FACULTY

TERRI GARCIA-LEE

FOUNDER

Mrs. Lee hails from NYC and is a proud member of all three professional unions: Broadway Actors Equity AEA -Screen Actors Guild - AFTRA. Her students have been cast on Broadway, National Broadway tours, NYC Rockettes, SAG Movies, National TV Series, Broadway Shows on the largest Royal Caribbean tours, and national television.

 

Lee has lived in Bucks County for over twenty-six years, inspiring her students to reach a new understanding and mastery of musicality in the arts and also reach their personal goals through the use of dance theater education. Many of her students are now living their dream performing on Broadway, in the Rockettes, film, national television, and many national and international tours. Lee founded PSPA with a mission to inspire in young people a lasting passion and appreciation for theater, dance, and music through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, touching choreography, and dominant lifetime educational programs.



After graduating from the prestigious University of  North Carolina School of the Arts, Lee moved to NYC with a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet and The Gregory Hines -  Frank Hattacht Dance studios next to The David Letterman studios on Broadway, now known as the famous " Broadway Dance Center"!  Lee made her Broadway debut with The Three Musketeers  - with Ed Dixon, Chuck Wagner, Liz Calloway - Mark Bramble - directed by Joe Layton & Tom O'Horgan. From there, she continued to perform in many professional productions including The Big Broadcast of 1944  with Harry James and his Orchestra, the revival of West Side Story with Jerome Robbins  - Tommy Abbott Directors with Rex Smith & Luis Perez. Stops in Lee’s extensive professional career in Broadway, film, and TV commercials have allowed her to travel the world and perform with many great dance legends including Bob Fosse, Pat Birch (Grease), Lester Wilson, (Solid Gold) Billy Wilson, (The Sands Copa Girls) Michael Peters  (Michael Jackson's Thriller), Judy Kaye, Eartha Kitt, and many others.  Additional training throughout her career included the Neighborhood Playhouse Acting (Misner technique) and at Carnegie Hall in NYC. She also trained with Scholarships from The San Francisco Ballet, The Minnesota Ballet, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Steps, and The Broadway Dance Center.

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AKASHA ALVAREZ

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & COMPANY CHOREOGRAPHER

Akasha Alvarez was born and raised right here in Bucks County. She tends to call PSPA her home as she grew up attending the school as a dancer since she was 5 years old. She soon found that dance was not only a passion of hers, but also her life calling when she started teaching and choreographing. Akasha graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Elementary Education and Dance. During her time at West Chester, Akasha was a key member of the University Dance Company and choreographed for the company four times. Her choreography was selected and presented at the regional conferences for the American College Dance Association (ACDA). Akasha has been the company choreographer for The Pennsylvania School of Performing Arts Company for over 8 years now. Akasha has performed at the Philadelphia Fringe Fest, with Ballet Magnificat, and been involved with ComeUnity's collaboration with Lustig Dance Theatre. She has also studied ballet, contemporary, jazz, modern, pointe, lyrical, theater dance, and tap since she was able to walk. When Akasha is not at the studio, she is a first grade teacher at a local school district in Bucks County.  Akasha has been teaching children dance for over 12 years and has studied under the direction of Mrs. Lee for over 19 years. 

Kyle Duke

STUDIO MANAGER and MUSIC DIRECTOR

Kyle Duke is a music director, teacher, vocalist and pianist from Bucks County, PA. In addition to serving as music director for productions throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Kyle is also an accomplished educator and private music instructor. After attending West Chester University, Kyle graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts in Music Education, with a focus in Vocal Pedagogy.  He has taught in all levels of the K-12 schools system in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and operates a voice and piano studio where he teaches and collaborates with students of all ages and musical backgrounds. Kyle frequently works with the Bucks County Playhouse as Music Director of the BCP Youth Company and has had the opportunity to collaborate with many Broadway caliber directors, choreographers, and performers. Some of Kyle’s favorite productions he has worked on include Godspell (2012 Revision), and James and the Giant Peach, the Bucks County Playhouse’s adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Kyle is thrilled to be joining The Pennsylvania School of the Performing Arts as Studio Manager and Music Director. He will be overseeing the expansion of PSPA as it begins to create a music program to accompany its already thriving dance program. Kyle can’t wait to meet all of the PSPA family!

