Meet the Instructors
Tara Repsher, BFA (Head Professional Teacher) 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-Busfield, Ed.M. (Educational Director and Administrative Manager) is a 2002 graduate of Muhlenberg’s Theatre & Dance Department, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in dance. 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 had the opportunity to study with such distinguished dance educators as Karen Dearborn, Luke Kahlich, Clare Byrne, Rebecca Lazier, Ann Vachon, and Brad Parquette. Ms. Bottitta-Busfield has served as a faculty member in dance 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.
Laura Barbalato is a junior pursuing a dual degree in biology and dance here at Muhlenberg College. Before arriving on campus, Laura was an assistant teacher for both hip-hop and pointe classes at her local studio. She has previously participated in the Teaching Dance course, which included teaching an afterschool dance program at Cleveland Elementary School in Allentown, and also completed the MCDC Teaching Practicum. Outside of the classroom, Laura is a campus tour guide and delegate, a member of the MINT* hip-hop dance team, and on the Student Advisory and Planning Committee. She has also choreographed her own work as well as performed in a number of Muhlenberg College mainstage dance performances, including an opportunity to work with Germaul Barnes of the Bill T. Jones company.
Sarah Braviak is a junior at Muhlenberg College majoring in Dance and Psychology. She is returning to MCDC after spending a semester studying at the Florence University of the Arts in Italy where she furthered her liberal arts eduction while also working on choreography and performance. While there Sarah showcased her choreography along side the Florence Dance Company at the Orsanmichele and the Salone die Cinquecento. Sarah is a member of the Muhlenberg Dance Association and regularly performs in their seasonal concerts. She graduated from the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts High School at MCST where she studied modern, ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance. Before Muhlenberg, Sarah was a member of project:Smith and Freespace 2 where she performed in various New Jersey and New York City venues, while also assistant teaching contemporary, modern, and jazz classes. Sarah has taught an after-school dance program in the Allentown School District through the Teaching Dance class at Muhlenberg and is excited to begin her third semester with MCDC.
Samantha Chu is a junior at Muhlenberg College majoring in dance and mathematics and pursuing certification in math secondary education. Throughout her dance career she has studied multiple dance genres, including modern, jazz, ballet, and ballroom. She has continued her dance education at Muhlenberg through participation in many performance and choreographic opportunities. This year she is especially excited to be with the DanceMax Moving Company and continuing her dance teaching experiences with MCDC.
Noah Dach is a student at Muhlenberg College double majoring in Dance and Business. He is trained in the styles of Hip Hop, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Ballet, and Folk Dance. Noah has worked teaching dance at various dance studios in Los Angeles, Calif., and at a performing arts summer camp, and he has taught master classes to a company studio in Tel Aviv, Israel. Along with teaching, Noah has performed and choreographed for competition dance teams and was member of the Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble, a contemporary dance company based out of L.A. He has choreographed and performed in Muhlenberg dance concerts since he began school in 2012. Noah is excited to be a part of MCDC!
Christine DeLuca is a senior at Muhlenberg College graduating with a double major in dance and mathematics. She has completed both the Teaching Dance course and the MCDC practicum, where she worked in both the Creative Movement and Beginner/Intermediate Tap classes. Throughout her time with MCDC, she has taught Creative Movement I and II, Beginning Tap, Intermediate Tap, Beginning Ballet/Jazz combo, Intermediate Jazz and has worked with Performance Company. Prior to MCDC, Christine has worked as a teacher and teacher aide at various schools on Long Island teaching in ballet, tap, jazz and modern with students ranging from 3 to 18 years old. This year was Christine's third year with DanceMax Moving Company, a group which travels to local elementary schools teaching life lessons through dance.
Megan 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.
Patricia Statkiewicz taught beginning ballet and beginning tap this semester for MCDC. She is a junior at Muhlenberg College majoring in dance with a minor in Business. She has been dancing from a young age studying ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and pointe. Tricia was last seen performing in Master Choreographers in February. She has also performed in numerous student choreographed dance concerts and began choreographing last fall. Last spring she taught after school dance at Cleveland Elementary School through the Teaching Dance course here at Muhlenberg.
Teresa 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.
Elizabeth Thompson is a junior at Muhlenberg College majoring in dance and biology. She has been dancing for over 16 years, and has studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, pointe, and hip hop. Before Muhlenberg, Elizabeth assisted and taught dance classes in Maryland. She has performed in a number of shows at Muhlenberg and has also choreographed for some of the student concerts. Elizabeth is excited to start teaching at MCDC this year!