Faculty

Faculty

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Lori Lahnemann, Ed. M.

Director

Lori Lahnemann

Lori A. Lahnemann founded the Philadelphia Dance Academy in 2005 with the vision of creating a pre-professional training program that provides high level training in a healthy, constructive environment.  She began her teaching career at age 17 under the guidance of her long-time teacher, Nina Fedorova, New York City Ballet principal.

In 1999, she partnered with her mentor, Anna Maria Jones, and opened DanceSpace in Philadelphia, a program offering small group instruction in Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, and Ballet Technique. She has been on faculty of the: The Dance Academy in Cherry Hill,  Rittenhouse Dance Academy, The University of the Arts, and the Ballet X Summer Intensive.

She received her formal ballet training from Scott Jovovich, principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet; Nina Fedorova, principal dancer with New York City Ballet; and Jeffrey Lyons, dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet and faculty of The San Francisco Ballet School. As a pre-professional student, she trained with Gloria Govrin and Yvonne Patterson of New York City Ballet.   She attended numerous programs throughout her training including: Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Boston Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba (Havana), David Howard Center, Steps on Broadway with Willy Burmann, and The University of the Arts. 

In 2009, she completed a two-year intensive Pilates certification program under the direction of master teacher Karen H. Carlson and was certified by the Pilates Method Alliance.   

Ms. Lahnemann holds a Masters degree in Elementary Education and has taught in the School District of Philadelphia.

Ms. Lahnemann is an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.  In 2018, she completed the Junior, Senior, and Pre-Professional training course in Progressing Ballet Technique.

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Kathryn Van Yahres

Assistant Director

Kathryn Van Yahres

Kathryn Van Yahres was born in Philadelphia, PA and received her formal training from Mariaelena Ruiz, Natasha Zeiger, and Eva Szabo at The Rock School, Philadelphia.  In 2014 Ms. Kathryn completed her B.F.A, Magna Cum Laude from Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, PA.  There she had the privilege to work with Jason McDole, Garfield Lemonius, Nicolas Petrov, Keisha Lalama-White, and Peter Merz. While attending Point Park University COPA, Ms. Kathryn received the Loti Folk Scholarship Award for academic and artistic excellence as well as other artistic scholarships. During her time in COPA, she performed principal and soloist roles in George Balanchine’s ballets “Serenade” and “Valse Fantasies”, as well as Nicolas Petrov’s “Romeo and Juliet”.

Ms. Kathryn also competed in the Youth American Grand Prix with a Point Park University ensemble and made it to the Top 12 category in the final round in New York City. In 2011, Ms. Kathryn had the wonderful opportunity to dance with the company Huntsville Ballet in Huntsville, Alabama under the direction of Philip Otto for a season while continuing her studies as a full-time student at Calhoun Community College.  In July 2014, she debuted with Simerson & Co. at the Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Stage. Since then, Ms. Kathryn has had the opportunity to perform as a company member with DanceSpora, Asya Zlatina + Dancers/Artist House, Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet, and Blythe Smith Contemporary Ballet.

In 2016, Ms. Kathryn completed a two-year intensive Pilates certification program under the direction of master teacher, Karen H. Carlson.  She works with private clients and teaches Pilates mat classes at The Philadelphia Dance Academy.

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Jennifer Smith

Principal Teacher

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith began her dance training when she was only three years old at a local dance studio in her hometown of Manahawkin, New Jersey. After seven years there, Ms. Smith continued her studies at Red Bank Dance Academy with Rosemary Boross before moving to attend high school at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Ms. Smith graduated a year early to begin her professional career as an Apprentice with Pennsylvania Ballet in 1993 and was promoted to a member of the Corps de Ballet in 1994. She performed principal roles as Bianca, in John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew, Dewdrop, in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Lead Butterfly, in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the White Cat and Song Bird, in Janek Schergen’s The Sleeping Beauty. She has also danced leading roles in Balanchine’s Steadfast Tin Soldier and Western Symphony; Lar Lubovitch’s Waiting for the Sunrise and Concerto Six Twenty-Two; Paul Taylor’s Arden Court; Trey McIntyre’s Cantilena; Jerome Robbins’ Interplay; and Margo Sappington’s Rodin, Mis En Vie.

