Dancers will grow artistically at CVDA with the help of our expert faculty. Our teachers provide special care to our families by giving them the finest instruction available. Class instructors provide close attention to dancers in each class and build an environment full of excitement and passion for dance.
Cathy Moran, Director
Mrs. Cathy Moran has been the Owner/Director of the Chester Valley Dance Academy, LLC for the past thirty years. Mrs. Moran has had the opportunity to enrich so many lives and is proud when alumni express to her that, because of their dance training, they were able to have the self-confidence, poise and discipline they needed to be successful in their career.
While starting her business in 1989, she continued her dance training, had a professional career performing locally and attended classes sponsored by the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society for dance teachers at Bryn Mawr College. As C.V.D.A. grew Mrs. Moran chose a diverse faculty to make her school well rounded. With emphasis on ballet training, Mrs. Moran developed a program which incorporates the artistry of many other styles of dance. The Academy offers master classes and workshops with experienced professionals from such places as: BalletX, Joffrey, Broadway Dance Center, Young Americans, PA Ballet to name a few.
Many of the Alumni from CVDA have gone on to pursue a careers in dance, open their own dance schools or are the directors of a dance program within their area school districts. CVDA graduates have also attained jobs with Disney World CA & Japan, Disney Cruise Line, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Young Americans, and various summer stock throughout the country.
As director and owner of C.V.D.A. Miss Cathy always loves to hear and learn what the students have gone on to do both in the dance world and professional world. Her goal is to make Chester Valley Dance Academy, LLC a true second home to all.
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.
Rachels love of dance began at an early age. She tried a class at 4 years old and it didn’t take long for her to grow into an eager student. A weekly combo class for beginners soon turned into more and more studio time and a wide variety of styles. Rachel began her extensive dance training at the age of four in Lionville, PA. Under the direction of Cathy Bartelmo-Moran, Rachel trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hip, modern and even dabbled in Irish step, with teachers such as Kimberly Martin, Corinne Karon, and Rennie Harris. After receiving numerous scholarship offers, Rachel chose to attend Towson University to pursue a B.F.A. in Dance Performance.
During her four years at Towson, Rachel studied with Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, formally of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Broadway sensation Keith Lamelle Thomas. She had the opportunity to perform several times with the dance company and work with some great choreographers, such as Dion Wilson, Vincent Thomas, Juan Carlos Blanco, and performed a pas de deux choreographed by Carlos Danaan. She also continued her love of theatre by taking classes with the theatre department, performing in student productions of musicals, as well as participating in a performance of High School Musical with Winters Lane Productions. Rachel graduated from the dance department Summa Cum Laude.
After graduation Rachel began her musical theatre career and has performed at such prestigious theatres as The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, Bristol Riverside, where she worked with Tovah Feldshuh (Golda’s Balcony) and Robert Newman (Guiding Light), The Gretna Theatre in Mt. Gretna, PA, as well as several shows at The Media Theatre where she has worked with Ann Crumb (Aspects of Love) and Kyle Lowder (Days of Our Lives). In addition to performing, Rachel has also acted as Dance Captain in numerous productions.
Rachel recently performed at the Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts this summer in The Producers, under the direction of the incomparable Dann Dunn. Next up, An American in Paris at West Chester Broadway!
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.
