Ashley Hillis started dancing when she was two years old and has been a competitive dancer for sixteen years. Her professional training includes; jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, contemporary, hip hop, acrobatics, and musical theatre. She is going into her senior year at West Chester University studying Dance and Nutrition. This is her second year as the captain of the West Chester University Dance Team which is a student run organization. She has been chosen to be a student choreographer for the University Dance Company for three semesters. She performed on national television with Colbie Caillat and Wyclef Jean in “Nickelodeon’s Mega Music Fest” and also performed as a dancing cartoon character in “Dora’s Explorer Girls.” Ashley made several appearances in movies and commercials. She has performed at The Academy of Music in Philadelphia, The Joyce Theater and The Schimmel Center in New York City, and The Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Ashley danced as a backup dancer with Lacey Schwimmer (former dancer on Dancing With the Stars) on a live broadcast. She has been able to share her passion with dance to all ages by teaching master classes and holding clinics for all students interested in collegiate dancing. Ashley is excited to bring her passion and love for dance to Kicks!
*Ms. Ashley is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid.
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. Ms. Ava has been a KICKS’ instructor since 2012.
*Ms. Ava is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid. She is also a certified Rhythm Works Integrated Dance instructor.
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. Ms. 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!
*Ms. Bethanne is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid. She is also a certified Rhythm Works Integrated Dance instructor.
Katie Feidler began her dance training in Delaware at 3 yrs. old and later attended the School of First State Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She graduated magna cum laude from Towson University with a B.S. in Dance Management and participated in professional training programs throughout the country including the Broadway Dance Center internship program and Boulder Jazz Dance Festival. 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 continues to build her skills as a teacher, recently becoming a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor. She is also a certified instructor through Rhythm Works Integrative Dance; a program for students with individual learning differences and other special needs. Katie is a dynamic and specific teacher building strong technical and determined dancers. As a result, her students have found great success competitively with her choreography receiving numerous high scores and judges awards. Katie is filled with pride to see many of her students now pursuing their own successful dance careers. Outside of the studio she loves to spend time with her husband, Matt, and son, Sammy!
* Ms. Katie is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid. She is also a certified Rhythm Works Integrated Dance instructor.
Diana Bates Knight started dancing at the age of 6 at Anna Marie’s Dance Studio. Diana fell in love with the art watching her big sister, Angela, dance and was inspired to follow in her footsteps. She continued to dance throughout high school at Paul Klocke’s Studio of Dance studying all styles of dance, participating in their competition group, and performing in many shows. She is trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and musical theatre. Diana began teaching a variety of dance classes while she was enrolled at West Chester University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics.
Diana is currently a barre instructor at Barre Balanced in Glen Mills and general manager of the family business, Bates Motel Acquisitions. She has three beautiful children that make her heart full and keep her very busy when she is not working.
Katrina DiDomenicis-Hall began dancing at the age of three and started student teaching at the age of fifteen through a rigorous 3 year teacher’s training course from Parkside Academy. As a member of the Parkside Performing Arts Company she performed as a soloist and Demi-soloist in roles from The Nutcracker, Coppelia, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Cinderella & Swan Lake. She went on to have her own dance classes in 2002 at Old Union Nursery School in Wallingford, PA before relocating to Tampa, Florida where she was a member of the Hillsborough Dance Ensemble and received her BA from the University of South Florida, with a major in Early Childhood and a minor in Dance.
Katrina returned to Pennsylvania in 2008 and began teaching at various local studios and schools in the Delaware Valley. In 2011, Katrina began teaching for First State Ballet Theatre’s community outreach program, ‘Danceworks!’. Katrina also enjoyed teaching dance for the University of Delaware’s Fred Rust Ice Arena. Katrina is formally trained in a variety of dance styles from Ballet to Bollywood and enjoys teaching students of all different age groups! Katrina continues her dance education by taking as many classes and attending as many dance intensives & conferences as she can throughout each year. When she’s not in the dance studio, she and her husband, Kevin, enjoy being parents to Markella & Andrew.
* Ms. Katrina is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid. She is also a certified Rhythm Works Integrated Dance instructor.
Kayla Babicki has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She received her training here at KICKS Academy of Dance. Progressing through KICKS’ Company Program afforded her many opportunities to hone her craft including student teaching and choreography training & implementation, while providing exposure to various master teachers and touring Broadway dancers through the annual regional workshops & intensives she attended. Kayla earned a BA in Journalism from Temple University, while remaining active as a dancer, choreographer and instructor. She has performed in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival twice, and worked as an assistant to the choreographer on a production of Young Frankenstein at The Ritz Theatre in New Jersey. Kayla choreographed for Philadelphia Dance Day, a non-profit dance organization that aims to bring dance to everyone by offering a day annually of free dance classes that concludes with an evening performance by local dancers. Most recently, she was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philly.com for her work on a choreography project with local dancer Danielle Bourgeon. Kayla has gained extra experience working with young children through jobs both at the Siegel JCC and the Lansdowne YMCA in their preschool centers. She teaches classes in all dance styles, for both children and adults, throughout the Philadelphia area and we are thrilled to have her as part of our KICKS’ staff this season.
* Ms. Kayla is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid. She is also a certified Rhythm Works Integrated Dance instructor.
Ms. Kristin (MK)
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.
*Ms. K is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid. She is also a certified Rhythm Works Integrated Dance instructor.
Mary Weese grew up dancing at KICKS in the pre-professional Company Program. During that time she spent more than twelve hours a week dedicated to her training; she competed and performed regionally, and gained experience with choreography and teaching. In 2017, she graduated summa cum laude from West Chester University, earning a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Dance. While at WCU, Mary was heavily involved with their University Dance Company, serving as both Vice President and Secretary. Mary was also a student choreographer many times for the company and was able to showcase her choreography twice at the prestigious American College Dance Association conference. Her proudest achievement while in college was winning the WCU Student Research and Creative Activities Award. This scholarship was given for her extensive work and research on a jazz piece that she choreographed blending elements of the 1920s and current era. Mary also won multiple other scholarships for dance including the Barbara J. Lappano Dance Scholarship and the Alumni Dance Chapter Choreography Award. Upon graduation, Mary was hired to work as a professional guest choreographer at WCU. Ms. Mary is ecstatic to now be returning to the studio she grew up in, and ready to share her passion and knowledge with the next generation of dancers!
* Ms. Mary is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid. She is also a certified Rhythm Works Integrated Dance instructor.
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, Ms. 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.
*Ms. Sarah T. is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid. She is also a certified Rhythm Works Integrated Dance instructor.