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OUR STAFF

 

 

Jeri Pinnell

Founder

Jeri Pinnell began dancing at a very young age and fell in love with dance.  As a teen, she became a member of Capital City Ballet Company, under the direction of Jorg Fasting.  She attended the Ohio State University.  In 1976, she founded Pinnell Dance Centre with her husband Don and has trained hundreds of dancers over the years.  The love of children and watching them blossom are her passions.  Jeri studied dance extensively in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.  Some of her teachers included Joe Tremaine, Luigi (Faccuito,) Frank Hatchett, Doug Caldwell and, her mentor, the amazing Gus Giordano, who was named “the father of American jazz.”  For many years, Jeri was a board member of the Columbus Theatre Ballet Association, and she was an original board member of the prestigious Jazz Dance World Congress.  She was tested to teach dance and is certified by both Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America.  Her students have danced on “So You Think You Can Dance”, in Broadway shows and tours, at Disney Orlando and Disney Tokyo, in music videos, on cruise ships and in The Rockettes.  Many students have gone on to teach dance and open studios across the United States, including Florida, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, and several have opened dance schools in Ohio.  Jeri taught on the dance staff at Otterbein University in Columbus for may years.  She has taken two different groups of Pinnell Dancers on the European tours of “The Tanzsommer Stars of Tomorrow” concert series.  The performances included dance concerts throughout Austria and in Paris, France.  Jeri is honored and happy to see second generation dancers at Pinnell Dance Center and has enjoyed seeing her students teach and preform throughout the world.

 

 

Katie Skamfer

Artistic Director

Katie Skamfer grew up at Pinnell Dance Centre and trained under Jeri Pinnell. She had the privilege of learning with master teachers Greg Russell, Keith Cross, Joey Dowling and Mandy Moore. At Pinnell ,Katie danced in the Tanzsommer European tour and performed at Euro Disney.  Katie also competed as an Elite dancer for Pinnell and won several national titles.

Katie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Degree in dance from the University of Akron where she was trained by members of The Martha Graham Company, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Jennifer Muller/The Works and guest artists Laura Alonso and David Parsons.  She was in The University of Akron Dance Company for four years and also was selected to choreograph Akron’s “Spring into Dance.”

Katie has been teaching for 17 years as an instructor and choreographer. Katie’s solos, duets and groups have won numerous regional and national awards and have been showcased in Showstoppers National Final Live TV Shows.  Katie has successfully trained dancers of all ages. In 2015 Katie and her dancers were highlighted in a Safelite AutoGlass national commercial. Katie is excited to start as our new Artistic Director for the 2017-2018 season! “Teaching has always been my passion, and watching my students reach their goals is the biggest reward.”

 

 

 

Amanda Phillips-Bosshart

Amanda Phillips-Bosshart, originally from Connecticut, began dancing at Aprille’s Danceprints where she studied tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, acrobatics, and her true love, ballet. At age twelve, she began classes at the Connecticut Concert Ballet under former American Ballet Theater soloist Bryan Adams, performing classical roles as Dew Drop and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. She attended three of the American Ballet Theater summer intensives in NYC and was chosen to attend the Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell intensive in Washington DC. During high school, Amanda attended the Hartford Ballet School and received training under Alla Osipenko, Maria Youskevitch, and Franco DeVita.  Amanda’s professional career began as a trainee with the Hartford Ballet. Upon graduating high school, she was hired by the Sarasota Ballet, where she achieved a soloist position in four years and performed the title role in Alberto Alonso’s Carmen roles as well as Black Swan in Swan Lake, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker.  Moving to Chicago, she studied at Lou Conte Dance Studio, home of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago where her love of contemporary dance was formed. She also had the opportunity to guest in Tulsa Ballet’s Western Symphony. Amanda joined Ballet Met Columbus, where she danced for three years, performing her favorite role as Myrtle in Jimmy Orrante’s The Great Gatsby. Amanda is also a founding company member of Northwest Dance Project in Portland, Oregon, performing works by James Canfield, Lucas Crandall, Sarah Slipper, Donald McKayle, and Luca Veggetti.  Amanda has taught and choreographed for seventeen years at ballet and competition schools in Connecticut, Ohio, Chicago, and Sarasota. She has had the opportunity to teach, coach, and choreograph pieces that have won titles at both the regional and national level. Amanda loves when students have the “aha” moments and loves sharing her passion and artistry with both students and staff.

 

 

 

Andrea Padova

Andrea Padova has been studying dance for over thirty years. Her education includes a scholarship to Point Park University, where she obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Degree Dance, and performed as a company member of The Philadelphia Ballet. She has also studied extensively at various dance intensives all over the world, including The School of American Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet. Additionally Andrea has trained with notable choreographers Mikhail Korogodsky, Yelena Rubinkenov, Nikolas Petrov, and David Howard.

