Megan Yankee, Artistic Director
Megan has performed and presented danceworks internationally at the Bayimba International Multi Arts Festival in Kampala, Uganda (East Africa), Nomad Express Multi Arts Festival in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (West Africa), the Sonic Arts Research Center in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as well as in numerous festivals across the US. She has had the honor of performing in danceworks by Amie LeGendre, Larry Keigwin, Michael Foley, Christie Nelson, Jordan Fuchs, Sandy Mathern-Smith and Sarah Gamblin.
Megan has received numerous Artist-in-the-Community grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council as well as the Award for Excellence in Teaching from Texas Woman’s University and the Award for Outstanding Leadership in Education from the Santa Teresa Music and Arts Association.
Megan earned her MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University, where she specialized in Artistic Process and Online Dance Pedagogy. She resides in The Plains, Ohio with her partner-in-crime and musician/sound engineer, John Osburn and their two dogs, Weecho and Lucy.
Maria Warmke, Business Manager
Maria Warmke is the business manager at Factory Street Studio. A life long Athenian, she began dancing as a young girl with Factory Street way back when it was on Court Street in the 70’s! She now has a daughter of her own who takes numerous dance classes at FSS. She spent six years as a FSS board member, and was thrilled to transition to a member of the studio staff and looks forward to many happy years with FSS dancers and families.
Bethany Burley – Creative Movement
Bethany has been dancing since the age of three. She grew up in Worthington, Ohio and studied ballet and modern at Columbus Youth Ballet. She earned her B.S. from The Ohio State University in Human Development and her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Muskingum University. She currently teaches third grade at Amesville Elementary. She also is the color guard instructor with the Morgan High School Marching Band. Dance has always been a huge part of her life and is looking forward to sharing that love with her students at Factory Street.
Christi Camper Moore – Advanced Modern
Christi Camper Moore is a dance educator, arts administrator and choreographer. She has performed professionally with independent choreographers and has taught dance in a variety of settings including Durham School of the Arts, The Raleigh School of Ballet, Charleston Ballet, and Ninth Street Dance. Her work has been presented throughout Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina including selection to Independent Dance Makers (NC) and the American College Dance Festival (FL). Christi has also choreographed numerous main stage musicals and continues to partner with colleagues in theatre, dance and film on interdisciplinary projects and performances. Her writing is published in the Journal of Dance Education and she currently serves on the journal’s review board. Christi has worked as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Coker College in Hartsville, SC and served as the Arts Coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education. She currently serves as the Executive Director/Artistic Coordinator for the Ohio Valley Summer Theater and is an adjunct faculty member at OU. Christi holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction as well as M.A., M.Ed., and a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from Ohio University.
Olivia Cancelli – Ballet
Olivia Cancelli is a dancer, teacher and choreographer originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She trained from the age of eleven at Jordan Center Dance, Northeast Ohio’s premier dance studio. There she studied many dance styles including ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, and musical theatre. After graduation, she moved on to attend Ohio University where she is currently a Senior B.F.A. dance major with a focus in ballet and modern dance. During her time at OU, Olivia has performed many student, faculty and guest artist pieces, including “Quiet Dance” by Kyle Abraham. Olivia is known to be a positive, approachable and non-judgmental person as well as a passionate, hard-working dancer. This is Olivia’s second year on staff with Factory Street Studio and she is incredibly excited to continue to teach ballet technique and learn and grow alongside her students.
Travis Gatling – Advanced Jazz
Tobe Gillogly – Creative Movement
I am honored to have grown up at Factory Street, since the age of three, and still be a part of a very special place for over 27 years of teaching dance. Treating children in physical therapy and being an Assistant Professor at Ohio University enables me to do what I love, along with dance. I am very blessed to have a wonderful husband and an awesome ten year old who support my crazy, yet never dull life. Athens is lucky to have Factory Street because the individuals here love to dance and I enjoy sharing that with the kiddos!
Lawrence Greene – Capoeira, African Dance and Drums
Lawrence is the founder of Ugata, a Pan American cultural education and social services group, based in Athens. He has been teaching percussion, land management and spiritual insights for over 10 years. He studied west African dance with his performance group from Ugata and has practiced Capoeira, Brazilian martial arts in the last few years.
Kelsey Henceroth – Tap
Kelsey Henceroth has a B.A. in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree at Ohio University. Kelsey has been dancing since she was four years old at Dance Central in Cambridge, Ohio. She is trained in the styles of Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Modern dance and has instructed students in Tap, Jazz, and Ballet at Dance Central for seven years before relocating to Nelsonville. She is excited to join Factory Street Studio this year and to continue to share her love of dance with others.
