Teachers & Staff
Stephanie is the owner of and a dance teacher at Performing Arts Dance Centre. She began her training at age three in Northwest Ohio training in ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics, musical theater and baton. After graduating from Perrysburg High School, she attended The Ohio State University where she majored in dance and graduated with her BFA in Dance in 2000. Stephanie has studied with the Fort Wayne Ballet, Chicago Ballet and many guest teachers over the years. Internationally, Stephanie has performed in Spain, Mexico and in the Bahamas.
Her teaching career has spanned over 20 years and includes ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, baton and gymnastics. Stephanie is well-known for her talent of teaching. She spent three months in Australia where she was invited to teach a variety of workshops and classes. She continues to hone her craft by attending and participating in workshops and conventions throughout the year to learn the latest styles and techniques. She was recently certified in Acrobatic Arts to help further develop her gymnasts. Having served as a judge at numerous dance competitions, Stephanie is extremely successful in the competitive arena. Her teams have won many awards at both regional and national competitions.
Stephanie is a married mother of three. When she is not at the studio she loves spending time with her family.
Elliott has been with PADC since the very beginning, first as a student, now as a teacher. She started dancing at the age of three and began training with Stephanie Rodriguez at Performing Arts Dance Centre when the doors opened in 2002. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, pointe, contemporary and baton. She also cheered for the Delaware Pacers all through middle and high school.
After graduating, Elliott continued her training at Ballet Met Columbus and various dance conventions while attending college at Franklin University. She has taken classes with a variety of master teachers and danced with a modern dance company in Columbus.
Elliott has a love of teaching that shines through her choreography on stage and also has won many choreography awards for her work with PADC’s competition teams. Her style of hip hop is creative and edgy while maintaining a positive focus for younger dancers.
When she’s not at the studio Elliott loves spending time with her family.
Mary has more than 35 years of extensive dance training in both tap and jazz. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she was a member of their nationally ranked dance team. At PADC, she primarily teaches jazz and tap, in addition to a very dear to her heart special needs class. Mary’s training included instruction at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City with Savion Glover and Wade Robson. She was a feature performer with Third Eye Blind and Boys to Men during the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving game halftime shows. She also has shared her creative talent as associate choreographer for the Eastern Michigan University dance team.
Mary is an active member of the Delaware community, along with her husband and four children. She’s strongly dedicated to sharing her love of dance with our PADC students!
Jenna has 21 years of dance training, starting at Generations PAC where she joined the pre-professional company at age 12. In high school, she had the opportunity to train with Broadway choreographer Randy Skinner, and So You Think You Can Dance contestant Jaimie Goodwin.
She attended Otterbein University, studying Musical Theatre, Dance, and Choreography extensively. During her college years, she performed in three dance concerts as a featured role and even had the chance to choreograph Fiddler On the Roof at Otterbein. She also served as the Dance Representative on the Theatre Council, working directly with the Artistic Director.
Jenna has danced with River North Dance Company as a part of their Summer Repertoire Company, as well as with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. She graduated from Otterbein in August 2016, receiving an award for outstanding dance quality and earning the JoAnne VanSant Dance Scholarship Award, along with an additional degree in Entrepreneurship/Management.
Jenna joined PADC in July 2016 and is loving every moment. She teaches gymnastics, lyrical, ballet, jazz, and her favorite modern. She loves Broadway, fitness, 70s music, and all things dachshund related. Outside of the studio, she works as an HRIS Specialist at Nationwide, and choreographs musicals for the Westerville high schools and middle schools.
Abbey began her dance training in Springfield, Ohio at the age of 12. She soon began spending summers dancing at BalletMet on scholarship. In 2014, she began training in their academy‘s intensive track and was awarded the “Dare To Be Moved” scholarship. Abbey then went on to join BalletMet’s Trainee Program in 2016. She also spent summers training at various summer intensives including Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
While dancing at BalletMet, Abbey was selected to perform in various company productions including Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Bolero (with Cincinnati Ballet). She also was able to learn and perform classical repertoire within the trainee program. Some of her favorites were Les Sylphides, Paquita and Sleeping Beauty variations.