During her years at Point Park University, she had the opportunity to receive a combination of rigorous training and hands- on, real world experience that not many other colleges offer. Resident faculty, guest artists, and choreographers helped her develop a solid foundation of skills. While dancing with The Philadelphia Ballet Theater, she danced many lead roles in Paquita, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and many other famous ballets.

Andrea’s passion for dance inspired her to teach and choreograph. She has successfully trained dancers of all ability levels during the past fifteen years. Many of her students have experienced success as professionals in companies around the country, on “So You Think You Can Dance,” in the Radio City Rockettes Spectacular, in music videos, and on cruise ships. Much of her choreography has been nationally recognized. Andrea is an elementary school teacher. Education and growth in dance remain an integral part of Andrea’s life.

 

 

 

Caitlin Brosnahan

Caitlin Brosnahan grew up at Pinnell Dance Centre where she received numerous awards and titles as an elite dancer.  Her tap and musical theatre solos received first overalls and top ten awards on several occasions.  In 2005, she was a part of the Young Tanzommer Tour in Austria.  Caitlin has taken classes from Andy Blankenbuehler, Savion Glover, Chloe Arnold, and many others.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A in Dance and an M.S. in Adapted Physical Activity with a concentration in dance from Slippery Rock University.  Her senior synthesis piece was based on the concept that “if you can blink, you can dance.”  Caitlin has extensively taught individuals with and without disabilities.  She has performed in numerous Slippery Rock University Dance Theatre, Faculty and Guest Artist, and Senior Synthesis concerts.  She has had the opportunity to perform in Ursula Payne’s and Michael Pili Pang’s hula repertory.  Caitlin studied Bharatanatyam under master teacher Revathi Ramachandran in Chennai, India during the summer of 2013.  She was a member of Afro-Colombian Dance Ensemble and a dance captain for Dance Express at Slippery Rock University.  At the Motor City Tap festival Caitlin performed a tap piece by Greg Russell in the showcase.  Her favorite styles of dance are tap and musical theatre!

 

 

 

Jeanel Gliebe

Jeanel started teaching dance in 1974 at the studio where she studied and performed in Dayton, Ohio. She spent seven years at her home studio before moving to and teaching in Chicago, Naperville, Illinois, Boston, Londonderry, New Hampshire and then to Gahanna, where she found Pinnell Dance Centre in 1998.
During the past twenty years, she has focused on pre-school age dancers and on making each child’s first dance years a positive, loving, and fun experience.
Pinnell has been a wonderful place for her to continue to develop young children’s love of dance.

 

 

 

Katherine Resch

A Gahanna native, Katherine Resch has spent a majority of her life dancing and growing up at Pinnell Dance Centre, training under Jeri and Ashley Pinnell. Katherine attended Gahanna Lincoln High School and as a student, performed as a dancer and actress in four Gahanna Lincoln musicals, including West Side Story, Hairspray, Peter Pan, and Pippin. While at Pinnell, Katherine won numerous regional and national awards, in groups and as a soloist. As a top soloist, Katherine received the honor of performing in Showstoppers America Loves to Dance Live Broadcast in 2013. Katherine’s desire to create successful and passionate artists became clear after she interned under Ashley Pinnell in 2016. Katherine has taught dancers of all ages and is excited to enter her second year as a Pinnell dance instructor!

 

 

 

Kelley Harrington

Kelley Harrington started dancing at the age of three.  She grew up at Pinnell Dance Centre and trained under Jeri Pinnell. She attended many dance conventions and workshops and attended the Gus Giordano Jazz Dance World Congress in Chicago, as well as trained at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in New York City.  She has trained with numerous professional choreographers including Gus Giordano, Frank Hatchett, Shelia Barker, Savion Glover, Gil Stroming and Mia Michaels.  Kelley was selected to dance in the 1994 halftime show at the Hula Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii.  As a Pinnell competition dancer, Kelley won numerous regional and national title awards with her groups, duets, and solos.

Kelley holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University.  She has been teaching dance on and off at Pinnell for the last twenty-three years, as she also works full time as a Finance Director.  Kelley enjoys spending time with her husband and twin daughters Mia & Ava- who are also Pinnell dancers!  Kelley enjoys teaching to enable, enliven and encourage all of her students while sharing her love for dance.

 

 

 

Leigh Lijoi

Leigh is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she trained under the direction of Anna Reznik and Alexei Kremnev as well as with the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet. During her last two years of high school, Leigh was privileged to perform both locally and on tour as a trainee with Cincinnati Ballet for The Nutcracker. Upon graduation, she joined Cincinnati Ballet as a full time company member while continuing her education at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.

During her professional career, she has also been an artist with the Cincinnati Opera, Ballet Memphis, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company under the direction of Igal Perry, where she had the opportunity to perform on a number of national and international stages.

