Owner and studio director at Dance Obsessions, Connie’s vision to create a healthy, fun-filled dance studio for children has been a dream come true. Raising 4 children who had a passion for dance was not only exciting and rewarding, but she also has a great understanding and appreciation for parent concerns and dedication. Heading all of our administration, Connie manages finances, teacher positions, costume coordination, office admin, and all events for Dance Obsessions, along with keeping current in the dance business, researching competitions and being every students biggest fan. For the last 25 years, she has toured the country with her children, landing in places such as LA, Las Vegas, Wichita, New York, Florida, and all along the eastern seaboard. Connie and her husband, Jim, journeyed through the years traveling with their kids to dance competitions, auditions, master workshops, shows and conventions, supporting their dancers every step of the way. As their children grew into adulthood, the next step seemed inevitable. It seemed like the most natural progression for them all, from learning the craft of dance, honing the world of the competitive circuit, becoming teachers, and evolving to open Dance Obsessions. As studio director, Connie’s likable personality makes it easy for students and parents to communicate with her, whether an issue arises, or just to joke around to keep the energy light in the studio… and as she raised her own children as dancers, she now raises her entire body of students as dancers.
Co-founder and head of the Tap Department at Dance Obsessions, Kim has over 25 years of dance experience, along with over 15 years of instructing dance classes and choreographing for competitive teams. She has studied a wide range of styles, including tap, jazz, modern, ballet, lyrical, and hip-hop, additionally, has competed in various styles of dance for 12 years. Kim has performed in events and locations such as Philadelphia’s Boscov’s Thanksgiving Day Parade opening number for two years, Philadelphia’s 4th of July Parade, the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, DC, and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. In 2001, Kim began teaching a number of tap dances for competition groups. She won her first Teacher’s Award for first over-all large tap group competition dance in 2002, and since then has won numerous regional and national high score/top overall’s, title awards, countless special awards including: “The Entertainment Award,” “Creative Concept Award,” “Performance Awards”… along with many more. Kim is a 2005 graduate of the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, PA with a BFA in Illustration, where she now uses her skills of graphic design and web design to market Dance Obsessions.
This year at D.O., Kim will continue to expand her unique style for the Tap and Jazz Programs for classes and competition teams, and is excited to instruct the Kinderdance Program! Her favorite part of being a dance instructor is being able to express creativity to students in a physical form and just having fun!
Jim is the competition team director and co-director at Dance Obsessions. With 20 years of dancing experience, 12 of those years teaching and choreographing, he has competed in national competitions for more than a decade. Even though his primary focus is hip-hop, he also enjoys teaching jazz, lyrical and gymnastics. In addition, he has studied in ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, tap, acrobatics, and karate. With belief that dance education is never-ending, leads Jim to continue training in several elements of dance such as popping, locking, waving, breaking, street jazz, and contemporary. He performed in 4 consecutive off-Broadway shows with Dan Karaty’s “Shake the Floor” summer intensive. Jim was a featured dancer in Santalina’s “Kick In the Door” music video. He also performed with Jade Starling and Pretty Poison at Philly 106.1’s Summer Freestyle Concert as well as the “Eat Bulaga” Philippine Festival in Atlantic City. In one of many auditions, Jim was chosen to perform with the hip-hop artist Ashanti, as one of her back up dancers; and has also performed in companies such as FloMotion and Jaxum Records. One of Jim’s proudest moments includes being invited to continue onto “Vegas Week” in Fox’s hit show “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Honored to be an original founder, Jim currently remains an active member of Point Blank Dance Crew. They opened for America’s Best Dance Crew’s Kaba Modern at Philadelphia’s Transit Night Club 6 years ago. Together they have performed at venues in Boston, Chicago, Virginia Beach, New Brunswick, Cherry Hill, Atlantic City, and of course their hometown of Philadelphia. Recently, Point Blank had the opportunity of competing at Hip Hop International in Las Vegas. Aside from that, they have taught nationwide, raising money and donating to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Jim travels with the Monsters of Hip Hop’s Road Team, where he continues his training with international choreographers, including, but not limited to: Marty Kudelka, Kevin Maher, Tony Testa, Rhapsody James, Laura Edwards, Parris Goebel, Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo, and the Jabbawockeez.
Jim is committed to educating the dance community. His passion for dance and music inspires and invokes dancers to appreciate and excel in the art.
