School of Dance - Dance Staff

Tara Page - Artistic Director
Tara Page is dancer, choreographer and circus performer with 25 years experience in the entertainment industry. She has her BFA in Dance and Choreography from the California Institute of the Arts and has taught, choreographed and performed worldwide. Ms. Page has worked and toured  with artists such as Toni Braxton, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, and Pat Monahan of Train. She has been seen on TV in New Year’s Eve with Carson Daily, MTV’s Overdrive, The Ladies of Soul Awards and as a Guest Star on Lifetime’s Strong Medicine. Ms. Page has also performed numerous Opera’s with Los Angeles Opera Company, including Wagner’s Ring Cycle where she worked next to the legendary Placido Domingo, and with the prestigious Achim Freyer of the Freyer Theater Company of Germany, as part of his North American Company for 3 years. Her Theater Credits include Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor DreamCoat- West Coast Tour and Fulton Opera, La Spariziona (The Vanishing) West Coast Premiere, and A Chirstmas Carol- Fulton Opera. Ms. Page has also been seen performing for Addidas, Microsoft, SONY, Perrier, 20th Century Fox, the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and Gamespot. She has performed concert work for choreographers such as Ron E Brown, Laurence Blake, Larry Keigwin, Louise Reichlin, Joseph Allen Decker and Rande Dorn. As a choreographer, Ms.Page has had her work performed in both Los Angeles and NY, and has choreographed numerous National Champion and Top Choreography award winning teams. She was honored to have her work selected and performed for The Walt Disney Family for the Sharon Disney Lund Foundation. Ms. Page is the Co-Founder of New World Contemporary Ballet Company and has Co-wrote/directed/choreographed Sleepy Hallow the Ballet, in Los Angeles. As a teacher, Ms.Page has taught for over 17 years across the United States. She has a strong passion and joy for teaching children and adults of all ages and is excited to be part of the collaborative growth and artistic development of the The Studio at MainStage Center for the Arts.

Kathy Henkel - Ballet Instructor/Choreographer
Kathy received her early training in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with the prestigious Knecht Dance Academy. Although ballet is her forte, at Knecht’s she received an education second to none in all forms of dance. She also studied extensively with David Howard and Patricia Wilde at the School of the American Ballet Theater in New York City. She is a former Miss Dance of Pennsylvania.Kathy danced professionally for seven years with the Coburg Opera Ballet in Coburg, Germany. There, she performed in various classical ballets, operas, operettas and musicals. Her years on stage in Germany have helped to mold the kind of teacher and choreographer that she has become.After ten years in Europe, in January, 1990 Kathy and her family moved back to the USA. Eager to share her passion for dance with children, she began a new career in dance education. Since then, she has instructed and choreographed in various schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In September of 1994, she opened the doors to her own school. As owner/artistic director of the Kathy Henkel School of Dance in Sewell, NJ, she and her accomplished faculty had the privilege of instructing countless local children in Classical Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern Dance and Hip Hop. Many of her students have been featured in local performing arts programs and community productions. Others have gone to college to pursue degrees in dance performance and dance education.After a fulfilling eighteen years, Kathy retired as owner/artistic director of KHSoD and sold the school to Mainstage Center for the Arts. Her legacy to dance education continues under their watchful eye and renowned directorship. Kathy still remains active in the dance community as a guest teacher, free lance choreographer and dance consultant. She resides in Mantua Township, NJ with her husband Klaus and is devoted to supporting her three grown children as they embark on their own careers.

Tara Butz - Jazz
Tara has been dancing since the age of three. She trained at Jazz Unlimited Dance Studio and at the age of 9 started as a member of the Jazz Unlimited Dance Ensemble. As a member of the Jazz Unlimited Dance Ensemble, Tara performed in numerous competitions and workshops across the country. Tara was awarded a dance scholarship to the University of Arizona where she studied jazz, ballet, and modern dance. She studied with instructors such as Susan Quinn, Michael Williams, Nina Janik, and Melissa Lowe while attending University of Arizona. She performed in many University dance showcases. Tara was awarded a scholarship to Joe Tremaine’s dance workshop. After studying at U of A, Tara came back East and studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She also taught jazz at Jazz Unlimited Dance Studio for a few years before taking time off to have a family. Tara has two beautiful children with her husband. She has been a medical assistant for a local surgeon for the past 14 years, while staying active taking classes. Tara is very excited to be teaching again and sharing her love for dance.

Trina Norris Contemporary
Trina has been dancing since the age of four. At age seven, she was accepted into the School of American Ballet (SAB) in New York City and danced there through High School. She performed in many NYC Ballet productions such as the Nutcracker, Coppelia, A Midsummer Nights Dream and the Circus Polka with Mikhail Baryshnikov. She has presented several awards including one at the NYC Hall of Fame to the wife of the late George Balanchine, founder of SAB.Trina has received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. There she has performed in numerous faculty shows and has choreographed her own work for student shows. For two years, she was a member of Dance Works, a traveling dance troupe that visited Elementary and High Schools in New Jersey. Trina graduated from Rutgers in May 2000. She performed at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival with Wide Open Arts in the summer of 2000. She worked closely under the director, Julia Ritter, a former professor from Rutgers. It has been a dream of Trina’s to make a difference in young dancers lives. She is passionate about challenging the students in her classes. She feels that giving the students a more complex class pushes them to work harder. Trina feels that when her students find moment of self-expression and grasp the concepts needed to complete new movements as well as improve on prior steps, she realizes how wonderful teaching is. Trina piloted the Modern program at Kathy Henkel School of Dance and instructs Contemporary, Ballet 5 and Pointe 5.  

