Miss Dina has been teaching in the Oxford area for 36 years.
She has danced as a principal dancer with the Delaware Dance Company.
In 1975, Dina was accepted at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet. After placing first in the 1976-77 World Youth Festival of the Eastern United States, she entered Point Park College in Pittsburgh to study dance. Dina has danced such lead roles as the Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy in the "Nutcracker". She also danced as Zephras in the ballet "Zephras" choreographed by Camille Izard, formerly of the American Ballet. In 1984-85, Miss Dina performed at Longwood Gardens with the Delaware Dance Company and danced the "Blue Bird Pas de Deux" in Sleeping Beauty. Her students have been accepted at such major schools as The School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, The School of the Hartford Ballet, The Boston Ballet School, The Briansky Saratoga Ballet Center, NY, The Baltimore School of the Arts, The Burkly Ballet School, Vermont, The Pacific Northwest Ballet in Washington. In 1994, 2 students auditioned and were awarded summer scholarships to Joffrey Ballet in New York and Gus Giordano Jazz School in Detroit.
In the summer of 1994, Miss Dina attended the Teacher Seminar held in Hilton Head, SC sponsored by the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society and in 1995 attended the Teacher Seminar at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carisle, Pennsylvania. In 1996, '97, '98, and '99, her Advanced students were chosen to perform in the televised "Fourth of July" parade and the "Thanksgiving Day" parade in Philadelphia. Most recently her students have won Silver and Gold medals in the "Starpower" competition held in Lancaster and have traveled to Disney World to dance in "Tommorrowland" in Florida. OCD students also performed on the boardwalk of Wildwood, NJ, and most recently 3 dancers were invited to Las Vegas to participate in the Showcase of the Dancers Rock Convention.
The Oxford Center for Dance was the launching pad for Miss Julie's LOVE of dance. Over 30 years ago, here with Miss Dina, she began her training and has continued to study under numerous professional instructors. She stepped away from OCD for a few years and was appointed as Dance Director at Lanco Dance Academy in Lititz, Pa. Her loyalty to OCD continues with 13 years of Nutcracker performances. She serves as Judge, Performer, and Choreographer for the Nutcracker as well as many other OCD productions. She was also grateful to perform in tribute to the Leukemia Society of America in 1995, 1996, 1997 at the Philadelphia Eagles Halftime Show with the Eagles Cheerleaders. Miss Julie attended Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Teachers Intensive in 2000. She's a busy mom to Joe, Natalie & Camryn. Her love of teaching is endless and she adores coming to work each day to nurture her beautiful students and watch them progress.
Miss Anya began her ballet studies at the Perm Ballet Academy in the former Soviet Union and later studied at the Frundze Ballet Academy. Upon graduation from Frundze, she performed with Chelyabinsk Opera and Ballet Theater as a principal dancer. After accepting an invitation to become a principal dancer with the Donetsk Ballet, Miss Anya toured the eastern United States. From 1994 to 1999, she was a principal dancer with the Russian Ballet Theatre of Delaware, and in 1998 she was a finalist in the International Ballet Competition held in Jackson, Mississippi. Miss Anya is a featured guest artist and ballet mistress with ballet companies throughout the Mid-Atlantic states and performed roles in many of the great classical ballets including Swan Lake, Giselle, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, Chopiniana, Raymonda and the Nutcracker. Her repetoire includes all the classical ballet roles and many contemporary works by choreographers including Daniel Baundendistel, Leslie Brown, Robert La Fosse, Scott Jovovich and Matthew Neenan. In October 2008 she represented the USA at the First Posviachenie International Convention in St. Petersburgh, Russia. She has honored us with her dancing in our production of The Nutcracker Ballet for the past 14 years, and is married with a little girl; Maria. and a son; Ivan.
Natalie has trained for fourteen years at Oxford Center for Dance and Crane Performing Arts. While training at these studios and dancing with ASH II directed by Braham Logan Crane, she became versatile in many styles. Her focus has been mainly in contemporary, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip hop, and tap. Natalie has attended many workshops, intensives, and conventions including Disney Magic Music Days, Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, Rockette Summer Intensive, Joffrey Contemporary and Jazz Intensive, Pulse, Excel, Monsters of Hip Hop, Artists Simply Human, and American College Dance Festival. During these fourteen years, she had many performance opportunities; including recitals, Nutcrackers, and company showcases. Natalie has performed at “Choreographer’s Ball” in New York City, “Come Together” presented by Koresh Dance Company, as well as competing and performing at many other venues in Las Vegas, Florida, Atlantic City, New York, and Pennsylvania. Currently, Natalie dances with Samuel Antonio Reyes and his company SanBrooka. She attends West Chester University of Pennsylvania studying Early Grades Education and minoring in dance. Also at West Chester, she is actively involved in the University Dance Company.