Gwendolyn LeBar – Modern, Ballet, Creative Movement, Nelsonville Neighbors Manager
Gwendolyn LeBar grew up dancing at Factory Street Studio, where she studied ballet, modern, jazz, pointe and composition. In 2014 she graduated cum laude with a degree in dance from Franklin & Marshall College. While at F&M, Gwendolyn performed with the Dance Company in works by Lyndsey Vader/Treeline DanceWorks, Pamela Vail, Jennifer Conley, as well as in a reconstruction of Martha Graham’s “Celebration” at the Joyce Theatre in New York City. She also served as the F&M Dance Company President from 2011-2013. Gwendolyn has performed in Brooklyn, NY (2015) and Winston-Salem, NC (2016) with Trio C in their original work, “Trio C Presents: ‘Self-Titled Trio C’”. Over the past five years, Gwendolyn has taught creative movement, ballet, modern, jazz, improvisation and composition in Ohio, West Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Now in her third year as faculty at FSS, Gwendolyn continues to teach, choreograph and perform in Athens and surrounding counties.
Elizabeth Looby – Jazz, Hip Hop
Elizabeth Looby is a senior in the Division of Dance at Ohio University working toward her BFA in Performing Arts along with a minor in business. She has been dancing since the age of 3, training at Straub Dance Center in Westerville, Ohio. She is experienced in dance styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop, Pointe and African. Outside of professional training at the University, Elizabeth has trained and participated in classes from many other choreographers such as Mark Morris, Kyle Abraham, Radio City Rockettes: Anna Richardson, and professional master classes at Dance Masters of Ohio/America. She has been teaching, assisting and choreographing for 8 years now hoping to enhance other’s creative interests and inspire dancers of all ages to achieve their fullest potential. Elizabeth is very thankful to be teaching in new environments such as Factory Street so she can to continue to share her passion for dance.
Caitlin Morgan – Hip Hop
Caitlin Morgan is in her third year of studies at Ohio University, pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, and a Bachelor of Arts in English. Through the School of Dance, she has worked with Nii-Tete Yartey, Nathan Andary, Anna and the Annadroids, DanceTheYard and members of Abraham in Motion. In March, 2016 she presented her choreography at the East-Central conference of the American College Dance Association, and is now president of The Movement Organization on campus. Prior to her attendance at OU, Caitlin studied dance with the Berrien County Dancers in Stevensville, Michigan. There she trained from age fourteen in modern, ballet, hip-hop, and jazz; working with artists such as Autumn Eckman, Nan Giordano, Stephanie Martinez, and members of Hubbard Street Chicago. Her experience also includes instruction of modern, hip-hip, salsa, and musical theater-style dance, as well as gymnastics. She looks forward to sharing her passion for movement with the Athens community.
Lisa Moulton – Adult Modern
Alexa Patton – Pointe, Jazz
Alexa Patton is an integrated Au.D./Ph.D. student at Ohio University studying clinical audiology and speech perception of cochlear implants. Alexa has an extensive background in dance, receiving her training from Orlando Ballet School, Orlando, FL, Momentum Dance Center, Clarksburg, WV, Academy of the Arts at January’s, Charleston WV, Charleston Ballet, Charleston, WV, Columbus City Youth Ballet, Columbus, OH, Schrader Youth Ballet, Parkersburg, WV and Performing Arts Connection and Education (PACE), Parkersburg, WV. She has has performed and studied under many renowned artists such as Nina Danilova, Katia Garza, Lorraine Graves, Michael McGowan, and Peter Stark.
Tresa Randall – Ballet
Tresa Randall is a Presidential Teacher (2015-2018) at Ohio University, where she is an Associate Professor of Dance and director of the Honors Tutorial College program in Dance Studies. Before she became a dance scholar, she danced professionally with the Santa Fe Opera, Mark DeGarmo and Dancers in New York, Rochester City Ballet, Bill Evans Contemporary Dance Company, Ann Vachon, and others. Her choreographic work has been presented by Turner-Carroll Gallery, the New Mexico Dance Coalition, Park Avenue Repertory Dance Company, Hamilton College, American College Dance Festival, and Temple University. As a scholar she has presented her work internationally in Norway, France, Ireland and the U.K., and has received research awards from the Congress on Research in Dance and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Over the last five years she has been excited to contribute to the vibrant community of dancers at Factory Street Studio as a Board Member, member of the Programming Committee, and ballet instructor.
