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about Queen City Dance Academy

About Queen City Dance ACADEMY

Queen City Dance Academy is home to talented dance instructors with extensive dance experience.
The high caliber of dance faculty is our strongest asset.

We are a curriculum-based dance studio that prepares dancers ages 2 1/2 to adult for the wonderful and exciting world of dance. We hold a variety of classes ranging anywhere from ballet fundamentals to Zumba fitness. We believe the cultivation of well-grounded and high-integrity individuals is what breathes life into our culture, and we are welcoming to all who seek to join our dance family!

Julie Swart  

Julie (Knight) Swart: Owner, Director, Choreographer, and teacher of Queen City Dance Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She has been teaching and choreographing in the Ohio area for over 25 years. Julie’s first choreography honor was for her own high school musical “Godspell” in which she also performed and discovered her passion for working in the arts. She trained in Durham, New Hampshire; Chicago, IL; London, England; Philadelphia, PA and Columbus, OH. Her training includes teachers from the Boston Ballet, University of New Hampshire, Gus Giordano Dance, Northwestern University, Hubbard Street Dance, Alvin Ailey Dance, Philadanco, and Urdang Ballet. She performed with dance companies of Leja, Rage, Philadelphia Civic Ballet, Philadanco II, Jazz Met and BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio along with multiple area performances. Julie has taught at BalletMet, Columbus Youth Ballet, Dance Extension, Universal Gymnasts, Inc. and Patty Pille School of Dance. Before moving to Cincinnati in 2010, Julie owned Inspiration Dance Academy.

Her choreography has won awards at numerous dance competitions, been seen in numerous high school musicals, competitive gymnastic floor routines, show choirs, video projects, tv commercials, variety shows and dance recital pieces. Her desire is to inspire students to discover their potential through dance.

Julie’s also passionate about being a mom to her four kids and spending time with her husband, Carl, when she is not teaching and working.

Instructors

Laura Price  

Laura Price: Ballet Levels 1 to 3, PRIMARY BALLET

Bio coming soon

     
 kristin alverson  

Kristin Alverson: LYRICAL, JAZZ, TURNS & LEAPS

Kristin was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She started dancing at age three at a Rec Center in Finneytown. From there, she went to Kids First when the studio was Patty Pille’s School of Dance. She danced ballet, jazz, modern, and hip hop and participated in the annual recitals. She played the role of Raja in Aladdin (2008), Mike Teevee in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2009), Scar in The Lion King (2010), The Queen of Hearts in Alice and Wonderland (2011), and Ariel in The Little Mermaid (2012). In 2011 she began teaching hip hop, magical movement and dance mix.

While attending The University of Cincinnati to study Criminal Justice, Kristin continued to teach dance and started the hip hop dance team program at Patty Pille’s School of Dance (2012). After graduating from UC, Kristin attended Xavier University to get her teaching license in Early Childhood Education. Currently, she teaches third grade at Monroe Elementary in Monroe, Ohio and will finish her Masters soon!
Fun Facts: In August 2018, Kristin bought her first house. Other hobbies include playing Ultimate Frisbee and cooking with her boyfriend.

Kristin loves teaching dance and passing on her devotion and passion to young dancers.

     
Hannah Reisenberg  

Hannah Reisenberg: Tap, Jazz

Miss Hannah Riesenberg has been dancing since she was three and danced competitively for twelve years. She has studied many different styles of dance over her lifetime some including, Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Lyrical, Tumbling and Ballet. Hannah has been teaching all genres of dance for over ten years, and enjoys watching her students achieve their goals and not only grow as dancers but individuals as well. Hannah has choreographed National and Regional winning competition pieces over the years and is known for her fun themes, and age-appropriate routines. Through her efforts Hannah has shared her love for dance with hundreds of students while giving young dancers the opportunity to succeed in dance as a performing art. Though Hannah loves to make class fun and exciting she promotes self-discipline, self-pride, and responsibility.

     
Ladye Plagge  

Ladye Plagge: Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical

Ladye Maria Plagge is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (with an emphasis in ballet) from the College Conservatory of Music. While dancing at CCM, Ladye had the pleasure of training with various professional artists such as: Oleg Sabline, Shellie Cash, Judith Mikita, Miachel Tevlin, Jiang Qi, Carol Iwasaki, Victoria Morgan, Suzette Boyer and Yi-Qi Cheng among others. Ladye has performed in various ballets including, Les Fille Mal Gardee, Coppelia, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty among other original works. Upon Graduating in 2002, she started teaching at various studios in Cincinnati and finally found a place to call home when she found Kids First in 2005. She thoroughly enjoys teaching at Queen City Dance Academy and is most known for her emphasis on proper technique and artistic style.

When she is away from the studio, Ladye and her husband Will enjoy spending time with their two children, Maria and William. They stay busy with various school and sporting events, being active with their parish, entertaining family and friends and enjoying an occasional date night.