Ms. Smith inspired and performed several principal roles in Christopher Wheeldon’s World Premier of Swan Lake. She also created roles in the world premieres of Kevin O’Day’s Col Legno, Matthew Neenan’s Vicissitudes and 11:11, Kirk Peterson’s Dancing with Monet, and Val Caniparoli’s Jaybird Lounge.

Jennifer was the Ballet Mistress at BalletX, for three years, overseeing a number of rehearsals and performances and is currently teaching ballet at the University of the Arts in  the School of Dance and the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts.

Ms. Smith has been the Principal Teacher at the Philadelphia Dance Academy for 12 years.

In 1999, she partnered with her mentor, Anna Maria Jones, and opened DanceSpace in Philadelphia, a program offering small group instruction in Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, and Ballet Technique. She has been on faculty of the: The Dance Academy in Cherry Hill,  Rittenhouse Dance Academy, The University of the Arts, and the Ballet X Summer Intensive.

She received her formal ballet training from Scott Jovovich, principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet; Nina Fedorova, principal dancer with New York City Ballet; and Jeffrey Lyons, dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet and faculty of The San Francisco Ballet School. As a pre-professional student, she trained with Gloria Govrin and Yvonne Patterson of New York City Ballet.   She attended numerous programs throughout her training including: Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Boston Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba (Havana), David Howard Center, Steps on Broadway with Willy Burmann, and The University of the Arts. 

In 2009, she completed a two-year intensive Pilates certification program under the direction of master teacher Karen H. Carlson and was certified by the Pilates Method Alliance.   

Ms. Lahnemann holds a Masters degree in Elementary Education and has taught in the School District of Philadelphia.

Ms. Lahnemann is an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.  In 2018, she completed the Junior, Senior, and Pre-Professional training course in Progressing Ballet Technique.

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Jennifer Lameo

Theater Dance Director

Jennifer Lameo

Hailing from Scranton, PA, Jennifer began dancing at age 5. Although primarily trained in Ballet, at age 18 she discovered her passion in Theater Dance and Voice.

Jennifer has performed many lead roles in Regional Theater and National Tours. Favorite shows include: A Chorus Line, 42nd St, Grease, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Annie, and Crazy for You. Her most recent role was the quirky “Princess Winifred” in Once Upon a Mattress.

While living in NYC for 11 years, she has studied extensively with teachers such as David Howard, Kat Wildish, Jack Hertzog, Andrey Silanteyev, Germaine Salsberg, Mark Santoro, Randy Skinner (Choreographer "42nd ST" Broadway Revival and "White Christmas" Broadway), Josh Bergasse (Choreographer NBC musical series "Smash" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" Broadway), and Andy Blankenbuehler (Choreographer "Hamilton" Broadway and "In the Heights" Broadway).

Early on in her studies, Jennifer was selected to be one of the very first "Rockette Assistants" for the 'Radio City Rockette Experience" workshops, held at Radio City Music Hall. For 4 fabulous years, she worked side by side with a Rockette, teaching technique, style, and original Rockette choreography to students from all over the world. 

Jennifer has been Theater Program Director at The Philadelphia Dance Academy for more than a decade.

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Sarah C. Reid

Program Manager

Sarah Reid

Sarah Reid began her dance training in her New Jersey hometown.  While attending the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts High School, under the direction of Ruth Clark, Sarah diversified her performing arts education and dance technique. She studied Ballet (Lynne Grossman), Modern (Terence Duncan, Randy James, Christian Von Howard), dance history, drama, and dance on camera. While in school, Sarah interned with the Freespace Dance Company and project:Smith.

Sarah holds a B.A. from Muhlenberg College with a double-major in Dance (Education) and Psychology. While attending Muhlenberg, Sarah taught modern, ballet, and jazz classes at the Muhlenberg Community Dance Center under the mentorship of Teresa VanDenend Sorge.

In 2013, Sarah studied at the Florence University of the Arts (Italy) where she had the opportunity to choreograph and perform site-specific, solo works alongside the Florence Dance Company. Sarah has also studied with Pilobolus Dance Theatre during their summer workshop series, and is a RYT 500 (Registered Yoga Teacher). 

