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Founder, Owner, Artistic Director
Tap & Jazz Instructor
Competition Choreographer & Director
A noted dancer, award winning choreographer, director, and mentor with over 22 years of professional dance experience.
Michelle Maurer grew up in Palmyra, Pa., and is a 1995 graduate of Palmyra Area High School. As a scholarship recipient, Michelle studied dance at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia enhancing her University curriculum with training at The Pennsylvania Rock School of Ballet.
Known for her motivational and enthusiastic teaching methodology, Michelle’s instruction inspires students to develop strong technique, a sense of passion, respect, and integrity of the art of dance. She keeps consistency in her dance studio by having well-trained and experienced faculty that work together as a team to provide a comprehensive dance program. Students develop into well-rounded dancers strong in each style of dance. As the Artistic Director at Company Dance, Michelle not only directs her faculty but is in the classroom teaching students as well. Her involvement in the classroom is vital to making curriculum decisions for her dance program. Her students matriculate to prestigious colleges and universities, and attain professional performing arts careers including Broadway, National Tours, TV Shows,Theme Parks, and Cruise ships.
Michelle’s performances include regional and national engagements, including Kings Dominion Theme Park, Nickelodeon’s national “All That” tour, the NBA’s New Jersey Nets “Power In Motion” dance team as well as touring with several recording artists.
She has served as a choreographer for ABC’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, American Idol’s Ace Young, Curtain Calls 2014 “Costume in Motion” promo video and various charitable events. Her versatility as a choreographer is not only shown in her industrials, but in her National Award-Winning competition numbers. Under her direction, her Company Members have led her studio to many awards both at the Regional and National Competition level. Such awards include: Studio of Excellence, Outstanding Technique, Choreography, Highest Scoring Numbers, IDA Awards, Fusion, Apogee, Odyssey and Title Soloist Awards. Starting her competition team 8 years ago, Michelle kept the team small and only competed at the highest level in every competition. She is proud to announce that she will continue to build her team. In 2020 she will be opening her team up to both Novice and Intermediate level dancers.
Since her studio’s opening in 2004, she has directed and produced Company Dance’s annual performance, The Company Project (TCP), staged at the amazing Hershey Theatre, and choreographs many of the show numbers.
Michelle’s focus continues to be finding a balance in her program between conservatory-based classes and performance opportunities for her dancers. She loves the journey she takes everyday to improve, stay current, innovate and set trends. Michelle currently resides in Palmyra with her husband, Paul Maurer and two children Ava and Zachery Maurer. She is thrilled to be apart of her hometown small business community.
Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary
Brandon Porter is a native of Detroit, MI where he cultivated his dance training. Brandon holds a diploma ballet certification in Cecchetti method.
Brandon is a native of Detroit, MI where he cultivated his dance training. Brandon holds a diploma ballet certification in Cecchetti while versed in Russian and Balanchine methods.
Brandon attended Point Park University on scholarship as a dance major. Being accepted into Point Park’s conservatory; under the direction of Susan Stowe, Brandon had the experience to perform choreography by Balanchine, Robert Battle, Ron Tassone, David Parsons, Jim Vincent and others. After college, Brandon pursued his professional career in NYC where he landed the 1st National Tour of Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man.” Since touring Brandon has danced, choreographed and assisted for the likes of Nick and Aaron Carter, Glen Packard, Brian Thomas, Rasta Thomas, Adrienne Canternas, Amy Yakima. Being proficient in ballet he has performed in numerous ballet productions all over the country such as “The Nutcracker,” “Cinderella,” “La Bayadere,” “La Source Ballet” to name a few. Being a diverse dancer he has been casted in various industrials such as “Twister Moves Perpetual Tour” for Hasbro the Toy Company, Toys R’ Us, New York Musical Theater Festival production of “Petrouchka”, off Broadway “Crazy Head Space”, Crunch Fitness, and more. Brandon’s favorite industrial experience was working as stage manager, choreographer, and performer with the International Motorcycle Show also known as “IMS Tour” where he had the distinct pleasure to work directly with UFC Organization, Ducati, BMW, Bike Week, Advanstar Communications.
Brandon teaches and choreographs all over the country with award winning choreography and master classes in various forms of dance. Most recent teaching position was at the internationally known Allegheny Ballet Company in Central, PA. Alumni consists the likes of Jared Angle, Tyler Angle, Alex Peters, Paul Gibson.
Brandon’s most recent accomplishment is being an artistic director for Boundless Bodies Contemporary Ballet Company. An organization offering performance opportunities to new young artists to experience their early professional career in the arts not limited to dance but to all art mediums of theatre, vocal, instrumental, graphic, stage managing. Working in partnership First Descents and Be The Match to fight against cancer.
Hip Hop & Take It Back
Jamile was a dance major at Wright University where he excelled in ballet, modern, lyrical and jazz. He was a US & International 3rd place finalist on SYTYCD.
