Teresa opened Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics in 1984 (as Dublin Dance Centre) in an effort to find quality dance instruction in a safe and positive environment for children. Her love of the arts and passion for confidence-centered education has fostered the growth of Dublin Dance Centre to include a full program for all students from beginners to pre-professional. Teresa’s goal for top-quality instruction has brought DDC&G some of the finest instructors around- not only qualified and experienced professionals with varied backgrounds, but, instructors who are sincerely dedicated to the children they teach. “Moving in the best interest of children” is truly Teresa’s objective in all of DDC&G’s endeavors.
Mr. Alex moved to the U.S in 2007 from Yokohama, Japan. As he started middle school here, he became acquainted with a group of kids who introduced him to breakdancing. In 2009 the opportunity to compete out of the city allowed him to explore the scene in Cincinnati, and since then, he has traveled throughout the U.S. learning and competing in breakdancing jams. During the summer of 2017, Mr. Alex performed for American Crew’s runway event and had the pleasure to dance at the Columbus Museum of Art Wonder ball in the winter of 2018. Currently, a student of Brooklyn style rock dancing and footwork application, Mr. Alex is excited to introduce these ideas to his classes along with the origins of the steps. He looks forward to encouraging his students to use their creativity and develop their own original style as they progress from fundamentals.
Alexandra began her dance training in Pittsburgh, PA at The Dance Company for the Performing Arts under the artistic direction of Patricia McKeown. She attended Wright State University as a dance major before acquiring an apprenticeship opportunity at the Columbus Dance Theatre in 2005/2006. There she danced the title role in The Match Girl and numerous roles with the Company. In 2007/2008 she danced as a company member in Victoria, B.C. with the Canadian Pacific Ballet. She then moved back to Pittsburgh where she taught ballet at The Dance Company for the Performing Arts and became an AFFA certified group fitness instructor. She returned to Columbus in 2010 to continue dancing with The Columbus Dance Theatre and is excited to be teaching at DDC&G for her sixth season and sharing her love of fitness and dance with her students.
Alicia is a Columbus-based dance educator, performer, and choreographer. Alicia began her dance training as a child focusing heavily on the study of ballet. She later pursued a study of modern dance at Ohio University where she received a BFA in Modern Dance Performance and Choreography. Alicia fell in love with modern/contemporary dance and its’ endless possibilities for creative physical expression. Alicia is a Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator, certified through The Institute for Creative Mindfulness. Alicia has had the privilege of facilitating Dancing Mindfulness experiences in therapeutic, classroom, and community settings. Alicia is currently performing with Hixon Dance Company and serving as their rehearsal director, she is also freelancing choreographic-projects throughout the Midwest. She has worked with various choreographers from around the country. Notably, Miki Orihari, principal dancer from the Martha Graham Company in a reconstruction of Graham’s early works ‘Heretic’. She has also worked with Kelsey Bartman of Texture Contemporary Ballet in Pittsburgh, Hannah Williamson of Mutual Dance Theater in Cincinnati, MADCO based out of St. Louis, and Alexandra Bodnarchuk of ABDP currently creating work in Minneapolis. Alicia’s hope is to pass along the ability to tap into an inherent joy of moving and self-discovery. She hopes to be able to foster an appreciation of dance as a physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual pursuit.
"Working with children is a gift, a privilege, an honor never to be taken lightly!" Angela understands that parents and children choose to dance at DDC&G and the responsibility to them is great. She began sharing dance with the youth at DDC&G in 1986. The invaluable relationships created with her students continue to fuel her drive to educate, inspire and love children through the art of dance. While Angela has filled many roles at the studio, today you can find her with her students at the ballet barre or at Sunday's show rehearsals. Since 2006, she has been afforded the opportunity to lead The Nutcracker and June productions as the Artistic Director. Additionally, Angela is grateful to lead DDC&G's outstanding Ballet staff as the Placement Ballet Director.
Amanda has trained in all dance art forms with a focus on Jazz. She received her BA in Dance from the University of Akron. She has instructed at the Miller South School of Performing Arts (an inner-city magnet school in Akron), performed with the University of Akron Repertory Company, and was the Dance Director for three years at Richland Gymnastics and Dance Academy. Amanda was the Dance Consultant for Mansfield City Schools for five years and is starting with us in 2001.
