Miss Karen's Dance Studio

Miss Karen’s Faculty

Miss Karen’s Amazing Faculty

Miss Karen Riehl (owner/director)
Miss Karen is a native of the Lehigh Valley (raised in Forks Twsp.), where she began her training at Nardi’s Dance Studio and also studied with Alexi Ramov at the Lehigh Valley Ballet Guild. Miss Karen has trained at numerous summer programs, such as Eglevsky Ballet and North Carolina School of the Arts. She was accepted into the PA Governor’s School of Performing Arts where she studied with master teachers in all forms of dance. Miss Karen graduated with a BA in Dance from Point Park University. She performed for many years throughout the Lehigh Valley with DanceGing and various roles with Pennsylvania Youth Theater.
She also received her elementary teaching certification from DeSales University. Miss Karen taught for the Wilson Area S.D. for over 10 years.
Miss Karen has choreographed musicals for Wilson Area HS the past three years. She also works with children in the community teaching Dance Enrichment programs at the “Y” Daycare. This past season, Miss Karen began working as Asst. Director of the Moravian College Dance Company and teaching ballet classes.
Miss Karen’s Dance Studio first opened in her basement in 2012. She moved to the new larger location in January of 2014.

Miss Melissa Rowbottom
Melissa is a native of the Lehigh Valley and has been dancing for over 25 years and teaching for the past 12 years. She has had many roles in performing arts, including: performer, teacher, choreographer, and administrator. In the early years, Melissa trained locally at Nardi Dance Studios and Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Later, she received her undergraduate degrees in Dance and Business Management from Point Park University, and then received a Master’s degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University. Melissa was most recently a company member of Contempra Dance Theatre, Serendipity Dance Ensemble, and Annex Dance Company. Melissa has been on the teaching faculty of Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, Nardi Dance Studios, Saint Joseph’s University, and Northampton Community College. Melissa has also acted as the Artistic Director of the Moravian College Dance Company and an adjunct instructor teaching Musical Theater Dance Styles, Ballet I, Choreography, and Dance History. Administratively, Melissa has previously worked for Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Assoc. of Arts Administration Educators, Drexel University’s Department of Performing Arts, and the State Theatre Center for the Arts. Melissa is honored to be a part of Miss Karen’s Dance Studio.

Miss Amanda Takacs
Miss Amanda began her dance training at Nardi’s Dance Studio, in all styles of dance. She trained there for 14 years, and then went on to graduate from DeSales University with a BA in dance and a minor in business. She has been dancing for 28 years, and is proud to be teaching at Miss Karen’s Dance Studio. Miss Amanda currently works in development at St. Luke’s University Health Network. Previously, she was Assistant Choreographer for the Freddy Awards, and worked for the State Theatre for 8 ½ years.
This is Amanda’s fourth year teaching ballet at Miss Karen’s Dance Studio.

Miss Mallory Kutz
This is Miss Mallory’s fourth year teaching tumbling at Miss Karen’s Dance Studio. She had the pleasure of starting with her the first year the studio opened. Miss Mallory started taking dance classes at two years old. She became a student helper in HS, for tumbling, and never looked back. This is Mallory’s 9th year teaching tumbling. She has also spent six years coaching local youth cheerleading. Her passion for teaching, and being around children, is what drives her to continue year after year. This year, Miss Mallory’s daughter, Lexus, is a student helper in her class. She is looking forward to passing the passion of teaching on to future generations.

Miss Courtney Smith
Miss Courtney has been dancing for over 20 years. Dance has always been her passion. In college, she was on the Kutztown dance team. She was president of Acta Non Verba, which is a dance ensemble at Northampton Area Community College. She also took classes and studied under Tabatha Robinson. Miss Courtney took a few master classes while attending NCC. Miss Courtney works at Colonial IU, in Autistic Support and then is happy to come to Miss Karen’s studio to teach there too! This is Miss Courtney’s fourth year teaching at Miss Karen’s. Miss Courtney is very excited about summer classes and this upcoming year.

Devon Caraballo
Miss Devon is very excited to be back at Miss Karen’s Dance Studio. Devon has been teaching dance and choreographing for the past 15 years all over the Lehigh Valley and New Jersey. She and her family own DC Dancewear of Easton, PA, and would like to thank them for all the love and support they give her every day. You can also find Miss Devon choreographing at Phillipsburg HS or at Alexandria MS. Besides all the work she does in the arts, Miss Devon is very excited to be planning her upcoming wedding this November (2018). She would like to show some love to her amazing fiancé and their two fur babies, Charlie and Kayla. She would like to leave a message with the kids at the studio; Keep reaching for the stars and always let your light shine through!!

Britney Keim
Miss Britney is a native of NJ, started dancing at the age of 6, and has never stopped! She began her training at Nardi Dance Studios with instructors who included Miss Karen Riehl, Miss Melissa Rowbottom, and Miss Susan Fox. During summers in high school, Britney volunteered her time at the Hilton Head Boys & Girls Club in Hilton Head, SC as Director of Dance Program developing/organizing dance performances. Britney attended University of Delaware with B.S. in Leadership & Minors in Business and Advertising. During college, she competed in UDA Nationals, and she was heavily involved in Air Band Competitions with her sorority sisters of Sigma Kappa. While working full time in Bethlehem, Britney enjoys teaching and taking dance classes throughout the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia. Miss Britney is blessed to be a part of Miss Karen’s Dance Studio family who continue to educate and inspire her.

Jessalynn GaNun
Miss Jess began her dance training, at 6 years old, in Massachusetts, at the Boucher School of Dance. Dance was an instant love for her. She left Boucher’s, at age 11, and followed her ballet teacher, Lisa Trottier, when she opened her own studio, LMT Dance Academy. Miss Jess studied ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, tap, and jazz. She was also a student teacher for ages 3-11 in all forms of dance. Miss Jess graduated in 1999, and continued to study ballet and modern dance at Franklin Pierce University. She took a break from dance to move to Pennsylvania, get married, and start a family. Miss Jess was recently welcomed back into the dance world, and teaching, through Miss Karen’s Dance Studio. She is excited, to once again, be able to share her love of dance with new students through hard work and laughter. There is no better feeling for her than when she has pushed her students, and they leave her class smiling. She would like all of the students to remember to dance with your heart, and your feet will always follow!

Tela Anderson
Tela began her dance training at the age of 4, and at the age of 10 started training at the Lehigh Valley Ballet Guild. She studied there under Alexi Ramov during the school year, and in summers, studied at the Briansky Ballet School as well as the Boston Ballet School. Tela was awarded a full ballet scholarship to North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied under Balanchine’s prodigy Melissa Hayden as well as Fanchon Gordell. During those years, she was also selected to join North Carolina School of the Arts touring group, and travelled around the US performing with them her freshman and sophomore years of HS. During her sophomore year, Tela auditioned for Alvin Ailey’s program, and was accepted and awarded the Judith Jamison Scholarship to continue study at the school for the next two years. Tela studied at the Ailey School for 4 years focusing on ballet, Horton, and Graham techniques. Professionally, Tela performed with the Alvin Ailey Company at both Lincoln Center and City Center during 2001-2003 seasons. Tela went on to perform with Rituals Dance Company working with Artistic Director and world renowned choreographer Nathan Trice. Tela began teaching dance at Foot Prints Dance Academy, and in 2003, was hired to teach dance at NYU Tisch School of the Arts working with juniors and seniors at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School.