Gabriella Sebastiano

Gabriella Rosa Sebastiano - Hip Hop
Gabriella Rosa Sebastiano has always had a passion for dancing. She studied dance at Eden School of Dance, Chez Dance Studio, and Kathy Henkel’s School of Dance. Gabriella currently studies dance at both Mainstage School of Dance and Williamstown High School where she is in her junior year. In the past year since attending Mainstage, she has been in various local performances such as the Blackwood Pumpkin Festival, the ABC Channel 6 Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as performing for Kidsville. She was given the opportunity to be an assistant dance teacher and hip hop choreographer for Ready, Set, Dance! in Mainstage Center for the Arts’ Summer Stage program this past summer. Thomas and Jennifer Hanner were so impressed with her work that they asked her to teach Hip Hop 1 and Boys Hip Hop for the 2013-2014 school year at Mainstage School of Dance. Gabriella is extremely thankful to be able to live her dream as a hip hop dance teacher.

Hayley Solberg - Tap
Hayley has been dancing  since the age of three. A native to Sussex County NJ she trained for nine years at Denville Dance Arts Center and six years at Randolph Dance Arts Center under the direction of Terri Bulloss training in all areas of dance including tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, lyrical and musical theater. She started competing at the age of 14, winning numerous awards in genres such as musical theater, tap and contemporary. She began assisting classes at 13 and  along with teaching she has choreographed numerous productions at Hopatcong High School such as Oliver, Me and My Girl, and Little Shop of Horrors. She was also a guest contemporary instructor for Randolph’s Kids Cabaret 2010 in Randolph New Jersey and was for three years at Hopatcong High School  a guest choreographer for Faculty Night Live. She is currently a senior at Rowan University graduating with her Bachelors in Dance in the spring of 2015. Freshman and sophomore year she was a member of Rowan’s 3D hip hop dance crew and continues to take classes and perform under the direction of Paule Turner and Melanie Stewart.  She hopes one day to open up her own studio. Hayley is so excited to be a part of the Mainstage team and hopes to teach her students not only how to dance, but to find their passions through dance. She hopes her passion for teaching dance will touch the hearts of her students and help them pursue their dreams by challenging them and always reminding them to never give up because anything is possible.

IMG_0542StephanyLynn - Hip Hop
As a proud Puerto Rican and African American native of Woodbine, New Jersey, it was clear from a young age that StephanyLynn was born to be a performer. While all the other kids were outside playing, she was known as the only child in town who tried to learn choreography from watching music artists perform and danced any time she heard music. Soon after she became very involved in the community and school. StephanyLynn has been involved in talent shows, parades, sports, and pageants but nothing seemed more exciting than dance. She started her dance training at Paul Morris Dance Explosion in Hammonton, NJ. After being crowned Miss Hammonton in 2007 she continued to perfect her craft of dance throughout college as she attended Rutgers University-New Brunswick. While in college StephanyLynn danced for the Philadelphia Kixx Dance Team and continued to perfect her skills in Ballet, Latin Jazz, Jazz, and Hip-Hop through the work-study program at Broadway Dance Center in New York City.You may have seen StephanyLynn appear on the EPIX channel of Netflix performing for the comedy special “Freaked Out” by Tom Papa which was directed by Rob Zombie. She has also performed for local artists from Jew Jersey, Philadelphia, And New York. Appeared on Fox 29 for Arena Dance Pros, Season 1 of Love and Hip-Hop, Atlantic City’s Showboat Bombshell Calendar, and music videos for Bria Marie, Jaya (U.K. artist), Reed Dollaz, and others. Currently, StephanyLynn utilizes her time by traveling, perfecting her craft, but most importantly educating dance students who enjoy learning the art of hip-hop and plan to take it to the professional level. Her choreography has been featured in several competitions including NRG Dance Project. She hopes one day to use her success in dance to build a conglomerate of young girls and empower them to be confident and succeed in every aspect of their lives. Check out her latest work at stephanylynn.com.