“I am blessed with the ability to share my knowledge and love of dance with others. When I watch my students dance, I am overwhelmed with pride. I know this is what I am meant to do. If my students walk away with love and appreciation for dance, and confidence in themselves, I have done my job. Dancing just makes you feel good. Everybody should feel the freedom of movement!”
Bethany grew up in Lancaster, Ohio. She began dancing at a young age at the Baker School under the direction of Barbara Baker, studying with Melinda Baker and Kelli Mitchell. She was a member of the Lancaster Ballet Company and Melinda Baker and Company. Bethany received her B.S. in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University. While there, she continued her tap training, studying with Jessica Wilt. Bethany has been a dancer and choreographer with the Movement Mission dance group since 2015. Bethany loves teaching and sharing her love of dance with students of all ages at DDC&G. She lives in Hilliard with her two sons, husband, and dog.
Brenden Trojan started out doing Musical Theater when he was younger. In 8th grade, he joined the Dance Project in Hoffman Estates, IL and deeply fell in love with contemporary and hip hop. By his Senior year of High School, he joined Visceral Dance Studio under Nick Pupillo in their pre-professional dance company. During this time, he also joined Inside Out dance crew under the direction of Andrew Tamez Hull. At this stage of his life, Brenden had already performed works by Jessica Dearh and Giordano Dance Company. Once in college, Brenden would go on to work with Sharon Wong, Tracy Dunbar, and William Crowley. In college, Brenden would also create his own choreography and include magic in some of his pieces. He would become president of Hip Hop Club at Hope College and a member of Striketime Dance Theatre. Brenden has recently Graduated from College receiving the Florence Cavanaugh Dance Award and now joins Whirlwind Dance Company as a Mover | Maker in Columbus, Ohio.
Carys is a current senior at Thomas Worthington High school and a trainee with BalletMet. She was originally born in Kentucky where she began her training. In 2011 she moved to Columbus and completed 12 years of her training at Dublin Dance Centre! For years to come, she plans to pursue ballet professionally and get her realtors license! She loves teaching and hopes to always have it in her life!
A Central Ohio native, Cassia started her love for dance at Dublin Dance Center at the age of 3. Now, a current performer, choreographer, artist, teacher, and company director, Cassia is always excited to share her love for dance and experience with others. Engaging professionals and students in thought provoking movement that challenges them mentally and physically is her driving force. Cassia attended Point Park University where she exclusively studied the performing arts with a concentration in modern dance. She also holds a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Strayer University. Cassia is the current director and principal dancer with Columbus Contemporary Dance Company where she's honored to offer dancers an outlet to display and grow their abilities in a professional company environment.
Christina has been a part of Dublin Dance Centre since its inception as a former student, teacher, company director, education director, and all-around supporter. She is a lifelong student and follower of movement with over 40 years of dedication to the art and countless professional accolades. Now, as her children are older, Christina is excited to return to the classroom bringing her passion to her students. Christina is the founder and director of The Movement Mission, a faith-based dance group, raising funds for melanoma research, in honor of Ms Bonnie Lavric. Her most beloved forms of movement include worship, modern, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, pointe, yoga, and fitness. She is thrilled to be returning to “her home” at Dublin Dance and fulfilling her calling in the classroom.
Courtney has been instructing fitness classes for over 20 years. She began teaching at the BGSU Recreation Center while obtaining her Elementary Education degree. A former kindergarten teacher for Olentangy, Courtney teaches fitness in the Columbus area and provides in-home care for teachers’ children. Courtney is AFAA Fitness Certified and also certified in Yoga. Courtney lives in Dublin with her husband, 2 children and their cats.