When she’s not dancing, Abbey enjoys photography, painting, cooking and doing all sorts of crafts. She also loves to spend free time with her friends and her cat, Jinx!
Maya is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University where she earned a degree in early childhood education. She is a second grade teacher in the Whitehall School District.
Maya has been dancing since she was three years old. Following in her mother's footsteps, she loves to dance and has a passion for teaching. Maya was one of the first and youngest students to join PADC's competition team. She has won numerous awards for her dancing and countless specialty and judges' awards for her solos.
After graduating, Maya furthered her training at a Pre-Professional Dance Intensive in New York. She was recently certified in Acrobatic Arts. Maya attends several conventions each year and has studied under many famous teachers and choreographers such as Mia Michaels, NappyTabs, Ade Obayomi and Fik-Shun, to name a few.
Juliana began her dance training in Yokosuka, Japan. She started her training with classical ballet when she was 7 years old. Juliana was trained by Ms. Hiroko Enomoto and Ms. Gabrielle Lyon. While living overseas on a U.S. Navy base in Japan, Juliana was a member of an Elite Performance Team where she performed at numerous community events. She has had the opportunity to learn and dance with a popular dance/singing group from Japan known as “Exile”.
Juliana joined PADC in 2016 and was a part of the recreational and competitive teams and a member of Sr. Elite. Her favorite genres of dance are ballet, lyrical and hip hop. Along with dancing at PADC, Juliana was a varsity cheerleader at Olentangy Berlin High School. She was engaged in Service Club, The Global Scholars Program and graduated as a member of the National Honor Society.
Juliana is attending the Ohio State University where she is majoring in Early Childhood Education. Outside of dance she enjoys spending quality time with friends and family.
Danielle is a senior this year. She is on the Senior Elite team and A Team, which is the senior hip hop team. She has been dancing at PADC since she was little and now has expanded her skills to include choreography. She choreographs and competes several award-winning solos, duets and trios.
Danielle plans to go into the medical field after she graduates from high school.
Natalie is a senior this year. She competes on the Senior Elite team and on A Team, the senior hip hop team. Natalie has an incredible work ethic and is known for her kind and fun personality. She loves working with our young dancers to help them develop skills and have a good time in class.
Natalie is currently exploring her college options and is excited for her last year of high school.
Kelly has been a PADC dance mom since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Ohio Northern University and a Master’s Degree in teaching from Marygrove College. Her interest in encouraging children to achieve their goals, and the value she places in connecting parents to the process, lead to her further involvement at PADC.
Kelly uses various forms of communication to keep students and families informed of events and policies at PADC. She maintains the competition Facebook page as well as contributes to the main Facebook page for the studio. She enjoys connecting with people and answering questions about the studio. It is Kelly’s goal that all PADC families have access to the information necessary to ensure their experience is smooth and highly enjoyable.
Kelly grew up in Powell and she and her husband, Rich, have lived in Delaware since 2000. They have three children who dance at the studio. Both of their girls, Emme and Shelby, dance on multiple competition teams while Cody participates in hip hop classes. With Rich taking Adult Hip Hop, it ends up that the entire family is involved in PADC in one capacity or another.
Erin has been a PADC mom since 2014, as soon as her daughter turned three. Erin and her family, along with their pets, moved to Delaware in 2012 and all have fallen in love with the community. Erin has two kids, Mitch and Millie and three fur babies.
Starting in 2006, Erin worked as a preschool teacher and was a SACC director for elementary students before moving to Delaware, when she became a stay at home mother. After being a stay at home mom for six years, Erin now works as a supervisor in a large chain boutique. She loves being in the office and helping the dance families.
In her free time, Erin enjoys crocheting, reading, painting, and spending time with her family.
Lisa is a PADC mom whose daughter has been dancing with us for several years. Not only does her daughter dance, but Lisa is part of the adult hip hop group that performs in our annual recital in June.
Lisa is a popular teacher in our community, and she brings her energy and fun personality to the studio as part of our front office team.
Lisa loves working out and also is a personal fitness coach.