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.
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.
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 kindergarten teacher at Columbus Bilingual Academy North. Miss Amber is excited to be teaching for Miss Alyson and working with the students and families here at Powell Dance Academy.
Miss Jasmine, born in Columbus Ohio, has been dancing for about 19 years in competitive ballet/pointe, jazz, and modern dance at various studios in central Ohio and Chicago. Miss Jasmine graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and a minor in Somatic Studies. While in college, she performed in pieces by Leslie Dworkin and Nathan Andary as well as many student pieces, and taught ballet and creative movement at Factory street studio in Athens Ohio. Miss Jasmine was a dance teacher & counselor for the Now & Next Dance Mentoring Project in Boone, NC in 2012, teaching pre-teen girls to express themselves through dance and self confidence. Miss Jasmine is also a Yoga and Pilates teacher who earned her certifications at Yogaview studio in Chicago in 2014, and through Power Pilates teacher training program in 2013. She has taught beginner/intermediate courses in both Yoga and Pilates this past year at Ohio University. Miss Jasmine is now pursuing her passion for dance performance and education and is very excited to be joining the PDA family!