Colin is a dance major at Point Park University currently pursuing a bachelor of fine arts as a double concentration in ballet and commercial/contemporary dance technique. Beginning dance late in his life, he danced for numerous dance studios as a company member at Creative Movement Center, Dance Kraze, and Ballet Theatre of Ohio in High School. He has danced in productions with Ballet Theatre of Ohio such as, The Nutcracker, Wizard of Oz, and Coppelia. He has also danced in works at Point Park University’s Conservatory Dance Company with notable choreographers, including, Garfield Lemonius, Christopher Huggins, Keisha Lalama, Peter Merz, Danielle Pavlik, and David Storey. In addition, he has performed in the finals of Youth American Grand Prix this past spring. He is looking forward to a summer of teaching to show the technique and experiences he has learned through dance since beginning his career.
Kathie is excited to be teaching at Prana this summer! Her teaching career spans over two decades, and although she has taught many dance styles, she specializes in tap, jazz and musical theater. Kathie teaches and choreographs for many dance studios and competition teams throughout Northeast Ohio. She has also choreographed for high school musicals, show choirs, and dance teams as well. Throughout the years, her competition numbers have earned numerous high point and overall awards as well as recognized for her choreography. In 2010, Kathie was contracted by Norwegian Cruise Lines to choreograph several numbers that can still be seen throughout their fleet of ships. Her choreography led to Kathie becoming a Show Director on the Norwegian Sun.
Kathie has grown up in Cleveland taking dance classes, performing in musicals and has been privileged to study with renowned teacher/choreographer Dee Hillier for the past 25+ years. She was also a member of the Dee Hillier Dance Company, where she performed in showcases, the televised Christmas lighting of Cleveland’s Public Square – “Tis The Season”, the opening of the Allen Theatre, various industrials and more. Kathie continues her education by attending dance conventions and travels annually to New York City to take classes from world-renowned teachers to stay on top of the latest trends in dance.
Kathie’s dance training also extends into the ballroom world. She was a professional ballroom dancer/instructor, where she competed in the professional division, as well as the pro/am division with her students. Kathie still teaches ballroom classes throughout the Cleveland area.
Kathie is most proud of being the founder of “Dancing For A Miracle”, an annual performance that invites area dance studios to pay it forward through dance in a benefit for a local child or family afflicted with serious illness. The money raised is donated to the child and his/her family to help offset the many expenses associated with the disease. Since its inception in 2006, “Dancing For A Miracle” has raised over $45,000, and has helped lighten the burden for some very special families.
Kathie has dedicated herself to becoming not only the best teacher she can be, but also a mentor to each student that crosses her path. She truly loves teaching dance and hopes that she can teach her students how important it is to love what you do, and most importantly to dance from your heart!