Faculty

Faculty

Angela Seitz

Founder of C.S.F Barre Program Co- Owner and Instructor of Prana Dance Studio

Angela started her dance training at six years old and continues to study Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, and Modern. She has over 30 years of dance experience and over 16 years of teaching experience. She has studied and danced at various dance centers including The Broadway Dance Center in New York, and has also received teacher certifications, such as The Pulse Teacher Training in NYC, where she trained with the likes of Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, and Tyce Diorio. She received the majority of her training from the late Josh Widick. Angela is a certified Pilates, Yoga and fitness instructor and believes in incorporating these forms into her students’ training and dance education.

Angela has choreographed for various plays, performances, and philanthropic events. Angela has been recognized for her unique style by winning many choreography awards at Dance Competitions. She has also been the Dance Team Coach for the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Middle School for the past 15 years. Angela believes and teaches her dancers the strict discipline of dance technique, but also understands that dance is much more than technique; it is in fact a passionate art form. By focusing every student’s dance education around technique and passion, Angela’s goal is to strive towards building the best well-rounded dancers there can be. After having her son in 2011 she developed her Barre program which is now called C.S.F. in effort to get back into shape. This program focuses on cardio, strength and flexibility. With the help of her strong dance background the program has taken off. In 2015 she developed a training program to certify other teachers in PRANA’s C.S.F. Barre.

April Smith

April has been dancing since the age of 4. She has been trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Hip-Hop. Currently, she is the assistant coach of the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Middle Dance Teams with her sister, Angela Seitz. April has also been the advisor and coach of the Dance Line and Varsity Dance Team at Highland High School for the past six years. She teaches Street Tap, Ballet, all levels of Hip-Hop, and Modern here at Prana, and is also a Zumba instructor.

 

Erika Hunt

Erika is a native of Northeast Ohio and began her training in 1990 at the University of Akron Dance Institute. While at the Institute Erika had the pleasure of working with some very special and talented instructors including Tatyana and Roman Mazur, Richard Dickinson, Jane Startzman, Lana Carroll, Andrew Carroll, Ana Lobe, MaryAnn Black, Amy Miller and Christina Foisie. Erika supplemented her early training with summer studies at both Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Jennifer Muller/The Works. Erika continued her dance education at the University of Akron , graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2008. Erika has performed in multiple professional and pre-professional capacities throughout the Northeast Ohio region including performances with Ohio Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, University of Akron Dance Company and appearances regionally as a guest artist. In addition to teaching ballet, Erika will be pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Cleveland State University beginning January of 2012.

 

Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Kate is a native of the Youngstown area, and has been dancing for 22 years with over a decade of teaching experience. She is trained in many facets of dance including: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, and Production. Through the years she has attended classes at the Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Tremaine and New York City Dance Alliance workshops. She has competed in Competitions around the country, and coached several Competition Teams throughout the Northeast Ohio area. Her musical theater background has given her the opportunity to choreograph several Musicals, Plays, and Productions. Kate also coached dance and cheerleading teams for the Austintown, Jackson Milton, and Boardman School districts. She was a member of the Universal Dance Association, where she would teach dance camps to Middle and High School Students. Her passion and love for the art is reflective in her teaching style.

Giovanna Aceto VanDenHaute

Wellness and physical fitness have always been a significant part of Gioanna’s life. Her favorite way to practice wellness is through a holistic approach of yoga, barre, pilates, meditation, clean eating, cleansing and self care rituals. Yoga has always been her first love from the moment she first stepped onto her mat in 2001 and has enriched her life in countless ways since. She strives to “live yoga” both on and off the mat each and every day. After years of honing her own practice, she became a certified yoga teacher through Cleveland Yoga and Yoga Alliance in 2011. Giovanna was trained in Baptiste Vinyasa Yoga and has taught a myriad of techniques including: Hot Power Vinyasa, Restorative Slow Flow Vinyasa and Yoga Barre. She is always learning, growing and continue to be inspired by her many amazing teachers.

Her Yoga classes will be playful, sweaty, challenging and rejuvenating. All of her classes have a flow that starts off gentle to stretch you out, warm you up and lengthen your muscles. Once you are warm, she amps up the energy and focuses on toning and reaching your edge. Then she slows back down leaving you feeling peaceful and balanced. Her classes focus on healing and strengthening the mind, body and soul connection. Her Barre classes have similar flows and results as her Yoga classes. What makes her Barre classes unique is that they have a mix of modern Ballet, Yoga and Pilates…not to mention amazing music. Her class will provide the lengthening, leaning and toning that everyone craves!

Another of Giovanna’s passions is teaching others the holistic approach to wellness. She received her Holistic Health Coaching Certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2013 and a Bachelors of Science degree in Interpersonal Communications from the Scripps School of Communications at Ohio University in 2008. Her professional experience includes: Yoga Teaching, Health Coaching, Barre Teaching, Wellness Workshops and Corporate Wellness. She truly believes that we can all reach our optimal potential through a holistic approach of lifestyle, fitness and nutrition.

Giovanna feels so blessed to have the opportunity to share her love of wellness and hopes to see you all in yoga, barre or in an upcoming wellness workshop. Please feel free to reach out to Giovanna if you have any questions or just want to say hi.

