Alana Melene Yost… grew up in Boyertown, PA, starting her dance training at age 11. She completed her B.S.B.A. in Dance at Kutztown University where she was awarded the Deane Lenhart Scholarship for Excellence in Dance and named Advanced Ballet Assistant and Performing Dance Portmanteau Company Member. While at Kutztown she performed works by Lily Cai, Paul Taylor, Philadanco and Chicago River North. Alana trained extensively in NYC with David Howard, Kathryn Sullivan, Jana Hicks, Wilhelm Burmann, Max Stone, Lisa Lockwood, Debbie Roshe, David Leventhal and Ashley Tuttle. Professional credits include: Assistant Choreographer at the 80th Annual Academy Awards; Dancer and model for MTV’s “Search for the next Elle Woods”; Two time New York Fashion Week Choreographer; Guest Dancer with Heidi Latsky Dance Company; and Company Apprentice with Mark Morris Dance Group. Her work has been commissioned and performed at Steps on Broadway and The Fringe Festival as well as received numerous high scoring and choreographic distinction awards at national based dance competitions. Alana resides in the Greater Philadelphia area where she is a highly sought out master teacher and choreographer; currently on faculty at Northampton Community College and KMC Dance. In addition, Ms. Yost is pursuing her MFA in Dance at Temple University's prestigious Boyer College of Music and Dance where she graduates spring of 2018. Alana is thrilled to be joining the Dance 360 family!
Hollie Brown fell in love with dance as a child. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and acro/gym at her local dance studio. She also studied ballet and modern at Point Park University's summer intensives throughout high school. Hollie danced competitively for several years, winning many regional and national titles. Hollie decided to continue her dance education at Drexel University where she minored in dance. She also was a member of the Drexel Dance Team for 4 years and was the captain both her junior and senior years. Hollie also performed in the Drexel Dance Ensemble performances. Hollie began teaching dance 5 years ago and loves to inspire and mentor young dancers. Although Hollie majored in Biology, and is now pursuing a medical degree, she has always kept dance in her life. She is excited to keep her passion for dance and teaching alive at Dance 360!
Jackie began dancing at the age of two and has always had a passion for it! Jackie is trained in various types of dances such as tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, and modern. She received her B.A. in Psychology at Widener University and is currently receiving her Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Rosemont College. While at Widener University Jackie was involved with the Widener Dance Company where she choreographed for their annual recitals and dance team while also dancing in various types of performances. Being once a dancer at Dance 360, Jackie is excited to be back and share her love for dance with the Dance 360 family!
From Northern New Jersey, Tia is currently finishing her M.F.A. in dance at Temple University. Tia is a graduate of DeSales University holding a B.A. in Dance. Technically trained in ballet, modern, and jazz; She has created two original pieces that have been showcased in New York (Dance New Amsterdam), Pennsylvania (Emerging Choreographers Concert) and Wisconsin (ACDFA). In the Philadelphia area she has had been professionally performing with Contempra Dance Theater as well as previously performing with DIPF in the New York New Jersey area. Most recently, Tia was selected from a national group of candidates’ to participate with Regional Dance America’s Choreographer’s conference. Her choreography was presented and performed under the direction of “ Nelly van Bommel”. She has worked administratively and artistically with Freespace Dance Company as an Intern, as well as performing and choreographing along side Weird Al Yankovic in his concert Apocalypse. Tia was also a member of the DeSales University dance team for four years. While training at the King Centre, she danced for the New Jersey Foundation of Dance and Theater Arts, also performing pieces under various residences from all over the United States. Tia looks forward to being a part of the Dance 360 family!
Renae began gymnastics at age 3 and by age 10 was competing as a Level 8 gymnast. After many accomplishments as a gymnast, Renae decided to pursue high school cheerleading and was the only freshman to make the varsity team where she cheered all 4 years. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Master's Degree in Education at Philadelphia Biblical University. Renae is a Health and Physical Education teacher, grades 6-12, and has been coaching gymnastics and cheerleading to kids of all ages since 2003. Renae is thrilled to share her passion for gymnastics with Dance 360 and is excited to see the beauty of dance and gymnastics come together!
Kayla danced for 14 years taking classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical and has always had a passion for the arts. In high school, Kayla was the Vice President of the Performing Arts Department at Archbishop Wood High School. She also loves working with children and has worked in a daycare setting for over five years. Kayla's experience as an educator is with children ages 2 through 5. She also enjoyed choreographing her school's annual Holiday Show and Graduation Shows! Kayla is very excited to be a member of the Dance 360 team, and can't wait to share her passion for dance with her students!
Kelly Leahy began dancing at the age of four and danced straight through school. She started in gymnastics and then moved into jazz, tap, ballet and pointe. Ballet was her favorite form of dance and that was what she focused on during her time with The Malta Ballet Company in upstate NY. She was the lead in their production of The Nutcracker in the 90’s and had the honor of dancing beside principals in the NYC Ballet. While dancing, Kelly assisted her own dance instructor teaching the younger students. She has always loved to work with young children and dance was the first form of teaching she did. Kelly studied education at Saint Joseph’s University and received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the field. You may recognize her as she is currently a teacher at Upper Moreland Primary School! Kelly was also a competitive figure skater throughout her school years and continued to coach figure skating throughout college. She has recently gotten back into the sport and skates competitively with the Philly Spirit, a synchronized skating team based out of the Philadelphia Skating Club. Kelly loves to dance and work with kids so she is very excited to be a part the Dance 360 staff!
Katie Gutgesell began dancing at a very young age and hasn’t stopped since! She grew up dancing and competing winning many national and regional competitions. Katie attended Shippensburg University where she performed for the Shippensburg Dance Team. She then went on to attend Penn State Abington where she received her Paralegal Certificate. Upon graduation Katie taught various genres of dance to students of all ages. Katie currently works as a paralegal and enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. Katie is excited to be a part of the Dance 360 family and share her love of dance with all of her students!
Tracy Latini is the director and owner of Dance 360. Tracy started dancing at the age of five and began competing at the age of eight. Tracy graduated from DeSales University with a BA in dance in 2003. During her college career, Tracy performed and choreographed for the DeSales Dance Company and the DeSales dance team. Her choreography has been showcased in the DeSales Dance Ensemble, the “GLUE” series, and various venues throughout PA. Since graduation, Tracy was a member of the House of the Roses dance company in NYC under the direction of Jeff Shade, where she performed at “Project Dance” in Times Square, the faculty shows at Steps on Broadway, St.Joseph’s College in Long Island, and various events throughout NYC. Within the House of the Roses, she also taught and assisted weekly outreach dance classes for children struggling with hunger and homelessness in NYC. Tracy also taught at the DSU Conservatory of Dance, Campus Kids summer camp, the NJ Public School system in Glen Rock NJ, Robin Horneff’s Performing Arts Center of NJ, Perfect Pointe Performing Arts Studio of NJ, as well as master tap classes at the DeSales Tap Jam, Marywood University and various studios throughout NJ and PA. Tracy was one of the choreographers for the Perfect Pointe Dance Company and has been awarded numerous honors for her unique and creative choreography including platinum awards and overall high score awards.
The focus of Dance 360 is utilizing the art of dance in teaching students positive skills that will last a lifetime. It is Tracy’s belief that a child who experiences dance develops an understanding of what dedication, hard work, and discipline are all about. Her goal for all of her students is to help them develop artistic strengths that encourage their inner passion, while building self-confidence.