Staff Bios

Meet Our Outstanding Faculty

Kay Rudolph founded Kay’s School of Dancing in 1948 and relocated it to Trevose in 1980 as Kay’s Act II Dance Studio. She is a master teacher who has been educating children for over 60 years. Miss Kay is a member of Dance Educators of America and past president of the National Association of Dance.

Kathleen Rudolph Ross holds a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia ,Pa.  Her students have been accepted in to dance programs at universities such as Uarts, Fordham, The Ailey School, Desales, Muhlenburg, West Chester & Temple. She also has students attend The High School for Creative and Performing Arts, The Rock School for continuing education (a 4 year prep school for dancers). Her students have danced professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles, Sixers Dance Team, Sesame Place,  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet X, Alchemy & Giordance Dance Company.  Kathleen is also a national judge for the largest national talent competition StarPower.

Sarah Guld Philadelphia Sixers Dancer 2005-2007, holds a BA in Education and Special Education. She is the assistant director of our dance team and her choreography has won numerous awards at competition including choreography, jazz excellence , best in show and entertainment awards.  Miss Sarah also is a costume designer.  Her custom, all hand sewn costumes have been seen not only on our stage but nationally.  Her designs have won her numerous accolades at competitions on the east coast.  She is a jugde for Starpower National Talent Competition ans began her dancing right here at Kay’s when she was just 6 years old and is a Trevose native.

Susan Miller a former teacher in the professional division of The School of The Pennsylvania Ballet, completed a 5 year teaching apprenticeship under Inessa Alexandrovich of the Bolshoi School in Moscow, Russia.

Ms. Miller teaches the Vaganova Method, the system used in Russia at the Bolshoi and Leniingrad Kirov Ballet. Miss Miller directed the Chestnut Hill School of Ballet for almost 25 years before coming to Kay’s. Her teaching experience has enabled her to develop an expertise which endows the student with exemplary control and articulation through the upper body and arms. Her approach creates the uplifted back and rich, expressive arms which distinguish the Russian trained classical artist. She is known as “one of the most gifted teachers of children I have ever seen” Benjamin Harkarvy, former artistic director of The Pennsylvania Ballet and founder of The Netherlands Dance Theatre. We are truly blessed to have her on our staff.

Kat Richter former principle dancer with the New Jersey Tap Ensemble, holds a MA in Dance Anthropology from London’s Roehampton University and a BA in Dance from Goucher College. A regular performer at the London Tap Jam, Miss Kat specializes in rhythm tap and tap history. She is also a writer for several dance magazines including Dance Teacher & Dance Magazine. & professional dance journals She is currently co-producing a all female tap show for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

In 2005, she received a scholarship for a year of study at Oxford University where she taught tap and choreographed several productions including Jane Austen’s Emma. A regular performer at the London Tap Jam, Kat wrote her MA dissertation on the performance of tap’s “national anthem,” the Shim Sham Shimmy. She also writes for Dance Teacher Magazine, The Journal of Research in Dance Education and The Philadelphia Dance Journal. Given Kat’s training in anatomy and kinesiology, improvisation, and dance history, she strives to inspire her students through a variety of means, ranging from film clips of tap’s legendary hoofers to in-class discussions and exercise aimed at improving students’ musicality and confidence. Although Kat studied ballet, modern, jazz, ballroom and flamenco as an undergraduate, tap has always been her first love and her choreography has received numerous awards including the Sophisticated Elegance Award at Starpower and Overall High Score at Revolution National Talent Competition.

