OUR FACULTY

We proudly offer a teaching staff with vast professional and practical experience to ensure that our students receive the highest quality dance education available.

Our instructors are certified members of the Dance Masters of America, the Dance Masters of Pennsylvania, and the Cecchetti Ballet Council.

Our principal faculty (L to R): Austin Taylor, Sandra Plavchak, Darcy Phifer Field, Jennifer Teoli.

Our principal faculty (L to R): Austin Taylor, Sandra Plavchak, Darcy Phifer Field, Jennifer Teoli.

Darcy Phifer Field

Darcy, daughter of founders Ken and Jean Phifer, is the present owner of the studio. She received her early dance education from her parents before dancing professionally in New York City. Darcy’s dance credits are extensive. She has danced in several Broadway shows, including Sophisticated Ladies with Gregory Hines and The Most Happy Fella. Her television credits include the Miss America Pageant, the Grammy Awards, Great Performances on PBS, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, and Night of A Hundred Stars. She has appeared in numerous television commercials and in a feature film. She also consulted on the editing of dance numbers for the iconic 1987 movie Dirty Dancin’. Darcy taught in New York City at the Luigi Dance Center, at the Harkness Ballet School, and for the Canadian and American Dance Festivals. Along with Sandra Plavchak, she is the seven-time recipient of the Dance Masters of America National Choreography Award. Her dance groups have been named the Dance Master of America Grand National Champions four times, most recently in 2019. Darcy currently serves as Chair of the Cecchetti Council of Pennsylvania.


Sandra Plavchak

Sandra has been a principal member of the faculty for over 20 years and brings with her a wealth of talent and a keen knowledge for teaching children. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and holds a B.S. in Education and English. She is member of Dance Masters of America and is highly active in the Pennsylvania chapter. Sandra is co-recipient, with Darcy, of seven Dance Masters of America Choreography Awards, the highest award given by the organization. Sandra teaches the Cecchetti Method of Ballet and holds professional certificates in Grades I-VI. She is a principal choreographer for the Ballet Company of the Cecchetti Council of Pennsylvania. Sandra holds office as Treasurer for the organization as well. Sandra’s three daughters all danced at the studio throughout their childhoods. She is most grateful for having had the opportunity to work alongside both Ken and Jean throughout her professional career and learn from such masters in the field of dance.

Jennifer Teoli

Jennifer is a 2007 graduate from Point Park University with a BA in dance. Jennifer began her training with Ken and Jean in 1987 when she was three years old and has been teaching at the studio since 2007. Jennifer is a brilliant choreographer, and many of her students are recipients of dance scholarships. She brings a wealth of knowledge along with a clear understanding of how to motivate and bring the best out in her dancers. She is currently a member of the Cecchetti Council of America, as well as the proud mother of two beautiful girls.

Austin Taylor

Austin began his dance training in 1992 at the studio with Ken, Jean, Darcy, and Sandi. In 2011, he graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Dance Performance. Austin has since performed around the world with companies in New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Orlando and abroad. He was a dancer/aerialist and dance captain on Holland America Line for 8 years under Stiletto Entertainment and RWS Entertainment Group. Austin was also in the inaugural and finale cast of BBC’s Dancing With The Stars @ Sea, Walt Disney’s Beauty and The Beast Live Onstage! at Hollywood Studios, HersheyPark’s DANCE, DANCE, DANCE: America!, Cedar Point’s Luminosity Ignite The Night, and Legends In Concert in Las Vegas. Austin’s industrial credits include American Eagle Outfitters, NY Sports Club, Fairmont Hotels, and The Andy Warhol Museum. He danced and choreographed for singer/songwriter Anne Steele and was featured in Lisa McClowry’s music video for “Slip Away Sunday”. Austin has taught at numerous dance studios and has adjudicated at dance competitions and conventions around the country. He served as Adjunct Professor at Seton Hill University and is currently a teacher member of the Cecchetti Council of America and Acrobatic Arts.


Suzi Normandy

Suzi Normandy is a graduate of Juniata College. She grew up studying all forms of dance under Ken and Jean and has been an important member of our faculty for more than 10 years. She teaches tap, ballet, jazz, and acrobatics. Suzi imparts her love of dance to our students with exceptional care and attention to detail. She is the proud mother of two wonderful young Ken & Jean Dancers.


In addition to our wonderful faculty, a select group of our most accomplished and mature advanced students assists the faculty in teaching our classes. However, as a matter of studio policy, we do not allow teens to instruct or assume the responsibility of handling classes on their own.