Ava Seenarine started dancing at the late age of fifteen, but has dedicated as much time as possible to this passion ever since. Her natural ability to choreograph and her love of teaching were noticed early on, landing her jobs in the Southern Jersey area. After taking classes from the most renowned Hip Hop dancers in the tri-state area, Ava was invited to In Da Clutch Dance Crew, where she had the opportunity to train with iconic Hip Hop dancers such as Mr. Wiggles and James ‘Cricket’ Colter. As a member of the crew she had the chance to audition for America’s Best Dance Crew and be cast as a dancer on the set of the revolutionary street dance movie, Step Up 3D. Ava continues to hone her dance and teaching skills by continuing her personal education of all dance styles, and feels most fulfilled when she is able to share her passion and knowledge with her students. Miss Ava has been a KICKS’ instructor since 2012.
Miss Ava is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid.
Bethanne Margies relocated to Pennsylvania from New York in 2005, and has been a valuable KICKS instructor since that time. Bethanne earned her BA in Dance from Queens College and has been teaching and choreographing for nearly two decades. Bethanne danced professionally throughout Long Island and performed in New York City at such venues as Clark Studio Theater in Lincoln Center. Miss Bethanne teaches all forms dance and yoga at numerous area locations, working with preschool through adult level students. When she’s not in the classroom, she’s a busy and proud mom of son, Alex, and daughter, Elizabeth!
Miss Bethanne is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid.
Gina Cipolloni-Wild earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Dance Education Minor from West Chester University. While at WCU she was also a member of the Dance Team and Dance Production Workshop. She began her dance training at the age of 5, started student teaching at the age of 12 and continued on from there to pursue her love of dance and education in many different arenas. She has taught preschool through elementary aged students in the dance classroom and has led infants and toddlers through the well-known Gymboree program. Gina has performed in many theatrical and dance productions throughout the tri-state area, including Three Little Bakers Dinner Theater, New Candlelight Theatre and Philly Fringe; and was a former member of the Philadelphia Wings Lax Dance Team. Miss Gina has taken a few years off to have a family and is now a mom of 3 year old, GiaSara, and 1 year old, Liam. She is very excited to come back into the dance world and share her passion & experience with her students.
Miss Gina is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid.
Kristin Hackney has been dancing since the age of three and has been teaching for over 20 years. While her foundation was received locally, Kristin has trained extensively in Philadelphia and New York and has had the privilege of apprenticing with Tap Team II & Co. Kristin has choreographed and taught for many studios throughout the tri-state area and has showcased her work at Walt Disney World. In addition, Kristin has choreographed for various high schools, theater groups and dance teams, and has led many competitive teams to victory. Kristin is a member of the International Tap Association and has been a longtime Board member of International Teachers of Dance, Inc. where she currently serves as President. Kristin has been sharing her talents with our KICKS students since 2012.
Miss K is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid.
Katie Feidler graduated magna cum laude from Towson University with a BS in IDIS Dance Management. She began her dance training at 3 yrs. old and later attended the School of First State Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She has participated in professional programs throughout the country including intensively training and working at Broadway Dance Center. Katie served as a board member for the Rebecca Davis Dance Company, focusing on development and worked in marketing and media buying for the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Series. She enjoys being a jazz faculty member and judge for the International Teachers of Dance Inc. convention, as well as teaching throughout the area. Katie is a dynamic and specific instructor building strongly technical and determined dancers. As a result her students have found great success competitively with her choreography receiving countless high scores and judges awards. Katie is filled with pride to see many of her students now pursuing their own successful dance careers.
Miss Katie is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid.
Laura Cobbs is a native of Virginia. She graduated from Radford University with a BFA in dance with a contemporary concentration. She has had the opportunity to perform off Broadway, in Florence Dance Week in Italy, Big Range Dance Festival in Texas, as well as throughout the east coast with danah bella Dance Works and Opus 1 Contemporary Dance Company. She recently co-founded Shift Movement Collective and continues to perform and collaborate throughout New York and Philadelphia. Laura is a full time dance teacher and has most recently had the opportunity to present choreography at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The National Cherry Blossom Festival and Disney World. With more than a decade of experience leading a dance classroom, Miss Laura enjoys working with children of all ages, both on a competitive and recreational level. KICKS is thrilled to welcome Miss Laura to our teaching staff!
Miss Laura is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid.
Lisa Pomante first walked into a dance studio at the age of 3 and never looked back. During those formative years she became accomplished in all techniques, both at the studio that was her second home and while taking many master classes and intensives, including a class directed by the legendary Katherine Dunham. Lisa was accepted into The High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia, where her choreography was showcased at many performances in Philadelphia. She also studied and performed with the world-renowned Philadanco, under the direction of Ms. Joan Myers-Brown, and Eleone Dance Company directed by Mr. Shawn Lamere Williams. Lisa danced with the Philadelphia Wings Dance Team and The Philadelphia Kixx Dance team. Lisa now finds it most rewarding to share her passion for dance and choreography with young students, instilling in them the same love of dance that she carries within her heart.
