The Dance Center Faculty

Nancy Page

Nancy Page - West Chester Studio

A native of West Chester, PA, Ms. Page trained at a young age at The Dance Center under the direction of Donna Muzio and was promoted to principal dancer with the Brandywine Ballet during her high school years.  She won full scholarships to train with the Milwaukee Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet upon graduation.  She apprenticed with the Pittsburgh Ballet before accepting a company position with Florida Ballet where she danced the Gold Medal Pas de Deux choreographed by world renowned choreographer, Norbert Vasak.  She later became a member of the Tampa/Colorado Ballet dancing solo and principal roles in classical and contemporary works.  Ms. Page eventually accepted principal positions with Sarasota Ballet and Ballet Eddy Toussaint USA dancing many original, contemporary ballets that were set on her as well as performing the various classics such as Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker.

Ms. Page returned home in 1993 to teach at The Dance Center and also perform as a Principal Dancer with the Brandywine Ballet.  In 1998, she was one of the first Principal Dancers in newly formed Brandywine Ballet Theatre, the professional arm of the company, dancing alongside Zdenek Konvalina (presently with the English National Ballet) for 2 years. She eventually became Brandywine Ballet’s Ballet Mistress in 2001 and has served in that position as well as Resident Choreographer since then. Ms. Page has been on faculty at The Dance Center since 1993 teaching ballet based on the Vaganova Method in the Elementary Division, Regular Division, and Professional Division of the school. 

Tim Early

Tim Early  - West Chester Studio

Tim Early has been on faculty at The Dance Center since 1993 and has also been a Principal Dancer with Brandywine Ballet Company during that time. Mr. Early has extensive ballet training and bases his teaching on the Vaganova Method of Ballet.  In addition to dancing, teaching and choreographing for the Brandywine Ballet Organization, Mr. Early currently is co-director of the Philadelphia-based Modern Company Opus I Contemporary as well as Resident Choreographer and Co-Artistic Director, alongside Donna Muzio, for newly formed Brandywine Contemporary.  Mr. Early has also choreographed for Lafayette College, Moravian College, Temple University and West Chester University. In addition, Mr. Early has headed the Dance Department at the Performing Arts Institute in Wilkes-Barre, PA for the past nine years in their prestigious summer program.

Jessica Morley

Jessica Morley - West Chester Studio

Jessica Morley is the daughter of Founder and Director Donna Muzio, and former Principal Dancer with the Brandywine Ballet Company.  Ms. Morley began her training at The Dance Center at the age of three.  She was classically trained based on the Vaganova method of ballet, under the direction of Donna Muzio for fifteen years.  During that time, Ms. Morley also studied with Nancy Page, Tim Early, Nana Badrena, Eddy Touissant, Cherie Noble, Patricia Brown, and David Kloss.  Ms. Morley was one of the founding members of the Brandywine Ballet Theatre, the professional arm of the Brandywine Ballet Company, which was created by Donna Muzio and Eddy Touissant in 1998.

After graduating from Towson University in 2005, Ms. Morley returned home to join the faculty of The Dance Center.  Under the mentorship of her mother, Ms. Morley is enthusiastic about the continual development of her skills as a dance instructor.  Her teaching syle is based on the Vaganova method to instruct her ballet students, and uses this training as a basis for teaching other forms of dance.  Outside of teaching at The Dance Center, Ms. Morley has earned a doctorate in School Psychology, and has worked as a practitioner since 2009.

