Faculty

Cathy Moran has been the Owner/Director of the Chester Valley Dance Academy, LLC for the past twenty-five years. She continued her education in Canada at Le Ballet Jazz Co., National Tap Co., and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. Mrs. Bartelmo-Moran has also danced professionally with Opus I Contemporary Company, Philadelphia, Three Little Bakers Dinner Theatre, DE and held the position of Executive Director of Contempra Dance Theater. Her students have been accepted to such prestigious schools as the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, Pennsylvania Ballet, Allentown Dance Conservatory, Houston Ballet, and the Governor School for the Arts. Mrs. Bartelmo-Moran has choreographed productions such as the Nutcracker, Cinderella, Aladdin and King and I.

 

Debbie Sachar started dancing at the age of 3 and has been teaching dance at the Chester Valley Dance Academy for the past 20 years.  She has performed in London, Japan, New York, and Disney World.  She was a Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader for three years and modeled throughout the Philadelphia area.  Debbie was featured in the Nutcracker as Clara, and Dew Drop.  Along with  her performing career, Debbie graduated from Immaculata University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology and obtained her Master's Degree in Reading.  She is currently a Kindergarten teacher for the Upper Merion Area School District and has been an elementary school teacher for the past 16 years. She loves teaching and it shows on the children's smiling faces.  Parents request Debbie year after year because the children enjoy themselves, gain self-esteem, and lose themselves in the art of dance!

Danielle Barimani is an alumna of Chester Valley Dance Academy.  She has choreographed for multiple youth musicals including Pippin, Kiss Me Kate, Godspell, Footloose, and many others.  Ms. Barimani has studied dance at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and was accepted into the Contemporary Trainee Program at the Joffrey School.  She currently attends West Chester University and is studying Early Childhood Education and Dance.

 Rachael Carrol began her ballet training at the Dance Center in West Chester, under the direction of Donna Muzio and Richard Hoskinson.  While there she performed with The Brandywine Ballet Company and was selected to attend the Governor’s School for the Arts. She continued her career as a soloist with The Harrisburg Ballet where she performed in such works as “Firebird,” “Coppelia,” “Symphony in Three Movements,” “Swan Lake” and, of course, “The Nutcracker.” She earned her B.A. in Integrative Arts from Penn State and has been teaching ballet for the past 10 years.  Rachel lives in Downingtown with her husband and three children.

 Angie Cibelli with the L.A. Dance Theatre, Inc. where she was a featured soloist both competitively and in theatrical productions. While competing as a soloist with the L.A. Dance Theatre, she won multiple talent titles. Angie continued dancing and exploring as a choreographer at West Chester University. At this time she also performed for "Under the Sun Productions" making appearances in the Sunoco Welcome America Parade, Fairmont Waterworks Gala, and Good Morning America. Angie has since continued teaching dance in area schools Phoenixville H.S., Owen J. Roberts H.S., Springton Dance Academy, St. Maximillan Kolbe, Dance Arts Conservatory, West Chester University, P.S.B.A., Kimberton Dance Academy and Chester Valley Dance Academy.   For the past ten years, she has worked at Wayne Ballet and Center for Dance Arts as assistant director, choreographer, faculty member, and featured performer. Angie has been a soloist in ballet productions such as “The Nutcracker,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Snow White,” as well as a range of other contemporary ballet pieces. Her dance education also includes classes at Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and a certification in the Vaganova method of pedagogy from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. Angie is married and has two young daughters with whom she devotes her free time.

Ann Fonash has been a dance educator throughout the Chester, Delaware and Berks County areas since 1993.  She has had extensive training in jazz, modern, ballet, tap, and hip hop; having studied at prestigious schools such as the University of Performing Arts, Kutztown University, and University of Southern Florida.  Miss Ann has danced professionally in Philadelphia's Fourth of July Parade (televised), Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day Parade (televised) and with the critically acclaimed "ContempraDance Theatre".  Along with teaching at Chester Valley Dance Academy, Miss Ann is currently the director of Petite Performers Dance Program at La Petite Academy (Lionville) where she teaches dance to children of all ages and abilities.

Andreas Johnson (Dre) has been dancing professionally for five years, working for professional dance groups such as New York Entertainment and Versatile Dance Group before joining Clyde Evan's Chosen Dance Company. Andreas has appeared on BET, the Apollo, and as a back-up dancer for recognized recording artists 50 Cent, Wayne Wonder, Amerie, The Diplomats, 3LW, Philly's Most Wanted and No Questions. In addition to television appearances, Andreas has performed in over a hundred shows nationwide. A highly toured performing artist, Andreas shares his dance knowledge with us at CVDA and teaches in the Philadelphia area dance schools.

Corinne Karon received her BFA from the University of the Arts, trained in Ireland-Irish Step, and held residency at the Beijing Dance Academy in Beijing, China where she taught tap. She is the Assistant Artistic Director of Tap Team Two and Co. in Philadelphia and has performed throughout the USA and abroad.

