Emily Ackin-O’Mahoney (Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Pointe) BFA Dance Education (University of the Arts). She has studied with Ronen Koresh, Scott Jovovich, and Christine Cox. Emily grew up in Kansas City, Missouri training at Ibsen Dance Theatre, supplemented by Joffrey San Antonio, Missouri Fine Arts Academy, and Stephens College Summer Dance Program. She was a member of the award-winning North Kansas City High School Dance Team for three years and two-time UDA All-Star recipient. She assisted with preparation and execution of the National High School Dance Festival held in Philadelphia in March 2012. Emily has been an instructor with Universal Dance Association and is currently a dance teacher throughout the Philadelphia area. She loves teaching jazz, tap, ballet, and creative movement at Darlington! While she is in the studio, she aims to continuously encourage her dancers. She believes in respect, honesty, hard work, and not giving up.
Nashira Council (Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballroom, Zumba) Dance Education: University of the Arts. Additional training: NYU, Zumba, Ballroom Crystal Dansport, Wheel Chair Ballroom, Bollywood Ayre, Acrobatics, Break Dancing, and Latin Dancing. Nashira has performed professionally in New York City, Atlantic City, Pennsylvania and internationally. She has been instructing dance for over 13 years to children and adults and has taught and trained in numerous area studios as a dance instructor/choreographer and personal trainer. Nashira also has performed for various chart-topping artists both in the US and abroad. In every class, she teaches control and self-discipline with movements that require patience and innovation, often incorporating different styles while infusing movements to create a new style. Her dance classes are always energizing and dynamic!
Sally graduated from Temple University with a BFA in dance. She has been teaching dance and fitness classes since 2010. The majority of her dance training is from Temple’s modern-based dance program under the direction of Dara Meredith, Kip Martin, Megan Bridge, Marie Brown, Kun Yang Lin, and others. Recent choreographed works include an eclectic mix, ranging from a Funk mixed with Ballet in “Put Some Perm on That Attitude” to a more dramatic “Smile Beauiful” which features Afro-Modern/Jazz. She trained with Philadanco’s training program in addition to being a company member for various local dance companies. Her choreographic and teaching process establishes a safe environment to encourage somatic awareness, ability, and understanding. Sally enjoys working with her students developmentally, grounding their technique in addition to providing room for exploration and creativity. She continues to teach a fusion of her collected styles throughout the Philadelphia and Chester areas and is currently developing more choreography.
Sarah McWilliams (Barre Dance Fitness, Hip Hop, Preschool) Sarah is currently finishing her BFA in Dance at Temple University. She has worked with Kun-Yang Lin, Jillian Harris, Shaness Kemp, Kyle Abraham, and Larry Keigwin. Sarah has performed in student, faculty, and guest artist works, and presented her own choreography. As a performer and teacher, Sarah has travelled up and down the east coast. Most recently, she performed works by Matthew Powell and Ricky Hinds in NYC at Broadway Dance Center’s Summer Professional Semester where she studied with Ginger Cox and Sheila Barker. As a dance educator, Sarah uses her widely accumulated knowledge and excitement about dance to provide students with a comfortable space for self-expression, creativity and an energizing experience. Her classes help students to gain self confidence, explore innovative thinking, develop problem solving skills, and unleash their talents.
Olivia Goodwin (Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop) Olivia received her B.A in Theatre and Dance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Olivia choreographed numerous dance projects, musicals, and collaborated with many talented artists during her undergraduate career with University Theatre and University Dance Company. She received a Certificate of Merit from the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, ACTF Region Two for her assistant choreography during “She Loves Me” at West Chester University. Olivia has been a character and parade performer at Sesame Place for their holiday seasons. Performing across Philadelphia and New Jersey, including Atlantic City, Olivia is a company member of the Andrea Mychaels Dance Project, a modern/jazz based dance company. She has been teaching dance throughout the Delaware Valley for over six years and believes strongly that the arts are vital to education and learning for all ages. She incorporates yoga, improvisation, and storytelling into her classes to enrich the learning experience. Olivia is grateful to be able to share her knowledge and passion for the arts while striving to create an open and engaging environment for her many students.
Loren Groenendaal (Preschool) Loren received her BA of Arts, Dance, and Visual Arts from Oberlin College and her MFA in Choreography from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition, she holds a Certificate in Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and Bartenieff Fundamentals (BF). She has taught dance and creative movement to children as young as two at Abington Art Center, Napoli Music and Dance, the Free Library of Philadelphia, University City Arts League and other area art programs. Loren believes that the combination of play and arts are optimal for young children to learn and grow in confidence and creative expression.
Aubrey O’Hara (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Creative, Fitness) B.S. Mercyhurst College. Aubrey enhanced her skills and knowledge through participation at the American College Dance Festival, Regional Dance America Festival, and multiple Dance Teacher Conferences. She has performed professionally in New York City, including as a featured dancer on Broadway. Her resume includes extensive choreography experience, work as a personal trainer and a board-certified holistic health coach. In addition, she has a degree in Fashion Merchandising (FIT). All of her skills are utilized in her founding of Healthtabulous, which empowers women to achieve health and happiness through nutrition, fitness, fashion and fun. Aubrey loves the artistic expression and creativity that teaching dance provides. She considers each of her students a ‘work of art’, and each class offers the opportunity to help students grow into something greater and uniquely magnificent, as both a dancer and an individual.
Jackie Tate (Fitness) MS in Health Education, Corporate Wellness emphasis; BS Nutrition Science, Pennsylvania State University. Jackie is the owner of Tate’s Wellness Company, based in Glen Mills, PA. She works one-on-one to provide personalized dietary plans involving weight management for adults, teenagers and children and delivers wellness programs to corporations such as Wawa. Jackie also conducts fitness classes and personal training at dance, fitness, and martial arts schools and serves as the Certified SilverSneakers® fitness instructor for Darlington Arts. Jackie’s greatest enjoyment is motivating individuals to reach their personal goals of good physical, mental, and emotional health by maintaining nutrition excellence and optimal physical performance for a lifetime of healthy and happy living. She can be contacted via www.healthyeating-life.com.
Ted Way (Karate) Mr. Way has been teaching Tang Soo Do and mixed martial arts with McCormick Karate Academy since 2001. He received his 4th Degree Black belt in 2015 (Masters Rank). He is also a certified instructor in the Israeli self-defense art of Haganah. Other certifications include: CPR, Ground assault, Combat wrestling and Combat fitness. He also continues to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, full contact kick boxing, and weapons defense.
Hattie Weselyk (Creative, Ballet, Jazz, Character, Modern, Jewelry, Drama) Hattie studied at The School of American Ballet in association with the NYC Ballet Company and at the Juilliard School of Performing Arts. She performed professionally as the principal dancer with The Brandywine Ballet Company and also with Opus 1 Contemporary Dance Company of Philadelphia. Hattie is multi-talented and also an accomplished fine artist. Her handcrafted silver jewelry is exhibited in galleries, juried shows, and boutiques in PA, DE, NJ and Canada, and has been featured on the cover of Brandywine Signature Magazine. http://www.HattieWeselyk.com
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