Founder & Director
Johannah is the Founder and Director of Dance Revelation (DR). She continues to teach within all programs offered at DR. As a business owner and mother of two young children, she understands and values the importance of creating a space where all can feel loved, challenged, and well-trained. Dance Revelation began when Johannah was just 21 years old, and since then she has continued to refine and grow DR to the fullest. Learning from life lessons, leaving room for new experiences, and surrounding herself with amazing leaders has been the framework in pursuing Dance Revelation’s fullest potential. Her passion in running a dance school is fueled with the opportunities of developing healthy, strong, and loving characteristics in each student.
“My love for dance began at the age of 6. It took a few years for my parents to realize this passion was not just something that would come and go, but they eventually realized that dance was a part of who I was as a person and would be a part of me for the rest of my life. When my parents allowed me to explore my passion for dance, they found so much joy in watching me do what I love. As an adult, I can say I love what I do, and I love my job.”
Dance Revelation feels that it is important to recognize the gift and passion you have and use it! For Johannah, her calling was to dance and to train others to become the dancer they want to be. Our staff is excited to help foster each student’s passion for dance. One of our goals is to help our students discover the potential within them! We hope you will consider joining Dance Revelation!
Ballet Mistress since 2009
Leah began her dance training in classical ballet at Degnan Ballet Center, Home of Ballet Northeast in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She also trained at four Ballet Magnificat! Summer Intensives in Jackson, MS. Leah is a graduate of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania with a BA in Dance. For over 15 years, she has trained and performed classical, contemporary, and modern dance. She has also taught ballet and modern technique, along with choreographing classical, contemporary ballet, and modern dance at both Ballet Northeast, Slippery Rock University Dance Theater Company, and co-directed Company for Dance Revelation. Leah was commissioned by Anastasis Ballet Company of San Francisco to set evening length works of ballet and modern for their tour repertoire of 2014.
"I feel that it is vital to the role of being an excellent dance instructor that students have a sense of safety and confidence in order to accomplish the very best results in expressing their dance practice. My goals are to impart to eager and passionate dance students the goodness and wisdom of the life of a dancer."
With DR since 2015
Kristin began dancing when she was 4 years old, training in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop. As Kristin worked towards her degree from Shippensburg University, she had the opportunity to continue dancing and choreographing with the school's In-Motion Dance Troupe. When Kristin moved to Harrisburg in 2014, it was discovered she could continue her passion and joined the adult hip hop class offered by Dance Revelation. Now part of our staff, this is Kristin’s third year teaching, where she has enjoyed helping students grow and discover their love of dance!
Administrator since 2008
Victoria has worked with Dance Revelation since its foundation. She holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and has a passion for non-profit leadership. Victoria has worked with Johannah to expand and grow Dance Revelation and has enjoyed seeing it evolve. She spends three days a week working in the office.
Ellen Diehl began her dance training in classical ballet with Chambersburg Ballet Theatre and studied there for 14 years, dancing in 40+ ballets and performances as a company member. She has carried her love of performing and choreography into the theatre world and is heavily involved in the local theatre community, with credits including shows such as MAMMA MIA!, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Into the Woods. When offstage, Ellen teaches ballet and musical theatre and is a choreographer for a variety of theatre camps and musicals. She currently studies Theatre, English, and Dance at Messiah College.
Suzie was trained in classical ballet, modern, and jazz at the Ballet Theatre of Central PA. She was a member of the BTCP company for six years and performed in many full-length ballets with the company. She went on to dance with Light of the World Ballet Company, based in Syracuse, NY. Suzie has well over a decade of teaching experience with students of all ages and levels. Discovering a love of teaching early in her dance career, she has spent years striving to learn and grow as a teacher.
In addition to her hours in the classroom dedicated to helping her students grow in technique, she has directed fairy tale dance camps, choreographed an original ballet, and founded and directed a lyrical dance program that focused on choreography and performance outreach. Passionate about sharing her love of dance with children, youth, and adults, she is an enthusiastic and engaged teacher. Suzie is excited to join DR as a Ballet Conservatory instructor!
Hip Hop Instructor
Capri is a former DR student who has 14 years of hip hop experience. She holds a Secondary Education degree from Shippensburg University. With 5 years of experience as a hip hop instructor, Capri is excited to join our staff.
Ballet & Jazz Instructor
Rachel is currently a student at Messiah College. She has almost 15 years of dance experience in classical ballet, modern, and character. She was a scholarship recipient at Ballet Magnificat and at the Ailey School in NYC. We are excited to welcome Rachel to our Ballet Conservatory program as an instructor!
