No Dance - November 23rd-25th
Classes resume November 27th
Costume Payments due: November 28th
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1155 Phoenixville Pike, Suite 111 West Chester, PA 19380 (610)-430-8700
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.
Shaina Hobman - Shaina began dancing at 7 years old at Touch of Class Dance Studio. She competed in regional and national competitions along with attending professional workshops. She was on the Henderson High School Dance Team for 4 years and was a captain for her junior and senior years which led to many performing opportunities including halftime at 76ers games. She also participated in West Chester Universities Dance Company, from which she received a Communications Degree. While in college, Shaina traveled on tour to the Bahamas with the movie Standing Ovation which also lead to more performance opportunities with the cast. Shaina was also given the opportunity to dance on the TV spinoff of 1980's Dancin on Air. She was also featured as a dancer in a music video for the band Dacav5 as well as was the opening act for the singer Dev with the band. Shaina began teaching and choreographing in high school. She has choreographed for multiple dance organizations. During her time in college she also started her own dance day "Energize Dance" geared towards elementary aged kids that led to a summer camp. Dance has always been a passion of hers. She hopes to instill her love of dance into her students and inspire them with the beauty of the art, just as her dance teachers inspired her.
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.