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. Currently, Stacey performs independently in the Harrisburg area and teaches locally. We are delighted to have Ms. Stacey as one of our Ballet Directors.
Ms. Andrea has been dancing for over 20 years. 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 five years. Ms. Andrea is extremely skilled in the classroom and has developed numerous programs for our younger dancers. She currently serves as Assistant Director.
Originally trained by Forrest Gehret, Mr. David received a scholarship to the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts and attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has performed professionally with Consort (University dance company), Waves (a Philadelphia jazz dance company) and Opus I (a Philadelphia modern/jazz dance company). David has also toured throughout Japan with singer Toshi Tahara. His television and movie credits include “Showtime at the Apollo,” Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X,” and “Mannequin II.” Mr. David’s been teaching for over ten years.
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. Jenn has been dancing for over 20 years. She has a BFA in dance from Slippery Rock University as well as her MA in education. At Slippery Rock, she concentrated on three essential elements of dance: the teaching, performance, and choreography of ballet, jazz, and modern dance. She performed “A Suite from Choreographic Offerings” from the José Limón Company not only on-campus, but also for the “Sharing the Legacy Conference” in NYC. Upon graduation from Slippery Rock University with her degree in Dance, Jenn taught dance at the Endless Mountains Dance Center in Towanda, Pa. There she taught ballet, tap, jazz, modern, pointe, beginner ballroom, creative movement, and adult classes. Jenn also attended the National Dance Teacher’s Conference for three consecutive years. Over the last 15 years, she has traveled to New York City and Atlantic City to continue her training at Broadway Dance Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Pulse.
Mr. Mikey is a visual and performance artist. He received a BFA Magna Cum Laude in printmaking and video art from Cornish College of the Arts in 2009. He was founder and Artistic Director of Impetus Dance Theater in Chicago from 2000 2005, and founder and Artistic Director of The Sho, an experimental performance group with a focus on dance from 2006 to present. As a dancer Mikey has performed with many high profile companies including River North Dance Chicago, Lucky Plush Productions, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Kate Corby & Dancers, Lingo, Scott/Powell Performance, and Salt Horse. His choreography has been presented by PICA’s TBA Festival, Ten Tiny Dances Seattle, Northwest Film Forum, The Inconvenience, Mordine & Co., Cornish Dance Theater, and Giordano’s Jazz Dance.
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.
Since the age of three, Ms. Ashley has trained in all styles of dance at several pre-professional schools, including Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Allegheny Ballet Company. Ashley attended York College of Pennsylvania, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing, and was a senior member of the competitive dance team. Ashley is also a sales manager for one of the largest costume companies in the world, Curtain Call Costumes. Ashley has produced seven story ballets for The Studio so far and loves doing it! She also choreographs for York Little Theatre.
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 five years and is the glue that holds us all together. She is a wonderful resource and we are grateful for her grace and talents.