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Our Professional Faculty 

The PACE Faculty offers exceptionally talented experience in dance instruction, education, performance,  choreography and adjudication.  They each share a passion for dance and paired with our studio commitment to constant self improvement they continue to attend professional training events, teaching conventions, and workshops staying current with new trends, training, and ideas for their own professional development.  We follow professional teaching standards for dance in the arts and have developed a syllabus geared especially for our focus on dance technique with progressive training and a complete dance education.  We understand that our preschoolers will become our senior dancers some day and we continually strive to offer every student the highest quality teachers and training in the area.
 
Lori Patton – Jazz/Tap/African Jazz/ Musical Theatre
Lori Patton brings 27 years of teaching and choreography experience to PACE. She is a Cum Laude graduate of Point Park University where she earned a B.A. in Dance with an emphasis in Jazz and African movement. While in college, Lori worked with an inner-city arts program and found her love for teaching dance. After college, Lori joined the dance faculty at West Virginia University where she coordinated the Jazz and Tap programs and served as Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer for the University’s dance company, Mountain Jazz Dance Theatre.
Lori implemented a movement program for physically challenged children in Morgantown, WV and was awarded the Easter Seals Volunteer of the Year in 1990. She has been on the faculty at Momentum Dance Center in Clarksburg, WV, The American Academy of Ballet, Charleston, WV , January’s Dance Academy, Charleston, WV, and The Schrader Youth Ballet, Parkersburg, WV. She has served locally as choreographer/dance faculty to The Smoot Theatre’s Camp Vaudeville (2003-2006), special choreographer to Warren High Schools Marching Band (2006-07 & 2009-10) and has been invited to guest teach and choreograph for public schools, dance studios, camps and companies in WV & OH. Her performing credits include Pittsburgh Playhouse Dance Company, West Virginia Public Theatre, Kitchen Sink Dance Company, Don Brockett Productions and Donna Beljac, Inc. Lori was on faculty at Marietta College from 2005-2013 teaching Musical Theatre, Jazz/Modern, Tap and African Jazz. She also served as choreographer for the Theatre Departments productions of Quilters, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and Arabian Nights. Lori is a founding member of the PACE faculty and is grateful for the opportunity to share her experience and her love for dance with students of all ages. She believes in developing each student in a class to their individual potential in a positive and nurturing environment.

 
Ashley McCreery – Competitive Director/Choreography Combo’s/Turns & Leaps
With over 20 years of experience, Ashley is accomplished both as a dancer and a coach. While in high school, Ashley competed for the Ohio Valley All-Stars as a member of their Senior Elite cheerleading team. That team became their very first C.O.A. National Champion squad. She went on to Muskingum College where she was captain of both the cheerleading squad and the dance team. Individually as a dancer, she has performed at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, was named “Miss Senior Dance Caravan” in 2001 after receiving the highest score in the nation in the solo division through Hoctor’s Dance Caravan, and won numerous regional champion awards. Ashley was the 2003 Midwest Open National Solo Champion and the 2003 American Cheer Power Solo Champion, where she was honored to receive a special award for the highest individual score that the company had rendered to date. That same year Ashley was named American Cheer Power’s “Dancer of the Year.” As an instructor Ashley has already coached dancers to numerous national titles. In 2008 her senior jazz group was selected to represent AmeriDance at the USASF Dance World’s performing with groups from 30 countries. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Muskingum College and holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology. 
 
Alison Cullen - Ballet
Alison is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. The AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum is a breakthrough program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. Alison began her studies at the age of nine under the direction of Norma and Suzy Gunter. She performed with the company currently known as Mid Ohio Valley Ballet in numerous productions throughout the area and surrounding states. After graduating from Parkersburg High School, she attended The New School, a progressive university in Greenwich Village, New York City, in a dance program affiliated with the Joffery Ballet School.  Her primary instructors included David Howard, John Magnus, Rebecca Wright, and Francesca Corkle. Ms. Cullen is happy to be on the faculty at PACE and looking forward to providing a solid foundation in ballet technique while building discipline, determination, and confidence in her students thereby imparting the traditions of those teachers before her.
 