Dancing since she was in diapers, Carly grew up in a very artistic family. She has studied many aspects of dance including, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Ballet, Pointe & Hip Hop. A master of expression within the performance, Carly has won many exceptional awards since she started competing at the young age of 5. At 7 years old, she earned the Title Award for Miss Petite Dancer… never giving up and pursuing her competitive career, she ended up winning 3rd runner up overall for her senior solo when she was 17 at a National Competition in VA. Exploring her training, Carly has traveled around the U.S. to attend dance conventions and take master classes. She has performed at Walt Disney World, and is a former member of the Wilmington Blue Rocks Dance Team. Carly teaches Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hippity Hop and Jazz at Dance Obsessions and is a D.O. Competition coach for Mini’s, Petites, Juniors & Seniors.
Last year, Carly became the Head Coach and choreographer of the O’Hara Dance Team at Cardinal O’Hara High School. She will continue to manage and coach the O’Hara Dance Team and is starting a competitive team for the school!
She enjoys sharing her passion of creative movement with all of her students!
Dancing since 3 years of age, Gianna is currently a Sophomore at West Chester University and an Alumni of D.O.’s elite Competing Team. With 12 years of competition dance experience, Gianna has studied all of the styles of dance that we offer, including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acro & Hip Hop; additionally, she is a former Cheerleader for Sun Valley High School, with 6 years of cheerleading experience. Having traveled all around for performances, competitions and training, she has danced in Disney World three times, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade for 3 years, danced at the River Sharks Game, Philadelphia Soul Game and the Wings Game on several occasions.
An exceptional student teacher, Gi has been assisting since she was 13, and will continue to assist D.O.’s Comp Team coaches, with a variety of competition group dances, including Petite Tap, Junior Tap, Junior Jazz & Teenior Contemporary. Gianna continues to build and expand our awesome Preschool Dance department, teaching Preschool Level I, Preschool Level II, as well as Technique Level II and will also assist with Lyrical III. Miss Gianna is a very enthusiastic, creative and gentle teacher with the littles and loves spoiling her students!
Lauren started her journey with dance and cheerleading at age 5. Growing up in Delaware County, PA, she was a part of the Aston Athletic Association for cheerleading for 8 years. Lauren has trained in dancing at local studios in her community including, Joan’s Dance Studio, Concord Dance Center, and Dance Obsessions. During this time, she performed in numerous recitals and participated in many competitions and conventions. Lauren attended Sun Valley High School, where she continued Cheerleading for 4 years, becoming Varsity Captain in her senior year. Lauren had the wonderful opportunity to compete with her cheer teammates, who accomplished the Victory to be State Qualifiers.
After graduation, Lauren continued her education with dance at Lock Haven University, and here she studied courses in Advance Ballet, Advance Modern, and Dance Western Culture. She became a member of the University’s Dance Consort, where she performed in numerous dances each semester and traveled to locations such as Brocksport NY, to perform with her teammates and take classes, and also performed in the American College Dance Festival Association.
When Lauren moved back to her hometown, she wanted to give back to the studio she grew up at, by teaching Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Cheer Dance for Dance Obsessions Summer Dance Camp. She also has assisted Hip-Hop and has had the opportunity to sub dance and acro classes. Lauren is presently a Dancer for the Philadelphia HoneyBee Professional Dance Team, where she performs routines at the home games for the Philadelphia Yellow Jackets (American Indoor Football) league. She currently is attending Delaware County Community College, perusing an Associates degree to be a Certified Medical Assistant.
Chaeli is a West Chester University Sophmore, studying Elementary Education and Special Education, with four years of Early Childhood Education experience (studying at a Technical High School). She is a D.O. Competition Team Alumni, having joined our studio at 13 years old, she quickly fell in love with the art of dancing and excelled in Hip Hop. As a member of the D.O. competitive program, Chaeli has traveled up and down the east coast for competitions and conventions, training in a wide-range of genres, such as Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Pointe, Jazz, & Hip Hop. Expanding her dance experience, she is a former member of the Philadelphia Soul Dance Team, and also danced with, and taught classes for Unionville Dance Team. During freshman year of college, Chaeli performed with the WCU Dance Company, while continuing to student teach at Dance Obsessions. With several years of student teaching, including Lyrical III, Level IV Hip Hop, Level III Hip Hop and aiding Jim with the Petite Hip Hop Competition group last year, Chaeli also assisted a Hip Hop class at Wipe Out Summer Camp.
This season, Chaeli is excited to teach the little ones in Preschool Gym & Dance, as well as assisting Jim with the Hip Hop classes and competition teams!
