Instructors

 
Our instructors contribute to the success of Premiere because of their diversified backgrounds and age range. Most have either a college degree or an educational field in dance, combined with many collective years of professional dance experience. Their excellent qualifications meet the needs of each individual student as it applies to their growth and development through dance and/or acrobatics. 

 

 
Our parents are proud to be at a studio with such gifted, talented, caring and loving instructors who give their children dance/acrobatic instructions as well as having an influence in shaping their lives. 

 

 
As artists, our instructors produce extremely creative and entertaining choreography for our dance concerts, special performances, and our Acro Exhibitions. The support that Premiere as had from its many students, their families, and the community since it began in 1996, is proof of that!
 
 

Ashley Amberik-Levengood started dancing at the age of 2 with her mom, Stacey Levengood, and has been going strong ever since. Her love for dance grew into a love for teaching dance. She is very dedicated in motivating and inspiring her students. Ashley is a Pottsgrove graduate and is currently studying Elementary Education. She had the privilege to dance with the Cedar Crest College Dance Company and has attended many of their workshops.  Ashley has choreographed for Disney’s Magical Music Days in Florida, as well as being a choreographer for Premiere Performers, our competition team. Ashley is the proud mother of 2 beautiful and entertaining daughters, Emmalynn (2006) and Gwyneth (2012). Ashley feels that dance is a wonderful way to be artistic and challenged at the same time.

Kristina Dennis graduated from Cedar Crest College earning a B.A. in Dance, where she performed all four years with the Cedar Crest College Dance Company.  She was President of the CCC chapter of Nu Delta Alpha (National Dance Education Honors Society).  She also teaches ballet and tap at the Berks Ballet Theatre Conservatory of Dance and ballet and pointe at Yocum Institute for Arts Education.  She is the Body Movement teacher for Yocum’s Preschool Program and a dance instructor for Yocum’s Summer Multi-Arts Camps.  She is a resident Teaching Artist at Yocum, which leads her to bring dance into various schools and libraries around Berks County.  Through storytelling, drama, creative writing and critical thinking, Kristina promotes literacy with Neighborhood Bridges in Reading School District.  Choreography credits include “The Phantom Tollbooth,”  “Click Clack Moo,”  “Rapunzel, Rapunzel”,  “Peter Pan” "Robin Hood of Deadwood" "Dr. DoLittle" (Yocum Institute), “Mary Poppins” (Berks Ballet Theatre), “Wake Up Little Suzie” (Raab Middle School),  'Junie B. Jones" (Primary Stages) and she coaches couples for “Dancing with the Reading Stars”.  Her most recent dance performances were with Berks Opera Company in their presentation of Charles Gounods's "Faust" (2015) and with Primary Stages, "The Fisherman and His Wife" (2017). Kristina has won many awards throughout the years with Premiere Performers! Her competition accomplishments include the Starquest Apogee Award, Most Entertaining Award, Top Soloist Overall Awards, High Score Awards for groups and at least one choreopgraphy award every dance season.

Sandy (Brophy) Jordan  joined the Premiere Dance Studio family when it started in 1996.  During Sandy’s tenure at Premiere, she has taught a variety of acrobatic classes for all ages and levels.  Sandy’s gymnastic career began at age four in a small gym in Philadelphia.  At age 13, Sandy began student teaching for the gym at which she was training.  Eventually, she went on to coach their junior Olympic gymnastics team for ten years during which time she was a member of the United States of America Gymnastics Federation (USAGF) and safety certified.  At the end of the 2003 competition season, Sandy resigned from coaching to concentrate on her family, full time work at The Vanguard Group, and part time work at Premiere.  Since joining Premiere, Sandy has graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Accounting (2000), married her wonderful husband Terry (2002), and had two beautiful sons, Zack (2005) and Luke (2007).

