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.

Darcy Phifer Field

Darcy, daughter of founders Ken and Jean, 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, and consulted on the editing of dance numbers for the 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. Darcy, along with Sandra Plavchak, is the seven-time recipient of the Dance Masters of America National Choreography Award. Her dance groups have won the Dance Master of America Grand National Championships three times in the last eight years. Darcy currently serves as Chair of the Cecchetti Council of Pennsylvania.

Our principal faculty, from left to right: Sandra Plavchak, Jennifer Teoli and Darcy Phifer Field.

Our principal faculty, from left to right: Sandra Plavchak, Jennifer Teoli and Darcy Phifer Field.


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 numerous Dance Masters of America Choreography Awards; the highest awards 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. 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 the proud mother of a brand new baby girl.


Suzi Normandy
Austin Taylor

Susan Normandy is a graduate of Juniata College. She grew up taking all forms of dance from Ken and Jean and has been an important member of our faculty for more than ten 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 dancers.

Austin Taylor began his dance training at the studio with Ken, Jean, Darcy, and Sandi. In 2011, he graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Dance. Austin has performed in over 800 shows around the world as a featured dancer and aerialist under Stiletto Entertainment and RWS & Associates on Holland America Cruise Line. He performed at Hershey Park in Dance, Dance, Dance: America!, was part of the initial creation of Cedar Point’s Luminosity: Ignite The Night, and was a swing in Walt Disney’s Beauty And The Beast - Live On Stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Austin performed in all three seasons of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars @ Sea on Holland America Line and danced on two different occasions with stars and celebrities from the hit TV show. As a teacher, Austin taught hundreds of guests onboard cruise ships how to Jive, Salsa, Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Samba, Rhumba, ChaCha, and Swing. He danced in the educational film about Twyla Tharp’s The One Hundreds. He is currently a member of the Cecchetti Council of America.  

In addition to our wonderful faculty, a select group of our most accomplished and mature advanced students assists the faculty in teaching the 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.