Brittany Ryan is the Founder and Director of Kimberton Dance Academy. Brittany began her training at the Chester Valley Dance Academy in Exton, PA and at Anna Marie’s Dance Studio in Wilmington, DE. She continued her training at Indiana University and Temple University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in Strategic and Organizational Communications with a Minor in Business. Brittany also attended the Houston Ballet Academy’s Summer Program for two summers on scholarship as well as the pilot program for the Hampton Dance Festival. Brittany has performed with the First State Ballet Theatre, the Rebecca Davis Dance Company and ContempraDance Theatre, among others. Since 2006, she has been a member of Opus1 Contemporary Dance and continues to perform with them. In 2013, Brittany became the Artistic Director for the Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company and produces an annual Nutcracker for the Company. Kimberton Dance Academy was named the official school of the Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company in 2015.
Tim Early currently shares duties as co-director of the Philadelphia based modern company Opus I Contemporary. In addition to working with many choreographers including Roni Koresh, Matthew Neenan, Scott Jovovich, Charles Anderson, Eva Gholson, Terry Beck, and Christopher Flemming, he continues to perform with the Brandywine Ballet and Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. He has been on faculty at Mount Holyoke College, Lafayette College, Moravian College, West Chester University, and currently Temple University. Since 1999, Tim Early has headed the dance department at the Performing Arts Institute in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Tim is trained in ballet, modern and jazz and enjoys a full time teaching schedule. In his spare time he is an avid photographer and loves riding his bike.
Angela Mace Cibelli trained with the L.A. Dance Theatre, Inc. where she was a featured soloist both competitively and in theatrical productions. While competing as a soloist with the L.A. Dance Theatre, she won multiple talent titles. Angie continued dancing and exploring as a choreographer at West Chester University. At this time she also performed for “Under the Sun Productions” making appearances in the Sunoco Welcome America Parade, Fairmont Waterworks Gala, and Good Morning America. Angie has since continued teaching dance in area schools Phoenixville H.S., Owen J. Roberts H.S., Springton Dance Academy, St. Maximillan Kolbe, Dance Arts Conservatory, West Chester University and P.S.B.A. For the past ten years, she has worked at Wayne Ballet and Center for Dance Arts as assistant director, choreographer, faculty member, and featured performer. Angie has been a soloist in ballet productions such as “The Nutcracker,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Snow White,” as well as a range of other contemporary ballet pieces. Her dance education also includes classes at Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and a certification in the Vaganova method of pedagogy from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. Angie is married and has two young daughters with whom she devotes her free time.
Audrey Simmons is a performer and teaching artist who is skilled in many genres and practices. She grew up in Georgia where she first fell in love with all things dance and theatre. She has enriched her training over the years by attending world acclaimed intensives such as BalletX, Keigwin + Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, The Joffrey Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Academie Americaine de Danse de Paris with Violette Verdy, and trained with Broadway legends Elizabeth Parkinson and Scott Wise at the Vineyard Arts Project. Audrey then moved to Philadelphia to obtain her BFA in Dance with a minor in Musical Theatre from The University of the Arts. She has since worked in some of the most renowned theaters regionally, including Broadway at Music Circus, The Walnut Street Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, and more. Along with her performing career, Audrey values passing on what she loves most about her craft as a teacher. In addition to teaching dance, she received her 450-hour Comprehensive Pilates Certification from Drexel Pilates under direction of Jennifer Morley and is also certified in Ballroom Dance. You might have heard of Audrey recently as she had a blast choreographing Annie Jr. and The Wizard of Oz for the Phoenixville Area School District and has also been a teaching artist at the Walnut Street Theatre. She loves living in Phoenixville and being immersed in its rich community; if you see her walking around downtown please say hello! audreybsimmons.com
Kristina Styers was born and raised in Central New York and began her training at Dance Centre North under the direction of Cathy Napolitano Mucci and later Sarah Rothrock-Rickel. During her training, she was accepted into several summer intensive programs and was twice awarded partial scholarships and attended Ballet Magnificat’s Summer Intensive in Jackson, MS. Kristina danced with Central New York Ballet for 3 years where she had the privilege to share the stage with The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and dance with guest artists from Ballet Met and The Moscow Ballet. She began her teaching career at Dance Centre North. Kristina also earned her Associates Degree in Music from Onondaga Community College and teaches piano. Kristina is very happily married to her e-Harmony.com match and they have two handsome boys.
