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Danielle Smith Guillermo (ballet) is a dance educator and choreographer. She is a member of the faculty in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Messiah College. She began her training at Pennsylvania Regional Ballet(PRB; formerly Cumberland Dance Company) and supplemented that training as a scholarship student at American Dance Festival, New Arts Festival (DCDC & Parsons Dance Co.), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The Juilliard Intensive, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Ms. Guillermo attended SUNY-Purchase before joining Avodah Dance Ensemble and later, Dayton Contemporary Dance Co. II. After returning to Central Pennyslvania, Ms. Guillermo became a featured performer, dance captain, and choreographer (Joseph 2010) for Sight & Sound Theatre, Lancaster. While performing, she continued to teach and to choreograph. Ms. Guillermo's first solo work Need You Now was performed at the 2006 L'arte de la Danse Festival in Heidelberg, Germany. Her 2007 PRB ballet Liberation: Movement and Light earned Best Emerging Choreographer (Monticello Award) and the Josephine Schwarz Award for Choreography from Regional Dance America/Northeast. In 2013, Ms. Guillermo was one of six selected nationwide for the inaugural class of the Breaking Glass Emerging Female Choreographer's Project. Her work was shown at Symphony Space, NY, she was connected with industry-leading females and received a year of career mentorship. In 2014, she was honored to be a finalist for the Rosyln Jaffe Award for her creation of the Ugly Duckling, a part-residency/part-performance project that reached nearly 1,800 children in Harrisburg School District using dance to address bullying (performed by PRB; James Casey, composer). As a ballet and modern dance educator, Ms. Guillermo has been on faculty at PRB, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Summer Intensive, Hershey School of Dance, and Jeraldyne's School of the Dance (DCDC). She holds a BA in Art History from Mansfield University ('11). Join her each Saturday morning for an open ballet class at Messiah! www.daniellesmithguillermo.com
Stacey Tytler Raab (contemporary) is originally from Brockport, NY. She trained at the Draper Center for Dance Education under the direction of Timothy Draper. Stacey graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor of Science in Dance. While at Brockport she danced in many faculty and student performances. Stacey received a full scholarship to the Limon Summer Intensive in 2003. She has also attended the Florida Dance Festival, Joffrey Ballet School’s summer intensive, Joffrey Midwest Workshop, and two summers at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. After graduating from SUNY Brockport she moved to New York City to pursue dance. Stacey has performed choreography in New York by Jennifer DeBritton, Leanne Schmidt, Becca Rozell and Amanda Selwyn. She has shown her own choreography in DC, Baltimore and New York City. While living in Baltimore, Stacey danced with Dissonance Dance Theatre, Jane Franklin Dance, The Collective, Next Reflex, and Nellie Rainwater. In November 2007, Stacey premiered her first independent dance concert, “Between the Numbers” at The Patterson Theatre in Baltimore, MD. In 2009 she showed her work at the Patterson Theatre in “Singing the Body Electric”. Stacey was also a dance instructor in Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland and at several dance studios in New York, Maryland and Connecticut. Currently, Stacey is a Relationship Manager with Curtain Call Costumes and teaches in the Harrisburg area. Find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/staceytytlerraabdance
Kristen Murray (Hip Hop) was a choreographer for cheerleading competitions during high school. After studying hip hop, tap and jazz for 5 years and serving as a dance assistant at HSD, she became a member of the hip hop staff in 2003. Kristen graduated college with an Associate’s degree in Medical Assisting and is Zumba certified.
Marissa Wakley (Salsa and Merengue) began dancing with Pennsylvania Regional Ballet formerly Cumberland Dance Company at the age of 4. She had quickly fell in love with self expression through movement and music. Although she had been classically trained her favorite type of dance was Jazz. After high school Marissa continued her dance education in Philadelphia at The University of the Arts, having the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Ronen Koresh of Koresh Dance Company, Donald Lunsford of Philadenco and Zeola Gaye on tour for a tribute to her brother Marvin Gaye and more. After college, Marissa danced with Alchemy Dance Company and later got into ballroom dancing. She competed and taught with Arthur Murray Dance studios until finding her true calling, Pure Barre. She has managed and trained teachers with the Pure Barre Franchise in both Philadelphia and North Carolina until recently decided to moving back to Pennsylvania. Marissa’s passion for dance and fitness is apparent through her teaching and enjoys seeing others come alive.