Our Instructors

Our dance instructors come from a variety of backgrounds and expertise, bringing with them a dedication to quality, developmentally-appropriate instruction and choreography. Learn more about them below!

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Katie Ramsey

Studio Manager, Spring House

Instructor - Spring House, Lansdale, Harleysville

Ms. Katie began her dance career at New Dance Workshop at age three. Katie is entering her tenth season teaching and choreographing ballet,  including the Nutcracker with Donetsk Ballet Company from Ukraine.
Katie studied under the direction of Shelley Morinsky who became her ballet mentor.  Katie studied at DeSales University and participated in many dance projects with their dance team. Katie helped choreograph our Disney production in 2016 and is currently working on  ballet and tap productions at our Spring House studio.

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Rachel Kline

Studio Manager, Lansdale

Instructor - Lansdale, Spring House

Ms. Rachel began her dance journey at the age of six. She continued in  both competitive and non competitive circuits in various styles throughout her high school years. She graduated summa cum laude  from Dean College in Franklin, MA, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. Her work was featured in a professionally adjudicated Dean College Choreographer's Showcase, the Dean College 50th Anniversary Company Performance, a several other annual shows. She also studied intensively through dance education courses in Pedagogy, Creative Movement, Kinesiology, and Dance History. Since graduation, Ms. Rachel  has worked with the Massachusetts-based dance competition Step Up 2 Dance, managed an athletic club's youth dance program, and instructed at various dance schools in the region. She has been teaching at New Dance Workshop since 2014, instructing students from 3 years through adult in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, acro, and creative movement.

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Alysse Falbo

Instructor - Lansdale, Harleysville, Spring House

Ms. Alysse has a BA degree in dance from Cedar Crest College and a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. She has extensive training in many styles of dance including ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary, and tap. She is experienced teaching children with Down's Syndrome, and  other children with challenges. She received many awards:
Best creative concept for Alice,

Creative concept for New York,
Creative costume for Merrimack River,
VIP Choreography for We Will Not Stay Silent.
Alysse looks forward to working with a team of instructors dedicated to providing fun, educational dance experiences for students.

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Shelley Morinsky

Miss Shelley has been teaching ballet for 49 years. She opened her studio in West Point in 1982, and is still teaching today. Shelley studied with Nancy Johnson with the San Francisco Ballet and with Jilliana of the San Diego Ballet. She performed with the San Diego Ballet touring Arizona and Nevada. She studied jazz with Phil Black, Luigi and Tommy Rola. She did a five month tour of the East Coast in summer stock, performing in Bravo. She also studied with Tom Stevens of West Side Story on Broadway. Shelley has mentored many of our teachers and choreographed spectacular ballet productions. We think of her as our national treasure.

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Alexis Keenan

Studio Manager, Harleysville

Instructor - Harleysville, Spring House

Miss Alexis is our Harleysville Studio Manager where she also produces and choreographs the annual ballet and jazz productions. She started dancing at the age of four with the New Dance Workshop in Lansdale, where she studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern and hip hop. She performed in Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and many of our company performances as a student. Miss Alexis graduated from Kutztown University where she became certified in Dance Education. Her time in college she performed and choreographed for the Lenhart Dance Company and was a member of the Kutztown University Dance Team. After graduation she came back to her NDW family and started teaching where she continues that family atmosphere with her students. Miss Alexis is going into her 10th season of teaching with us and works on many of our production projects such as Walt Disney World, 76er's and Flyers performances. 

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Tiara Canizares

Instructor - Lansdale, Harleysville, Spring House

Ms. Tiara has a BFA in Dance and a BA in Psychology from Temple University.  She also earned an MS degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Pratt Institute in New York. Tiara worked as a dance/movement therapist at Montefiore Medical Center Bronx, where she provided therapy to groups of adults in the psychiatric facility.
She ran Creative Expressions groups, Open Art, and Stress Reduction therapy.

Tiara is a Dance Movement Therapist for groups of children with special needs.  She is a member of the American Dance Therapy Association. Miss Tiara has adapted tap productions from various shows in our recitals, including LaLa Land.

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Melissa Byrd

Instructor - Spring House, Harleysville

Ms. Melissa graduated from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and received a BFA, double majoring Dance/Communications.
She graduated Cum Laude. She has trained with various Master teachers and attended summer intensive at The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Koresh School of Dance. As part of the Five College Dance Department, Melissa had the pleasure of training and performing works by artists such as Paul Dennis , Ohad Naharin, Billbob Brown and many others.
While attending UMass she received the Chancellors Talent
Scholarship for dance and taught courses in ballet and jazz.
She also had the rewarding experience of teaching grades K-12
various MA schools.  Recently, she performed in Philadelphia with the Femme Collective, Fringe Festival, and as a feature soloist in Valley Forge’s Nutcracker.  She brings a strong technical and educational influence to her classes and believes it is important for each child to find their own artistic expression through dance.

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Cara Slemmer

Cara has danced as a freelance professional dancer since she was eighteen years old. She had extensive ballet training under the direction of George Thompson, and has trained with Pennsylvania Ballet soloists Tara Keating and Meredith Rainey. Cara has done choreography for the Fringe Festival Philadelphia. Cara has choreographed various performances for the New Horizons Dance Alliance in East Greenville and Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Among her dance works  are Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and The Dream. Cara also does the choreography for the Montgomery Theatre in Souderton, which her family owns.  She has a Bachelor's degree in Dance from Drexel University, and a Master's degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Drexel.