin continues dance training in NYC.
Arielle McMahan is a native of southern Maine, she moved to Houston after a brief tour dancing in Italy. As a professional dancer, Arielle has been practicing yoga and pilates as part of her training since she was 16. She received her 500 hour pilates certification through DeSales University under Sasha Welsh where she also received her B.A. in Dance. Arielle is certified in Hatha Yoga from Lex Gilan of the Yoga Institute. She is currently a pilates instructor at Your Body Center and Joy Yoga Center.
Lindsay Murray is a graduate of DeSales University, where she earned her B.A. in Dance. She began dancing at age three at Dance Works in Quakertown, PA. As a student, Lindsay received a dance scholarship into the program and toured with the Dance Touring Company at DeSales. Her modern choreography was presented in the DeSales Young Choreographers Series, and Lindsay also danced a work created by professional choreographer, Sean Curran. She has performed at the American College Dance Festival and the Philadelphia Fringe. Lindsay attended the Pro-Danza Italia/USA Summer Dance Workshop in Italy and trained with dance professionals, Lynda Davis and Billy Siegenfeld. She has attended the Dance Teacher Summit and the Robert Battle Intensive in NYC. Lindsay teaches at various dance studios in the Philadelphia area and currently performs professionally with Vada Dance Collective and ContempraDance Theater. She has choreographed works for the ContempraDance Youth Ensemble, and the IDA Repertory Company. Lindsay has held the position of Head Coach for the Temple University Diamond Gems Dance Team and has worked as a Health & Fitness Specialist for MediFit Corporate Services. She enjoys teaching Pilates, and has her AFAA Group Exercise Instructor certification. Lindsay is looking forward to pursuing her Masters Degree in School Counseling, with hopes of eventually working as a guidance counselor at a performing arts high school. She hopes to continue her dance career as an educator, performer, and choreographer for years to come.
Angela Sigley, holds an MFA degree in dance performance and choreography from Temple University and a BA degree in dance as a magna cum laude graduate of DeSales University. She has presented choreographic work at Temple University, DeSales University, and in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and has performed for various local and nationally known independent choreographers including Chris Elam, Lisa Kraus, Seán Curran, and Dan Joyce. Angela has also designed lighting for dance performances in different venues in the Philadelphia area. She has taught at Temple University, the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts, and other local schools and camps, and joined the faculty of DeSales University in 2011 as an Assistant Professor of Dance.
May 2005 Graduation
Elizabeth Bergman, Jennifer Bourgeault, Dara Dick, Jessica Fultz, Megan McCarthy, Kaitlin McLaughlin, Jessica McMahon, Kelly Mezzatesta, Lauren Newby, Leslie Pike, Tanya (O’Boyle) Sell, Lora Sheeran, Jacqueline Smythe, Leslie Snyder, Theresa Strayer, Jessica Szucs, Melissa Vander Groef, Amanda (Kroboth) Windisch
Elizabeth Bergman is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and aspiring dance scholar. She holds a MFA in dance from the University of Iowa and a BA from DeSales University in Pennsylvania. Elizabeth began her training at the Omaha Academy of Ballet. While living in Omaha she founded and directed Arcanum Contemporary Dance, and danced with OMDC, the Moving Company, and Omaha Dance Project. For the past year Elizabeth has been based in Minneapolis, where she has performed her own work as well as that of other dance artists in the community. Most recently her work has been presented by the curators of “Renovate” at The Ritz Theater in Minneapolis and in the Dominican Republic as part of “Virtually Yours”, a Jennifer Kayle and Charlotte Adams production. Elizabeth’s next artistic venture is a film and dance installation curated by The Soap Factory in Minneapolis at the end of July.
Jennifer Bourgeault holds a B.A. in Dance from DeSales University where she studied the classical modern techniques of Limon, Cunningham, Horton & Taylor. While in Philadelphia, Jennifer was a soloist with the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s The Pearl Fishers and Aida. Upon returning to her native state of Maine in 2006 Jennifer Bourgeault established Collective Motion (CM), a collaborative modern dance company. With CM she has had the opportunity to work with Maine’s best dancers and choreographers presenting work throughout Maine and New England.
Jessica Fultzgraduated from DeSales University with a B.A. in Dance in 2005. While at DeSales she had the opportunity to work with many distinguished choreographers and teachers. She was fortunate to be a member of the DeSales University Touring Dance Company for two years. As a result of her diverse training Jessica has found a niche in the Baltimore dance community. She is currently teaching dance at Expressions in Motion in Pigtown, Turning Pointe Dance Studio in Catonsville and Epworth Preschool in Cockeysville. Jessica danced in Scott Rink’s Alice in Wonderland, which premiered at The Baltimore Theater Project, in December 2008. Jessica is co-directing The Collective, as well as, choreographing and dancing in the company.
Lauren Newby began her dancing career at two and a half at the Lois Allen School of Dance where she studied ballet, tap, jazz and pointe until she was eighteen. Lauren graduated from DeSales University in 2005 and earned her B.A. in Dance. Lauren was an active part of the department before graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2005: she was a member of and in her senior year ran the University’s Dance Team, she was a member, Vice-President, and President of their chapter of XTE: the National Dance Honor Society, she danced with and for many well known teachers and choreographers, as well as took advantage of many choreographic and performance opportunities. All four years Lauren was a teacher for the University’s local community dance program: The Conservatory of Dance. In her senior year, Lauren was the Student Assistant Director of the Conservatory, running it’s day-to-day operations and gaining experience in the administrative end of dance education.Since the fall of 2005 Lauren has been teaching at the Lois Allen School of Dance in Clark, NJ and started their first competition dance team. Lauren has also taught at On The Move Performing Arts Center in Butler, NJ. Lauren relishes being able to teach all age groups and many styles. She stays up to date by attending as many classes, workshops, and teacher training opportunities as possible. She has been proud to choreograph for her alma matters Arthur L Johnson High School (“She Loves Me” in 2006 and “Guys and Dolls” in 2007) and Carl H Kumpf Middle School (“Annie” in 2008). More recently she choreographed “Oklahoma” for the St. Matthias School in Somerset, NJ. Lauren has been involved with Balliby Camps for the past 6 years. She is their Dean of Girls as well as the Head of the Dance Department.In the fall of 2009, Lauren began a performing career with Undertoe Dance Project as a jazz understudy in addition to her teaching responsibilities. A jazz/tap fusion company based in NYC, Undertoe Dance Project performs at many festivals and events in the tri-state area, as well as presenting in-school programs on dance.Lauren is also a member of the National Dance Education Organization, Dance Educators of America, Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey, and Dance New Jersey.