We are honored to have Mr. Val joining us at OCD. He originally hails from the Ukraine where he attended the prestigious Kiev Ballet Academy in Kiev. He graduated with Professional Honors and has since been able to tour internationally dancing in principal roles in many classical ballets as Bahchisarai Fountain, Swan Lake, Giselle, Francescada Rimini, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Chopiniana (Les Sylphide), The Firebird, Cinderella, and many, many more. Val is fluent in 3 languages, English, Russian and Ukrainian. From 1982 to 1992 he was a principal dancer with the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theatre in Donetsk, Ukraine; in 1992 to 1994 he danced with the Ballet Theatre of Pa. in Wilkes Barre, Pa. Here in our area Mr. Val was principal dancer and ballet teacher for the Russian Ballet Theatre of Del. in Wilmington, DE and has won such awards as the Republican Ballet Competition (Bronze Medal) in Donetsk, Ukraine, has 3 Commendations form the Director and a Commendation from the Board of Chose Freeholders in Somerset County, NJ.
Lindsay has danced at Oxford Center for Dance for 14 years and has trained in many styles including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Musical Theatre, and Hip Hop. She loves each and every style but her favorite is Contemporary. Lindsay is an asset to any dance school because she has backstage knowledge, working behind the scenes and has performed on stage in numerous annual recitals, Winterfests, Nutcrackers, and many other extra shows throughout the years. Lindsay's favorite part of her dance career has been competing as a member of the Oxford Ctr for Dance Performing/Competitive Company for 7 years winning both Regional and National awards for group dances as well as her solos. Recently she is in great demand for her contemporary choreography for competitive solos entering competitions.
Lindsay has been a substitute teacher in various classes at her home studio, the Oxford Ct for Dance and is excited to have classes of her own starting in the 2019-20 season.
Miss Jessica has been studying the art of dance since the age of two. During that time she has trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern and character at the Oxford Center for Dance, Chester Valley Dance Academy, Steppin’ Out Dance Academy, and Longwood Performing Arts. She performed for 10 years in the Oxford Center for Dance Nutcracker Ballet, dancing the lead roles of Clara, Soldier Doll, Candy Cane Lead, Marzipan Lead, Arabian Lead and Dew Drop Fairy. In addition, she has performed in the televised 4th of July parades and Thanksgiving Day parades in Philadelphia, and has danced in Tomorrowland in Walt Disney World. Miss Jessica graduated from Alvernia College in May of 2007, with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. She teaches math for the Upper Darby School district. She is pleased to be returning to teach again at OCD for a seventh year and married Ed Kelleher, May 2011.
Ms. Christina comes to us from Newark, Del., and began her training at the Anna Marie dance studio, in Wilmington, DE. She has trained extensively in Tap under Sonny Leo but also has studied Ballet & Jazz. Ms. Christina graduated with a Dance Minor from the University of Del and has an English Professional Writing Major and Music Applied Voice Minor.
She has performed in Secret Garden, Annie, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cinderella, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.
In addition to training in dance, Ms. Lawless has extensive classical voice experience.
Most recently she attended the ACDA conference at Towson University in 2015 and West Virginia University in 2016.
Miss Christy began dance training at age 7, studying at various schools throughout the Delaware Valley. She attended West Chester University and was a member of the WCU Dance Team and performed with their Dance Production Workshop. She performed professionally in numerous Greg Thompson Productions including Viva Las Vegas and That's Entertainment. Christy taught for more than 10 years at several local dance studios including Oxford Center for Dance, Longwood Performing Arts, and DCL Dance Academy. Most recently, Christy choreographed and performed in several commercials and videotaped segments for QVC Television. Her greatest joy has come from raising her five children.
Miss Emma is a recent graduate of Point Park University, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a jazz concentration in Spring of 2021. During her time at Point Park University, Emma was selected to perform in the works of Martha Nichols, Mark Burrell, Crystal Frazier, Lucinda Childs, and many other choreographers as a part of the Conservatory Dance Company. Emma was also featured as a soloist in the documentary “The Mask and the Armor” directed by Mark Burrell. Emma was the president of the Impulse club at Point Park, where she was able to teach and share her love of hip-hop with other students. In the fall of 2019, Emma premiered her first full length work “Within a Fragile Existence” in Point Park University's Student Choreography Project. Before deciding to continue her education at Point Park, Emma was a former student at Oxford Center for Dance for 16 years, where she found her true love and passion for dance. Most recently, Emma has worked as an assistant for Kiki Lucas at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, performed as a soloist in the virtual show Isol-Art Vol.2 curated by Teddy Tedholm and Sarah Richman, and has been selected to attend the workshops Chapters, The Main Event, and The Body: A Memory Map where she has been recognized by world-renowned choreographers Brian Friedman, Talia Favia, Tessandra Chavez, and Hayden J. Frederick. Emma has also had the privilege of assisting choreographers Hayden J. Frederick and Cat Cogliandro at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, Millenium Dance Complex in Los Angeles, California, and Evolve Dance Complex in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Emma is working to perform professionally in the commercial dance industry, along with continuing to explore her own choreography and artistic voice. Emma hopes to inspire younger generations of dancers to utilize dance as a tool of self love and discovery, and to create a dance world full of authentic connections, diversity, and inclusivity.
