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.
Mary Blake, Contemporary, Jazz, Yoga
Mary was a Dance Education gradate from Brigham Young University in 2014. She spent the majority of her college education engaged in Contemporary, Jazz, and folk/footwork classes, such as tap, clogging, and Irish dance. While in college she was able to dance and perform with dance companies such as DancEnsemble & the SPAC (Spring Performing Arts Company). In the years since her graduation, she has taught dancers ages 3-17 years old, and loves every minute of it. Mary currently teaches Contemporary, Jazz, and Kids Yoga at Performance Dance Studios.
Kevan Sullivan, Jazz, Ballet, Leaps and Turns
Kevan Sullivan grew up in Milford, Connecticut where he received his training from the Lee Lund Studio of Dance. In 2009 Kevan received the Director's Talent Scholarship awarding him a full tuition scholarship to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Immediately following graduation Kevan began dancing with Koresh Dance Company and has danced with the company since 2013.
Kevan has taught at studios in Connecticut, New Jersey, and many other studios across the country. He has set work on the Lee Lund Adult Company for 5 consecutive years and teaches master classes regularly.
Kevan's dance style ranges from contemporary ballet to hiphop and everything in between. He loves to pull from all different styles of dance and infuse them together producing strong, dynamic, and well rounded students.
Julia McHale, Combo Classes, Broadway Babies
Julia began dancing at the age of three where she received years of training from Triplet Dance Academy, Dance Experience, and Core Academy of Movement. She received a half Dance Scholarship to Rowan University where she is currently obtaining her teaching certification in Early Childhood Education. Julia has also had experience dancing for the Philadelphia Soul, and was a four year member of Rowan's Dance Extensions Company. She studied various genres such as ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip-hop, lyrical and musical theater. Having a strong passion for children, Julia became a dance instructor at the age of fifteen, and has been working with a wide variety of students ages 2-17.
Being a current member of the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleading Squad, Julia has had the opportunity to perform at Atlantic City's Miss America Parade, Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, and partake in the both the 2016 NFL Director's Conference and Philadelphia NFL Draft. During the summer, Julia teaches at the Morrestown Theater Company where she choreographs many musical productions. Julia is thrilled to be a part of the staff at Performance Studios and is excited to share her unique knowledge and enthusiasm with her students.
Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, Acro, Musical Theater, Jazz, Ensembles
Gabrielle FitzPatrick has danced and choreographed in several dance productions, musicals, Sesame Place, and on tour for over 20 years in her career. She starred in productions including “Hairspray” and “Joseph and the Amazing Color Dreamcoat”, as well as being the original choreographer of a brand new musical “They call it GRAVY, we call it SAUCE.” Apart from the world of Musical Theater, Gabrielle has danced and choreographed in several different settings including numerous performing companies at her college and through other dance studios and schools. She performed in “The Nutcracker” for 7 years in partnership with L’Ecole de la Dance and the Donestk Ballet Company and performed in many different roles ranging from little doll to a snowflake. Gabrielle was a Costume Character Performer at Sesame Place and on the national tour of Sesame St Live Let’s Dance; her main roles included Bert, Count von Count, Grundgetta, Ernie, Baby Bear, and Grover. Gabrielle has also studied gymnastics and acrobatic dance for the last several years and has started to get into the world of circus arts including hoop dancing, aerial silks, and hand balancing. Gabrielle’s greatest love though is to share this passion for the performing arts with the next generation and help them grow into the amazing performer and person that they are meant to be.
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!