Directors

Jackie Friday Best Dance Teacher Ephrata Pa

Jacqueline O. Friday

Jackie has been dancing for 24 years in New Jersey and Pennsylvania with over 10 years of teaching experience in a variety of styles of dance including; creative movement/pre-ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and ballroom with specialization in Tap Dance. Jackie has been a dancer and choreographer for local dance companies as well as college dance clubs and has be the founder/choreographer for local high school dance teams. As a master's degree Occupational Therapist in Lebanon and Lancaster County, Jackie has a strong interest in the biomechanics of the body along with a minor in child psychology inspired by her passion of working with children of all ages.

 
Travis Love Best Dance Teacher Dance Studio Lancaster Ephrata Pa

L. Travis Love, LCCA

Travis has been sharing his passion for dance and the performing arts with students for over 10 years. He has received "Pass Highly Commended" on his teacher examinations from the Cecchetti Council of America and currently holds his Licenciate Certificate. He was also the recipient of Cecchetti East Coast's "Young Teacher Scholarship" where he attended the CCA'S Summer Dance Program at Hope College in Holland, MI. In addition to his specialty in classical ballet technique, Travis also has a vast knowledge in the expressive forms of Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theater, and Tap. Mr. Travis' students have gone on to perform and study professionally with companies, theaters, and prestigious colleges and conservatories. Outside of Footprints, Travis continues to perform, choreograph, and teach for companies, schools, and colleges. Recently he has been seen in The Fulton Opera House's "Wizard of Oz" (ensemble), EPAC's "Guys and Dolls"(ensemble) and "Legally Blonde"(ensemble), Ballet 180's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (Charlie Brown), and COBALT's "Dances With Jane Austen" (Soloist). He has choreographed shows such as "Music Man", "Legally Blonde", "Footloose", "HONK!" and most recently "A Campaign Against Bullying and Abuse". Mr. Love is also a member of the Arts Faculty at the prestigious all girls college prep school, Linden Hall, where he is the instructor of the dance program. Travis is continually inspired by his students, peers, teachers, and the beautiful ever changing language of dance! 

 


 

Teachers

Regina Bowe

A homegrown Lancaster County dancer, Regina has been dancing since she was a little girl beginning at the age of two at Encore Dance Center. In high school, she was a member of the Laurel Dance Performing Arts Company and went on to magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University, where she had the honor to work and train with an incredible cast list of dancers from the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Amy Marshall Dance Company, Tanztheater Wuppertal - Pina Bausch, National Ballet of Canada and Bolshoi Ballet to name a few! Additionally, she has trained with Paul Taylor II, Martha Graham Dance Company, Philadanco, Kendra Portier and Elke Schepers of Nederlands Dans Theater. She moved back to Lancaster from NYC in the winter of 2014 to work as the Director of Annual Giving at Lancaster Catholic High School and joined Grant St Dance Company. In addition to teaching at Footprints, she is a guest artist for the Movement Gallery at Move It Studio in Lancaster, coach of the LCHS colorguard and spring musical choreographer for Warwick High School. Regina is constantly inspired by everything around her and has choreographed original works with Footprints dancers for Downtown Dances Lancaster and a premiere show titled "A Campaign Against Bullying and Abuse". Most recently, she was cast as a feature member of NetCo Dance Company and is looking forward to exploring new horizons in the dance community of Lancaster!
 

Kate Dodds

Kate started dancing at age 5 at a small studio in Downingtown, PA. A few short years later, Kate entered the world of gymnastics, which ultimately led her to competitive cheerleading. Throughout her childhood and up until she graduated high school, Kate spent much of her free time outside of school cheering, tumbling, and dancing. She cheered for Cheer Tyme Coed in Harrisburg, Pa, who earned multiple national titles, in addition to a state title. Kate also took classes at a couple of studios in the area, focusing mostly on Jazz. Upon graduating from West Chester University with a B.A. in English Literature, Kate started, coached, and competed on Onyx Elite, a competitive cheerleading team for adults 18+. Onyx earned a first place national title in Virginia Beach, VA in 2011, and has continued to win multiple competitions since. Additionally, Kate danced semi-professionally for Harrisburg Stampede and York Capitals. Kate has over 10 years of experience teaching and coaching children and adults. She enjoys sharing her love of performing with children and is looking forward to beginning another year as an Acro dance teacher.
 

Kristina Grant

Originally from San Diego, California, Ms. Grant began her ballet training in 1979 at the Ballet Society of San Diego under the direction of Jacqueline Hepner, eventually joining BSSD’s performing company. During her time there she danced roles in the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, the Firebird, Serenade, Giselle, Les Sylphides and Sleeping Beauty, among others. Her ballet training later continued at the California Ballet under the direction of Maxine Mahon.

During the early 1990's, Ms. Grant choreographed for junior and senior high school show choirs in San Diego, CA. She also began creating choreography for figure skaters which has since led to becoming a member of the Professional Skaters of America in the discipline of choreography and style. From 2006-2009, Ms. Grant was the dance coach for the Twin Ponds Synchronized Skating Team "Team Reflections", National Champions in 2006.

After moving to Harrisburg, PA in 2004, she joined the faculty of Harrisburg Dance Conservatory. In 2005, she became a guest artist and resident choreographer for HDC’s performing company, the Harrisburg Dance Ensemble. In 2006, Ms. Grant was promoted to Associate Artistic Director of HDC. In 2008, Ms. Grant co-founded the Harrisburg Ballet Theater and is currently HBT’s Artistic Director. She also is currently on the faculty of Pennsylvania Regional Ballet in Enola, PA and Footprints Performing Arts in Ephrata, PA.

Ms. Grant still performs periodically as a freelance dancer performing character roles in regional ballet companies. She has also been a guest teacher for Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts Summer Intensives, a guest artist with American Youth Ballet and an adjudicator for Pennsylvania Regional Ballet’s Summer Intensive Scholarship Program.

 

Donna J. Whenry

Donna has been dancing for over 20 years with 3 years experience teaching Hip Hop with Footprints Performing Arts and 20 years experience teaching color guard for Garden Spot HS, which includes flags, rifle and dance. She has been a dancer and choreographer for local theaters and was founder/ choreographer for the former Garden Spot HS Dance Team. Donna throughly enjoys working with children of all ages.
 

Betsy Swovick

Originally from Rochester, NY, Betsy has been dancing for 23 years. She moved to Lititz just over a year ago, however, prior to moving, she taught Creative Movement, Dance for Children with Special Needs, Jazz, Tap, and Ballet at Ashford Ballet Company. Betsy went to college at the University of Rochester and obtained a BS in Biomedical Engineering. In addition to studying engineering, she took Ballet and West African Dance clsses throughout college. She also became greatly involved in the campus' Ballet Performance Group where she choreographed jazz, modern, and tap pieces for the group. She is greatly looking forward to the ability to share her passion of dance with all of your children!
 

Our Philosophy

We are a studio that takes pride on the technique, self esteem, and respect that we place into each student.

Testimonials

  • my children, now 7 and 9 have worked with the AMAZING teachers at this studio since 2009. I couldn't be more pleased with the level of personalized attention my children receive, organization of the studio and the talent of the professionals who teach at footprints. We will be part of this studio for years to come.
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