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Hannah was born and raised in Central Maryland with a family with a love of music. Music has always been her passion, and now she is lucky enough to make music her career. She is a graduate of The Catholic University of America with a degree in music education, focusing on Vocal Music. She has been singing since she could talk and has had formal and informal training in both voice and piano as well as informal training on guitar and ukulele. Hannah has enjoyed participating in musical theatre in high school and college and is currently the vocal coach for her school’s musicals, working on shows such as Shrek Jr. and the The Wiz. She currently works in Baltimore County Public Schools as a middle school choral teacher. Her goal for each student is for them to develop a love for music, an appreciation for all types and styles, and the vocal training and development to help them succeed in music, wherever is may lead them.
Mandy has been a part of the dance world for as long as she can remember as a student, performer, teacher, dance mom, and costumer. As a youth, she studied ballet, tap, jazz and modern on the Eastern Shore of MD and Delaware before moving back to the Northern Baltimore County area and studying in a pre-professional ballet training program at the Carroll County Dance Center with Sandra Woods. Additionally, she has studied with the South Carolina Summer Dance Institute at the University of South Carolina, the Washington School of Ballet, and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She has performed various roles in the Nutcracker, Coppelia, La Bayadere, and Swan Lake with youth ballet companies and the former Maryland Ballet. Mandy is a passionate advocate for arts education and also enjoys serving as Costume Mistress for the Susquehanna Youth Ballet and Program Sponsor for EMC’s Junior Chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. She is very excited to return to the classroom this fall!
Lily Eisenklam began dancing at the age of three. She danced at various studios in Maryland before joining EMC’s family in the fall of 2014. She became part of the Repertory Ensemble in 2015. Lily was accepted into the Junior Chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts in 2018. Currently, she attends Hereford High School, where she is also a member of their Dance Company. She has trained in many styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Tap, her favorite. Lily became part of the Kreative Kids Team in the Fall of 2018 as a student teacher. Lily loves watching her students develop and grow their passions for dance.
Bailey has been a part of EMC since the inception of the New Freedom studio, officially beginning classes in 2005. Her training includes Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Theater Dance, Hip Hop, Improvisation and composition, as well as Music lessons and Acting. Bailey is a Company Member of both The Repertory Ensemble and The Susquehanna Youth Ballet. She also participates in the musicals at Susquehannock High School and is an official member of the International Thespian Society. She has attended Summer Intensive Programs at The Joffrey Ballet School and The Broadway Collective in NYC, as well as regularly attending classes at Broadway Dance Center.
Bailey joined the EMC Teacher Training Program in 2015, she has taught several Theater Master Classes, in NYC, NJ, and Florida. Bailey received a Tony Honors and Grammy nominee for her role as “Matilda” in Matilda the Musical on Broadway. Other credits include “Cindy Lou Who” in How the Grinch Stole Christmas National Tour, “Mary Lennox” in The Secret Garden at The Arden Theatre, and “Clara” in Sandman for the 2013 NAMT Festival in NYC. Bailey has discovered her love of teaching while working with our Kreative Kidz students and plans to pursue teaching the Arts while performing professionally.
Milana Schechtman is a junior at Dallastown Area High School and has been performing since the age of 5. Dancing, singing, and acting have always been passions of hers. She has been a student at EMC for over seven years and in Company Elite for two years.
Milana has participated in many musicals with roles such as Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sharpay Evans in High School Musical, Tinker Bell in Peter Pan and so much more. She has also been a featured dancer in Les Miserables and James and the Giant Peach. Milana has trained in New York at The Joffrey Ballet School’s Musical Theatre Intensive, and at Broadway Dance Center’s Musical Theatre Intensive. She has also trained at The Peabody Preparatory, The Modell Lyric’s and Center Stage’s Musical Theatre Intensives in Baltimore, MD.
Milana is a member of the National Dance Honors Society, International Thespian Society and Dallastown Performing Arts Club.Milana began training as an EMC teacher when she first started assisting in the Discovery Gym and in KK classes. She grew to love helping the younger dancers. She hopes to be on Broadway one day and uses this drive to push her students at EMC to follow their dreams and pursue the arts.