Performance credits include DanceMax Moving Company, works by Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Karen Dearborn, Olase Freeman, Dorrell Martin, Lisa Peluso, Jeffrey Peterson, Sammy Reyes, Donna Scro, Blythe Smith, Nicole Smith, and Meredith Stapleton.  Sarah is also a founding member of the Megan Flynn Dance Company.

Sarah is thrilled to have joined faculty at the Philadelphia Dance Academy in 2016.

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Kristen Adams

Kristen Adams

Kristen grew up in Glen Mills, PA where she trained at KICKS Academy of Dance from age three to eighteen studying ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop. She joined their performance company at age thirteen, winning scholarships in ballet, modern, and jazz. Kristen earned a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Dance in 2020 from Temple University where she worked with Kun-Yang Lin, Marion Soto, Dara Meredith, and Kip Martin. 

She is a company member at Eleone Dance Theatre under the direction of Shawn-Lamere Williams and Dara Meredith. During her time with Eleone, Kristen has performed works by Shawn-Lamere Williams, Dara Meredith, Anthony Rhodes and Molly Misgalla. Kristen also shares an incredible love for teaching. She began student teaching at her studio at age thirteen where she assisted a dance teacher in creating lessons, preparing classes, and teaching younger dancers. She then went on to teaching in studios to both children and adults. Kristen completed her Barre Fitness certificate under the instruction of Kathy Sasso. She currently teaches at Barre Balanced helping clients improve their fitness through ballet-inspired moves with elements of Pilates, dance, yoga and strength training. She now shares her love for dance as a ballet and contemporary teacher at Philadelphia Dance Academy.

Kristen is a full-time teacher at a preschool in Chestnut Hill.

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Amy Aldridge

Amy Aldridge

Born in Richmond, VA, Amy Aldridge is a graduate of the North Carolina School for the Arts, where she received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence and had the privilege of studying with Alonzo King, Jacques d’Amboise, Melissa Hayden, and Arthur Mitchell. Ms. Aldridge began her dance training at the School of Richmond Ballet and continued with The School of American Ballet and the Boston Ballet School. Ms. Aldridge rose through the ranks at Pennsylvania Ballet to a promotion to Principal Dancer in 2001. Ms. Aldridge has performed principal roles in numerous works, including The Taming of the Shrew, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Sleeping Beauty, La Fille mal gardée, Alexei Ratmansky’s Jeu de Cartes, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, Square Dance, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Ballo della Regina, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Rubies from Jewels. She has also performed featured roles in Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove and Nine Sinatra Songs (“That’s Life”); Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia and Swan Lake, William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Peter Martins’ Barber Violin Concerto; Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort; and George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Allegro Brillante, Theme and Variations, The Four Temperaments, Agon, Apollo, Serenade (Russian Girl), Valse Fantasie, Who Cares?, Monumentum pro Gesualdo, and Movements for Piano and Orchestra. In addition, Ms. Aldridge has created original roles for Dwight Rhoden’s 2×7, Trey McIntyre’s Plush and Cantilena, Matthew Neenan’s Keep and As It’s Going, and Jorma Elo’s Pulcinella.

Ms. Aldridge has appeared internationally as part of the Sintra Festival in Portugal, the Northwest Phalen Tanz Festival in Germany (with choreographer Kevin O’Day) and with the Stars of New York Ballet in London. In May 2004, she performed as a guest artist with New York City Ballet dancing Tarantella as part of the George Balanchine Centennial Celebrations. She has also appeared with BalletX in Neenan’s Broke Apart, Elo’s Scenes View 2, and at Jacob’s Pillow in Summer 2006.

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Alex Babayev

Alex Babayev

Aleksey Babayev began his training at the Academy of International Ballet under the direction of Anastasia Babayeva and Denis Gronostayskiy. He also received training at Bolshoi Ballet Academy summer intensive (on scholarship), and, in 2009, joined Kirov Academy of Ballet (on full scholarship). In 2008, Aleksey won 2nd place in both the contemporary and classical divisions at the Youth America Grand Prix – Philadelphia, and then, in 2012, was awarded 1st place at Bolshoi summer intensive. Some of his featured roles have included Vladimir Lensky in Tatiana, the Golden Idol in La Bayadere, Jester in Swan Lake, and Bradfish in Mayerling. Aleksey had initially joined Philadelphia Ballet in 2008 as a member of PBII before moving back to Russia to join Stanislavsky Theatre Ballet. He later returned as a member of our corps de ballet for the 2016/2017 season and has performed featured roles in Nacho Duato’s Remansos and Angel Corella’s Le Corsaire (Conrad). He also danced in the world premiere of Matthew Neenan’s Somnolence.