WHITNEY KIMBALL LONG

ACTING COACH

Whitney is a New York City based Film and TV Actor. She is known for her work on Madam Secretary (CBS), Elementary (CBS), Limitless (CBS), and The Detour (TBS). Her years spent in the Theatre (NYC and Philadelphia) led her to the feature film Completely Normal, where Whitney costarred alongside Geneva Carr, playing the role of her sister. Most recently she can be seen recurring on the TV series Big Dogs (Amazon), and on Netflix, as Rebecca Wilks in the feature film A New York Christmas Wedding (produced by and starring Chris Noth). She recently wrapped the pilot episode of Nightbirds, playing the role of detective Linda Lupino, opposite Aida Turturro and the feature film The Noel Diary opposite Justin Hartley to be released on Netflix, November 2021. Whitney is a graduate of The University of the Arts and The British American Drama Academy and holds a BFA in Acting.

DANIEL "SKI" SEVITSKI

HIP HOP

Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Ski discovered his passion for dance and music at a young age. Creating and producing his own music, Ski stumbled upon the world of dance specializing in Hip Hop. He began his career in dance at the age of 15 and earned a position in the Hip Hop Company, IAMPHRESH/Academy of Phresh. Dancing with the company, his teams have won several awards at World of Dance and Prelude. Ski takes the time to travel throughout the US to train under the industry’s best dancers and choreographers. Ski has been instructing at local dance studios and colleges throughout the Greater Tristate area since 2011. When he is not teaching, he takes every opportunity to train and network. Ski’s classes range from beginner to advanced with students of all ages, covering  topics such as musicality, dynamics, wordplay, texture, and body control while focusing on authentic, current Hip Hop styles. 

MAGGE HOELPER

BALLET

Magge received her training at Olga Kresin’s Ballet School in Philadelphia, Pa. Under Ms. Kresin (Odessa Ballet Theater) and Lev Assoulyak (Perm Ballet Theater), Magge participated in international competitions such as the Barcelona International Dance Competition where she was awarded first prize in the pas de deux category and Prima De Roma where she was a finalist. After graduating from high school, Magge became a member of the Mystic Ballet Company where she premiered works by Brian Enos, Sergei Vanaev, and Gregory King. In 2012, she premiered Gabrielle Lamb’s Marooned at Jacob’s Pillow. In 2015, Magge moved to Rome, Italy to finish her BFA in Art History through Temple University. Her final performance was as a guest artist with the Compania Ballet de Nicaragua where she performed Act 1 pas de deux from Manon. Magge is currently the ballet director at The Rock School for Dance Education West.

TRACEY CHEBRA

VOICE & ACTING COACH

Soprano Tracey Richards Chebra holds a Master of music degree in vocal performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has performed with numerous musical organizations including the the Boheme Society of Trenton and the Opera Repertory Theater of Greensboro, NC. Her performances have received critical acclaim throughout the East Coast. While at the University of North Carolina, Ms. Chebra was a recipient of the Prince Scholarship and received honors from Mu Phi Epsilon and Pi Kappa Lambda. She is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is actively involved in training young singers for careers in music. Her students have won numerous competitions and she currently has two students rehearsing for upcoming Broadway productions. Ms. Chebra teaches voice at Westminster Choir College and is currently head of the voice department at the Westminster Conservatory of Music.

LESTER HOLMES

MUSICAL THEATER, TAP

Lester Holmes has had a memorable and successful career as a dancer/singer/actor/acrobat on and off-Broadway tours, in national tours and in theaters up and down the East Coast. He has performed on television, in nightclubs, in regional and dinner theaters, and has tumbled at the Met. In addition to his performance credits, Lester has been teaching ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, and musical theater for decades. He has taught at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway and has, through the years, taught numerous master classes throughout the U.S. He had the pleasure of teaching and choreographing in Florence, Italy for three years, Lester once had his own studio and he taught dance at the Peabody Prep, Goucher College and Towson University for almost 2 decades. He is now actively teaching and choreographing in Bucks County and is thrilled to continue collaborating with artistic director Akasha Alvarez at the renowned Pennsylvania School of the Performing Arts.