Rachel Romage Children's Ballet/Jazz, Tap & Hip Hop
Rachel Romage is a native of Charleston, WV. Studying under the direction of January Johnson Wolfe at the Academy of Arts at January’s she has shared her love of dance to children of all ages for over 15 years. One of Rachel’s greatest assets as a teacher is her enthusiasm and creativity. Rachel has studied with such masters as Joe Lanteri and Gus Giordano. She has participated in the 2000 Jazz Dance World Congress and 2002 teacher's seminar "Tap Kids" in Tarrytown, N.Y studying under tap masters such as Ted Levy, Brenda Buffalino and Lisa Hopkins. Rachel has had the privilege of being on faculty at the WVSU Charleston Stage Companies Summer Arts Camp (1998 – 2005), University of Charleston’s Camp William (1999 -2002) and JADCO’s Mermaids & Dragons Arts Camp (2005 – 2008). While attending Marshall University obtaining her masters in Exercise Science she also was on staff at the Village Dance Theater, Premier Dance Studio, and taught jazz/tap/hip-hop classes at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Her professional experience includes choreographing for the productions Thistledown Faeries, The Little Match Girl and Chasing Butterflies.
Rachel loves working with children and adults of all ages and is thrilled to be on staff at PACE teaching in areas of Children’s Ballet/Tap, Jazz, Tap, and Hip Hop.


Jessica Marlow - Children's Intro to Dance, Jazz/Tap, Open Hip Hop, Open Combination Classes
Jessica has had the privilege to follow her dream and pass on her love for the art of dance, as a teacher, for over 18 years now. Eleven of those years she owned her own studio. Jessica worked professionally performing with Paramount King's Island as a main stage dancer in the production of Entertainment Tonight and have been fortunate to have the opportunity to study with such talents as Mia Michaels, Cris Judd, & Tyce Diorio. She has won choreography awards and choreographed for many soloists, small groups, large groups, as well as productions. She shares a passion for dance, and it is her goal to show dancers the joy and happiness dance has given her. She prides herself on running a caring and compassionate classroom, leading by example. Jessica believes in a positive approach and that in order to be a good teacher one must be a caring teacher.

Morgan Heflin - Ballet/Jazz
Morgan is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. The AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum is a breakthrough program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. Morgan began studying ballet with Velma Schrader at the age of eight. She also studied jazz, African, liturgical and tap with Lori Patton. She was the 2002 recipient of a full scholarship to West Virginia Dance Minifest, the 2003 winner of the West Virginia Dance Festival Jazz Scholarship and finished second in the 2006 National Society of Arts and Letters competition. Her summer study includes: Point Park University International Summer Dance (5 years on partial scholarship), West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts, West Virginia Fine Arts Dance Camp, Jazz Dance World Congress and workshop with Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago (2005). She attended the prestigious Broadway Theater Project Held at the University of South Florida, Tampa where she studied with Ryan Kasprzak, Rockette Kelly King, Debra McWaters, Ronnie Demarco and Herman Payne.
Morgan completed the teacher-training program with Hoctor Dance Caravan in NYC studying ballet with Jerry Rose. She has also taken classes at Broadway Dance Center (NYC) in Jazz, hip-hop, and theater dance. Morgan has been teaching dance for over 10 years. She’s taught classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theater and pointe for students ages 3 to 18. She is proud to have been on faculty at such dance studios as Schrader Youth Ballet, Ohio Valley Dance Elite (OVDE), the Academy of Arts at January’s, Next Step School of  Dance & PACE.  She currently resides in Morgantown with her new husband and we anxiously await her return after his residency:)

Michelle Lynch-Bowling - Ballet
Michelle Lynch-Bowling is originally from Martinsburg, WV. She started dancing at a young age under the instruction of Carolou Russell at West Virginia School of Ballet. She enjoyed participating in West Virginia Dance Festival and has studied at Boston Ballet and Houston Ballet.  Michelle got married and moved to Parkersburg in 2006 and now has 2 beautiful children. She is 2013's A Night of Dancing with the Stars champion sponsored by the Actors Guild.  Michelle has a passion for ballet and is thrilled to share her joy with the community.

Tiffany CasaSante -Voice
Soprano Tiffany CasaSante has thrilled audiences with her full spinto sound, exciting coloratura extention and captivating stage presence, showcasing her versatility in an impressive range of repertoire. Ms. CasaSante’s reputation as a fine musician as well as singer finds her frequently in demand to sing modern works. In her Carnegie Hall debut, she received a standing ovation for her performance of Angelus by Wojciech Kilar, which was given an encore performance at Carnegie Hall the following year where Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs was added to the program. The encore concert was also her debut with the Washington Symphony Orchestra under the guest conductor Maestro Slawomir Chrazanowski of Poland. She has also been the featured soprano soloist in Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, Mendelsson’s St. Paul, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols , Mozart’s Alleluia with numerous New York and New Jersey Orchestras.
On the operatic stage, Ms. CasaSante sang Marguerite in Faust at the Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv under the stage direction of Joshua Major, conducted by Paul Nadler of the Metropolitan Opera. She has performed the roles of Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, and Anna Maurrant in Street Scene with Delaware Valley Opera. Her Verdi repertoire includes the roles of Amelia in Un Ballo In Maschera, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra and Leonora in Il Trovatore with the New York Opera Festival. Tiffany was featured as Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, The Marshallin in Der Rosenkavalier, Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos and the Widow in The Merry Widow in Ridgelight Opera’s excerpts production, “Operagious”. She made her debut with Caramoor International Music Festival in a scenes concert as Abagaille in Nabucco and returned for a concert of scenes as Norma from Bellini’s opera of the same name.
In recent years, Tiffany performed the role of Mother Abbess in the Mid Ohio Valley Players production of The Sound of Music. Tiffany has been actively involved with The Colony Theatre of Marietta, Ohio’s renovation project through benefit concerts. Along with her stage credits, Ms. CasaSante has had private voice studios in both New York and New Jersey for the past ten years and since relocating to Ohio she continues to accept new students into her voice studio.

