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About Us

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 of 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.

Lindsey Florence

Lindsey holds a Degree in Jazz and Ballet from Point Park University and a Masters's Degree in Marketing from Pace University in NYC. She is the Head Coach/Program Director of the West Virginia University Dance Team. At PACE she is the Director of Curriculum, Producer of 10 Recitals & a Resident Choreographer.  She is also a Certified Pilates Instructor, Substitute Teacher at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and a Certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Lindsey traveled 3 days a week for four years to Columbus Ohio to dance competitively for Northpointe Dance Academy and train additionally with BalletMet. She attended summer intensives in New York at American Ballet Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Radio City Rockettes, Alvin Ailey, New York City Dance Alliance, and winter intensives with Perry Mansfield at The Juilliard School. She was honored to perform in Lake Erie Ballet's Nutcracker and in many works with the Conservatory Dance Company at Point Park University.  She attends professional performances every chance she gets, seeing over 80 Broadway Shows, almost every Ballet & Dance Company Performance at the Joyce and Lincoln Center. Lindsey is a positive educator and excited to bring her love of dance and children to PACE.  

Alison Cressey

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.

 

Ashley West

Studio founder 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 & 2015 her senior jazz group was selected to represent AmeriDance at the USASF Dance World’s performing with groups from over 40 countries.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Muskingum College and holds a Bachelors's Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology.  She has a Masters's Degree in Education and is teaching fourth grade.

 

Morgan Heflin Parsons

Morgan is a recent graduate of West Virginia University with a BA in Dance and a minor in Childhood Development and Family Studies. She had the privilege to study modern and choreography with Dr. Yoav Kaddar, ballet, pointe, and jazz with General MacArthur Hambrick, modern and dance conditioning with Maureen Mansfield Kaddar, modern with Angela Dennis, and tap with Matt Saffron. She is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She was 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 Broadway Theater Project where she studied with Ryan Kasprzak, Rockette Kelly King, Debra McWaters, Ronnie Demarco, and Herman Payne. Morgan has been teaching dance for over 15 years. She has taught classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theater, and pointe for students ages 3 to adults. She is honored to have been on faculty at dance studios in Parkersburg, Morgantown, Lewisburg, and Charleston.

Rachel Romage

Rachel Romage is a native of Charleston, WV. She is dance faculty for Marietta College teaching Tap and Musical Theater.  She has choreographed for their theater department productions and enjoys the collaboration. She has a Masters's Degree in Exercise Science. Rachel began her study of dance under the direction of January Johnson Wolfe at the Academy of Arts at January’s she has shared her love of dance with 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 master's 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 Fairies, 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, Musical Theater, and Hip Hop.

 

Jessica Marlow

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 has 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.

 

Michelle Lynch Bowling

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.

Autumn Heddleston

Autumn found her passion for dance at age 8 when she joined the dance team at Ohio Valley Dance Elite, which would soon turn into PACE. She took part in both the recreational and competitive programs at PACE until graduating high school. After graduating, Autumn moved to Las Vegas to attend the Theater Arts Preparatory School, directed by Don Mirault, where she trained with industry professionals in all styles of dance along with voice and acting lessons. After completing the program she moved to New York City where she continued her dance training at Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway. Autumn has worked professionally dancing at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in both their Christmastown and Hall-o-Scream seasons. Autumn is so excited to be back and to share the same love of dance she found here at PACE. 

 

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Autumn Heddleston

Professional Dancer, Actor, Singer 

www.autumnheddleston.com

 

Lori Patton

Lori Patton brings 27 years of teaching and choreography experience to PACE.  She has recently moved to Morgantown WV and will be joining us for master classes & summer camps this year!  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.

 

Bridget McCreery – Office Manager

Bridget will be the first person to greet you as you come into the studio!  She is a founder of the studio and has been the parent-teacher liaison and front office manager since the beginning.  She is happy to answer any questions you may have, will keep your accounts up to date & works to make communication efficient for you and the faculty.

Dee Ann Florence - Founder & 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, National Dance Association, United States All Star Federation & National Dance Coaches Association. 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 a class anywhere in their current level with proper technical knowledge & confidence.  DeeAnn annually continues her dance education at every opportunity through the Broadway Dance Center Teacher Workshop, New York City Dance Alliance, USASF,  ABT National Training Curriculum, Dance Teacher's Summit, the Dance Life Teacher Conference & MTJGD Executive & Teacher Training.  She is from Texas where she was a member of the Texas State University Strutters, award-winning Dulles Dolls & Halftime USA Staff.  She continues to work as veteran staff for MA Dance where she traveled for a decade teaching a variety of dance styles at conventions/camps across the U.S. for high school & all-star dance teams.  From 1987-present she's had the privilege to judge many studio competitions and continue work for MA Dance as an adjudicator & event staff for regional & national dance competitions throughout the U.S.  She has worked at dance education conventions DTDA, TDEA & MADT.   She has assisted and adjudicated Miss Dance/DrillTeam Ohio, Texas All-State Dance Team, Oregon State Dance Championships, Texas Christian University, North Texas State University, The Ohio State University & West Virginia University Dance Teams. She traveled 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. For the last 15 years, she has overseen the Executive and day-to-day operations of PACE, its faculty, very successful competitive directors. Our students have attended prestigious summer intensives, gone on to earn degrees in dance, won the highest solo and group honors at every regional convention and competition, earned top 4 at USASF Dance Worlds, been competitive at NYCDA Nationals, The Dance Awards, and featured in the top 20 of Next Generation So You Think You Can Dance.  She spends the summer in New York seeing every Ballet & Broadway show but loves coming home during the school year to greet each dancer and work with their parents!  DeeAnn is passionate about bringing a professional and positive environment with better opportunities to the dancers of our community while offering More Than Just Great Dancing for your child.

We have an amazing faculty, staff & guest artists!

We are always accepting resumes & are grateful to have the opportunity to bring our students a diverse, quality education.  

Email us if you are interested in becoming a part of our team!