Leslie Pike graduated with a B.A. in Dance from DeSales University in Allentown, P.A. While at DeSales she studied under Trinnette Singleton, Vincent Brousseau, Lynne Mariani and many others. She was a member of the DeSales University Touring Company for 2 years, and performed in various dance concerts and musical theatre productions while studying at DeSales University. Before graduating she joined BosmaDance of Washington, DC. Leslie Ann is a dancer with Alchemy Dance Company. She also performs with several other dance companies and dance artists in the local Philadelphia area.
Jackie Smythe has her B.A. in dance from DeSales University. Since then she has performed in NYC in dance concerts, on the runway, and in the theatre. She also has several years of experience teaching dance. Now she is also a certified instructor by Pilates Acadamy International, she has begun to teach pilates at Jackie Symthe Pilates.
Theresa Strayer is a native to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. in dance from DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, where she choreographed for the Young Choreographers Series in 2003 and 2004. Her senior culminating project was a 45 minute choreographic presentation displayed alongside her own art work. She has studied with Carolyn Trythall, Lisa Kalinowski, Stephanie Powell, Vincent Brosseau, and Trinette Singleton. Theresa has had the opportunity of performing with the Stephanie Powell Danse Ensemble in the fall of 2001. Theresa is currently employed at Pennsylvania Youth Theatre.
Jessica Szucs is the owner and director of Perfect Pointe Performing Arts Studio, since its establishment in 2005. She has also been educating herself outside her studios since her teenage years, taking classes in NYC and auditioning for musicals and cruise-ships. Jessica graduated in May of 2005 with a Bachelor degree in dance from DeSales University. Throughout her college dance career, she studied with accomplished teachers, Vincent Brosseau, Trinette Singleton, Lynne Mariani and more. She was a member of DeSales University Touring Company where she traveled and performed for schools, nursing homes, etc. Jessica was also a DSU dance team member and has been an active performer in DeSales Young Choreographers Series and Dance Ensemble throughout her four years. She has performed in various venues around Pennsylvania and attended American College Dance Festivals and educational dance conferences as well. Jessica brought her love of teaching to DSU’s Conservatory of Dance program providing for children in the outside community. While attending college, she studied courses in Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Modern, Dance History, Dance Composition, Kinesiology, Teaching Methods and also became a member of National Dance Educators Organization which advances dance education centered in the arts. Jessica has also volunteered her time teaching dance at local elementary schools for their after school and Summer Recreation programs.
Melissa Vander Groef began dancing at an early age where she attended master classes from such notable institutions as The Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Melissa continued her education at DeSales University, where she received a Bachelor of the Arts in dance. Her studies include modern, ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, creative movement, composition, improvisation, dance kinesiology, and dance history. While at DeSales, Melissa served as the Assistant Director to the Conservatory of Dance where she designed the curriculum and syllabus for the program. In addition to teaching for the Conservatory, she taught and choreographed for two summers at Hidden Valley Camp located in Maine. She has choreographed and performed in works for the Young Choreographers Series as well as other various independent showcases. After graduation she became the owner and director of Willow Tree Dance Academy. Her choreography with the Willow Tree Competitive Company has won many high standing awards and recognitions. Melissa is continuous in her training as a dancer, instructor, and choreographer. She continues to attend classes when she can at Broadway Dance Center and recently attended The Pulse Teacher Workshop 2009 in NYC where she studied under Wade Robson, Brian Friedman, Shane Sparks, Cris Judd, Dave Scott, and Gil Duldulao, and Laurieann Gibson of “So You Think You Can Dance.” She also studied under Broadway Dance Center Faculty, Finis Jhung, Ovi Miller and Ofer Ben, Ginger Cox, Dawn Hillen, Deborah Wilson, Michelle Barber, and pre-dance educator Toni Noblett. Most recently Melissa trained in the summer of 2010 with Beth Goheen for classical ballet technique and Sally Mae Dunn for Active Isolation Flexibilty. In addition to her technical background, Melissa has conducted extensive research on the development of children ages 5 – 13, and the benefits of dance to the growing child. She is a member of the National Dance Education Organization.
May 2004 Graduation
Erin (Garrigan) Bauersachs, Stephanie Crofchick, Amy D’Aiello, Laurie Hock, Amanda Keith, Tammy (McMullin) Kissinger, Megan (Pistner) Manning, Laura Newhouse, Clare Zalan-Korossy
May 2003 Graduation
Erin Alfree, Jennifer Ascosi, Theresa Cermanski, Katie (Barbera) Dancer, Kathleen Deviney, Shannon (Connellan) Krische, Tracy Latini, Kelly McLaughlin, Sarah Penning, Megan Petersen, Matteo Provasnik, Chevonne Rieara, Pamela Victor, Dianne Wise
Jennifer Ascosi has been a NESTA certified personal trainer since 2004 and has run a private training business, LIFT, since 2005. She has both trained and instructed in the modalities of dance, high level athletic training, yoga, and Pilates for over a decade. Her specialty certifications include post-surgery rehabilitation, pre- and post-natal fitness, lifestyle coaching and weight management. Prior to her work as a trainer, Jennifer danced professionally for several companies as well as touring with solo work. She continues to teach dance and fitness classes/workshops to both beginner and advanced pre-professional dancers. Since 2004 Jennifer has had a special interest in working with clients who suffer from chronic pain. In 2007, after a debilitating injury during her graduate studies in dance at Tisch/NYU, Jennifer furthered her concentration on understanding and relieving chronic pain in herself and her clients. She believes that with an integrated approach to the body, working from the inside-out, it is possible to re-educate the nervous, skeletal and muscular systems so that one can find healthier and pain-free ways of moving through life. Jennifer has, with time, patience and the help of her mentors and teachers, found this approach to be a reality and is blessed to be able to share her knowledge with others.
