Teresa opened Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics in 1984 (as Dublin Dance Centre) in an effort to find quality dance instruction in a safe and positive environment for children. Her love of the arts and passion for confidence-centered education has fostered the growth of Dublin Dance Centre to include a full program for all students from beginners to pre-professional. Teresa's goal for top-quality instruction has brought DDC&G some of the finest instructors around- not only qualified and experienced professionals with varied backgrounds, but, instructors who are sincerely dedicated to the children they teach. "Moving in the best interest of children" is truly Teresa's objective in all of DDC&G's endeavors.
Alexandra began her dance training in Pittsburgh, PA at The Dance Company for the Performing Arts under the artistic direction of Patricia McKeown. She attended Wright State University as a dance major before acquiring an apprenticeship opportunity at the Columbus Dance Theatre in 2005/2006. There she danced the title role in The Match Girl and numerous roles with the Company. In 2007/2008 she danced as a company member in Victoria, B.C. with the Canadian Pacific Ballet. She then moved back to Pittsburgh where she taught ballet at The Dance Company for the Performing Arts and became an AFFA certified group fitness instructor. She returned to Columbus in 2010 to continuedancing with The Columbus Dance Theatre and is excited to be teaching at DDC&G for her sixth season and sharing her love of fitness and dance with her students.
ALIAKSANDRA RAMANKOVA (MS ALEXANDRA)
Ms Aliaksandra began training in dance and rhythmic gymnastics at age 3. When she was 8 years old she started synchronized swimming and fell in love. Synchronized swimming is a combination of everything she loved about dance and gymnastics. She won three National Championships was a prize winner of the World Cup. As Aliaksandra was studying Physical Education at Bel¬arusian University, she began to work with children and quickly realized this is what she wanted to do in life. “I wanted to become an educator because of my love for children. I believe all children are unique and just need an individual approach to learning.” In 2013 she moved to the states with her husband and 3 children. In California, she worked at an acrobatic club teaching gymnastic classes and assisting the lead choreographer and musical theater director before moving to Columbus. We are excited to have Aliaksandra as a member of our DDC&G family. USA Gymnastics Safety Certified.
Amanda has trained in all dance art forms with a focus in Jazz. She received her BA in Dance from the University of Akron. She has instructed at the Miller South School of Performing Arts (an inner-city magnet school in Akron), performed with the University of Akron Repertory Company, and was the Dance Director for three years at Richland Gymnastics and Dance Academy. Amanda was the Dance Consultant for Mansfield City Schools for five years and is starting her fifteenth year with DDC&G.
"I am blessed with the ability to share my knowledge and love of dance with others. When I watch my students dance, I am overwhelmed with pride. I know this is what I am meant to do. If my students walk away with love and appreciation for dance, and confidence in themselves, I have done my job. Dancing just makes you feel good. Everybody should feel the freedom of movement!"
Angela's training includes 26 years of dance study in Ballet, Jazz and Tap. She has had considerable experience educating pre-school aged children, including establishing the curriculum for Dublin Dance Centre's Creative Ballet Program and 27 years instructing dance. Angela has been involved with DDC&G since its inception and has played an integral part in establishing the highest standards for educating the youngest dancers "I feel as though it is a privilege to be able to touch young children by inspiring their self-esteem and confidence through movement. I don't come to work, I come to dance with my students." This is Angela's 31st season with DDC&G and her 13th year as Artistic Director of DDC&G's annual Nutcracker and June Performances.
Anne has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She has studied all dance art forms but spent her later years concentrating on Jazz. She danced for Julie O'Connell in Toledo, OH, and she has traveled the U.S. for dance competitions for over seven years. In her college years, she used her dance and fitness training to compete in fitness competitions. Anne attended OSU to study Dance and Special Education. Anne has been an Intervention Specialist for the last 13 years. She has worked with special needs children from ages 2 to 18 in and out of the school setting. She is so excited to expand her love of children and movement to all kids at DDC&G. "I am so lucky to be living out my dream of dancing and teaching at DDC&G. There is not a day in my life without dance in our house and I can't wait to bring my energy to my students!" This is Anne's sixth year on staff with DDC&G.
