Our staff is comprised of degreed, experienced professionals, who have worked in the business. They continually learn and train by taking master courses from renowned instructors. Further, we have assistant teachers in every class to maintain a desirable student to teacher ratio, ensuring your child gets the attention he or she needs.
Jennifer Turner Long has been dancing for over 30 years. She danced competitively in the southeast and trained in Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. She taught previously in Virginia and Colorado. She studied dance for the theatre at the University of Virginia and was a member of Musique and the Virginia Dance Company. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s of Arts degree in Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is a member of Dance Educators of America, qualifying with honors in the Performing Arts. She was trained by Linda DeHart, and Ray and Cindy Hollingsworth. Jennifer continually studies and and has trained with Desmond Richardson, Finis Jung, Germaine Salsburg, among others. Jennifer has done a great deal of work in the community, choreographing for children’s theater, community performances, the Junior Miss Organization, and local high school musicals. She has held classes at The Studio for underprivileged children in temporary housing arrangements, brought dance to kids of our honorable service men and women, as well as residents of the Ronald McDonald House. Recently she was awarded a scholarship for excellence in leadership by The Pulse two years in a row.
Ms. Stacey is originally from Brockport, NY. She trained at the Draper Center for Dance Education under the direction of Timothy Draper. Stacey graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor of Science in Dance. While at Brockport she danced in many faculty and student performances. Stacey received a full scholarship to the Limon Summer Intensive in 2003. She has also attended the Florida Dance Festival, Joffrey Ballet School’s summer intensive, Joffrey Midwest Workshop, and two summers at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. After graduating from SUNY Brockport she moved to New York City to pursue dance. Stacey has performed choreography in New York by Jennifer DeBritton, Leanne Schmidt, Becca Rozell and Amanda Selwyn. She has shown her own choreography in DC, Baltimore and New York City. While living in Baltimore, Stacey danced with Dissonance Dance Theatre, Jane Franklin Dance, The Collective, Next Reflex, and Nellie Rainwater. In November 2007, Stacey premiered her first independent dance concert, “Between the Numbers” at The Patterson Theatre in Baltimore, MD. In 2009 she showed her work at the Patterson Theatre in “Singing the Body Electric”. Stacey was also a dance instructor in Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland and at several dance studios in New York, Maryland and Connecticut. We are delighted to have Ms. Stacey as our Ballet Director.
Ms. Andrea has been dancing since she was five years old. She trained locally in the Central PA region and traveled regionally to continue her training in various locations including New York. She graduated from Susquehanna University. She has choreographed several pieces for community organizations. She continued her education at The Studio and has now been teaching for over ten years. Ms. Andrea is extremely skilled in the classroom and has developed numerous programs for our younger dancers. She currently serves as Assistant Director.
Ms. Tracy comes to us with a degree in Music Education from Shenandoah University. She has performed and taught extensively and continues to teach piano in addition to dance. Ms. Tracy has an extensive background teaching children both in the studio setting as well as the public school systems and has found these experiences to be very inspiring. She was fortunate enough to spend almost ten years working for Walt Disney World as a member of their Entertainment department, performing in their shows and parades for six years. She has also worked with the Disney Educational programs. Tracy has a wonderful passion for the arts, particularly arts education.
Ms. Caitlin trained locally in the Central Pa area including studying at The Studio for over seven years. Caitlin is a graduate of Capital Area School of the Arts and a graduate The Art Institute of York. She served as an Assistant Teacher for five years and she has served as a substitute instructor for three years. She furthers her training taking master classes in Atlantic City, Philadelphia,and in New York City at Broadway Dance Center. She has completed intensive ballet training also. She has served as Assistant Ballet Director for two years and we are very excited about the talent she brings to The Studio.
Mr. Eric is currently the company manager for Keystone Dance Project (KDP) and an ambassador of Lindy Hop through the Frankie Manning Foundation. He has taught Hip Hop locally for 10 years, and continues to make connections, gain more knowledge, spread the love of social dance, and share dance history. Eric gives extensively of his time to community service as well. A highlight of his career includes his work with the P.R.I.D.E Dance Project at Marshall Math Science Academy (MMSA) in Harrisburg. In September 2014, KDP gave a lecture demonstration for students at MMSA. After the program, students were inspired to start their own group called P.R.I.D.E Dance Project. Mr. Eric has been the co-director and choreographer for P.R.I.D.E. for the last three years. In 2016 he became a member of the International Dance Concil CID. He recently choreographed and cast local dancers and students to dance for the TV show, “Blank Meets Blank” which aired on Tru TV in June 2018. He is an asset to The Studio, and we’re very excited to have him.