Katie (Barbera) Dancer graduated in 2003 from DeSales University with a B.A. in Dance. While in school Katie taught for DeSales Conservatory of Dance, performed in multiple shows and was a member of the DeSales University Dance Team. She also taught at Lehigh Carbon Community College and choreographed the musicals “Crazy for You” and “ 42nd Street” for Lansdale Catholic High School. After graduating she was one of the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders for the 2003-2004 football season. Since graduation, Katie has continued her education by attending workshops such as; Broadway Dance Center’s The Pulse, Tap Ties, and by taking class at Koresh School of Dance in Philadelphia. She has also attended the Dancelife Teacher Convention, Dance Educators of America, Rhee Gold seminars and American Academy of Ballet’s summer teacher’s workshops. In 2004 she became a Certified Early Childhood Dance Instructor (CECDI) through Little Peoples Creative Workshop in Greenville, North Carolina. She is also a dance instructor at the Dance Centre.
Katie Deviney began dancing at the age of four, training under Tisa Della Volpe, Jessica Lang, Olga Kresin, Dmitri Slutsky, and Shelley Morinsky. After graduating from Lansdale Catholic High School she accepted a dance scholarship to DeSales University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. Katie’s choreography has been featured in several productions including performances by the Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company, and DeSales University’s Young Choreographers Series. She choreographed Lansdale Catholic High School’s annual Spring Musical with productions including “42nd Street”, “Crazy for You”, “George M!”, “Movies Were Movies”, and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. Katie is certified by the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society to teach the Vaganova Ballet Syllabus. She is also a Certified Balletone Instructor, and an Early Childhood Dance Instructor (CECDI) through Little Peoples Creative Workshop in Greenville, NC. Katie has performed professionally with ContempraDance Theatre, Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company, and Vada Dance Collective. She continues to further her dance and teaching education attending seminars including the American Academy of Ballet Teachers Intensive in New York, The Pulse dance conference, and the Dance Life Teacher Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2008, after several years on The Dance Centre’s teaching and office staff, Katie took on the position of director.
Shannon (Connellan) Krische is a graduate of DeSales University with a B.A. in Dance and minor in Psychology. While at DeSales she performed and choreographed for numerous shows. She began teaching for the Conservatory of Dance and held the position of Student Assistant Director her senior year. She attended the American College Dance Festival Assoc. and has taken many workshops with various artists such as Jacques D’Ambroise National Dance Institute. Shannon has taught locally at several dance studios and has choreographed for the Parkland High School Dance Team. Currently Shannon is an instructor and choreographer at the Art of Dance in Bethlehem, PA. She was a member of the Lehigh Valley Outlawz professional dance team and is currently a member of the Serendipity Dance Ensemble. Her choreography has earned numerous awards at competitions and has been performed in Disney World as well as events throughout the Lehigh Valley. Shannon continues to study dance and has recently taken ballet classes with E. Laura Hausman.
Tracy Cunningham Latini is the director and owner of Dance 360. Tracy graduated from DeSales University with a B.A. in dance in 2003. During her college career, Tracy performed and choreographed for the DeSales Dance Company and the DeSales dance team. Her choreography has been showcased in the DeSales Dance Ensemble, the “GLUE” series, and various venues throughout PA. Since graduation, Tracy was a member of the House of the Roses dance company in NYC under the direction of Jeff Shade, where she performed at “Project Dance” in Times Square, the faculty shows at Steps on Broadway, St. Joseph’s College in Long Island, and various events throughout NYC. Within the House of the Roses, she also taught and assisted weekly outreach dance classes for children struggling with hunger and homelessness in NYC. Tracy also taught at the DSU Conservatory of Dance, Campus Kids summer camp, the NJ Public School system in Glen Rock NJ, Robin Horneff’s Performing Arts Center of NJ, Perfect Pointe Performing Arts Studio of NJ, as well as master tap classes at the DeSales Tap Jam, Marywood University and various studios throughout NJ and PA. Tracy was one of the choreographers for the Perfect Pointe Dance Company and has been awarded numerous honors for her unique and creative choreography including platinum awards and overall high score awards. Currently, Tracy directs and choreographs her own tap company “What’s on Tap”, a brand new Tap company that fuses technical footwork and upper body grace. They have performed all over the tri-state area including the DeSales University Tap Jam, various NJ High Schools, The Sherman Theater in East Stroudsburg Pa, and the “Philly Tap Challenge ’07 “On Fire!” at the Iron Gate Theater in Philadelphia.
Kelly McLaughlin graduated from DeSales University in 2003 with a B.A. in Dance. Afterwards Kelly moved to New York City to further her dance education and performing experience. In 2005, Kelly moved back to PA to perform with Vada Dance Collective, a newly formed modern dance company. In 2006, Kelly joined the Delaware Valley Dance Academy. She also teaches children’s fitness.
Dianne Wise hails from New York City where she received her Pilates certification through The Kane School of Core Integration, now operating under ‘Kinected.’ There she is an instructor and teacher trainer. She continually educates herself by taking courses that specifically address the needs of her clients including Pregnancy/Post-Partum, Osteoporosis, Gait Analysis, and Fibromyalgia to name a few. Recently, Dianne was proud to have participated in The FAMI Workshop (Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries) held at Mount Sinai to provide the best of medical school education to movement professionals. She lived and taught in Italy at the gym ‘Vertical Fit’ in Milan and Piemontese farm ‘Cascina Papaveri’, where cooking and Pilates provide an escape to reality. Prior to receiving her Pilates certification, she received her B.A. in Dance from DeSales University. She traveled around NYC as well as to Las Vegas and Florida pursuing her dance career. She also worked as a Physical Therapy Aide at Orthopedic Care Physical Therapy Center in New Jersey and later taught post-rehab Pilates Mat. Through these experiences, Dianne helps her clients learn and enjoy Pilates whether they are rehabilitating an injury, or wanting to rock a bathing suit! Whilst still living and working in New York, Dianne crosses the pond to teach twice yearly retreats in Mallorca and has recently led the 1st Annual Pilates Week in Cobham, United Kingdom.
May 2002 Graduation
Benjamin Antipuna, Rhonda (Baker) Lockwood, Michelle (Sikorski) Salsman, Denise (Althouse) Wehr
May 2001 Graduation
Laura Fetterman, Kathryn Kasari, Rebecca (Herrman) Moyer, Karen (Bahls) Potts, Erin (Haney) Ruggiero, Jamie Snyder
Kathryn Kasari received a B.A. in dance from DeSales University, and has studied at various institutions in Scranton, Philadelphia and New York. Katie danced with the Linn McDonald School of Dance for 13 years and has performed with the ACTion Dance Touring Company, the DanceGing Company in Allentown, DeSales University Act One Theater, and as a soloist with Towne Playhouse in Philadelphia. Her choreography has been showcased at American College Dance Festivals throughout the country, Philly Fringe Festival, Philly Dance Fest, Etc Performance Series and Gallery B in NYC, among others. Katie has taught dance at various schools and universities in the area and is currently on the staff of the Studio of Dance and Performing Arts in Newtown, PA and Dance 360 in Willow Grove, PA. Katie has also co-founded her own company, Vada Dance Collective.