Jayna Miller  

MIss Jayna has been with Premiere Dance Studio since Day 1. She graduated Penn State University with a Art Education Degree, while participating in the gymnastics program. After graduating, she worked at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Miss Janya worked as a preschool teacher, before joining the Philadelphia Freedom YMCA 15 years ago as the Advanced Aquatic Director. All three of her daughters, Aubrey, Olivia, and Samantha started dancing with Premiere at the age of 2 or 3, and danced through their senior year of high school. She also has a son, Stephen, a midshipman at the US Naval Academy. Miss Jayna resides with her husband Steve in Gilbertsville.

Becky Szimhart started dance at the age of 3 in southern California. She trained and performed with the same studio from 1955 to 1969. Becky became an assistant teacher at the age of 16 and trained in jazz with Carlton Johnson. She performed as a young dancer with ANTA in Los Angeles, USO circuit, and Dance Masters of America. Becky was hired my NBC and Disney in 1969 to tour with Disney on Parade under Academy Award-Winning choreographer Onna White, where she toured America and South America from 1969-1974. She was hired by Tom Hansen, Emmy Award-Winning choreographer for the Carol Burnett Show, to join the cast of Peter Pan through NBC for the Asian tour from 1975-1976. Becky continued to dance in Australia in the Perth Contemporary Dance Company from 1978-1979. She also worked with the Western Australian Ballet for one season in 1979. She joined the Hanna Barbara’s production of Yabba Dabba Doo as the dance captain in the tour of Australia from 1979-1980. Becky returned to the states and became a certified fitness instructor through IDEA and later ACE and worked at Sports Connection in L.A. She moved to Gilberstville, PA and taught fitness at Final Results from 1992-1998. Becky joined Premiere Dance Studio at it’s inception in 1996, as the head of the Ballet department. Becky also teaches pre-school fitness at 5 local pre-schools for the past 14 years. She has two daughters, who also dance at Premiere, the oldest one a graduate of the Governor’s School for Performing Arts. Becky continues to further ballet education by studying with Finis Jhung in New York City and Zena Rommett who developed the world renowned floor barre technique.

Maggie Vaccaro

Margaret Vaccaro has been dancing since a very early age, studying a variety of styles here at Premiere Dance Studio. Her passion for dance led her to LVPA, a performing arts high school where she graduated with a focus in dance. After high school, she graduated from DeSales University with a B.A. in Dance. During her college career she studied under renowned teachers such as Timothy Cowart, Tara Madsen-Robbins, Angela Sigley, Janet Peck and Robin Gerchman. Margaret also danced with Monarch Dance Company under Tabatha Robinson-Scott where she performed at shows such as Musikfest. She was selected to be apart of the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange's residency with Alyce Finwall, a San Francisco based choreographer, as a dancer in "Enter Demeter". Margaret also choreographed many pieces that were presented at DeSales University, which landed her being selected as one of the three choreographers to present work at the Mark Morris school in New York City. Since she graduated, Margaret has been teaching and choreographing for studios in the greater Philadelphia area, being recognized for her artistry and contemporary choreography at multiple regional and national competitions. Her choreography was recently selected as a nominee for the Industry Dance Awards. This is Margaret's first year as a teacher at Premiere Dance Studio and she is so excited to bring her passion for the art of dance back to where it all began. Teaching here feels like home to her, and she cannot wait to continue in the years to come.

Michael Nguyen

Michael Nguyen is a passionate dance instructor, choreographer, and entertainment artist. He received his MFA in Choreography and Performance at Temple University where he has had opportunities to perform for many guest artists such as Kyle Clark and Jenifer Weber. Michael is also a member of Balance Dance Company, D2D: Dare 2 Dance, and is a choreographer for Beat Addikts United. His love for dance grew as a student at West Chester University. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies with a focus on Health Science and a Dance minor from West Chester University, Michael began working on his career as a choroegrapher, teacher and performing artist. He enjoys sharing his artistry by teaching for several dance studios throughout the local communities. Michael is inspired by other artists for their unique works with a means to continuing the exploration of methods for collaborating and building communities through dance.

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