LAUREN MANNING

PRECISION JAZZ, MASTERCLASSES

Lauren is a Pennsylvania native and former PSPA student, who holds a B.F.A from Elon University. For seven holiday seasons, Lauren has performed as a Rockette in The Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes. She has appeared on NBC's July 4th Fireworks Spectacular performing the work of Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mia Michaels. Lauren has appeared with the Rockettes on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, LIVE! With Kelly and Ryan, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Today Show.

Lauren is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

In addition to performing and teaching Lauren is on the commercial team at Dance Media, publisher of Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, Pointe, Dance Business Weekly, and The Dance Edit.

WESTON KRUKOW

GUEST ARTIST - MUSICAL THEATER

Weston Krukow, a University of Arizona School of Dance alumni, has danced with Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, Smuin Ballet, and for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Weston has most recently taught workshops and master classes across the country while touring with An American in Paris. Television credits include working with Marguerite Derricks on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and he produced, choreographed, and danced in BaseBallet: Into The Game, the documentary film showcasing the athleticism of dance, which was featured on NBC Sports Bay Area, honored in over ten film festivals nationwide, and receiving five Emmy awards. Weston also received first place in the Cabaret Division of the US Open Swing Dance Championship and was honored in the 2015 MacCallum Choreography Festival for a Pas De Deux he created with Nicole Haskins. His professional teaching and choreographing experience include creating several works on Smuin Ballet, and setting Charles Weidman’s On My Mother’s Side on American Midwest Ballet.

Since a young age, Weston has dealt with chronic back spasms and sciatic episodes. This has led him on a search for answers to finding a way to live and dance without pain. He has since discovered a personal breakthrough through the power of the mind-body connection and our ability to help ourselves through thoughtful re-purposing of our mental and physical evaluations. His classes are focused on the celebration of movement and the idea that we hold the power to find joy through understanding tension and how to release it.

ANN CORRAO

BALLET

Ann Corrao is from Westchester, New York. She has spent the years since her graduation developing her teaching philosophy and practice as well as performing in New York City and Philadelphia. She began her dance journey studying ballet with Fronda Sobel, Simon Kasantsev, and Diana White, the former soloist of the New York City Ballet. She then received her BA in Dance from Muhlenberg College, concentrating in education and choreography. Ms. Corrao was greatly influenced by her professors, Karen Dearborn, Teresa Van Denend Sorge, and Megan Flynn, to utilize her knowledge of creative movement pedagogy, somatic techniques, and knowledge of anatomy to create a unique ballet experience for her students. She has recently worked as an educator and choreographer for
Standing Ovation Studios and dances for the Megan Flynn Dance Company in Philadelphia. Ms. Corrao has taught
Creative Movement, Ballet, Pointe, and Modern dance for all levels in Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut, as well as transitioning to virtual classes through Zoom. She has performed in works by Heidi Cruz-Austen, Jessica Lang,
Trinette Singleton, Jeffrey Peterson, and Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater. She has also presented work at the American
College Dance Association Festival and the International Dance Festival presented by Nickerson-Rossi Dance. Ann is
thrilled to be continuing her dance graduate studies at the University of the Arts this summer, while teaching and
performing in Philadelphia. She hopes to be a catalyst for her students and fellow emerging artists through her explorations, shared experiences, and joy of movement. She is thrilled to be joining the PSPA family!

TYLER J. ELDRIDGE

ACTING, VOCALS

Tyler J. Eldridge, BFA is a polished performing arts and education professional who resides in the City of Brotherly Love. He has followed a trend throughout his life, exposing himself to music and the arts where he has discovered his passion in theatre. Tyler is also phenomenal with the youth and continues to inspire them in the community. Tyler has served as an adjudicator for The Philadelphia Independence Awards for High School Musical Theatre, production director and theatre teacher at The Conservatory of Music and Dance and voice and acting teacher at The Pennsylvania School For The Performing Arts. He is represented by AMA Talent Agency. Currently, Tyler is the Director at Zhang Sah Martial Arts and Learning Center where he serves as the site leader and enrichment teacher. The next phase of his life consists of his scholarly advancement toward an MA.   