Rebecca (Herrman) Moyer has a B.A. in Dance and in Business Management from DeSales University and a M.F.A. in Dance Choreography from State University of New York-Purchase College. She has studied at various institutions, such as the Dance Theatre of Pennsylvania, Governor’s School for the Arts, Philadanco, Point Park Summer Intensive, University of the Arts, Koresh School of Dance, Alvin Ailey School, Peridance, among many others. Rebecca has performed with Annex Dance Company, ContempraDance Theatre, ACTion Dance Touring Company, as a guest with the DanceGing Company in Allentown, and Penn State Abington Dance Company. Rebecca has choreographed for the DeSales University Dance Ensemble, Marywood Universtiy Dance Ensemble, Penn State Dance Company, Xtensions Dance Company, ACTion Dance Touring Company, and her works have been seen in various venues across the Pennsylvania and New York area, such as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia Dance Fest, American College Dance Festivals and Gallery B in New York City. Rebecca has also had the opportunity to teach at various dance programs and dance studios in the Philadelphia and New York area, and is currently teaching at Marywood University, DeSales University and Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts. Rebecca is co-founding her own company, Vada Dance Collective.
May 2000 Graduation
Kristen Bascelli, Christina Bucco, Melissa (Schad) Dale, Lisa Dell’Alba, Gisa Dilorio, Shannon Flynn-Boenig, Kimberly (Fekete) MacManamon, Crystal Smith, Jeanmarie Werner
Christina Bucco graduated from DeSales University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance. While in college, Christina studied with Robert Battle and David Parsons Dance Company to recreate some of the Company’s most famous works. She has also worked with other professional choreographers including Elizabeth Streb, Nicholas Liechter, Stephen Casey and other prominent dance figures. In addition, Chrisitina interned at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries in New York City with Dr. Daniel Rose, who is the orthopedic doctor of several exclusive companies, including American Ballet Theatre. Christina currently teaches at Nancy Royce Studio of Dance. Christina also teaches dance for the Newark Public Schools full time. In addition, she is working on her Master’s of Education degree in Reading.
Shannon Flynn-Boenig graduated from DeSales University with a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Psychology. After experiencing the benefits of regularly attending Pilates classes, Shannon’s curiosity grew. This interest led her to study the Pilates Method in depth for her final senior project. Shannon had the privilege of studying the classical system under Bob Leikens, Phoebe Higgins, Susan Moran and many other senior instructors at Power Pilates. Shannon is a certified teacher through Power Pilates in New York City. She is now a certified pilates instructor at Rhinebeck Pilates in New York
Kimberly (Fekete) McManamon has been dancing for 27 years and teaching for the past 10 years. She received a B.A. in Dance at DeSales University. She is currently a dance instructor at Carol Willson Studio One. Kim has been involved with the Avallon Dance Company as both a performer and choreographer. Recently she was appointed choreographer for the Conwell-Egan’s Drama Department.
May 1999 Graduation
Andrea Eble, Kelly Famiglietti, Heather Hall, Stephanie Howell, Joanna (Fraser) Patterson, Laura Rafferty, Allison (Schneider) Tarriff, Samantha (Kempton) Wyland
Stephanie Howell graduated from DeSales University with a B.A. in Dance and has studied with some of the country’s leading dance instructors at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in New York. She has seven years of teaching experience at Kicks Academy of Dance in Pennyslvania working with students of all ages. She has also taught at Dance Dynamics, YMCA/YWCA, and choreographed for Layman Playman Community Theater. She has received choreography awards from Dance Explosion Competition, NYC Dance Alliance Competition, and Hollywood Vibe Competition. She is recognized throughout the East Coast for her excellent choreography. Stephanie has training in Ballet, Lyrical, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, and Modern. She is also a dance instructor at The Academy of Music and Dance in California.
Allison (Schneider) Tarriff received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. At DeSales, she studied ballet and modern technique, tap, broadway jazz, pointe, costume design and theatre construction and performance. In college, she performed in the Young Choreographers Series, Dance Ensemble, and Action Dance touring company. She was also the director of the Conservatory of Dance in which dance majors would teach local students then put on a yearly performance for the community. Since graduating Allison has performed in musicals including Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Evita, Anything Goes, and Joseph. She is also a dance instructor Premier Dance of Hillsborough.
Samantha (Kempton) Wyland graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from DeSales University. She had many opportunities to study ballet and modern with a wide array of dance professionals such as David Parker, Elizabeth Strebb, Charles Moulton and Claire Byrne. Samantha received her early ballet training at New Jersey Ballet with Carolyn Clark, Eli Lazar and Natasha Girshov. In 2002 she joined the Belle Mead Ballet Company choreographing and performing in Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Wizard of Oz, and the Nutcracker. Her original piece, Pandora’s Box was performed by the Hunterdon Repertory Ballet Company. In 2005 Samantha became assistant director of both the Belle Mead Ballet Company and The Dance Connection.
May 1998 Graduation
Denise (Warner) Binder, Amy Black, Shannon (Gillespie) Carney, Toni (Messa) Duncan, Shannon (Vogel) Issa, Lauren Kipphut, Kristin (Horvath) Kudla, Stacey Lamendola, Dawn Penney, Stacey Wilker
Denise (Warner) Binder received her B.A. in Dance from DeSales University, where she was the recipient of the Jeannie Maxwell award. For over 10 years she has choreographed and taught dance in both New York and Pennsylvania. Currently, she is an instructor at the Pennsylvania Youth Theater. She most recently choreographed and performed for Vox Novus’s 60×60 Project at the Winter Garden Theater in the World Financial Center in New York, NY.
Toni (Messa) Duncanearned a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Marketing from DeSales University. She has taught ballet, creative movement, modern, pointe and tap at local studios for the past thirteen years. She earned her Pilates Mat Certification through the PhysicalMind Institute in August 2005 and has been teaching Pilates at the Phoenixville YMCA for the past 5 years. Toni is the Marketing Director at Feet First Dance and has been working there for the past 12 years.
