Faculty

Our team of talented instructors are committed to developing the skills of their students and cultivating their own careers as professional dancers, choreographers, and trainers.

 
 
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Cathy Acerba

Cathy has owned and directed Dancexpress since 1992. She has danced and competed nationally in Las Vegas and New York. In 1990, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from West Chester University where she also minored in psychology and spanish. She has brought many dancers over the years to regional competitions, workshops, and showcases. Cathy also is in charge of the group “Showstoppers” who dance locally at nursing homes and community events. She continues to train and take class from the leading dancers and choreographers in the industry today. Cathy recently won a teacher’s scholarship to the Pulse Intensive in New York which she will be attending this Summer. In May, her competitive dance team junior and senior dancers won the high scores at 2 different dance competitions.


Melissa Lebano

Melissa has been dancing since the age of 4. She was trained at Debbie Apalucci’s Touch of Class where she also taught for 6 years. She was involved in their production of The Nutcracker and their traveling group Dancertainers. Melissa has competed in national competitions which were held in Orlando, Las Vegas, and Atlantic City. She has also performed at Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Epcot while in Florida for competition. She has attended many workshops taught by Joe Lanteri and Frank Hatchett. She has performed during halftime at a 76ers game and at a Phillies game. Melissa was on the Philadelphia Kixx dance team for three years and was captain for two.

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Kim Fynes

Kim Fynes began dancing at the age of 3. Her training includes Jazz, Tap, and Ballet. Kim joined Dancexpress in2004 after returning from College. She attended Loyola College in Maryland where she was a member of the Dance Team that performed at halftime for basketball games as well as many other events. The Team also competed in Disney World. Becoming a member of the Loyola College Dance Company her Freshman year, she taught jazz in addition to taking several classes and performing in the annual spring show.


Shelly Carsten

Shelly graduated from Neumann College magma cum laude with a B.A. in Elementary and Early childhood Education. She has been teaching at Dancexpress since 2002. She teaches 3, 4, and 5 year olds, 2nd year jazz and special needs jazz. She earned her certification in special education in June of 2007 from Immaculata University. She is currently an in a graduate program through Wilkes University.Shelly has been attending the Pulse on Tour for the past few years in Atlantic City, New Jersey and has taken class from Brian Friedman, Wade Robson, Chris Judd, and many other world renowned choreographers.

 
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Tammy Turberville

Tammy Turberville’s love of dance began at the age of three when she began her training at Touch of Class dance studio where she was a student for over 15 years. She began competing at the local and national levels in Jazz and Tap, and as a teenager was selected to dance for Maurice Hines’ “Celebration of Tap Dance” in Philadelphia. Tammy went on to teach for TOC as well as for Plymouth and Haverford’s Recreation Departments. Tammy lives in Media with her husband and two children and continues to take classes locally and at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She recently attended the Pulse on Tour in Atlantic City, New Jersey where she took class from world famous choreographers including Chris Judd, Wade Robson, Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, and Wade Robson.


Madison Eichert

Madison has been dancing at Dancexpress since she was 3, and has been teaching since she was 13. She has taken tap, jazz, and ballet every year, but trained intensely in ballet for 6 years. In the past 3 years, Madison has fell in love with hip-hop from taking classes with Matt Steffanina, Dana Alexa, at the Pulse and most recently Rosero McCoy. In the summer of 2014, she went to L.A. and took classes at Millenium Dance Complex, and IDA Hollywood for more dance experience. She has also competed with Dancexpress multiple times throughout her journey with us. Madison looks forward to teaching while she finishes out her college degree at Eastern University.

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Alexis Diaz

Alexis Diaz, a Dancexpress alum, has been dancing since the age of two. She continued to study dance through her college career, learning a variety of techniques and history, until graduating Rider University with a dual degree in Elementary Education and Dance. In college, she participated in multiple student showcases and assisted in a children’s dance club. Alexis has also taken classes at Millenium Dance Complex and Koresh in Philadelphia. Since graduating, she has worked as a professional dancer for teams such as the Trenton Freedom Extreme Dance Team and the Philadelphia Soulmates. She also assisted with the Junior Soulmates Program. Her favorite style of dance has always been hip hop and she is beyond excited to share that enthusiasm with her classes this year.


Elizabeth Knecht

Elizabeth is an accomplished ballerina, choreographer and dance teacher. She has trained with many ballet companies in the Philadelphia area and New York City area as well as the Joffery Ballet. She has been a choreographer and co-producer for Washington Crossing Inn’s Broadway Revue Dinner Theater. She has taught numerous students all over the area, including those from the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School. She has done all this while performing herself in numerous productions. To read more about her visit her professional website – connectingwithelizabeth.com

 

Our Student Instructors

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