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.
Pam Devenney has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Dance Education from Towson University. She has been teaching dance in the Public school systems, private schools, and private dance studios for the past twenty years. Mrs. Devenney received the "1999 Dance Education Teacher of the Year" award from the Maryland division of AHPERD. She currently holds her Pennsylvania State Certification in Dance Education. While teaching dance courses at Immaculata University, she developed and directed the annual Chester County Dance Festival. Currently, Mrs. Devenney directs the Dance Education Program at the Academy of Notre Dame, a private girls school(grades 6-12), in Villanova.
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.
Catherine Long began her ballet training in 1992 under the direction of Donna Muzio in West Chester Pa. She danced with Brandywine Ballet Company from 1998- 2004. In 2008 she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University. While at Towson she studied under Dennis Price, Catherine Horta-Hayden, Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, and Dana Martin. In June of 2008, she was asked to present choreography for the National Dance Education Organization conference in Towson MD. She was a member of the Roxey Ballet in Lambertville, NJ from 2008-2010. In the Spring of 2010, she danced with Ballet ADI in Rockville MD, working with Runqaio Du, resident choreographer of Ballet ADI, and former principal dancer with Washington Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and Jared Nelson principal dancer with the Washington Ballet. In 2011, Catherine rejoined Runqaio Du now Artistic Director of Ballet ADI in Rockville MD. Also during her time in Maryland, she taught dance in both middle and elementary schools throughout Baltimore city. Once back in Philadelphia she taught at various studios throughout Philadelphia and New Jersey. In addition, freelanced with various choreographers throughout the Tri-state area. In 2013 she began teaching ballet and contemporary dance for the University of Pennsylvania's recreation department. In 2014, she moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to instruct Ballet full time at Dance Dimensions Home of the Fort Lauderdale Children's Ballet Theatre. Catherine is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. In addition, she is also a Certified FLX Conditioning Specialist for Flexistretcher.
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.
Jessica McKee is very excited to become part of the Chester Valley Dance Academy family! she teaches a Latin inspired dance fitness class called Zumba. It includes rhythms such as salsa, merengue, reggaeton, cumbia, hip hop, African, belly-dancing, samba, and many more! Zumba combines low-intensity and high-intensity moves in a way that is easy to follow and allows you to burn calories in a fun, effective way. After several years of taking Zumba classes and falling in love with this fitness dance program, she decided to follow her heart and became a Zumba instructor this past year. Dancing helps to relieve my stress and she often leaves it all on the dance floor. As a Registered Nurse for over 10 years at Chester County Hospital, Zumba has allowed her to remain fit, relieve stress, and have fun doing both.
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!
Chad Allen Ortiz is from Temecula, CA, where he has trained vigorously in contemporary, modern, ballet, jazz, and musical theatre. Currently, he resides in Long Beach, CA and Philadelphia, PA. Chad is the Male Principal Dancer of Nickerson-Rossi Dance with whom he has been with since 2014. Chad premiered in NRD's repertoire "Past and Present" at the Annenberg Theater, in Palm Springs, California 2016. He also was commissioned to travel east to perform in Cape Cod's Dance Festival 2014 and 2015, dancing alongside companies such as Martha Graham, American Ballet Theater, Bill T. Jones, Boston Ballet, and many other grand names. Working hand in hand with Director Michael Nickerson-Rossi, Chad is also the company’s Educational Director. Traveling throughout the East and West Coast, Chad assists in setting works on colleges and high schools and teaches master classes and workshops. His goal is to expand the wealth of knowledge Nickerson-Rossi Dance can share through the many emotional and technical spectrums of dance. Chad has also worked with The Union Project Dance, where he performed solos both at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Outside series and at the McCallum Theatre for the 18th Annual Choreography Festival, leading as the Male Principal of the company, as well. Recently, Chad was commissioned by Avocado Dance Theatre, a modern dance theatre company, as a guest artist in their residency at Old Temecula Theater in California 2016. With this same company, Chad was commissioned to set a quartet on Avocado Dance Theatre, titled “Static,” in 2014. Another choreographic work Chad has set is titled “Is This What You Want?,” which premiered at Michael Mizerany’s show, Dancer Briefs, at the Ion Blackbox in San Diego, California in 2015. Chad is a consistent dance instructor heavily through-out both the west and east coasts. He teaches a wide range of dance techniques all to children, teens, and adults. He is very familiar with the competition world as Chad has choreographed numerous works for Youth American Grand Prix, K.A.R., Nuvo, Hollywood Vibe, 24/7, Jump, Art of Movement, and many others. With all of passion, love, and artistry... Chad is blessed by this life of dance he is honored to pursue, and he is incredibly grateful for all the support.
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 Rock School West and the Joffrey Ballet School. She has performed alongside The Young Americans and has had the opportunity to have her choreography presented at the international dance festival, Dance Excellence, in Los Angeles, California. 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) returned to choreograph Into the Woods (2017).