Shannon (Vogel) Issa graduated from DeSales University with a B.A. in Dance. She has been teaching for the past 10 years and is currently a dance instructor Pennsylvania Youth Theater School of Performing Arts.
Kristin (Horvath) Kudla graduated from DeSales University in Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Dance in 1998. During her college experience, in addition to performing in many dance concerts and musicals, she had been introduced to the art of teaching. After graduation she began teaching at Broadway Bound Dance Center and is the assistant director of The Force Dance Company.
Dawn Penney received her B.A. in Dance at DeSales University. While studying at DeSales, Dawn found her first yoga class and was immediately enthralled. It became a personal practice for the next 15 years. Dawn went on to complete her Masters in Dance Movement Therapy and become Board Certified, as well as, a Professional and National Counselor. She continued to explore many styles of yoga and has been drawn to Hatha and Flow specifically. Four years ago she became certified in children’s yoga in Chicago and then completed her adult training in Pittsburgh. Dawn is the director of Yoga on the Square’s “Movement Adventures: Yoga and Creative Movement Fusion”, while simultaneously running a private practice as a Dance Movement Therapist and adjunct in Creativity at Seton Hill University.
May 1997 Graduation
Jennifer (Pironti) Bosnick, Heather Conway, Kristi McInerney Dreyer, Anne (Langan) Druckenmiller, Anita (Mills) King, Trisha Pongrace-Zehner, Donnamarie Viola
Kristi McInerney Dreyer and her husband Michael, own and operate Dance Fusion Performing Arts Studio. As a young woman, she had the opportunity to study at the Lehigh Valley Ballet Guild under the instruction of the late Alexi Ramov. Kristi is a 1997 graduate of DeSales University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance. She has over 16 years of experience in teaching children and adults of all ages and levels in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Creative Movement, and Yoga. She has performed and choreographed for several shows at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, currently for the locally televised Greater Ms. Berks County Scholarship Organization, and for the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Kristi has also choreographed for many local High School Musicals and Lehigh Valley and Berks County area festivals. She was Assistant Director for the Eastern Pennsylvania Ballet Theatre for 6 years where she choreographed and produced several productions of The Nutcracker and quite a few other children’s Ballets. Kristi continues to develop her skills as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and Zumba Fitness Instructor by attending classes, performances, and workshops on a regular basis.
Anita (Mills) King, Director of Marketing and Publicity at Stages on the Sound, has an extensive background in the field of arts marketing. Ms. King began her career with a series of internships while in college and progressed to hold positions in the marketing departments of such world-renowned companies as Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and New York City Ballet. In addition to working with not for profit performance companies, Ms. King has done freelance work for Dance Critics Association in New York, New York and King Orthodontics in Wexford, Pennsylvania. A native of Pennsylvania, Ms. King holds a B.A. in Dance with a focus on technical theater and administration from DeSales University.
Trisha Pongrace-Zehner is a graduate from DeSales University, formally Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. She is also a graduate of John Casablanca’s Modeling School and Weiss Baron Acting School. Trisha represented her school at the American College Dance Festival Association with her dance “Tangled Mind” which was also performed at the Allentown College Young Choreographer’s Series, as well as the Allentown College Dance Ensemble. She received a Certificate of Merit for outstanding artistic achievement for her choreography of “Tangled Mind.” Trisha received the Jeanne Meixell Award for Dance from Allentown College. Trisha has choreographed for the musicals “Pied Piper,” “Wizard of Oz,” 1999, 2004, “Peter Pan” and “The Velveteen Rabbit.” Trisha has taught at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania Youth Theater, Broughal Middle School, Raub Middle School, South Mountain Middle School, Sheridan Elementary School, City Space Learning Facility, Jefferson and Central Family Centers and has served as the Dance Team Coach for the Muhlenberg College Perkulators. She is currently an instructor at Sharon Plessl School of Dance. Trisha is a judge for the Governor School of the Arts and the choreographer of the EXCEL Dance Company which has won numerous awards and has performed at Disney World, Great Adventure, Universal Studios, on The Big Red Boat, in the Bahamas, at Hershey Park, Carnegie Hall, 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and other local schools and shows. She has received a Best Choreography Award at the L.V. Dance Challenge and is currently performing as a dancer for the upcoming artist “Jayson”.
May 1996 Graduation
Amy (Belledin) Daley, Matthew Graham, Heather (Matthews) Herner, Brandie (Courts) Iampietro, Krista Lombardi, Kimberly (Warner) Patterson, Lori (Hartman) Perks
Brandie (Courts) Iampietro has a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from DeSales University. While in college, she was a teacher for their Dance Conservatory and choreographed for some of their student produced dance concerts. She was also a member of Chi Tau Epsilon, the National Dance Honor Society. She continues her education by attending teacher workshops as well as continuing to take classes in New York City. Brandie is the co-Artistic Director of Babylon School of Dance as well as the co-Director of its dance company “Momentum”. She has been there since September, 1996.
May 1995 Graduation
Tracey (Turcan) Bonafide, Darcy (Dehart) Carn, Mary (McCarthy) Hoegen, Gina-Marie (Sarullo) James
Tracey (Turcan) Bonafide began her dance training at the age of three at the David Blight School of Dance in Wilkes-Barre, PA and was a competitive dancer until she was nineteen, winning many overall awards along the way. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Dance from DeSales University with concentrations in teaching and choreography. While in college, she was a member of the ACTion Dance Touring Company and performed as a soloist. After graduating, she choreographed musicals at local high schools and her choreography for West Side Story was nominated for “Best Choreography in Northeast PA”. Tracey has been teaching dance for over 19 years and is the director of the award winning LPAC Competition Dance Team, a group that she started 10 years ago with co-director Suzanne Rydz.
Mary (McCarthy) Hoegen is a graduate of DeSales University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and a minor in technical theatre design. Proficient in the idioms of ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and creative movement; she is the owner and artistic director of Dance Progressions in Derry, NH. She has also served as a guest instructor for local studios in Southern NH. Mary is a member of Chapter #5 of Dance Masters of America where she is certified by oral and written exam to teach and has served as Treasurer. Dance Progressions is the host of Dancers Making A Difference. This is a charity concert to benefit local community groups in need. The concert allows the dancers as well as local dance studios to perform and give back to their community through their talents.
