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. 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.

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!

Bethany Malloy

Lead Instructor

Ms. Beth's started taking ballet classes at the age of three. Through the years, she was introduced to other genres such as jazz and tap but continued studying ballet four days a week through her teen years.  As an adult, Ms. Beth continues her dance education in genres such as ballet and 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 years ago, and the experience since that day has been nothing short of magical.  With their shared love for dance Ms. Beth gets to watch her daughter surpass her abilities and grow in the new world of dance.  Ms. Beth is grateful and proud to be part of the Stage Stars community which respects the foundation of dance, while also being open to the latest developments.

Lexi Stanley

Lead Instructor

Ms. Lexi has been dancing since she was three years old with Ms. Angie. She learned a variety of styles, such as ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop during the past 20 years and continues to train. She started competing with the Stage Stars Dance Company when she was 13 and continued until she turned 18. Ms. Lexi graduated from Delaware Technical Community College with an 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

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.

Chayse Tucker

Lead Instructor

Ms. Chayse fell in love with dance at the age of ten, when she began taking classes at Stage Stars. She spent time on both hip hop and musical theatre squads, eventually transitioning to the studio’s Dance Company, where she studied and competed in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and acro. Ms. Chayse is involved in several local dance groups and also travels to New York for dance training. Ms. Chayse has choreographed several award-winning competition pieces for the Stage Stars Dance Company. As a teacher, her main goal is to make others comfortable and keep them smiling while learning the art of dance.

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(302) 235-7843

acraft@stagestarsdanceandacro.com

100 Fitness Way,

Suite 201

Hockessin, DE 19707

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