Staff

“Miss Maggie” Simmonds

 

Kayla Babicki

 

Julianna Boylan

 

Kat Cruz

Katia “Kat” Cruz started dancing salsa at the age of 9 with Barbara Capaldi at the Atrium Dance Studio. At the age of 11, she started training in all style of Hip-Hop with Marcus Tucker, the co-founder of “Face Da Phlave.” She also was also a Philadelphia Spinners Fly Girls directed by former 76ers dancers, Adrienne Santoleri and Tori Simpson; as well as “Evolution Salsa Dance Co. owned by Barbara Capaldi”. Previously the co-director of In Da Clutch’s Jr. Division, a children’s Hip Hop Program. More recently she starred in an off Broadway Hip Hop Show called “LUV: American Style,” choreographed and directed by Dr. Rennie Harris for two weeks at The New Victory Theatre. Currently, Katia is a member of In Da Clutch Dance Company, Rennie Harris Pure Movement, and Rennie Harris RHAW.

Katia is very passionate about dancing, as well as performing. She undergoes extensive training, is always practicing and regularly attending classes and workshops.. She is a versatile dancer, very determined young lady, and a go-getter. Her heart is and forever will be on stage.

Favorite Dance Quote:

“Dance enables you to find yourself and lose yourself at the same time.”

 

Abby Dietzler

 

Ricky Evans

Ricky “Glytch” Evans is a street dancer from Pennsauken, NJ. He has been dancing for over 10 years, but continues to be a student of his style, always looking for more historical knowledge as well as keeping up to date with the latest Hip Hop trends. His professional career started in 2005 with Face Da Phlave Entertainment, a dance crew that bridged the gap between Philly and Jersey dancers with the purpose of educating the community about the origins of Hip Hop dance. The crew also preached using dance (and the other arts as well) as an alternative to drugs, bullying, and violence. His first few years at Face Da Phlave was spent solely on training in the styles of Hip Hop, and at the same time he was studying for his B.A. in Economics at Seton Hall University. Once he graduated, the wheels on his dance career would start turning and take him places. He began teaching at various colleges and dance studios, and he would make his way into fitness centers with a Hip Hop aerobics class called Groovics. Glytch’s dance would also go around the world. In the past few years, he has traveled to Paris to represent the U.S. in an international dance battle called Juste Debout, and from there he would start giving workshops in Colombia, South America. Other notable accomplishments were ventures with his crew, The Hood Lockers. They were featured on So You Think You Can Dance, the NYC couture fashion show; and most recently, an off-Broadway production written by Dr. Rennie Harris entitled “LUV American Style”.

Favorite Dance Quote:

“Don’t move to the music, let the music move you.” -Ejoe Wilson

 

Mariana Goldlust

 

 

Gabrielle Impriano

 

 

Mackenzie Holmes

 Mackenzie Holmes is a recent graduate of West Chester University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a minor in dance performance. While at WCU she was a very active member of the University Dance Company.  Her work with the University Dance Company allowed her to participate and perform in several American College Dance Association conferences over the years.  Mackenzie was also selected by the company to travel and perform in Costa Rica as part of the Knowledge Crossing Borders Conference. In addition to dancing with the company, she also served as treasurer and a student choreographer. Mackenzie dances professionally with Contempra Dance Theatre, and is currently in her fourth season with the company. She has been teaching dance for over five years, and has happily been a part of the FDC family since the beginning! Mackenzie truly enjoys sharing her passion with young dancers and her biggest advice to her students is to expose themselves to as many styles of dance as they can!

Favorite Dance Quote:

“The dancer’s body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul.” – Isadora Duncan

 

 

Ashley Raspanti

 

 

Beth Shuster

 

 

Devon Sinclair

 

 

Clare Simmonds

 

 

Angela Wertner