May 1994 Graduation
Kimberly (Forbes) Camacho, Amy Davidson, Jennifer (Kolbasowski) Tondo, Amy (Wertzberger) Trocki
Kim (Forbes) Camacho graduated with a B.A. in Dance from Allentown College (presently DeSales University) in 1994. After she moved to NYC where she continued her education on scholarship at Broadway Dance Center and Steps. Her performance experience includes numerous live industrial shows for major corporations, television and print commercials, a stage performance at the famous Kit Kat Klub in NYC as well as appearing on an episode of Dawson’s Creek. Along with traveling within the United States, Kim has also performed in Barcelona, Spain and Seoul, South Korea as part of a company based on the popular Broadway show Stomp. As an instructor, Kim has taught for several schools along the east coast, including The Koresh Center, The University of the Arts and The Rock School in Philadelphia. Kim has been with The Rock School West as a faculty member since 2003.
Amy Davidson received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Allentown College of Saint Francis de Sales (now DeSales University). She has taught and choreographed for over fifteen years in the Central Florida area. Her performances include productions of West Side Story, Of Thee I Sing, Anything Goes and Hello Out There, a Act 1 play. Amy has worked with Shelley Oliver of Manhattan Tap Company, Ernestine Stodelle of Doris Humphrey Dancers and Chi-Town Jazz Company. Amy has also performed with Still, Moving-Dance, a Modern Dance company in Orlando created by Ellie Potts Barrett. Another passion of Amy’s is working with the Chorus and Drama programs in Orange and Seminole County Public Schools. Some of the schools she has worked with are Winter Park High School, Edgewater High School, Colonial High School and Lake Howell High School, where she is the Resident Choreographer. Amy has choreographed productions of West Side Story, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, M*A*S*H, Grease and The Tempest just to name a few.
Jennifer (Kolbasowski) Tondo received a B.A. in dance from Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, Center Valley, PA, currently DeSales Univeristy. She was the sole recipient of graduate award in dance in 1994. She is currently a dance instructor at Dance Innovations Performance, where she is also a foundation dancer, arts in education performer, and the office personnel.
May 1993 Graduation
Mary Ann (Mitchell) Atherton, Ann-Marie (Pickering) Basara, Sheri Laroche Fryar, Alyse Hedson, Dawn (Gatley) Hendrix, Susan (Flyte) Munshower, Barbara Zuan
Sheri Laroch Fryer is an instructor at The Dancer’s Studio. Her early training came from Sharon DiCrosta, and she received her B.A. in dance at DeSales University in 1993. Sheri has performed extensively with the “Anita Feldman Tap Company” in New York City, the Muhlenburg Summer Theatre, and is a founding member of “Tap Into The Soul”, a Connecticut based tap company. Her students and her choreography have earned numerous awards at the local and national levels, and Sheri continues to teach and judge throughout the United States.
Susan (Flyte) Munshower founded and instructed at Pilates of the Lehigh Valley in 2003. She holds an M.S. degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) and a B.A. degree in Dance. She is a board certified and licensed Occupational Therapist, as well as completed the 600+ hour Pilates certification, studying under Joseph Pilates’ protégé and master instructor, Romana Kryzanowska. She continues annual education as required for the occupational therapy license; attends Pilates seminars on instructional techniques annually and continues her training through True Pilates, NY. Susan has also instructed Pilates at Drago’s Gymnasium and The Pilates Studio in NYC, as well as instructed at the Physical Therapy Center in Bryn Mawr, PA.
May 1992 Graduation
Joann (Cistone) Chiavon, Kristin (Bradley) Courtney, Sheri (Campbell) Daniels, Christine Dougherty, Lilliana (Ciabarra) Kalin, Kimberly (Connelly) Lawson, Wendy (Dattilio) Shanholtz
Joann (Cistone) Chiavon has a B.A. in Dance from DeSales University. She studied dance since she was three years old. She started her training at the Focus On Dance School. She was a member of their dance company ”The Wiz Kids”. While performing and competing with this troupe, she received many awards in the Delaware Valley and New York areas. Through the student exchange program at Focus On Dance, she experienced studying dance in France, Germany, Italy, Monaco and Austria. In 1993, Jaye traveled to Germany with a dance troupe representing the United States in a World Cup dance competition. They placed second out of 16 countries. For nine years, She lived and continued her training in New York City. In Manhattan she taught classes and choreographed a few small plays and reviews. Since moving back to Pennsylvania, Jaye has been attending teacher workshops as well as continuing to take classes in New York City. Jaye has been involved with the Babylon School of Dance since it opened in 1988. She is the Co-Artistic Director of the school and the co-Director of its company “Momentum”.
Sheri (Campbell) Daniels has been dancing for over 30 years and has a B.A. degree in Dance Education. She attended Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales (Now DeSales University). Since graduation, Sheri has taught at a variety of dance schools and public schools in Northern New Jersey. She has choreographed musicals and dance numbers for several theatre groups. Sheri is an active member of Dance Educators of America, Professional Dance Teachers and Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey. In 2002 Sheri was recognized for her dedication to the art of teaching in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”.
May 1991 Graduation
Tricia (Ciminello) Abrams, Jean (Stana) Calvani, Clare (Diviny) Eger, Diane-Maire Fabiano, Maria (Salvucci) Kinney, Colleen Jordan London, Patricia (Freiling) Mayer, Denise (Glynn) Menendez
Denise Menendez is a graduate of Allentown College, now DeSales University, where she earned her B.A. in Dance. Her concentration has focused on the teaching methods for young children; creative movement, pre-ballet, jazz and tap through the elementary level programs. While at Allentown, she performed and choreographed for the College Touring Company and with the Act I Dance Ensemble. An experienced teacher and many years on staff with Dance Workshop of Hanover, Denise has completed the teaching course of the Royal Academy of Dance and continues her training with ongoing studies in the Syllabus, particularly as it relates to the teaching methods of younger students.
May 1990 Graduation
Gisa Dilorio, Christine (Moore) Gawason, Jill (Kleinguenther) Lord, Bridget White-Scheu
Gisa Dilorio is a graduate of Allentown College, now DeSales University in Pennsylvania, with a B.A. degree in Dance, where she was also a member of the Dance Society and a teacher at their Conservatory. Her performance experience includes Le Tour De Danse, a touring dance company based in Pennsylvania. Her choreography has received several honors and was performed at the American College Dance Festival in New England. For the past six years Gisa has been the choreographer for the Scotch Plains/Fanwood High School Rep Theater. She has choreographed Anything Goes, Mame, Footloose, Les Miserables, West Side Story and is currently choreographing 42nd Street. Gisa is the owner of Dance 2000. She is also the director of Company 2000, a select group of students who perform and compete, and is very proud of their accomplishments.