Kathleen Morley

Kathleen Morley – Jazz/Hip Hop – West Chester Studio

Kathleen Morley is the daughter of Founder and Director Donna Muzio and former Soloist with the Brandywine Ballet Company. Ms. Morley began her dance training at the age of three at The Dance Center where she trained for fifteen years under the direction of Donna Muzio. During that time, Ms. Morley was classically trained based on the Vaganova method of ballet, studying with such teachers as Donna Muzio, Nancy Page, Tim Early, Cherie Noble, Nana Badrena and David Kloss. Ms. Morley also studied jazz extensively during her training both at The Dance Center and various schools in Philadelphia. In addition to her training, Ms. Morley has taught classes and workshops for The Dance Center’s summer programs, assists in the organization and facilitation of The Dance Center’s annual student recitals, assists in administrative capacities for The Dance Center and also serves as a rehearsal assistant for the Brandywine Ballet Company’s annual production of The Nutcracker. This season is Ms. Morley’s fourth year on faculty at The Dance Center.

Outside of dance, Ms. Morley earned a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from St. Joseph’s University and obtained her Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law in 2009. In addition to teaching at The Dance Center, Ms. Morley works full-time as an attorney at a Philadelphia-based law firm.

Jaime Lennon Louis

Jaime Lennon Louis - West Chester Studio

Jaime Lennon Louis began her training at The Dance Center under the direction of Donna Muzio when she was 7 years old.  She has been a member of Brandywine Ballet Company for 14 years. Ms. Lennon Louis is currently a principal dancer with Brandywine Ballet Theatre and has danced many leading roles, including Lucy and Mina in Nancy Page's Dracula, the leading female role in Nancy Page's Voices, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, and the dark angel in George Balanchine’s Serenade, among others.  She graduated in 2010 from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Brandywine Ballet’s Certificate in Dance.  Jaime was a member of the Philadelphia-based contemporary ballet company BalletX from 2010 to 2014.  During her time with BalletX, Jaime performed at the prestigious Vail International Dance Festival and at the The Joyce Theater in NYC.  She has had works created on her by numerous choreographers including Matthew Neenan, Jody Gates, Nicolo Fonte, Gabrielle Lamb, and Adam Barruch.  Ms. Lennon Louis also worked with choreographers Adam Hougland, Tobin Del Cuore, Alex Ketley, and Edward Liang, while with BalletX.

Joshua L. Polk

Joshua L. Polk - West Chester Studio

Joshua L. Polk, A.K.A., And-He-Lock well rounded in every style of hip hop and funkstyle dance and has much experience on the theatre stage as a director, choreographer and performer. He is also a very inspirational teacher and workshop leader.

In early 2003, I and three other members formed the company “Faceless Entertainment”. Together we explored the history and sought to gain full understanding of the hip hop dance culture. Later we united with Illadelph Phlave and became what is known today as one of the hottest hip hop and funk groups on the East Coast, “Face Da Phlave Entertainment”.

Andrea Olazagasti

Andrea Olazagasti - West Chester Studio

Ms. Olazagasti began her dance training at Delaware Dance Company at the age of 9. Before graduating she spent her final year studying at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.  Ms. Olazagasti went on to dance for the Lousiville Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence, and most recently with First State Ballet where she danced many leading roles such as Myrta and Peasant Pas de Deux from Giselle and Pas de Trois from Swan Lake.  She has had works created on her including Helena from A Midsummer Night's Dream and Evil Step Sister from Cinderella.  In the 2013 Valentina Kazlova IBC, Ms. Olazagasti and her partner were awarded with "the best interpretation of the compulsory piece" by Paolo Arrias of Boston Ballet.

In addition to dancing professionally, Ms. Olazagasti has extensive teaching experience in ballet, lyrical, modern, and jazz.  She has been a dance instructor for schools affiliated with the Louisville Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence, and First State Ballet.  For the upcoming 2015-2016 season, Ms. Olazagasti will be joining The Dance Center/Brandywine Ballet Organization as a Principal Dancer with Brandywine Ballet Theatre, in addition to joining our faculty. The Dance Center welcomes Ms. Olazagasti and looks forward to having our students benefit by her professional experiences both on the stage and in the classroom.

