Dance & Fitness Teaching Artists

TA-Ackin Emily Ackin (Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Pointe) BFA Dance Education (University of the Arts). 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.

TA-CouncilNashira 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 many countries. Nashira has been instructing dance for over 13 years to children and adults. She has taught and trained in numerous local studios as a dance instructor/choreographer and personal trainer. Nashira also has performed for various top charting artists both Internationally and Locally. In every class, she teaches control and self-discipline with movements that require patience, teaching different styles and infusing movements to create a new styles, and always keeping her classes exciting!

sarahmcwilliams-dancepreschoolSarah 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, performed in student, faculty, and guest artist works, and presented her own choreography twice. As a performer and teacher, Sarah has travelled to Jacksonville, FL and Wellesley, MA; most recently she was in NYC at Broadway Dance Center’s Summer Professional Semester where she studied with Ginger Cox and Sheila Barker, and performed in works by Matthew Powell and Ricky Hinds. As a dance educator, Sarah uses her widely accumulated knowledge and excitement about dance to provide students with a safe space for expression and a confidence-boosting experience. Her classes allow students to explore creative thinking, problem solving, and self-expression.

Olivia GoodwinOlivia 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 of Performing Arts, ACTF Region Two for her assistant choreography during “She Loves Me” Fall 2012 at West Chester University. Olivia has been a character and parade performer at Sesame Place for their holiday seasons. Performing across Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Atlantic City, Olivia is a company member of the Andrea Mychaels Dance Project, a modern/jazz based dance company. She has been teaching throughout Delaware and Chester Counties for the past five years, and believes that the arts are a vital part of education for all ages. She loves to incorporate yoga, improvisation, and story telling into her classes. 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 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 much more. Loren “believes that play and arts are a great mode for young children to learn.”

TA-OHaraAubrey O’Hara (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Creative, Fitness) B.S. Mercyhurst College. Attended American College Dance Festival, Regional Dance America Festival, Dance Teacher Conferences. Has performed in professional performances in New York City, including as a featured dancer on Broadway. Extensive choreography experience. Personal trainer and board-certified holistic health coach, degree in Fashion Merchandising (FIT) . Recently founded 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 demands. She considers each of her students a ‘work of art’, and each class gives her the opportunity to help them grow into something more uniquely magnificent, both as a dancer and as an individual.

TA-TateJackie Tate (Fitness) MS in Health Education, Corporate Wellness emphasis; BS Nutrition Science, Pennsylvania State University. Owner of Tate’s Wellness Company, based in Glen Mills, PA. Works one-on-one to provide personalized dietary plans for weight management for adults, teenagers and children; delivers wellness programs to corporations such as Wawa; conducts fitness classes and personal training at local dance and karate schools; 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.

Ted Way (413x640)Ted Way (Karate) Mr. Way has been teaching Tang Soo Do and mixed martial arts for 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. Mr. Way has been wrestling since the late 1970’s. He also continues to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, full contact kick boxing and weapons defense.

Hattie WeselykHattie Weselyk (Creative, Ballet, Jazz, Character, Modern, Jewelry, Drama) Studied at The School of American Ballet in association with the NYC Ballet Company, at the Juilliard School of Performing Arts; former principal dancer with The Brandywine Ballet Company; teacher and choreographer for local studios and theatres. Performed with Opus 1 Contemporary Dance Company of Philadelphia. 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.


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