Bridget White-Scheu was a competitive gymnast for ten years and started her professional career as a dancer/choreographer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from DeSales University. She studied opera at The Bryn-Mawr Conservatory of Music. After college, she moved to New York and was cast in various Broadway/touring musicals. Soon after, she started working with renowned manager Vince Cirrincione and began to focus on her acting career. In New York, she studied with William Esper and Wynn Handman. In Los Angeles, she works with coach Leigh Kilton-Smith. She has worked extensively in TV and film since coming to Los Angeles, but her true passion is the theater and she indulges in that as much as possible. She is a member of Circle X, an award winning Los Angeles theater company. Through Circle X, she works with Los Angeles Youth Network. She has performed in many regional theaters throughout the country.
May 1989 Graduation
Jeanne Dion-Arsenault, Virginia (Link) Erianne, Timothy Farley, Melodie (Konkolics) Gallagher, Cindy Herron, Kristine Izak, Stephen Casey Matalavage, Kelly (McCreavy) McEvoy, Denise Moser, Cindy (Furjanic) Nunweiler, Mary (Sacchieri) Spera, Marina Votta
Jeanne Dion-Arsenault graduated from DeSales University in 1989, she went on to open her own studio, Studio of Performing Arts, which she has successfully owned for over 17 years. Her competitive team has won several high score awards as well as several special awards such as Precise Precision, and Most Potential for her younger teams. Her other credits include choreographer of “Beauty and the Beast”, “Guys & Dolls”, “Annie”, “A Christmas Carol” and many others for local theatre and high school performances. She was an instructor at Salem High School for a short time. She has volunteered her time for such events as Boys and Girls Club and Dancers to End Hunger. She is also a judge for Omega Dance Challenge.
Virginia (Link) Erianne received her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from DeSales University in 1989 with a concentration in Musical Theater. After college, she taught Ballet, Tap, & Jazz at Melanie’s Dance Center. During that time, she also performed at The Pax Amicus Castle Theater in Bud Lake, NJ. Ginny worked as a singing waitress for Show Place in Long Beach Island, NJ, and has been singing in wedding and rock cover bands for the past 15 years. Ginny has performed with such bands as The Nerds & Eddie Money. She also sang with her band for the Clinton/Gore Campaign Rally at Montclair State University. Virginia is also a judge for the Omega Dance Challenge.
Kristine Izak attended her first Dance Workshop in 1988, and in the early 90’s was offered the opportunity to assist, teach and choreograph with Roma Pryma Bohachevsky. During that time, she also joined the Syzokryli Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, performing with them for sixteen years, including their tour of Ukraine in 1993. She earned her B.A. Summa cum laude in Dance from DeSales University, majoring in Choreography and Performance. For over 17 years she has taught at private dance schools in the Philadelphia area teaching intermediate through advanced levels in ballet, modern and jazz. She choreographs and stages over 30 new dances a year, including those at Workshop, in both Ukrainian dance and other dance forms. Kristine began studying ballet and modern dance at an early age, under Joeffrey Ballet dancer Delphine DelBello, and Ukrainian and Character Dance at the Voloshky Dance School in Philadelphia, Pa. In 1983, she was accepted into the Voloshky Dance Ensemble, where for 10 years she had the opportunity to study and perform the works of many well known Ukrainian dance choreographers. With the Ensemble, she studied Character Dance under Rumanian born Artistic Director, Andrew Pap, while continuing her modern dance and ballet training. Kristine is also Artistic Director of Ukrainian Dance Camps at Soyuzivka. For over 18 years she has taught at the camps, and choreographed an array of regional Ukrainian dances, ballet and lyrical works. She is also a dance instructor at Lopoten School of Dance in Lansdale, PA. As an Advisor to the Roma Pryma Bohachevsky Ukrianian Dance Foundation, she has had the honor and privilege of teaching many of Pani Roma’s classic works to new generations. As an advisor to the Roma Pryma Bohachevsky Ukrainian Dance Foundation, she has had the honor and privilege of teaching many of Pani Roma’s works to new generations. She is currently the Artistic Director of all camps, wardrobe and scenic designer, and former Assistant to the Artistic Director of Ukrainian Dance Workshop from 1994 – 2004, and Artistic Director of Ukrainian Dance Workshop from 2005 – 2007.
Steven Casey Matalavage is thedirector and choreographer of the Bucks County Play House, in New Hope, PA for the past 12 years. Steven earned a B.A. degree in Dance from DeSales University. As a Broadway dancer, Steven performed in The National and European tours of 42nd Street, Brides for 7 Brothers, and Rocky Horror. Steven danced for the Holland American and Commador Cruise Lines, and Disney World. He has 20 years of performance experience as principal dancer in the Ballet Theatre of Scranton and the Pennsylvania Ballet. Steven has been guest choreographer at LaBuda Center of Performing Arts as well as Linn McDonald School of Dance. He is choreographer at The Pennsylvania Youth Theater as well as numerous local theater companies in Philadelphia, Pittsburg and N.Y.C. His accredited works have received public acclaim. He is also currently a judge for the Omega Dance Challenge.
Denise Moser, founder of Art of Dance, began her dance training at Stage Door Studio, Easton PA, from age 3 to 18, where she studied various forms of dance. Denise studied and performed with the Lehigh Valley Ballet Guild, under the direction of the late Alexi Ramov. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in dance from DeSales University, Center Valley, PA. She also studied and performed at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. She was certified to teach dance through Dance Masters of America in NYC. In 1992 Denise opened her first studio “Art of Dance” in Bethlehem, PA, where she formed an award winning competition and performance team. She continued her studies at Broadway Dance Center, NYC and attended numerous master classes and conventions. Denise has taught ballet for Lafayette College and has choreographed for Lafayette College Theatre, Easton, PA, such as “My Fair Lady”, and “The Time of Your Life”. She taught and choreographed for the Lehigh University dance group in Bethlehem, PA. In 2003 she moved to Breckenridge, CO where she choreographed for The Backstage Theatre, such as “Backstage to Broadway”, and “Travels with my Aunt”. In 2004 she opened “Art of Dance” in Breckenridge, CO. Her students of both A.O.D. Bethlehem, PA as well as A.O.D. Breckenridge, CO have given memorable performances in The Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Florida. Denise is now very excited to open “Art of Dance”, here in Wilmington, NC where students can gain their full potential in a safe, non-competitive, learning environment.
