ContempraDance School consists of professional dance educators and performers experienced in every aspect of dance. Each member is unique to their approach to teaching while sharing their expertise in a very nurturing and caring environment.

  • Pre-Dance — Gail, Jasmine, Daria, BethAnn
  • Ballet — Jerzy, Margaret, Daria, Jasmine, BethAnn, SophiaKatie
  • Pointe — Margaret, Jerzy, Daria
  • Jazz — Gail, Jasmine, Daria, Swan, BethAnn
  • Funk — Gail
  • Hip Hop — Andreas (Dre), Gail, BethAnn
  • Lil’ Princess Creative Dance — BethAnn
  • Modern / Lyrical — Gail, Daria, Swan, Jasmine, Katie
  • Tap — Charla (Tweety), Katie
Gail Vartanian

Gail Vartanian

Pre-Dance, Jazz, Funk Modern/Lyrical

Gail is the director/owner of ContempraDance School. She is originally from Philadelphia where Ms. Vartanian began her training in Modern and Ballet under the direction of Brigitta Trombler and Meli Davis. She attended York University in Toronto where she was a Modern Dance major studying Cunningham, Graham, Horton and Limon techniques. Over the years she has had extensive Jazz Dance training with Eva vonGercsy, Robert Archard, Jo Jo Smith, Frank Hatchett, Luigi, and others.

Gail has performed in various Modern and Jazz dance companies such as City Center Dance Theater of Atlanta, Company Kaye, L’Image Dance Company of Miami, Palm Beach Ballet and her own company, ContempraDANCE Theatre. She was lead dancer and assistant choreographer with Miami’s Les Folles Theater Dance Review and also Resorts International’s “Le Cabaret” in Paradise Island, Bahamas and Atlantic City, New Jersey. She has also choreographed and performed in Andrea Lauren’s opening act for Salt ‘N’ Pepa in Florida. Margarita Von Bahr, Director of the National Ballet of Finland, invited Ms. Vartanian to compose the only Modern/Jazz solo for the International Gala Dance Festival in Finland. Her choreography has also been presented at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach, Florida, Poland and throughout the Philadelphia and Delaware area. Gail and her dancers were excited to be selected to be involved in a film documentary with singer/composer Michael Sembello dancing to his infamous Flashdance hit, “Maniac” The film was released in Spring 2013.

For the past thirty-five years, Gail has been teaching her own style of dance incorporating Modern, Jazz, Lyrical and Blues. Her classes are technically based, emphasizing physicality and musicality. Her students have performed for the President of the United States, numerous Broadway musicals, ballet companies worldwide, and Madonna’s touring company. Ms. Vartanian has taught in various cities such as Montreal, Atlanta, West Palm Beach, Miami and Philadelphia.

In 2015, Gail served as panelist on the 2015 Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Advisory Panel for PPA’s Program Stream awards.

Gail is also the Artistic Director of the ContempraDANCE Theatre, a non-profit Modern/Jazz Dance Company she formed in 1990. Her highly acclaimed Company is based at the School, staging performances year round with original dance works. Please check out the website at: www.2018dancetheatre.org for more information.

Gail takes pride in her school and faculty and feels very blessed to be around such amazing and talented students every day.

Jerzy Golek

Jerzy Golek

Ballet, Pointe

Jerzy is experienced in all aspects of classical and modern ballet teaching performance and choreography. He began his dance career by winning a national audition in his native Poland for admission to the National Ballet Academy at Gdansk. He was soloist dancer with the Mazowsze National Dance Company of Poland and Ballet Company of Lodz Teatr Wielki. Mr. Golek has performed at La Scala, Milan; Carnegie Hall, New York; Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow; Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; Peking and Shanghai in China among others. Mr. Golek received a Master of Fine Arts (Dance) Education from the University of Warsaw. He has won numerous awards for his choreography in Poland and the United States including a Gold Medal of Artistic Achievement presented by the President of Poland. Mr. Golek has developed his own teaching style, based on his own classical training in the Russian method, modified to the needs of his American students. Jerzy has been teaching for ContempraDance School since 2003!