IMG_0736_22Janet Rowley - Janet Rowley is a Philadelphia based professional actress, choreographer, and teaching artist.  Regionally as a performer, Janet has worked with The Walnut Street Theatre, The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, Theatre Horizon, The Media Theatre, 11th Hour Theatre Company, Metamorphosis, Philly Music Theatre Works, and many others.  Janet got her start as a teaching artist at The Yocum Institute for Arts Education in Reading, Pennsylvania, where she still continues to teach on occasion.  Through this school, she has taught music and voice, dance, and theatre classes for ages three to teen.  Here she was also given the opportunity to teach a drama class for inner city teens as a rehabilitation program; one of her most challenging, but rewarding classes.  In the Philadelphia area, Janet teaches various classes, including an Autism Drama class for students with special needs; a program developed by Theatre Horizon.  Through this program, students are able to open up their senses and creativity, and simply connect.  She also has a wide knowledge working with students of all ages and demographics, as she was a teacher’s assistant in special needs classrooms for several years. Janet is thrilled to begin a new working relationship with Mainstage Center for the Arts!

Victoria Stewart - Victoria Stewart has been dancing since the age of three. She has studied at DANCE! By Debra DiNote, Kathy Henkel School of Dance, and Mainstage Center for the Arts. She has taken master classes with Mia Michaels, Stepp Stewart, Chris Judd, Wade Robson, Tyce Dorio, and Travis Breen. She was in a dance company for 10 years and has competed in and won numerous regional and national dance titles. Victoria studies Education at Rowan University and is excited that she is living her dream of becoming a dance instructor. Her goal is to share her passion of dance with her students.

 

Laura Lally - Laura began directing at her first dance recital when she was only 3 years old. She wanted to make sure all of her classmates were on their marks and proceeded to show her friends where to stand on stage. When Laura was in grammar school she was Laurey in a production of Oklahoma and a Lullaby League Munchkin and a Jitterbug in a production of The Wizard of Oz. Laura continued her dance training at several local studies including Dance by Debra DiNote and Kathy Henkel School of Dance. She did her student teaching at Kathy’s Dancenter in Laurel Springs, where she studied Jazz with Jean Anne Principato the former director of “Jazzworks” in Philadelphia. Laura went on to college as a dance major. She was a soloist, principle dancer, and part of a competition dance team. During her college years she also choreographed a production at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia. Laura graduated from Camden County College in 2007 with degrees in both performing arts and veterinary science. After graduating college, Laura taught at the Dell Center and “All that Jazz” both in Turnersville. Laura recently took a sabbatical from dance to pursue her other love animals. Laura is also a Veterinary Nurse and has been working in that field for the past several years. Laura in anxious to return to her first love, the performing arts! She is a professional who is dedicated to providing each of her students with a solid foundation in all aspects of the performing arts.

Lindsey Cunningham
Lindsey Cunningham is a graduate from Muhlenberg College with Bachelor’s degrees in Dance and Psychology. Lindsey began her dance education studying Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary in various South Jersey dance studios. In 2003 Lindsey became a member of Ballet South of New Jersey under the direction of Shaun Doyle. She took part in many ballet productions including The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, and Cinderella.  In college Lindsey participated in numerous dance productions including Moving Stories, Master Choreographer’s Concert, and Dance Emerge. Lindsey has studied ballet under Karen Dearborn, Heidi Cruz-Austin of the PA Ballet, Marisa Cerveris of the NYC Ballet, and Ellen Troy Mulcahy of The Joffrey Ballet. She studied modern dance under many teachers including Charles Anderson, Corrie Franz Cowart, Jeffrey Peterson, and Charlotte Boye-Christensen. She also studied Jazz and Hip-hop under Pattie Bostick and Sammy Reyes.  Lindsey took part in a Muhlenberg performance ensemble called Dance Max Moving Company in which she helped design and performed in an educational children’s show surrounding dance which was performed in public elementary schools throughout Allentown. She also designed and implemented a six week dance curriculum for fifth grade students in a public Allentown elementary school. Since graduating, Lindsey has worked at Appel Farm Arts Camp as the assistant head of the Dance Department. She has been teaching dance and continuing her own dance education.

Jennifer Mooney - Guest Instructor, Jennifer Mooney grew up in New Jersey and began dancing at the age of three. She spent her early years of dance training studying mostly under the instruction of Michele DiCola, Shaun Doyle, and Viktor Yeliohin, concentrating on her ballet technique. She continued her study of dance at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland for one year before transferring to The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At The University of the Arts, she had the opportunity to perform at the Merriam Theater and at the Drake Theater, where she also showcased her own choreography. Jen graduated from The University of the Arts in May 2006 with her BFA in Dance Education, with a concentration in modern dance. Upon graduation, Jen began teaching all styles and levels of dance at many local studios, performed with several local modern dance companies, and was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders from 2010 – 2014. As an Eagles Cheerleader, Jen had the opportunity to appear in Esquire Magazine, CBSSunday Morning Kickoff, Eagles MasterCard Commercial, NFL Magazine, featured months in the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Calendars, perform in the 6ABC Thanksgiving Parade, and was the only Eagles Cheerleader do be selected to perform at the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii in January 2012. Jen has attended the Dance Masters of America Teacher’s Training School in Buffalo, NY and also has her Cecchetti Council of America Certificate. Some of Jen’s former students have been accepted into such prestigious programs as ABT, Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and have even gone to star on a Broadway National Tour. Her biggest passion is choreographing and sharing her knowledge of dance with students who are eager to learn.