Are your customers raving about you on social media? Share their great stories to help turn potential customers into loyal ones. Ryan James Stauffer began dancing at the age of 17 at his mother's dance studio, he attended the University of the arts as a ballet major. Since college he has toured as a backup dancer for raven Symone, was a background dancer in the film "Bolden!" Choreographed by Hinton battle, Ryan then performed in the STEPS on Broadway Faculty Show in a piece choreographed by Roberta Mathes. Soon After he switched gears into musical theatre. He has performed in "hairspray" "the producers" "dirty rotten scoundrels" and "curtains" at the walnut street theatre, where he earned his actors equity card. In the same week that "curtains" closed at the walnut, Ryan debuted as a member of Koresh dance company in the production "somewhere in between" choreographed by Ronen Koresh. His most recent noteworthy performance was in NYC in an excerpt of "on the town" choreographed by Scott Jovovich. Ryan resides in Philadelphia where he teaches and creates new work.
Miss Kim has been studying dance for 19 years and hails from Aston, PA. Most of her dance training (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern and Pointe) has been from the Paul Klocke Studio of Dance. During her training there she participated in the performing group and won the Edward Brake Memorial Award in 2002 for excellence in the field of classical ballet at the Performing Arts Alliance. Miss Kim entered Point Park University, Pittsburgh, and with a 4.0 GPA received a BA in elementary education and graduated summa cum laude. While in Pittsburgh, she was on the staff of Judy's School of Dance Arts and the Red Balloon Day Care, Carnegie, PA. She presently teaches social studies and science to 6th grade advance placement students during the day at Avon Grove Charter School while continuing to teach dance at numerous dance schools in the area including here at OCD.
Miss Brianna graduated from East Stroudsburg University in May 2020 with a degree in Athletic Training and minor in Dance. She currently works for Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster and is the Athletic Trainer for Elizabethtown High School. Brianna has been an active dancer for 20 years and was a member of many elite companies and teams as a competitive dancer growing up. In high school, Brianna was a 3 time “Top Billing” award winner at various competitions. Other highlights include being a consistent platinum solo award and top 10 winner, along with a variety of special awards from judges. She received commendations and acknowledgments from the America Ballet Theater’s feature dancer Misty Copeland. She won a scholarship, toured, and danced with various cast members from the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance?” And, she was the Dance Team President and Captain for the East Stroudsburg University Dance Team. Brianna currently resides in Lancaster, PA and is a Coach and Instructor for Morton’s Dance Center and a OCD Alumni.
Mr. Ryan graduated with a B.F.A. Dance Performance degree from The University of Arts in 2005. His major was jazz but his love for ballet runs a close second. He also has his Vaganova certification from the PA Academy of Ballet and has trained at Koresh School of Dance and Steps on Broadway (NY). Ryan’s performance experience includes Royal Caribbean & Carnival Cruise Lines, Koresh (Phila.), the Nutcracker (PA Academy of Ballet), Sleeping Beauty (Spiritoso Ballet, PA), Mathes (NJ, Reina Faith (Doylestown), and Kevin Black Productions (Fl.). Mr. Ryan started training as a gymnast but his love for dance has generated winning competition dances for many studios. He will be both a motivating and inspiring staff member to all the dancers at OCD.
Mr. Williams began his early training at the Hedgerow & Freedom Theatres. He attended the University of the Arts
and was trained by the late, great legendry hoofer, La Vaughn Robinson. He also was cast in A Streetcar Named Desire, The Colored Museum, and Streamers at the University of the Arts. In addition, Darrell choreographed performances for the City of Philadelphia’s Boscov’s Thanksgiving Day parade as well as Showtime at the Apollo. He has received numerous awards in Tap Choreography, including one that was featured on the Sally Jesse Raphael Show.
Darrell has performed live at the Philadelphia Arts Bank, American Music Theater, Merriam Theater, Wilma Theater, Trump Plaza, and most recently at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Darrell is a Master Tap Instructor at various schools in the Tri-State area. His students have won awards at the National level including Philly TAP Challenge, Tap Kids and Break the Floor. His students also took first place in the tap awards at the NYC Dance Alliance, On Stage and Rising Star Nationals.
Today Darrell is the founder, producer, director and choreographer of FOOTWERX, a tap intensive workshop for highly skilled tap professionals as well as non-professionals of all ages. FOOTWERX has 3 annual productions, which include the Holiday Show at the Arts Bank Theater, a summer intensive workshop that is performed at the Wilma Theater and a professional production at the Kimmel Center of the Performing Arts. One of the most rewarding elements for Darrell is to foster talent and enthusiasm in his students.