Mid Maryland Performing Arts Center

 

Teaching Faculty

MMPAC’s teaching staff is made up of professionally-trained dancers with diverse backgrounds in performing, teaching, and choreographing.  Many have advanced degrees and professional certifications. We are always accepting applications from new potential teachers.  Download an application form here.

Kimberly Price, Director, MMPAC
Since 1989

 Kimberly Price MMPAC Director      
Kimberly Price began her professional dance training in NYC at the age of seventeen. She studied with masters such as Luigi, Charles Kelly, David Howard and various professionals from the Broadway Dance Center. After auditioning and earning a scholarship to Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Kimberly moved west. While in Chicago she also began work on her Bachelor’s degree in Theater at Loyola University. Kimberly returned to Maryland in 1989 and opened her first school - The Middletown Center of Dance. The school quickly grew and evolved into the Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center. Kimberly remains committed to the basic principle that dance is for everyone at every age and that MMPAC should instill a lifelong love of dance in every student. She founded UnBound, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to extend the experience of dance to those of differing abilities. Kimberly received her Graduate Certificate in Dance at American University in Washington, DC in 2005. She is an active member of the local and regional arts community and is among the first to implement the National Standards for Dance Education at her studio.

Esperanza Alzona
Since 1991

        

Esperanza Alzona has had an extensive professional dance career as a soloist and principal dancer of the Baltimore Ballet Company, the Center Dance Ensemble, Prince George’s Ballet Company, the Greg Reynolds Dance Company and the American Dance Ensemble of Pittsburgh, along with numerous appearances as a guest artist with various companies in the United states and Italy. An award-winning choreographer, Ms. Alzona holds a teaching diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance, an AA in Humanities & Social Science, a BA in Psychology and an MA in Public Communications. She taught dance, performed and choreographed in northern Italy for six years, and from 1987 to 1991 she directed her own contemporary dance company based in Turin. She returned to the USA in 1991 and joined the staff of MMPAC where she continues to set choreography on her students, independent artists and professional dance companies. 

Ms. Alzona is a 1998 graduate of Leadership Frederick County, and has served as Director of Performing Arts for the Frederick Arts Council, as a Maryland State Arts Council Dance Advisory Panelist, Secretary of the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisory Panel of the Royal Academy of Dance, and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Weinberg Center for the Arts, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Frederick and the TAWA Dance Company.

Ms. Alzona is a U. S. Fencing Association nationally ranked competitive fencer and holds a rating in both foil and saber. In addition to her position as Music Operations Manager at  the Shepherd University, she has taught fencing and dance courses as an adjunct professor for the Shepherd University Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sports.



Megan Lynn
Since 2017

Megan Lynn began her dance training at age 11 at the Dance Conservatory of Maryland and Maryland School of Ballet and Modern Dance, where she became a soloist with the Harford Ballet Company and Maryland Dance Project, respectively. Megan also had the opportunity to train at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Point Park University: International Summer Dance, and Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland.

Megan graduated with a BA in Dance Choreography and Science from Goucher College in 2011. At Goucher she had the privilege of working with Christopher Fleming, Heidi Henderson, Zippora Karz, Larry Keigwin, and many other nationally renowned artists. She was a member of the Goucher Repertory Ensemble and the Moving Classroom Project, an outreach program integrating arts and academics for Baltimore City elementary schools. Megan studied contemporary and traditional dance in Brazil at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and the Deborah Colker School. She presented works in many student concerts at the Todd Studio Theater. Her personal senior concert, “A World of His Own Invention,” was a 45- minute interactive performance, based on Harold and the Purple Crayon, in which the audience traveled throughout the building seeing dance performed in non-traditional spaces.

 After relocating to New York, Megan has had the opportunity to work with Allison Brzezsinski, Isabel Lewis, TSH Dance Project, and the Matthew Westerby Company. In May 2012, she founded her own company – Asterial Dance. Since then, Megan has presented works at Hudson Guild Theater, Secret Theater, Performance Garage, Meetinghouse Theater, Ailey Citygroup Theater, White Wave John Ryan Theater, DANY Studios, Dixon Place, Genesis Dance Project, Amalgamate Artist Series, HATCH Presenting Series, Ailey Studios, and the Brooklyn Music School Playhouse. She has taken a dual approach in developing the company, not only producing Asterial's own seasons, but also producing performing opportunities for emerging companies through the Biomorphic Dance Festival and Upsurge Choreography Platform. Megan collaborates with her dancers to create works that mix elements of improvisation and athletic, technical movement physicallizing different human experiences. She also pushes the boundaries of established technique by experimenting with props, scenic elements, and lighting. 

 In addition to Asterial, Megan has spent the last six years teaching and choreographing for dancers ages 3- 18 throughout Maryland and New York. Megan is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. She is currently on the faculty at Ballet Academy East, Dancewave, and Steffi Nossen School of Dance. Her knowledge of the human body, from both studying Biology and working as a personal trainer, gives her students an opportunity to understand movement from an anatomically correct perspective rather than age-old tradition. Megan served as the co-director of the Journey Church Dance Team. She has choreographed works performed in services as well as envisioned and directed a Good Friday Interactive Arts Experience. 