Annika joined the faculty of Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics as a licensed Physical Therapist, former professional dancer and accomplished teacher. Annika received her MPT from MCP Hahnemann University and her BA in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University. Her dance and performance career includes national and international tours with the Rockford Dance Company where she was a Principle Dancer from 1990-1994 and a Guest Artist from 2000-2002; Annika was a scholarship winner with The School of the American Ballet, and danced with the Butler Ballet from 1994-1998. Ms. Russo has taught for the Rockford Dance Company, Butler University, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and most recently with her church: St. Patrick's Episcopal Church. Her Physical Therapy professions include a focus on injury prevention and biomechanically correct movement patterns for dancers. She worked with the Rockford Dance Company in Illinois and with the Pennsylvania Ballet with this specific intent and applies the same principles toward DDC&G's curriculum and teacher training. Annika is pleased to have opened the DDC Wellness Studio where she can work with dancers and gymnasts who have injuries to get them safely back to the studio through exercise, technique modification, and injury prevention education. This will be Annika's fifth season with the staff at DDC&G.
Ashley began dancing and training in Gymnastics at the age of 4 at Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics. She continued to dance until High School and then focused her energy toward cheerleading and gymnastics. After High School Ashley received her BS from Ohio University in Communication Studies and Marketing, while continuing to invest in her love of coaching gymnastics. Ashley taught at Golden State Gymnastics in Burbank California where she was a recreational and preschool gymnastics coach. Ashley is certified in the following courses: Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED, USAG Safety & Risk Management, Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction, First Aid Basics, USA Gymnastics Fitness, Preschool Fundamentals: Theory, School Age: Hands on Training, GymCert Level 1 and GymCert Level 2. Ashley taught at DDC&G from June of 2008 until August of 2011 and is thrilled to be back at DDC&G for her fourth season!
Bethany grew up in Lancaster, Ohio. She began dancing at a young age at the Baker School under the direction of Barbara Baker, studying with Melinda Baker and Kelli Mitchell. She was also a member of the Lancaster Ballet and Melinda Baker and Company. Bethany received her B.S. in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University. While there, she continued her tap training under Jessica Wilt. Bethany joined the Movement Mission dance group 3 years ago, and is very excited to begin teaching at DDC&G, and continuing to share her love of dance. She lives in Hilliard with her two sons, husband, and dog.
Deonte was born in Detroit, Michigan and most recently, danced with BalletMet Columbus for two seasons. Deonte received his training from the Gwinnett Ballet Theater under Lisa Sheppard and Kelly Spa. Mr. Hansel also trained at the Rock School and Houston Ballet on scholarship. Mr. Hansel joined the Louisville Ballet Company after graduating from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities. He also has danced for the Atlanta Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and most recently the Milwaukee Ballet Company. Some of his favorite performance credits include George Balanchine’s "Who Cares", Twayla Tharp’s" Golden Section", Mark Morris’ "Moulin Rouge", and Val Caniparoli’s "Lambarena" and "Le Corsaire". Deonte joined the faculty of Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics in the summer of 2014 and is excited to be starting his third season.
Courtney has been instructing fitness classes for over 20 years. She began teaching at the BGSU Recreation Center while obtaining her Elementary Education degree. A former kindergarten teacher for Olentangy, Courtney now teaches at Lifetime Fitness, Title Boxing and provides in-home care for teachers' children. Courtney is AFAA Fitness Certified and also certified in Yoga. Courtney lives in Dublin with her husband, 2 children and 2 cats and is excited to be a part of the DDC&G staff adding yoga and kickboxing to the schedule. She is thrilled to be starting her second season with us at Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics.