Grace Wellmon has been dancing for 19 years. Her dance background is rooted in classical ballet, pointe, tap, lyrical/contemporary, modern, and musical theater. She has trained at schools including Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Ribbon Mill Ballet, Chambersburg Ballet Theatre, as well as receiving her tap and jazz instruction from Kelly Strange. While she has performed many ballets and other dance performances, she has additionally performed in musical productions such as Mary Poppins, Anything Goes, and Big Fish. Grace was also a dance captain for several past productions. She currently studies Communications and Dance at Messiah University.
Student Leaders & Student Teachers
3rd Year Mentoree & Student Teacher
Miranda began dancing at Dance Revelation at the age of 5 after her mom signed her up for a ballet/tap class. She is now a sophomore at Cumberland Valley High School and in her eleventh year of dance. She is excited for even more years to come, and she hopes to continue her training into college. “I love DR because it really prepares you for the real world inside and outside of dance from teaching children to time management. I’m so happy that my mom signed me up at Dance Revelation because it’s an experience you can’t get anywhere else.”
1st Year Student Leader
Eva has always loved dancing from a very young age. She started dancing at Dance Revelation at 5 years old. She later took a break from dancing to try other sports and activities such as gymnastics, basketball, and softball. Then she later realized that dancing is what truly makes her happy. Eva returned to DR when she was 9. She did 2 years of rec, then started BCDR, and the following year she started company. As Eva went to competitions and spent more time at the studio she started to become more and more passionate for dance. This year she decided the next step in her dance journey was to start being an SL. She truly loves assisting and being around kids. Her favorite genre of dance is contemporary. “DR has become my second home. I love my DR family so much! I am so grateful that I get to work with these amazing ladies every day.”
2nd Year Student Leader
Alex started dancing at the age of 3. She never did basketball or soccer like some other kids because her passion for dance was so strong. Currently, Alex attends Saint Joseph School and is in eighth grade. After high school, Alex would love to continue her love for dance and open a dance studio. She is very excited to start the new year at Dance Revelation to grow as a dancer. “I will always have Dance Revelation in my life. They have showed me how to be a better person, have confidence and lead. Dance Revelation is my second home, and the people there are my second family!”
1st year Mentoree
Parvathy has trained at Dance Revelation for 3 years now, and this will be her 2nd year as a student leader. She loves the atmosphere at this studio. The staff and fellow dancers provide her with so many opportunities and the support to pursue them. Beyond all the amazing training she receives from the studio, Dance Revelation is also a second home for her, a place she can go to feel safe and loved. Parvathy is so grateful to her wonderful teachers who have always looked out for her and guided her in the right direction. She looks forward to continue dancing after high school. Parvathy is so immensely happy to have found a place to grow and pursue her passion for dance with the people she loves!
Reagan has been training with Dance Revelation since 2015. She started dancing with the Entry Level Program and then joined The Ballet Conservatory two years later. She knew she found her passion for dance when she quit swimming to commit to DR. Reagan is in high school and is hoping to continue to study dance after high school. She knows this is the perfect school to best set her up for success for life beyond DR. She is so excited to be participating in the Student Leadership Program this season. “While spending so much time at DR, I hope to better my character, grow in wisdom, strengthen my skills to be more organized, responsible, dedicated and disciplined. I know I will advance in technique and artistry by being part of the BCDR and Company Program. I feel I have the support of the teachers and dancers around me and that is most important! Dance Revelation has not only made me a better dancer, but a better person too.”
2nd Year Student Leader
Taylor began dancing a lot later than most dancers. She joined the Ballet Conservatory at Dance Revelation at the age of 13. She’s now a junior at Northern Highschool. Hoping to continue her love for dance by majoring in dance and business. Her dream would be to open a dance studio. Taylor is super excited to be apart of the Student Leader Program this year and cannot wait to grow! “Dance Revelation has given me the opportunity to prepare for the real world, make new friends, and do what I love.”
Student Leadership Team
Costume Manager, Entry Level & BCDR Program Leader
Jenna Geissler came to Dance Revelation in the fall of 2014 after enrolling her 3 year old daughter, Olivia, into the Entry Level Program. The studio’s mission statement and overall atmosphere are what drew her to Dance Revelation. Over the past 5 years Jenna quickly learned that the students are not just a number but are loved, nurtured, and taught proper technique by well-qualified instructors. In the past, Jenna has been an Entry Level Class Mom (3 years), Entry Level Program Leader and Co-Costume Manager (1 year) and currently the Entry Level and BCDR Program Leader, Co-Costume Manager and Dance Revelation App Leader. Jenna volunteers backstage during the Annual Performances and at all Dance Revelation events. Jenna has one dancer enrolled in the Ballet Conservatory and as a Mini Jazz Company Performer.