MOIRA ESPOSITO

MODERN JAZZ, BALLET, CONDITIONING

Moira Esposito is a founding member of Terri Garcia-Lee’s Pennsylvania School of the Performing Arts (PSPA) and is proud to see all of its amazing success for the past 25+ years. PSPA was her home away from home as she studied dance under the mentorship of Ms. Lee and all the incredible teachers that helped cultivate her love for dance and theatre. Moira graduated from West Chester University with a BA in Theater Arts: Technical Production and a minor in Dance. While she attended WCU, she was a prominent member of the dance program there serving in various positions of the dance company and choreographing for her peers along the way. Upon graduating, she spent many years as a full-time dance instructor in the surrounding West Chester area, teaching an array of styles to kids of all ages. Moira is now a proud mom to a wonderful daughter, Maeve, and is thrilled to have her second generation PSPA dancer a part of this amazing studio.

JULIANNE FLOCKE

 ACRO, BALLET, POINTE

A Bucks County native, Julianne had the good fortune of getting her ballet training from a diverse group of seasoned professionals hailing from the Harkness Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba, Hungarian National Ballet, and Kiev State Ballet to name a few.  Her pre-professional intensive training was obtained at such schools as the Nashville Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Nutmeg Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society.  Her professional ballet experience includes Northern Plains Ballet and Hamilton Ballet Theater with contemporary work for Alden Moves Dance Theater. Upon retiring her pointe shoes Julianne received her BA in Anthropology from CUNY- Hunter College where she discovered a newfound inspiration through the history of dance and its diverse global influences.  While pursuing her degree Julianne studied ballet and jazz with various teachers at Steps on Broadway and Peridance Capezio Center.  Some of her favorite repertoires include the Black and White Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in the Nutcracker, and Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty.  A mother of 4 boys, Julianne knows the value of learning through fun without sacrificing quality, yet maintains her focus on detail and technique and looks forward to imparting her knowledge onto her students.

TED KEENER

TAP, JAZZ, BALLET, BROADWAY SERIES

Ted was PSPA's first male dancer when the performing arts school opened in 1995. Five years later, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he graduated from high school and was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Dance in his senior year. Ted went on to earn his Bachelors of Science from Indiana University in Ballet and Business with high honors and has danced professionally with the Richmond Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, and Smuin Ballet of San Francisco. He also danced in the National Choreographers Initiative for three consecutive years. Since switching his focus to musical theater, he has performed in Young Frankenstein at Ogunquit and Gateway playhouses, and has traveled across the US and Canada with the national tours of Fiddler on the Roof and, most recently, The Phantom of the Opera in the role of Slave Master. Ted currently lives in NYC and is a faculty member at the Institute of American Musical Theatre.

ZOE HEINICKE

CREATIVE BALLET, BROADWAY BABIES AND STARS

Zoe Heinicke started her training right here at the Pennsylvania School of Performing Arts. She has been a company member for over 10 years and sets a beautiful example for her younger students. She first started working in our children's educational dance program over 4 years ago under the direction of Terri Lee and Akasha Alvarez. Her passion for the arts, dance, and children radiates throughout the studio! Zoe's focus lies in Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, and Theatre Dance although her list of styles is endless. Zoe is excited to welcome our youngest dancers into the PSPA family and spark their passion for dance! 

PALOMA GARCIA-LEE

GUEST ARTIST - MUSICAL THEATER

Paloma Garcia-Lee is the proud daughter of Terri Garcia-Lee owner and founder of PSPA Studios! American actress known for her role as Adrienne on the FX limited series Fosse/Verdon and as Graziella in Steven Spielberg's upcoming and highly anticipated West Side Story. Paloma began her training at the age of 3 at PSPA. She left Bucks County at 14 years old to attend the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she completed High School in 3 years. She graduated from UNCSA's School of Drama and within a few months of moving to New York made her Broadway debut at 17 years old. She has been seen on stage in New York in 6 Broadway shows and has also appeared in numerous live television broadcasts in addition to her other Film/TV credits.

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PAUL A. SCHAEFER

MUSICAL THEATER

Paul Schaefer has been a member of the Broadway cast of The Phantom of the Opera for over a decade. He performs the title role and Raoul on a regular basis. He’s also played in many leading roles in regional houses all over the country. He also takes time to do various guest stars on TV shows and independent film, including “Law and Order” and the recent new ABC show “The Baker and the Beauty.”