Courtney began her dance training in Germany at a young age, and continued stateside, where she competed nationally in jazz, tap, and contemporary styles. She received pre-professional instruction at Virginia Ballet Theatre and Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts, and performed as a soloist with Williamsburg's American Youth Ballet Company. In 2012, she received a Bachelors in Fine Arts from The Ohio State University in Dance. At OSU, Courtney studied contemporary/modern dance under Abigail Yager, Susan Hadley, Bebe Miller, and former Batsheva company members Zoa Zuk and Ohad Fishof, among others. She currently performs with New Vision Dance Company under the direction of Melissa Gould. Courtney coordinates DDC&G's Contemporary Dance Program and co-directs Youth Company. This is her fifth season at DDC&G.
In Loving Memory ... Beloved wife, mother, dancer, teacher, mentor and friend: Bonnie Jeanne Lavric began her study of dance with Louise B. Harrison in Pennsylvania and continued as a dance major at The Ohio State University. She danced at DDC&G for 16 years and taught for six – primarily Creative Dance classes for 3 - 5 year-olds, who loved her energy and ready smile. Bonnie became very interested in yoga and started teaching at DDC&G, with a loyal following. She played many character roles in the June performances, adding her special style to each. Bonnie touched many lives at DDC&G and everywhere she went. She is an inspiration, and it is a privilege for us to celebrate her spirit.
Erika began her dance training at age 5 at Dance Centre North and the Center for Ballet and Dance Arts in Syracuse, NY and is a graduate of BalletMet Columbus’ Pre-Professional and Professional Trainee Programs. While at BalletMet, Erika had the pleasure of performing with the professional company in works choreographed by Gerard Charles, David Nixon, and many more.
Erika is currently a company dancer with Columbus Dance Theatre and has choreographed for CDT’s Dancers Making Dances and was a winner of the 2014 Columbus Dance Fellowship. Erika is passionate about her dancing, teaching, and choreography and is excited and grateful to be part of the DDC&G teaching staff!
Erin has been with Dublin Dance Centre and Gymnastics since she was 7 years old. She trained in Modern, Ballet, Jazz, and Lyrical at the Pre-Professional level and performed as a member of the Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics Repertory Company. Erin received her BFA in psychology with a dance minor from The Ohio State University. From 2009-2013 she performed in several pieces around the Columbus community, with Columbus Movement (CM2), TUPACO Company, and Movement Mission. Erin is excited about entering into her eleventh season with DDC&G.
"As a past student of Dublin Dance Centre and Gymnastics, I love being able to help my students find the same confidence and self-growth that I found taking classes here. Being able to express yourself through movement is the greatest joy, and I am very blessed to be able to share this passion with my students."
Grace was a cheerleader, on the gymnastics team, and a member of the dance team at Turpin High School in Cincinnati. She was a member at Just Off Broadway and Starstruck ADA where she studied ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, acrobatics, musical theatre, and hip-hop. Grace has taught as an assistant dance instructor with children from ages 4 to 16 in all art forms. She has won numerous gold-platinum ratings for group dances at competitions and has earned special recognition in ballet, jazz, and tap. Gracie is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BA in dance with a focus in dance wellness and dance education. This is Grace's fifth season at Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics.
Ms Halie is a dancer, choreographer, and educator from South Bend, IN. Halie began her training at Flint Dance Studio in Mishawaka, IN and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Ball State University earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. While at Ball State, Halie performed in four seasons of Ball State Dance Theatre, where she was honoured to have worked with Alex Springer and Xan Burley along with Sidra Bell, artistic director of Sidra Bell Dance New York. She gratefully has been a recipient of numerous scholarships from the Theatre & Dance Department and attended the American College Dance Festival while pursuing her degree. Halie was an instructor at Indy Dance Academy where she was recognized both regionally and nationally for her choreography. Halie also co-founded Crossroads Dance Indy and danced forPhoenix Rising Dance Company where she performed at the APAP festival in New York City with the company. Halie is very excited to share her love and passion for dance with all her students during her first year at DDC&G: "My goal as an instructor is to give the best education to my students while creating a fun, loving, and growing environment!"