Cindy (Furjanic) Nunweiler attended De Sales University in Center Valley, PA (formerly known as Allentown College, St. Francis De Sales) where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Upon graduation, she began her teaching career and has taught for the past twenty years in Pennsylvania. Cindy’s experience with dance companies and in choreography can be seen in her competitive dance companies. Her students and teams have continuously earned numerous local and national awards as well as receiving numerous teacher awards and Best-In-Show choreography. Cindy’s education and training did not end at college. Cindy regularly attends advanced teacher work-shops in dance and attends classes at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City, NY. She continues to pursue the latest dance trends as well as teaching methods and instruction from some of the most renowned dance teachers including: Sheila Barker, Natasha Baron, Laura Hausman and Chebar Williams (to name a few). Cindy is now the Artistic Director at Studio A Performing Arts Company where she can continue her teaching and commitment to the art.
Mary Sacchieri-Spera earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from DeSales University, in Allentown, Pa. in 1989. She studied classical ballet, Limon, Graham, Humphrey/Weidman modern techniques, tap, jazz, dance education, choreography, performance, dance Labanotation, dance composition, kinesiology and dance therapy. She was involved with the On Your Mark Program in Staten Island, NY where she has taught children with special needs. She is affiliated with United Activities Unlimited and Theatre Rehabilitation for Youth. Her work in Project Dance, sponsored and funded by the NYC board of education, received public acclaim. Bonded by the NYC board of education, she was P.D.T.R. licensed to teach grades K-12. She is a registered member of The International Dance Teachers Association and the Staten Island Bucks Business Network. She founded Moving in Time Dance Studio in 1990 and established Moving in Time Dance and Talent Competition in 1996 where she continues to teach and choreograph and produce recitals and talent competitions. She is currently co-owner, artistic director of Omega Dance Challenge. Over the past 18 years Mary has taught over 5,500 Staten Island children and has produced more than 35 dance concerts and musicals in the New York metropolitan area. She is an accomplished choreographer. Her choreography was featured on HBO’S “911 5TH YEAR MEMORIAL” as well as the original works of James Genaro, “Pieces of our Life”. Her modern dance company, Movers and Shakers has been touring since their inception in 1996.
May 1988 Graduation
Karen (Borstelmann) Crawford, Jill (Fellin) Fitzgerald, Kathy (Mundis) Furr, Charlotte O’Tiarnaigh, Nadine (Orr) Pence, Laura-Ann Turk
Jill (Felin) Fitzgerald earned her B.A. in Dance from DeSales University with an emphasis on Dance Management and furthered her training by studying with a variety of tap masters including Buster Brown & LaVaughn Robinson. Jill spent 8 years in Richmond, VA where she was an adjunct faculty member for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Dance Department, Business Manager & faculty member at Richmond Dance Center, and choreographer/dance instructor for the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community. Additionally, Jill served as Assistant Entertainment Manager for Busch Entertainment Corp, at Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA where she developed the entertainment program there and in Osaka, Japan. Jill was a performing member of T.A.P. Company for 5 years and is one of the founding members of TapTies. She is also a dance instructor at Expressions of Dance in Pennsylvania.
Kathy (Mundis) Furr graduated Magna Cum Laude from Allentown College (now DeSales University) in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance. Kathy began teaching at Studio 91 in 1992. She has performed with the Theater Department in Evita, George M!, and The Boyfriend. Kathy has choreographed and performed in professional theatrical productions in Ohio, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Nevada. Outside the studio, Kathy and her husband perform locally in the band “The Quitters.” They also write and produce their own shows with their production company, Soft Touch Productions.
May 1987 Graduation
Marynoel (Kleinfelder) Kilgallon, Patricia (Pavelko) O’Neil, Jacquelyn (McElwee) Velez
Jacquelyn (McElwee) Velez graduated from Allentown College of St Francis de Sales, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. She also studied in North Carolina at The American Dance Festival, in New York City with members of The Nikolais-Louis Modern Dance Company, and with various master teachers throughout New York City and Philadelphia. After graduation, she accepted an invitation to Wayne State University as a guest artist. She served as Dance Director at Mercer County’s High School for Performing Arts in New Jersey, and faculty member of Ballet Academy East in New York City. Jacquie is now an instructor at The Dance Centre in Skippack, PA.
May 1986 Graduation
Cara Callahan Boyd, Daniel Cunningham, Lindsay Hanahan, Carol (Courtney) Heverly, Zarine (Kotwal) Meyer, Kathleen (Kleppinger) Sasso, Suzanne (Tompkins) Winoski
Lindsay Hanahan graduated from DeSales in 1986. She is now a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA) with a Graduate Certification in Movement Studies from the University of Utah. She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist through the International Somatic Movement Educators and Therapists Association (ISMETA). Lindsey added Pilates training to her repertoire starting in 2004 when she was certified privately with Donna McLean Studios and is now a Polestar™® Certified Pilates Instructor. A Movement Analyst in the Physical Medicine & Rehab Department of Denver Injury Evaluation & Treatment Center for 6 years, Lindsey’s continuing education work includes courses in lumbar stabilization (with Paul Hodges and Mark Comerford), thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), Aston Patterning, and Upper Body Stability/Mobility with Irene Dowd. She is also the owner of MOVE Studies. Lindsey relocated to Denver in 2001 from New York City, where she was a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer, director and producer. She has taught jazz and social dance at Front Range & Red Rocks Community Colleges and Body-Wise Acting at the Denver Center Theater Academy. She was a guest teacher at the Meijing Dance Academy and the Yellow River Dance Company in China, and performed in the closing ceremonies of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Locally, she has received the Marlowe Award for her work on Next Stage Theater’s productions of Chess and Assassins, which also won the 2005 Henry Award for Best Musical. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and is chair of their Denver Area Liaison Committee.
Suzanne Winoski is a graduate of DeSales University (formerly Allentown College), with a B.A. in Dance and she is currently pursuing a teaching certificate in physical education. She is a certified member of Dance Teachers Club of Boston and has gained experience teaching dance in the area for many years. She has served on the dance faculty of Brass City Ballet and Westover School and is a member of the Connecticut Dance Alliance. In 1995, she became the owner/artistic director of The Lorraine Judd Dance Center, taking over for her teacher/mentor and studio namesake.