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Founder, Owner, Artistic Director
Tap, Jazz, Jumps & Turns, Competition
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, 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, competitions and charity events. Her most recent work can be seen in Curtain Call Dance Costume’s 2014 “Costumes In Motion” dance video.
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 currently resides in Palmyra and is thrilled to make Palmyra Company Dance’s new home. She loves the journey she takes everyday to improve, stay current, innovate, and set trends. Living the dream and loving life! Let the new chapter begin…
Jr./Sr. Production Company Director
Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theater
Jose De La Cuesta
Jose is a well-known New York City director/choreographer with credits including “A Chorus Line”, “West Side Story” and “42nd Street”.
His work has twice been performed at Carnegie Hall and he has also written and directed an original production called “A Funky Fairytale” for Trump’s Casion in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Jose has received the prestigious Carbonnell Award for Best Choreographer for “42nd Street”.
As a performer, Jose has worked in all areas and has toured extensively in the United States and internationally. He has also worked with stars such as Chita Rivera, Barbara Eden, Brooke Shields and Lonnie Anderson.
As a renowned teacher, Jose has worked at several studios and universities nation-wide. He is currently on the staff of Broadway Dance Center, Anita’s Studio of Dance in NY, Metropolitan Fine Arts Center in Alexandria, VA. He was also an adjunct professor of dance at Fairleigh Dickinson University.For many years he was the resident director/choreographer for Hersheypark, as well as a writer for their shows. His work there won several awards for Best Theme Park Shows in the country and internationally.He most recently directed the hit production of “42nd Street” at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, which was nominated for 13 Perry Awards and went on to win five, including Best Director and Best Choreographer.
Tap & Hip Hop // Instructor & Choreographer
Amber Creamer, an ’08 Company Dance Alumnus, has been the guest choreographer and instructor for the Hip Hop Production Companies for the past three years.
While earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Temple University, Amber continued her dance education by joining the number one Hip Hop crew on campus, BAMN (By Any Means Necessary). BAMN won the “Battle of the Best” three of the three years that Amber was a member. For Amber, BAMN was an outlet to learn new, innovative, and raw Hip Hop techniques and to perform with up and coming singer, songwriter, and choreographer Marc Villa as well as another up and coming artist from Philadelphia, BriaMarie. Amber further developed her skills by taking class and performing in the annual Koresh Dance School show under the direction of Colette Tini.
During her years at Company Dance, Amber advanced her skills at Broadway Dance Center in New York City with educators that included Choreographer and performer Sheila Barker, Hip Hop Performer and Choreographer Leslie Feliciano, and legendary jazz artist Frank Hatchett amongst others. Amber also danced in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade for three years; one of those years included a performance with Broadway sensation Ace Young. Since Hip Hop is Amber’s first passion, she attended The Pulse where she studied with many industry-leading professionals including American Choreographer Mia Michaels, best known as a judge on “So You Think You Can Dance”; Brian Freidman, an American dancer and choreographer for many popular music artists; and Australian dancer and choreographer for many popular music artists, Wade Robson.
Amber feels blessed to be a member of the Company Dance faculty where she can teach and take class, and is amazed by the ever-increasing talent and skill that the students of Company Dance acquire year after year.
Ballet // Instructor & Choreographer
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.
All Styles // Instructor & Choreographer
Brandon Porter is a native of Detroit, MI where he cultivated his dance training. Brandon holds a diploma ballet certification in Cecchetti method.
After high school, Brandon attended Point Park College on scholarship as a dance major with emphasis in Jazz. Being accepted into Point Park’s conservatory; under the direction of Susan Stowe, Brandon had the experience to perform choreography by Balanchine, Robert Battle, Douglas Bentz, Ron Tassone, David Parsons, Jim Vincent and others. Brandon then was asked to join 1st National Tour of Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” directed by Ray Roderick playing the role as Darius Lyons while understudying the role of Winthrop. 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, Detroit Symphony’s, “The Nutcracker” role as The Prince, “Twister Moves Perpetual Tour” for Hasbro the Toy Company, Toys R’ Us, New York Musical Theater Festival production of “Petrouchka” role of Little Boy, off Broadway “Crazy Head Space”, Crunch Fitness, Nutcracker in Allegheny Ballet Company’s “The Nutcracker” and so on… Brandon’s favorite industrial experience was working as stage manager, choreographer, performer with the “International Motorcycle Show” also known as “IMS Tour” where he had the distinct pleasure to work directly with UFC Organization, 2Wheel Tuner Model Search, Leo Vinci, Ducati, BMW, Bike Week, Advanstar Communication and others…
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, Dina Bilofsky, Alex Peters, Josh Barr, Kristen Roberts, Paul Gibson, and others. Allegheny Ballet Company has had the privilage to have members of the Balanchine Trust to set repertoire on his students. With the experience of master instructors with the likes of Tim Fox who has performed with Jerome Robbins, Paul Boos who worked with Balanchine himself, Ashlee Knapp NYCB Principle and Princess Grace recipient and Cherie Noble Ballet Master Pennsylvania Ballet.
Brandon had the desire to expand his knowledge beyond just the stage. He has had the opportunity to work in the administrative, marketing, operation fields with such companies such as Arias Dance NYC, Broadway Dance Center, Legacy Dance Championships, Dance USA, Kids Artistic Revue, Rainbow Dance Competition. Currently he is Regional Director for Headliners Dance Championships and judges all over the country. He is honored and excited to be with his new home, Company Dance! Brandon cannot wait to share his extensive knowledge and passion with the staff and students!