Jessica Tupa brings a lifetime of training to the classroom where she hopes to share her experience and, more importantly, her joy of dance with her students. After receiving her BFA in Dance from OSU she spent several years dancing professionally with modern dance company "Natalie Marrone and The Dance Cure." She has performed, taught dance and Pilates in several Columbus area studios and venues and is in her sixth year as an adjunct faculty member at Capital University. She has been an active part of the Professional Modern Dance community in Columbus and started her dance company, TUPACO Dance in 2007, in affiliation with her wellness class, TUPACO. Jessica created TUPACO to fill a need she saw in the wellness industry. TUPACO is a movement based class that integrates core work, Yoga, dance, movement, fundamentals, breath techniques, meditation and visualization. To learn more about TUPACO please visit her web-site, www.tupaco.com. Prior to living in Columbus, she was a principle dancer and choreographer's assistant with the Tacoma based company "Melanie Kirkstauffer's Dance Theatre Northwest". Jessica believes that through the artistry and discipline of the movement arts, students of all ages and ability may add enrichment and joy to multiple aspects of their lives. Jessica is thrilled to be in her eleventh season connected to DDC&G; we wish her the best as she pursues her psychology career in Dayton and are happy she will continue to be with us for special events.
Ms. Fobbs trained under Elzbieta Alabuszew-Kutek, Polish National Ballet Mistress, and Elizabeth Petrova, Prima Ballerina of Sofia, Bulgaria. She performed with the Julliard Ensemble and, later in various Balanchine ballets with the Dance Theatre of Harlem nationally and internationally. She holds a BFA and MFA in Dance, full certification in Ballet Training from American Ballet Theatre, and full certification in STOTTPILATES, specializing in post rehabilitation therapy. She has also taught for Dance Theatre of Harlem, American Ballet Theatre, Ohio State University, University of Michigan, University of Akron, and BalletMET to name a few. Her students currently perform with various companies nationwide, most recently, Nashville Ballet and Verb Ballet. Since 2014, she has collaborated with Columbus Jazz Arts Group, Seven Dance Company Columbus, and actively serves on the Board of Directors for OhioDance. Joyelle has devoted her life and work to teaching and imparting a love and appreciation for dance and is excited to join the DDC&G family. She lives in Westerville with her husband Ken and daughter Mackenzie.
From the moment Lauren could balance and walk as a child, she twirled and whirled around the house. At age 6, she began her formal dance training in ballet, tap and jazz. As her skills progressed and she sought more instruction, Lauren studied with Donna Grisez at the University Of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Lauren attended high school at the Cincinnati School for Creative Performing Arts (SCPA) where she studied under Sheila Cohen, Pat Rozow, Daryl Bjoza and Connie DiNapoli. There, she developed her love for modern dance. As a senior, Lauren toured with SCPA in Japan with the "Book of Five Rings." Lauren graduated from The Ohio State University where she received her bachelor of science in Human Development in Family Science with a minor in dance and was an active member of the Multi-Cultural Dance Alliance. This is Lauren's sixth year teaching with Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics.
Martine holds a BFA in Fashion Design from the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago and has studied Early Childhood Education at The Ohio State University. Martine has trained in many dance styles and develops her classes and choreography with a broad perspective. She has taught and choreographed throughout Columbus and Chicago for both television and stage and brings her diverse dance background to each style of dance she teaches. Martine is proud to be the director of two student pre-professional performing companies, Repertory Company and Ballet Company.
Martine’s students have studied and trained with Boston Ballet School, Houston Ballet Academy, Ballet West, Cincinnati Ballet and American Ballet Theatre among others. Graduates have been accepted to study dance with The Ohio State University, Indiana University, Ohio University, University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati, Ball State University, University of Oklahoma and Trainee positions with BalletMet, Joffrey Chicago and Louisville Ballet.
This is Martine's 8th season with DDC&G.
Missy grew up in Westerville Ohio and started dancing at the age of 3 at The Dance Extension. She has trained in ballet, tap, and jazz. Missy took a few dance classes at Otterbein while studying for her BA in athletic training. She currently resides in New Albany with her fiancé and their 2 dogs. When she is not dancing she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Missy is an active member of The Movement Mission through DDC&G and loves to share her passion of dance with all of her students. She is excited to be starting her third season with Dublin Dance Centre and Gymnastics.