CC Ruchti – African Dance
CC Ruchti grew up dancing at Factory Street Studio. In 2006 she studied musical theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York before returning to Athens to complete a bachelors in psychology at Ohio University. During her undergrad career, she began studying African dance with Dr. Zelma Badu-Younge, and had the opportunity to dance in several AZA performances. She is thrilled to be back at FSS and to have the extraordinary opportunity to share the joy of dance with young people.
Sydney Sanders – Jazz, Tap
Sydney Sanders is currently a junior in the Division of Dance at Ohio University, pursuing her BFA in Choreography and Performance. Prior to attending Ohio University she trained through various dance schools in her hometown of Cincinnati, where she trained in modern, ballet, and jazz. Since attending Ohio University she has worked with and taken class from many artists such as Travis Gatling, Nathan Andary, Stefanie Batten Bland, Doug Neilson, Sarah Gamblin, Anna Sullivan, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, MamLuft&Co, and others. Along with being a performer, Sydney has also been a passionate dance teacher for the past eight years and she is very excited to continue her teaching experience here at Factory Street Studio.
Private Lessons Teachers
Berry Dilley – Ballroom
Andrew Pueschel – Ballroom
What started out as a hobby while attending Carnegie Mellon University, Andrew has been ballroom dancing for over 20 years! DanceSport (the competitive side of ballroom) has become a passion that Andrew has taken to the professional level. Competing professionally in American Smooth (Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, and Viennese Waltz) and American Rhythm (Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, and Mambo), Andrew has worked with some of the most recognized names in the ballroom industry. Andrew travels throughout the United States coaching and primarily teaches at locations in Athens and Columbus, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
As an instructor, Andrew coaches his students on the benefits of ballroom dancing. From weight-loss and self-confidence building to competitive development and mental awareness, Andrew strives to transform each dancer to be the best that they can be.
Ohio University Division of Dance Internship Participants, 2016-2017
Caroline Ciferno – Pointe
Caroline Ciferno grew up immersed in dance, starting at the age of four. In her early training, Caroline studied ballet, pointe, and modern with Ballet Western Reserve. In 2012, she attended American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive. In 2013, Caroline performed as a guest artist with the East Central Ohio Dance Theatre as The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Now in her senior year, Caroline is pursuing a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. Throughout her training, she has worked with numerous dance artists across the country, and has participated in various modern dance intensives, such as, David Dorfman Dance, BDF/Gibney Connect, and Bates Dance Festival. Caroline is very excited about her first year with Factory Street, and she hopes to provide an encouraging learning environment for the students to grow as artists, and as humans.
Jordyn Henderson – Tap
Jordyn Henderson is currently a junior at Ohio University and is pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She started dancing at the age of four at a small community studio in Chesterland, Ohio. She has trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, pointe, modern, and composition. In addition to technical training, she has performed in productions of the Nutcracker with Moscow City Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, worked with Nathan Andary, members of Abraham in Motion, and many students. Jordyn has taught jazz, tap, creative movement, gymnastics and ballet. Jordyn is a hard-working individual and has a passion for dance that is constantly growing. Jordyn is excited to begin her new adventures connecting with the community of Athens!
Ben Roach – Tap
Benjamin Roach is from Gallipolis, Ohio. He started dancing at the age of five with Tricia Zalewski- Harris. Later in his training Ben began to study under Jessica Fox and Summer Logan at 4 th Ave Arts, in downtown Huntington, West Virginia. While in high school, Benjamin was a member and dance captain of the Gallia Academy show-choir, the Madrigals. Through this position he was able to choreograph many dance numbers and musicals including Shrek the Musical and Annie in the school and throughout the community. Benjamin is currently a junior at Ohio University receiving his B.F.A. in dance performance and choreography. He has worked with artist and companies such as Lisa Moulton, John Bohuslawsky, and Dance the Yard. Recently, Benjamin Roach has featured some of his choreography at the American College Dance Association and will be presenting work at Big River dance Festival this fall. Roach is currently the Vice President of the Movement Organization at Ohio University.
Summer Tingley – Pointe
Summer Tingley is currently a sophomore B.F.A dance major at Ohio University. She has been dancing since the age of 4. She danced at Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics till she was 15 then did competition dancing at K Studio for 3 years. She has been trained in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, hip hop, tap, musical theatre, contemporary and lyrical. She has been an assistant teacher/choreographer for Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics. This will be Summer’s first year with Factory Street and is excited to teach pointe and continue learning as a dancer, teacher and choreographer.