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Faculty and Staff

Lead Staff

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Johannah Leach

Johannah is the Founder and Director of Dance Revelation. She has trained and competed in Ballet, Jazz, Character, Hip Hop, Pointe, Tap, and Lyrical.

“I am always learning and wanting to expand my education as an instructor and studio owner. I travel every few months to NYC to learn from some of the greatest teachers and choreographers! I also travel to various teacher conferences and conventions. I believe that learning from fellow teachers and dancers is the key to a bright education. I learn something new every day from the students and parents of Dance Revelation.

My passion 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. I am very blessed to know each day I am working with such amazing staff members and students who all treasure the gift of dance.”

Dance Revelation feels that it is important for a child and adult to recognize the gift and passion one may have and use it! For Johannah, her calling was to dance and to train others to be the dancer they want to become. Our staff is excited to help foster each student’s passion for dance. One of our goals is to help our students discover the dancer within them! We hope you would consider joining Dance Revelation!

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Suzie D’Souza

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!

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Brianna Gibbons

Bri has been dancing since she was just 3 years old! Since then her love for dance, specifically ballet, has grown every day. Brianna has danced at a few different studios and joined the DR family in 2011. She was then accepted into the Ballet Conservatory in 2012 to continue classical training at a higher level. Fast forward to 2015, she performed the lead role in BDCR’s Swan Lake as Odette.

Bri is currently enrolled at Harrisburg Area Community College as a dental assisting major. However, she plans on keeping dance as a part of her life. One of her passions is to teach young girls and boys ballet technique. Since she learned most of her ballet technique from Miss Leah at DR, she truly believes that she can thoroughly express the value of forming a correct ballet foundation.

“I hope to positively impact every student I come in contact with, whether with a hug or a laugh or a 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.”

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Mary Glosenger

Mary began Chinese traditional folk dance in elementary school and expanded into classical ballet and modern in middle school at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet before transitioning to Dance Revelation during her high school years. She received her Bachelor's of Business Administration from Loyola University and throughout college participated in Towson University's adult dance program. Mary looks forward to rejoining the DR family and helping to foster a love for the art of dance.

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Kristin Kellum

Kristin has studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and lyrical, holding positions on Shippensburg University’s In-Motion Dance Troupe’s Executive Board, and choreographing routines for the school. She moved to Harrisburg in 2014 and joined Dance Revelation’s Adult Ballet and Hip Hop class. This is Kristin’s first year teaching with us and is excited to share her experience & love for dance with you!

Mandy Rempel

Mandy began dancing at age 3 in Littleton, CO and received instruction in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Lyrical, Jazz, and Tap. In high school, she attended the Ballet Magnificat! Summer Dance Intensive for three summers. In 2018, Mandy graduated from Messiah College with a BA in Dance and a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics. This fall Mandy will be completing a Dietetic Internship in order to become a Dietitian, and she is thrilled to be able to share her love of dancing with the students of Dance Revelation. Mandy will be joining our team as a Ballet Conservatory and Entry Level instructor.

Kara Schmidt

At the age of 11, Kara began to study ballet at the National Academy of Dance in Chile. She continued with the tutelage of Russian teachers while living in Costa Rica then went on to earn her bachelor’s degree at Eastern University, where she studied ballet with a woman who danced with Dance Theater of Harlem and took class at The Rock School. Kara attended the Martha Graham School for Contemporary Dance, and she also performed and choreographed work with the school. In 2015, she went to University of North Carolina Greensboro for her MFA in choreography and then transferred to Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance in London.

After pursuing a professional dance career in NYC, Kara moved to the Harrisburg area to start a small 501(c)3 dance company, Third Space Dance. She has fourteen years of experience teaching and has taught classes at Capital Area School of the Arts, Messiah College, and Juniata College. Currently, Kara is involved with founding the Harrisburg chapter of, “The Field," a NYC based initiative for creatives to make work in the community of other artists. The partnering venue is Open Stage Theater of Harrisburg. She is also an RA with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s summer intensive at Dickinson College.

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Leah Wallace, Ballet Mistress of Dance Revelation

Leah began her dance training in classical ballet at Degnan Ballet Center, Home of Ballet Northeast in Kingston, PA.  She also trained at four Ballet Magnificate Summer Intensives in Jackson, MS.  Leah is a graduate of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania with a BA in Dance.  For over a decade, 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 and Slippery Rock University Dance Theater Company.  "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." 

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Faith Weaver

Faith Weaver has been dancing since she was 5, training in ballet, tap, ballroom, and musical theater. Her inspiration in dance was to follow in her sister’s footsteps as she taught her everything she knew. Growing up, she strengthened most of her skills while volunteering at Harrisburg Christian Performing Arts Center as well as working with ministries such as Reverence Dance Studios and EncounteredHeart Ministries. Her future plan is to pursue her goal of becoming a dance therapist, although that was temporarily put on hold as she got married this past year. Dance has always been an escape as well as a release for her, and she dreams of being able to teach the next generation. Faith will be joining our team as an Entry Level instructor.

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Victoria West

Victoria is the administrator at Dance Revelation. She holds a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and has a passion for dance and non-profit work. Victoria has worked with Johannah over the past five years and has enjoyed watching Dance Revelation grow. She works in the office during the day handling payments, parent/student relations, and event planning.

Guest Teachers

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Danielle Bower

Danielle has a degree from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has trained extensively at Broadway Dance Center in NYC. She has worked professionally for Montazh Performing Arts Company and ContempraDance Theatre, performing in additional projects for various choreographers in Philadelphia and NYC. Currently, she is performing with SyntehsisDANCE, an NYC Contemporary Ballet company and is full-time faculty at the Grief School.

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Lizzie Clark

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 Tour, Jesus Culture Tour, Michael W. Smith, and more. She has also performed leading roles in “Beauty and the Beast”, “My Fair Lady”, “Music Man”, “Guys and Dolls” and others. She has been awarded multiple choreography awards for her recent work with music videos, films, live performances, and professional contemporary dance companies.

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Erin Morgan

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

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

Tracie is an award-winning choreographer and educator and the artistic director of SynethesisDANCE in NYC. Her choreography has been presented at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Dance Festival Company, Brooklyn Museum, and many other locations. She is on the faculty at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and is a resident choreographer at the Booking Dance Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Student Leadership Team

Miranda Blumanstock, Angelina DiCostanzo, KK Hart, Sabrina Miller, Parvathy Nair, Anishka Parikh, and Faith Shover.