Lisa Welsh, Owner/Instructor
Lisa Welsh, M.S., has trained since she was four in classical, jazz, modern, contemporary, safety release technique, hip hop, funk styles and improvisational movements. She obtained her B.A. in psychology with an emphasis in child development and M.S. in human resource development. In addition to her school of dance for children, adolescents and adults, Ms. Welsh has taught dance in local preschools, private and public schools and colleges. She continues to pursue her relationship with several instructional and performing arts centers as an independent dance professional. She has owned and directed her dance studio, First Position Dance Arts since 1990.
Recent performances include:
Philly Fringe Festival
NBC's Wednesday's Child
Music video- BFF
Philadelphia Fringe/Live Arts Festival- 2006 - 2012
Harlem Globetrotters Halftime performance- 2004 – Present
Sixers Pre-game and Halftime performance- 2015- Present
Haverford Middle School Musical Theatre productions- 1999 - 2005
Haverford High School Lecture/Demonstration- 2003 - Present
Temple Owls Halftime 2016
Ms. Welsh has also formed a non-profit Indigenous Pitch Dance Collective. IPDC
serves children who have suffered a natural and/or a socio-economic disaster.
7 years in NOLA
2 in Haiti
4 and counting in North Philly
Her training in dance/fitness for adults includes:
Zumba (Toning, Gold, Kids, Aqua and Sentao/Chair)
Barre Fitness (Corre Barre)
Ms. Welsh is currently an adjunct professor at Eastern University. She teaches Dance and Education Majors Rhythm and Movement for Children and Methods and Techniques of Dance Instruction.
Sean Thomas Boyt is a dancer and choreographer based in Philadelphia. He currently dances for The Naked Stark, Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet, and Anne-Marie Mulgrew & Dancers Company; collaborates as part of stb x at and SKI BALL; and works on projects with Antonia & Artists, Vervet Dance, Ballet 180, and Kat J. Sullivan.
Sean’s work has been presented at Omaha Under the Radar Festival, Triskelion Arts CollabFest, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Collage Festival, LOUi, Ten Tiny Performances, 60×60 Dance, SCI New Music Symposium, SoLow Fest, IC Open City, Koresh Artist Showcase, 24+24, iHearIC, Jennifer Muller’s Hatch Presenting Series, IUCC Experimental Microcinema, ETC. Series, Border Border Border Conjure Dazzle, IDA Black Box Showcase, Green Space’s Fertile Ground, InHale Performance Series, FringeArts Scratch Night, ‘Tis The Season, and OCGOPF, as well as at various colleges and universities in concerts and tours. His work consists of a shifting combination of classical composition structures, nontraditional material generation, and theatrically-inclined performances. Sean enjoys collaboration with other artists and working with video, improvisation, and text. By using performance as a vehicle for art-making, Sean is interested in finding new ways to ask questions and upcycling old methods to create different perspectives within dance as a medium. As a choreographer, he operates under the phrase, “Dance like no one likes you.”
Sean holds a B.F.A. in Dance (with Honors) and a Certificate in Performing Arts Entrepreneurship from the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the touring dance troupe Dancers in Company, the events coordinator for the Undergraduate Dance Organization, a ballet instructor at the University of Iowa Youth Ballet, and a writer for the Dance Department’s Halsey Herald newsletter. While there, he danced for guests Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Jennifer Muller, and Nicholas Leichter; faculty members Alan Sener, Charlotte Adams, Armando Duarte, Jennifer Kayle, Deanna Carter, and Eloy Barragan; and graduate students Chris Masters, Melinda Jean Myers, Paula Lamamié De Clairac, Jeremy Blair, Jingqiu Guan, Maurice Watson, Zoe Bennett, Joseph Cox, and Michael Medcalf.
Elizabeth has taught dance to adults and children for over 20 years. Her approach with both groups has always been eclectic. Through all her movement work, Luff has become fascinated by the universality of certain movements. She has certifications in Senior Adult Exercise, Mat Science, Zumba Gold, Group Aerobic Exercise, and Yoga.
Joshua Polk (internationally known) is well rounded in every style of hip hop and funkstyle dance and has much experience on the theatre stage as a director, choreographer, and performer. He is also a very inspirational teacher and workshop leader. In early 2003, Josh and three other members formed the company “Faceless Entertainment”. Together they explored the history and sought to gain full understanding of the hip hop dance culture. Later Faceless united with IIladelph Phlave and became what is known today as one of the hottest hip hop and funk groups on the East Coast, “Face Da Phlave Entertainment”. Joshua recently traveled to Malaysia with partner Marcus Tucker. Recognized for his teaching ability, leadership qualities and jaw dropping showcases, Joshua was recently asked to be choreographer for several Artists such as Malaysian pop star “MiZZ Nina”. Through “MiZZ Nina”, J Peazy was presented with the opportunity to choreograph segments for Korean K Pop superstar JAY PARK. Polk plays a pivotal role in transforming the attitude towards hip hop in Malaysia and all other counties he has visited. Joshua dedicated his career to preserve and protect the foundation of the hip-hop community through performance and education. His mission is to eliminate the misunderstanding and ignorance of a brilliant subculture and return a new understanding to the hip hop culture on a larger scale.
Lauren is a graduate from West Chester University, with a bachelors in Elementary Education and a minor in Dance. She was honored to represent the University Dance Company as Secretary and Vice President. Lauren was please to receive the offer to present T.he (un)A.snwered Q.uestions, an all male quartet that she choreographed inspired by her father’s life at the America College Dance Festival in 2011. Lauren has been dancing professionally for 9 years with companies from all over the area. She is currently dancing with nationally known, IN DA CLUTCH based out of south Jersey. Lauren received her Zumba license in April of 2012 and is now teaching multiple classes per week.
19 W Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003
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