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Nicole Calabrese

Administrative Assistant

Nicole Calabrese

Nicole began her dance training at Starmaker School of the Performing Arts in Flemington, NJ. She later studied at the Mill Ballet School, becoming a member of The Roxey Ballet, their resident professional dance company. She has also trained at Montclair State University, American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, and the Paul Taylor Winter Intensive. Nicole has taught at Haddonfield Theatre Arts Center, Music Theatre Philly, The Mill Ballet School, Downtown Performing Arts Center, Roxey Ballet, and Ballet Academy East. She has choreographed previously at Ogunquit Playhouse, Bucks County Playhouse, The Eagle Theatre, Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Downtown PAC, Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre, Cheltenham High School, Stuart Country Day School, and Town and Country Players. As well as being a teacher/choreographer, Nicole has appeared onstage at The Media Theatre, Jenny Wiley Theatre, The Eagle Theatre, Surflight Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Resident Theatre Company, Candlelight Theatre, and Bristol Riverside Theatre.

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Sabrina Faith

Social Media Manager

Sabrina Faith

Sabrina Faith, a Philadelphia native, began her training at a local dance studio with Barbara Scavello, a Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet instructor.  In her younger years, she trained with Scott Jovovich, principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Nina Fedorova, principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, and Rex Henriques, University of the Arts faculty and director of Bucks County Dance Center.

After receiving a scholarship from Point Park University, she decided to attend Temple University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in dance in 2001. At Temple University, she had the opportunity to study with Ann Vachon, of the José Limón Dance Company, Joselli Deans, of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Merián Soto, Phillip Grosser and Eva Gholson.  During this time, Mrs. Faith also had the opportunity to work with ballet coach, Anna Maria Jones, who coached dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, and Ballett Frankfurt. She attended workshops and master classes with Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pilobolus Dance Company, Illadelph (Rennie Harris), Mia Michaels, Desmond Richardson, and Tyce Diorio.

Mrs. Faith was a member of Underground Dance Works, Venus Dance Company, and a frequent guest artist with Amanda Diorio Dance (A.D.D).  She participated as an independent choreographer for the Female Persuasions Series at the Arts Bank in Philadelphia in 2007.

Mrs. Faith enjoys sharing her love of dance and has been teaching since 1999 for numerous dance studios in the Philadelphia and New Jersey areas.  She was an instructor at the Dance Academy in Cherry Hill, NJ under the direction of Daila and Douglas Hay, Cooper River Ballet in Collingswood, NJ, and Contempro Dance Theater in Fairless Hills, PA.  Mrs. Faith has been on faculty at the Philadelphia Dance Academy since 2010.  She has staged many productions, including the Nutcracker and has choreographed numerous works for the Philadelphia Youth Ballet (PYB).

Mrs. Faith found a passion for helping others achieve their goals, build confidence, and form emotional bonds through dance which led her to pursue dance/movement therapy.  Mrs. Faith is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT) and received her Master’s of Arts in Creative Arts Therapy from Drexel University in 2006.  She worked at the Center for Autism and the Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health (CNNH) where she provided therapy to children and adolescents diagnosed with neurological disorders.

Mrs. Faith also received certification in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) in 2018.

In all aspects, she enjoys the challenge of the process and the meaningful rewards that happen along the way.

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Fallon Gannon

Fallon Gannon

Fallon Gannon, originally from Rome, NY began her formal training at Ballet Arts under Delia Foley (A.R.A.D.) where she studied the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus (RAD). Fallon completed her annual RAD examinations through Advanced I with distinction. While training with Ms. Foley, Fallon was a member of the Mohawk Valley Ballet where she had the opportunity to perform many full-length ballets. She supplemented her training with summer intensives at: Boston Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet), Orlando Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Fallon furthered her training at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School’s Pre-Professional Year-Round program directed by Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall. 

