MEET OUR STAFF
Kelsay Stephensen, Director/Studio Owner
Kelsay started her dance career at a very young age. She is very well rounded and trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Musical Theater, Hip-Hop and Improv. At the Age of 10 she performed for Disney with 42nd street star Beth Level. She has received numerous scholarships and awards from competitions and conventions from choreographers included but not limited to Tice Diorio, Sheila Barker, Mandy Moore and Greg Russel. She started teaching at the age of 16 and from there discovered her love for choreography. She also trained at the University of the Arts summer intensive program summer of 2009.
Kelsay started college at Stockton University in 2009 where she decided to major in Public Health and minor in dance because of her love to help people. There, she was the president of the dance team and performed in many concerts. She trained in Modern, Ballet, Jazz and Tap. She was a soloist for Lauren Putty and also was chosen to work with Jai Hoon Lim and Henry Van Kuiken on new dance works. She also performed at the American College Dance Festival in 2012.
She knew she had a love for children so she obtained her B.S. in Public Health with a minor in dance and became an Alcohol and Drug Prevention Specialist, working with kids from ages 6 to 19. She truly loves helping others and is making it her life’s work to continue creating positive relationships, instilling great morals, and teaching life skills.
She has taught at many dance studios throughout the years including Ovations Performing Arts Academy, Encore Performing Arts Center, Dancing Lights Ballet School and The Dance Centre.
Kelsay’s choreography has won choreography awards, multiple overall high score awards as well as special awards and title winners at many different competitions. She is thrilled to be able to expand on her knowledge and learn from each and every student.
Brittany Reichert, Assistant Director/Choreographer/Teacher
Miss Britt Reichert is trained in all areas of dance but specializes in Tap & Hip Hop. Miss Britt began teaching in high school and continued throughout college. Miss Britt has graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising. During her college career at the University of Delaware she was a member of a dance company on campus, Delaware Repertory Dance Company. In Summer 2016 Britt joined our TDA family! Since then she has become our Assistant Director & full time choreographer/ teacher. While fashion is another passion of hers, she enjoys designing, embellishing, and altering costumes each year.
Miss Britt has won several costume awards, choreography awards, special awards, and highest scoring awards. She enjoys working with the students, parents, & her friends/ co-workers in such a rewarding environment!
Samantha Wenstrom, Choreographer/Teacher
Samantha has been dancing for 20 years. She is trained in many styles including jazz, contemporary, ballet, pointe, modern, and hip hop. Samantha found her love for dance at Ovations Performing Arts Academy and went on to receive her BFA in Jazz Dance Performance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. There, she studied under/performed for many world renowned choreographers. She graduated with honors and accepted an "Excellence in Jazz Dance" award. She has been teaching and creating for 6 years, which is where her true passion lies. She has performed and choreographed countless competitive dances where she has won numerous high scores, titles, and special judges awards. Samantha is ecstatic to share her love of dance with others.
Emma Smith, Choreographer/Teacher
Emma Smith is eighteen years old and has been dancing for sixteen years. She has trained with both The Dance Centre and most recently Trademark Dance Academy. She has been educated in Acrobatics, tumbling, aerial silks, hand balancing/contortion, jazz, ballet/pointe, hip-hop, musical theatre, contemporary, tap and lyrical. Emma is a national title winner for Step-Up to Dance as well as a 1st overall winner at many other national and regional competitions. Emma has assisted Kelsay Stephensen for 3 years and now teaches Acro, Jazz, Jumps and Turns and Lyrical for Trademark Dance Academy. She also is the social media manager for Trademark.