Lana "Lexie" Fortenberry ~ Dance Instructor. Lexie is a Graduate of DA School of the Arts and has traveled London, Scotland & France on talent scholarships. She has trained in the Art of Dance since the age of 2, assistant teacher at the age of 11 and student teacher/choreographer by the age of 13. Lexie has won numerous awards for her innovative choreography style and is Dance Captain for the Dance Works "Dazzlers". She currently teaches ballet, lyrical, contemporary, choreography, tap, tumble, jazz & dance theatre.
Amanda Cooper ~Dance Instructor. Amanda began dancing with Lisa in 2004 when she was in highschool. One year later she joined the Dazzler Competition Team and acted as an assistant teacher and choreographer. After graduating high school she continued her dance career in college, teaching at a Valdosta studio for five years. In 2014, she returned to LADW as a substitute teacher and competition choreographer. She now teaches the Competition Petite and Junior teams along with the pre-ballet and tap, jazz, lyrical, and tumble classes.
Lisa Allen ~ Director. Lisa has been dancing for over 40 years. She began her dance career at Marilyn School of Dance in La Crosse, WI, where she performed and choreographed as a corp dancer and soloist for their company ("Dance, Inc."). Lisa continues her training traveling throughout the Southeast and NYC to study with top professionals. Being the founder of the Dance Works Dazzlers Competitive Team, Lisa is proud to showcase their National Award winning performances throughout the southeast. Lisa serves as the Vice President, co-director, and choreographer of Saint Marys' Children's Theater, a not for profit children's performing arts organization. Throughout her 21 years in Camden County, Lisa has choreographed, directed, and volunteered for several organizations, to include Camden County Schools, St. Marys Little Theater, churches, pageants, parades, and local festivals., Lisa is an active and proud member of the community, supporting local charities as well as serving as a proud member of the Chamber of Commerce.
Pam Kato~ Aerial Silk Instructor Aerial Dance is her passion. With many years of dance experience, taking it to the air has opened a whole new fun fitness challenge that creates strength, flexibility, and grace. Pam has studied Aerial Dance with Aerial Icons Rebekah Leach and Juliana Hane in the Instructors Certification Course through Born to Fly Aerial. In addition, she attended training workshops with the amazing Susan Murphy, Gwynne Flannigan, and Andrea Fors. Along with teaching a variety of Aerial Classes, she has participated in bringing Aerial Dance to the productions of the musical “Hair” at the Amelia Community Theater and “Peter Pan” with the St. Mary’s Children’s Theater at the Theater by the Trax. Since age 3, she has been involved in dance, with an emphasis in Ballet. Beginning at LaPeer School of Dance in Michigan at a young age, through young adulthood at Suncoast Academy of Dance in Florida. Pam has studied and achieved degrees in Exercise Science, Emergency Medical Services and Nursing. A medical background of 20 + years gives me the knowledge and skill to also work with those with special medical/physical considerations, along with Certifications of Fitness Trainer, Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, and Youth Fitness Trainer obtained through the elite ISSA (International Sports science Association) College of Exercise Science.
Theresa McGuirk~ Dance Instructor. Theresa McGuirk is from San Diego, CA, where she received her training from the California Ballet School and San Diego School of Ballet. She also danced at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts where she attended junior high and high school. Theresa received a minor in dance from the University of Colorado – Boulder and apprenticed with Boulder Ballet. In all of the places she has lived since, Theresa has been able to dance and/or teach ballet at a dozen studios including most notably in Beijing, China, and in Seattle at the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Spectrum Dance Theater. Theresa is a submariner’s wife and a homeschooling mother to 4 children who love to swim and dance.
Cerina Trapp~ Dance Instructor. Cerina Trapp has spent most of her life dancing. She joined Lisa Allen’s Dance Works when she was 4 years old and spent the next 16 years of her life at the studio. She began competing at the age of 7 and won many awards including platinum solo awards and a call back performance for her solo (choreographed by Lexie Fortenberry) in 2011 at Cathy Roe’s Ultimate Dance Competition. Cerina did a summer intensive with Laurie Picinich-Byrd at the Florida Ballet and danced in their production of The Nutcracker; she also performed as the Snow Queen in a local production of The Nutcracker. She attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts for her freshman and part of her sophomore year. During her years at Lisa Allen’s Dance Works she has worn many hats including being a teacher during the 2012 dance year and is excited to return to the place she has spent the majority of her life doing what she loves. While no one dance form is better than the other, Cerina is versed in them all and lyrical and hip hop rank as her favorites.