MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Cynthia, a Lancaster County native, graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and a secondary concentration in ballet from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She has studied with noted dance artists including Bill T. Jones, Ann Vachon, Carla Maxwell, Nina Watt, Doug Varone, Akram Khan, Bebe Miller, Kun-Yang Lin, and Greer Reed-Jones. While in Philadelphia, she performed in both the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and Dance Boom, and danced for choreographers including Tania Isaac, Christie Newman, Keith Thompson, Marianella Boan, and Shannon Perlotto. She participated in reconstructions of classic works by Phillipo Taglioni, Doris Humphrey, Jose Limon, and Paul Taylor, and performed at the Ickle International Dance Notation Conference in 2002-2004. She completed the Vaganova syllabus teacher training seminars in levels 1-3 and 4-6 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, and is certified in the junior, senior, and advanced programs of Progressing Ballet Technique.
Upon relocating to Pittsburgh in 2007, Cindy danced for LabCo Dance Company, MillerDance with Mary Miller, and the Staycee Pearl Dance Project. She was a guest instructor at Pittsburgh’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and also taught at Rogers Magnet Middle School and Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School. Cindy was a founding member of NetCo Dance Company, a contemporary modern company based right here in Lancaster and also served as their assistant director from 2013-2019. Now as a freelance artist, she regularly creates work for community dance events and serves as the lead coordinator for Downtown Dances, an annual community performance of modern and contemporary dance.
Kylee holds a Bachelor’s Degree is Elementary Education with a Studio Art minor from Millersville University. Kylee’s dance education started at the Lancaster School of Ballet under the direction of Carolyn Trythall, and expanded into lengthy careers in competitive gymnastics and cheerleading. She also trained at SSDC during her high school and college years under the tutelage of Chet Zercher (ballet, jazz, and tap) and Jennifer Berlet (modern, jazz, and hip hop.) Kylee has performed locally with NetCo Dance Company, dancing in their original productions as well as in Downtown Dances and the Barbara Barden Dance Series. An accomplished visual artist and photographer, Kylee also has her own photography business, Kylee B Photography, where she does everything from family and senior portraits to weddings to fashion photography. She is very excited to be able to continue to inspire a new generation by combining her passions for the arts and education here at SSDC.
REGINA CALLIE BOWE
A homegrown Lancaster County dancer, Regina is a 2013 graduate of Adelphi University's prestigious BFA Dance program. After dancing in NYC with some incredible mentors from the Amy Marshall Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company and Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Regina was excited to return to Lancaster and get involved in the vibrant performing arts community that has blossomed here. Since coming home, she has choreographed two musicals at Warwick High School, designed two color-guard shows for Lancaster Catholic High School, and premiered several new works for national dance competitions and locally at Downtown Dances. In addition to teaching/choreography, Regina is a company member with Grant Street Dance Company and has also appeared in several Ephrata Performing Arts Center performances including Hair, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, and Beauty and the Beast. She has also performed with NetCo Dance Company and Barefoot Dance Company. Regina is a certified barre instructor and she loves to barre burn at Move It Studio; she also teaches modern and jazz throughout Lancaster County. Outside of dancing, she works full-time in nonprofit educational fundraising. After teaching modern and jazz for 3 years at Footprints Performing Arts Center, Regina could not be more honored to be a part of the SSDC family!
Erin has been dancing for more than twenty years and teaching for nearly a decade. After graduating from Warwick High School, she studied at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia. While attending UARTS, Erin trained in Modern, Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary under the instruction of Kim Bears-Bailey, Michael Sheridan, Zane Booker, Andrew Pap, Donald Lunsford, Suzanne Slenn and Scott Jovovich. She also had the opportunity to perform alongside the PA Ballet and the artist “Sting” at the Merriam Theatre as well as at various other university performances. After UARTS, Erin started her career as a dance instructor and choreographer. She has been teaching Modern (Horton Technique), Ballet, Contemporary and Stretch Classes. Erin also spends her time teaching Yoga inspired “StretchFlo” classes in Downtown Lancaster.
Shirl began her dance career right here at SSDC at the age of 4 after falling in love with an animated version of the Nutcracker. She continued her dance training through high school, and in college at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where she graduated with her degree in Marketing. She also regularly studied at Koresh Dance in Philadelphia and with master ballet teacher, Nadine Revene, here in Lancaster, and has performed with NetCo Dance Company. Although classical ballet is her first love, Shirl is an extremely well-rounded dancer and educator with experience in modern, jazz, tap, Irish step, and even swing dancing and Latin ballroom. Shirl especially loves working with our youngest dancers, and introducing them to the joys of the art of dance.
Lillian, a Lancaster, PA native, began her professional ballet training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary, and continued at the Miami City Ballet School under the direction of Carter Alexander and Geta Constantinescu. She performed in classical ballet works including Cinderella, La Bayedere, Paquita, and The Nutcracker as well as neo-classical Balanchine works such as The Four Temperaments, Serenade, Valse Fantaisie, Stars and Stripes, and Raymonda. In 2010 Lillian began training at Ballet Magnificat! (a Christian professional ballet company based in Jackson, MS) as a recipient of the Rose Faucher Scholarship. In 2012 she was promoted to company member, and she danced, taught, and toured with them through summer of 2019. During her time with Ballet Mag, Lillian performed in numerous original works and taught master classes at both their school's summer dance intensive and community dance classes while they were on tour. In addition to ballet, Lillian is also an active blogger and even has her own line of dance clothes, LCDancewear. Lillian is so excited to be teaching ballet and pointe at SSDC back in her hometown.
Lexie is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a STEM minor at Millersville University. She is a recent graduate of Hempfield High School, where she participated in Dance Theater all four years. While at Hempfield she also performed in the choir and orchestra. She began dancing at SSDC at the age of four, where her love for dance grew each and every year. She has training in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap and hip hop. While she is not at school, she enjoys rehearsing and performing with Millersville’s Expressions Dance Company.
Shalynne grew up in Reading, PA where she was homeschooled from K - 12. When she was four Shalynne started dancing at Carousel of Dance in Sinking Spring, PA where she studied all styles of dance, but quickly fell in love with tap. She continued her dance education throughout high school, taking classes, competing, and performing in her community. Shalynne attended Clarks Summit University, graduating in May 2016 with her BS PK-4 Elementary Education. She is very excited to have the opportunity to get back into the dance studio at SSDC and share her love of tap with students of all ages. She will also be working with SSDC’s youngest dancers, teaching Creative Dance, and Pre Level Tap and Ballet.