Amanda Hill started training in ballet at age 4.  She studied privately with renowned ballet coach Natasha Bar.  She was selected to dance at various summer intensive programs at prestigious schools all around the country, including the School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet & Miami City Ballet.   While in high school Amanda competed in esteemed ballet competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix and the Youth Dance Festival of New Jersey.  Every year she competed successfully and was a finalist.  In 2008 she won 3rd place classical and 2nd place contemporary at the YAGP semi-finals in Torrington CT.  Also in 2008 Amanda won 3rd place at Youth Dance Festival of New Jersey and the Grishko Award; she was honored to be invited to perform in their Gala alongside world famous professionals.  Amanda went on to win 1st place classical at YAGP in Connecticut in 2009.  The next fall she began working towards her BFA in Ballet at University of the Arts where she is a Presidential Scholar.  Miss Hill was hired to perform in the corps de ballet with Pennsylvania Ballet and in the spring of 2011 Amanda performed in the corps de ballet of PA Ballet’s production of LA FILLE MAL GARDEE.   She danced again with PA Ballet in the 2011 THE NUTCRACKER and also toured with the company to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada.  In Spring 2012 Amanda was featured in a contemporary ballet piece in PA Ballet’s benefit show for MANNA, “Shut Up and Dance”.  Amanda was an understudy in PA Ballet’s 2012 PETER PAN.  She has also performed with Ballet Fleming and at the New Freedom Theater.  Her teaching career began in 2009 under the tutelage of Natasha Bar at American Youth Ballet in New York.  Miss Hill is was honored to be selected a primary dance instructor at the American Youth Ballet’s 2012 summer intensive under the direction of Albert Davydov of New Jersey Ballet and we are honored to have her on our staff here at Kay’s.

ROCHELLE MARIE HAYNES is a native of Dallas, Texas, where she began her dance training at the age of three. She attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Miss Haynes continued her dance training in Philadelphia while attending college at the University of the Arts, where she received her BFA in modern dance.

Rochelle joined Tap Team Two and Company as a principal dancer in 1997 where she traveled throughout the United States teaching the history of tap and promoting tap dance as an American art form. In 2012 she was asked to become the Dance Captain of the company. She has been teaching tap throughout the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area for over 21 years. Rochelle has also taught master classes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Maryland, Louisiana, New York and Prague, Czech Republic. She is currently in her ninth year as the Guest Artist in Residence at Moravian College. Miss Haynes has been on faculty at the University of the Arts since 2005. She taught the tap classes at the Summer World of Dance for two years, Pre-College Program and at the High School Dance Festival which were all held at the University of the Arts. Rochelle was the Tap choreographer for five years for the Garden State Dance Festival. Her choreography has received high accolades and special awards in the competition industry.

Miss Haynes has studied with and taken classes from the Masters of tap for over 14 years. Her studies have taken her within the United States, Brazil and Prague, Czech Republic. She has been fortunate to perform in the Philadelphia area for over 20 years and has taken the stage with tap greats Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Nicole Hockenberry, Germaine Ingram and Dorothy Wasserman of the movie TAP. She performed the choreography of Germaine Ingram in “Danceboom 2005”, Philadelphia Folklore Project’s “Dance Happens Here” 2006 and 2008, the “Tap Extravaganza” in New York City, and at the University of the Arts in 2005 and 2008 which were special tribute performances to the late great LaVaughn Robinson. In 2011 she had the wonderful opportunity to perform original choreography of Bill BoJangles Robinson and Charles “Honi” Coles of the Copasetics in New York at the Symphony Space Theater. One of her favorite performances was “Prague-DC-Philly” in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Danielle Boland holds a BS in Elementary Education and Early Childhood with an emphasis in Dance from Temple University. She attended the High School for Creative and Performing Arts where she was a member of their dance company for 4 years. She has also danced at The Borgota in Atlantic City and is a judge at local dance competitions.

Laura Stulmanis holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Temple University and undergraduate degree from The College of New Jersey where she was a member of their dance team “Synergy” 4 years. Laura started dancing her at Kay’s when she was a little girl and continued throughout High School.

Tara Kelly a graduate of The College of New Jersey and currently teaching our pre-school students and level 1 ballet students. Miss Tara also began her dancing at Kay’s when she was 3 years old and has continued ever since.

Rachael Dorr currently a dance major at The University of The Arts and a member of the dance company “Alchemy”. She also began her dancing her at Kay’s when she was 6 years old and continued through high school. Miss Rachael is the coach of our Junior Dance Team.

Rachael Liberto currently a dance major at Rider University and a member of the Rider Dance Ensemble.  Miss Rachael started dancing here at Kay’s when she was 7 years old and continued through high school. She also owns and operates “Liberto Sound” a professional music editing and recording company. She will the an apprentice for Kay’s Act II Dance Team this season and rehearsal  assistant.

Miranda Magro: currently is dancing professionally at Sesame Place and will be teaching our newest team here at Kay’s the “futures” .  Miss Miranda is a former student of our studio and was Miss Kathleen’s assistant for 4 years.  She aspires to continue doing what she loves, dancing and teaching while pursuing her college degree.