Courtney Lucas is an educator and performance artist in Columbus, Ohio. Originally from Hampton Roads, Virginia, Courtney competed nationally in contemporary and jazz dance and received classical training at Virginia Ballet Theatre and Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts. She received her B.F.A in Dance at The Ohio State University with a focus in Dance and Technology, and studied under the guidance of Bebe Miller, Noa Zuk, Abigail Yager, and Abby Zbikowski. Courtney danced for New Vision Dance Company from 2015-2017, and continues to present choreographic work within the Columbus community. Courtney teaches a range of levels and styles at Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics, where she also acts as Co-Education Director and Director of Repertory Company. She lives in Clintonville and enjoys backyard gardening with her husband and two Italian Greyhounds. This is her eighth season with DDC&G.
Ellie began taking gymnastics classes when she was three years old and dance classes at the age of ten. She studied tap, ballet, jazz, and many other dance styles under a wide array of instructors throughout her middle and high school years. She began working as a student teacher when she was 15 years old, teaching ballet and tap. She attended East Tennessee State University with a major in political science and a minor in theatre/dance. While completing her degree, she was able to take dance classes in many interesting styles, such as aerial dance, and she was heavily involved in the performances for the University. Ellie moved to Columbus in August 2020 to attend law school at OSU. She is so excited to be able to share her passion with the children at DDC&G!
Emily (Gotschall) Webb has devoted over three decades of her life to the art of dance. Recently having retired from a nearby 20 year career performing as a soloist and principal dancer with Dayton Ballet and Balletmet she now teaches in the Ohio area, and around the US and in the UK as a guest instructor and stager. Emily was fortunate to work with many of the great choreographers of our time and performed leading roles in Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Dangerous Liasons, Peter Pan and numerous neoclassical and contemporary works. She finds great fulfillment now sharing her knowledge with students and helping them on their training journey with positive and encouraging energy in the studio and beyond. Recent projects include co artistic directing the Bozeman Dance Project, an outreach program serving the community of Bozeman, MT in 2019 and staging Edwaard Liang’s full length Romeo and Juliet on Ballet San Antonio. Emily and her husband, dancer David Ward have two children and are based in Columbus, OH.
Erin has been with Dublin Dance Centre and Gymnastics since she was 7 years old. She trained in Modern, Ballet, Jazz, and Lyrical and performed as a member of the Repertory Company. Erin received her BFA in psychology with a dance minor at The Ohio State University. She has performed in several pieces around the Columbus community, including Columbus Movement (CM2), TUPACO Company, and Movement Mission. Erin is our Creative Director as well as Modern Department Coordinator. She has also taught performing companies at DDC&G, including the many loved years she directed Youth Company.
“As a past student of Dublin Dance Centre and Gymnastics, I love being able to help my students find the same confidence and self growth that I found taking classes here. Being able to express yourself through movement is the greatest joy, and I am very blessed to be able to share this passion with my students.”
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, but a Texan for the last 18 years, Evan Warner is a multifaceted dancer, educator, and choreographer with a BFA in dance from Sam Houston State University. Before his recent move to Columbus, Ohio to pursue his new role as a mover/maker with WhirlWind Dance Company, Evan spent seven years in Houston, Texas, where he performed two series of Austin McCormick’s production of “La Travita” with the Houston Grand Opera. Other notable dance organizations and choreographers that Evan has worked with include WhirlWind Dance Company, NobleMotion Dance Company, Charlotte Bydwell, Gregory Dolbashian, Adele Nickel, Jim Moore, Evelyn Toh and Justin Curry. After completing his first year of graduate school studying dance at Sam Houston State University in 2022, Evan decided to pause his studies in order to diversify his educational experiences. Since 2016, Evan has served as a faculty member for many dance education programs such as Tompkins High School, Boni’s Performing Arts studio, Woodlands Ballet Theater, and has recently started a promising new relationship with Dublin Dance Center and Gymnastics. In addition to his dance career, Evan has an expansive background in music and the marching arts. As a result of 15 years of trombone experience and over four years of involvement with Drum Corps International/Winter Guard International, Evan values the importance of interdisciplinary studies within the arts. With professional performances ranging from Palm Desert, California to New York City, New York, Evan looks forward to continuing to travel the world and making new connections through his love of dance and education.
