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Perrysburg Academy of the Performing Arts
156 W. South Boundary
Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
419-874-6773

 

Perrysburg Academy of the Performing Arts, INC., was founded in 1980. In 1987, increasing enrollment necessitated a move to a larger facility; and in 1993 Perrysburg Gymnastics Center was built to further alleviate over-crowded classes.

Dance schools and teachers do not have to obtain a special license for teaching. As such, some dance schools and teachers have very little training and experience. It is important to learn proper technique in order to prevent injury during dance. Having a qualified teacher with training in dance is important.

Our teachers have all received professional dance training. Many have degrees in dance or dance education, and others have had careers in the professional dance world. Additionally, our teaching staff often work professionally as dancers and/or choreographers. This brings new and exciting ideas and choreography to the classroom, and our students benefit. Perrysburg Academy’s caring and competent teachers create a safe, considerate and fun environment where students can create and grow. Our instructors serve as wonderful role models who have graduated from America’s finest colleges, universities, and/or dance companies. Lessons of cooperation, consideration, and grace are demonstrated by instructors who are carefully selected for their love for children and dance.

 

“Miss Vicki, I wanted to take a few minutes and write you a quick letter to say THANK YOU!!! Although you do not teach Cally ‘Irish’, I feel you have helped to instill important life lessons and discipline that will help Cally throughout life. I have the utmost respect for you and the way you run your dance school.” Shannon Henry, Mother of Cally Henry

“One can tell when an instructor is just doing a ‘job’ and your instructors always express enthusiasm towards their students. They create the desire to learn and the passion to improve. Your staff enjoys what they are doing so it never appears like ‘work’ for them." Zoe Mahler’s Mom


VICKI HARTKOPF is the President/C.E.O. of Perrysburg Academy of the Performing Arts, Inc.

In addition to her dance school’s yearly Nutcracker and annual spring dance concert, Ms. Hartkopf has also choreographed for television commercials. Her solo students and dance teams have won State and/or National titles. Ms. Hartkopf and her students have performed in Europe, Jamaica, and aboard a Caribbean Cruise Ship. In 1981, she was featured with five of her students in the Guinness Book of World Records as continuously twirling batons for 72 hours and 15 minutes! In 1996, she was featured in the October issue of Dance Teacher Now, a trade publication serving dance teachers on six continents. Ms. Hartkopf is Safety Certified by USA Gymnastics, and serves as consultant to dance and fitness centers across the country.

She has judged countless talent and dance competitions, pageants, cheer-leading tryouts, and baton twirling championship at the local, state, and national level. In 1997, 1999, and in 2007 she also served as the U.S. adjudicator to the Showcase Australia National Dance finals.

As a dancer educator, choreographer, lecturer, consultant, judge and performer she has brought the joy of dance to thousands of children and adults. She is mother to Rob (Lisa), Stephanie (Roberto), Hannah, and Emilia, and grandmother to Maya, Rory, Mateo, Gavin, and Aiden.

Bob Hartkopf is the director of Perrysburg Gymnastic Center. His gymnastic students have won state championships on floor exercise, bars and vault. He is USA Gymnastics Safety Certified and under his direction, Perrysburg Gymnastic Center’s team has won the League of Rising Stars Championship.

Emilia Hartkopf– Emilia is a former professional dancer with the Cleveland Cavalier Girls. She was a Dancer of the Year finalist in 2006 and has studied with Brian Friedman, Mia Michaels, Shane Sparks, and Laurie Ann Gibson among others. She has performed in a Music Video and was Miss May in the 2008 Cavalier Girl Calendar. She has performed in several venues in NYC as a dancer and musical theater personality.

Alisa Marier - Alisa teaches ballet, modern, and pointe classes. She is a 2005 Summa Cum Laude graduate of B.G.S.U. with a major in Theatre Acting/Directing and a minor in Dance, Voice, and Children's Theater. She comes to us from the Chicago area, having taught dance at the Devonshire Dance Studio. She was the director of the Devonshire Dance Ensemble, and in 2009, 2010, and 2011 was the director and choreographer of the Summer Dance Intensives at the Devonshire Cultural Center.

Mariah Robinette- Mariah is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, with a degree in dance. She currently teaches Modern Dance and Jazz. Mariah has extensive performing experience and was on the Dean's list at EMU.

Ashleigh Windsor - Ashleigh teaches our combination dance classes at Perrysburg Gymnastic Center, as well as our "Dancin' Dudes" preschool class. She is a former competitive dancer in jazz, hip hop, lyrical and tap.   

Sarah North -  Sarah has danced at Perrysburg Academy for over 10 years, and now as a college student works with our preschool dancers and hip hop students. She was Miss Vicki's assistant and brings love and excitement to her classes.

Sarah Heckler -  Our newest staff member! Sarah danced at Perrysburg Academy for 11 years, and attends the University of Toledo.  Sarah teaches preschool dancers and jazz. She is our official Nutcracker historian, assistant, understudy for every role, and idea person! 

Darlene Paszko - Darlene is one of the friendly faces that greet you at the front desk! A retired Toledo Public Schools secretary, she enjoys dance and people, making this an ideal job for her!

Pam Heckler - Pam is another one of the friendly faces that greet you at the front desk! She has been a "Dance Mom" at Perrysburg Academy and this helps to give her the ability to empathize when dealing with the parents. She is also the official seamstress at our studio! Her daughter Sarah is one of our dance instructors.