Jamile’s choreography experience is impressive as he has choreographed for Will Ferrell’s “Funny or Die” webisode featuring Wayne Brady, Mike Tyson, and Bobby Brown. He has worked for such artists as Rihanna, Nelly Furtado, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, Katy Perry, Niki Minaj and many more. He has passed on his love for dance to a huge fan base. He has choreographed routines for numerous shows and competitions throughout the US working with choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Jimmy Locust, Mia Michaels, Shane Sparks, Lavelle Smith Jr., and Lauren Gibbs. We are so excited and honored to have him join our faciulty.
Level 1 Tap & Ballet Instructor
As a Company Dance ’08 alumnus, Kimberly Warner brings 18 years of dance experience in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, hip hop, modern and contemporary.
She has also studied Pilates under the methods of Joseph Pilates and is currently obtaining certification. Kimberly uses the Pilates method as a form of warm-up in some of the classes she teaches. She has studied under the direction of Michelle Maurer, Jose De La Cuesta, Kelly Fantigrossi, Cliff Fantigrossi, Stephanie Crofchick, Michelle Assaff, and Frank Hatchett.
Kimberly has had multiple performances in the Boscov’s ABC 6 Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia and performed as a back-up dancer for former American Idol Star, Ace Young. Kimberly has also written, choreographed and stage directed original works for the Hershey High School musical production of Seussical. Additionally, she appeared in MTV punk rock band “Modern Day Escape” in their break-out video “Maybe Holding Hands Wasn’t Such a Good Idea”.
Kimberly applies her well-rounded techniques and takes them to a new level by constantly growing with the ever changing world of dance. Her strong background in dance and passion for the art enables Kimberly to accommodate her thriving students’ abilities. She constantly pushes and educates herself on new forms of dance to keep Company Dance the best in the area.
Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Improv
Molly B. Misgalla was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated with a B.A. in dance (cum laude) from Point Park University
Molly B. Misgalla was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated with a B.A. in dance (cum laude) from Point Park University where she trained with Douglas Bentz, Judith Leifer-Bentz, Jodi Welch and the late Ron Tassone. While at Point Park she was a swing for the Pittsburgh Playhouse Production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall. After graduation Molly danced with the site specific modern –based Mary Miller Dance Company and with the Philadelphia based-jazz dance company “Waves” under the direction of (Israel born) Shimon Braun. She performed in the feature film “Living Out Loud” starring Holly Hunter, Inatoriso Cabaret Show in Tokyo, Japan and in numerous industrial and commercials for companies such as Glaxo Smith- Kline. Molly is a Philadelphia-based teacher and choreographer renowned for her innovative jazz/contemporary technique. Her style blends a solid dance foundation: showcasing her characteristically bold yet fluid use of movement through unique interpretation of music, and spacing.
She has taught at The University of Arts, Philadelphia’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, The Rock School for Dance Education, DeSales University, Jacksonville University, Metropolitan Ballet (just to name a few). Molly was an artist in residence at Ecole de Ballet and Just Move Dance in Luxembourg. She also has taught master classes in Luxembourg, Paris and London as well as studios and conventions throughout the U.S. Molly has her MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University/White Oak.
Level 1 Tap & Ballet Instructor
Keenan Cooks was born and raised in Boston, MA and began dancing
at the age of 14.
Just two years later, he became a member of Boston based Nia Dance Troupe where he first began his professional training. In 2008, Keenan moved to New York City to pursue dance professionally. Since coming to New York City he has had the honor of working with amazing choreographers such as Rhapsody James, Laurie Ann Gibson, Luam, Kyle Hanagami, Rich & Tone, and Danielle Flora. He has had the privilege of working with artist such as Big Sean, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo, Flo-Rida, Kendrick Lamar, Prince Royce, Hailee Steinfeld, Halsey, and Dua Lipa. You may have seen him dancing on Saturday Night Live, America’s Got Talent, Today Show, Good Morning America, MTV Music Video Awards.
As an up-and-coming choreographer, Keenan has had the privilege to choreograph a BET commercial, A Gap commercial, and he was the on-site choreographer/movement coach for an episode of “Blindspot” (Season 2). Keenan has also choreographed for Cardi B, David Guetta, Meek Mill, and Yo Gotti. Keenan has also had the opportunity to teach internationally in Japan, South Korea, China,Germany, Paris, Argentina, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Switzerland, and Italy. He is currently on faculty at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, and guest faculty at Movement Lifestyle and Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles.
Jr./Sr. Production Company Director
Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theater
Theresa has a BA in Dance from Adelphi University where she finished a double major with honors in Dance and English Literature.
Theresa has a BA in Dance from Adelphi University where she finished a double major with honors in Dance and English Literature. She went on to perform on Broadway in the European tour of 42nd Street. Theresa also performed in two tours of Japan with The American Jukebox Show and The American Country Show. She has had the pleasure of being Assistant/Associate Choreographer for Hersheypark for 10 years, with shows also in Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza Hotel and at Busch Gardens in Florida.
Theresa has taught at both Purchase University and Queensborough College for their prestigious youth programs. She has worked with many studios in the tri-state area teaching master classes and competition numbers and has worked as a sub at Broadway Dance Center teaching theater dance in Manhattan. Theresa also served as Children’s Director for Graffiti Community Ministries, NYC and helped develop enrichment programs for at-risk children.
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