Since coming to DDC&G in 2014 for our production of the Nutcracker as The Prince, Myles has maintained arelationship with the studio. He is a part of the Regan Rankin Holland Irish Dance Academy based in Hilliard,and became a professional dancer at the age of 17 with the American Company of Irish Dance. He competes at aWorld-level and has achieved 3rd in the region, top-10 in North America, and 17th in the world. Myles is grateful for theamazing opportunities that Dublin Dance has provided him with, and looks forward to many wonderful years with thestudio.
Naomi comes to Dublin Dance Centre with a strong performance and theatre background. She has danced since early childhood, studying Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Ballroom. She continued to hone these skills while studying at The State University of New York at Buffalo, where she earned a BFA in Theater Performance (Acting). When she isn’t dancing, Naomi works as an actor, stage manager and teaching artist, and has served K-8 schools and theatres throughout NY, NJ and FL. As a new resident of Columbus, she is thrilled to be welcomed into the DDC&G family!
Rachael's ballet background includes studying with The Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet under Nan Klinger, Ballet Met of Columbus, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Ballet Regent Summer Institute. She graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance where she also performed with the Butler Ballet. Rachael's teaching background includes Ballet, Pointe, Creative Movement and conditioning classes. We are excited to have Rachael return to the classroom for her tenth season with Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics.
Rian has been with Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics since the age of six. She trained in a number of dance styles, including ballet, tap, and jazz and was a member of the Senior Repertory company for seven years. Post high school, Rian continued her studies at The Ohio State University in Early Childhood Education. Rian is a former member of the GCAC award winning Anatomical Scenario, with whom she traveled to the New York International Fringe Festival for two consecutive summers, as well as a founding dancer with TUPACO dance. From 2006-2010, she danced professionally in the ‘Columbus Dances’ series (formally CM2), performing in critically acclaimed pieces by Kristina Isabelle and Jessica Tupa. Rian was also involved with SNAP! Performance Productions for three consecutive years as a dancer and created choreography for their original productions ‘Stealing the Show’ and ‘That Four Letter Word. Currently, Rian has shifted her focus more towards her home life as well as nurturing her “dance babies” at the studio as the Jazz Program Coordinator. She is excited about entering into her eighteenth season on the faculty of DDC&G.
Ms Mary returns to DDC&G after completing her law degree at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. She previously taught gymnastics for DDC&G in 2012 and the summer of 2015. She decided to return to DDC&G because of her love for teaching and the family-oriented and welcoming atmosphere of the studio. In addition to practicing law, Mary brings a life-long passion of dance and gymnastics to the classroom. She has experience teaching Hip Hop, Jazz, Acro, and Gymnastics. Growing up, she was a level 8/9 National Competition Gymnast, and Senior Scholarship winner at Judy Dollenmeyer School of Dance. She was also a four-year member of the Ohio State University Dance Team. We are thrilled to have Mary back on staff and excited for all she brings to the classroom
Stephanie is an English teacher at Jonathan Alder High School. She studied English Education, Dance, Theater, and Vocal Music at the University of Wisconsin. Stephanie has performed in theater productions regionally in Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as internationallyin the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. Sheis trained in classical and contemporary dance, choreography, and musical theater. In 2014, she performed in the American College Dance Festival Association Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. That year, she also was named “Grand Champion” for choreographinga team in a “Dancing with the Stars” competition in Wisconsin. For two years, she taught and competed professionally as a ballroom dancer in Columbus in both American and International styles of dance. Stephanie has been involved with The Movement Mission since2017, which led to meeting many of the amazing teachers at Dublin Dance Centre. In early 2019, Stephanie started subbing for creative and beginning ballet classes, and she is so excited to continue dancing and teaching this summer at DDC&G!