Michael Nguyen received his MFA in Choreography and Performance at Temple University, where he has performed for many guest artists such as Kyle Clark and Jenifer Weber. Michael is also a member of Balance Dance Company, The X-Men of X-calibur Entertainment, and D2D: Dare 2 Dance. He has a passion for teaching and learning dance, while enjoying opportunities in sharing what he learns on stage. Michael has danced for Rev9, The Academy of Phresh I Am Phresh, MM2 Modern Dance Company, and Contempra Dance Theatre, in addition to performing in the musical Chicago at the Ephrata Playhouse. The love for teaching and creating dance art came from an internship at the Broadway Dance Center in the summer for 2010, where he trained with working artists such as Derek Mitchell, Luam Keflezgy, Future, Sheila Barker, Chio Yamada, Sheryl Murakami, Ejoe Wilson, Dana Foglia, Ginger Cox, and many more. Michael respects other artists for their work as inspirations, and plans to utilize what he learns in continuing to explore methods of collaborating and building communities through dance.
Jillian Bird began her dance journey as a late teen and immediately fell in love with movement. She has been able to train on both east and west coasts at studios such as Debbie Reynolds, Movement Lifestyle, Edge PAC, Koresh, and more. Jillian has attended several intensives including Broadway Dance Center’s Training Program with a focus in street styles. Also, Dana Foglia’s mentorship program in which she was able to perform alongside Dana’s company at DancerPalooza in Long Beach, California. Jillian has performed works by Olivia Cippola and Justin Prescott for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS fundraising events at the Manhattan Center. She workshopped choreography for a Broadway show and danced in multiple flash mobs in New York City. Jillian continues to train and audition. She enjoys the opportunity to share her knowledge with the next generation of movement artists.
Rachael Hart Rachael feels extremely grateful to have been a part of the KDA family for the past 9 years! She holds a BFA in dance performance/choreography from Temple University and is a certified Steele Pilates instructor and personal trainer. After performing for 3 seasons with the South Philly based contemporary dance company, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, she followed her passion for musical theatre and has performed in the National Tour of Pippin (Ensemble, Catherine, Fastrada), regionally at Walnut Street Theatre (The Little Mermaid), Fulton Theatre (Guys and Dolls, Aladdin), Westchester Broadway Theatre (An American in Paris), and with Prather Entertainment Group (West Side Story, Mary Poppins, Phantom). In NYC, she has assisted choreographers in developing new work, particularly for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids events, and was a principal dancer in a collaboration with Chet Walker and Stephen Schwartz, performed at Jacob’s Pillow. She is in constant pursuit of continued education and exploration of fitness and dance, music and theatre. rachaelbrittonhart.com
Elsie Neilson began her dance training at Pottstown Dance Theatre and later joined Kimberton Dance Academy as one of its first students during its opening year in 2012. She later went on to receive her BFA in Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) while graduating Summa Cum Laude. In addition to her dance studies, Elsie has received her Teacher Certifications in the Elemental Body Alignment System (EBAS) Levels I and II, as well as her certification in Thai Bodywork. Additionally, she has attended multiple intensives such as Doug Varone and Dancers Winter Workshop (2020), Bates Dance Festival (2019, 2018), BalletX (2016, 2015), and Princeton Ballet (2014). Both years attending Bates Dance Festival she received a partial scholarship for a work/study position in technical production. During her time at VCU, Elsie had the pleasure of performing in multiple guest artist and faculty works choreographed by Jenna Riegel, Helen Simonaeu, Autumn Proctor, Melanie Richards, and Eric Rivera. Elsie’s own choreographic works have been presented in many festivals and concerts in Philadelphia, PA and Richmond, VA. In 2019 she became a member of Opus 1 Dance Company. Elsie continues to perform and choreograph while teaching dance at studios throughout PA and New Jersey.