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EDA is committed to providing positive and healthy dance instruction to students of all ages. Our staff is made up of professionals with extensive teaching and performing credentials. Our teachers will ensure that your student is learning proper technique and terminology in each genre; and will gain strength, flexibility, and confidence.

 

Lindsay

LINDSAY STUMPO
Owner, Director, Instructor

Lindsay began her dance training at the age of three. At age eight she began competing across the country winning many team and solo awards at the regional and national level. In High School, Lindsay expanded her dance education by attending numerous conventions and workshops where she worked with prestigious teachers and choreographers and was awarded many individual scholarships including Elite Dancer, Teen and Senior Miss West Coast Dance Explosion, and many other competition titles.

After graduating high school, Lindsay was selected for an internship at Broadway Dance Center in New York City where she trained with professional teachers and choreographers in disciplines such as ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, musical theater, and voice. Lindsay was also one of the two people in the country chosen for a full scholarship to train with the the Radio City Rockettes at their summer intensive. She has taught at numerous local studios, including Ballet Western Reserve, and has completed two years of her teaching certification through Dance Masters of America.

Since opening the studio's doors in 2010, Lindsay has led her competitive team to bring home over 10 national championships and she has also won numerous regional and national choreography awards along the way.

Outside of EDA, Lindsay has traveled as a judge for Starpower- the top dance competition in the industry- and she also attended the Dance Teacher Summit in the summer of 2013 in New York City. She extends her dance education by traveling across the country to attend workshops, conventions, and competitions to ensure the dancers of Escape Dance Academy are receiving the best dance education in the area.

Teaching and working with children have always been Lindsay's passion. Owning her own dance studio is truly a dream come true!

 

JULIE GRASSE
Instructor - Ballet

Julie Grasse began her dance training at the age of six at the Canton Ballet, where she was the youngest member accepted into the Company. She danced in many storybook ballets including the Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel as well as numerous original pieces set on the Company by award winning choreographers. She did summer studies at the Cleveland Ballet (now San Jose Ballet) and studied with renowned teachers such as Melissa Hayden, Gus Giordano, Dennis Nahat, and Jerry Burr. After dancing with the University of Akron Dance Ensemble, she graduated and began her teaching career. Having taught at several studios, she came full circle and returned to Canton Ballet and is now their Early Childhood Specialist. Mrs. Grasse is the lead dance provider for the Artful Living Program in the Canton City School preschool department. She has been at Westbrook Park Nursery School for twenty five years and teaches music, movement, and dance. She is PlayRight and Leap and Leap certified. Mrs. Grasse is married and has two children. Evan is a law school graduate and EDA's beloved Miss Elise just finished her 2nd year of chiropractic school." For several years I have watched the EDA dancers compete and I love the dedication and devotion they have for their art form. I am excited to bring my passion and expertise in ballet to the dancers to compliment and increase their skills to make them even fiercer competitors!"

 

Loretta

LORETTA PFLUG
Instructor

Loretta started her dance journey over thirty years ago, locally studying tap, jazz, and ballet. She has experienced years on a competitive team in her youth, professional workshops near and far, and she has also taught dance for over 10 years before coming to Escape Dance Academy. Currently, she is the conditioning coach for the competition youth to help with strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance. She takes pride in challenging them to work at their fullest potential and ability. Loretta attended Youngstown State University and graduated with an Exercise Science degree and a minor in dance. She is an Exercise Physiologist at Braking Point Recovery Center, working with adult clients who struggle with addiction. She helps her clients work on physical wellness to help them stay focused on their recovery to remain sober. Loretta also runs various wellness programs at our local YMCAs as a wellness coordinator. She has been with the YMCA for over 13 years teaching yoga, pilates, group exercise classes, and personal training. Her trainings, education, and certifications allow her to work with cancer survivors, individuals who are at risk for diabetes, arthritis management, and exercise prescription. Loretta makes her home in Austintown with her husband, Scot and their six children Ann, Alan, Aleah, Alexander, Angela, and Anderson. Loretta enjoys traveling, camping, and spending as much time with her children as possible.

 

Jessica

LAURIE PUGH
Instructor

Bio coming soon.

 

Allie

ALLIE PUGH
Instructor - Jazz, Lyrical, & Preschool Classes

Bio coming soon.

  
Jessica

LAUREN HURD
Instructor

Lauren began dancing at the age of five and has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. At twelve years old she began her competitive career attending many regional and national dance competitions and conventions. Throughout the years she has received various scholarships, title, and, high score awards for her solos and group dances. Lauren has trained at Escape since 2018 on the elite competition team and has been apart of multiple winning routines. She graduated from Boardman High School in 2020 and is looking forward to continuing her dance career. Lauren is so happy to be back with her EDA family after graduation as a teacher this year! She enjoys sharing her love for dance with students of all ages and is so excited for another amazing year at Escape Dance Academy.

  
Jessica

ALEAH PFLUG
Instructor

Bio to come.

  
Jessica

LAUREN KERENSKY
Instructor

Bio coming soon.

  
Allie

MEGAN NOVAKOVICH
Instructor

My name is Megan Novakovich and I am so excited to share my love of cheerleading with you! I am a 2013 graduate of McDonald High School and studied Communications Studies at Youngstown State University, where I graduated in 2017. I have 18 total years of cheerleading experience, including 4 years in high school, 7 years of all-star cheerleading, and 4 years at the collegiate level. This is my 7th straight year of coaching at the High School Varsity level. In my 4 years of competition coaching experience I have coached teams in over 25 first place finishes, including a State Championship. Cheerleading has always been my main passion in life and I always look forward to sharing my love and knowledge of the sport with the next generation of athletes! I look forward to meeting you all and having the opportunity to work with your child!

  

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Escape Dance Academy  •  4326 New Road  •  Austintown, Ohio 44515  •  (330) 953-0905  •  escapedanceacademy@hotmail.com
 
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