Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Dance.tech Performing Arts Studio faculty and staff are dedicated teachers who are committed to excellence in dance education.

stemenKaren Stemen
Studio Director/Owner
B.S. Dance Education
Western Michigan University
Member of Dance Educators of America

Paige Godwin
Assistant Studio Director
B.S. Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management
Virginia Tech
Dance Company of Virginia Tech, President


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  • Tessie Albert: Tutus & Tiaras, Jewels
  • Karen Arrivillaga: PowerPAC Choreographer
    • B.S. Apparel, Housing and Resource Management, Virginia Tech
    • Dance Company of Virginia Tech
  • Caitlin Burton: PowerPAC Choreographer
    • B.S. Interior Design, Virginia Tech
    • Dance Company of Virginia Tech, President
    • Hall of Fame Dance Challenge, Staff
  • Meredith Blanco: Tap, Ballet
  • Mary Jo Crews: Ballet, Pointe
  • Jessica Curtis: PowerPAC Choreographer, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop
    • B.A. Religious Studies and Sociology, Western Kentucky University
    • Western Kentucky University Dance Team
    • M.A. Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities, Western Kentucky University
    • Virginia Tech HighTechs, Assistant Coach
  • Sarah Fitch: PowerPAC Choreographer, Contemporary, Jazz
    • Virginia Tech HighTechs
  • Nina Kempic: Jewels, Adult Dance
    • B.S. Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech
    • Dance Company of Virginia Tech
  • Lisa Pelanne: Adult Dance, Core, Ballet
    • B.S. Biology, College of William & Mary
    • M.S. Immunology and Microbiology, Virginia Tech
    • National Dance Education Organization, Member
    • Certified through the Yoga Alliance, RYT500-hour designation
  • Allie Perfater: Hip Hop, Twinks, Jewels
    • Marshall University Dance Team
    • Radford University Rockers Dance Team
    • Radford University Dance Program, Jazz, Modern, Ballet and Contemporary
  • Heather Rinderle: Contemporary, Modern, Ballet
    • Certified Massage Therapist
    • Pushing Progress Contemporary Training Program
  • Kelly Ruffner: Gymnastics, Tricks & Acro
  • Kaitlin Shreckhise: Ballet, Pointe
    • B.A. English, Virginia Tech
    • M.S. Corporate and Professional Commmunication, Radford University
    • Fusion Dance Team
  • Sydney Sinclair: Jazz, Hip Hop
    • B.S. Political Science, Christopher Newport University
    • CNU Storm Dance Team, NCAA Athletics MVP in dance
    • Sideline Prep, Washington Redskins and Washington Wizards Performer
  • Senah Stephens: Tap, Jazz
    • Virginia Tech HighTechs
  • Jessa Watkins: Pre-Pointe, Ballet, Pointe
    • Certified in Cecchetti and Vaganova Ballet Techniques
  • Sarah Whitlock: PowerPAC Choreographer, Jazz
    • Associate’s Degree in Accounting, NRCC
    • Virginia Tech HighTechs

Teacher’s Assistants and TA’s in Training

  • Jennifer Arogo
  • Erin Crawford
  • Anna Gentiluomo
  • Rachel Littlefield
  • Katie Metrey
  • Kelsey Morrell
  • Riley Spitnale
  • Ella Stulce