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Amy Hatzis
Since 2008

 Kimberly Price MMPAC Director      

Born and raised in Connecticut, Amy grew up studying contemporary and classical dance as well as theatre.  She graduated Summa cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Choreography from Arizona State University.  Through her professional training she has had the pleasure of working with Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Doug Varone and Dancers, Troy Powell of Ailey II, and master teachers from Nutmeg Conservatory.  While in Phoenix, she performed with Footworks Dance Project for two seasons before moving to MD in 2006, where she trained at DC’s Dance Place and performed in Deborah Riley’s: Acts of Faith. Amy continued performing with Gooseroute Arts Collaborative under the direction of Kitty Clark for 5 seasons. Currently, Amy performs with Kista Tucker Dance Insights located in Washington DC.

Amy has had the pleasure of teaching dance at MMPAC since 2008. She emphasizes correct anatomical placement as well as body awareness in her classes and is currently studying Dance Medicine at Westside Dance Physical therapy in New York City.

Amy is also a Comprehensive Certified Pilates instructor through Power Pilates New York and is the Pilates Director at The Shala Wellness Center.



Chrissi Haynes
Since 2000

 Kimberly Price MMPAC Director      

Chrissi Haynes graduated cum laude from Towson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education. In addition to her work at MMPAC, she has also taught at Carroll County Dance Center, Towson University Children’s Dance Division, Carroll County Performing Arts Center, and Tah-dah Dance Studio. Chrissi has preformed with the Towson Dance Repertory Company, as well as modern dance companies, Abstract Emotions and Goose Route Dance Theater.

Nicole Hammond Ruark
Since 2002

        

Nicole Ruark has had the honor of performing and choreographing throughout the country as well as internationally.  Her work as a professional performer includes favorite roles in Cats, The Will Rogers Follies, A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls and Sweet Charity.  Ms. Ruark has staged ballets for numerous professional companies both in the US and abroad.  Her contemporary work has landed her several awards including Top Honors and Outstanding Choreography at the Youth American Grand Prix in New York and Outstanding Contemporary at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland as well as gold and silver medals at the 2013 New York City Dance Alliance.  She has extensive experience as a director and choreographer for universities, regional, and touring companies including such productions as: Pippin, Urinetown, Annie, Seussical, Little Shop of Horrors, Swing It! (national premiere) and Once on this Island.  Ms. Ruark had the pleasure of traveling as choreographer with The American University to St. Petersburg, Russia for the international debut of the reworking of Jane Martin’s Talking With.

In addition to her directorial and choreographic work, she currently oversees the musical theatre program she created for The Mid Maryland Performing Arts Center where she is also an instructor as well as directs the student musical theatre company, Acting Up.  In 2012, Ms. Ruark became a resident artist with the prestigious Broadway Theatre Project where she works with such luminaries as Ben Vereen, Lloyd Culbreath, Terrance Mann, John Parks, Donna McKechnie, Christopher D'Amboise, and Debra McWaters.  Later that year, she joined the dance faculty of the renowned Imagination Stage in Washington DC where she instructs and choreographs the next generation of musical theatre performers. Most recently, Nicole has joined the award-winning Barbara Ingram School for the Arts as an Artist in Residence.

Ms. Ruark graduated cum laude from The American University with a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre.  She attended The Joffrey Ballet School on full scholarship and is the recipient of the Herbert R. Brent Scholarship, the Herb Edelman Acting Award, American University’s Outstanding Musical Theatre Performer award, and the Greenberg Scholarship for the Performing Arts.




Kelsy Rupp
Since 2014

Kelsy Rupp, a graduate of The Radford University Department of Dance B.F.A program, is a teaching artist, choreographer, and dancer located in Western Maryland.

Kelsy is a director of MMPAC's student repertory company, FX, and is currently a dancer with d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks. She was formerly a company member of Light Switch Dance Theater from 2014-2017 under the direction of Sandra Atkinson.

Her training began at The City Ballet School under the direction of Lauren Clowser and Danielle Horochowski where her studies consisted of classical ballet, pointe, jazz, and modern techniques. While at The City Ballet School, she was a company member of The Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Company from 2004-2009 where she performed in full-length productions such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

During her tenure at Radford University, Kelsy studied and performed multiple works with the outstanding faculty at RU as well as guest artist Christopher K. Morgan. Kelsy also was offered an apprentice position with d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks, which allowed a touring dance career and experience as a rehearsal assistant while still a BFA student. During her senior year, she choreographed and produced her own modern dance concert, inter(person)al progression, under the direction of her mentor danah bella. Outside of Radford, Kelsy has attended, performed, and presented work at nationally recognized festivals such as The American College Dance Festival, Route 11 Dance Festival, Tennessee Dance Festival, Charlotte Dance Festival, Moving Collective, and more. Upon graduation from Radford University, Kelsy was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior of the Radford University Department of Dance. Other achievements include receiving the Pegeen & David Albig Dance Scholarship, The Arts Society Scholarship, and a Who’s Who of American Colleges and Universities.

After undergraduate work, Kelsy returned home to Maryland where she has been pursuing her dance career through dance education, freelance choreography, and dance performance. Kelsy is currently a faculty member of the Hagerstown Community College Dance Department and Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center in Frederick, MD.

 


Olivia Price
Since 2014

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