Jordan Bell

Jordan Bell - Lionville Studio

Ms. Bell began dancing at age three at the Blue Bell School of Dance.  Her official training began at age seven under the direction of Donna Muzio at The Dance Center in West Chester where she studied daily classes of Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, and Hip Hop.  Since becoming a member of the Brandywine Ballet Company at age eleven, she has danced many classical roles in The Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast, and Dracula.  Her most memorable role was as "Clara" in the Nutcracker. While at The Dance Center, Ms. Bell volunteered as a substitute teacher for Ms. Muzio and Rehearsal Assistant for Brandywine Ballet children's choreography.  While with Brandywine Ballet, she studied and worked with noted choreographers  Nancy Page, Meredith Rainey, Christopher Fleming, Christine Cox, Tara Keating, Matthew Neenan and Tim Early to name a few.

Ms. Bell is the principal instructor at our Lionville location teaching Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz Hip Hop, and Tap.

Emily McAveney

Emily McAveney

Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Emily McAveney has experienced a successful performance career that includes appearances with Brandywine Ballet, The Lake Erie Ballet, Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre, and BalletFleming. She began her training with Donna L. Muzio and Nancy Page at The Dance Center, the official school of Brandywine Ballet, and continued her dance education at Mercyhurst University, graduating in May 2014 with a B.A. in Dance Performance. Emily has performed in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Paquita, Nancy Page’s Dracula, Antony Tudor’s Little Improvisations, Tomm Ruud’s Mobile, Matthew Neenan’s The Last Glass, and George Balanchine’s Valse-Fantaisie, Serenade, and Concerto Barocco. She has originated roles in new works by choreographers such as Nancy Page, Meredith Rainey, Tauna Hunter, Michael Gleason, C. Noelle Partusch, Melissa Bobick, and Sarah Grace, among others. She recently had the opportunity to perform the lead role of Lisé in Bruce Marks and Samantha Dunster’s La Fille mal Gardée. Emily has also competed in the Youth America Grand Prix Competition in Chicago and New York City, and has danced at the esteemed Joyce Theater in New York City. In addition to performing, Emily has developed a love for teaching and choreographing. She has taught ballet, modern, and conditioning classes at The Dance Center, and her works have been performed by the student members of Brandywine Ballet Company. Emily is very happy to be continuing her performance, teaching, and choreographic career with Brandywine Ballet.

Natalie Flynn

Natalie Flynn

Ms. Flynn primarily trained for fourteen years at the Oxford Center for Dance, under the direction of Dina Gazzerra, as well as other studios in the Chester County area. During that time, she was a member of contemporary dance company, ASH II, directed by Braham and Logan Crane. While performing with ASH II, Ms. Flynn became versatile in all genres of dance including modern, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and tap. She has attended many workshops, intensive programs, and conventions including Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, Rockette Summer Intensive, Joffrey Contemporary and Jazz Intensive, Monsters of Hip Hop, Artists Simply Human, and American College Dance Festival. Her professional performance career includes: “Choreographer’s Ball” in New York City, “Come Together” presented by Koresh Dance Company, as well as competing and performing in many other venues in Las Vegas, Florida, Atlantic City, and New York.

Ms. Flynn attended West Chester University of Pennsylvania minoring in dance. While there, she became the Vice President and Student Choreographer for the University Dance Company. Her choreography has won many awards and she continues to create and choreograph throughout the region. Natalie’s passion lies not only in performing but also in choreography, and teaching the growing artist. We are pleased to welcome Ms. Flynn to The Dance Center’s faculty this year.

Patricia Perla

Patricia Perla, Pianist - West Chester Studio

Patricia has had a lifelong involvement with dance. She has designed and performed classical educational concerts for piano aficionados in New York and Pennsylvania, played for dance performances, rehearsals and training classes and directed and performed in musical productions for schools and churches.

Ms. Perla was Company Pianist for the Des Moines Ballet before moving to NYC where she had the opportunity to play for leading dance teachers, including Maggie Black, Peff Modelski, Gelsey Kirkland, Steps, Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Academy East and Joffrey School.  

Ms. Perla has been playing for The Dance Center/Brandywine Ballet since l990.