ERIE DANCE THEATER STAFF
Instructor: Jazz 1-3, Exercise Dance, Hip Hop 1-3, Wee-Hop
Owner and founder of Erie Dance Theater Company, Nathaniel Johnson has extensive experience as both a dance instructor and artistic director.
Mr. Johnson attended Du Point Manuel High Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, KY. After graduation he was awarded a 4 year scholarship to Western Kentucky University where he earned his degree in performing arts with an emphasis in Dance. He moved to Erie in 1992 as the director for the Long’s School of Dance Jazz Department. During this time he was also an instructor for the SPAVA Dance at Central High School for 7 years.
COMPANY I DIRECTOR, BALLET INSTRUCTOR
Dana McMillin, a native of Meadville, PA, began studying ballet, pointe, jazz, and modern at an early age under the instruction of Gretchen Myers of Allegro Dance Arts. After graduating from Mercyhurst University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance with a minor in Arts Administration in 2005, she took a job in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Mercyhurst. Dana then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. She has had a variety of responsibilities at the university, but most notably has been the dance liaison to the admissions office as well as the assistant director for admissions for over nine years.
Instructor: Dance Strong
Dana Borczon has been a proud stay at home mom for 14 yrs. She truly believes that children were built to run and play and that the human body was meant to be in motion. She is a personal trainer, coach and group fitness instructor. She was a member of the ’86 MPS state championship basketball team, a Thiel College cross country individual national qualifier and one of the first women amateur boxers to come from the Lower Eastside Gym. Dana has been immersed in sports her entire life and is now convinced that dancers are among the elite of all athletes. She enjoys training the company dancers as well as the preschooler’s, enabling them to challenge themselves as they gain strength, stamina and confidence.
Instructor: Belly Dancing
Jan Manucci started her dance training at age 8 with Classical Ballet. She has also studied Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Irish Dance. Jan started her Middle Eastern Dance training with Catherine Little in the late 70’s. She did further study with Kitty Holpz and was a member of Kitty’s Middle Eastern Dance Company.
Instructor: Tap 1-3
Kelly Stolar is a native of the Buffalo, N.Y. area. Following graduation from Allegheny College with a B.A., Kelly established and operated a voluntary, free dance program for over 10 years in one of Pittsburgh’s inner-city communities. Since moving to Erie in 2000, Kelly has been an instructor at the American College Dance Festival, Kristin’s Dance Company, Mercyhurst University, Erie Dance Conservatory and was the previous Master Class Chair of the Erie Dance Consortium.
Mariah Johnson has been studying dance for 17 years, studying various styles of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, modern, hip-hop, and pointe. Mariah has had the opportunity to perform with Erie Dance Theater’s Company and its predecessor for the past 16 years. She is currently a sophomore at Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a major in Dance.
Elizabeth Fischer is currently studying Dance and Communication at Mercyhurst University. She started dancing at three years old at Leslie School of Dance in Elmira, NY. She has studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and acro. In 2010 Liz went to Rhee Gold Teaching Conference and has been teaching ever since. Liz is very excited to join the Erie Dance Theatre staff.