Upon completing this program, Fallon was awarded a Presidential Scholarship to attend The University of the Arts, where she graduated with a BFA in Ballet Performance with Honors. During her time at UArts, she had the opportunity to study the Forsythe technique under Douglas Becker and perform works by: Scott Jovovich, Sara Procopio, Douglas Becker, and perform in classical ballets set by Anastasia Babayeva. Fallon was also certified in Gyrokinesis© Level 1 with the guidance of Jennifer Binford Johnson under Master Trainer, Miriam Barbosa.  

Since graduating, Fallon has worked with: Ballet Fleming, originating many roles in Christopher Fleming’s Rock Ballets; Arch Contemporary Ballet, performing at the off-Broadway Davenport Theatre; Albany Berkshire Ballet with their tour of The Nutcracker; Dance Del Bello; and most recently as a guest artist in Wilmington Ballet’s The Nutcracker. 

Fallon enjoys sharing her love of dance through teaching and has been on faculty with Philadelphia Dance Academy since 2013. She also teaches at The Creative and Performing Arts High School of Philadelphia and the RockReach Outreach program. 

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Erikka Leazer

Erikka Leazer trained with the Ballet Memphis School in their pre-professional division, performing in their junior company and alongside the professional company in yearly performances.  Ms. Leazer enriched her classical training at the Milwaukee Ballet summer intensive. She is a full-time preschool teacher and will receive her B.A. in English from the University of Memphis this spring.   She is thrilled to combine her love for children and her love of ballet as a faculty member of the Philadelphia Dance Academy.  She joined the Philadelphia Dance Academy’s Early Childhood Program in the fall of 2019.

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James Idhe

James Idhe

A native of Kent, Ohio, James Ihde began his ballet training at the Dance Institute of the University of Akron, where he studied for eight years. In 1993, he came to Philadelphia for a summer session at The Rock School for Dance Education. Upon completion, he was invited to join Pennsylvania Ballet as an Apprentice for the 1993-1994 Season. In 1995, Mr. Ihde joined the Corps de Ballet and was promoted to Soloist in September 2003.

During the 1996-1997 Season, Mr. Ihde received rave reviews for his featured role in Lar Lubovitch’s Waiting for the Sunrise. Since then, he has danced featured roles in several ballets including John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet (Paris), Paul Taylor’s Company B, Jerome Robbins’ Interplay and In the Night, Lubovitch’s Concert Six Twenty-Two, Margo Sappington’s Rodin, Mis En Vie, Matthew Neenan’s Penumbra, Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake (Von Rothbart, Czardas) and Polyphonia; Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, John Butler’s Carmina Burana, William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated, the world premiere of Jorma Elo’s Pulcinella, and George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments (Second Theme and Third Theme), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius, Theseus, and Titania’s Cavalier), The Prodigal Son, and Serenade.

Mr. Ihde’s principal roles include Ivan in James Kudelka’s The Firebird, Wheeldon’s Liturgy and the pas de deux in After the Rain, Cavalier in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, Balanchine’s Agon and Emeralds from Jewels, Jerome Robbins’ In G Major, the Black Couple in Kylián’s Forgotten Land, Pas de Deux 1 in Forsythe’s Artifact Suite, and the title roles in Balanchine’s Apollo and Ben Stevenson’s Dracula. In May 2014, Mr. Ihde originated a role in the world premiere of Trey McIntyre’s The Accidental.

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Gary W. Jeter II

Gary W. Jeter II

Gary W. Jeter II began dancing in 1997 at Pebble Brook High School for the Performing Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, where he graduated in 1999. Gary attended the Ailey fellowship summer program and received a full director’s scholarship to the University of the Arts where he graduated in 2003 with a BFA in Dance. After graduation, he was asked to join Philadanco where he was a principal dancer from 2003 to 2007. Gary has also worked with Fernando Bujones & Eddie Shellman in addition to dancing with Eleone Dance Theater. Mr. Jeter danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet from 2007 to 2014, and is now an artist in residence for the company.  Gary has set works for The University of the Art, Eleone Dance Theatre, Philadelphia Dance Theatre, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Gary joined BalletX in the Fall of 2014.