Ms Charla (Tweety)

Ms Charla (Tweety)

Tap

Charla attended The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA. Then continued her studies at West Chester University graduating with a BSEd. in Early Childhood Education. While Ms. Tweety was a Tap Dancer with Tap Team Two and Co. ( under the Direction of Robert F. Burden) she had the opportunity to work with Young Audiences of: PA, NJ, NY, MD, VA, and CONN., performing in various schools teaching the history of Tap Dance. Over the years, Ms. Tweety has had the honor of learning from many great teachers: Joseph Lee, Nini Brown, LaVaughn Robinson, Germaine Ingram, Robert Burden, Nicole Hockenberry, Germaine Salsberg, Jimmy Tate and the late “Great” Buster Brown. Ms. Tweety was the Executive Director of Raw Hoofin’ Youth Tap Ensemble for ten years. Ms. Tweety thanks her mom for introducing her to the Arts at a young age, to the Great Spirit/The Creator for ALWAYS being by her side, to my fabulously-wonderful students over the years…I thank you for your Tap Enthusiasm and dedication to the Arts! AND…to my two boys-Momma’s Little Tap Dancers-many hugs to you both! “What we have or what we do not have should never dictate the quality of our lives, or our capacity to simply enjoy.” -a Cherokee feast of days; Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Daria Johnston

Daria Johnston

Pre-Dance, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern/Lyrical

Daria began training at ContempraDance School and was a member of ContempraYouth Dance Ensemble from age 7-18. Daria attended the Creative and Performing Arts High School (CAPA) in Philadelphia her freshman and sophomore years studying with LeDeva Davis, Michael Susten, Derrell Williams, Shawn Lamere Williams and Peter Sabasino. She also trains regularly with Meghan Braun of Waves Dance Company. Daria has performed in Disney World, Ladek Zdroj International Dance Festival in Poland and Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company’s Nutcracker. She also performed with the College of Marin dance company and Melange Dance Company. Daria is currently a member of ContempraDANCE Theatre Company, a professional non-profit modern jazz dance company. She debuted in ContempraDANCE Theatre’s “Woman” as the “daughter” at the age of four and has been dancing with the Theatre ever since!

Daria received her BFA from Temple University receiving the College of Liberal Arts’ Annie Hyman Award for Outstanding Service & Honors Society. She has recently been accepted into Temple University’s MFA program in dance!

In addition to performing, teaching various styles of dance, and Assistant Manager of ContempraDance School, Daria’s other passion in life is yoga. She is a certified 300-hour Jivamukti Yoga instructor. She has been studying yoga regularly with Sharon Gannon and David Life, Amy Gordon, Kristin Page as well as many other respected teachers from around the world since the age of 7. Daria is currently the studio manager, leader and teacher at Bulldog yoga located in Villanova and Malvern.

Margaret Moran

Margaret Moran

Pre-Dance, Ballet

Margaret is originally from Hershey, Pennsylvania and studied dance primarily at Hershey School of Dance under the direction of Kelly Strange. She attended the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts as a ballet major her junior year in high school. In college, Margaret attended Slippery Rock University for one year as a dance major and was a member of the Dance Express Dance Team. Margaret later transferred to Pennsylvania State University and received a minor in Dance. While attending Penn State, Margaret was heavily involved in Orchesis Dance Company where she performed, choreographed, taught company classes, and acted as the elected treasurer. While living in Manhattan, Margaret continued her dance education at various dance schools including Steps on Broadway, Alvin Ailey Extension, and PMT Dance Studio as well as performed in the PMT Dance Studio Showcases. Margaret is a company member ContempraDance Theatre Company and the Andrea Mychaels Dance Project and has performed in the Koresh Artist Showcase as well as the Nickerson Rossi Dance Choreographic Residencies Showcase. Margaret currently resides in West Chester, PA with her husband and two young children.

Andreas Johnson

Andreas Johnson

Hip Hop

Dre has been dancing professionally for 15 years, working for professional dance Company’s such as Chosen Dance Company, Versatile Dance Company and The Human Project Dance Company in Arizona. He also works as a Mc/Dj for Pulse Entertainment doing Bar and Bat Mitzvah. Andreas has appeared on BET, the Apollo, and as a back-up dancer for recognized recording artists 50 Cent, Wayne Wonder, Amerie, The Diplomats, 3LW, Philly’s Most Wanted, Nina Sky, Fat Joe, No Questions and Lil Mama. In addition to television appearances, Andreas has performed in over a hundred shows nationwide. A highly touted performing artist, Andreas shares his dance knowledge to the youth all over the Tri-state area.

