Alyson Veit | Owner/ Director
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, 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. As a small business owner, Alyson prides herself in running a successful program that helps produce well-rounded and strong-minded young people, fosters a sense of familial well-being, and, quite frankly, sustained a steady growth throughout the economic pitfalls of the past two decades, all while raising four children. Alyson and her husband Corey live in Powell and enjoy spending time with their 3 sons, Beau, Cullen & Tanner and daughter, Baya.
Megan Forlenzo | Office Manager
Darlene Teague | Office Staff
Jenna Moomaw | Instructor
Jenna has been dancing since the age of three. She began her career at Dance Reach where she trained in Modern, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Lyrical. She competed in Regional and National Dance competitions through High School. Jenna attended The Ohio State University where she recieved her BSD in Industrial Design and a Minor in Dance. In 2018 she recieved her MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College in New York City. While in NYC Jenna had the opportunity to study Post Modern and Modern dance with John Jasperse, Trisha Brown Dance Company, The Merce Cunningham Company, and many others. This year will mark Jenna's 10th season with PDA, and she is so excited to see dancers that she taught in PreDance now dancing on Jr and Sr team!
Dani Kfoury | Virtual Instructor
Originally from the Western Suburbs of Chicago, Dani began her dance training at the age of 5. After high school, Dani went on to pursue a B.F.A. in Dance and Minor in Education from The Ohio State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in Dance. While deepening her dance skills at Ohio State, Dani performed in works by distinguished faculty members, completed courswork focused on Dance Education, and served as a Teaching Assistant within the Dance Department. In 2017, Dani was selected to travel to Denmark with OSU Dance, performing, teaching and taking class throughout the country. She also spent two summers at American Dance Festival where she performed in repertory work by Ronald K. Brown and studied various contemporary & hip-hop dance styles. Currently, Dani dances for Hixon Dance Company and loves sharing her passion with her phenomenal students.
Amber Geiser | Instructor
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 Lopez | Instructor
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 work with students here at Powell Dance Academy!
Amber Teague | Instructor
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 | Instructor
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.
Melissa Pettograsso | Instructor
Melissa began her long love for dance and the arts at the age of 4 year old. At the age of 12, she joined the Youth Dance Company where her focus became concentrated on classical ballet and modern dance, performing as a principle dancer for several years in The Nutcracker as well as other rolls such as Peter, in Peter and the Wolf. In high school, Melissa was selected to attend New York Summer School of the Arts at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where she was selected to perform in a trio under the direction of Danny Grossman of the Danny Grossman Dance Company in Canada. After graduation, she joined Dance Eclectic and began her teaching career teaching creative movement, ballet and modern dance at Youth Dance Company and In Motion School of Dance. In 2000, Melissa relocated to Milwaukee, WI where she attended Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design for Photography. In 2010, she attended Shiva Shakti Synthesis where receiving her teaching certificate as well as her Yoga Therapist certification. Melissa is currently in the process of completing her Pilates certification where she plans on focusing on Pilates for dancers.
Stephanie Gluck | Virtual Instructor
Stephanie was born and raised in Worthington, Ohio, and has been dancing since the age of four. She began her training at Columbus Youth Ballet and continued onto Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics where she fell in love with tap. She has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and lyrical. Stephanie trained under Jenai Cutcher while studying at The Ohio State University where her passion for tap really took over. While at OSU, Stephanie was choreographer and member of Off the Lake, a student run musical theatre group. Stephanie taught tap at Dublin Dance Centre from 2011-2017, where she was the director of the Tap Company. She has been a member of Columbus' professional tap company, Movement Afoot since 2017. While she is not dancing, Stephanie works full time at The Ohio State University. Stephanie is thrilled to be teaching at Powell Dance Academy for her first season. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys playing the piano, playing board games with friends, and spending way too much time on Netflix.
Olivia Thomas | Instructor
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.
Valerie Anthony | Office Staff
Alexandra Clark-Stilianos | Instructor
Alexandra Clark-Stilianos (she/her) holds a multidisciplinary Master of Fine Arts in Dance degree from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science in Dance Education from Bowling Green State University. Her research contains intersecting threads of dance, immersive and interactive theatre, technology, women and gender studies, contemporary and commercial dance forms, and choreographic methods. Alexandra has been a guest artist and choreographer at College of DuPage, Wittenberg University, Ohio Northern University, Bowling Green State University, Ohio State’s Brazil Tour Group, and the School Tour Performing Company. She has trained with Bebe Miller, Eddie Taketa, Ohad Naharin, Susan Petry, Erica Sobol, Nico O’Connor, Sabrina Phillip, and Tammy Starr. Alexandra has performed for Mashup Contemporary Dance Co., Mattidance, Silverlake Contemporary Ballet, Open Window Dance, and Norah Zuniga Shaw. She’s presented original work at the Going Dutch Festival, Detroit Dance City Festival, RAD Fest, Mix Match Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival Gala, Choreographers Carnival Los Angeles, and RAW Artists. Alexandra has been teaching and choreographing for over thirteen years at private studios, dance festivals, community programs, student organizations, and university departments. Additionally, she has been serving as a regional, national, and international competition judge for over six years. She is currently the Dance Program Coordinator and on Faculty in the Dance Program at Harold Washington College in Chicago, IL/remote and is the Artistic Director and founder of STILGO dance + tech.
Madelyn Morgan | Instructor
Madelyn is originally from Dayton, Ohio. She began dancing at the age of three at Dayton Dance Conservatory, where she studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and modern. During her 16 years in Dayton, she danced competitively, attended conventions, performed in Oz the Musical by Todrick Hall, was a student assistant, and trained at surrounding ballet programs. Madelyn attended The Ohio State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. During her time at Ohio State, Madelyn studied the dance minor program focusing on jazz technique, improve, and contemporary classes. Over the past several years, Madelyn has taught and choreographed for multiple studios around central Ohio. Currently, Madelyn works as a Certified Neurophysiological Monitoring technician. This year she is excited to share her passion for dance with her students at PDA!
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