Director – Mrs. Elaine Russell
Elaine is the Director/head choreographer for the Russell’s Studio’s that has been in existence since 1996. Elaine has been involved avidly as a judge, twirler, supporter, coach and instructor for over 35 years in many organizations – TU, DMA, NBTA, AAU, TOB, and TIA. Elaine was a twirler, dancer, and a model throughout her career in the performing arts. She has taught students from the age of three through college and throughout PA, NJ, DE, VA, and OH. In addition her students have won several national and world championships as solo students, as well as her Russell’s All Star Twirling team which is ranked one of the best in the world. Elaine is the director for the North Stars Indoor Color Guard, Desire Indoor Color Guard, Octorara Marching Band, Russell’s All Star Twirlers, Russell’s All Star Dance Company and programs across Chester County.
Coach -Miss Tammy Russell
Tammy is a World Champion baton twirler in NBTA, TU, DMA and AAU. She started twirling and dancing at the age of three and has trained with Mrs. Elaine Russell her entire baton twirling career. She is a former Majorette Queen of America, International Twirling Champion, World Two baton champion, Miss Tu World majorette, World solo champion, Miss College Majorette, Junior Olympic Gold Medalist, Twirl Mania Duet Champion, World show twirling champion and over 4000 nationally ranked championships accumulated. Tammy was the feature twirler at West Chester University where she has received a degree in criminal justice and a Masters degree in criminal justice administration. Tammy has performed around the world in Europe, Hawaii, Caribbean, in movies (The Lord of War with Nickolas Cage), on live television shows in Philadelphia, New York and Washington DC for Channel 6, the Cherry Blossom Festival, Thanksgiving Day Parade, half-time for the Philadelphia Eagles, Purdue University Basketball team performances, Detroit Lions half-time, WCU football, basketball, special functions, Miss WCU pageants, pep rallies, and many performances around the USA.
Tammy is a true all around champion winning titles in the local, state, regional, national, international and world levels. Tammy is the captain of the Russell’s World Class Twirling Team as well as the coach for the baton classes, camps, North Color Guard and Octorara High School Color Guard. Some dance choreographers Tammy has trained with is Billy Bruce, John Bunteman, Jody Ellis, Sherry Vignoli, Deneen McCarraher, and many more.
Dance Choreographer -Miss Holly Russell
Holly is the head dance chorographer at the Russell’s Dance Studios. Holly is also a World Champion baton twirler in NBTA, TU, DMA and AAU. She started twirling and dancing at the age of three and has trained under Mrs. Russell her entire baton twirling career. She has been company members with Jazz Force, Elevations Dance Company, Designing Rhythm Dance Company and B’s Performing Arts. She is the Reigning Miss TU World Majorette, Internationals Two Baton Champion, former International Twirling Champion, Miss Tu World majorette, Twirl Mania Duet Champion, World show twirling champion and over thousands of championships accumulated. Holly was the feature twirler at West Chester University where she has received a degree in business management and dance and a masters in Human Resources. Holly has performed around the world in Europe, Hawaii, Caribbean, in movies, on live television shows in Philadelphia, New York and Washington DC, for the Eagles, Purdue University, WCU, and many performances around the USA. Holly is a fabulous dancer, twirler and choreographer.
She has been the Junior Olympic Gold medalist in dance and baton twirling which captured her the title of the Joe Farrell award to the best twirler and dancer. She has been winning titles in the local, state, regional, national, international and world levels for dance and twirling since the age of six. Holly is the head of the Russell’s World Class Dance Company as well as the coach for the dance classes, camps, North Color Guard and Octorara High School Twirlers.
Dance Choreographer -Miss Barb Lappano
Barbara is a retired professor from West Chester University, where she taught within the Kinesiology Department and served as the coordinator of the Dance Minor Program. Her dance areas of expertise are theatrical jazz and tap, which she has taught at all levels. While teaching at the university she produced many dance concerts and also served as the choreographer for the musical theatre program. Presently she continues to choreograph musicals for Downingtown Middle School and the Hill School. She is also the executive director of the West Chester University Alumni Dance Chapter and is director of their annual Winter Dance Festival held in January.
Dance Teacher -Miss Patty Smith
Patty Smith began her dance education in 1983 under the direction of Janet Batchelor (BFA in dance Temple University) at The Performance Center Dance Studio in Delaware County. In the dance competition circuit, Patty competed with and choreographed for the studio both on a regional and national level, garnishing a 1st place National Student Choreographer award in 1989. She also performed with the studio’s professional company ‘Performance Plus’.
In her continuing education Patty studied ballet at Temple University’s Dept of Dance from 1989 to 1990 and at Swarthmore College from 1997 to 1998. Patty also studied at The Jazz Dance Center in Phila under the artistic direction of Shimon Braun, founder of Waves Jazz Dance Company and Ronen Koresh, principal dancer of Waves Jazz Dance Company.
During her 25 years with The Performance Center, Patty taught for 17 years in the disciplines of ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and gymnastics. Her teaching mission is to provide the best possible learning experience for each and every child and guide them to reach their fullest potential by providing quality dance education.
Zumba -Miss Rosemarie Abiricha
Rose-Marie has been a licensed Zumba Instructor since July 2010, and has 20+ years of dance training, specializing in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and modern dance. She is also a choreographer at The Barley Sheaf Players Community Theater (www.barleysheaf.org), and works with Acting Antics (www.actingantics.org), a non-profit organization that helps children & adults with special needs learn social skills through theater, music and dance. Rose-Marie’s love of dance coupled with wanting to lead a healthy, active lifestyle brought her to the wonderful world of Zumba!! For those of you who are bored by the typical exercise machines and boring aerobic routines, Zumba is a great way to get that cardio workout without even feeling like you’re exercising! No previous dance experience required – this is fun for all fitness levels! She encourages everyone who takes her class to relax, let loose, and have FUN!! Rose-Marie is a member of the Zumba Instructor Network.
Zumba -Miss Ella
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