Charlee Zamudio-Fidler Owner/Artistic Director (Instructor of Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Lyrical, Jazz and Tap)
Miss Charlee has been a dedicated teacher at local studios for more than 15 years. She has just finished her 11th year with her own studio. She received a Bachelor's Degree from Barat College Conservatory of Dance in Lake Forest, IL with an emphasis in Modern, Ballet, and Choreography. Miss Charlee studied dance and theatre for 12 years prior to college. She has attended programs at Nashville Ballet, Gus Giordano Jazz dance in Illinois, Donesk Russian Ballet Company and Boston Ballet. She is the Choreographer and Artistic Director for the Dazzling Gems Dance Company. She also choreographs Spring Grove Area School District's musicals, and has won numerous Studio and Choreography awards. Miss Charlee enjoys preparing her students for the future. She gives students the technique, confidence and discipline to succeed in whatever path they choose. Her classes are challenging, but always fun!!
Jean Sowers (Instructor of Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Preschool)
Miss Jean has taught dance for over 20 years at local studios and at Dream Wrights Theatre. As a youth, she studied locally and at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Miss Jean loves teaching at the beginner levels. Her fun and energetic personality will put your young dancer at ease.
Dawn (Rhoten) Wentz (Instructor of Hip Hop and Tap)
Miss Dawn has danced for more than 19 years. She graduated in 2010 from The Art Institute of York with a degree in Scientific Technology. She has performed and competed all over Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, as well as taken many classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City! This is her 6th year teaching dance. She feels so privileged to be working with so many talented dancers involved in different genres of dance! Miss Dawn is ready to accept any and all challenges! Technique and positive energy is the key!!
Missy Kiefer (Instructor of Broadway Basics and Broadway Moves)
Miss Missy has been teaching music for over 15 years. She received her Bachelors of Music Degree from UNC-Greensboro. She has directed bands and choirs of students of all ages in North Carolina, Indiana and Michigan. Most recently, she teaches private music lessons and directs the Youth Choir at Mt. Zion UCC. She has directed the music for various productions in the area.
Damaris Brusby (Instructor of Lyrical and Preschool)
Miss Damaris has danced for over 8 years. She trained at Greater Dover Dance Academy, as well as YARD. She trained in master classes for 4 summers and completed two intensives at a pre-professional studio in Maryland. Miss Damaris is ready to share her knowledge and love of dance!
Nikki Patterson (Instructor of Preschool, Jazz, Modern 1 and Lyrical 3)
Miss Nikki danced for 14 years, spending her last 10 years right here at YARD! She is a 2015 graduate from Spring Grove Area Senior High School. She is pursuing an online degree in Geo-sciences through Southern New Hampshire University. It is an honor to be teaching at the YARD Studio that brought her so much happiness over the years!
Kim is our office manager and is in on Mondays and Thursdays. She's been on staff with us for almost 11 years and has a daughter who is a student of YARD as well as on our competitive team, The Dazzling Gems Dance Company (DGDC.)
Jess is in our office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and has been on staff at YARD for 4 years. In addition to all the other responsibilities of our office, Jess manages and updates our website. She has two daughters that are students of YARD as well as our competition team, DGDC.
Jen can be found in our office on Mondays and Thursdays, and may be our newest staff, but she has been with YARD for a long time and is also president of our competition dance company, DGDC. She has two daughters who dance for YARD and are in our competition team as well.