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Kellie Plath joined the faculty of AOD in 1983. In 1993 she created the now nationally award winning company program and has been the director/teacher and creative influence to present. Kellie began her training with Mary Cummings, (her mother and founder of AOD), at a very early age thru her teenage years. She continued her studies in California and New York, danced professionally in California before realizing her passion was back in the Midwest with AOD. She taught on faculty for national dance organizations giving master convention workshop classes throughout the United States before settling down to raise her family. In 2004 Kellie took over as the new owner and artistic director of the studio. Active in all three of the programs at AOD, she enjoys the opportunity to work with dancers of all levels and oversees both the curriculum taught and her faculty. A constant student herself, Kellie continues her education by attending conferences, seminars and workshops with industry professionals. Accomplished students of hers pursing the profession, have received numerous scholarships, are dancing in prestigious college dance programs around the nation, and gone on to successful careers in dance. Kellie has trained the 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2009 Overall National Title Holders for esteemed organizations. She is equally proud of the efforts and growth of the thousands of other dancers she has had the opportunity to work with over the years who are now happy and successful adults! Her alumni, faculty and family are a continuous source of inspiration as she strives to make them all proud of the legacy that is AOD.
Katie Carollo started dancing at Accent on Dance at the age of three. She participated in both the Troupe and Company programs. After many years of assistant teaching, she received the “The Assistant Teacher of the Year Award” in 2007 and has been on staff ever since! Her choreography has been regionally and nationally recognized within both the Troupe and Company programs. In 2011, Katie graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. She performed in numerous of shows and was privileged to be casted in works by several guest artists’ including Garth Fagan, Tony Award-winning choreographer of the Broadway show “The Lion King” and Mark Morris. Since graduation, she performed with Elizabeth Johnson’s Company “Your Mother Dances” and was also asked to present her work in Danceworks, “Art to Art” show in Milwaukee. Katie received the “Local Teacher of the Year” award from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 2013. She has also continued to teach and choreograph for numerous of state ranked high school dance teams all over Southeastern Wisconsin. Katie is beyond grateful to be apart of the AOD family and will continue to inspire her students by spreading her passion for dance and life!
Kayla Ehrhardt graduated in 2012, from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance and a minor in Psychology. Before college, Kayla trained at the Central Wisconsin School of Ballet in Wausau, Wisconsin for twelve years, there she received extensive training in ballet and pointe technique. She also was a member of Wausau Dance Theatre, which gave her the amazing opportunity to travel to Germany to perform in Sleeping Beauty in 2004.
Sydney Pangman began dancing at the age of two, joining Accent on Dance at the age of nine. She attended The University of Arizona, graduating in 2013 with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Business Administration. While at Arizona, she had the opportunity to train and perform works by James Clouser, Elizabeth George, Sam Watson, Doug Nielsen, Amy Ernst, Michael Williams, Susan Quinn, and Tammy Dyke-Compton. Sydney also worked with Ann Reinking and Gary Chryst, learning and performing “Chicago Suite,” and “Megalopolis” from Keigwin Dance Company. She also had the opportunity to perform throughout China with Art.if.Act. Dance Project in the summer of 2012. Since moving to Chicago, Sydney has trained on scholarship at Visceral Dance Center, and has been apart of Esoteric Dance Project. She has also performed in “Within” through Visceral Dance Center, and “New Dances” with Thodos Dance Chicago. Most recently, Sydney joined NOMI Dance Chicago as a Company Member and is currently rehearsing for her second season! She is honored and excited to return to Accent on Dance as a faculty member!
Elizabeth Harrison was born and raised in Hong Kong, where she started dancing at the age of four. She attended Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), first in the Gifted Young Dancer Program and then in the full-time ballet program. Among other awards, she won the Hong Kong Open Dance Competition (Ballet) in 2007 and 2009. In addition to roles performed at HKAPA (Les Sylphides, Flower Festival, Paquita, The Four Temperaments,and Persistant Memory), she also danced with Hong Kong Ballet in Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet. She attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating with a major in Ballet Performance and a minor in International Relations. At Oklahoma, she performed in The Nutcracker as sugar Plum Fairy and Dew Drop Fairy, Someday Sideways by Jock Soto, La Bayadere, La Vivandiere, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Raymonda, Lakme and many other roles by various choreographers. In 2015, she toured with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet Company, which performed in the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. During the 2016-2017 season, she danced with Cincinnati Ballet, which included performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D C. Beginning in September 2017, she will be starting her first season with the Milwaukee Ballet.
