Alyson Veit | Megan Forlenzo | Darlene Teague | Kelsey Clark | Libby Welch | Amber Geiser | Natalie Lopez
| Amber Teague | Candi Thomas | Rachel Cahayla-Wynne | Jasmine Shafley | Maggie Taylor | Olivia Thomas | Valerie Anthony
Alyson graduated from Wittenberg University with a B.A. in Psychology and a Dance minor. During her years as a Wittenberg Dance Company member, Alyson choreographed numerous works including Number 4, El Jardin de Aquarila, Bane, and Weather, which was adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival in 2001. After graduating, Alyson attended The Ohio State University as a graduate student in Clinical Counseling. In 2006, Alyson opened Powell Dance Academy with the support of many, many friends, family, and dancers. Her goal is to provide an ever-improving, healthy, environment for children and adults to learn the many joys of dance. Her passion is Modern dance and she has trained in various forms including Graham, Cunningham, Taylor, and Horton. Over the years, she studied with professionals such as Shih-Ming Li Chang, Ligia Pinhiero, Terence Green, Karen Eliot, Susan Van Pelt Petry, and most notably, Carmen De Lavallade, former principal dancer with Lester Horton Dance Theatre and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. As a teacher, Alyson presents her students with the basics of Modern using contraction, fall and release, momentum, and internal connection. As the students gain confidence in class, improvisation is incorporated and eventually becomes a staple in class and advanced student choreography. Through improvisation, students develop their own unique way of moving through space; students develop a sense of their own body's true, genuine dance. Her choreography has been recognized and awarded at regional and national level competitions. Alyson and her husband Corey live in Powell and enjoy spending time with their 3 sons, Beau, Cullen & Tanner. The Veit Family is thrilled to announce the anticipated arrival of a little girl to the family in January 2018.
Kelsey has been dancing since the age of two. She began her career in New Orleans, LA where she trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Lyrical. She competed in Regional and National Dance competitions in Louisiana and Florida. After moving to Georgia she continued her training as well as learning about other genres of dance such as Contemporary and Musical Theatre. Throughout high school, Kelsey was teaching at Hot Shots Dance Company as an assistant teacher as well as training in cheerleading where she gained her knowledge of tumbling and stunting. Along with teaching and cheering, Kelsey was dancing in the highest company level of the HSDC competition team. She competed in several competitions winning various awards in her age category. After graduating from Athens Christian, she moved to Brenau University where she received her Dance, BFA in May of 2015. She has performed in several shows as a member of the Brenau University Dance Ensemble as well as choreographed for both concerts held at Brenau as well as Dance Upon Injustice, Sugarloaf Dance Showcase, and various events at the University. Along with her schooling, she taught and choreographed overall scoring Jazz and Lyrical pieces for various studios. Her goal is to continue teaching and to become the best teacher she possibly can be to all of her students. Her hope is that all of her students can feel that they can accomplish anythng they put their mind to as well as inspire them to never quit. She is excited to join the Powell Dance Academy team and is eager to help these dancers grow.
Originally from Dublin, Libby graduated from Elon University with a BA in Dance and minor in Sociology. Libby performed, choreographed, and assisted in many musicals and dance concert pieces during her time at Elon. She was a selected gala member at the American College Dance Festival where she performed all four years. Professionally, Libby joined the California Theatre Center company touring the West coast as a performer and choreographer in multiple shows. She was a part of the San Francisco premiere cast of "Oh My Godmother" in addition to teaching at Studio 10 Dance before making the move to New York City. While in NY, she was a member of Germaine Salsbergs' tap company Les Femmes performing in many concerts including Tap City at Symphony Space, Tap Extravaganza, and Tradition in Tap. She also performed in "Singin' in the Rain" at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, and taught at Shuffles Tap Studio. In addition to PDA, Libby is an instructor at Pure Barre Columbus as well as a teaching artist with the Columbus Children's Theatre.
Amber has been dancing for 28 years. Amber studied dance at Bowling Green State University and Kent State University. She also trained at the Broadway Dance Centre in New York and from various master teachers, including Savion Glover. Amber has recently studied under Ayodele Casel, Jimmy Tate, Sarah Savelli, Jason Janas, and Jumanee Taylor. One of Amber's proudest moments is when she danced side by side Gregory Hines at a literacy banquet in Columbus, Ohio. Amber has been a member of Columbus Taps and Hoofin' Rhythms, performing Tap Companies in Columbus, Ohio. Amber was also a featured dancer for John Kunkle's Miss America Road-Show and LeVeck productions, dancing state-wide for national causes. Amber has also been a choreographer for various Miss America preliminaries as well as being the Assistant Choreographer for several Miss USA State pageants. As a student, Amber holds many National Dance Competition titles, including Top Soloist at Starstoppers in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Natalie began dancing at the age of two. At four, she began studying with the River Cities Dance company and TJS in Greenup, KY. There she studied jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, modern, and ballet. She competed at regional and national competitions winning national titles nearly every year. She was also involved with the company's production of "The Nutcracker" each year holding many prominent roles. Natalie also toured the US as a "Caravan Kid" and studied at Ballet Met's summer intensive. In addition to dance, Natalie was a member of her high school's varsity cheerleading squad for four years and served as captain. After high school, Natalie went on to study dance at The Ohio State University where her focus was modern and ballet. She was also a member of the OSU Dance Team, was an NDA Collegiate All American, and was captain for two years. Natalie also worked as a Head Dance Instructor for the National Dance Alliance, traveling the country teaching students from elementary age through the collegiate level. Natalie is very excited to begin her first year here at Powell Dance Academy!