While continuing to dance professionally in New York City, Leigh returned to her academic studies and received a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Business Administration from Fordham University. She has served on the faculty of Ballet Memphis, NVS Dance, The School at Peridance, and BalletMet as well as had the pleasure of re-staging a number of Igal Perry’s works on pre-professional training programs and professional companies. She is currently acting as the Education Assistant for the BalletMet Education Department. Leigh has a passion for seeing the arts thrive and is excited to join the faculty of Pinnell Dance Centre.

 

 

 

Onjelee Phomthirath

At a young age, Onjelee Phomthirath began her dance career at Pinnell Dance Centre under the tutelage of Jeri Pinnell. In her junior and senior years of high school, Onjelee accelerated her dance training at Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools Performing Arts Program under the direction of Gale LeVan and Doreen Dunn. She gained knowledge in acting, singing, costume design, stage managing and choreograpy as well as deepening her training in dance, all while continuing to dance a full schedule at Pinnell.

Throughout Onjelee’s training, she has studied ballet, contemporary, Horton technique, musical theatre/character, jazz, jazz funk, hip hop, tap and in voice. She has been recognized locally and nationally, earning top titles in some of the country’s largest dance competitions and venues. She has also earned scholarships and invitations from well-known dance competitions, intensives and conventions. She has worked personally with choreographers such as Greg Graham, Jon Leher of Leher dance company, Seth Stewart, Jackie Dowling, Shannon Mather, Dusty Button, and Alex Little.

Currently, Onjelee is attending The Ohio State University where she is earning her BFA in Dance and focusing in costume design, management and composition/choreography. Outside of school, she travels on the weekends as a faculty assistant for Bella Moxi Dance Convention.

 

 

 

Sarah Yankovich

Sarah Yankovich began dance at age three at Pinnell Dance Centre and began her competitive dance career at age six.  Sarah has won regional titles and has won numerous regional scholarships from Jump, New York City Dance Alliance and 24/Seven dance conventions. As a soloist, Sarah was awarded a spot in the Opening Number at the Showstoppers National Finals.

Sarah auditioned in February 2014 for the Rockette Summer Intensive at Radio City in New York City.  She was accepted and has participated in the RSI Summer Intensive every summer since 2014.  Recently, Sarah was a dancer in a trailer for a movie “School of Hard Knocks” and was also involved in a flash mob for a Safe Auto commercial.  She has also worked with the best choreographers in the industry including Lauren Adams, Twitch, Joe Lanteri, Seth Stewart, Jackie Dowling Ford, Gregg Russell, Mandy Moore, Danny Wallace, Sonya Tayeh, and Francisco Gella.

Sarah is currently a sophomore at The Ohio State University studying Arts Management and Dance. She is excited to continue this journey at her home dance studio and can’t wait to help shape the next generation of dancers. Give’em Pinnell!

 

 

 

Taya Lukacsko

Taya Lukacsko grew up at Pinnell Dance Centre where she studied under the direction of Jeri Pinnell.  Taya also studied at Broadway Dance Centre and with Gus Giordano.  After high school, Taya performed as a singer and dancer at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, and at Kings Island for four summers.  She has also performed in multiple industrial shows and performed with the Beach Boys!  One of Taya’s loves is choreographing musicals for Gahanna Lincoln High School, which she has been doing since 1996.  Taya has taught dance in Pennsylvania and Maryland and has been teaching at Pinnell for over fifteen years.  Taya has a passion for teaching the love of dance to all ages.

 

 

Alex Solomon

Alex Solomon grew up dancing at Dance Expressions in Toledo, Ohio. She has a combined 18 years of training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip hop. Alex attended the University of Kentucky where she majored in Integrated Strategic Communications and minored in Marketing. While attending UK, Alex was a member of the Varsity dance team where she performed at all home football and basketball games, campus events, and competed at UDA College Nationals.

Alex has been teaching for 10 years as an instructor and choreographer. Alex travels throughout Ohio and Kentucky choreographing for studios and several high school and collegiate dance teams. Her solos, duets and groups have received numerous regional and national awards.

Alex’s passion for dance is evident the second you meet her. As a new Columbus resident, Alex is excited to share her passion with the students at Pinnell Dance Centre!

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Kaylyn Dorion

At age three Kaylyn Dorion began her dance career at Pinnell Dance Centre. She studied under the direction of Jeri Pinnell as a competitive dancer until she graduated high school in 2013. Kaylyn was a Division 1 athlete as a member of The Ohio State University Dance Team. She promoted and upheld buckeye pride at a national level while performing at home football, basketball and volleyball games/events. She competed at the UDA Collegiate National Championship in Orlando, FL in pom and jazz. Alongside her teammates, Kaylyn hosted various dance clinics for dancers of all ages. Kaylyn was also a devoted member of the student run organization, “Dance Connection” at The Ohio State University. Through this organization she choreographed and danced in performances throughout her college career. Kaylyn graduated from The Ohio State University in December 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Early and Middle Childhood Studies and Dance. Pinnell has always been my home and I’m honored and thrilled that I am back to share my love of dance with the students!