Kimberly Martin grew up in Tampa, FL and studied ballet at a young age with the Classical Ballet Center under the direction of Haydee Gutierrez.  She was invited to be an apprentice with the Tampa Ballet Company while still in high school.  As a teenager, she was awarded scholarships and studied with the San Francisco Ballet School and the Chicago City Ballet School. Ms. Martin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and danced professionally for many years upon graduation.  She has worked with many well-known choreographers and had the opportunity to participate in many national and international dance festivals.  She realized her passion for teaching early and since moving to Wilmington, DE,  Ms. Martin has become a resident faculty member and guest teacher for many dance studios in the tri-state area. She helped design and launch an outreach program which brought dance, music and theater to over 1,200 inner city children at the Grand Opera House.  She has over 20 years of teaching experience.  She most recently was selected to attend the Royal Ballet's Teaching Seminar.  Many of her students are accepted each year to prestigious university and summer dance programs. 

Annie McGillian has been teaching modern dance for the last 14 yrs. She has been teaching at Chester Valley Dance academy for 9 of those years. Annie graduated from Kutztown University in 2001 where she earned her B.F.A in Related Arts/ Dance. Since graduating she has taught dance in various dance studios both in Lancaster PA and Chester County as well as performed with and choreographed for Grant St. Dance Company. Annie is also a certified yoga teacher. She received her yoga certification from Yoga Life Institute in Devon Pa. Currently she is in year 2 of training to become a yoga therapist. 

Alexa Meissner Chambers is a University of the Arts Jazz Performance graduate. Throughout her college dance career, she has been privileged to work with top choreographers such as Roni Koresh, Brian Sanders, Helen Simoneau and Forsythe legend, Douglas Becker. She also performed in Teddy Tedholm’s production of Eleven:Eleven. Formerly a dancer under Xhale Dance Company, Alexa performed throughout Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and for Synthesis Dance Project in New York City. Alexa began her professional career in Chicago dancing for Giordano Dance Chicago, working with Chicago’s best-known instructors and choreographers including Nan Giordano and Homer Bryant. In addition, she was on faculty at Joffrey Ballet. After returning to the east coast, Alexa performed with Michael Susten & Company in New York City.  She is now currently a company dancer for Project Moshen, a female Jazz dance company set out to revive the style of Jazz dance throughout Philadelphia. She also shares her passion to teach dancers throughout Philadelphia, along with instructing Barre Fitness. She is thrilled to be back doing what she loves in her hometown, the city of brotherly love!

Allyssa Millar trained at Paul Klocke Studio of Dance in Aston, PA in ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz, hip-hop, pointe, and contemporary. Over the years Allyssa has trained with Angela Bates Majewski, Robyn Brawley, Paul Klocke, Kim Klocke, Mary Beth Powell, Angela Boyd, Katie Speicher, Trish Ryan, Maegen Pruitt, and Heidi Jarrett. Allyssa graduated Summa Cum Laude from Midland University in Fremont, Ne with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management. During her time at Midland Allyssa was a member of the Premier Dance Company, Jazz competition team, choir, theater department, and a cappella group. Before attending Midland University, Allyssa was a member of the non-profit international organization, The Young Americans based in Corona, Ca. With the Young Americans Allyssa toured to over 12 countries performing and teaching music and dance to people of all ages. Allyssa is very passionate about teaching students. She has taught at Paul Klocke Studio of Dance in Aston, Pa, Angela Bates Dance Academy in Newtown Square, Pa, Studio of Dance Arts in Omaha, Ne, Julie’s Creative Movement & Dance Studio in Fremont, NE Arlington High School in Arlington, Ne, and Create 308 in Grand Island, NE. Allyssa is excited to return to the East Coast for a while.

Christine Swarm-Kusnierczyk attended the West Chester University as a Physical Fitness Major and dance minor.  Also has taken classes at the University of the Arts, as well as numerous teacher's workshops and conventions such as Star Power, Stepp Stewart, Gus Giordano Jazz Conferences to keep up with her dance training.   She was the dance Program Coordinator/Director for Body Quest Fitness and Dance Center for 7 years. While being dance director, her students successfully auditioned and performed in Walt Disney World (Florida), Princess Cruise Lines, as well as numerous area mall performances. She has performed professionally with Barley Sheaf Playhouse, Forge Theatre, and WCOJ Cable.

Tanina Urbanski is an alumna of Chester Valley Dance Academy.  There, she was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and pointe work.  She performed featured roles in the studio’s annual Nutcracker productions as Clara, Dew Drop, and Sugar Plum Fairy.  She has received additional dance training at the Joffrey Ballet School.  She is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS).  During her time at HWS, she was a Janet Seeley Arts Scholar and a recipient of the Jean W. Reeves Arts Scholarship and performed at the American College Dance Festival.  She was a member of the Koshare Dance Collective, performing, choreographing, and producing the annual concert each year.  Through Koshare, she pioneered the Day of Dance Workshop for high school and middle school students in the Geneva, NY area to come to campus and take a day of dance classes taught by HWS Dance students.  Additionally, she choreographed the Geneva High School Musical, West Side Story (2016) and Into the Woods (2017).  She teaches at the Agnes Irwin School and Villa Maria High School.

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