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. 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 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 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.
Melissa Denholtz is a senior majoring in dance and business. She graduated from the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts at MCST, where she studied dance as well. She is trained in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. Before coming to Muhlenberg, Melissa was a student teacher in modern, ballet, and jazz classes at her local studio. Last spring, Melissa taught an after-school program at Roosevelt Elementary School through the Teaching Dance course at Muhlenberg. She has also performed in Muhlenberg's informal dance concerts and Master Choreographers in 2014. Melissa is excited to be a part of MCDC this year!
Brianna 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.
Tommy McCarthy is a chemistry and dance double-major. He has appeared in such Muhlenberg dance shows such as Master Choreographers 2015, Dance Emerge (2013, 2014), Moving Stories (2012, 2013), and Dance Gallery (2012, 2013). He has also appeared in multiple theater shows including On The Town, Crazy for You, A Chorus Line, and Anyone Can Whistle. He is a ballet tutor with the Academic Resource Center, and he teaches Boys' Class and Tap for MCDC.
Danielle 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.
Lillian Pritchard is a senior at Muhlenberg College pursuing a double-major in dance and theatre. She found a love for teaching dance in Rutland, Vt., where she assisted in ballet, tap, and jazz classes as well as choreographing for local musical theatre productions. Once at Muhlenberg, Lillian began her studies in dance education, which included teaching an after-school dance program at Cleveland Elementary School in Allentown. Last semester Lillian assistant-taught Beginning Jazz and Musical Theatre. This is Lillian's first year with MCDC and she is excited to become part of the MCDC family. Outside of the classroom, Lillian is a member of Copasetic Rhythms, Muhlenberg's jazz tap ensemble, participates in various theatre productions, sings with Muhlenberg's Women's Choir, and is a French tutor.
Margot Steinberg is a senior at Muhlenberg College pursuing a major in dance and minors in mathematics and Spanish. She began her teaching experience at Buck’s Rock Creative and Performing Arts Camp in New Milford, Connecticut, teaching and choreographing for young teens from summers 2010-2013. Once at Muhlenberg, Margot began her studies in dance education, which included teaching an after-school program at Roosevelt Elementary School in Allentown. She is excited to begin her MCDC Practicum course, which includes assisting Advanced Modern and Accelerated Intermediate Ballet. In addition to classes, Margot enjoys choreographing for and performing in Muhlenberg dance concerts. Margot also studied dance abroad in Granada, Spain, in Fall 2014. She is the president of the Soul Sound Step dance team on campus and a member of Muhlenberg’s improvisational dance company, Six Meters.
Lindsey 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..