Gary earned his MFA in Dance from the University of the Arts in 2019 and is currently full-time faculty in the Dance Department.

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Rachel Maher

Rachel Maher

Rachel Maher began her training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet from 1991 to 2002. From there, she went on to study at the San Francisco Ballet School from 2002 to 2004. The recipient of the National Coca-Cola scholarship from American Ballet Theatre , Ms. Maher attended many summer intensives including ABT Alabama, ABT New York City, and San Francisco Ballet. While studying at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, she performed in several Balanchine works including George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, Divertimento No. 15, Stars and Stripes, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ms. Maher performed in Don Quixote, Serenade, and Who Cares? with San Francisco Ballet.

Ms. Maher joined Pennsylvania Ballet II in 2004. She was promoted to Apprentice in Fall 2006 and to the Corps de Ballet in January 2007. She has performed featured roles in Sleeping Beauty (Abundance Fairy), Coppélia (Spinner and Prayer variations), Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella (Autumn Fairy), John Butler’s Carmina Burana (White Girl), William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated, Alexei Ratmansky’s Jeu de Cartes, and Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land (White Couple) and Petite Mort. She has performed several Balanchine works including George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ (lead Marzipan, lead Hot Chocolate, and Coffee), Raymonda Variations (Variation I), Ballo della Regina, Square Dance, Allegro Brillante, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and The Four Temperaments. In May 2014, Ms. Maher originated a featured role in the World Premiere of Trey McIntyre’s The Accidental.

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Shannon Murphy

Shannon Murphy

Shannon Murphy received her MFA in Dance from the University of the Arts in the summer of 2019. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Archedream Studios in Yeadon, PA, and is working to complete a certificate in Embodied Social Justice. Shannon has studied Franklin Method with Eric Franklin for over 15 years and as one of the first US/English-speaking faculty members, specializes in Franklin Method for dancers. She has been awarded an Arts for Social Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation, a New Edge Residency in Dance and was a New Edge Mix Artist at the Community Education Center, a Live Arts LAB fellowship, a Rocky Award through Dance USA Philadelphia, and has been an Artist in Residence at Mascher Space Co-Op and the Whole Shebang. 

As an adjunct Assistant Professor, she teaches at UArts where she is the Co-Curricular tHead of Body Pathways and is developing programming to reduce injury and support the healing and recovery of injured dancers. She also teaches at Stockton University and Drexel University where she was the Assistant Director of Drexel Dance Ensemble from 2015-2017. Shannon has worked with many dance artists/companies, including Peggy Baker, Group Motion Dance Co, Jaamil Kosoko, Jumatatu Poe/idiosynCrazy productions, The Naked Stark, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, SCRAP Performance Group, and Kate Watson-Wallace. For more information on current research please visit www.shannonmurphydance.com

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Blythe Smith

Blythe Smith

Blythe Smith began her dance training at age 3 in South Jersey. She became a member of the Vineland Regional Dance Company at age 12 and went on to achieve the role of soloist. She also trained at Pennsylvania Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Atlantic City Ballet.

Blythe was offered scholarships to attend Joffrey Ballet, Boston Conservatory, and SUNY Purchase. She attended The University of the Arts on scholarship and graduated with a BFA in Ballet Performance in 2004. She was offered a trainee position with Ballet Magnificat in Jackson, MS in 2005. Her performance credits include Regional and National Dance America Festivals and soloist roles in The Vineland Regional Dance Company and Atlantic City Ballet’s “Nutcracker”. She has also performed soloist roles in “Paquita,” “Swan Lake,” and “Les Sylphides” at The Merriam Theater. She has performed in several performances of new work at the Painted Bride in Philadelphia, PA and in dance festivals in NYC including Pentacle Dance Works and Thelma Hill Dance Festival.

Blythe is a dance instructor and choreographer at several local studios throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania and has taught within the Philadelphia school system. She is the Associate Artistic Director and founder of Magnolia Hill Studios NJ, a studio dedicated to sharing a love of the visual and performing arts with children. In the summer of 2012 Blythe completed the Lester Horton Pedagogy Workshop at Alvin Ailey.  In addition to teaching, Blythe danced in a touring Tina Turner Review Show entitled, “Simply the Best” and was a member of Alchemy Dance Company for 7 years. She currently dances with the Philadelphia based company Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble and DanceSpora.

