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.
Gwen LeBar - Modern, Creative Movement, Ballet
Gwen LeBar began dancing at Factory Street Studio in Athens, Ohio, where she studied ballet, modern, jazz, pointe and composition. In 2010 she left Athens to attend Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. During her four years at F&M, Gwen took studio courses in ballet, modern, composition and improvisation, as well as theory courses in dance history, movement analysis, kinesiology, dance & world cultures, and lighting design. She was a member of the Franklin & Marshall Dance Company for all four years, where she had the opportunity to take master classes with dancers such as Monica Bill Barnes, Karl Rogers and Kate Weare. Gwen performed with the company in works by Pamela Vail, Jennifer Conley, Lyndsey Vader/Treeline Dance Works, and in a reconstruction of Martha Graham’s Celebration at the Joyce Theater in New York City. She served as F&M Dance Company President from 2011-2013. She spent three weeks in New York studying technique and repertory at the Graham School of Contemporary Dance. Gwen’s choreography has been featured in Franklin & Marshall Dance Company’s Spring Concerts, and presented at the American College Dance Festival at State University of Brockport. She was the recipient of the José Greco Summer Travel Award, the M. Munson Award in Dance for dedication to dance education, and the Dance Award for Achievement in Choreography. In May Gwen graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance, and spent this past summer as a marketing intern for the Kate Weare Company in New York City. Gwen has taught Movement Fun, Tech 1b and summer camp classes at Factory Street Studio, beginning ballet at Accelerations Gym in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and, most recently, fundamental modern, ballet and jazz as well as beginning and intermediate jazz at Silver Spring Dance Conservatory in Lancaster.
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.
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