Samantha Kyker has been dancing since the age of 3 and has experience in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz modern, acro, lyrical, and hip-hop. She is a graduated of Kent State University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance Education. During her years at college she had the opportunity to student teach at Canton Country Day School and Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts. She performed in many student and faculty concerts, at the American College Dance Festival, and for Verlezza Dance. She was also a member of the Kent Dance Ensemble for two years. Sam is celebrating her 5th season at MCDA.
Chelsea Spencehas been dancing since the age of 3, and has studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and contemporary. She graduated summa cum laude from Anderson University in Indiana in 2014, obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Business and a minor in Marketing. During those four years, she performed in faculty shows and choreographed for student performances as well as taking her choreography to the American College Dance Festival in Chicago. She completed a summer internship with Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston in 2013, organizing their summer intensives. Since graduating in 2014, she has worked in studio management and administration and taught classes in contemporary, jazz, tap, and ballet. Chelsea is an active teacher & choreographer here at MCDA and she is also our office manager.
Elaine Dowling has been teaching ballet since 1998, working with dance students of all ages and levels in both ballet and pointe. She has taught in the dance departments of Kent State University and Case Western Reserve University, and currently teaches intermediate/advanced ballet at The Movement Factory in Lakewood. Elaine studied ballet with renowned Cleveland teachers Marguerite Duncan and Nancy Arcury. Elaine was a principal dancer with North Coast Ballet Theatre, and continues to train with Sonja Kraljevic. Elaine has also studied modern dance with Joan Meggitt,Megan Pitcher Young,and Megan Pincombe Johnson. She currently studies modern with Kelli Sanford at the RED Dance Center in Hudson, and has performed with RED, the affiliated professional company. Ms. Dowling graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.A.in speech communication. She frequently performs at CWRU,and has been privileged to dance works by the legendary dancer and choreographer Martha Graham.
Mary Quigley and her husband, Kevin have loved living in Medina for over thirty-five years. They are proud of their three adult daughters and four perfectly wonderful grandchildren. Mary studied dance as a Ford Foundation Scholar under Alex Martin and performed with the Cleveland Ballet Guild and Oakland Ballet. She has taught for more than twenty -five years in Northeast Ohio at various studios, the last fifteen at MCDA teaching ballet technique, pointe, and most recently coaching dancers for the Youth American Grand Prix Competition. She appreciates the high quality of dancing balanced with the fun atmosphere at MCDA!
Gwendolyn LeBar moved to the Northeast Ohio area in August 2017 after spending three years as Faculty/Outreach Program Manager at Factory Street Studio in Athens, Ohio. With experience teaching modern, ballet, jazz, creative movement and composition, Gwendolyn has shared her love of dance with students across Ohio, West Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Her performance credits include works by Pamela Vail, Jennifer Conley, Lyndsey Vader/Treeline DanceWorks and Martha Graham. She has performed at the Joyce Theatre in New York City in a reconstruction of Martha Graham's "Celebration", as well as in Brooklyn, NY (2015) and Winston-Salem, NC (2016) with Trio C in their original work, “Trio C Presents: ‘Self-Titled Trio C’”. Gwendolyn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dance from Franklin & Marshall College.
Liz Catterlin graduated Manga Cum Laude from The University of Akron receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance with a business minor. During her academic career, she performed with The University of Akron Dance Company performing works by Doug Varone, Alexandra Beller, Paul Taylor and David Parsons. Liz has studied in all areas of the arts including acting, improvisation, modern, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, tap, ballet, pointe, hip hop and acrobatics. As a teacher and choreographer of contemporary, modern and lyrical, she has worked with dozens of studios throughout the Midwest and East Coast. Liz Catterlin is the owner of Turn It Around Tour, a performing arts convention for dancers, singers, and actors.
Kelly Parks is the Owner/Director of MCDA and the Artistic Director for Trinity Dance! She has been training dancers for over 31 years. She has a B.A in Dance Management with an Physical Education emphasis and is a member of the National Dance Association. Kelly loves watching young dancers discover their potential. She is the mother of 3 daughters,and has been married to her husband Scott for 25 years. "I truly believe it is a priviledge to share dance education with each of my students.