Faculty

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Director

Angela Craft

With over forty years in the dance industry, Ms. Angie is blessed to share her passion every day with our dancers. She has a strong passion for coaching and teaching technique.  Some of her accomplishments are winning several choreography awards as well as a National title. Ms. Angie has trained in all genres, ballet, tap, jazz, hiphop, and pointe with some of the best in the business, Doug Caldwell, Luigi, Frank Hatchett, Finis Jhung, Judy Rice, Gregg Russell, Robin Passmore just to name a few. She continues to train yearly at various teacher workshops throughout the country. Ms. Angie is passionate about not just teaching steps but instilling positivity, confidence, stepping out of our comfort zone and being the best young adults we can be. Learning conflict resolution, discipline, and time management are a few of the qualities you will get from her.  It is Ms. Angie's goal for our dancers to graduate from our program to be kind, confident, strong, respectful, and responsible young dancers.  

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Lead Instructor 

Melanie Fisher

Ms. Mel started dancing at the age of 3 and competing at the age of 4. Along with dance,  she was a gymnast as well. Dancing and flipping were and still are parts of her everyday life. At the age of 9, Miss Mel joined the Olympiad Gymnastics Exhibition Team and continued with training and coaching for over 15 years after my start. She attended Gloucester County Community College and earned my Associates Degree in Sports Education. At age 22, she competed as an All-Star cheerleader for Diamond State Wildcats. In 2005, she won the title of Miss Salem County and competed in Miss New Jersey. In 2007.   Ms. Mel became a Philadelphia Soul Soulmate and the year following was part of the Philadelphia All-Pro Dance Team. In 2009, she started my dance and tumbling teaching/coaching career at Hockessin Athletic Club. Every day I get to live and teach my passion.

Lead Instructor

Ralph Elliot

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.

Lead Instructor

Emily Kohlmorgen

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. Ms. Emily has a passion for music and choreography and 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. Ms. Emily attends the Dance Teacher Summit annually to stay updated on teaching methods and bring back new ideas to the studio.

Lead Instructor

Molly Johnson

Ms. Molly started dancing at age 4 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 be able to turn her passion into her career and loves being a part of this amazing team of teachers and students!

Lead Instructor

Bethany Malloy

Ms. Beth's dance experience started at the young age of 3 where she attended a school of ballet.  Through the years, she was introduced to other genres such as jazz and tap.  I continued studying ballet 4 days a week through my teen years.  As an adult, Ms. Beth has continued my ballet education and tried out new styles such as hip hop.  As a teacher, she loves sharing what she has learned and helping children discover the magic of dance.  She is very serious about the safety in learning correct form believing it is crucial to teach correctly from the very beginning.  Ballet will always be her passion, but she has grown to love and appreciate other genres as well.  As a mother, one of the most memorable days was dressing her daughter for her first dance class.  That was 8 years ago and the experience since that day has been nothing short of magical.  It is exactly what any parent would want.  We share a love for something, and now Ms. Beth get to watch her surpass my abilities and grow in the new world of dance.  She is grateful and proud to be part of this community that respects the foundation of dance, while also being open to the latest developments.

Ballet Instructor

Joanne Kalmbach

Ms. Joanne has been working as a dancer/teacher/choreographer in the Philadelphia area for over 35 years. She began her dance training under the direction of Donna Muzio at The Dance Center and was one of the founding members of the Brandywine Ballet. She went on to become a Principal Dancer with the Brandywine Ballet Company as well as Ballet Klös, in Philadelphia. In addition to her professional career, she also danced with Omnibus Productions Company, performing at the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City.  Ms. Joanne also attended the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts studying ballet, modern and jazz with teacher such as Andre Pap and Peter Bertini. Her ballet training and teaching is based on the Vaganova Method of Ballet. This training is used as a basis for teaching other forms of dance, such as contemporary, lyrical and jazz. Ms. Joanne also extensively studied jazz at various schools and studios in the Philadelphia and New York area, studying with teachers such as Shimon Braun, JoJo Smith, Luigi and Frank Hatchett.  As part of her education, Ms. Joanne also completed and passed the Occupational Assessment Test for Dance at Temple University.  In addition to teaching at different dance studios in the Philadelphia area, she headed the Dance Department at the Avon Grove Charter School for the past 15 years, where she created and implemented a dance education program for grades 3-12.  Ms. Joanne feels lucky to share her passion of dance with her students. She inspires her students to be confident, creative and empowered.

Lead Instructor

Lexi Stanley

Hi I am Ms. Lexi! Ms. Lexi has been dancing since she was 3 years old with Ms. Angie. She learned a variety of styles over the past 20 years and continues to train. She starting competing on the HAC performance team when she was 13 and continued until she turned 18. Ms. Lelxi graduated from Deltech with my Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education in 2017. She graduated from the University of Delaware in the spring of 2019 and has received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a dual certification in Special Education. 

Lead Instructor

Jennifer Cottrell

Ms. Jennifer started dancing at 5 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 the passion always remained.  Ms. Jen was thrilled to rejoin the dance world a few years ago when her youngest daughter started dancing at HAC.  Ms. Jen lives in Hockessin with her husband, 3 children, and dog.  By day she is a Compliance Analyst at a large insurance company.  Dance keeps her young and is teaching classes are her favorite hours of the week.

Lead Instructor

Sabrina Shultz

Ms. Sabrina began studying ballet at the School of First State Ballet Theatre in 2007 and graduated from the school in 2017 under the direction of Joan Beatson and Pasha and Kristina Kambalov. She competed several times in the Youth America Grand Prix Semi-Finals and frequently placed in the top twelve in both classical ballet and contemporary categories. Throughout her time as a student she received scholarships from local organizations like Delaware Dance Festival, The Diane Drulis Foundation, and The Priscilla Payson Foundation. She had the honor of performing in Viktor Plotnikov's contemporary piece, “Eddy”, which placed in the top twelve at the YAGP World Finals in 2017 and his piece, “Hope”, which earned the Gold Medal at The World Ballet Competition in 2018. Ms. Sabrina augmented her training by attending summer intensives at FSBT, American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Ballet West, and The Washington Ballet, studying ballet, jazz, musical theatre, character, and contemporary with world renowned instructors. Ms. Sabrina is now a student at the University of Delaware as well as a professional dancer with First State Ballet Theatre, regularly performing in contemporary works as well as classical ballets. 

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Hockessin, DE 19707

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