Ms. Candice comes from a family of dancers in Cleveland, Ohio. Her dance journey started at the age of three. She danced competitively from age seven through age eighteen and won several overall and title awards in Acrobatics, Tap, Jazz and Lyrical. She was also able to perform in professional performances like Sesame Street Live. Candice continued her dance education at Kent State University where she received a B.F.A in Costume Design. It was there where she combined her love of dance with her love of fashion. She has gone on to receiving her Master’s in Business of Art and Design where she was able to further combine her the business of fashion with the art of dance.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Molly began her training under the direction of her mother. Following her passion she went on to major in dance at Point Park University studying with Douglas Bentz, Judith Leifer-Bentz, Jodi Welch and Ron Tassone, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts. While at Point Park she was a swing for the Pittsburgh Playhouse Production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall. After graduation she danced with the site specific, modern-based Mary Miller Dance Company and with the Philadelphia-based jazz dance company ‘Waves’ under the direction of Shimon Braun.She performed in the feature film “Living Out Loud” starring Holly Hunter, Inatoriso Cabaret Show in Tokyo, Japan and in numerous industrials and commercials for companies such as Glaxo Smith-Kline. Molly served as an assistant professor of dance at the University of the Arts for 14 years. Teaching engagements included Jacksonville University, DeSales University, Pennsylvania State University and the Manhattan Dance Project. Molly was an artist-in-residence at Ecole de Ballet and Just Move Dance in Luxembourg. She has also taught Master classes in Luxembourg, Paris and London, as well as studios and conventions throughout the US. Molly has choreographed nearly 20 original premiere works on stage as well as in concert. Her passion for jazz dance shines through in her work, showcasing her characteristically bold yet fluid use of movement, unique interpretation of music, and creative staging with large groups of dancers. We are delighted to have her with us.
Ms. Donna is a certified member of Dance Masters of America, Inc., and a graduate of the DMA Teacher’s Training School, where she earned certification in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. She has also passed the exams required by the PA Department of Education to become certified to teach dance in the public school setting. Donna is a current member of the National Dance Education Organization, and Mid-Atlantic Dance Masters Chapter 17, where she serves as Second Vice President. She is also the treasurer for UNITY, a national dance organization. Donna has served as a regional and national dance competition judge, is a Certified Flexistretcher Instructor, and choreographs for many high school and community theater organizations. Donna has a B.A. in Journalism, Literature, and Creative Writing, and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Dance Education through the University of Northern Colorado.
Ms. Teena began her dance career with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) in Carlisle, Pa., where she danced principal roles in numerous well-known ballets such as George Balanchine’s La Source, Divertimento No. 15 and Valse Fantasie. She also worked with aspiring choreographers at the Carlisle Project. At age 16, Teena joined Ballet Arizona, and then Harrisburg Ballet where she performed as a soloist. She earned her B.S. degree in Dietetics, with a minor in Dance, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the university’s dance company and served as an assistant choreographer. Teena served as Artistic Director of Berks Ballet Theatre until 2005 and assisted in the choreography of many ballets, including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Fantasia, and Peter and the Wolf. Her ballet, String Serenade, was featured in the 2004 Regional Dance America Northeast Festival. Most recently, she served as Ballet Mistress for Pennsylvania Youth Ballet/Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem, PA. Teena enjoys continuing her dance education and is a certified Progressive Ballet Technique instructor. She has also attended Lisa Howell’s Level 1 training for dance teachers and health professionals and CPYB Teachers Workshop. She has taught master ballet classes throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In addition to teaching dance, Teena was an instructor at barre3 Lehigh Valley and is now a certified Barre Above(TM) instructor.
Ms. Michele has been teaching tap dancing to adults for many years. In addition to teaching she also choreographs at The Studio. Michele began tap dancing at 4 years old. Her first performances were at Reservoir Park’s Band Shell recitals while taking classes from Betty Weeks Winn Academy of Dance. During her 20’s and 30’s she taught and performed with a group known as Tapistry. In her 40’s she danced in musicals with Harrisburg Community Theatre. And now in her 50’s, she is again happily sharing her love of teaching and tapping with beginners and more advanced tap dancers as well as dancing with the Tap Collective. Mostly because it’s just so darn much fun!!
Vicki Wiley is our Administrative Manager. She has worked with The Studio for over ten years and is the glue that holds us all together. She is a wonderful resource and we are grateful for her grace and talents.