• Faculty

  • Reina Faith

    Artistic Director

    Young Children's Program, Beg Ballet, Adv Beg Ballet, Ballet I, II, IIII/IV, V, Adv Ballet Technique, Pointe I/II,Pointe V, Lyrical II/III , Beg Jumps and Turns
    Company coach and choreographer

    Reina received her early dance training from Irene Fokine where she was a jazz scholarship recipient and a member of Ms. Fokine's company. Her background was furthered with concentrated study in Boston at Emerson College where she was a member of the contemporary dance company Off-Balance and Moving West. She then moved to New York City where she was a graduate from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is an Equity performer whose many credits include the Off-Broadway production and national tour of The Secret Garden, as well as regional, dance and television work. She has been on faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Summer 2000, where she also choreographed the main stage production of Kiss Me Kate. Her contemporary piece "A Cello Romp" (created for the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS) was performed at the Palm Desert Choreography Festival Under the Stars. Reina was the choreographer and director of the full length dance theatre piece called Fortune Cookie Fortunes based on the book by author Grace Lin for the non profit organization Families With Children From China. She was also proud to have her piece "Kindertransport" based on the Kindertransport of World War II commissioned by the Kindertransport Survivor Society and shown at their annual conference in New Jersey; it was a recipient of a Pennsylvania Humanities Grant through the Children's Cultural Center. Reina has been the Associate Director of Dance at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA where she was one of the choreographers involved in Collaboration, the premiere of a new Jazz Ballet produced by Moravian College at Foy Hall. She was a finalist in the Leo's Jazz Dance Choreography Event at the Jazz Dance World Congress in Chicago Summer 2009. This summer Miss Reina completed the Teacher Training Program at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle PA under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary and Darla Hoover.

  • Cara Catalano

    Jazz I, Teen Jazz, Pre-teen Hip Hop, Teen Hip Hop

    Originally from Pennsylvania, Cara grew up with a passion for dance from the age of 3. For the next 14 years, she trained in all areas of dance including tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, pointe and hip hop. After graduating high school, Cara went on to dance for the 13 time national champion Towson University Dance Team on scholarship. She started her professional career at Tokyo Disney and never looked back. Cara moved to New York City and began working at Broadway Dance Center. There she had the opportunity to train with Sheila Barker, Josh Borgasse, Michelle Barber, Tracie Stanfield, Chio, Rhapsody and many great teachers. Her favorite professional credits include A Chorus Line, High School Musical, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, Holland America Cruise Lines and performances with American Idol's Justin Guarini and television star Wayne Brady. After traveling nationally and internationally, Cara is so excited to be teaching and judging in the Philadelphia area!

  • Stephen Casey

    Theater Tap I/II, Advanced Theater Tap, Beginner Tap.

    Stephen Casey held the position of Artistic Director and resident choreographer for the Bucks County Playhouse from 1996-2010. Among the 80+ productions he directed and choreographed there, his favorites include Joseph...Dreamcoat, Crazy for You, Damn Yankees, Once Upon a Mattress, Seussical, Chicago, and All Shook Up. He has also re-created the original choreography for numerous productions of A Chorus Line, 42nd St., Hello Dolly!, The Will Roger's Follies, Carousel, Oklahoma! and Sweet Charity. In addition, he has choreographed for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, DeSales University, the Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, Lehigh University, Jenks High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Neshaminy, Parkland, and Pennsbury Schools, Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre, and Acting Naturally of Mooresville. Mr. Casey has performed in the Broadway National, European, and bus and truck touring companies of 42nd St., as well as the Wolfgang Boksch production at the Schiller Theatre, in Berlin, Germany. He has toured nationally with A Chorus Line and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, as well as the European touring companies of Golden Musicals and The Rocky Horror Show. On the high seas he has performed in an adagio team for Marcelo Productions on board the M.S. Nieuw Amsterdam for Holland America Cruise Lines, and for Commodore Cruise Lines with Kennedy Entertainment. He also performed in A Chorus Line at the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Regionally, he has had the great fortune to perform at Papermill Playhouse, North Carolina Theatre, St. Louis MUNY, Dallas Musicals, Artpark, Theatre under the Stars, and the Cleveland Opera. He received a B.A. degree in theatre and dance from DeSales University.

