Miss Laura earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Dance with a performance concentration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. After graduating, she performed professionally in a national tour, several Off-Broadway shows, and a modern dance company based out of New York City. Since then, Miss Laura transitioned her career path into childhood education. Miss Laura has found her true happiness combining her love of dance and her love of working with childhood education by teaching dance at the Arts Academy Charter Middle school, as well as with Miss Shannon for the past 5 years at Studio West Dance Centre.
Miss Kaitlyn is a senior Dance and Business Administration dual major at DeSales University. She has danced for eighteen years and has trained in Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, West African, and various styles of Ballroom dance. She danced competitively at David Blight School of Dance in Wilkes-Barre, PA before going to college. She has performed in various DeSales University shows, with the DeSales Touring Company, as well as on the basketball court with the DeSales Dance Team as Captain/Choreographer. She has also performed in the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade and in Walt Disney World. Miss Kaitlyn enjoys competing and volunteering for the Miss America Organization and has produced the Miss Pennsylvania's Outstanding Teen Pageant three years in a row. She has studied dance in various locations, including Livorno, Italy at the Tuscan Summer Dance Intensive and in NYC at the Radio City Rocket Intensive. After graduation, she wants to continue her education by obtaining a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance, to teach at the collegiate level.
Erin Puskar, originally from Allentown, PA, earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Education ('15) and her Master of Science degree in Performing Arts Leadership and Management ('16) from Shenandoah University Conservatory in Winchester, VA. Erin graduated from the Lehigh Charter High School for the Arts in Bethlehem, PA with a concentration in dance. Throughout high school, she also studied with the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, with whom she performed numerous roles in The Nutcracker and other classical productions.
Throughout college, Erin performed in numerous main stage dance and musical theatre productions, choreographed and taught at the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy and local high schools. In Summer 2015, Erin served as a teaching assistant and administrative intern in the Youth Program at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In Summer 2016, Erin worked as the Artisan-in-Residence at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Winchester, VA; trained as a ballroom dance instructor at Social Graces ballroom studio in Berryville, VA; and taught at various summer dance and musical theatre camps in Virginia and West Virginia.
Erin’s experiences abroad have helped to shape her as a person and artist. In 2013, Erin traveled to Nepal with Shenandoah’s Global Citizenship Project. In 2014, she participated in La Bella Vita, a three-week dance intensive in Livorno, Italy, where she was able to teach dance, take various classes, and perform. In Spring 2016, she studied dance and musical theatre at Balettakademien in Sweden. Her goal is to continue with international arts experiences throughout her career.
Erin is interested in pursuing a performance career that will further inform and enrich her teaching and arts management skills. She is excited to share her passion for dance with Studio West!
Find out more about Erin at erinpuskar.wix.com/epuskar
Jennifer is a native of Bethlehem, PA where she began studying dance at her local studio at the age of 3. Dance became a serious part of her life when she decided to attend the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts. After incredible performance opportunities were presented to her, she continued on this path to attend Shenandoah University as a major in Dance. She was heavily involved in the conservatory being in over 30 performances throughout college. In December 2015, Jennifer earned her BFA in Dance Performance. She left humbled and gracious by having her senior solo selected to be performed on the main stage. She hopes to continue learning and growing as an artist, and now a teacher! Jennifer is very excited to be a part of the Studio West family and thanks her family, friends, and all of her teachers throughout the years for believing in her dreams.
Shannon (Connellan) Krische is the owner and director of Studio West Dance Centre. She started dancing at the young age of 3. Shannon has studied ballet, pointe, modern, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. She is a graduate of DeSales University with a BA in Dance and minor in Psychology. While at DeSales, she performed and choreographed for numerous shows. She taught for three years at the community dance program at DeSales called the Conservatory of Dance. She held the position of Student Assistant Director of the program her senior year. She attended the American College Dance Festival Association and has taken many workshops with various artists throughout her college years such as Jacques D’Amboise National Dance Institute. As a DeSales dance major, she studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Teaching Methods for Dance, Kinesiology, Dance Composition, and Dance History. Shannon has choreographed for the Parkland dance team. She danced professionally with the Lehigh Valley Outlawz dance team for two years. Shannon has also danced professionally with Serendipity Dance Ensemble. With Serendipity, she was able to perform in many different shows and dance festivals such as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Mountain Dance Concert, and Mayfair to name a few. Shannon has taught locally for the past fourteen years in area studios as well as local college community dance programs. She has exprience teaching all ages and ability levels. Her choreography has earned numerous awards at competitions and has been performed in Disney World, The Channel 6 ABC/Ikea Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, The National Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington DC, Hershey Park, as well as events throughout the Lehigh Valley. Shannon spends her free time with her husband and two little boys. She is passionate about teaching and looks forward to sharing her love of dance with her students.
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