Faculty

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Angela Craft

Director

With more than forty years in the dance industry, Ms. Angie is blessed to share her passion every day with her Stage Stars dancers. She has a strong passion for coaching and teaching technique.  Over the years Ms. Angie has won several choreography awards, and even led her dancers to win a national title. Ms. Angie has trained in all genres, ballet, tap, jazz, hiphop, and pointe with some of the best in the business, such as Doug Caldwell, Luigi, Frank Hatchett, Finis Jhung, Judy Rice, Gregg Russell and Robin Passmore. She continues to train yearly at various teacher workshops throughout the country. Ms. Angie is passionate about not just teaching steps, but instilling positivity and confidence. She encourages her dancers to step out of their comfort zone and be the best young adults they can be. In class Ms. Angie focuses on conflict resolution, discipline, and time management.  Ms. Angie's goal for her dancers is to graduate from the Stage Stars program as kind, confident, strong, respectful, and responsible young dancers.  

Ralph Elliot

Lead Instructor

Mr. Ralph began his dance studies in college at UNC - Greensboro with Rick McCullough.  He appeared in numerous musical theatre and dance performances.  As part of "Accidental Dance Company," he performed at various venues throughout the greater Greensboro area.  Upon returning to Delaware, his emphasis switched to teaching.

Emily Kohlmorgen

Lead Instructor

Ms. Emily started dancing at the age of 4. Throughout the years she has studied contemporary, jazz, hip hop, modern, lyrical, tap, ballet, and pointe. Ms. Emily competed at regional dance competitions in high school with her studio. She was a member of the Kutztown University Varsity Dance team, as well as West Chester University’s Dance Company where she took choreographic and pedagogy classes. Ms. Emily grew up playing instruments such as piano, guitar, percussion, and cello, which sparked a passion for music, and drives her to dance and create movement. Ms. Emily has received many choreography awards over the years for her pieces. She has performed with live local musicians as well as internationally. Ms. Emily traveled to Ladek Zdroj, Poland in 2013 where both performed and brought her choreography to the Miedzynarodowy Festiwal Tanca. She choreographed the opening number for our local Italian Festival. Ms. Emily attends the Dance Teacher Summit annually to stay updated on teaching methods and bring back new ideas to the studio, and strives to create a spark of creativity and love for the arts in all of our SSDA dancers.

Molly Johnson

Lead Instructor

Ms. Molly started dancing at age four and trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, musical theater, hip hop and lyrical through high school. As a young dancer, she was featured in performances across the state of Delaware as well as in Disneyland in Los Angeles, California. At the Pennsylvania State University, Ms. Molly trained in modern dance, tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, musical theater and Mojah, graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Minor in Dance.  While at Penn State, Ms. Molly performed with Tapestry Dance Company, Vole' - the Penn State Ballet Company, Penn State Dance Alliance, and University Dance Company. As a junior, she attended the Dublin Dance Festival in Dublin, Ireland taking classes with world-renowned faculty, attending performances, and collaborating with fellow students to create new choreography around the city. As a senior, she had the opportunity to work and study with the Los Angeles-based Dance Company Diavolo as well as the Penn State Architecture program to create and perform in "The Secret Life of Public Spaces" (2012). Ms. Molly began teaching dance in 2013 and earned her Masters of Science from the University of Delaware in Biomechanics and Movement Science in 2014. She is thrilled to to turn her passion into her career and loves being a part of the amazing Stage Stars team of teachers and students!

Lacie Craft

Lead Instructor

Ms. Lacie has been dancing since before she can remember. She was a competitive dancer until the age of 14, where her interest turned to teaching. Her favorite style of dance is tap. She has continued her training throughout college by attending workshops and continuing to stay connected with Stage Stars on her summer breaks. Ms. Lacie graduated in 2020 with a Master of Occupational Therapy where she aspires to work with children of all abilities to reach their greatest potential. She dreams of developing a program for children with special needs to be able participate in the joy of dance. 

Jennifer Cottrell

Lead Instructor

Ms. Jen started dancing at age five and fell in love with jazz and tap.  In high school, Ms. Jen was a “drama geek” and not only participated in the school plays but also the competitive forensics team.  She also was on the marching band Danceline, which brought her to march in parades in Disney World and London, England.  In college, she participated in a modern dance company.  Life got in the way, and she left the dance for several years, but her passion for dance always remained.  Ms. Jen was thrilled to rejoin the dance world a few years ago when her youngest daughter started dancing at Stage Stars.  Ms. Jen lives in Hockessin with her husband, three children, and dog.  By day she is a Compliance Analyst at a large insurance company.  Dance keeps her young, and the time she spends teaching dance classes are her favorite hours of the week.

Styles Entertainer

Lead Instructor

Mr. Styles started ballet at the age of three, and since then has been devoted to the arts, expanding his experience into hip-hop, jazz, Chinese dance, and a multitude of other styles while still being a member of the National Ballet Company. Mr. Styles trained at Rhythm Nation Performing Arts of Euless Texas Conservatory of Classical Ballet, and the Ballet Academy of Fort Worth Texas. He has auditioned for and received scholarships from the school of American Ballet, The San Francisco Ballet, The American Ballet Theatre, Cecchetti Council of America, The Julillana School,Gus Giordano Dance Center, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and The University of North Carolina School of Arts.

 He appeared in the vegas finals of network television reality show So You Think You Can Dance three times. He was also featured as a backup dancer and extra in various performance concerts with leading hip-hop and pop artists such as Justin Timberlake, Tabi Boney, and Bobby Valentino . He toured and appeared on stage as a dancer for serval Broadway productions . With a big passion for the arts lead to acting roles on, HBO's Veep, House Of Cards, The Wire,Tv Ones For My Man. Having a passion for teaching Mr. Styles guides his students towards dexterity and helps them discover their own talent.