Paul studies acting with Allen Savage, Bob Krakower and Eric Reis. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan’s MT department. He also coaches many different types of classes from audition technique to song interpretation to cold reading work.

 

Paul’s been a coach for more than a decade to age groups 8-adult, helping actors and singers allow their humanity and individuality to shine through the work. He’s taught on-camera, stage and monologue work, song prep, college audition prep, whatever the student/client needs. He has worked within the class and one-on-one formats, live and virtually. Passionate about helping people find their art, he has a following of regular students who take his classes and/or work with him privately. 

CHIP ABBOTT

BROADWAY MASTERCLASSES

Chip Abbott is a NYC based choreographer, director, and dancer who’s performance career spans the worlds of concert dance, commercial dance, and Broadway. Chip served as assistant choreographer, dance captain, and swing to Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse on the Broadway Revival of On The Town (Tony nominee for best choreography) and he was also seen on Broadway in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

His choreography was most recently seen at ACT of CT in their world premiere of a newly adapted  version of Working, under the artistic advisement of Stephen Schwartz. As a director, Chip created two IAAPA Brass Ring Award winning shows Dance, Dance, Dance, Heartbeat  (Best Theatrical Production Worldwide) and The Enchanted Journey (Most Creative  Christmas Show) both produced by RWS Entertainment Group at HersheyPark. Chip has directed numerous shows for HersheyPark and Azamara Club Cruises in addition to choreographing for Step One Dance Company on Holland America Line and The Little Mermaid at Red Mountain Theatre Company. 

Other performance credits include NYC theatre: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. 1st national tours: R+H’s Cinderella, Andy Blankenbuehler’s Joseph… Dreamcoat. TV/Film:  Isn’t It Romantic?!, The Tony Awards, The Today Show, Avon’s “Boss Life,” British Vogue, and MAC Cosmetics. Chip is a member of guest faculty at Steps and Broadway Dance Center in New York City and has taught master classes in many schools across the country including PACE University, Oklahoma City University,  Point Park University, the Boston Conservatory, and University of Central Oklahoma.  Proud graduate of Oklahoma City University.

ELOISE KROPP

BROADWAY MASTERCLASSES

Eloise has performed on Broadway in Cats (JennyAnyDots), Dames At Sea (Ruby), and On The Town (Claire U/S). Recently she was one of the dancers in the Fosse/Verdon on FX, a dancer on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 3, and just finished being a Jet Girl in the West Side Story remake directed by Stephen Spielberg. Other regional credits include Minnie Faye in “Hello Dolly” at The Muny, Louise in “Carousel” at Goodspeed Opera House, the world premiere of “The Honeymooners” at Papermill Playhouse, Anytime Annie in “42 Street” at Scottsdale Musical Theatre Co, multiple City Center Encores!, Kennedy Center Broadway Series, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Music Theatre Wichita, and more.

NATHALIE MARRABEL

MUSICAL THEATER

Nathalie has choreographed and creatively directed live stage & television productions for fashion house Dosso Dossi with supermodel Miranda Kerr, Koc Festival, Miss Turkey Elidor, Adidas, Smirnoff for Madonna (MDNA), British Petroleum (BP), Sony Experia, Ziynet Sali, Hale Caneroğlu, Yuksek Sadakat for Eurovision, maNga for RedBull Soundclash, Tarkan, Star TV, The Beyaz Show, equity musicals Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, South Pacific and more.

In 2012 she began collaborating with Turkey's reigning recording artist Kenan Doğulu and creatively directed a 10 dancer, 16 city tour for Fanta Coca Cola. She has been featured in magazines abroad such as Marie Claire, Kadinca & 10SAYFA. 

As an actress/dancer she has appeared in episodes for Disney, Hellcats, Superman, Doctor Who, Eureka, Flash Gordon. Film credits include Center Stage II, Night At the Museum, Step Up & Life Movie Network.

After two years as Female Swing u/s Olga on the First National Tour of the Tony Award winning musical  "An American in Paris" Nathalie is now a resident of New York City  She is guest faculty for DeSales University, University of Hartford and an adjudicator for Showbiz National Dance Competition. Dancers can find her weekly classes at Broadway Dance Center in midtown Manhattan.