Meet Our Staff
Sara has been training extensively and performing for over 29 years in Lyrical, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Pilates, Barre Fitness, Modern, Musical Theater, Hip-hop, and Tap. She has taught at studios in Chester and Delaware County. She has also choreographed for different theater groups including Upper Darby Summer Stage. She attended Rider University as a Fine Arts Major for Dance. Sara has performed in the 2015, 2016 and 2018 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade, Disney World and Hershey Park, as well as other local parades and Nutcracker performances. Sara is certified by The Pulse Teacher Workshop. Sara was fortunate to train under famous choreographers such as Wade Robson, Chris Judd , Dave Scott and Dee Caspary. Her passion for dance has lead her to pursue a career in teaching where she wants to show her love of dance to students of all ages. She instructs children to adults in all styles of dance for leisure, competitions, performances, weddings and other social functions. Her passion for dance is contagious and she keeps her dancers moving as a creative and innovative choreographer, Sara encourages her students while inspiring them with her enthusiasm and dedication.
It has always been Sara’s passion to own her own studio. She thought her dreams where over when she had spinal fusion due to scoliosis. She was jokingly called the bionic dancer. Her dedication and perseverance shows that if you put your heart and mind to it then you can achieve it!
When she is not living at the studio she enjoys spending time with her husband Rick, daughter Gianna and dog Duke!
Rosemarie has taught all over Chester and Delaware County for over 20 years. She has taught many award winning routines at various competitions. She is a certified instructor and member of Dance Masters of America, and has also served on the Board of Directors with the Pennsylvania Association of Dance Teachers. Sara calls her the "Tap Guru".
Audrey began her ballet studies at the age of 3, and has been dancing ever since. In addition to ballet, she studied modern, jazz, and hip-hop at the West End Academy of Dance, in Richmond, VA, where she also began to teach and choreograph. Audrey spent her summers at ballet intensives with Richmond Ballet, Carolina Ballet, and Indiana University. Audrey received her BFA in Dance from Belhaven University, and has attended Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's Summer Intensive while working as a Resident Advisor. This fall, Audrey is moving to PA to begin her first season as a soloist with Glorify Dance Theatre and to teach at Innovative Performing Arts Center. When she teaches, Audrey strives to cultivate an enjoyment of dance while pursuing excellence in an atmosphere of encouragement, positivity, and passion.
Maddy began taking hip-hop at 11 and quickly developed a passion. She continued her training at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts (CPFA) through middle and high school where she studied modern, jazz and ballet while teaching hip-hop to her peers. She had numerous opportunities to perform her choreography, including CPFA's annual showcases and concerts. Maddy graduated from Immaculata University where she studied Interactive Digital Media and served as the President of IU's Dance Company. Maddy is thrilled to join the Innovative Performing Art Center team and to continue sharing her passion.
Katy began her dance training at the Rock School West at the age of 4. She continued there until she graduated from high school. Katy also attended the Center for Performing and Fine Arts (CPFA) for middle and high school, concentrating on dance and vocal music. She is trained in Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Jazz, and Pointe. Katy is currently studying Early Childhood Education and Math at Delaware County Community College, with hopes to add a dance minor in the near future. Throughout her high school career, Katy choreographed several pieces for Rock West and CPFA's annual recitals. Katy is very excited to join the Innovative Performing Arts Center team!
Stephanie has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She studied mostly ballet as a youth focusing on the Vaganova Ballet Method and has studied under such teachers as Margarita De Saa, John White, Kip Martin, and Yelena Rabinkinya. She spent 2 summers in Russia at the Bolshi Ballet doing intensive studying. She has choreographed ballet, hip hop and lyrical dances during her time at the University of Pennsylvania with Sparks Dance Company and has taught students ages 3- adult. She enjoys teaching and helping students reach their full potential.
Jillian started her dance training from a young age. Jillian received her B.A. in Dance from Desales University, studying a wide range of dance styles, history and education techniques.
After completing her education at DeSales University, Jillian had performed with MM2 Modern Dance Company in Philadelphia. She had performed the companies work across the tri-state area and Canada, as well as choreographing her own work for the company. Jillian had also danced for Radio Disney Philadelphia while learning and teaching dance to children across the east coast and performing with hit Disney Channel Stars.
Jillian’s preferred styles of dance to teach include tap, jazz, ballet, and contemporary/modern.
MaryKate fell in love with dance at 3 years old when she started at Ovations Academy of Dance in Philadelphia. Throughout her time there, she gained experience performing and competing in styles such as Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Acro and Hip-Hop. After graduating high school she enrolled at Cabrini University where she graduated as an Education major. She was also a part of the Cabrini University Dance Team. Here, she furthered her experience in Hip-Hop and was introduced to Pom style for the first time. On the Cabrini Dance Team she performed half-time for Sixers games, at Phillies games and continued to compete. MaryKate is very excited to join the Innovative Performing Arts Center!