“Dance Revelation has a foundation similar to those of our family as a whole. Faith and love are always seen and felt when you are in the building. Each year has a new concept which helps shape the dancers and encourages them to grow in new ways and in new experiences. I couldn’t picture our family being a part of any other dance family.”
Go-To Mom, Costume Manager, & Company Program Leader
Nicole Miller came to Dance Revelation in the fall of 2015 in search of an opportunity for her then 12 year old who did not have dance experience. After reading the mission statement, Nicole brought Sabrina to audition for the Ballet Conservatory; this placement based on skill gave Sabrina the opportunity many studios do not allow when classes are age-based. Since then volunteering at DR has become a family affair; Nicole has worked backstage during Company and Annual Performances, as Entry Level program lead, and most recently as Co-Costume Manager. Nicole is beginning her second year as Company Program Parent Lead. She has 2 dancers at DR, one in the Ballet Conservatory and the one in Entry Level Program. As a mother of 3 daughters she understands balancing life and activities. This year Nicole will be at the go-to-mom table to assist families and visitors.
“Dance Revelation is family to me. I love working with the families and dancers, each bring something special to our program and dance family. DR offered an amazing opportunity to my middle daughter, and I am forever grateful that she was able to find her dreams here.”
State College, PA
Danielle Bower is a versatile dance educator, performer and choreographer from West Chester, Pennsylvania. She trained at The Rock School for Dance Education, Koresh School of Dance, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and in 2009 moved to New York City to train at Broadway Dance Center and dance professionally with SynthesisDANCE, a Contemporary Ballet company. As a professional dancer, Danielle has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Joyce SOHO, Dixon Place, Symphony Space, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, as well as at The Fringe Festival in Scotland, The Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago, The Massachusetts Dance Festival and the Elan Summer Dance Festival in Massachusetts, and for the Booking Dance Tour in Alaska.
While residing in New York City, Danielle also traveled to dance studios across the tri-state area to teach and choreograph, including The Rock School West where she played an integral role in the development of the school’s programming while serving as the Artistic Coordinator and Performance Company Director for over 10 years.
As a dance educator, Danielle is known for her technical and inspiring classes which challenge the body and mind by encouraging dancers to embrace vulnerability, connect to musicality, and discover what makes them unique as artists and as humans. She has been given incredible opportunities to share her passion and talent with dancers by setting choreography and teaching master classes at prestigious dance institutions such as Koresh School of Dance in Philadelphia and Broadway Dance Center, STEPS on Broadway, and Peridance in New York City. Currently Danielle is on full time dance faculty at The Grier School in central Pennsylvania. She also adjudicates and teaches convention classes for national competitions and conventions, and continues to teach and choreograph for various companies, festivals, dance teams, and schools across the United States.
Lizzie’s training in ballet, jazz, and contemporary has given her the ability to perform, educate, and choreograph world-wide. She has performed with Bethel Music, Jesus Culture, Michael W. Smith, CirqueDreams, to name a few. She has also performed leading roles in “Beauty and the Beast”, “My Fair Lady”, “Music Man”, “Guys and Dolls” and others. She has had the opportunity to choreograph for multiple upcoming artists and win choreography awards for her live performance work around the country.
Cole is a graduate of West Texas A&M University with a BFA in Dance and continues to work toward his Masters of Exercise Science with expected graduation this summer. Cole has performed professionally throughout the United States with theatre credits including; a Principal Dancer with the Lone Star Ballet, a dancer for WOW Entertainment Inc. at Six Flags Over Texas, an acrobat/dancer for RWS Entertainment at both HersheyPark and Azamara Cruises where he was also Dance Captain and wardrobe manager. Outside of dance Cole enjoys eating (a lot) and watching TV crime dramas.
Highland Falls, NY
Erin has been dancing since the age of 3. She holds a BFA in Ballet Performance and has performed in many works such as “La Bayadere”, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, and “Mary Poppins”. She has worked with choreographers Roni Koresh, John Alleyne, Helen Simenou, Matthew Neenan and many others. Erin currently works in New York with the Salvation Army.
Houston, TX & New York, NY
Ashley’s dedication to dance led her to amazing achievements in concert and commercial dance including being a finalist on the 8th Season of So You Think You Can Dance and attending the Ailey School in NYC, home of the modern dance company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Currently, Ashley teaches at Downtown Dance Factory in New York City, where she is the Head of their Contemporary /Lyrical program.
