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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…
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!
Hip Hop // Instructor & Choreographer
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.
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.
Jazz, Modern, Improvisation
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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.