Hot Styles Dance Company has been serving the State College and Bellefonte communities since 2004. We strive to deliver the highest quality of dance training, while nurturing each student's unique gift of talent and creativity. We offer all core dance styles including ballet, pointe, modern, hip hop, acro, jazz, tap, lyrical and musical theatre. Our dedication to community involvement has always been one of our highest priorities. We offer both recreational and pre-professional tracks to students of all ages.
We employ some of the areas most experienced, educated and professional choreographers to make up our staff. Our staff believes in continuing education by attending classes, annual conferences/trainings for technique, stretching, strength/conditions, communication, and leadership. Our team of passionate instructors are listed below.
Hot Styles Dance Company Staff
Owner / Lead Instructor
Dechaune is from the Logan section of North Philadelphia. Although not studio trained, he has over 17 years of experience in tumbling, martial arts, hip hop, and as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Martial arts has always been a big part of his life. He has earned black belts from Tiger Schulmann's and Kim's Karate. His passion for martial arts continued as he trained in Capoeria, Kung Fu, and Ninjutsu. Tumbling and gymnastics was a great compliment to his martial arts training. He participated with school gymnastics teams and private coaching for training.
Growing up in Philadelphia with such a rich hip hop culture made him a student of its history, fashion, art, and movement. Dechaune quickly began mixing his tumbling and martial arts background with hip hop movements. Touring around the city testing his skills and learning while joining b-boy crews, he self-trained in popping, locking, breaking, top rock, and house. He was known as a hip hop battle/freestyle dancer given the street name "Batman" competing through the Philadelphia area. The history of hip hop's beats and movements led him to African dance. He began stepping and doing African dance through the African-American greek fraternities, Alpha Phi Alpha and Kappa Alpha Psi.
Dechaune's teaching career started at Kennedy Dance Centre in 2002, teaching both hip hop and tumbling classes. During that time, he was a student at Lock Haven University studying Athletic Training and Fitness Management. He taught at Kennedy Dance Centre for two years before he co-found Hot Styles Dance Company in 2004. Since starting Hot Styles Dance Company his competitive teams have placed 2nd/3rd at the U.S. Finals in Virginia Beach, a 1st Place win at Hard Rock'in Nationals in Cleveland OH, and National Champion finishes in Hersey PA, Baltimore MD, Philadelphia PA, Erie PA, and State College PA. He was the head coach/choreographer for Hot Styles’ first All-Star Dance Worlds hip hop team in 2014. His experience with All-Star Dance led him to a temporary consulting and hip hop technique position with the Saskatchewan All-Star Dance Alliance in Regina and Saskatoon, Canada.
His passion for sport and team work are some of the founding principles of HSDC, pushing the program to focus on the relationships built with the students, staff, and surrounding communities. Following this philosophy, Dechaune has had HSDC perform and fundraise for events such as Relay For Life, March of Dimes, Penn. State University’s THON, State College High School’s THON, clothing drives, and parades. Dechaune continues teaching his students teamwork, communication, sportsmanship, and that any goal is achievable if you work hard.
Owner / Account Manager
Brandy is a partner in the Hot Styles Dance Company ownership structure. She has had many roles with the company in the past 15 years, which has given her the privilege to get to know and work with many amazing students and their families. Her main role with the dance company is billing and account management. However, she started dancing at the age of six and it quickly became an important aspect of her life.
Along with her passion and love for dance, she is also a mother of two girls and a Program Specialist for Strawberry Fields Inc, overseeing our Community Residential Rehabilitation programs. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s of Art Degree in Psychology. Brandy is a CPR/First Aid instructor. She looks forward to continuing her passion for dance while working with the amazing families of her community.
Owner / Marketing Manager
Chris is the marketing and business managing partner for Hot Styles Dance Company and is one of the founding partners of the company in 2004. He currently lives in Altoona, PA with his wife, Jen, and two kids, Camden & Tenley. Along with working with our staff, he is a full time Account Manger for Link Computer Corporation in Bellwood, PA. Chris was a former collegiate football player at Lock Haven University. He graduated with a degree in sports management. Chris brings both his passions for sport and team work to the program.