Corinne Karon a professional tap dancer and dance teacher, graduated from the University of the Arts in 1996. Since then she has danced on every continent in the world, including Antarctica. Corinne is celebrating her 27th year with Tap Team Two, of which she is the Executive Director, and her 12th year as “Founder and Artistic Director” of Uniting Colleges Through Tap. Corinne won a “Rocky” award in 2010 for her work with Men On Tap, received the “University of the Arts Faculty Enrichment Grant” in 2011 and for a new project in 2015, where Corinne embarked on a 2 week tap residency in Taiwan with her dance partner, Robert F. Burden Jr. to help pass on the traditions of Tap Master LaVaughn Robinson, she spent a three year term (2010 – 2013) on the Advisory Committee for the Dance USA – Philadelphia branch, and is part of an assembly program, with Tap Team Two, that was selected and honored as the #1 “Artist of the Year” from the National Trusties of Young Audience during the 2000-2001 school year. For the past ten years Corinne has been able to perform with and learn from Germaine Ingram, especially as part of the “Philadelphia Learning Community” where there was a focus on using movement to convey history and social issues. After engaging in this process, Corinne began a series of open discussions called “Philly Needs To Talk Tap!” These discussions are based on tap dancing's place in Philadelphia's history. In February 2016, Corinne traveled to Brazil with 18 students and performed in Sao Paulo's "Carnival," in an effort to continue a long term collaboration with Christiane Matallo. That collaboration continued in the Fall of 2017 when Corinne, Christiane and Dr. Leslie Elkins co-produced the Rowan University's “Main Stage Winter Production” called “House of Murals,” a 2 hour production that played with the intersections of Tap Dance infused with Samba rhythms, Improvisation, Modern Dance and Theater. In the Fall of 2018, Corinne produced a four sectioned suite called “Colors: The Flight of Song” with Tap Team Two in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival which had a focus on visual color based on a costume idea by NY artist Greg Lockhart. Corinne performed and helped design movement for “RE:figuering” a 2019 Philadelphia Fringe piece produced by Dr. Leslie Elkins/foursome performance. Corinne expects to return to Brazil in 2019 to continue her 18 year artistic relationship with Christiane Matallo. Corinne teaches on a regular basis for the University of the Arts, Rowan University, Bryn Mawr College, the Chester Valley Dance Academy and the Wissahickon Dance Academy.
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 years. 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
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 & Camp; 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.
Michael Nguyen is a passionate dance instructor, choreographer, and entertainment artist. He received his MFA in Choreography and Performance at Temple University where he has had opportunities to perform for many guest artists such as Kyle Clark and Jenifer Weber. Michael is also a member of Balance Dance Company, D2D: Dare 2 Dance, and is a choreographer for Beat Addikts United. His love for dance grew as a student at West Chester University. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies with a focus on Health Science and a Dance minor from West Chester University, Michael began working on his career as a choreographer, teacher and performing artist. He enjoys sharing his artistry by teaching for several dance studios throughout the local communities. Michael is inspired by other artists for their unique works with a means to continuing the exploration of methods for collaborating and building communities through dance.
Roderick Phifer was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He found his love for movement while training at Miss Donna’s School of Dance at 7 years old. Roderick later furthered his pre-professional training at North Carolina Dance Theatre under the direction of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and finished his training at Dance Productions under the direction of Lori Oxendine. Roderick graduated high school from Northwest School of the Arts in 2013, and recently received his BFA in dance from the University of the Arts in 2017. Roderick has had the amazing opportunity to perform works by Matthew Neenan, Roni Koresh, Dwight Rhoden, Jodie Gates and other world renowned choreographers. Roderick is in his second season with BalletX under the direction of Christine Cox.
Dina Rose Rankin
Dina Rose Rankin completed her 500 hour comprehensive certification from Club Pilates teacher training in 2018. She has been practicing pilates for over 10 year and has 100 hours of yoga training. Before pilates, Dina taught TRX, kickboxing, and barre classes. She graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in photography and has classical dance training. She has photographed weddings for over 20 years and still works as a freelance photographer. Dina loves to spend time with her husband, two growing boys, dog and cat, and goes on hikes in Valley Forge Park.
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 where she choreographs the annual school musicals and Villa Maria High School where she directs the advanced VMA Dance Company.
Gabby Wright started dancing at the age of three and hasn't stopped since! She lived in New York City for 6 years where she earned a Business Degree with a concentration in Media and Arts Management from Marymount Manhattan College. In addition to dancing on the Marymount stage, she has had the pleasure of performing with the Opus 2 Contemporary Company, Koresh School of Dance, on stages in Disney World, at the Premiere of Happy Feet the movie, and at the International Emmys. Gabby also spent a year as a member of the dance squad with the Philadelphia SOUL, a professional arena football team. She has trained at Broadway Dance Center and under many professionals including Shelia Barker, Derek Mitchell, and Luam. Gabby recently finished touring with both New York City Dance Alliance and Onstage New York, dance competitions. Most recently she performed in New York City's Times Square as part of a group sponsored by Turkic Platform, an NGO based in Istanbul, to promote a campaign aimed at reconciling Turkish and Armenian relations over the next one hundred years. Gabby has won many awards for her ability to entertain and loves to teach new students how to be the best dancer they can be while helping them harness and express their individuality!