Miss Amber began her dancing career at the age of 3. Miss Amber has been dancing for Miss Alyson since she was 6 years old. She began competing with dance at the age of 6 and then competed up until she graduated from high school. After high school Miss Amber attended Ohio University and graduated receiving her Bachelors Degree of Science, in Early Childhood Education. She has had experience teaching preschool, kindergarten, second, and third grade. In addition to PDA, Miss Amber is a third grade teacher for Columbus City Schools. Miss Amber is excited to be teaching for Miss Alyson and working with the students and families here at Powell Dance Academy.
Rachel Cahayla-Wynne is originally from New Jersey where she studied ballet with Irine Fokine and attended summer programs at Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet and Ballet Academy East. She continued her training and education at the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music where she earned a BFA and graduated Magna Cum Laude. While finishing her degree Rachel joined the Louisville Ballet and danced with the company for 7 years performing soloist and principal roles in numerous ballets. Rachel has also performed with California Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Fokine Ballet, Petrov Ballet and the Sedona Chamber Ballet. Rachel has over 15 years experience teaching ballet and pointe for all ages. She currently also teaches Pure Barre at Pure Barre Columbus and is guest Ballet Mistress for the Sedona Chamber Ballet in Sedona, AZ. Rachel is excited to be joining the Powell Dance Academy Faculty!
Jasmine Shafley grew up dancing from a young age in Columbus OH and Chicago IL. Since graduating high school and dancing for Marjorie Jones Competition Team in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in Somatic Studies from Ohio University. While in school, she performed in works by Leslie Dworkin and Nathan Andary as well as numerous student pieces. Jasmine has taught Yoga and Pilates courses for Ohio University, taught Ballet at Factory Street Studio in Athens OH, participated in the Now & Next Mentoring Project in Boone NC, taught dance technique for the Columbus Saints Winter Guard team, and attended The Movement Project's summer professional intensive in Cleveland OH. Jasmine currently dances for Hixon Dance Company and has enjoyed teaching for PDA since 2015.
Miss Candi has been dancing for 35 years. She started her studies in the Northeast Ohio Area and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University. During her student years she traveled and performed around the US in multiple college football bowl games and at Disney, and internationally in locations including Australia, Italy, and onboard a Costa Cruise Liner in the Caribbean. Her students have performed in the Liberty Bowl Halftime show, at Disney World, and in Hawai’i. Always striving to continue learning, Miss Candi has attended master classes with the likes of Liz Imperio, Ryan Lohoff, Gregory Hines, Gus Giordano, Charles Kelley, Al Gilbert, Randy Skinner, Raymond Lukens. She is currently a member of 2 local theater organizations, VaudeVillities and Columbus Entertainers 4 Charity – where she is both a choreographer, and featured performer.
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Miss Maggie has been performing for over 20 years. She attended Miami University where she received a BA in Theatre Arts with a focus in musical theatre. After college, she moved to New York City where she continued her studies in various masterclasses, workshops, and intensives. She toured the US and Canada with Broadway's National tour of LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL and has performed in regional productions with Ogunquit Playhouse (Ogunquit, ME) and Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre (Indianapolis, IN). She has performed locally with Short North Stage and Weathervane Playhouse. Maggie currently lives in Columbus where she teaches Pure Barre at all 3 Central Ohio locations (Dublin, Grandview, and New Albany). She has choreographed and taught for Ohio Musical Theatre Institute and Weathervane Young Artist Repertory Program. She is very excited to be joining the PDA team!
Olivia has been dancing since the age of 2. She spent much of her dancing career at a local studio, eventually becoming thoroughly involved with her Olentangy High School marching band as lead dancer for color guard, in winter guard, and in show choir, as well as dance captain for OHS theatre productions of Into The Woods, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Urinetown. Olivia attended Ohio University for a year studying dance performance and choreography. While at OU, she trained in ballet, modern, composition and African dance, and also had the opportunity to teach beginner level, collegiate ballet courses. Her goal is to graduate from Otterbein with her degree in Early Childhood Development and Education. This is her first season at Powell Dance Academy and she could not be more excited to be here!