ALICIA LEIGH HANN
Alicia began her dance training in Columbus Ohio at Dublin Dance Center at the age of 4. It didn’t take long to discover her love for dance. She became relentless in her pursuit of the art and began studying ballet pre-professionally as well as modern, jazz, and tap. Alicia dove into the study of modern dance at Ohio University receiving her BFA in modern dance performance and choreography in 2013. After graduating from college she began teaching dance to children, teens, and adults. Alicia is also a choreographer and performer for The Movement Mission, a nonprofit that raises money for melanoma research through an annual benefit performance and gala, providing unique opportunities to develop work and collaborate with women in all walks of life. Alicia is also a Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator, certified through The Institute for Creative Mindfulness and Mindful Ohio. Alicia is currently dancing in Columbus with CoMo(Columbus Modern Dance Company) and freelancing work. While working for CoMo she has had the opportunity to work with various choreographers from around the country. Notably, Miki Orihari, principal dancer from the Martha Graham Company in a reconstruction of one of Graham’s early works ‘Heretic’. She has also worked with Kelsey Bartman of Texture Contemporary Ballet, Hannah Williamson of MamLuft&Co. Dance,has been involved in the reconstruction of repertoire from MADCO(Modern American Dance Company) based out of St Louis, and Ellen Vierse of Project606 Dance.
Our approach to movement education is for the whole individual. Dance is an art form- expressed with the heart and soul. Our professional faculty understands the depth of influence they have on their students and know the power of experience they bring to the classroom can only be shared with an understanding and respect for each student.
Our youngest students (ages 2 ½-5) are taught through a unique creative methodology. Using themes and allowing for freedom in movement, Creative Dance and Creative Gymnastics classes give young students the opportunity to use movement as a tool for self expression. Teachers use the art form’s technique as a building block for this expression and young students leave the classroom acquiring skillfulness and fulfilled in their accomplishments.
Older students are exposed to more traditional approaches as their capabilities advance. All classes are divided by age and skill level to ensure the optimum experience. Teachers guide students through mechanical details and individually help each find the artistry within. Safety in the classroom for all students is extremely important. All gymnastics teachers are trained in spotting and safety practices.
Advanced students are challenged with high expectations and a focus on the students’ personal goals. Students preparing for Pointe work, must be physically examined by an orthopedic doctor, and technically prepared for the demands of this achievement. Intensive program students are encouraged to study more than one art from, giving strength in diversity and helping them to excel in summer intensives, in college and beyond. Our Education Director aids students by constructing personalized plans of study and recommending realistic paths toward their goal.
with Teresa Crye Owner, Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics
“This is absolutely a family-run business. And, even if not by blood, many of our staff are adopted family! We truly count on them all! It is a blessing to have a strong-knit family willing to help you; a rarity to have family you love to work with on a daily basis. It can be challenging, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!”
“Our challenges have only made us better. The level of our staff and programming change for the better through our challenges. When we hit a bump, we make sure to come out better than before. The challenges keep us from getting stagnant and keep us focused on our purpose. Recently our challenges have been the change over to our web-based system, but the sweat and frustration is going to be better for our families and better for us. We’ll be able to spend more time on our students and less time on paperwork once everything is rolling. Right now we are feeling a challenge in our facility. We want to be under one roof. The advantages are countless. We are going to make it happen!”
“Several things…the caliber of training we are able to provide, the continued diversity of our programs, launching our Special Needs program, and continuing to be a really positive place for kids. Also, opening the Bonnie Lavric Theater and seeing the opportunities it will provide for our students!”
“We approach dance as an art form, for any level and for any body type. We give our students the ability to express dance as an art with technique as the tools, not the outcome. Your heart is more important in your moves versus the height of your leap.”
“There is a place for your child here! Whether it’s once-a-week for the fun and physical/mental challenge of it, or for the student who has identified dance as their passion. Everyone is welcome and accepted and encouraged here.”
“I want to watch DDC&G continue to flourish. There will be a new person in that time; someone with fresh dedication to our core values. I am going to see us into a new facility and open the Bonnie Lavric Theater. Then watch from retirement as it continues to inspire students and provide an outlet for professional artists and teachers.”