Brooke Manker graduated with honors from Towson University where she received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography in Spring of 2019. Throughout her training, she has been able to study modern under Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell (former member of Alvin Ailey), and ballet/pointe under Runqiao Du (Former member of The Washington Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet). In addition, she has trained in contemporary, jazz, tap and hip hop from various instructors and intensives. During her time at Towson University, she performed with Towson’s Dance Company for 5 seasons and was rehearsal assistant in fall of 2018. She has also performed at Baltimore Theatre Project with VT Dance (2017) under the direction of Vincent Thomas, and with ASEID Contemporary Dance (2019) under Alison Seidenstricker. Other showcases include, Koresh’s “Come Together Dance Festival ” (2017) in “Subsequent” choreographed by Marissa Kaufmann and American College Dance Festival (2017) in the selected Gala performance “Threshold” choreographed by Susan Mann. Her own Choreography was selected to be presented at “Artistry Unfolded” with Project Moshen (2019). Brooke is excited to continue choreographing and performing post grad and will be joining Motion X (a contemporary dance company based out of Washington, DC) as a company member for the 2019/2020 season.
Katie’s highly successful gymnastics program at EMC Performing Arts Studio was established in 2008. Katie has used her background as a national champion gymnast and child development educator to craft a unique program that cultivates your child’s potential. Katie was a gymnastics participant for 13 years including several national championships, training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and a Member of the NCAA Division I Women’s Gymnastics Team. Following her gymnastics career, Katie obtained a degree in Child Development, Safety Certification, and has worked continuously in the field of Child Development since 2000. Some highlights of Katie’s career are coaching many state champions, starting a preschool program, and developing cutting edge cognitive and physical therapy programs for special needs children. Katie credits gymnastics as offering a great source of fun, self-esteem, and team work in all children. She is looking forward to emphasizing those ideals while working with you and your child to reach your goals.
Music Instructor – Vocals
Music Instructor – Student Teacher
After dancing in NYC for 10 years, Carly Faye has recently returned to her hometown of Baltimore. She was the Head Teacher and Manager for a competitive dance company for her final 7 years in NYC. Her dancers won multiple competitive awards, and performed at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and Madison Square Garden. Prior to her work with NYC’s competitive teams, Carly was the head of the Dance Department at Camp Starlight, and a highly sought out teacher in the New York & Baltimore-Washington Area. Carly has been training dancers in Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap and Ballet for 15 years, and her students have been accepted into the Kirov Academy, Carnegie Mellon, University of the Arts, Julliard, The Bolshoi Ballet, Alvin Ailey, and have gone on to have professional careers all over the world. Carly performed professionally with Silvertree Productions, The Next Stage Project, Baltimore Dance Collective, and at New York Fashion Week. She is currently on faculty at Dance Connections, The Movement Lab, & Towson University Community Dance, teaching multiple styles to dancers ages 2 – adult! She works as a guest choreographer and Master Teacher for AACPS, Maryland Dance Alliance, Independent Dance Network, and several other studios and schools through out the Baltimore-Washington, NJ/NY area. Carly Faye is also an Adjudicator and Master Teacher with Spotlight Dance Cup, Starquest International, and Impact Dance Adjudicators. Carly’s choreography has received regional and national recognition, been selected for the American College Dance Festival, and performed on prime time television. Carly has also worked with public and private schools teaching multiple styles of dance to students of all ages, as well as choreographing for their dance companies and teams. She also works with other dance educators and studios to help with student retention, expansion, and healthy teaching attitudes. She is currently the co-host of the podcast, “Count Me In: A Dance and Education Podcast” where she and her sister discuss the importance of dance education, and all the ups and downs that come along with it!
Robin began her dance training at a “hot mess” local studio in Baltimore at the age of three, where she couldn’t get enough of “dance studio life”. Later, she was fortunate enough to attend the prestigious Baltimore School for the Arts, where she received a proper dance education and a love for teaching.
Upon graduation from high school, Robin attended college briefly, but the entrepreneurial bug bit hard and she jumped at the chance to open her studio when the opportunity presented itself.
