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Danielle Smith Guillermo (modern) 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 for Workshops at the Grace Pollock Center, Camp Hill! 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
Victoria Silva received her training at the Cumberland Dance Company (now Pennsylvania Regional Ballet) Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, and as a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She has performed professionally as a freelance artist in the New York area and with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Victoria has been part of the faculty for the Astoria Dance Center, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Summer Course, Greater York Youth Ballet, Harrisburg Dance Conservatory, Steps on Broadway, and is currently School Director and rehearsal coach at Pennsylvania Regional Ballet. Her choreographic credits include Peter & the Wolf for the Harrisburg Symphony’s Crayon Concert Series, several ballets that have been performed at the RDA/Northeast Festival including her work, imprint, which was shown as the final piece of the RDA/NE Festival 2009 and her ballet, Finding Harmony, performed at the National Festival in Montreal in 2012. Ms. Silva was awarded the Monticello Award for her work Linear Momentum in 2005 and scholarships to attend the RDA National Choreography Intensive 2004, 2005, and 2011. Her ballet, Fragmented Memories, was chosen to represent RDA/NE at the International Ballet Competition in June 2014. Her work has been shown in both the US and abroad.
Jaime Thompson grew up studying dance in Central Pennsylvania. As a student Ms. Thompson attended summer intensives at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, and Boston Ballet. After graduating high school she spent two years at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, PA and then finished her college education receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from The Boston Conservatory in 2003. Upon moving to New York Ms. Thompson joined Laura Ward/ Octavia Cup Dance Theatre. She performed many original works choreographed by Ms. Ward at venues in and around NYC as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. In 2008 Ms. Thompson joined Ballet for Young Audiences/Ballet Repertory NYC under the direction of Harriet Kinter and Ned Kinter. While with the company she performed roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cinderella. She also performed in original works created by Ned Kinter and Eric Ragan. Her final season with Ballet for Young Audiences she was the acting Ballet Mistress. After moving to Florida in 2013 Ms. Thompson became a member of Tampa Ballet Theatre and danced soloist roles in Les Sylphides, The Nutcracker, Paquita, and Coppelia. In conjunction with her work as a performer, Ms. Thompson has also taught dance in schools such as Ballet Academy East, Lighthouse Dance Project, East End Performing Arts Studio, Long Island Academy of Dance, Elsa Pardo Dance Center, and Tampa Bay Ballet. Most recently she has lived in Asheville, NC where she taught at WNC Dance Academy, danced for Asheville Ballet, and returned as a guest artist with Tampa Ballet Theatre in Giselle. Ms. Thompson has recently relocated to PA with her husband and daughter and is excited to connect with the dance community there!
Faculty from previous Day of Dance Events
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.