Jess started dancing at the age of three and spent all of her dance career at Accent On Dance. In 2019, Jess graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and is currently a first grade teacher. During her years at UW-Milwaukee she was a member of the Dance Team where she competed nationally. She has both coached and choreographed dance teams at the high school level and now she enjoys coaching the dance team at UW-Milwaukee. She is so excited to be a part of the AOD family and can’t wait to share the love, passion, and knowledge of dance to all dancers.
Megan Kelty has been with Accent on Dance since 2000; first as a student, now as a teacher. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance & Choreography. While at UWM, she has had the opportunity to perform in numerous shows and guest artist pieces such as: “Water Studies” by Alwin Nikolais, “Mt. Hope” by Gerald Casel, and “The Gift/No God Logic” by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane & Company. Along side concert dance, Megan stays rooted to commercial work by dancing and performing for artists such as Plies, Wiz Khalifa and contemporary company “Project Flux”. She holds a Personal Trainer’s Certification through AFAA with a strong Pilates foundation and is a TRX trainer. Megan trained within the pre-Olympic TOPs (Talent Opportunity Program) Program where she held several state and regional titles. She continues to work professionally by performing, teaching and choreographing for all ages. Megan is honored and grateful to be apart of the AOD family!
Paige has been dancing for the past 17 years, starting at age 4 at Steps School of Dance in South Africa. When she moved to the United States, her passion for the sport continued where she began dancing at Accent On Dance. There, she was trained in ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theatre, and hip hop. With AOD, she competed in many dance competitions and conventions. In 2015, she was awarded with the Assistant Teacher of the Year Award and has been teaching dance ever since. Paige was also a part of her High School Varsity Dance Team for all 4 years and became a captain her senior year. In college, she was a part of UW- Madison’s Dance Elite team and at UWM, she became a part of their University’s Panther Dance Team where she’s studying Early Childhood Education.
Kaitlyn Moore has been with Accent on Dance since she was ten years old, first as a student and now a teacher. She is currently finishing out her final year at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies. Throughout her time at UWM, she has performed in many student, faculty and guest artist pieces. She has also performed as a backup dancer for multiple performing artists such as Bell Biv DeVoe, Lex Allen and WebsterX. She is grateful to be able to continue her training in both concert and commercial dance with the opportunities provided in Milwaukee and enjoys being able to work with a variety of different styles and artists. Kaitlyn hopes to inspire all her students to follow their dreams, and she is beyond grateful to be a part of the AOD family!
Kristen Marshall was born in Plantation, Florida, and began her early training in Savannah, Georgia with Madeline Walker Ballet School under Gaye Baxley. She continued her training at Summer Intensives such as Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The Rock School for Dance Education and Atlanta Ballet. In 2014, she began her career with Atlanta Ballet where she danced as Rosita in Helen Pickett’s Camino Realand appeared in Bruce Wells’ Snow White, John McFall’s The Nutcracker, David Bintley’s Carmina Burana, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Marius Petitpa’s Paquitaand Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird. As well as the title character in John McFall’s Sleeping Beauty with Atlanta Ballet 2 in 2016. In 2017, Marshall joined the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program and in 2018 she was promoted to Artist in the main company. With the Milwaukee Ballet she has performed in Michael Pink’s Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Dracula. As well as works by Kenneth Tindall, Enrico Morelli, and Bruce Wells
Deena Muntz began her dance career in Illinois at age 4 and continued dancing through high school. Her love of dance and passion for how human body moves drove her to pursue a career in physical therapy. Deena attended St. Ambrose University and graduated with a BS in Biology and a Masters of Physical Therapy. Following graduation, Deena was driven to help those of all abilities improve movement and function of their bodies. Deena realized that function is important, but creative movement is her passion. She returned to dance, her original inspiration for becoming a PT. Joining the Accent On Dance Family has allowed her to pursue a career in the art of movement and the physical function of the body. Deena teaches in our Developmental, Troupe, and Company programs at AOD. She uses her musculoskeletal knowledge of the body to train students to perform everything from basic activities to elite level exercises. She educates and encourages our students to enjoy both the art and science of movement.
Rio Norman has been dancing since she was three, and has loved taking the stage ever since! She grew up in Arizona and has lived in Wisconsin for the past 10 years. She is trained in Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Musical Theater, and Pom. She started teaching when she was only 14, choreographed for competition since 16, and has done so ever since. Rio has won both local and national recognition at numerous competitions, as well as dancing just for fun. Not only has she won top overall dance awards in solo, small and large group competitions herself, her choreography has as well! She has danced around Arizona, Philadelphia, trained at the EDGE in California, danced at Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway in New York, taken class at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and other places and conventions around the nation. Rio has danced leads in the Gravity Jazz Dance Theater productions, performed with the Spartan Semi-Pro Football dance line, and has performed as a back up dancer for a local rapper in Arizona. She has attained an Associates degree in Fashion Design and a Bachelors in Psychology. She also owns her own fashion line of custom dance costumes called Danger Dancewear. Rio lives with a passion for art and dance and always strives to pass that appreciation and adoration on to all those who step into her class.
