Miss Maureen Owner/Director
Miss Maureen has been dancing since the age of six. With now over twenty years of teaching experience she decided to start her own dance studio because of her passion of ballet. She started her dancing career at Blue Bell School of Dance, located in Blue Bell, PA under the instruction of both Miss Irene Evans and Miss Wanda Klazack. She went on to further her education receiving a Bachelor’s in Business at Gwynedd Mercy College.
Some other accomplishments include:
Choreographed yearly performances for Archbishop Kennedy High School including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, How to Succeed in Business, and Fiddler on the Roof. Choreographed Wissahickon High School Summer Theater performances including Oklahoma, Finneian’s Rainbow, and Annie Get Your Gun. Appeared and danced professionally in City Line Dinner Theater production of Hello Dolly. Appeared and danced professionally in Mickey Rooney’s Dinner Theater production of Grease
Continues to attend dance conventions, competitions, and seminars both in New York and Philadelphia throughout her dancing career.
- Classes Taught: General I/II,III, Ballet & Pointe
Sharee started dancing at the age of 3 in a small studio located in Scranton, PA. She later was accepted to the University of the Arts for Dance. Sharee noticed that she had to work extremely hard because all of the other students had superior training prior to attending the University. This was frustrating but continued to move forward. After receiving her BFA, she took a non-union job dancing for a show in Atlantic City. The contract completed and she was still in need of intelligent training and decided to devote each year to extensive dance programs. All of her earnings went to gaining education from dance companies such as Complexions, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Lines, Philadanco, Koresh Dance Company, The Edge, Debbie Renolds, jLas Vegas Ballet, Company, Merce Cunningham, etc. She also studied next to Kat Wildish, Calen Kurka, Cheryl Murakami, Salim Gauwloos, Luam, Cherice Barton, etc.
After feeling confident from the extensive training, she landed dancing contracts in NYC, TEXAS, LAS VEGAS, CALIFORNIA, and PHILADELPHIA. After the completion of her last contract, she noticed dancers rehabilitating and preventing injury with the pilates reformer. She studied directly with trainers and later became certified. While instructing pilates, Sharee continued to study all areas and styles of dance with a specific focus on injury prevention, longevity of a dancer’s career and dance anatomy. She would travel 2x a week to take classes at Steps in NYC and to sit in lectures with Julliard’s functional anatomist. Her passion for not only the art of dance but also the science and mechanics began to connect and evolve.
Sharee promised herself that when she decided to teach that she would have the ability to provide TOP QUALITY dance education to children to FULLY prepare them if they chose a career in dance. She stresses the importance of quality dance education, traveling to seek the best training from the source and creating intelligent dancers who will forever have the discipline to succeed in whatever path they later chose.
She continues to take class and freelance so that her information is constantly evolving with the art form itself.
- Classes taught: Ballet, Lyrical & Jazz
Rachel is a professional dancer, choreographer, and athlete based in Philadelphia. She has been dancing since she was three years old, competitively training in all styles of dance. Throughout college, she attended university dance classes and also founded her own dance team at Penn State in 2015, serving as the artistic director for two years – Rêve Dance Company. During her final year at Penn State, she gained experience as a dance instructor and choreographer at Dance Fusion scoring award-winning pieces at competitions. Upon graduation, she briefly lived in Atlanta where she continued her dance education and served as a guest choreographer for The Atlanta Dance Academy. Furthermore, she received her dance certification from The Millennium Dance Complex Los Angeles Certificate Program where she trained for six months focusing on new commercial styles of dance. She has worked with prominent choreographers in the business such as, Yanis Marshall, Anthony Garza, Jess Cummings, Jojo Gomez, Alexander Chung, Hamilton Evans, Kanec Carr, Brian & Scott Nicholson, and many more. Since returning from Los Angeles, she has taken classes from Koresh Dance Company, Project Moshen, and has expanded her dance education by learning aerial arts. In addition to joining the Rising Star Dance Academy faculty, she is a dancer for All Around Entertainment, a Barre Instructor, and a principal dancer for the Artistic Edge Dance Company, led by Narissa Fell-Wescott.
Kaitlyn Gaito began her dance training at the age of four in the Philadelphia area.
Throughout her years of training, she actively performed throughout the Tri-State area where she received several scholarships and titles. Kaitlyn completed her BFA in Dance at the University of the Arts with honors in 2018. She has trained extensively in hip hop, jazz, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, acrobatics, Bollywood, and African dance styles. Kaitlyn was also a featured dancer for Good Morning America and was also featured performer in the 6 ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as the West Chester Christmas Parade that airs on QVC. Kaitlyn’s choreography earned her the distinction as a ‘RAW Artist”, a select group of internationally known choreographers, a commissioned event. Her choreography has also been presented at venues including: Carnegie Hall, ArtsQuest, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Kutztown University’s Schaffer Auditorium, Lincoln University, and the Gershman YGym. Kaitlyn has also staged work for dancers to perform at the Harlem Globetrotters, the 76ers preshow, Dance for a Cure in Glen Mills, PA, and Delawareness, an event supporting autism awareness in the Wilmington, Delaware area.
Alexa recently graduated Magnum Cum Laude from Temple University with a double major in Journalism and Political Science. Upon her graduation, she was inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society for graduating in the top 10 percent of her class and was awarded a board position on the Temple University Young Alumni Board. At Temple, Alexa was involved in many student organizations including being a member of the Temple University Diamond Gems Dance Team. She competed at The Universal Dance Associations (UDA) nationals annually where her team placed 8th in the nation. Alexa has been dancing since she was 2 years old and held several national dance titles growing up. She was also awarded scholarships at Access Broadway four years in a row for her dancing, singing and acting abilities. Her love for dance and performing led her to dance professionally with the 76ers Dance Team and now with the Philadelphia Wings Dance Team for their upcoming season. Among dancing professionally, she continues to teach at her mother’s dance studio and helps manage the competition teams where she choreographs and teaches technique classes. In addition to Alexa pursuing her passion for dance, she currently works as the Marketing and Communications Director for Design Pro Development and LaCorte Properties, two real estate development companies in Philadelphia, PA. When she’s not working or dancing, Alexa loves to cook, explore the city of Philadelphia, and pet every dog that comes her way.
Victoria graduated from University of the Arts with a BFA in dance. Growing up she studied at The Academy of Dance in Wilmington, DE. with James Jamieson and Victor Wesley. She was a member of the Wilmington Ballet Company. After college Victoria performed professionally over the next ten years. . She was a cast member of the infamous Siegfried and Roy at the Mirage in Las Vegas. Other stage credits include Magic on Broadway, Salute to Swing and Legends in Concert. She has performed on TV’s The Rosie O’Donnell show, Star Search, and in the movie Mannequin II. Victoria also was a backup dancer for recording artist Lizette Melendez. She has performed all over the United States
including New York, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Myrtle Beach as well as Japan and the Caribbean. Victoria has performed in shows choreographed by Kenny Ortega, Terry Beeman, Tiger Martina, Michael Darrin, Rosie Perez, and Jean Paul Reggori. Over the past 20years, Victoria has been teaching and choreographing in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She has won many high scores, overall and choreography awards at regional and national competitions. She won top teacher awards three years in a row at Star Systems regional competitions. Many of her students have been accepted into dance programs in high school and college. Currently, she has former students who are pursuing dance majors at University of the Arts, Marymount College, Mason Gross, and Towson Univ. as well dancing on Royal Caribbean Cruise lines.