In 1992, at the age of 22, Robin started her studio in a single room studio in Baltimore City. She made many, many mistakes along the way but with the support of her husband who joined in and made the dance studio dream his own, the studio eventually took hold and gained traction. Today, EMC Performing Arts Studio provides dance, music, theater and gymnastics classes to more than 500 students in New Freedom, PA each week.
The dance program is the crown jewel of EMC, and is focused on teaching proper technique and preparing dancers to perform concert-style in a variety of genres in professional venues. While EMC dancers don’t do “the competition thing”, they do perform frequently and are given numerous opportunities to develop their artistry.
Robin resides on 8 acres of country land with her husband, young adult sons, elderly parents and too many cats and dogs. Her happy place is floating in her pool in the summer months, listening to Frank Sinatra and running her business from her deck. Robin has finally figured out how to work ON her business, not IN it and is still passionate about her business’ growth, even after 27 years!
In the next chapter, Robin hopes to share her knowledge and experience with studio owners around the country through DSO Connect.
Music DirectorA York County native, Jaime has been playing piano for over 20 years and enjoys many styles of music.
Classically trained, Jaime took many music classes while obtaining her B.A. in Marketing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys teaching at all levels and ages.
She builds a solid foundation for her piano students by emphasizing on theory, note recognition and rhythm. Jaime is a patient and creative teacher that would like to make music fun for her students. Her goal as a teacher is to help and train each of her students to reach a level of note reading and musicianship to become independent musicians!
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Rachel has studied classical ballet for 15 years. She received most of her pre-collegiate training at Dance Conservatory of Maryland under the instruction of Pamela Villeneuve, Linda O’Brien, Shana O’Brien, Barclay Gibbs, Paul Wegner, and Caryl Maxwell. In 2011, she was recognized as a Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts and went on to study Ballet at Mercyhurst University under the instruction of Tauna Hunter, Michael Gleason, Lesley Bories-Scalise, Melissa Bobick, Noelle Partusch, and Christina Maria Adelhardt. While at the University, Mrs. Thompson served as chapter president of National Honors Society for Dance Arts, part of the National Dance Education Organization. She also had the honor of being hired by the D’Angelo Opera Theatre as Stage Manager for their production of Madama Butterfly. She graduated from Mercyhurst University with a B.A. in Dance (and a B.A. in English). Over the course of her training, she has performed in numerous classical, contemporary, and liturgical roles. For the past three years she has taught and choreographed for local studios and fitness centers including Dance Conservatory of Maryland, Sudbrook Arts Centre/Mission DanceWorks, and YMCA. She has also been invited to adjudicate auditions for Susquehanna Youth Ballet.
The lessons we teach in our dance program create well-prepared young adults, poised and ready to succeed! Each year we send dancers to prestigious dance intensives, college programs, performing arts high schools and professional dance companies. We must be doing something right! Even if you don’t have these aspirations for your child, the lessons we teach will result in a disciplined, poised young person who is bound to succeed regardless of the path that is chosen.
Private music instruction in voice, piano, guitar, bass, drums, strings and more are offered in our studio. Professional musicians and educators will help your child learn the basics that can develop for years to come. Formal and informal community performance opportunities are offered throughout the year, encouraging your child to share his/her love of music with others!
Allison was born and raised in western Pennsylvania by a family of music makers. Music has always been her passion, and now she is lucky enough to make music her career. She is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania with a degree in music industry and recording technology and minors in musical theatre and legal studies. She has been singing since she could talk and has had formal and informal training in both voice and piano as well as informal training on guitar. Allison has enjoyed participating in musical theatre in high school and college and studying the techniques in vocal belting. She was the music director of ICCA finalist a cappella group YCP Rhapsody in college where she arranged music and taught a group of around 20 acappella singers. She currently works at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster, PA as the Assistant Box Office Manager and in the marketing department. Her goal for each student is to develop a love for music with proper technical training and a whole lot of fun!
Alex began studying drums at the age of 8 under James Gummer, here at EMC. He is a founding member of The Blacks Jacks, and has performed at The Strand, The Pullo Center, Baltimore Sound Stage, the Ottobar, the Recher, Glen Rock Arts and Brew Fest and numerous local events. Playing music with his brothers is an important part of Alex’s daily life and he has grown to appreciate the bond that music can create between people. Alex looks forward to sharing his love of percussion with his new students.
