About Our Faculty
Valerie Smith Byron
Tap/Ballet/Jazz/Contemporary Lyrical/Musical Theatre/Bootcamp
A Delaware native, Ms. Smith Byron has over a 25-year distinguished professional career in dance and choreography. From New York City to Los Angeles, from Broadway to Film, Val has worked extensively in all manner of media. She has trained and studied all across the country with many renowned teachers, dancing with the Eglevsky Ballet and Wilmington Ballet Companies. Some of her Broadway show credits include Beauty and the Beast, 42nd Street, Evita, Meet Me In St. Louis, along with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City.
In the New Millennium, Valerie turned her attention to teaching and choreography. She has been blessed to choreograph for major celebrities for stage and screen, along with creating musicals, commissioned pieces and award winning competition entries.
Her credits span television, film, commercials and industrials, including the 2012 PBS Special “A Captiol Fourth” starring Tom Bergeron, Megan Hilty (Smash), Matthew Broderick, Kelli O’Hara, Josh Turner, Amber Riley and Kool & the Gang. In 2009 she choreographed the film “The Sophomore” starring Bruce Willis and Micsha Barton. In 2015, Valerie received a Global Arts Award in Los Angeles for her choreography.
Valerie is also a well known dance instructor at Universities, Performing Arts high schools and travels extensively throughout the United States, teaching and judging dance competitions.
Karen Lacy graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. in Dance and English. She lived in New York City for 21 years, working as a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer, but recently moved to the Philadelphia area. Some of her dance credits include the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, New York City Opera, Neville Dance Theatre, John Passafiume Dancers, Eglevsky Ballet, and Covenant Ballet Theatre. Her choreography credits include La Traviata, Once Upon a Mattress, Romance Romance, The Big One, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Clue, and countless children’s dance recitals. For the past fifteen years, she has worked as a teaching artist in the NYC public schools with both City Center and American Ballet Theatre, and is an ABT certified teacher who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7. Karen teaches at Dance Delaware Studios in Wilmington, guests at Manhattan Youth Ballet (NYC), School of the Garden State Ballet (NJ), and Philadelphia Dance Theatre, and works at Gaynor Minden, where she is Senior Fitter and Dance Teacher Liaison.
Broadway Babies/Hip Hop/Acrobatics
Stephanie has studied with many renowned teachers throughout the tri state area as well as the Koresh Dance Company, New York City Dance Alliance, StarQuest, Wild and the legendary Roni Mahler in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop. She is a certified acrobatic teacher and is an award winning hip hop choreographer who has a very positive and energetic level of enthusiasm which goes a long way with children!
Ballet/Tap/Contemporary Lyrical /Bootcamp/Co-Director of competitive team
Ashley, a Delaware native, who has been dancing for many years. She has studied with many renowned teachers and companies such as The Joffrey Ballet, The Kansas City Ballet, and The Austin Ballet. Ashley has a masters from the University of Delaware for exercise science. She has performed at Frontier Town as a cancan dancer, the Liberty Bowl with the Beach Boys, Judith Jamison at the White House, Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines. Ashley has performed and competed in many National/International competitions/conventions throughout the United States.
Cicely grew up in New Castle, Delaware with her two older brothers. She began her dance training at a young age, where she trained in Ballet, Jazz and Modern dance. Through out high school and college, Cicely enjoyed cheerleading and performing at school games. While attending Wilmington University in 2001, she became an NFL Philadelphia Eagle Cheerleader. In 2005, Cicely relocated to Sacramento, California, where, an hour after arriving, she auditioned for the Sacramento Kings Dance Team. She was selected to represent the organization as a professional dancer, where she also participated in commercials and other promotional events within in the organization. Cicely is a DanceDelaware mom and has two children, McKenzie and Chancellor. She runs a holistic functional medicine practice when she is not Instructing Cheer Dance, which she is excited to offer to the children at DanceDelaware!
Allyssa trained at Paul Klocke Studio of Dance in Aston, Pa in ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz, hip-hop, pointe, and contemporary. Over the years Allyssa has trained with Angela Bates Majewski, Robyn Brawley, Paul Klocke, Kim Klocke, Mary Beth Powell, Angela Boyd, Katie Speicher, Trish Ryan, Maegen Pruitt, and Heidi Jarrett. Allyssa graduated Summa Cum Laude from Midland University in Fremont, Ne with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management. During her time at Midland Allyssa was a member of the Premier Dance Company, Jazz competition team, choir, theater department, and a cappella group. Before attending Midland University, Allyssa was a member of the non- profit international organization, The Young Americans based in Corona, Ca. With the Young Americans Allyssa toured to over 12 countries performing and teaching music and dance to people of all ages. Allyssa is very passionate about teaching students. She has taught at Paul Klocke Studio of Dance in Aston,Pa, Angela Bates Dance Academy in Newtown Square, Pa, Studio of Dance Arts in Omaha, Ne, Julie’s Creative Movement &Dance Studio in Fremont, Ne, Arlington High School in Arlington, Ne, and Create 308 in Grand Island, Ne. Allyssa is excited to return to the East Coast for a while.