As a central Ohio native, Faith is a well rounded dancer and teacher with extensive training in Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Modern, Creative Movement, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, & certified in Ballet Strength/Conditioning (PBT). In 2016 she began dancing at the professional level in Modern and Contemporary. Faith currently choreographs and performs as a company member with Columbus Modern Dance Company and special projects under the direction of Cassia Cramer. In 2017, she was one of three American dancers accepted to train pre-professionally in a Brazilian ballet trainee program. Faith had the opportunity to dance in the historical re-staging of Martha Graham’s “Heretic” in 2018 and Doris Humphrey’s “Water Study” in 2023. She enjoys telling a story with her movement and assisted in creatively producing “The Nutcracker Variation 2021” under Cassia Cramer. Faith has also won choreography and prop creativity awards at competitions. When not dancing, Faith & her husband enjoy taking their children to her In-laws 200 acre farm and caring for the animals.
“I’m excited to share my passion for movement, technique, and the emotional sides of dance with the students at DDC&G; helping them nurture their own love of dance!”
Joyelle Weaver has danced professionally since 2001. She holds a BFA and MFA in Dance, certification of all levels of teaching Ballet, Pointe and Partnering from American Ballet Theatre and certification in STOTT PILATES. She taught for Dance Theatre of Harlem, American Ballet Theatre, Ohio State University, University of Michigan, DCDC, University of Akron, and BalletMET. Her students have performed with Dancing Wheels, Grand Rapids Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Louisville Ballet, and Verb Ballet. Since 2014, she has collaborated with Columbus Jazz Arts Group, Seven Dance Company Columbus, the Ohio Department of Education, and as Board Member of OhioDance. In 2021, Joyelle was a choreography finalist in the International Online Dance Competition. She is faculty in the Department of Dance at the Ohio State University. Joyelle has devoted her life and work to teaching and imparting a love and appreciation for dance to all her students. She has been teaching at DDC&G since 2017 and co-directs the Ballet Company. She lives in the Columbus area with her husband and two daughters.
Julianne received an MFA from The Ohio State University in Costume Design and a B.A in Theatre Performance from Bradley University. She has trained at Dell’Arte International for physical/devised theatre, and toured a mime performance to the D.C. and Boulder Fringe Festivals. Most notably, she has been awarded “Costume Design of the Decade '' from Broadway World Columbus, and “Excellence in Costuming and Makeup” from the Theatre RoundTable Awards. She has danced at Dublin Dance Centre since High School, and she is happy to have a place to merge her love for dance with her love for Theatre.
Currently based in Columbus, OH, Justin Curry (he/him) is an emerging dancer, choreographer, film-maker, and educator with a BFA in Dance from Sam Houston State University. Justin’s professional performance career includes: WhirlWind Dance Company, NobleMotion Dance Company, Houston Fringe Festival, Barnstorm Dance Festival, Sam Houston State University Department of Dance, and five years performing for Drum Corps International & Winter Guard International. Justin has presented his choreographic works internationally with highly esteemed companies, organizations, and festivals such as Eisenhower Dance Detroit, SALT Dance Company, Big Muddy Dance Company, NobleMotion Dance Company, Dance Film Association in NYC, Austin Dance Festival, Auro Apaar Dance Film Festival in India, Dance Source Houston, Vision Dance Company, Jacksonville Dance Film Festival, and Sam Houston State University. Justin has danced for many brilliant choreographers such as Joshua Manculich, Norbet De La Cruz III, Travis Lake, Gregory Dolbashian, Francisco Graciano, Takehiro Ueyama, Andy Noble, Evelyn Toh, Alyssa Edwards, and more. Outside of dancing, Justin is also a certified group fitness instructor with AKT (Anna Kaiser Technique).
Kelly began dance and gymnastics at the age of three at Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics. She grew up at the dance center and continued with them until her senior year of high school. She is trained in modern, hip hop, gymnastics, tap, break dance, stilting, jazz, and theatre at the Pre-Professional level. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Advertising and Graphic Design. While in school, Kelly choreographed and performed for The MSU Dance Association. Kelly is a member of The Movement Mission and loves to share her passion for performing with all of her students. Dance has always been a driving presence in her life; she intends to dance until she’s 92.