Music Instructor – Drums
James Gummer began playing drums in 1987 and is proud to be part of the original MTV generation. He’s played everything from heavy metal to the music of our ancestors. He’s been fortunate to study with Dr. Bill Watson, Wes Crawford, and Dr. N. Scott Robinson. James teaches privately and is the drum and percussion instructor at The Saint James Academy in Monkton, Maryland and EMC in New Freedom, Pennsylvania. Among his many musical adventures, James has been the resident drummer at the Maryland Renaissance Festival since 1997 and is currently an accompanist for CCBC’s dance department. He is also a Remo Health Rhythms Drum Circle Facilitator and trained directly with The Remo Drum Company. Find him online at jamesgummer.com.
The Black Box Theater Program will nurture your child’s ability and desire to think creatively and critically, work as a team and build self-confidence. Black Box classes help your child gain acting and performing skills in a fun, positive, and quick paced environment. EMC’s Black Box Theater Program teaches the skills necessary for students to audition successfully, master any role, and perform with proficiency.
At EMC we believe in providing access to classes that enrich the mind and body. Our dance professionals have carefully selected classes designed to help your dancer stand out from the crowd, delivered in a professional yet fun learning environment. Specialty Classes also serve as an enrichment to the Technique Program Package. Our most serious dancers add Specialty Classes to their package in order to create a program that suits their goals and needs.
Our gym specializes in teaching children under 13 years old fundamental gymnastics and tumbling skills in a non-competitive environment. Our fully trained gymnastics coaches are caring and attentive to every child while adhering to strict teacher-student ratios. Your child is special and will not be lost in the crowd. A year-end show and award ceremony will make every child feel like a winner!
Our Kreative Kidz dancers are our youngest dancers and are treated to the full dance education experience! Aspiring dancers from 2-8 years old are part of the unique classes that take them from the first plié to the final curtain call on stage. Our dancers will not only learn the foundational skills of ballet, tap, and jazz but will come to appreciate the joy of dance!
Randi Poff has been a gymnast since 1995. Even though she was 3 years old, she instantly fell in love with the sport. She participated in competitive gymnastics for many years and was blessed to have traveled around the United States and even outside the country to London, England. She loves everything about gymnastics and all that the sport can offer. Her passion for gymnastics is evident when working with children. One of Randi’s favorite things about teaching gymnastics is seeing the smile on a child’s face after mastering a skill. She is proud to be a part of the EMC team.
Rachel has been dancing since the age of 3. She began her training at EMC in 2005, and has trained in various styles of dance including ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, jazz, tap, and improvisation/composition. Rachel has been a member of the Repertory Ensemble since 2009, and a member of Company Elite since 2015. In 2011, she became a member of the Susquehanna Youth Ballet. Rachel is co-captain of Hereford High School’s Dance Company, where her choreography has been selected to be performed at events such as the Maryland Dance Alliance. She has also been named a Maryland All State Dancer. She has participated in events including Disney’s Dance the World and the Youth American Grand Prix, and has attended summer programs such as Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s August Week Intensive, and the Joffrey NYC Summer Ballet Intensive. Rachel joined the Kreative Kidz staff in 2013, and the Technique Program staff in 2015. She loves sharing her passion for dance with her students!
Theresa is currently a student at Susquehannock High School and has been studying at EMC Performing Arts Studio since 2006. Her training consists of ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, improvisation, composition, choreography, and basic dance education. Theresa is a member of the Susquehanna Youth Ballet, and is in the studio’s prestigious Company Elite. She finds it important to give back to the community. She loves sharing her passion for dance with the little ones. Without art and culture, she doesn’t know how she would live.
Katelyn began dancing at EMC in 2003 at the age of 3. She has trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, musical theatre, as well as composition and improvisation. She joined the Repertory Ensemble in 2009 and has been a member of EMC’s Company Elite since 2016. She has performed in events such as the Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker, Disney’s Dance the World, Maryland Dance Alliance, Baltimore County Dance Festival, Maryland Public High School Dance Showcase, The North East Theatre Fest, and has participated in various master classes and dance intensives. Katelyn is the dance captain and choreographer of Hereford High School’s musicals and is a member and co-captain of Hereford’s Dance Company. She is also a member of the Hereford Chamber Choir, National Honor Society, National Honor Society for Dance Arts, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Future Educators of America, and is an officer for International Thespian Society. Katelyn has also been a member of Johns Hopkins Peabody Children’s Choir since 2010 and is serving as a student intern for the youngest choir. Katelyn joined the Kreative Kidz staff in 2012 as an assistant. In 2014 she became a teacher for both the Kreative Kidz and Technique Dance Programs at EMC. She is so excited to be sharing her knowledge and love of dance with younger dancers!
Brittany has been dancing at EMC Performing Arts Studio since 2005. She has trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and improvisation/composition. She has been a member of the Ensemble since 2014 and was accepted into the prestigious Company Elite in 2016. Brittany participated in the AIM Invitational at Broadway Dance Center in 2017 with her fellow Company Elite dancers.
She is currently a student at Susquehannock High School where she participates in the school musicals.
Brittany really enjoys working in the Kreative Kidz Program at EMC because she loves watching the little ones learn and grow.
Jessica began her ballet training with Judy Daniel at Upper Falls Dance Academy and Michelle White at Harford Dance Theatre. She continued her training at Baltimore School for the Arts, and Central PA Youth Ballet. Jessica has also studied at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet. She is a graduate of the UNC School of the Arts, where she trained under world-renowned teachers Melissa Hayden, Warren Conover and Gyula Pandi. Jessica has performed in works by John Clifford, Wes Chapman, Paul Vasterling Fernando Bujones, Hinton Battle, Susan McCullough, Marius Petipa, August Bournonville and George Balanchine, among others. In 1999 she was invited to appear with the Hungarian National Ballet in Budapest. Jessica is the recipient of several certificates of honor and distinction granted by England’s Royal Academy of Dance. She has performed with Carolina Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre Studio Company. Jessica has been on the faculty of the Greater Dover Dance Academy, Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Upper Falls Dance Academy, Harford Dance Theatre, Dance Conservatory of MD, and the School of the Washington Ballet.
Briana is a student at Towson University as a dance major. She will graduate in the fall of 2019 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in dance performance and a certificate to teach dance to grades K-12. She is training in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop and pointe. She began her training at Arts High School in Newark, New Jersey where she graduated as a dance major in 2013. She has also trained at Just Dancin’ in Bloomfield, New Jersey where she was a company member and performed with the Nova Dance Ensemble. She also trained at Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts in Montclair. New Jersey where she was also a company member and performed with the Performance Workshop Ensemble. She attended the Earl Moseley’s Institute of the Arts summer intensive program in 2012 and 2013. In 2013 she was named one of the four New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Star Ledger Scholars and was awarded $20,000 for her dance and choreographic talents to attend the University of her choice. She became ZUMBA certified in 2015 and is currently a member of Towson University’s Dance Company.
Kathryn Jacques began her training at Towson University’s Children’s Dance Division where she studied ballet, modern and jazz and was a member of both award-winning performing companies. She later attended Towson University on merit scholarship and graduated with Honors with a BFA in Dance Performance. Kathryn spent summers at Baltimore Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and has performed professionally with the Baltimore Ballet, Ballet Chesapeake (formerly Harford Ballet Company), Eclipse Performing Dance Company, with various independent choreographers and has appeared in local TV commercials, magazines and advertisements. She has been accepted into programs for Richmond Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Theater of Maryland, and Nashville Ballet and received Honorable Mention as a Maryland Distinguished Scholar of the Arts.
For over a decade she has taught all levels of ballet and Pointe throughout northern Maryland. Her students have been accepted into programs for American Ballet Theater, The Rock School, Bolshoi Ballet, Miami City Ballet and many other prestigious training programs as well as performing arts high schools and college majors. Former students have received professional contracts with Ballet Theater of Maryland, Nashville Ballet and Richmond Ballet. Kathryn also coaches students for the Youth America Grand Prix and many students have won awards and scholarships at numerous regional dance competitions.