Jasmine Zook

Jasmine Zook

Pre-Dance, Jazz/Tap, Modern

Jasmine graduated Magna Cum Laude from Adelphi University with her BFA in Dance. She trained as a gymnast for many years before becoming a professional dancer and teacher. Jasmine has danced for Alchemy Dance Company, Beyond Dance Company and Roger Lee Dance Arts. In 2016 she became the co-founder and Artistic Director of Labyrinth Dance Company. She also hosts the annual TLES Arts Festival to raise money for schools, teachers and students that need school supplies. Jasmine has a love for teaching and a passion for dance.

Katie Coviello

Katie Coviello

Ballet, Tap & Lyrical

Katie has been dancing since the age of 6. She started dancing at American Dance Academy in Hockessin, DE and trained under Jessica Westnedge-Olinik on their award winning company for 10 years. As a member of the company, she competed in local competitions and took many master classes from professional dancers. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, musical theater and hip-hop. Katie just graduated from Villanova with a BA in Psychology. While at Villanova, she was a member of the Villanova Dance Company and trained under Melissa Vella Salcedo. She choreographed many pieces for the company showcases, took master classes from Philadelphia based company, Project Moshen, and was Company Co-President in 2019. Currently, Katie is pursuing a Masters at St. Joe’s in Elementary Education and will be teaching ballet, tap, and lyrical at Contempra!

Swan

Swan

Jazz, Contemporary Lyrical

Cha’Yvon V. Dessus who’s professionally known as “BSwan” (Black Swan) which has been developed during the journey of building her dance career in 2013. BSwan has been dancing for about 23 yrs. Her techniques that she has studied are Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, along with Burlesque. Her specialty is Modern, Contemporary and Jazz dance. BSwan’s Dance training started with L&L Dance Production, YPTC, Koresh Youth Ensemble Dance Company back in early 2000’s where she gained proficiency training in classical Ballet and modern. In 2011, BSwan was hired as a member for “Infatuation Dance Company as well as the Assistant Director of The Pure Project Dance Company. She is currently professionally dancing with ContempraDANCE Theatre Company. BSwan is employed with various Dance Schools/Companies throughout Philadelphia region. She is now the Director/Founder of BSwan Dance Company (BSDC). She has Produced and Directed three productions. Her goal is to inspire Dancers/Artists in her community to dance as if they were Black Swans, embodying the unique imagery of a “Black Swan”. 

BethAnn

BethAnn

Hip Hop, Pre-Dance

Beth Ann Rejonis has a BA in Dance and Drama from Bard College, NY and an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy from Drexel/Hahnemann University. Beth Ann began her dance training with the Swarthmore Ballet Theater where she learned ballet, Martha Graham and Horton modern techniques, and jazz. She continued in college where she added Limon, and Cunningham techniques as well as Hip Hop/Street Funk and Flamenco dance to her repertoire. Beth Ann has been teaching creative movement, modern, ballet, jazz and musical theater dance for over 25 years. She has choreographed and performed numerous original pieces in Philadelphia and New York. She has also choregraphed for a variety of children and adult musical theater productions including “The Music Man”, “Baby”, “Peter Pan”, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.  

Sophia Pinkham

Sophia Pinkham

Ballet

Sophia began dancing at the age of 3 and began training on a pre-professional level at 13. She started assisting teachers at age 11. Throughout high school she performed many leading roles at Skye Ballet Center in VA. She competed in YAGP and placed top twelve her senior year. She taught ballet classes at Skye Ballet Center, Thorne of Grace School of Dance, and Plies and Piques during high school. After high school, Sophia was a trainee with Nashville Ballet Company for two years. She was also hired as a teacher’s assistant, substitute teacher, and taught during summer camps. In April of 2019, she collaborated in the independent performance “Fine Lines Between” as a dancer and choreographer. Summer of 2019 Sophia guest taught ballet and modern at Skye Ballet Center. She has also worked as a choreographer for YAGP competition pieces. Sophia now studies kinesiology and dance at Eastern University. 

Main Line Parent & Philadelphia Family Love Award

ContempraDance School 2016 & 2017 LOVE Award for
"Best Dance Studio on the Main Line".
2019 "Family Favorite"

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