MEET OUR TEACHERS
Laura Cobbs is a native of Virginia. She graduated from Radford University with a BFA in Dance and Contemporary concentration. She has had the opportunity to perform off Broadway, in Florence Dance Week in Italy, Big Range Dance Festival in Texas, as well as around the East Coast with danah bella Dance Works and Opus 1 Contemporary Dance Company. She recently co-founded Shift Movement Collective and continues to perform and collaborate throughout New York and Philadelphia. Laura has presented choreography at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The National Cherry Blossom Fetival, and Disney World. She also serves as adjunct faculty for the Hill School.
Danielle Bagenstose is a dancer, choreographer, educator, and co-founder of Shift Movement Collective. Her early dance training included Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Hip Hop, and Acrobatics. In high school, she studied at the Pennsylvania Performing Arts Center where she began teaching at the age of 14. Danielle received her B.A. in dance from the University of North Texas in 2009 and later attended Texas Woman's University for graduate studies in dance. While in Texas, she danced with Outstanding Balance and Firewalk Dance Companies in addition to the UNT and TWU dance departments, which performed throughout Texas as well as New York City. She returned to Pennsylvania in 2011 where she teaches recreational, competitive, and pre-professional dancers. In 2015, she joined Monarch Dance Company and has already performed in New york City, Washington, D.C., and Lehigh Valley. Danielle has also choreographed for Monarch's pre-professional second company, Mariposa, and the Dance Ensemble at Northampton Community College. Her work has been shown in Bethlehem, PA, New York, NY, and Washington, D.C. Recently, Miss Dani was selected as one of 25 emerging choreographers showcased in Ballet Inc's The Series: Vol. I, where Shift debuted her piece "Rest/less: II" at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center in New York City.
Sharon Gravatt is originally from West Virginia and her dance training began there at the age of four. She graduated from Radford University and holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance with a concentration in Contemporary, and a B.A. in Spanish. In 2008, she performed at the American College Dance Festival and, in 2011, she returned to perform a solo when her own choreography was chosen to represent her school. In 2009, she was cast as the lead in the Radford University's Theatre Department's Children's Show, "Liza and the Riddling Cave". Her senior year honors academy project included producing a show with another student, where she choreographed five pieces of abstract movement that were performed at the concert, "Novel Ideas". She is continuing to develop her own choreography on independent projects. She was also featured as an improvisational dancer in the Radford University's Percussion Ensemble's concert. As a member of Opus I Contemporary Dance she has performed at Drexel University, the Performance Garage, Koresh's "Come Together Festival", and various other festivals to promote community, autism awareness, and dance appreciation. She recently returned to West Virginia to choreograph a piece for the Jefferson High School Dance Ensemble to perform at "Arts Alive". Sharon recently co-founded Shift Movement Collective and has performed with them in West Virginia, the Lehigh Valley, and New York City.
Felicity Layton is from Spring City, PA and began dancing at six. Her dance training spans multiple styles including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, African, and Hip Hop. She has studied with many notable choreographers such as Finis Jhung, Tracie Stanfield, Chio, Neil Schwartz, and danah bella Dance Works throughout her training and while attending numerous intensives in New York and Philadelphia. Felicity's performance highlights include Disney World, Hershey Park, Dorney Park, Lincoln Center, The Wilma Theater, Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., the Performance Garage, and many local events. She enjoys choreographing and teaching others as well as performing. Felicity is pursuing a BFA in Dance at Temple University and hopes to one day work for Disney.
Maddi Boone is from Douglassville, PA and began her training at a local studio at the age of four. Her early dance training included Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop, and Pointe. In addition to her numerous summer intensives in NYC, Boston, Chicago, and Tallahassee, FL, she has performed in such places as Disney World, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Hershey Park, and Dorney Park. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Dance at Shenandoah University and recently completed a three week trip to Amsterdam, Netherlands and Ikaria, Greece where she continued her dance training.
Raeann Risko is from Pottstown, PA and began her dance training at the age of seven. She first studied Jazz, Tap, and Hip Hop, later adding Modern, Ballet, Pointe, and Contemporary. She has performed in New York, Philadelphia, Hershey Park, Dorney Park, Disney World, as well as numerous local events. Her senior solo earned her a full scholarship to the 2019 Pure Performance event. Raeann began assisting teachers in junior level dance classes during her senior year of high school and had the opportunity to choreograph an advanced trio for Visions Dance Company's annual recital. She is currently pursuing a career in dance at Ursinus College along with a second major in Media and Communications.