New York, NY
Tracie Stanfield is a NYC based choreographer/director/educator whose work has been presented throughout the US, as well as Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Chile, Canada, and Turkey. Her signature voice has helped create and define contemporary lyrical movement in concert and commercial dance. As Artistic Director of SynthesisDANCE, she crafts concert experiences that take audiences on a journey, fusing contemporary jazz, dance theater, abstract expressionism, and her signature charm and wit into a layered and compelling evening of dance. Tracie's work has recently been performed at Dance Festivals in Benicassim, Spain and Ixtapa, Mexico.
Dance Magazine calls her classes "inspiring'” and the Huffington Post UK says Tracie's choreography "thrilled and mesmerized with her masterful fusion of contemporary and classical dance forms.”
Tracie’s choreography has been presented throughout NY at Symphony Space, Jazz at Lincoln Center, BAM Fisher, The Duke Theatre, Brooklyn Museum, Rose Nagelberg Theatre, Bryant Park, Brooklyn College, Dixon Place, Brooklyn Music School and Untermyer Park in Yonkers. Internationally, her work has been produced at the Benicassim Dance Festival (Spain), Edinburgh EICC (Scotland), SieteOcho (Mexico City) and Premiero Ato (Brazil). Stage commissions include Tec de Monterrey Universidad, Verismo Opera Company, Tapestry Dance Company, Kilgore Rangerettes, Brooklyn Dance Festival Company and Flux Dance Company, among others.
Beyond her work with the Spirit of Elan Award-winning SynthesisDANCE, Tracie served as the Resident Choreographer for the Booking Dance Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has been regularly featured in Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher and Dance Informa Magazines . She is the Founding Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Dance Festival and serves on the Advisory Board of the Young Choreographers' Festival and various dance organizations that promote the future of dance for all audiences. Tracie is the Educational Advisor for SIETEOCHO, a pre-professional training program in Mexico City.
Film projects include The Studio School, Caseology watches online campaign, The Fairy Queen with Director Erin Levendorf, Emily Rose Laochua's documentary on water conservation (OutsideZoned: working title) and Dance4Camera projects with BT Films.
One of the “Nine DanceMakers Making History” (Dance Spirit Magazine), Tracie travels the world teaching working dancers, young artists and aspiring professionals. Tracie is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and tours with Fluid Dance and Energy Dance Conventions. Recent teaching highlights include Joffrey Ballet, Yale University, Amarbailar in Paraguay, TDR Tour in Ixtapa, Encore Dance Camp in Dallas and Marymount Manhattan College.
At an early age, Stephanie was trained at the Donetsk Ballet and The Russian Ballet. Stephanie has attended The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for The Arts and attended The Alvin Ailey School. In 2004, she graduated from DeSales University with a BA in Dance. Immediately after graduation, Stephanie moved to New York City and was part of many independent and freelance dance projects. She was a dancer for Sheetal Gandhi, creator and performer in Cirque Du Soleil’s Dralion and played a leading role in The Broadway Musical of Bombay Dreams. Stephanie was the principal dancer for Regina Opera Company in Brooklyn and has performed in large scale production shows such as Wicked, Mamma Mia, Les Miserables, Hairspray, The Lion King, Chicago, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and more.
Lauren Leach trained at Dance Revelation, starting at the age of nine. Furthering her passion for dance, Lauren moved to New York City at the age of 16 where she was offered a spot as a Jazz & Contemporary Trainee at The Joffrey Ballet School. Lauren graduated from Joffrey in May 2020. She has trained in all forms of dance, and has experience singing, acting, and modeling. During her time at the Joffrey Ballet School, Lauren was cast in AwesomenessTV’s YouTube series,Joffrey Elite, as one of the ten featured dancers. She has also had the privilege of working with well-known choreographers such as Justin Peck, Akira Uchida, Norbert DeLa Cruz, and Phil Orsano. Lauren has also had the opportunity to perform for major fashion houses Dior and Hermès. Next, you can catch Lauren making her feature film debut as a Jet girl in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming remake of the film, West Side Story.
Madison Hart is an upcoming senior at Point Park University, where she is earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. Before deciding to continue her training at Point Park University, Madison was a student at Dance Revelation and is now an acting choreographer for Dance Revelation’s Ballet Conservatory and Company Program. In her past year at Point Park University, Madison was selected to work with and perform repertoire from the world renowned Martha Graham Dance Company, and an original work from established artist Amy Hall Garner. She has also had the opportunity to train with internationally recognized choreographers and instructors such as Brice Mousset, Garfield Lemonius, Jason McDole, PearlAnn Porter, and more. In the future, Madison hopes to travel the world, continue creating, and inspire awareness and love through her unique artistic voice.