Faculty

Gigi Gardner

Gigi Gardner brings a wealth of her experience to her role as Artistic Director of the South Dayton Dance Theatre. She performed with Miami Valley Dance Guild Company, Dayton Ballet, II and profession...

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Elizabeth Karns

Elizabeth Karns founded the South Dayton Dance Theatre in September of 1986 in an effort to expose talented young performers to all facets of the performing arts. She has studied and performed with Am...

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Julie Anderson

Miss Julie is the most beloved member of the faculty at South Dayton School of Dance. She has served as school and company administrator for over 20 years. She was a student of Elizabeth Karns who sti...

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Erin Long-Robbins

Erin began her dance training with Allegheny Ballet Company, a former RDA Honor Company. She received additional training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and on full scholarship at the Rock Schoo...

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Kaitlynd Valentini

Kaitlynd began her dance training at the South Dayton School of Dance at the age of three. She continued her dance training by studying with SDDT for eight years. She currently attends Wright State Un...

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Amanda Sortman

Amanda started dancing here at SDSD in 1992 at the age of 3 and danced with SDDT for 9 years. In 2012, she graduated cum laude from Wright State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. Foll...

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Nabachwa Ssensalo

Nabachwa Ssensalo was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She has trained with the Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT), the Alvin Ailey dance school, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Bella Lewitsky and Stefa...

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Dillon Lee Stoneburner

Hip Hop is more than a dance it’s a way of life and for Dillon Stoneburner Hip Hop is an outlet of expression and lifestyle. Growing up in Dayton, Ohio Dillon began training in traditional hip hop sty...

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Anna Shearer

After enjoying many years of a personal practice, Anna decided to take the next step on her path and enroll in teacher training the fall of 2014. Upon graduating her 500-Hour teacher training program ...

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Lauren Ritzi

Lauren studied ballet with Barbara Pontecorvo and Erin Long-Robbins in Dayton, Ohio, and was a company member with the Gem City Ballet. Lauren received her B.A. in Modern Dance with honors from Point ...

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Alexis Britford

Alexis Britford is a native of Columbus, Ohio. She began her training at Theatre Street Dance Academy and due to frequent moving as a child; also studied at The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music’s Prep...

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Kim Graff

Kim Graff began her dance training with Debbie Hubbard in Hamilton, Ohio and Phyllis DeWeese in Middle Town, Ohio.  She received additional training at the University of Cincinnati's College of Music....

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