Faculty

our team
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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Macie Werntz

Lead Instructor

Ms. Macie started dancing at the age of 6, attending her first hip hop class. From there, her love of dance grew and she expanded her training with ballet, jazz and tap. Throughout the years she has had many performance opportunities such as Walt Disney World, parades, baseball games, and more. Macie spent much of her time at her home dance studio attending competitions and conventions, winning titles along the way. She has been to a variety of workshops and intensives with professionals from every corner of the dance world. Currently, Macie is a student at Temple University, studying to earn her BFA in Dance. She loves sharing her passion for the art of dance with the kids and finds happiness in seeing them grow. 

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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.

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Chayse Tucker

Lead Instructor

Ms. Chayse started dancing about 7 years ago with SSDA on our dance company, and continued to dance with us until she graduated high school in June of 2021. She have been teaching since the age of 14 and has choreographed multiple award winning numbers. Since graduating, she's been continuing her dance training by traveling to different states hoping to gain as much knowledge as possible to pass on to her students.

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Lexi Stanley

Lead Instructor

Ms. Lexi has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She has learned a variety of styles over the past 20 years including ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, and lyrical. Lexi starting competing on the SSDA performance team when she was 13 and continued until she turned 18. She graduated from Deltech with her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education in 2017, and is currently a senior at University of Delaware. In the spring of 2019, she will be obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a dual certification in Special Education. When Lexi is not in school or teaching dance, she loves to spend time playing guitar and working on her photography hobby.

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Lily Millard

Lead Instructor

Ms. Lily has been dancing with SSDA for 12 years. She is a senior in high school, an SSDA student, and teacher in training. Lily is well versed in all styles, and has already been accepted into multiple college dance programs this year. Lily has taken class from some of the top teachers and choreographers in the industry, and is always learning more to bring back to her students.