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 three 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 believes that it is important to recognize the gift and passion inside of you. We want you to use it! For Johannah, her calling was to dance and to train others to become the dancer & best version of themselves. 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
Originally from Toms River, New Jersey, Kristin began her dance training at the age of four and has studied ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. She had the opportunity to continue her passion through college, where she held multiple positions on Shippensburg University’s In-Motion Dance Troupe’s Executive Board, choreographing routines for the annual performance and the school’s Homecoming Spirit Rally. Kristin has performed in national competitions such as UDA College Nationals in Orlando, Florida, and has taken dance workshops with Brooklynettes Dancers.
Kristin has a passion and love for mentoring and teaching the art of dance to young children, teens and adults, and is excited to enter her fifth year teaching and choreographing at Dance Revelation.
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.
Kendra started dancing at a very young age, training in all styles, and decided she wanted to pursue dance as a career after High School. She started training more seriously and researching opportunities the world had to offer, including intensives, conventions, and master classes. She went on to complete the Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, earning a certificate. She has since then trained with some of the best choreographers/ dancers in the industry in NYC and Los Angeles focusing on street styles. She has performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade and has been in a couple music videos. She has strong training in street styles and is excited to share her passion and knowledge.
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!
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 senior at Cumberland Valley High School. 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.”
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.”
1st Year Student Leader
Francesca began dancing at age 5. She has been with Dance Revelation since 6 years of age. She loves how much joy and relief the studio brings her. Her favorite genre is contemporary. She loves how much freedom and expression the style gives her. She is currently in BCDR and is looking forward to assisting the Entry Level classes in the upcoming season. She wants to help younger dancers feel confident and comfortable in the environment that the studio has created. She feels that DR is a home for her. “Even if I’m having a rough day, just stepping into the studio and knowing what I’m about to accomplish makes me happy. I’ll never forget the friendships that DR has given me and the lessons that I will use for the rest of my life. I look forward to the future of not only my journey, but the journey’s of the younger dancers.”
1st Year Student Leader
Emily began dancing at age 4 and has been dancing at DR since she was 7. She is a part of the Company program and is in the highest level of BCDR. Emily wants to pursue dance as a career. She hopes to one day train at Joffrey Ballet School in New York to further her dance training. Emily is excited to take the next step at DR this year being a Student Leader.
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!”
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.
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.
Nicole Monville-Ridgway received a bachelor of the arts in dance with a minor in film and media studies from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.
Nicole is a dance professor at Lancaster Bible College and a dance educator at The Sight & Sound Theatre’s Conservatory. Nicole is a judge for Legacy Dance Championships, Celebration Talent Competiton, and a national master class teacher.
Nicole is the founder and director of Catalyst Dance Company; a professional contemporary dance company whose purpose is to initiate change, evoke thought, and create opportunities. Her choreography has been nominated for various awards and presented at festivals internationally.
She has worked as a performer with Jump Rhythm Jazz Project in Chicago, The Pillow Project in Pittsburgh, and a choreographer and dancer at Exhalations Dance Theatre in Pittsburgh.
Nicole hopes to continue to educate and inspire the next generation of performers.
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.
Kelly Strange hails from Detroit and, at nineteen, moved to New York and began her career as a professional dancer and actress.
Her credits include commercial and print modeling, numerous theatrical productions, extensive work on television including several soap operas, commercials, an early MTV video, the NBC drama Do No Harm and Billions on Showtime. She also appeared in the films Lucky Numbers and Brave The Dark which were shot in the mid-state. Kelly is a member of Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) and Screen Actor’s Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).
Kelly has choreographed hundreds of dance numbers for studios in the mid-state; for the dance company at Dickinson College, industrials, and several musical revues. She has enjoyed teaching Master classes in the fields of tap, jazz and theater dance in Virginia, Michigan, and throughout the Central Pennsylvania. She also taught 4 semesters and an adjunct professor of jazz dance at Dickinson College. She is proud to have been a substitute teacher of theater dance classes at New York’s famed Broadway Dance Center – a hub for dance students from around the world. Kelly oversaw the tap, jazz and theater dance department for a pre-professional studio for 22 years and was the Artistic Director of a commercial dance studio for 16 years.
She has choreographed for Hershey Area Playhouse, Theatre Harrisburg, Oyster Mill Playhouse, The Playhouse at Allenberry, and for Open Stage. Her work has also been seen in a few of the local high school’s spring musicals – primarily CASA’s (Capital Area School for the Arts.)
Kelly’s students have gone on to perform off-Broadway, in National and International tours, in regional theaters, on cruise ships, and have obtained degrees in theater and dance from colleges and universities.
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.