Blythe completed her MFA in Dance at Temple University in May 2016 and was awarded the Rose Vernick Choreographic Achievement Award.

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Kevan Sullivan

Kevan Sullivan

Kevan Sullivan grew up in Milford, Connecticut where he received his training from the Lee Lund Studio of Dance. In 2009 Kevan received the Director’s Talent Scholarship awarding him a full tuition scholarship to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  Immediately following graduation Kevan began dancing with Koresh Dance Company and has danced with the company since 2013.

Kevan has taught at studios in Connecticut,  New Jersey,  and many other studios across the country.  He has set work on the Lee Lund Adult Company for 8 consecutive years and teaches master classes regularly.

Kevan’s dance style ranges from contemporary ballet to hip hop and everything in between. He loves to pull from all different styles of dance and infuse them together producing strong, dynamic, and well rounded students.

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Miro Magloire

Miro Magloire

Lauded as “refreshingly original” by Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times, choreographer Miro Magloire is the founder and artistic director of New Chamber Ballet.

Magloire has created over 60 ballets in his signature style for his company, all distinguished by sweeping elegance, a striking theatricality, and bold musical choices. “It’s heartening to see work so focused on the meeting of dance and music,” Macaulay wrote in his Times review, “always you’re aware of an intelligence at work that resists romantic cliché.”

Known for his visionary collaborations with musicians – singers, violinists, pianists and large ensembles – Magloire has a special affinity for cutting-edge contemporary music, which has led him to work with many of today’s leading composers.

Magloire, the subject of a 2008 full-page profile in the Sunday NY Times, recently received an O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation Grant. His works have been performed at Joyce SoHo, the Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Stage, Roulette, Ailey/Citigroup Theater, the Center for Performance Research and the Museum of Art and Design, among other venues. He has collaborated with the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Ensemble Sospeso and, in addition, has created ballets for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the State Academy of Dance in Cologne, Germany.

Born in Munich, Germany, Magloire started his career as a composer. At age 17 he won the “Forum of Young Composers Award” in North Rhine-Westphalia, and went on to study with Mauricio Kagel at the Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Germany.

After relocating to New York to study Modern Dance at the Ailey and Martha Graham Schools, where his teachers included Yung-Yung Tsuai and Kazuko Hirabayashi, and ballet with Wilhelm Burmann and Peff Modelski among others, he turned his attention to choreography and in 2004 founded New Chamber Ballet.

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Heidi Cruz

Heidi Cruz

Born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Heidi Cruz began her dance training at the age of four at The Dolly Haltzman Dance Academy. She went on to study at the School of American Ballet and The Pennsylvania Ballet.

Ms. Cruz has been a member of The Pennsylvania Ballet since 1994. Some of her featured roles include Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena, Summer Fairy in Ben Stevenson's Cinderella, Vortex in Alvin Ailey’s The River, Eve in Margo Sappington’s Rodin, Mis En Vie, the Pas de Trois in The Sleeping Beauty, and Christopher D’Amboise’s Symposium. She has also had featured roles in many George Balanchine works including Marzipan, Coffee and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Choleric from The Four Temperaments, and leading roles in Serenade, Who Cares?, Western Symphony, Scotch Symphony, and Divertimento #15. Ms. Cruz has premiered works for such renowned choreographers as Paul Taylor, Margo Sappington, Christopher D’Amboise, Jessica Lang and Pennsylvania Ballet’s Meredith Rainey, and Matthew Neenan.

In addition to dancing with Pennsylvania Ballet, Ms. Cruz has performed as a guest artist throughout the United States and Europe.

As a choreographer, Ms. Cruz has been commissioned to create works for Franklin and Marshall College, Repertory Dance Theater, and Ballet D’errico. Ms. Cruz has also had her work performed annually since 2000 for Shut Up & Dance. She was a winner of Ballet Builders 2004 in NYC where she showcased The Glistening. She performed and created works with the internationally renowned spoken word/recording artist Ursula Rucker. She was awarded a New Edge Residency from the Community Education Center of Philadelphia for 2004-2005.  

Ms. Cruz is currently full time faculty at Muhlenberg College.