Allie Gee started dancing at the age of 3 at Spotlight Studio of Dance in MD. She traveled the competition circuit and gained many titles over the years including the prestigious title and scholarship, Miss Dance of the United States 2010. Allie received a merit scholarship to The Boston Conservatory where she performed works by Jose Limon, Trey McIntyre, Twyla Tharp, among many others and graduated Summa Cum Laude in May of 2014. Immediately after graduation, Allie moved to New York City to start work with contemporary ballet company Ballet Inc. Shortly after she started guesting with Art Deconstructed and XAOC Contemporary Ballet. In August 2014, Allie joined the resident contemporary dance company at the world-renowned Steps on Broadway; and in 2016 became a member of the Tania Perez-Salas Compania de Danza, a contemporary company based out of Mexico City. This government-sponsored company allowed her to perform at some of the biggest venues in North America including the Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Auditorio Nacional. She still actively performs with the company and tours with them internationally. Throughout her professional career, Allie continued to give back to younger generations through her choreography and teaching. Her work has won multiple choreographic awards at regional and national competitions throughout the East Coast. She has taught at many studios in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Additionally, Allie had the opportunity to teach at two colleges in Queretaro, Mexico. Ms. Allie currently resides in Philadelphia, PA where she continues to pursue dance performance and teaching.
* Ms. Allie 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.
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.
Gina Cipolloni 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. Ms. Gina is the proud mom of GiaSara and Liam. Ms. Gina has been a valued instructor at KICKS since 2014.
*Ms. Gina 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Ms. 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.
*Ms. Marisa is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid.
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.
Ms. 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.
*Ms. Sarah Mc. is certified in Child & Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid.
Ms. 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, 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.