A multi-genre instructor, Kenneth Brown has been teaching and choreographing hip-hop, contemporary, swing, lyrical, jazz, improvisation, and musical theater for over 15 years. With a variety of performance, choreography, and instruction credits including CDance Company for the Arts' “The Adventures of Pan”, “The Black Nativity”, Thiossane West African Dance Institute, Onyx Productions' “The Colored Section”, Columbus Contemporary Dance Company, Lincoln Theater's “Renaissance Magic”, New Vision Dance Company, and a Theatre Roundtable “Excellence In Choreography” award-winning turn as choreographer for State of The Arts Productions' “The Color Purple” he has had the opportunity to work throughout Central Ohio, Mansfield, Dayton, and Michigan. He has been profiled in a documentary film and is now sought out for choreography, master classes, and workshops featuring his unique, expression-forward approach to dance instruction.
Originally from Knoxville, TN, Laura began her dance career with Go! Contemporary Dance Works as a high school performer. Then she earned her BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University with a focus on community engagement, choreography, and pedagogy. During her time at OSU, Laura had the opportunity to perform, teach, and choreograph both locally and internationally. She performed works by Ohad Naharin, Ann Sofie Clemmensen, Crystal Michelle Perkins, and many others. She taught movement workshops for medical students at OSU Medical School and choreographed many of her own works for OSU Dance Concerts. Laura was selected for both DanceBrazil and DanceDenmark while attending OSU. These opportunities allowed her to experience the joys of international touring, nonverbal cultural exchanges, and community building. After graduation, Laura moved to Utah to dance with SALT II, where she worked with choreographers Amy Gunter Lolofie, Ching Ching Wong, and Courtney Mazeika. Re-shifting her energy towards teaching, she is currently exploring creating a non-hierarchical class structure, combining different global dance styles, and bringing joy and honesty into her work.
Laura is new to Dublin Dance and will be teaching in the preschool movement class. Laura has lived most of her adult life in Columbus, but she is originally from Ashland, Ohio. She received her associates degree in early childhood education at Columbus State Community College in 2005. She taught preschool for 4 years, but decided to stay home full time after her first son was born in 2010. Laura is married to her husband Dave and together they live in Dublin with their 4 children. Their youngest took the preschool movement class last year and both Laura and her son loved the class! "Combining the 2 elements, both physical and cognitive, was so brilliant to me! For kids, this combination will deepen their ability to learn letters, sounds, numbers, etc... A few months into the class I could see how much our son was learning and I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of!" Laura is ready to be a teacher again! She is excited to watch kids learn and grow through this amazing program!
Madison began dancing at the age of 3 in Dayton, Ohio. She trained at Dayton Dance Conservatory for 15 years in various styles including ballet/pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip-hop. Madison graduated from The Ohio State University in 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology while minoring in Dance and Criminal Justice Studies. Throughout her four years of undergrad, she served as the Education Coordinator for Dance Connection, a student organization at Ohio State, where she choreographed group pieces and organized master classes for the Columbus community. Madison completed her Master’s in Social Work from The Ohio State University in 2022 and is a Licensed Social Worker. She taught dance classes in various art forms at CDA for three seasons and is currently dancing with the Movement Mission and Columbus Modern Dance Company (CoMo). Madison is excited to be joining DDC&G and sharing her love of dance with students and families!
Martine has trained in many dance styles and develops her classes and choreography with a broad perspective. She has taught and choreographed throughout Columbus and Chicago for both television and stage and brings her diverse dance background to each style of dance she teaches. Martine is a long-time faculty member, director and choreographer for multi-genre, pre- professional performing companies at DDC&G. Her students have been accepted to many prestigious summer and college dance programs including The Ohio State University, Indiana University, University of Cincinnati, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, BalletMet, Kent State and more. Martine was awarded the 2017 Columbus Dances Fellowship for choreography and continues to teach, direct and choreograph in a range of styles in the Columbus dance community.
Ms. Mary returns to DDC&G after completing her law degree at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. She previously taught gymnastics for DDC&G in 2012 and the summer of 2015. She decided to return to DDC&G because of her love for teaching and the family-oriented and welcoming atmosphere of the studio. In addition to practicing law, Mary brings a life-long passion of dance and gymnastics to the classroom. She has experience teaching Hip Hop, Jazz, Acro, and Gymnastics. Growing up, she was a level 8/9 National Competition Gymnast, and Senior Scholarship winner at Judy Dollenmeyer School of Dance. She was also a four-year member of the Ohio State University Dance Team. We are thrilled to have Mary back on staff and excited for all she brings to the classroom.