Artistic Director / Instructor
Alissa is a native from State College and began dancing at the age 3 with Mrs. Betty Jane Dittmar. During her time with Mrs. Dittmar she learned contemporary, modern and folk dance, along with learning many life lessons. At age 7 she began dancing at Centre Dance of State College to further her knowledge in all genres of dance including Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Pointe, Hip-hop and Musical Theatre. During her time at Centre Dance, Alissa was on the AVID dance competition team where she competed at various convention competitions and workshops. She was able to study under many amazing and world known choreographer’s; Travis Wall, Brian Friedman, Nappy Tabs, Mia Michaels to name a few.
In 2013 Alissa graduated from Penn State with a Bachelors Degree in Integrative Arts with focus areas in Dance Studies, Business and Stage Management. While in college Alissa was the program director and coach of the Penn State Altoona Dance team where she held workshops and choreographed for the team. They competed at collegiate level and preformed at basketball and soccer games. Alissa was also on the Ivy Side Dance Assemble which was a resident student college company. During her time in college she also became involved with the Penn State Theatre Program where she choreographed for multiple theatre performances and also was Stage Manager for Spring Awakening. In 2014 Alissa moved to the Northern Va. Area where she taught at an out reach program called Joy of Dance and traveled to various schools to teach in the Maryland, VA, DC area. She also was hired at Marymount University in Arlington VA as the Head Dance Coach.
Alissa recently moved back to State College, PA where she has settled down with her Husband and 2 Dogs and has been teaching and choreographing all over the area. She’s super excited to take on the role of Artistic/ Program Director of Hot Styles Dance Company in Bellefonte, Pa.
Graphic Designer / Instructor
Jamie began dancing at the age of three taking ballet, tap and jazz classes with Angela Peters, Mill Hall, PA. In middle school, she found the Central Mountain Majorettes; with that program she not only learned how to twirl but also different styles of dance, stretching and conditioning throughout her seven years in the program. In college, Jamie took her love of art and focused it in to graphic design, graduating with highest honors from South Hills School of Business & Technology.
She has been apart of the Hot Styles family since 2013. Jamie is the head coach and choreographer of the State College Senior Jazz WolfPack team and lyrical small groups; she also teaches jazz at the Bellefonte location. A part from teaching, Jamie is in charge of all of the social media pages, advertising design, costuming and clothing for the company. Jamie is CPR/first aid and Heads Up concussion certified. She has been to multiple USASF conferences and has certificates to teach Jazz and Hip Hop under USASF regulations.
Event Coordinator / Instructor
Mariah started dancing at the age of four with Angela Peters, taking ballet, jazz, and tap. Mariah soon found a second love of twirling, and in middle school, joined the Central Mountain Majorette Competition Team. Throughout middle school and high school Mariah continued with dance and majorettes, learning various styles and growing into a stronger performer. Mariah attended Susquehanna University, majoring in Studio Art with a minor in Dance. While at Susquehanna, Mariah was a member of the Susquehanna University Dance Team, and the Vice President of the Susquehanna University Dance Corps; a student-run dance studio on campus. Here she was able to grow as a dancer and instructor, while learning leadership skills that continue to benefit her life. After graduating, Mariah continued on with her education and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lock Haven University.
Mariah has been with Hot Styles Dance Company since 2015, teaching Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Lyrical. She is also a certified USASF coach for Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. Mariah currently holds concussion and CPR certifications. In her years at Hot Styles, she has also gained other roles including, Event Coordinator, Junior Staff Program Leader, and Staff Training Coordinator. Mariah is thankful for the opportunity that she has had to turn her passion of dance into a career and watch her students grow into confident, young adults.
Maya began dancing with the Hot Styles program in 2007 and was fortunate enough to have grown up here. During her years in the program, she competed on the All-Star hip hop teams and travelled the country with them while winning a number of national titles. At Hot Styles she was able to find her own style in hip hop and began making her own choreography for the competitive hip hop teams. She also has trained in tap, ballet, pointe, and contemporary dance styles. At the age of 11, she became a member of a pre-professional tap company which exposed her to many professional tap dancers that she was able to learn from. Some of which include Chloe Arnold, Derick Grant, and Dianne Walker.