I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

     
 Glenda Figuereido  

Glenda Figuereido: Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz

Glenda begn her training when she was three years old in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her dance background is Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Traditional Brazilian dances and Contemporary dance. She has been dancing and teaching professionally for over 15 years. She has performed throughout Brazil in countless dance events and competitions with brilliant outcomes. In the United States, Glenda was a dancer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus for 5 years, where she also had her aerial training and performed over 400 shows a year. Glenda has been living in Cincinnati for 2 years and is active in the art scene. She has participated in the Fringe festival 2016 as a dancer for Pones Inc., The Ohio Dance Summer Lawn Series and at The International Fair in Dayton with a local Peruvian dance group. In 2016 Co- produced the show ‘ Cornersʼ presented by Performance and Time Arts series. In 2017 performed as a dancer for Fringe Festival with the shows ‘ Anonymousʼ by Mandie Reiber and ‘ Place Settingʼ by Pones Inc. Currently Glenda teaches ballet, jazz and contemporary dance at Queen City Dance Academy and modern jazz fusion at the Contemporary Dance Theater.

     
Julius Jenkins  

Julius Jenkins (Eclypse): Hip Hop, STREET STYLE

Over the last 17yrs, Eclypse has focused his attention on all the major street dance styles starting with Breaking (breakdance) then moving to Popping, Locking, House and Krump.  His preferred style is Popping and specifically Robotic Animation.

With the knowledge gained directly from originators of the styles and their students, Eclypse trained. In the battle world he became known for his hard hitting aggressive style of popping.  After many years he stepped away from competition to perform. First with a group called the 20/Twenty Cru and eventually, he created The Millennium Robots performance group.  He's opened for and performed with various International acts like KRS-One, Lupe Fiasco, Rusko, Flux Pavilion, MrCarmack, Troi Boy and Black Thought of The Roots.  Locally, The Millennium Robots perform at festivals, concerts and have had many television appearances including City Lights, Living Dayton and Good Morning America. Julius was featured at the Cincinnati Ballet New Works 2014 project where audiences had close up taste of his mechanical style.  Since then he's created choreography in multiple high profile classical collaborations.  Most notably Concert Nova: Alleged Dances of 2015 with MyCincinnati at HipArt2016 and Lumenocity 2016.  Eclypse has also created Cincinnati’s No.1 Street dance event called Heroes Rise.  This event brings street style dancers from all over the country to compete against local talent for a top prize.

From competing to judging and now teaching, Eclypse quickly becoming a force in the street culture community.  His goal now is to bring true street dance culture back to light in the Cincinnati area.  He is now working closely with various organizations to achieve this goal.

     
Epiphany Davis  

Epiphany Davis: ballet, dance mix, jazz and tap

Epiphany grew up in Loveland and began dancing at the age of two. She studied classical ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop and tap at ballet tech ohio in Maineville. At 16 she started studying and performing with former New York City Ballet dancer, Jennifer Porteous Rutherford. Growing up Epiphany performed in Cincinnati Ballet Company’s Nutcracker and began her professional stage performances with Ballet Tech Cincinnati (Arts Innovation Movement: Aim Cincinnati) original ballets. 
Epiphany is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and a minor in Environmental Science. She was a founding member of Simone Sobers Dance and was also a member of Jamel Gaines’ Creative Outlet Dance Theater And Ballet Noir, in New York City. She has traveled the world as a Production dancer with Norwegian Cruise Line; performing in many shows including the amazing adaptation of Vegas! The Show. Epiphany is also a member of Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG-AFTRA)
Epiphany is thrilled to be part of the staff at QCDA and loves building the foundation for the next generation of dancers to soar.

     
Michelle Haskell  

Michelle Haskell (SWART): ballet, dance mix, jazz and tap

Trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, pointe, and clogging
at New Albany Ballet and The Studio for Dance. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth
University, Majoring in Dance and Choreography, in the Spring of 2020. Haskell, as a dancer,
has performed with The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the recording artist EBEN. collaborated with
Ching-I Bigelow and the Institute for Contemporary Art, Noelani Corey, Elsie Neilson, Megan
Liverman, Kate Succio, Julia Turgeon, and, while in Australia, Brianna Kell. She also studied
under choreographers such as Lucy Guerin, Alice Holland, Jo Lloyd, Helene Phillips and Gigi
Torres. Choreographically, Haskell has had pieces chosen, alongside professional pieces, for the
2019 and 2020 VCUDance NOW and VCU’s 2019 Salon . In the Fall of 2018 and Spring of 2020,
for VCU’s Musical Theatre Department, Haskell assisted in choreographing alongside Kikau
Alvaro and was offered to be a “Swing” for one of the shows. She is currently working on the
film version of one of her dances, So It Goes , after the live show was cancelled. Haskell is now
teaching at Queen City Dance Academy and is very grateful for the shared creativity and growth
she experiences everyday.

     

JUNIOR STAFF

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Teacher Assistants

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