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Katie is so excited to begin her 4th season as the studio owner/director! She grew up in Texas where she began dancing at the age of 5 at Patty Harper Dance Studio in Abilene, TX. There she was introduced to the many styles of dance and her passion for dance sparked! At the age of 16 she began teaching at Patty Harper Dance Studio.
After high school, she attended Texas A&M University where she received her B.S in Health all while still taking dance courses through the university as well as at a local dance studio. After graduation from Texas A&M University in 2001 she moved to Houston, where she began teaching at Robin's Dance Studio in Missouri City, TX. There, she choreographed and attended conventions and competitions with the dance company.
In 2010, her family moved to Bucks County, PA and beginning in 2012, she began teaching for Toni Schwartz Studio of Dance where she taught for 5 years and has received many accolades for her choreography. Some other awards included judges awards and top scoring awards for age groups. In the summer of 2019 & 2021, she attended the Dance Life Teacher Conference in Atlantic City and Connecticut and is excited to be attending again this summer in Las Vegas. Since dance is always evolving, Katie believes ongoing dance education is important for her as well as her staff.
She can't wait to continue to share with her students the love and passion she has for the art. Katie lives in Yardley with her husband, Jared and 2 kids, Addison (who dances) and Marshall (who likes baseball and golf).
Teena started dancing at the age of 3 where she fell in love with ballet. She continued training through many styles of dance with Knecht Dance Academy. She performed in many shows growing up such as the Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Teena also began competing at the age of 5 until graduating high school. She taught competitive and recreational gymnastics for 9 years at Bensalem School of Gymnastics. She was a major contributor to Toni Schwartz Studio of Dance where she taught many styles of dance as well as a competitive team.
Teena is excited about continuing her love of dance with more students at Katie's Dance Academy. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband Chuck, and 2 girls Kendra and Raegan.
Kali is a New Jersey native who fell in love with dance at the age of three. Growing up, she continued exploring dance at local dance studios and intensives along the jersey shore. She eventually decided to pursue her passion for dance and movement in Philadelphia at the University of the Arts, under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield.
At UArts, Kali had the honor of performing works by various guest artists and faculty members including; Katie Swords Thurman, Jesse Zaritt, Sidra Bell, Thomas White, Teddy Tedholm and Bobbi Jene Smith. During the summer of 2018, she had the opportunity to perform as a dance extra in the film entitled, AVIVA, directed by Boaz Yakin and choreographed by Bobbi Jene Smith.
Following her graduation from UArts in 2019, Kali had the opportunity to study in Israel with numerous artists and learn repertoire from the widely renowned Batsheva Dance Company.
Now, Kali continues discovering new avenues of moving and emerging herself in a wide variety of dance styles through improvisational practices and other movement techniques. She hopes to keep regenerating her knowledge and admiration for the art of dance and movement research in teaching and performance opportunities for years to come.
Britney started her dance training at the Blue Bell School of Dance at age 3 where she immediately fell in love with classical ballet. She has studied at the Pennsylvania Performing Arts Academy, the Pennsylvania Classical Ballet, and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and she also attended the Lehigh Valley Charter high school for the Performing Arts. She was a guest artist with the Hartford Ballet Company and has performed in Swan Lake, Don Quixote, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Nutcracker, Pas de Quatre and Beauty and The Beast.
Britney has a bachelors degree in Communications from Temple University. She lives in Bristol Borough with her husband Joe and her children Ella, Lucy and Joey. She loves to pass down her knowledge of dance to younger generations and make them the strongest dancer and person they can be.
Kyla Young is a recent graduate of Neshaminy High School Class of 2021. She began dancing at the young age of 2 and has been dancing competitively with her teams for the last eight years. Kyla is an award winning soloist and duettist who has participated in numerous conventions and competitions where she has won special judges awards and overall awards for her electrifying performances. Kyla has been trained in all styles of dance including hip hop, jazz, tap, contemporary, tumbling and ballet. She has participated in classes at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and had the honor of tapping on stage for 2 years with Philadelphia’s finest tappers in UCTT performances. Kyla is currently the Jr Hip Hop Dance Team and Tap Team teacher for KDA. Dancing is a huge part of Kyla’s life and she is so excited to share her joy for dance and inspire young dancers!
Musical Theatre Instructor
Regina Lucano began her career in the entertainment business as a child. She has been an Actor’s Equity member for well over half her life. Regina has a B.A. in Musical Theatre from West Chester University. For the last 10 years, Regina has been the choreographer for Holy Family Regional Catholic School’s annual spring musicals, as well as Director for the last 2. She has worked with over 200 children each year from grades 1-8 in voice, acting, and dance. She is thrilled to share her love of theatre with her students.
Regina is married and resides in Fairless Hills with her 3 children Bella, Olivia, and Alexander.
Allison’s love of dance started at age 3 taking classes at Eileen’s Dance Academy. She took classes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Pointe. She continued to learn new dance skills and baton with Expectations Baton and Dance group until Collegiate level. She was the feature twirler for Conwell-Egan Catholic high school. Allison received private instruction in modeling and has won several regional and national twirling and modeling awards. She graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a minor in Early Childhood Education. Allison will begin her 2nd year as a 5th grade teacher for Keystone Academy Charter School. Her passion of dance and love of children shines through in her classes. She is dedicated, meticulous, and driven to help her students achieve their full potential all while having a blast in class!
Allison resides in Levittown with her loving husband, Brian and has three children Allyssa, Madison, and Timothy.
Lily Baehser is a Senior at Pennsbury High School and has been dancing with the KDA family for 14 years where she has been a member of the dance team since she was 9. She currently competes on the Senior team and Hip Hop team. She has attended many competitions and conventions where she has won overall placements, judges awards, nationals invitations, and scholarship awards. Additionally thanks to the studio, she has been able to attend conventions and take classes at broadway dance center. She trains in almost all styles of dance with her favorites being contemporary and tumbling. She has previously subbed at the studio, as well as assisted as a demonstrator/helper in the ballet/jazz combo class. When not at dance, Lily likes to spend time with her friends and family including her little sisters who also dance at Katie’s. She is so excited to take on the role of teaching just like those she has always looked up to!
Lotus began dancing at the age of 3 and has been dancing competitively for about 9 years. She started dancing at Toni Schwartz Studio of Dance and continued to dance at KDA. Lotus is a senior at Pennsbury High School. She currently trains in all different types of dance including ballet, hip hop, tumbling, and more but her favorites are contemporary and jazz. Lotus has also been a teaching assistant/substitute for the studio as well. She has been involved in classes at Broadway Dance Center and many conventions. Lotus’ favorite thing about dance is trying new things and dancing with her teammates. Dance is a huge part of Lotus’ life and she cannot wait to share her passion for dance with her students!
Kira is a senior at Harry S. Truman High School. She began dancing at the age of 4 years old and has been on the competition team for 8 years. She trains all types of dance but her favorites are jazz and contemporary. She has also been a teaching assistant/substitute for KDA but is excited to have her own tap class! Kira’s favorite parts about dance are learning new things and preforming. A favorite memory of Kira’s was when KDA went to Beyond the Stars Nationals in Cape May, NJ. One fact about her is that she has 18 animals! Kira cannot wait to share her love for dance with her students.
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