Currently, Maya is attending the Pennsylvania State University to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Behavioral Health while minoring in Microbiology and Biochemistry and on track for pre-medicine/medical school. At Penn State she is a member of RAM squad, a freestyle hip hop organization, and competes in freestyle jams in order to gain experience in a number of different styles of hip hop. She was also previously a member of the National Honor Society for Dance and participated in one of their Fall showcases. Maya is CPR/first aid certified.s.
Sarah started dancing in Lebanon, PA with Judy W Henry when she was 3 years old. During her time with Mrs. Henry, she was trained in classical ballet, modern and jazz techniques. Throughout middle and high school Sarah performed as part of Mrs. Henry’s youth dance company, Movement Laboratory Youth Ensemble. During her time with the company she was able to experience traveling, dancing, and performing in Vienna Austria, Bratislava Slovakia, and Prague Czech Republic. She also was given the opportunity to perform performances throughout her community including ballets such as; The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. After high school Sarah attended Penn State University where she holds a degree in Food Science and Nutrition Science. Throughout her time at Penn State she continued to study dance and was a member of the Orchesis Dance Company. Currently Sarah lives in Pleasant Gap with her husband and three children.
Outside of teaching ballet and lyrical at Hot Styles she works at Tait Farm Foods, enjoy knitting, and mountain biking when she has time. Throughout life one thing she has always come back to is, dance. Sarah believes dance is a universal language that brings people together, and through it the most important things students learn are discipline, self expression, creativity, humility, passion, perseverance, teamwork and the importance of community. Sarah is certified in CPR, first aid and concussion.
Paige Reilly, an Altoona native, has been studying all styles of dance for the past 14 years. Throughout her 11 years of regional and national competitive dance, Miss Reilly has won a plethora of group dance awards and numerous special individual awards including those for artistry, musicality, technique, and passion for the art of dance. In 2017 she earned the title of Top-Senior Soloist at Encore’s Regional Competition in Johnstown, PA. Over the last several years, Miss Reilly has choreographed for smaller dance companies and individual students in Altoona and surrounding areas. Her love for the arts and performing live prompted her to join the Altoona Community Theatre (ACT). In her two seasons at ACT, she was dance captain for Singin’ in the Rain and Young Frankenstein. While at ACT she expanded her knowledge of theatre by learning costuming, lighting, and backstage etiquette.
Paige believes that you should never stop learning. She has taken master classes with professional dancers and choreographers including Gabriel Ash, Jon Johnson, Kathleen Marshall, Alex Wong, Ray Leeper, and Thom Clower. Paige is dedicated to continuing to learn and grow, as an instructor. She is CPR certified, youth sport concussion certified (Heads Up), has her child abuse clearances and is part of the program, Keeping Kids Safe in PA.
Mia is a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania where she began studying ballet at age 3. Having studied at Ballet Theatre of Scranton, she has an extensive background in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern. While a member of the Senior Company, she performed in many Classical Ballets and in over 100 performances of The Nutcracker, many of which in lead roles. When Mia wasn’t performing, she was busy as the Assistant to the Artistic Director and had my first experience as an assistant-teacher and choreographer in High school. Mia participated in many Summer intensive programs including the American Academy of Ballet, The Royal Academy of Ballet in Toronto, and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Building on her love of dance and Theatre, in 2007, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Stage Management from Penn State University. Mia also received a minor in Dance and was in the inaugural class of the University Dance Company. After working briefly in the Theatre industry in NYC on a few Off-Broadway productions, she returned to school and received a Master of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Scranton in 2009; Mia is certified to teach K-6 in PA and NJ. While earning her graduate degree, she continued to teach and choreograph at both the Ballet Theatre of Scranton and the Julie Ardito School of Dance in Northeast PA. Mia returned to Central PA in 2011 and work as an Academic Adviser in the Political Science department of the College of the Liberal Arts. When she is not in the office or dance studio, Mia enjoys running, including training for marathons and keeping up with my 4-year old daughter!
