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Perrysburg Dance Academy
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.

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, tap, jazz, musical theatre 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 Ballet, Modern Dance and Jazz. Mariah has extensive performing experience and was on the Dean's list at EMU.

Sarah North -  Sarah has danced at Perrysburg Academy for over 10 years, and now as a college student teaches preschool dance, tap, jazz, Dancin' Dudes 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, tap 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!