Brittany Flaherty-Ryan is the Founder and Director of Kimberton Dance Academy. Brittany began her training at the Chester Valley Dance Academy in Exton, PA and at Anna Marie’s Dance Studio in Wilmington, DE. She continued her training at Indiana University and Temple University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in Strategic and Organizational Communications with a Minor in Business. Brittany also attended the Houston Ballet Academy’s Summer Program for two summers on scholarship as well as the pilot program for the Hampton Dance Festival. Brittany has performed with the First State Ballet Theatre, the Rebecca Davis Dance Company and ContempraDance Theatre, among others. Since 2006, she has been a member of Opus1 Contemporary Dance and continues to perform with them. In 2013, Brittany became the Artistic Director for the Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company and successfully produced a beautiful Nutcracker with them. After a short hiatus with the non-profit to reorganize, she is once again the AD for the company which has made it’s new home at the KDA studios. Kimberton Dance Academy was named the official school of the Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company in 2015.
Tim Early currently shares duties as co-director of the Philadelphia based modern company Opus I Contemporary. In addition to working with many choreographers including Roni Koresh, Matthew Neenan, Scott Jovovich, Charles Anderson, Eva Gholson, Terry Beck, and Christopher Flemming, he continues to perform with the Brandywine Ballet and Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. He has been on faculty at Mount Holyoke College, Lafayette College, Moravian College, West Chester University, and currently Temple University. Since 1999, Tim Early has headed the dance department at the Performing Arts Institute in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Tim is trained in ballet, modern and jazz and enjoys a full time teaching schedule. In his spare time he is an avid photographer and loves riding his bike.
Angela Mace Cibelli trained with the L.A. Dance Theatre, Inc. where she was a featured soloist both competitively and in theatrical productions. While competing as a soloist with the L.A. Dance Theatre, she won multiple talent titles. Angie continued dancing and exploring as a choreographer at West Chester University. At this time she also performed for “Under the Sun Productions” making appearances in the Sunoco Welcome America Parade, Fairmont Waterworks Gala, and Good Morning America. Angie has since continued teaching dance in area schools Phoenixville H.S., Owen J. Roberts H.S., Springton Dance Academy, St. Maximillan Kolbe, Dance Arts Conservatory, West Chester University and P.S.B.A. For the past ten years, she has worked at Wayne Ballet and Center for Dance Arts as assistant director, choreographer, faculty member, and featured performer. Angie has been a soloist in ballet productions such as “The Nutcracker,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Snow White,” as well as a range of other contemporary ballet pieces. Her dance education also includes classes at Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and a certification in the Vaganova method of pedagogy from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. Angie is married and has two young daughters with whom she devotes her free time.
Pamela Hetherington is a dancer, choreographer, educator and the artistic director of Take It Away Dance. A Philadelphia native, she joined Philadelphia tap company, Tap Team Two & Company, at the age of sixteen and was a principle dancer with the company for fifteen years, during which time she performed widely in major theaters and festivals all over Philadelphia and the East Coast. In 2013, she founded Take It Away Dance, a concert dance collective that aims to highlight the connection between tap dance and music. Her work has been formally presented Small Stakes, Jazz Bridge, The Philadelphia Jazz Project, Fringearts and Rittenhouse Soundworks. Her artistic work has been supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (2014-2016), Small But Mighty Arts (2014), and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (2016). Pam is a seasoned dance educator and has been instructing classes for almost twenty years. She teaches pre-professionals, university students and adults all over the Delaware Valley. For the past two years, she has been a roster artist and performer for the DEA Youth Dance Program..
Kristina Styers was born and raised in Central New York and began her training at Dance Centre North under the direction of Cathy Napolitano Mucci and later Sarah Rothrock-Rickel. During her training, she was accepted into several summer intensive programs and was twice awarded partial scholarships and attended Ballet Magnificat’s Summer Intensive in Jackson, MS. Kristina danced with Central New York Ballet for 3 years where she had the privilege to share the stage with The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and dance with guest artists from Ballet Met and The Moscow Ballet. She began her teaching career at Dance Centre North. Kristina also earned her Associates Degree in Music from Onondaga Community College and teaches piano. Kristina is very happily married to her e-Harmony.com match and they have two handsome boys.
Rachael Hart has been an artist of the Philadelphia-based professional modern dance company, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers for two years. With the company, she has had the opportunity to perform in NYC and Philly and will be traveling to Germany in August 2014 to perform in the International Tanzmesse festival. She graduated with a BFA in Dance from Temple University and received the “Most Promising Performer” award for the class of 2014. At Temple, she studied with Kun-Yang Lin, Dr. Laura Katz-Rizzo, Jillian Harris, Allison Pray, and Tim Early. Raised in Reading, PA she received her early training from Berks Ballet Theatre, The Rock School, The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Rachael has enjoyed combining her love of dance, singing and acting in local theater productions including CATS (Mistoffelees) RENT (Mimi), Chicago (Mona) and Miss Saigon (Choreographer/Dancer). She will be earning her Steele Pilates Certification in the summer of 2014 from the Peridance Capezio Center in NYC. Recently, she began teaching ballroom dance and choreographing wedding couple duets with Ballroom Philadelphia. She loves sharing her passion for dance with students of all ages and is thrilled to be a part of the welcoming Kimberton Dance community!
Michael Nguyen received his MFA in Choreography and Performance at Temple University, where he has performed for many guest artists such as Kyle Clark and Jenifer Weber. Michael is also a member of Balance Dance Company, The X-Men of X-calibur Entertainment, and D2D: Dare 2 Dance. He has a passion for teaching and learning dance, while enjoying opportunities in sharing what he learns on stage. Michael has danced for Rev9, The Academy of Phresh I Am Phresh, MM2 Modern Dance Company, and Contempra Dance Theatre, in addition to performing in the musical Chicago at the Ephrata Playhouse. The love for teaching and creating dance art came from an internship at the Broadway Dance Center in the summer for 2010, where he trained with working artists such as Derek Mitchell, Luam Keflezgy, Future, Sheila Barker, Chio Yamada, Sheryl Murakami, Ejoe Wilson, Dana Foglia, Ginger Cox, and many more. Michael respects other artists for their work as inspirations, and plans to utilize what he learns in continuing to explore methods of collaborating and building communities through dance
Jillian Bird began her dance training in the Philadelphia area. Growing up playing sports it wasn’t until a serious injury sidelined her that she decided to try dance. She instantly fell in love and hasn’t looked back since. Jillian has trained at several studios in the area and continues to train in both NYC and Los Angeles. She has trained with Derek Mitchell, Chio Yamada, Luam, Justin Conte, Dana Foglia and many others. She is an alumni of Broadway Dance Center’s Training Program and Dana Foglia Dance’s International Mentorship Program. Jillian has performed in multiple flash mobs in NYC, The Pulse On Tour, and most recently at Dancerpalooza alongside Dana Foglia Dance. She looks forward to sharing her love of movement this year at KDA.