Amanda Windisch has been dancing since she was 3 1/2 years old. Her love of dance started at Dance Plus, Inc. in Nazareth, PA where she first took Ballet/Tap/Acro combo classes. As she continued her dance education she mainly focused on Ballet. Eventually she added Jazz, Tap and Lyrical into her studies. At the age of 12, Amanda began studying Pointe. During her years at Dance Plus, Inc. she was also able to study under Alexi Ramov, former dancer with the Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo, at The Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley (now Pennsylvania Youth Ballet). As high school began, Amanda left Dance Plus, Inc. to study at Jeannie Cardinal's School of Dance. While in high school she was a member of Nazareth Area High School Blue Eagle Marching Band where she used her dance skills to perform in the Colorguard. She also was a member of the NAHS Theatre Troupe and Dance Ensemble where she had many featured dance roles. Amanda continued her dance education at DeSales University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. While in college she also taught with the DeSales Conservatory of Dance program. Amanda brought Modern dance to the students at Jeannie Cardinal's School of Dance while at DeSales. After graduating from DeSales University, Amanda was invited to be the choreographer for Nazareth Area Middle School's Theatre Troupe. She choreographed 8 shows over 7 years for NAMS. At that time she was also asked to assist the gymnastics group at the YMCA in Allentown where she also kick started their dance program. In 2015, after a 5 year hiatus away from dance, Amanda started taking Adult classes at Kennedy Dance Center. In 2016 she was asked to be a teacher at the studio and was able to share her love of Ballet with the students. Recently, Amanda choreographed St. Joseph's Catholic Academy's spring musical The Little Mermaid. Even though Amanda loves all forms of dance, Ballet remains her first love!!!
Rachel is a native of Bellefonte and began her dance training at Kennedy Dance Center at the age of five. Rachel comes from a dancing family. All five of her sisters and parents (one being a founding dancing dad) have been dancing at the studio for numerous years. Throughout Rachel’s years dancing at Kennedy she studied Ballet/Pointe, Acrobatics, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Modern, Musical Theatre and danced on the competition team. Rachel first discovered her love of teaching when she started assisting with numerous classes in middle school and high school.
After graduating from high school, Rachel danced over nine semesters at Penn State and danced in 400 level ballet classes. During Rachel’s junior year at Penn State she explored creative movement and dance teaching techniques for a preschool/grade school setting with Ann Van Kuren. In December 2014 Rachel graduated with a B.S. in Early Childhood and Adolescents Education and a minor in Special Education. Rachel taught ballet at Kennedy Dance Center from 2010 till it’s closing in 2018. She currently works at Penn State University teaching children at The Bennett Family Center. In March 2018 Rachel received CPR Trainings and Fire Safety trainings.
Katie has been tap dancing since the age of 4 when her parents enrolled her in dance to help with coordination and motor skills (She was born nearly 3 months early and weighed only 2lbs 12oz at birth). Little did they know tap dancing in particular would become a lifelong hobby and passion (and that she would overcome any and all of those early obstacles!) She has studied all of the major dance forms over the years - from two local studios in Quakertown, PA to several summer dance intensives (American Reperatory Ballet School - Princeton NJ; American Musical Theatre Dance Workshop - Hofstra University, NY; Pennsylvania Governor’s School of the Arts - Modern Dance Emphasis at Mercyhurst in Erie, PA). She traveled weekly throughout high school for private lessons with David Blight (Wilkesbarre, PA) where she gained her signature style as a hoofer. At Penn State University Katie continued with dance, briefly pursuing a minor; dancing with Tapestry; and began teaching for Joan Kennedy in 2003. Since then she has choreographed two musicals for Bald Eagle High School, participated in 11 recitals with Kennedy Dance Centre, taught an adaptive dance class for kids with special needs and even choreographed a wedding dance for some friends. Katie especially enjoys seeing teens and adults “return” to tap dancing and hopes to expand her work with students with special needs (sparked by the birth of her daughter, Emberly, who has Down Syndrome) in the future. She also has a Master’s degree in Intercultural Studies and lives with her family in Pleasant Gap.
