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About our Staff
Morgan Lind - At the age of four, Morgan began dancing at Crane Performing Arts in West Chester, PA. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and musical theater until she was sixteen years old. Under the direction of Joyce Crane, she was a member of the competition team that participated in competitions throughout South Eastern Pennsylvania, including NYCDA, Jump, and more. She was also a member of the hip-hop group So Fresh Dance Crew. As a junior in high school, she joined the Henderson Dance Team and was captain her senior year. In 2010, she was a member of the Kutztown University Dance Team. In addition to dancing, Morgan took professional singing lessons from the age of ten to eighteen. She has performed solos in various voice recitals and was a member of her church choir that traveled throughout the United States on tour. She also participated in West Chester Summer Stage plays while in high school. Since then, she has taught for several years and was Dance Coordinator for a local dance program's 2013-2014 season. She is a dedicated teacher and hopes to inspire young dancers to continue to follow their dreams.
Becca Hobman - Dance was always something my mom, sisters and I bonded over growing up. I started dancing when I was 3 years old and continued dancing and choreographing through Henderson high school dance team, followed by Volé dance club at Penn State. After graduating in 2020, I didn’t want to leave dance behind, and my sister had already taught at WCDE, so I started teaching hip hop! It has always been my favorite genre and I love that I get to teach both new and returning dancers!
Isabella Gasbarro - started dancing around the age of 5 at Diane Matthews School of Dance in West Chester PA. She grew up going to various dance studios in the Chester County area including The Rock School West, Crane Performing Arts, and started competing with West Chester Dance Expressions when they opened in 2014. She has been trained in ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, musical theater, and hip-hop. Isabella competed at several different competitions and conventions each year until graduating high school in 2020. She was a part of the Henderson High School dance team all four years of high school and was a captain her senior year. She has performed at Phillies games, 76ers games, and many local events including the West Chester Halloween parade, West Chester University ADC, and Delawareness. She is experienced in working with children and teens with special needs. Isabella started assistant teaching in high school and hasn’t stopped since. She hopes to inspire everyone she teaches and create a space where they can find their love and passion for dance.
Kari Gonthier - Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts and earned a B.F.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University. Kari also has an M.A. from NYU Steinhardt School in Teaching Dance in the Professions: American Ballet Theatre Ballet Pedagogy. She is certified in Pre-Primary through Level 7, and Partnering of American Ballet Theater's National Training Curriculum. Performance credits include roles with the Alabama Ballet, and original works with choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden, Arturo Fernandez, Donald Byrd, and Thaddeus Davis. While attending Florida State, Kari was a member of the Golden Girl dance team and a staff member of Universal Dance Association. She was a coach for the NYU Purple and White dance team from 2010-2013, where she choreographed and taught jazz, hip hop and pom technique. In addition, Kari has worked with children of varying special needs. Kari has also served as faculty for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Children’s Division School of American Ballet Theatre.