Ali Clement

Ali Clement

Ali has been dancing since age 4, studying the styles of Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, Hip hop, and Pom. She received the majority of her training at Prana Yoga & Dance, and was an original member of the competitive dance company here. Ali studied ballet within the University of Akron Dance Program, and was a member of the Dance Team there, performing at all Men’s and Women’s Basketball games, Football Games, Mid-American Conference Basketball Tournaments, the NCAA tournament, area events and promotions, and competing against other Division 1 dance teams at national competitions. While at Akron, she was awarded “Best Turns” in 2013, “Best Jumps” in 2014, and the Dance Team’s “MVP” in 2015. She will graduate this December with a degree in Special Education. Ali is also the current Head Coach of ArchBishop Hoban High School’s Dance team. She has an undying love for dance and looks forward to continuing her dance journey as an instructor at Prana.

Danielle Zavagno

Danielle is a C.S.F Ballet Barre teacher. She received her certification here at Prana! She previously was a regular client of ballet barre classes at Prana. Prior to joining our studio, she took a variety of yoga, barre, and cardio based classes. Fitness has always been very important to her starting at a young age. Danielle has several years of dance experience including hip-hop and jazz, but began to focus more on endurance during her years of running track. Danielle regularly attends a variety of fitness classes in order to keep her mind and body refreshed and educated. She is currently finishing up her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis with a certificate in autism. She hopes to someday include her love for fitness with her love for children diagnosed with autism! Danielle loves being a part of the Prana family and looks forward to growing in the world of fitness with all of you!

Danielle Zavagno
Heather Toth

Heather Toth

Heather is a 2003 graduate from Bowling Green State University. She left a career of sales and recruiting in 2008 to stay home with her first child, Ellie. Two kids and several years later she knew it was time to take care of herself. She started taking barre at Prana in 2013 and immediately fell in love. She loved the intensity and the challenge of the class. She has been C.S.F. Barre certified at Prana and is very excited to be teaching here!

Erica Voland

Erica has been dancing competitively since the age of 6. She has been trained in Tap, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Lyrical. She has attended multiple dance conventions such as The Pulse in NYC, where she received a scholarship to attend free dance classes at The Broadway Dance Center in NYC. She also attended JUMP in Pittsburg where she won a scholarship to attend a free workshop. Throughout her competitive career she has won numerous awards and overall high placement scores. Erica has been a student teacher for 2 years at PRANA and has also served as a substitute teacher throughout the year. Erica can’t wait to begin teaching and looks forward to being part of Prana staff!

Erica Voland

Halle Trapp

Halle’s love for tumbling began when she enrolled in her first gymnastics class as a child. While she decided to end her gymnastics career after years of practicing on a competitive team, her love for the sport never subsided. She enrolled in tumbling classes to keep up her strength and skills and then became involved in cheerleading. She cheered her four years of high school and became captain her senior year. After graduating from college, Halle coached cheerleading for four years at Padua Franciscan High School. During her time as coach, she recognized the increasing importance for tumbling capabilities in high school cheerleading programs. She started a tumbling class solely for the Padua cheerleaders at a local gymnastics facility to ensure these skills were developed. After stepping down as head coach to pursue her career as a certified yoga instructor at Prana Yoga and Dance, she had the opportunity to teach a tumbling course for ages 5-teen at the studio. Prana has always been her home studio, as this is the place where she first discovered her love for the yoga practice. Being able to share her love for tumbling at Prana has become one of her greatest joys.

Victoria Smalc

Victoria is originally from the Cleveland area, and began her dance training at the age of 3. From very early on, Victoria knew she wanted to move to NYC to dance and at the age of 18 she did just that! Attending Fordham University at Lincoln Center, Victoria pursued her bachelors degree in Mathematics and Economics, while further deepening her dance training. Upon graduation, Victoria began her dance teaching and performing career, all the while further immersing herself in every style of dance available. Victoria is a firm believer that the student must always remain within- the minute you stop learning, you stop growing, you stop living.

She has studied under world renown instructors and choreographers from Broadway Dance Center, Steps, and Alvin Ailey. Victoria was a company member of Calvin Wiley Dance Theatre for several years, performing at numerous NYC events and venues including Central Park Summer Stage, Reebok Summer Streets, ECA World Fitness, and Alvin Ailey. She was a featured dancer in the Off-Broadway shows Automatic Superstar, Hairytales, A Molly Jolly Christmas, and Satan in High Heels. She has performed at Z100’s Beatstock Summer Tour as a back-up dancer for music artist, Chris Willis, opening for the Pussycat Dolls and Danity Kane. Victoria has also worked with numerous other artists performing throughout NYC, Atlantic City, Miami, and filming for MTV Asia.

In addition to performing, Victoria had her own children’s dance program for the past 10 years, working with ages 2- teen. Among these students were pre-professional ballerinas and musical theatre dancers, gymnasts, and children who performed on Broadway and the Metropolitan Opera. Her dance programs included ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, acrobatics, and contemporary. She has spent the past 15 years in NYC, studying, auditioning, performing, and teaching and is so excited to be back in Cleveland!

Victoria is also a certified Power Pilates instructor and most recently received her Group Fitness and Barre certifications as well! She is so excited to begin teaching at Prana and is so grateful for the opportunity to move and groove with you all!