Dance has always played a large role in her life. Solana began her dance training at the age of 8 with Hot Styles Dance Company and has been with the company ever since. She has competed as a member of the HSDC All-Stars Dance Team, throughout a number of those years winning titles in Baltimore, Cleveland, Philadelphia, State College, Erie, Meadville, Hershey, Lancaster. She started as assisting with hip hop and tumbling classes at the age of fifteen. She has since graduated from Bellefonte High School and has taken a staff position teaching hip hop to ages six through thirteen at both the State College and Bellefonte locations and coaching the Timberwolves Prep, All-Star Dance Team in State College. Solana is thankful for all the opportunities the HSDC has given her and she hopes to continue passing her passion on to her students.
Ivie has been a dancer since she was three years old. She has trained in a wide variety of styles that include Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Hip hop. Her first dance class was a Tap class, and her love for it has grown tremendously. Dance continues to have a huge impact on her life. Ivie started dancing with Hot Styles when she was 16 years old. The staff instruction and peer relationships built has fueled her passion and created so many opportunities. Dance has offered many travel opportunities for both classes, auditions, and competitions. Ivie has won National Champion events for All-Star, Hip Hop dance while she was team captain in both Senior and Open Hip Hop divisions. She has taken master classes at Steps on Broadway for tap, and Philadelphia where she participated in a charity showcase. She is currently a Business Management major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is also First Aid/CPR certified and youth sport concussion certificated. Ivie has participated in workshops to enhance/strengthen her technique, and she works extremely hard so she can share that experience with her students.
Hannah Hartle started dancing when she was four years olds at Kennedy Dance Centre, where she studies many genres of dance. During her many years at Kennedy she was awarded two dance scholarships, one being in Acrobatics and the other in Jazz. Hannah also expanded her dance education at Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts (PAA) and The Academy of the Preforming Arts while still in high school. After graduating high school Hannah attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) where she then became a Dance Art major. Hannah has been teaching various styles of dance for the past ten years. She loves to share her passion for dance with her studies. Hannah hopes to continue to share her love for dance with her future students and help them grow in there dancing endeavors.
Hot Styles Dance Company - Student Instructors
Lauren began dancing when she was eight years old and joined Hot Styles when she was twelve. When Lauren was thirteen, she joined the competition team and last year she began teaching classes. Lauren loves sharing her passion for dance with all the little ones (ages 3yrs - 5yrs) at the studio! During the summer, she coaches swim team, teaches swim lessons, and also lifeguards at Park Forest Pool. She is Lifeguard, AED, CPR, Concussion, and First Aid Certified. Lauren is going to be a senior at State High in the fall and she plans to attend college for Elementary & Early Childhood Education.
Tori Suhy began dance at the age of 3 at Kennedy Dance Centre under Joan Kennedy-Kirkpatrick. She focused on acrobatics for the first 4 years of her dance studies at Kennedy Dance Centre, and then continued with modern, ballet, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, sacred, musical theatre, and acrobatics through middle school and high school. She joined the Kennedy Dance Centre competition team at the age of 14 and has been competing both solos and group dances since the age of 15. She has assisted with classes since she was 12 years old and began teaching acrobatics classes at the age of 14. She is currently a senior at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Boalsburg and plans on attending college to major in both nutrition and exercise science and minor in dance. She is excited to join the Hot Styles team and is eager to work the dancers in helping them achieve their goals.
Hot Styles Dance Company - Singing on Stage Staff
Katey Crean has been teaching at Singing Onstage since 2010 and most recently moved to Bellefonte earlier this year. Katey has had a passion for musical theatre ever since she can remember and has been thrilled to see her kiddos translate her work on to the stage. When she isn't teaching she can be found working for the Bellefonte based company, Hello Social Co., or-- in her spare time, at the beach.
Cara is thrilled to be a part of the Singing Onstage team! She grew up in Pittsburgh as a gymnast, cheerleader, diver, and finally discovered one of her true loves in life—dance! This led her to become a member of the Penn State Dance Team as a Lionette from 1999-2001. She graduated from PSU with a degree in elementary education and taught kindergarten for 3 years in Hollidaysburg, PA. She then traveled the world with her family for 11 years and lived in 7 countries as her husband played professional basketball. Cara is the proud mother of 3 wonderful girls—Hannah, Lexi, and Tori - all who have a flare for drama on and off the stage! In her free time, she enjoys Broadway shows, theme parks, adventure sports, and eating desserts!