Lauren Maiden - Zumba, PIYO
Lauren has been a certified PIYO & ZUMBA® and ZUMBA® Toning instructor since 2007. She has taught fitness classes at WVU's Recreational Center and Properformance Rx, two of the best recreational centers in the country, as well as many other sports facilities in the USA and France. Shortly after completing her fitness certification, she joined the ZUMBA® Fitness team during their tour of Mexico in 2008, two CanFitPro conventions in Montreal and Toronto, Canada and was a featured presenter during the Cayman tour in 2009. In 2008 and 2009, Lauren also worked on the training staff of the WVU Gymnastics team. She has hosted several instructor trainings and master classes with ZUMBA® Education Specialist, Erick Santana, from Miami, Florida, as well as a master class with the creator of ZUMBA® Fitness, Beto Perez. Lauren developed after school fitness programs at Morgantown High School and the Boys and Girls Club of Morgantown to promote and educate students and teachers to live healthy and active lifestyles.

After a year of living abroad in France, Lauren is excited to return to the area to share her experience and passion for music, dance and fitness in her high-energy fitness classes.

Peter Ianniciello and Susan Stout - Ballroom
Peter & Susan have been ballroom dance partners for the past five years and have studied ballroom dancing through private instruction with: 2005-2006 Gerald Powell, Middleport, OH, senior Arthur Murray instructor (retired).  2007-2008 Carry Harris, Columbus Ohio, USA level professional competition ballroom dancer and instructor.  2009-present John Dryden, Dryden Dance Studio, Pittsburgh, PA, world level competition dancer, championship event adjudicator, IDTA.BB.LA.OTOB scrutiner and internationally renowned instructor. Peter's and Susan's Teaching experience over the past 2 years:

Wood County Adult Education Ballroom Dance Program Instructors
PHS ROTC Ballroom Dance Instructors
Hamilton Junior High Ballroom Dance Club Instructors
Independent Adult Group Lesson Instructors
Individual Private Lessons including Bride and Groom Wedding Dance Instruction
Peter and Susan are members of the Tempo Dance Club in Parkersburg, WV, and The Oglebay Formals in Wheeling, WV. Peter is the president of the Tempo Dance Club. They also regularly attend dances with the 200 Big Band Club in Wheeling WV.

Bridget McCreery – Office Manager

 
Dee Ann Florence – Studio Sponsor/NDA Honor Society Advisor
Dee Ann brings over 35 years of dance education experience in the dance industry.  She is a professional member of the National Dance Education Organization, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, & the National Dance Association.  She is passionate about bringing better opportunities to the dancers of our community.  Her focus is connecting & educating dancers through opportunities and a quality curriculum.   Her goal is to ensure that every dancer achieves their full potential enabling them to audition or take class anywhere in their current level with proper technical knowledge & confidence.  DeeAnn continues to enhance her dance experience through continuing education every year at – Broadway Dance Center Teacher Workshop, NYCDA, USASF, the ABT National Training Curriculum & The Dance Teacher's Summit.  She is a former member of the award winning Dulles Dolls Dance Team, Texas State University Strutters Dance Team & Halftime USA Staff. 
 
She continues to work as veteran staff for MA Dance where she traveled for 8 years teaching a variety of dance styles at conventions/camps  across the U.S. for high school & all-star dance teams.  From 1987-Present she has had the priviledge to work for MA Dance as an adjudicator & awards assistant for regional & national dance competitions in Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Louisiana & Texas. She has worked at dance educator conventions DTDA, TDEA & MADT.  Dee Ann has judged for Miss Dance/DrillTeam Ohio, Oregon State Dance Championships & many programs including Texas Christian University, North Texas State University, The Ohio State University & West Virginia University Dance Teams. She traveled as dance staff teaching choreography for the All American Performance Teams halftime performances at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, Hall of Fame Bowl in Tampa, and many Citrus/Capital One Bowls in Orlando.  
 

We have an amazing staff & are always accepting professional resumes to bring our students a diverse and quality education.

 

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