Carbondale Staff


Scranton Staff

 

 




Tara Hetsko

Tara has been teaching for Dave since he opened the studio in 1989. She has been dancing for 33 years, and cannot imagine a life without dance. She has appeared in many full-length ballets, and has had extensive dance training in Pennsylvania and New York City. She is a certified member of Dance Educators of America. In addition to teaching at the studio, she has choreographed productions for The Corner Bistro Dinner Theater, The Act, and Standing Room Only Theater Company. She has also served as dance instructor for the NYSP camp at the University of Scranton. In addition to the studio, she is very active in local community theater. She resides in Scranton with her daughter, Alexandra, and husband and will dance and teach for Dave until the end of time.

 

 

Kevin Stevenson

Kevin has been involved with the Dave Ragnacci School of Dance since 2000 acting as the studio's art director and office manager. In addition to prop and set design Kevin's responsibilities include advertising, programs and music. Kevin has studied art, photography and design at The Savannah College of Art and Design and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He has art directed such shows as "Harvey" and "Romeo and Juliet." Kevin has also appeared on stage at The Corner Bistro Dinner Theatre.

 

 

Amy Welcome

Amy  has been dancing since the age of five. She began her dance training  at  Dansation Dance Studio in Clarks Summit under the artistic direction of  Ellen  Szymaszek. She studied there for seven years and then a year at David  Blight  still under the direction of Ellen Szymaszek. Amy then continued her  training  with Dave Ragnacci, where she still continues to dance and learn. 
She has also  taken classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York and  attended many dance  workshops throughout the area. She holds a masters degree in 
Kinesiology and a  bachelors degree in English with a minor in dance from  Marywood University.She  is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning  Specialist and a Certified  Personal Trainer through the National Strength and  Conditioning  Association. 

 

 

Holly Schovitz

Holly has been dancing since the age of 3.  She has taught dance and choreographed tap, jazz, and ballet at a local dance studio for the past 7 years.  She has also choreographed hip hop routines for the Pocono Mountain School District for the past 3 years.  Holly has taken master dance classes out of New York City and Pennyslvania in hip hop, tap, jazz and ballet.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Scranton.  While she was there, she was on the dance team for 4 years.  She has just completed her Master’s Degree in Education from Wilkes University and looks forward to her 2nd year of teaching at the Dave Ragnacci School of Dance.


Jenny Magistro

Jenny has been dancing since the age of four and began dancing at the dave ragnacci school of dance when she was six years old. She was always involved in  the studio, being a demonstrator for four years and then moving up to become an  assistant teacher. Her senior year she was featured in the recital as sleeping  beauty. Last year, dave gave her the opportunity to become a teacher and she would like to thank him for this. Jenny looks forward to teaching for many years.


Donna Sunick
Zumba Teacher

Donna has been studying dance since the  age of three.  She has been trained in jazz, ballet, tap and world dance.  She has been a dance/fitness instructor for the past ten years with the  Dave Ragnacci School of Dance. Donna 
has choreographed local schools productions  and loves working with children. 

Her current passion is for the Zumba Fitness  Program which she has been dedicated to for the past four years.  She is a  certified instructor who has been trained by the best professionals in the  fitness arena to share the  love of Zumba with everyone who takes her classes.  She believes in a fun, 
safe and energizing approach to fitness and wants  her students to love coming  to class every week not only for the health benefits  but to have a great  time at the Dave Ragnacci School of Dance.  She also  does dance birthday 
parties  for children ages 4 to 14 at the  Studio.

 

Bob Kleha

Karate/Kick Boxing Instructor

 

 
 
Jessica Kane
Jess has been dancing as long as she can remember, starting her lessons at the Turi Studio of Dance and Fitness in Scranton. She remained with them through her college graduation and for a brief time after before discovering the Dave Ragnacci School of Dance. She started with Dave in 2007, where she continues to both learn and have fun each week. She was offered a position on staff 5 years ago and is extremely happy for the opportunity to work primarily with the youngest dancers in the studio, teaching both the pre-ballet and pre-jazz students. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Marywood University, and is employed by SLHDA Head Start as a PDE teacher.
 

Eryn

Eryn has been dancing since the age of 3. She began her training at the West Side Dance Academy and later transferred to the DRSD in 2005 where she studied & continues to learn ballet, jazz, tap, pointe & hip hop. She was involved as a demonstrator and later as an assistant teacher at the studio before becoming a teacher. She was voted Best Local Dancer in the 570 Best of Electric City Reader's Poll in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Eryn has also been a choreographer for the West Scranton High School theatre program since 2013, winning multiple Excellence in School Theatre Arts awards for her work with the West Scranton Players in musicals such as The Addams Family: the Musical, Young Frankenstein, and Nice Work If You Can Get It. She is a 2014 graduate of West Scranton High School. Eryn is excited to be teaching at the studio she grew up with and eager to continue learning and growing as a dancer and choreographer. 

 
Jackie Yamialkowski

Jackie began dancing at Creative Dance by Christine in Waymart at the age of 4 years old. She later joined DRSD when she was 15 where she began demonstrating classes and soon after was promoted to assistant teacher. Upon graduating from high school, Jackie attended Slippery Rock University where she attained her BA in Dance and BS in Nonprofit Management. While at SRU, Jackie had the opportunity to take many master classes and study under professional dancers Ursula Payne, Teena Marie Custer, Tara Madsen Robbins, Karen Fuhrman, and many more. Jackie also performed with Slippery Rock University Dance Theatre and Lenhart Dance Company (Kutztown, PA). In 2016, Jackie completed her Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky. 

Currently, Jackie is the choreographer at the Scranton Cultural Center for their youth theatre productions. She has choreographed The Wizard of Oz:Young Performer's Edition, Shrek the Musical Jr., Hairspray Jr., Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and the SCC's Musical Theatre Revue. 

Jackie has been teaching with DRSD since 2014 and is thrilled to be on staff at this exceptional dance school!

 

Lynn Griffin Jr.

With over 20 years experience in dance, I am very proud to call DRSD my home. I joined DRSD in 2001 for "ShowStoppers" and then made my way to the theater circuit. Performing in numerous shows, I always stayed true to the art form of dance. I performed with NorthEast Ballet in the Nutcracker in NY 2002, followed by choreographing the MidWest regional tour of "Hello Dolly". Came home to PA, made roots in Harrisburg while still remaining active in the Dance and Theater circuit. With titles of "Cabaret", " RENT", "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat", "Rocky Horror Picture Show" the musical, as well as "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" just to name a few, performing has always been my life. 4 years ago I moved back to NorthEast PA and rejoined DRSD as a dancer. And here I am as one of the members of the DRSD teaching Staff.

 
 
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