Being born into the dance studio, Gracie Plath began dancing as soon as she could walk. She attended the University of Arizona, graduating in 2019 with a BFA in Dance. While at Arizona, she had the opportunity to perform many works by Autumn Eckman, Amy Ernst, Tammy Dyke-Compton, Michael Williams, and James Clouser. Gracie also had the opportunity to perform "Megalopolis" from Keigwin + Company, and “Panorama” from Martha Graham Dance Company her final year. During the summer, she studied with Visceral Dance Chicago and Giordano Dance Chicago. Post college, she continues to train, choreograph, travel, and audition for what’s next to come. She is excited to be back with Accent On Dance as a guest teacher!
Raised in her grandmother's dance studio, Accent On Dance, in Waukesha, WI, Lexie's love of the performing arts began at a very early age. As a baby, whenever she would cry, her mom would bring her into tap class and she would immediately calm down. She began her own dance training at the age of two, and has been addicted to performing ever since. Her passion grew to include both singing and acting, which she pursued in Arrowhead High School's Broadway Company (USA Today's Best High School Musical 2008: CATS). After high school, she received her BFA in Music Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University, where she performed in shows like KISS ME KATE, 9 TO 5, and NOISES OFF. While in school, Lexie also performed regionally at Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts in Warsaw, IN, and Timberlake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll, IL. Post graduation, Lexie traveled the country with the national tour of ANYTHING GOES, directed by Jennifer Savelli and Sean McKnight, with choreography by Kathleen Marshall, and the first national tour of Susan Stroman's BULLETS OVER BROADWAY directed by Jeff Whiting. She has been performing regionally at the Ogunquit Playhouse, The Arvada Center and The Fulton Theatre, and just recently returned to NYC from The North American Tour of CATS as Bombalurina.
George Patterson is a Chicago native and 2 time Broadway performer, George Mo Leggs Patterson has taught and performed all over the globe as a young boy since 1992, starting with the world-renowned Jesse White Tumblers of Chicago. After graduating from Milwaukee High School Of The Arts he joined Savion GLover’s 4 Tony Award winning show “Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk” alongside Psych tv star Dule’ Hill..He also starred in Hoofin and Banging The Tour At the Tiger Palast in Frankfurt Germany, Supper Club the Show both on Broadway and Sweden also The American Millennium Celebration at the White House for President Clinton. He is currently Producing and serves as President of INTERNATIONAL MUSIC PRODUCTIONS that has had recent success with the Hit record “Another Again” produced by Kayne West on John Legends ALbum ..That arrangement came from Imp which Mo has taken over since 2003. He has shared the stage with Jimmy SLyde, Gregory Hines, Arthur Duncan to name a few … He’s from The Sammy Dyer School of Theatre in Chicago which also is responsible for Cousin Donnetta “Lilbit” Jackson of Foot Work Kingz and Jumaane Taylor both up and coming artist.
Emily Sanfilippo has been a part of the AOD family since 2003, originally as a student, and now as both an instructor and proud dance mom. In 2011, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance and choreography. While at UWM, she danced in pieces by Ferne Caulker-Bronson, Elizabeth Johnson, Luc Vanier, and (guest artist) Tony Award winner Garth Fagan. Emily is honored to continue her dance career as a part of the AOD faculty, and is so grateful to be bringing her own four daughters to dance at AOD as well.
Joshua Yang is one of the many bright, young minds in the professional dance world today. Partaking in multiple choreography opportunities, Joshua seeks to expand his reach. As a teacher, Joshua works hard to spark confidence, passion, and ambition for his students by creating opportunities in which their light may be liberated. His classes have a reputation for combinations that are intricate, challenging, and physically demanding. Joshua has become a leader in the community of young dancers and recently established an open dance company called “Origins”. He has also been invited to choreograph multiple shows across the Midwest, establishing the first hip-hop program at the Milwaukee Ballet Academy, and became a reoccurring faculty member for the Milwaukee Ballet Summer Intensives. Along with dancing, Joshua enjoys being behind the camera. He has found a passion for directing and videography, both of which are assets to his brand. Joshua’s artistic mind and unique ambition are what sets him apart from the rest.