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Faculty, DR Leaders, & Guest Teachers

Lead Staff

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Johannah Leach

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!

Leah Wallace

Leah Wallace

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."

Kristin Kellum

Kristin Kellum

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!

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Victoria West

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.

Support Staff

Ellen Diehl

Ellen Diehl

Ballet Instructor

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 D'Souza

Suzie D’Souza

Ballet Instructor

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!

Brianna Gibbons

Brianna Gibbons

Ballet & Entry Level Instructor

Bri has been dancing since she was just 3 years old! Since then her love for dance, specifically ballet, has grown every day. Bri has danced at a few different studios and joined the DR family in 2011. Not long after, she was accepted into the Ballet Conservatory in 2012 to continue classical training at a higher level. She also was involved in the student demonstrating program & learned about responsibility, leadership, and teaching. Fast forward to 2015, she performed the lead role in the Ballet Conservatory’s Swan Lake as Odette.

Bri graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College in May of 2018. She plans on keeping dance as a part of her life. Since she has acquired most of her training at Dance Revelation, she truly believes that she can thoroughly express the value of forming a correct ballet foundation.

“I hope to positively impact the students I come in contact with, whether with a hug, laugh, smile. Dance has always been an escape for me. I love seeing others escape into the dance world where we are all friends and grow together.”

 
Capri Morey

Capri Morey

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.

Hannah Murakami

Hannah Murakami

Ballet & Entry Level Instructor

Hannah has over 13 years of dance training in classical ballet, jazz, pointe, and modern. She studied in her hometown of Syracuse, NY, where she became an assistant dance teacher. She has attended numerous summer intensives, including at Point Park University, and performed with Mason Dance Project. She is excited to join the Dance Revelation family as an Entry Level and Ballet Conservatory instructor.

Rachel Switzer

Rachel Switzer

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!

Student Leaders & Student Teachers

Miranda Blumanstock

Miranda Blumanstock

2nd Year Mentoree

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.”

Angelina DiCostanzo

Angelina DiCostanzo

2nd Year Student Leader

Angelina started dancing her freshman year at the age of 14. She started with gymnastics at a young age and found dance later than others, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing her dream. Angelina is also going into her senior year at Capital Area School for the Arts Charter School. Dance Revelation has allowed her the opportunity to grow as a dancer and gain the skills to help her further pursue dance into college. “I am so happy to be at DR, a place where I feel welcome. Since this is my last year at a place I consider my second home I hope to keep growing with the help of the staff and the amazing classes DR has to offer.”

Alex Green

Alex Green

1st 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!”

KK Hart

KK Hart

1st Year Student Teacher

KK began dancing at the age of seven in Dance Revelation’s Entry Level Program. At the time, she was playing soccer, dancing, and taking karate classes. However, her immense love for dance pushed her to join the newly founded Ballet Conservatory (BCDR). From there, she involved herself in all that DR had to offer, including taking extra classes, joining the competition team, becoming a company member, and being a part of the student leadership program. KK is now 17 and a senior at Mechanicsburg High School. As she journeys through this next season, she is ecstatic to be a student teacher! KK is beyond thankful to all of the staff at DR, past and present, for mentoring her through the tough times and celebrating her and her journey.

Sabrina Miller

Sabrina Miller

2nd Year Student Leader

Sabrina began dancing at Dance Revelation at the age 12. Not knowing much about dance or what to expect, she came to DR with high hopes. Sabrina was able to find amazing training, outstanding mentors, and a second family. Dance Revelation has given Sabrina a home away from home for the past 4 years. Sabrina is now 16 and headed into her junior year of high school at Capital Area School for the Arts Charter School. She is continuing to train at DR and beginning her second year apart of the student leader program. “I am so thankful for DR and could not be happier that I chose to further my dance education experience here. I am constantly being challenged by the staff, and I’m always continuing to learn. Dance Revelation is definitely where I am meant to be.”

Leah Volk

Leah Volk

1st Year Student Leader

Leah started dancing at a young age, but joined the Dance Revelation family in 2017. This will be her first year as a student leader, and she is beyond excited to be able to give back to DR. She is also thankful for the opportunities DR gives her to better herself in dance and as an individual. Through DR, she’s made many strong connections and is exploring the many forms that dance comes in, which she once thought never existed. Leah is now a Junior at Capital Area School for the Arts Charter School and hopes to one day pursue dance as a career. She will continue dancing at DR because of the kind hearts, guiding voices, and thoughtful dancers that dwell beyond their doors.

Parvathy Nair

Parvathy Nair

2nd Year Student Leader

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!

Anishka Parikh

Anishka Parikh

2nd Year Mentoree

Anishka began her dance training in the BCDR program at Dance Revelation in 2012. She decided to join DR because she wanted to be a well-rounded dancer with a strong ballet base. This will be her eighth year dancing at DR, and she is excited to continue learning and growing in her final year before she graduates. Anishka is thankful to Dance Revelation for offering her quality dance training and for developing her personal character as part of the Student Leader Program.

Taylor Snyder

Taylor Snyder

1st 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

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Parent Leaders

Jenna Geissler

Jenna Geissler

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.”

Jess Ickler

Jess Ickler

Go-To Mom & Manager of Parent Leadership Email Account

Jess joined the Dance Revelation family in the fall of 2015 when she brought her daughter to try dance for the first time. Now her daughter is entering her fourth year in Dance Revelation's Ballet Conservatory. It is Dance Revelation's ability to pair excellent instruction with a culture of love that Jess most appreciates, along with the growth seen yearly in both her daughter and all of the students at Dance Revelation.

Jess is a go-to-mom and manager of the parent leadership email account. She will often be at the go-to-table and throughout the studio, ready to help with anything the dancers or the dance families may need. She also assists with fundraising and volunteers backstage at annual performances.

She takes pride in nurturing the culture of love and family that Dance Revelation has set, and is grateful for being involved with a studio that provides an environment of greatness and of acceptance for their students.

"There is no better way to end my day than to see my child and her dance friends come out of dance class lit up from the inside, certain of their ability and certain of their value."

Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller

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.”

Guest Teachers

Catherine Borrone

Catherine Borrone

New York, NY

Catherine is a New York City based Ballet Instructor and Choreographer beloved by her students. Catherine was classically trained in New Hampshire under the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus completing pre-primary through intermediate examinations. Presented by Mignon Furman, Catherine received Silver and Gold with Distinction medals from the American Academy of Dance Performance Awards. She continued her training under the Vaganova syllabus with Mary McCarthy, as well as Walnut Hill, Boston Ballet, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She was a scholarship recipient under the direction of Peggy Lyman, to attend The Hartt School and holds a BFA in Dance Performance. Catherine has danced professionally with several companies in New York City including The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, where she had the honor of working with Tony Award winning Director Bartlett Sher. Catherine has also appeared in magazines, music videos and tv/film internationally. Some credits include: The New York Times, PRADA, Yosi Horikawa, Great Performances PBS, Vice Magazine Mexico City, and Photo Dot South Korea.

In 2018, Catherine continued her pedagogy education at the renowned Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Teacher Workshop, led by Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary and Associate Artistic Director Darla Hoover. She has been an educator since 2008 and has held open classes at the legendary New York City Center Studios. Catherine is currently on faculty at several New York Private Studios and travels as a master guest teacher throughout the United States.

Danielle Bower

Danielle Bower

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 Clark

Lizzie Clark

Nashville, TN

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.

Erin Morgan

Erin Morgan

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.

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Ashley Rich

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.

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Tracie Stanfield

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.