Ambridge Area School District

901 Duss Avenue, Ambridge PA 15003 | 724.266.2833

  
  

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TaMara Swank
swankTaMara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and Master’s Degree in Exercise Science. TaMara is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Seton Hill University where she teaches undergraduate dance courses in all styles of dance as well as Dance Kinesiology and Teaching of Dance. TaMara has been teaching dance for over twenty years and is the founder of Studio 22 Performing Arts Center and SHUDA, the university community dance program. She has taught all levels dance technique and has been commissioned to create choreography for children’s programs, high school dance companies, university dance programs and musical theatre productions. In 2013, TaMara taught master classes at the Governor’s School for the Arts 10th Regional High School Dance Festival in Norfolf, Vriginia. As dance faculty at Seton Hill University, she has choreographed more than thirty pieces for dance concert productions and musicals, and her works have been selected for choreography awards at Showstoppers, Starquest, Headliners, Starbound, and Platinum Productions. She has performed professionally for Paul Osbourne Productions and Don Brockett Productions and choreographed for many productions including: “Grease”, “Hello Dolly”, “Oliver”, “The King and I”, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Pippin”, “Cabaret”, and many more.  Swank also has a list of original dance works including “The Seven Deadly Sins” dance concert and “EleMental Revolution” in collaboration with Seton Hill theatre faculty.

 

Renee Keil

keilRenee Keil has worked as a ballet, jazz and modern dance as well as an acting/theatre teacher.  She received BS and MA degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, and did graduate work in movement at the University of Oslo, Norway. She studied with Gus Giordano, Merce Cunningham, Roberto Munoz, Katheryn Posin, Paddy Toon and others. She uses Luigi jazz technique as her base. Renee began teaching at Chartiers Valley HS where she created a comprehensive dance and theatre program. Subsequently she became a Lead Teacher at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Institute for Arts Educators.  Other teaching positions include CCAC, Duquesne University, the University of Pittsburgh (movement for theater) as well as teaching jazz dance for ten years in Carnegie Mellon’s Pre-College Theatre Program.

Awards include the PA Dance Association’s Teacher of the Year, the Eastern District Dance Association Award, and Best Practice Awards in dance and theatre from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Arts Alliance, and Pittsburgh Fund for Arts in Education. In 2001 and 2005 she received the Pittsburgh CLO Gene Kelly Award for Best Direction of a Musical and has been nominated numerous times for her choreography. 

Renee has directed and choreographed for Duquesne University, choreographed for the University of Pittsburgh, CCAC and Penn State Altoona as well as for numerous regional theatre companies. She also served on the Pennsylvania Arts Assessment Team for over ten years in both Dance and Theatre. 

 

Marvin Askew

askew2Mr Askew has trained at the School of American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Leon Denelian and Patricia Wild as well as the American Dancer center with Alvin Alley.  Mr. Askew has danced professionally with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Chicago Ballet and the Maryland Ballet. He has danced many principal roles throughout his luminous career.  Mr. Askew is highly respected as a guest Master teacher and as a brilliant choreographer here and abroad who can highlight the dancer’s talents and abilities  to new heights.  Mr. Askew is the Artistic and Executive Director of the Buffalo Inner City Ballet since 1987.