Miss Lisa is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid.
Lori Edwards began her dance training at the young age of two and earned her BA in Elementary Education from West Chester University. For the past ten years she has been teaching tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and creative movement to preschool through high-school aged students. In her spare time, she enjoys subbing for local elementary schools, working with young children and children with special needs. If she isn’t dancing and teaching she can be found decorating cakes and working as a Relator salesperson. Miss Lori has been a valuable member of KICKS’ teaching team since 2008.
Miss Lori is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid.
Marisa Fiorelli began her dance education at the age of four, here at KICKS Academy, and her love for dance continued to increase throughout her involvement in our Company program, student teacher training program and choreography projects. In addition, Marisa has studied with master teachers in the field of dance by attending many conventions within the tri-state region. She spent 2 years on the 76ers pre-pro dance team, and has performed on stages in Disney World, Disney Land, Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags. Marisa has both performed and choreographed for regional competitions and fundraising events. Marisa recently graduated magna cum laude from Messiah College with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education, with a minor in Dance.During her college career she taught Jazz and Tap classes within the dance program, and choreographed many routines to showcase in annual performances.Miss Marisa has been working with young children for many years as a substitute dance teacher, a YMCA counselor, and through many different church related programs. She is thrilled to be able to combine both her passion for teaching and dancing, and we are thrilled to have her on our teaching staff.
Miss Marisa is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid.
Nikki Wood has been a professional dancer since she turned 17 years old, starting her career with a full scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. From there she transitioned into theatre style shows throughout the world, spending four years of her career on the islands of Guam and Saipan. She has performed at the American Music Theatre, Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach, with Greg Thompson Productions, and Opus 1 contemporary. One of Nikki’s most recent achievements was performing in New York at the Rockette Alumnae Foundation honoring Linda Haberman. She choreographed and has performed many dances in ABC’s Boscov’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as Sunoco Welcome America 4th of July Parades in Philadelphia, and has won many awards on the competition circuit. Miss Nikki has her degree in Early Childhood Education, is Certified in both CPR and First Aid and is currently attending Delaware Technical College to further her education in the field of Occupational Therapy. She has been teaching dance students in the surrounding area for the past 7 years. She recently became a fitness coach, and during the summer months Nikki works at the Delaware Autism Program. In addition to teaching, Nikki is a judge for StarQuest International, ITDI, as well as Priscilla Payson Foundation. Nikki feels extremely blessed to be able to share her passion for dance, and is very proud that many of her students have been accepted into world renowned companies and intensives such as Joffrey school, and the Rockette summer intensive.
Miss Nikki is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid.
Miss Sarah Mc.
Sarah McWilliams grew up dancing at KICKS Academy and then went on to graduate summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. While at Temple, she performed in works by faculty members Jillian Harris and Dr. Laura Katz Rizzo, guest artists Larry Keigwin and Kyle Abraham, among others. Sarah also had the privilege of studying dance in education with author and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist Dr. Teresa Benzwie. During this time she taught dance lessons in a Cherry Hill, NJ preschool classroom. After graduation Sarah travelled to Israel where she spent five months training at the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company as part of their International Dance Journey Program. Sarah continues her training by regularly taking class in Philadelphia and New York, and actively performing in both cities. Currently, she is a dancer for kaycruddenco in NYC and Project Moshen in Philadelphia. Sarah also works extensively as a dance teacher at many locals studios, summer camps, and schools. Her experiences include teaching for the Dance Me A Story program at local libraries, teaching studio classes to school-age students, and barre fitness classes for adults.
Miss Sarah Mc. is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid.
Miss Sarah T.
Sarah Terry received her M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Services in 2007 from Lehigh University. She received her early dance training in New Jersey from notable instructors including Larissa Shevaldina, Paul Sutherland, Brunhilda Ruiz, and Rose Yamout. In addition, she has studied with various programs including The American Academy of Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. As a scholarship member of the SUNY Purchase Dance Corps, Sarah had the opportunity to perform with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in original works by Stanton Welch and Robert Hill. Sarah has been instructing students of all ages in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania areas for over ten years. Her choreography has received numerous overall high scores at competition and has been recognized at both the regional and national level. In 2015, she received the “Excellence in Choreography” award at the National Finals of Dance Xplosion talent competition. When not in the classroom, Miss Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband Justin and her sons, John and Will. She is very excited to be returning for her second year teaching at KICKS. Miss Sarah is certified in Child and Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid.
Miss Sarah T is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid.