Erin Umphrey started her dance career at the tender age of three, right here in Schuylkill County. She attended Kutztown University where she was president of Kutztown’s Dance Company. Erin has performed professionally with theme parks, industrials, regional theatre, national and international tours. She taught several competition teams and choreographed high school and college musicals and theme park shows. Although being on stage is Erin’s first love she has been teaching dance for the past 19 years. She has found a passion in teaching and a fulfillment in passing on her knowledge. As a teacher she hopes to inspire her students to become not only talented, dedicated, well trained performers but more importantly respectful and kindhearted students.
Andrew D. Umphrey has been performing since he was 5 years old, and throughout junior high and high school participated in plays, toured with Missoula’s Children’s Theater, and sang as member of Minnesota All-State Men’s Choir. Andrew studied acting and voice in college and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and a BA in Communication with a performance emphasis. Following his undergraduate study he earned his MFA in Acting. Andrew has been teaching acting at all levels for 14 years, as well as private acting and voice. On his resume you will find an extensive list of roles, awards and acting credits including musicals, plays, Shakespeare, regional theater, new works, film, industrials, music video, national and international tours, voiceover and a television pilot. As a theater and voice instructor he hopes to inspire a true passion for performance art in those he has the pleasure of teaching, and bringing forth the full potential that one has the capacity of achieving.
Kristina Grant began her ballet training in 1979 at the Ballet Society of San Diego, eventually joining BSSD’s performing company. There she danced principal roles in the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, the Firebird, Serenade, Giselle, Les Sylphides and Sleeping Beauty. Kristina spent the late 1980’s and early 1990’s choreographing and coaching for competitive figure skaters as well as high school and middle school show choirs while still continuing her professional dance career.
In 2004 she joined the faculty at the Harrisburg Dance Conservatory as a ballet instructor and as a guest artist for The Harrisburg Dance Ensemble. In 2006 she was appointed HDC’s Associate Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer.
As a previous member of the Professional Skaters of America in the discipline of choreography and style, Ms. Grant was the dance coach (2006-09) for the national champion (2006) synchronized skating team “Team Reflections”.
In 2008 Ms. Grant co-founded the Harrisburg Ballet Theater and was its Artistic Director until 2015. After retiring from performing on stage as a freelance principal guest artist with many ballet companies throughout the region in 2010, Ms. Grant continues to direct, guest teach and choreograph for multiple ballet companies, conservatories, and cultural events.
Ms. Grant’s students have gone on to study at renowned institutions like American Ballet Theater’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, Miami City Ballet School, and the Ballet School of the Opéra National de Paris, the Kirov Academy in Washington, DC, The Sarasota Ballet School, Pennsylvania Ballet School, Alonso King LINES Ballet. Some have also gone on to dance in companies such as Universal Ballet, and Mariinsky Theater Primorsky Stage.
Ms. Grant is currently the Director of Ballet at Artists in Motion Performing Arts and a ballet instructor for the professional division of Pennsylvania Regional Ballet.
Hi I am miss Bri I teach many different styles like ballet, musical theater, jazz, tap, hip hop & lyrical. Even though my favorite styles are contemporary and hip hop I’ve been trained in many things. I’ve been at AIM since the beginning. I was fortunate enough to learn and train here from all the amazing teachers and it really helped me grow into the teacher I am today. I love teaching just as much as I love performing. I hope one day to be on tour traveling all around the globe.
Miss. Abby originally started her exploration of gymnastics at the age of seven at Mary Beth’s Gymnastics and Cheerleading in her hometown of Minersville, where the seed for her love of challenge, learning, and creative movement was planted. She started teaching there around 2009.
She graduated from Immaculata University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences education as well as minors in Product Development and Studio Art. At her time in college she was very involved in her campus and won several awards there. This life experience is also where her love for sewing and costumes started, when she was assigned a job as the Costume Director and Coordinator for all four years of college, with over eight performances of experience.
She started at AIM in 2014 when the studio was first opening and continues to teach around five Acro classes per week of all ages from 4-18. Transitioning from gymnastics to the world of Acrobatics was an exciting venture and she was up for the challenge especially having the honor to teach with Erin Umphery. Over time she developed her own style of teaching that encourages students to be the best performer and person they can be while holding the philosophy that life is all about creativity, compassion, and change.
When Miss. Abby is not walking on her hands and flipping around at AIM or teaching at Minersville Jr./Sr. as both the Home Ec. and Art teacher you can find her: being goofy, selling band tee shirts, enjoying the outdoors, concerts, cooking vegan food, shopping at the Salvation Army, using her creative brain, or spending time making memories with her family and friends.
Miss. Abby feels so blessed that teaching is one of the many passions life has given her, ironically it has taught her so much about her life outlook and continues to teach her daily about herself. Teaching to her is a form of freedom, an outlet for expression, that will be forever evolving into a masterpiece.
Hello everyone! I am Miss Kate, and I am teaching combo classes this year.
I started dancing at three years old. I moved to AIM when it opened, and danced here throughout all of high school. At AIM I have studied many styles of dance, and was a part of company.
I am now a sophomore in college at Bloomsburg University, majoring in nursing. At school I am apart of the Bloomsburg Dance Team. I am looking forward to the year ahead!
Miss Dalynn was introduced to dance at the age of 3 at Marie Shaw School of Dance in Reading, PA. She continued dancing there until age 18. At 14 she began student teaching and continued teaching and substituting for several years. She studied tap, jazz, musical theater, ballet, pointe, lyrical, acro, and partnering. As a student she participated in: NYCDA competitions and conventions, community performances, and annual musical reviews, master classes with Gil Stroman and Mia Micheals.
As an adult dance continued to be a theme of her life in many different ways. She danced with the Steam Team dance team for the semi professional Reading Express Football Team. She had the wonderful opportunity to share dance with children from the Reading School District, offering free dance classes through an after school program. Movement is vital for health and wellness and she used her dance experience as a fitness instructor including spin and Zumba for many years. She was also a cheerleading coach for Schuylkill Haven Area School District Midget Football Team.
Dalynn offers another facet to the AIM community as a practicing Pediatric Dietitian. She has a Master’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences from Pennsylvania State University. As a member of the AIM faculty she focuses on goal building and accountability, positive self image, and nutrition for dancers.
Dance has always been a part of her life bringing wonderful experiences and friendships into her life. She is happy to have built a dance family here at AIM.