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.

Melissa Hanigosky (Yoga) Melissa is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor who was an on-again, off-again yogi for about 10 years, taking her first yoga class in college. Through moves and life changes, Melissa came back to a consistent physical yoga practice when relocating to the Philadelphia area. She loves to share a fun and fast flow with her classes, building strength in our bodies to build strength in our minds and actions.


Ryir Norris (Dance, Theater) Born and raised in Philadelphia, Ryir began his performing career at the tender age of 6 year old. Ryir is classically trained in voice and ballet alike while also specializing in modern dance and musical theatre. Ryir has worked with Azuka Theatre, Delaware Theater Company, Eastern University Walnut Street Theater, Philadelphia Dance Theater, Gwen Bye Dance, Providence Creek Dance, and many more! Ryir has spent the last 7 years as an arts educator in and around the city of Philadelphia. Ryir is currently engaged in uplifting Philadelphia communities and allocating resources for underrepresented demographics.