“Miss Maggie” Simmonds

 

Christina Brown

 

Colleen Clancy

Colleen Clancy is an actress, singer, and dancer and has performed in various venues and theaters such as the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, The Washington National Opera, The Gallery Players in Brooklyn, The Duplex and The Bitter End in New York City. Along with performing, Colleen has become passionate about directing, choreographing, and teaching through the years.  After graduating in 2012 from DeSales University, Colleen stayed near the Philly area to teach, direct, and choreograph and continued teaching when she moved to New York. Bringing the magic of theater to the younger generations and to those who yearn to experience theater later in their lives is an incredible opportunity.  Seeing the new discoveries and transformations her students make is what ignites her passion.

Miss Colleen is currently taking a sabbatical year and is performing professional with the tour of “Amazing Grace.”  We’ll be sure to see Miss Colleen’s performance when she travels near Philly!

Statement About the Year:

She is already inspired by the talent at Fireworks and she is excited to see these passionate performers blossom with newfound confidence, skill, and enthusiasm.

 

Kaitlin Correnti

Kaitlin received her BA from Muhlenberg College in Dance and Business. She performed in and choreographed for more than 10 shows for the Muhlenberg College Theater & Dance program throughout her undergraduate career. Kaitlin was a member of DanceMax Moving Company, which is a dance company that creates original plays that include all four artistic disciplines. They perform their shows in local schools, and teach life lessons and academic material to students through the arts. She has also worked for the Walt Disney World Company, where she performed a character role and transformed little girls into princesses! Kaitlin has been teaching dance for the past eight years, and always strives to instill an appreciation for the arts in all of her students.

Her teaching philosophy:

She encourages her students to utilize movement to express their creativity and individuality, and strengthen their work ethic in a positive, respectful, and fun atmosphere!

 

Kat Cruz

Katia “Kat” Cruz started dancing salsa at the age of 9 with Barbara Capaldi at the Atrium Dance Studio. At the age of 11, she started training in all style of Hip-Hop with Marcus Tucker, the co-founder of “Face Da Phlave.” She also was also a Philadelphia Spinners Fly Girls directed by former 76ers dancers, Adrienne Santoleri and Tori Simpson; as well as “Evolution Salsa Dance Co. owned by Barbara Capaldi”. Previously the co-director of In Da Clutch’s Jr. Division, a children’s Hip Hop Program. More recently she starred in an off Broadway Hip Hop Show called “LUV: American Style,” choreographed and directed by Dr. Rennie Harris for two weeks at The New Victory Theatre. Currently, Katia is a member of In Da Clutch Dance Company, Rennie Harris Pure Movement, and Rennie Harris RHAW.

Katia is very passionate about dancing, as well as performing. She undergoes extensive training, is always practicing and regularly attending classes and workshops.. She is a versatile dancer, very determined young lady, and a go-getter. Her heart is and forever will be on stage.

Favorite Dance Quote:

“Dance enables you to find yourself and lose yourself at the same time.”

 

Dayna DeFilippis

 

Ricky Evans

Ricky “Glytch” Evans is a street dancer from Pennsauken, NJ. He has been dancing for over 10 years, but continues to be a student of his style, always looking for more historical knowledge as well as keeping up to date with the latest Hip Hop trends. His professional career started in 2005 with Face Da Phlave Entertainment, a dance crew that bridged the gap between Philly and Jersey dancers with the purpose of educating the community about the origins of Hip Hop dance. The crew also preached using dance (and the other arts as well) as an alternative to drugs, bullying, and violence. His first few years at Face Da Phlave was spent solely on training in the styles of Hip Hop, and at the same time he was studying for his B.A. in Economics at Seton Hall University. Once he graduated, the wheels on his dance career would start turning and take him places. He began teaching at various colleges and dance studios, and he would make his way into fitness centers with a Hip Hop aerobics class called Groovics. Glytch’s dance would also go around the world. In the past few years, he has traveled to Paris to represent the U.S. in an international dance battle called Juste Debout, and from there he would start giving workshops in Colombia, South America. Other notable accomplishments were ventures with his crew, The Hood Lockers. They were featured on So You Think You Can Dance, the NYC couture fashion show; and most recently, an off-Broadway production written by Dr. Rennie Harris entitled “LUV American Style”.