  • Narissa Fell

    Jazz II, Jazz III/IV, Advanced Jazz, Jumps and Turns

    Narissa is a professional dancer, choreographer, and instructor who has been in the business for years and is continuing her dance career. Ms. Fell received her BA in Dance in 2008 from DeSales University and has also studied at The University of the Arts. Narissa has worked with well-known educators, professional dancers, and choreographers. Her credentials span from performing, choreographing, and teaching all over the Bucks County, Lehigh Valley, and Philadelphia areas. She has performed as a dancer/entertainer at Dorney Park, as well as, been a member of Coexist Dance Company and The Philadelphia Fight Vixens Dance Team. Currently, Narissa has been dancing for Project Moshen Dance Company for the past two years. Ms. Fell is a dance instructor at various studios and teaches workshops and master classes to youth dance companies and dance schools. Narissa choreographs for a variety of dance teams, such as, high schools and small universities. She has also created works as an independent freelance choreographer working with pre-professional and professional dancers. Narissa continues to grow as an artist and believes in following the light of your own destiny. "Never give up on ones' true passion".

  • Jordan Brennan

    Guest

    Jordan Brennan is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Dance and brings his experience as a dancer to the Hunterdon and Bucks Counties. Recently off Holland America's MS Ryndam as a dancer, he now choreographs high school shows for NHS in New Hope, directs at Upper Moreland Middle School, as well as teaches at DPAC in Lambertville. This summer Jordan will be the Co-Artistic Director of the Open Air Theatre's 5th Season, check us out at www.dpactatoat.com.

  • Alicia Sehn

    Lyrical III/IV, Lyrical V, Company Choreographer

    Alicia Sehn is a dance artist from the Philadelphia area. She is a graduate of Muhlenberg College, where she attended on a dance scholarship and earned a BA in both Dance and Psychology. Alicia began her career as a professional dancer in Musical Theatre, which earned her regional theatre credits in productions such as A Chorus Line, Annie Get Your Gun and Miss Nelson Is Missing. She continues to work in theatre as the resident choreographer for Central Bucks East High School, where she has staged over thirteen musicals including West Side Story� Grease! and 42nd Street. In her Modern and Contemporary Dance career, Alicia has performed with several Philadelphia-based companies at venues such as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, An Evening of Duets, The Philly Collective at The Painted Bride, The Norristown Dance Festival, and the Etc. Performance Series to name a few. Alicia has taught master classes for the Lehigh Valley Dance Alliance, Muhlenberg College and the Nazareth College Movement and Dance Festival as well as for independent studios all over the tri-state area. Her choreography has been presented at East Stroudsburg University, The Philadelphia Youth Dance Festival, Valley Forge Children's Theatre and the Las Vegas Dance in the Desert Festival. This upcoming fall she is looking forward to producing a complete dance concert at the Rochester Fringe Festival.

  • Rachel Ketterer

    Pre-teen Hip Hop

    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 Dance Arts Collaborative 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.

  • Tara Madsen Robbins

    Guest

    Tara Madsen Robbins is a professional dance artist based in Philadelphia. She received her MFA in Performance and Choreography from Smith College as well as her BA from Slippery Rock University. She performed/toured with the modern company Tania Isaac Dance for 3 years. The company toured to Jacob's Pilllow, Bates Dance Festival and many college residencies. As a freelance choreographer, Tara has presented her work internationally throughout Spain, Italy, Greece, Guatemala and Scotland where her work received critical acclaim. Nationally she has presented her work throughout NYC, Philadelphia, Washington DC, California and much more. She has served as guest artist at Bucknell University, Kutztown University, SUNY University at Buffalo, Slippery Rock University and Northampton County College. She has been part of the dance faculty at DeSales University since 2007. Tara teaches master classes at colleges/universities, conventions, camps, conservatories and private studios along the East Coast.

  • Sarah King

    Acrobatics Teacher

     

  • Brooke Henofer

    Lyrical I

    Brooke has had a passion for dance ever since she could remember. Brooke has trained for 12 years in lyrical, modern, hip hop, tap, ballet, jazz and pointe. She has participated in de sales summer dance camps several years. She also trained in NYCDA's weekend workshops in Philadelphia, PA. Brooke has assistant taught and substitute taught at Dance Works of Quakertown for 5 years. Brooke has also danced professionally for Narissa fell in multiple showcases. After high school, Brooke pursued a Bachelor’s degree in elementary/special education and American studies at La Salle University. At La Salle, Brooke was a cheerleader, in which she helped provide choreography to the team. She has been involved with taking Koresh and millennium dance workshops and classes throughout her dance career. She has also attended Jah'meek William and Sam Roberts workshop master classes. In the recent years, Brooke has created an autistic dance program where she adapts dance styles and movement in her classes to meet the needs of every child.