Meghan Alkire is passionate about movement through both dance and rehabilitation. She grew up dancing at the age of 3 in Madison, Alabama. Meghan has trained in many styles of dance including ballet, modern, jazz, tap and contemporary. She recently graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.A. in Psychology & Dance on the track for Occupational Therapy. At the university, she spent much of her time volunteering with various organizations. Within the dance department, she taught and assisted dance classes in the Cerebral Palsy Engagement Workshop for adults and taught dance in an after-school program for Tuscaloosa City Schools. Outside the department, she assisted a dance class for children with mental and physical disabilities, and served as a mentor to a college student with autism. Meghan started teaching the adaptive dance classes at DDC&G in 2022, and has received generous support and mentorship from the staff. She is in the Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program Class of 2026 at The Ohio State University. Meghan is excited to serve as the Adaptive Dance Director, helping every student thrive as she continues to teach in the classroom. She is passionate about the adaptive dance program and aims to provide an enjoyable experience that puts a smile on her students’ faces.
Olivia has been dancing at DDC&G for 15 years, participating in ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, and tap. She started teaching as an intern at 14 years old. She is a part of the Ballet, Tap, and Repertory Companies and is an ambassador for Rep. Co. Olivia is also the student social media intern and a senior leader for the studios student run volunteer organization “Corps De Ballet.” She has found a love for helping in the adaptive program at the studio and it has inspired her future pathway. After high school Olivia plans to go to college with a major in dance on an occupation therapy track.
Paige Hartley is a professional dancer who began studying dance at age 6 at the Ruth Mitchel Dance Theater in Atlanta. She trained extensively with Trinette Singleton, Winthrop Corey, Stanislav Issaev, Jimmy Locust, Todd Eric Allen, Martha Goodman, and Caroline Cavallo. Her many ballet performance credits include Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Paquita. Paige moved to New York City to work at STEPS on Broadway and toured the US with Total Entertainment and Bacchus Productions as a dancer and choreographer. In 2006 she performed with Cirque Du Soleil’s Corteo and choreographer Cecilia Marta. Jazz is Paige’s favorite dance style and she always loves to incorporate technique from Giordano, Luigi, Jerome Robbins, and most of all Bob Fosse. Paige discovered Pilates in 2006 and earned a 600 hour comprehensive teaching certification through Power Pilates. She also holds certifications in Core Barre and Yoga. Paige and her husband live in Dublin with their two daughters and Basset Hound.
"Shoulders back and walk in like you own the place."
Rian has been with DDC&G; Gymnastics since the age of six. She trained in a number of dance styles, including ballet, modern, and jazz and was a member of the Senior Repertory company for seven years. Post high school, Rian continued her studies at The Ohio State University in Early Childhood Education. Rian is a former member of the GCAC award winning Anatomical Scenario, with whom she traveled to the New York International Fringe Festival for two consecutive summers, as well as a founding dancer with TUPACO dance. From 2006-2010, she danced professionally in the ‘Columbus Dances’ series (formally CM2), performing in critically acclaimed pieces by Kristina Isabelle and Jessica Tupa. Rian was also involved with SNAP! Performance Productions for three consecutive years as a dancer and created choreography for their original productions ‘Stealing the Show’ and ‘That Four Letter Word’. Currently, Rian has shifted her focus more towards her home life as well as nurturing her “dance babies” here at the studio as the Jazz Program Coordinator.
Sarah grew up dancing at Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics. Excelling in gymnastics, Sarah trained in placement classes and was a member of Exhibition company for several years. She found her love for teaching when she was requested to assist in a class. After the first class, she didn’t stop! She started working with adaptive students, interning dance classes, and did extensive work at summer camps. She has enjoyed learning and will continue to learn from the amazing staff. She is safety and risk certified through USA Gymnastics.
Originally from New York, Sofia started doing gymnastics when she was two years old and continued up until high school. Once she got to college at Ohio State she decided to try cheerleading. She was a four year member of the OSU All-Girl Cheerleading Team. After graduating in 2019 and coaching on and off starting from the age of 14, Sofia longed to be back in the gym. Gymnastics has taught her valuable life skills such as confidence, determination and self discipline. She believes the benefits of gymnastics have carried through to all aspects of her life. In addition to coaching she works at Cheryl’s Cookies and has a dog named Remi. She is very excited to be joining the DDC&G family!
Stephanie is an English teacher at Jonathan Alder High School. She studied English Education, Dance, Theater, and Vocal Music at the University of Wisconsin. Stephanie has performed in theater productions regionally in Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as internationally in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland. Sheis trained in classical and contemporary dance, choreography, and musical theater. In 2014, she performed in the American College Dance Festival Association Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. That year, she also was named “Grand Champion” for choreographing a team in a “Dancing with the Stars” competition in Wisconsin. For two years, she taught and competed professionally as a ballroom dancer in Columbus in both American and International styles of dance. Stephanie has been involved with The Movement Mission since 2017, which led to meeting many of the amazing teachers at Dublin Dance Centre. In early 2019, Stephanie started subbing for creative and beginning ballet classes, and she is so excited to continue dancing and teaching at DDC&G!
Sydney Samson’s dance training began in Baltimore, Maryland where she danced for many years as a part of Towson University’s Pre-Collegiate Dance Ensemble. In 2017 she relocated to Columbus, Ohio to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance with a focus in choreography, performance, and creative technology. In May of 2020 she graduated from the Ohio State University, Magna Cum Laude, and went on to dance for SALT2 Contemporary Dance Company based in Salt Lake City, Utah for their 2020-2021 season. While living in Salt Lake she worked, trained, and performed with the company, as well as choreographed and taught in many local studios as a contemporary, ballet, and yoga instructor. In 2021 she moved to Massachusetts to work as a full-time videographer and editor for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival during their 2021 festival season; There she was part of the small team that created the Pillow's first digital festival to premiere throughout the summer, highlighting renowned dance companies from all over the world. She continues her artistry and film work through her own dance film company, WOODLAND, and has contracted work with numerous companies throughout the New York City area and beyond. Most recently she has returned to Columbus, Ohio to continue her performance career dancing with Whirlwind Dance Company and she is excited to share her love for dance at Dublin Dance Centre.
Ms. Sydney grew up at Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics for over 15 years. While she was a student, she trained in jazz, modern, contemporary, hip hop, and ballet and was a part of the teaching intern program. “I am so excited about my transition from student to teacher. I can’t wait to share my passion and joy of dance to my students, and of course, have fun!!!”
From Grand Rapids, MI, Zach Bussert is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with his B.B.A in Dance & Marketing. He is a proud recipient of the Upper Division Dance Scholarship. Zach had exciting opportunities to work with several guest artists from around the country, including Yoshito Sakuraba, Wallie Wolfgruber, Paul Singh, and Brian Enos, to name a few. Post graduation, Zach has worked with The Big Muddy Dance Company, ConteXture Dance Detroit, and WhirlWind Dance. He has been able to perform works by notable choreographers such as Norbert de la Cruz III, Joshua L. Peugh, Kirven Douthit-Boyd, and more. In July 2023, Zach attended Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (DCCD) Arts Lab Desert Peaks summer intensive in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Currently, Zach is a Mover | Maker with WhirlWind Dance under the direction of Joshua Manculich and is excited to bring dance to the Columbus community.
In Loving Memory … Beloved wife, mother, dancer, teacher, mentor, and friend: Bonnie Jeanne Lavric began her study of dance with Louise B. Harrison in Pennsylvania and continued as a dance major at The Ohio State University. She danced at DDC&G for 16 years and taught for six – primarily Creative Dance classes for 3 – 5 year-olds, who loved her energy and ready smile. Bonnie became very interested in yoga and started teaching at DDC&G, with a loyal following. She played many character roles in the June performances, adding her special style to each. Bonnie touched many lives at DDC&G and everywhere she went. She is an inspiration, and it is a privilege for us to celebrate her spirit.