Meet Our Teachers
Performance Studios prides itself in providing our students with the best Arts Education possible! Find out about our instructors backgrounds
About the Owner:
Sara Rainer Kennealy began dancing at the young age of 2 and has more than 25 years experience as a dancer and 15+ years of experience teaching. She attended Drexel University and the University of Phoenix where she studied Business Administration. During her time at Drexel University, Sara studied dance with Miriam Guigere, Stephen Welsh, Milsey Davis, and Olive Prince. She received the “Dean’s Award” for her choreography of “Phenomenal Woman,” a modern dance piece set to the poetry of Maya Angelou. She was also able to perform in pieces choreographed by Nicole Canuso (Autopilot) and Lauren Mandilian (Information Overload), two prominent choreographers in the Philadelphia Area. Sara worked again with Mandilian in 2008 when she performed in the Philly Fringe Festival. She performed in Female Troubles a new performance piece Written and Choreographed by Cathy Quigley dealing with the tough topic of women’s health issues in the 2011 Philly Fringe Festival. Sara has also had the opportunity to study both the Limon and Nikolais modern dance techniques, take classes in NYC with amazing Choreographers and Instructors such as Chet Walker, Toni Noblett, and Lane Napper, as well as taken classes in multiple dance styles in Philadelphia, Pa and New York City.
Nicole Myers, Voice and Piano
Nicole is a recent graduate of The College of New Jersey with her bachelors in Music Education. Her primary study is vocal pedagogy, with a wide range of instrumental skills behind her. She has studied piano privately for 5 years, as well as auxiliary percussion for 10. Nicole has performed with professional vocal ensembles such as TCNJ's Chorale, The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, NAfME's All Eastern Choir, and many more. She was also the music director of her college a cappella group for 3 years running rehearsals, arranging and composing music, and teaching music theory. Nicole decided to pursue music education because her passion for music has always been a constant motivator, a productive hobby, an emotional outlet, and a way to meet more friendly and creative people. To share these amazing experiences and lessons with others is such a joy, and she is so happy to show her love of music to her students!