Danielle McGilligan is from Ridley Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Jazz Dance. While attending school she performed in numerous ensembles including works by Ronen Koresh and Rennie Harris. She has also performed in the Philly Fringe Festival. Danielle is a teacher and choreographer sharing her talents in Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. She has taught many workshops throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey including Dance Masters of America, Internation Teachers of Dance and Villanova University. Danielle has appeared in a “Sleep over in Philadelphia” commercial, a video for the MTV Video Music Awards featuring singer, Ne-Yo, choreographed by Wade Robson, and has traveled to Beijing, China with a select group of dancers to perform in their International Cultural Festival. She is a member of a Hip Hop group, “Point Blank”, with whom she performs throught the United States. Danielle is also a member of Project Moshen Dance Company which is based out of Philadelphia.
Nataly has been dancing her whole life. She began her training at Whissahickon Dance Academy and The Creative and Performing Arts High School of Philadelphia where she studied ballet and modern dance. Nataly also grew up taking classes at The Rock School and Koresh Dance. While in high school Nataly had the opportunity to perform with Ballet Hispanico in New York City and Donesk Ballet of Ukraine. Nataly deepened her love of dance at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD where she majored in Dance Performance with a performance scholarship. There she performed works by Martha Graham dancer, Linda Garofalo, and Kathy Ferguson. She then furthered her academic, choreographic and perfomative knowledge at Mills College in Oakland, CA where she earned her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography with an Outstanding Choreography Award and with honors. While there she was privileged to perform works by legends such as Molissa Fenley, Cunningham dancer, Holly Farmer, and Shinich Iova-Koga. Nataly danced professionally in CA with dNaga Dance Company, Mills repertory Company and Waxpoet(s) Dance Collective. Her choreography has been commissioned by multiple university dance programs.
When Nataly returned to her home city of Philadelphia, she danced professionally for Alchemy Dance Company where she performed at the Koresh Come Together Festival, Arts Bank Theater, and Susan Roberts Theater. She also had the opportunity to dance with and choreograph for Weird Al Yankovic at the Mann Center for Performing Arts.
Nataly has been teaching dance for eleven years and is passionate about sharing her love and knowledge of dance with her students. Her students have won titles, platinum awards, scholarships and special judges awards at competitions and she has won multiple choreography awards throughout her teaching career. Her college-bound students have been accepted, with her assistance, to renowned institutions such as University of the Arts, NYU, Drexel Dance, Goucher College and the Rock School. She looks forward to passing her love of dance on to her students!
Jennifer is currently a Preschool teacher at The Malvern School of Glen Mills. She is a graduate of West Chester University where she majored in Early Childhood Education and minored in Dance. Jennifer has been dancing for over 25 years and teaching for the past 10 years. She has been teaching for the Dance Obsessions family for the last 9 years. Jennifer continues to further her education in dance, not only by taking classes around the area, but by taking dance classes at numerous major dance conventions. She is excited to be the Petite Jazz Competition Team instructor and choreographer for Dance Obsessions, where she will be molding our youngsters into mini superstars!
Leanne is a Dance Obsessions Alumni, who studied dance for 11+ years, and has over 10 years of competitive dance experience. Her dance training includes Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Lyrical, and Modern with a focus in Contemporary, earning her numerous top-scoring overall and special awards for her solos, as well as regional and national Titles. Leanne has traveled to many conventions and competitions, winning a ballet scholarship at JUMP Dance Convention and also gained a spot amongst the top 20 female outstanding dancers at NYCDA.
Since graduating, Leanne has danced professionally for BDC (Beyond Dance Company) of Philly; judged and assisted for “That’s Entertainment” Dance Competition & Convention; became stage director and instructor for Bowman Dance Co., instructing Jazz 1, Tap 1, Ballet 1, Creative Movement 1 & 2, and Lyrical 4, as well as choreographing solos; will continue teaching Lyrical II & Tech III for Dance Obsessions, and is excited to choreograph for D.O.’s Petite Lyrical Competition Program & special solo projects! Leanne excels in choreographing very creative and edgy styles, for dancers who are looking to explore unique dance movements.
Jackie is a Delaware County Community College Sophmore, with over 15 years of dance training. A D.O. Competition Team Alumni, she traveled the competition circuit for 9 years and has studied everything from Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, & Hip Hop in the studio, as well as learning new styles at dance conventions, such as JUMP, Tremaine, Monsters of Hip Hop, to name a few. Jackie has performed locally in her High School’s Homecoming Parade, and has even performed in Florida at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
With 6 years of assisting multiple dance classes, our prior Ballet 2-X teacher will continue teaching Lyrical III, while assisting with Preschool & Technique II class!