MCDC Classes for Young Dancers

Meet the Instructors

Tara RepsherTara Repsher, BFA holds a BFA in dance performance and education from Towson University. She received her early training from Patricia Bartholomew at Stage Door Studio. Her teaching experience covers many genres of dance, including ballet, modern, jazz, pointe, lyrical, musical theatre, and tap. While performing with the Towson University Dance Company she was asked to perform in a restaging of Martha Graham's "Panorama." Tara recently served as company director and dance teacher at Meade Senior High School in Maryland for five years. Her choreography has been seen at the Maryland High School Dance Festivals, Northampton Community College, and Walt Disney World. Tara is an adjunct faculty member in Muhlenberg College’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

Lisa Bottitta-BusfieldLisa Bottitta-Busfield, Ed.M. is a 2002 graduate of Muhlenberg's Theatre & Dance Department, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in dance. She has master's degree in dance education from Temple University. While in college, she participated annually in the American College Dance Festival (ACDFA) and made her film debut as a dancer in the independent film A.K.A. Ms. Bottitta-Busfield has studied with such distinguished dance educators as Karen Dearborn, Luke Kahlich, Clare Byrne, Rebecca Lazier, Ann Vachon, and Brad Parquette. She is a Part-Time Lecturer in Muhlenberg's Dance Program, and has also served as a faculty member for the University of Saint Francis, in Fort Wayne, Ind.; the Indiana University–Purdue University, Fort Wayne; and Huntington University. Ms. Bottitta-Busfield also choreographed and taught modern technique for the New American Youth Ballet Conservatory, and taught dance technique for The Fort Wayne School of Dance. She has performed as a modern dancer for Dance Arts Theater company in Fort Wayne, and has been a member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) since 2003. Ms. Bottitta-Busfield is also Youth Education Director for MCDC.

Teresa VanDenend SorgeTeresa VanDenend Sorge, Ed.M., in addition to supervising and mentoring the MCDC teaching staff, is teaching Monday evening's Creative Movement class. Teresa has been sharing her talents in various teaching positions since 2000, including instructor of dance at Hope College in Holland, Mich.; dance instructor at Koresh Dance Company, in Philadelphia; and adjunct professor at Temple University. Teresa has performed with Aerial Dance Theatre, PUSH Physical Theatre, and InLet Dance Theatre. Teresa received her B.A. in dance performance/choreography as well as receiving her certification in dance education for children K through 12.

Megan FlynnMegan Flynn is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher of ballet, contemporary dance, and Pilates. She received her MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine, and her BFA in Dance from Tulane University.  Megan also earned a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies at the Laban Center in London. As a dancer, she has worked with numerous professional companies and toured internationally. As a choreographer, her solo and group pieces have been performed in Europe and most recently in Philadelphia, New York City and Irvine. She has served as a guest teacher for: Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy and the Boston Ballet School; Skipton Summer School in England; and Spoke the Hub in Brooklyn.

Brianna GitnikBrianna Gitnik is a student at Muhlenberg College pursuing a double major in dance with a concentration in education and English with secondary education certification. Brianna began her teaching experience by assisting classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and creative movement. She then went on to teach her own classes at her local dance studio in Greenwich, Connecticut. She now continues to teach various genres of dance over summers and school breaks at Steps Dance Studio in Stamford, Connecticut. At Muhlenberg, Brianna is a member of the MINT* hip-hop dance team and has choreographed for and performed in various Muhlenberg dance concerts. Brianna is very excited to join the MCDC team assisting in Beginning Jazz and Beginning/Intermediate Modern.

Danielle McWaltersDanielle McWalters is a junior at Muhlenberg College. She is pursuing majors in dance and math, and is a member of the education certification program. She began assisting dance classes in middle school, and later taught at her studio in Rockville Centre, New York. She also taught gymnastics classes at her local recreation center. At Muhlenberg, Danielle is part of the Perkulators dance team and works as a tutor. She has taught dance at Roosevelt Elementary School and student-taught mathematics in and around Allentown. She has also participated in various dance concerts in the past year-and-a-half. She is very excited to assist in Accelerated Intermediate Ballet and Intermediate Jazz.

Lindsey WoytowichLindsey Woytowich is a junior at Muhlenberg College double-majoring in dance and business, with concentrations in dance education, business management and arts administration. Lindsey began her teaching experience at her local studio by assisting classes in ballet, jazz and modern. Over the past several summers, she has taught dance classes for a local day camp. She began her dance education studies last spring by teaching at an after-school program in Allentown. At Muhlenberg, Lindsey is a member of the cheerleading squad, and has choreographed for and performed in various Muhlenberg dance concerts. She is excited to be part of the MCDC program..