Favorite Dance Quote:

“Don’t move to the music, let the music move you.” -Ejoe Wilson


Devon Fields

 

Mackenzie Holmes

 Mackenzie Holmes is a recent graduate of West Chester University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a minor in dance performance. While at WCU she was a very active member of the University Dance Company.  Her work with the University Dance Company allowed her to participate and perform in several American College Dance Association conferences over the years.  Mackenzie was also selected by the company to travel and perform in Costa Rica as part of the Knowledge Crossing Borders Conference. In addition to dancing with the company, she also served as treasurer and a student choreographer. Mackenzie dances professionally with Contempra Dance Theatre, and is currently in her fourth season with the company. She has been teaching dance for over five years, and has happily been a part of the FDC family since the beginning! Mackenzie truly enjoys sharing her passion with young dancers and her biggest advice to her students is to expose themselves to as many styles of dance as they can!

Favorite Dance Quote:

“The dancer’s body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul.” – Isadora Duncan

 

Kayla Kelly

Kayla has been dancing for 19 years. Growing up she was trained in ballet/pointe, tap , jazz, modern, and hip hop. She was an assistant teacher for jazz, and hip hop and is now teaching jazz, hip hop, and modern in the Delaware county area.

Kayla danced with her high school dance team for four years. She was a cheerleader for 15 years and took gymnastics since she was four years old. During high school she was in numerous plays and was a lead dancer in all of her shows at Archbishop Prendergast. During high school Kayla was a part of the Philadelphia Junior Soulmates season 2010-2012. After high school she was part of the Philadelphia Spinners Dance Team season 2013-2014. She also danced for the Army Navy Veteran Football Dance Team in 2014. She is currently the captain of Neumann University Dance Team, which does Pom, jazz, and hip hop routines.

During her summers Kayla is a part of Upper Darby Summer Stage. She has been choreographing jazz and modern routines for their dance troupe for five years. She has also been an assistant for two of their plays, most recently Cinderella. She has won four awards in Excellence in Dance and Choreographer of the Year 2014 at their Harry awards.

Favorite Dance Quote:

“If you dance with your heart, your body will follow” – Mia Michaels

 

Amelia Kinsolving

 

Ashley Raspanti

 

Megan Rucidlo

 

Clare Simmonds

 

Gail Skinner

 

Kelly Trevlyn

 Kelly grew up in Media, PA and began her dance training at The Rock School West. Realizing her passion, she furthered her training at Point Park University and graduated with her BA in dance in 2013. During her time at Point Park, Kelly had the opportunity to perform original works created by the prestigious Sidra Bell, Christopher Huggins, Garfield Lemonius, Ron Tassone, and Kellie Hodges. Along with performing, she was able to create and set works on her peers. Upon graduating, Kelly joined two companies, Dissonance Dance Theatre and Deviated Theatre, as a company dancer in Washington, DC. In 2014 she joined Brian Sanders’ JUNK, a dance performance troupe in Philadelphia. JUNK has given her the opportunity to tour nationally and perform in the annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival. You can also catch Kelly and JUNK on season 2 of TruTV’s Fake Off, where they competed and landed a spot in the semifinals. Kelly is extremely excited and honored to be a part of the FDC family!

Statement About the Year:

Kelly is looking forward to sharing her love and knowledge of dance with her students and inspiring them to be the best they can be while still having fun! 

 

Sarah Wright

Sarah is a Psychology, Pre Physical Therapy major at Widener University, where she is a member of the Widener Dance Company.  Sarah grew up dancing at Rhythmic Visions Dance Center, taking classes in ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip hop, starting at age 2.  She has been with Fireworks Dance Center since the studio opened. She loves teaching the Pre-school and Pre-K combo classes.

Favorite Dance Quote:

 “A dance teacher helps their students find the song in their heart, the beat in their feet, and a passion for life”