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Faculty and Staff

Natalie Orr-Andrea,
Owner and Director

<> CMSRecital16_334NatalieNatalie Orr opened Creative Motion Studios, LLC, in July 2011. It has been Natalie’s lifelong goal from the age of ten to own her own dance studio, and she is happy to be able to realize her dream with her family and support system nearby. Natalie has been teaching various forms of dance throughout Northeast Ohio for the last twenty years. Natalie graduated cum laude from the University of Akron in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and minors in Dance and Entrepreneurship.

Natalie’s collegiate training included studying under former members of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Ohio Ballet, Martha Graham Company, and Jennifer Muller/The Works. While at Akron, she choreographed for and performed in many Choreographer’s Workshop and Spring Into Dance concerts, as well as performing with the University of Akron Dance Company (UADC). She ranked among the top ten percent of all graduating seniors in the College of Business Administration, and she was also a member of the Terpsichore Dance Club, the National Dean’s List, and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Natalie has also attended workshops and classes with such master teachers and choreographers as Wade Robson (hip hop), Stepp Stewart (lyrical, hip hop), Brian Friedman (hip hop), Kate Jablonski (contemporary), Mike Minery (tap), Miller and Ben (tap), Ms. Vee (breaking, popping), Ephrat Asherie (breaking, hip hop), Saida (belly dance), Amar Gamal (belly dance), Nathalie Zarate (belly dance), Sadie Marquardt (belly dance), Zoe Jakes (belly dance), Jillina (belly dance), April Rose (belly dance), and Jennifer Muller (modern).

Natalie has taught and choreographed for several area studios and performing arts programs, including the Shaw Akron JCC and Copley High School’s theater program, and she has been a frequent guest teacher for Solon High School’s physical education program for several years. Her competitive dance students have received many high score, overall, and specialty awards at regional competitions, as well as recognition for choreography, performance, and creativity. Natalie also has former students studying dance at universities and teaching in private studios. Natalie directs Creative Motion Studios’ adult company, Veritas Dance Company, and the CMS Company, the CMS performance and competition team. Natalie has performed in the northeast Ohio area as a professional belly dance artist, appearing at restaurants such as Kan Zaman and Club 360, as well as at private events and weddings.

Natalie strives to continue her own dance education at every opportunity and works hard to constantly challenge her students on all levels. Although she loves to perform, her first love has always been teaching. She believes all dance instructors should continue their education and encourages her faculty to do so. She stresses the importance of a strong education, a knowledge of anatomy, dance history, and proper terminology, and heartfelt performance to her students. She strives to teach her students to dance and live with honesty, integrity, and poise. She works hard to instill in her students a sense of dancing for something greater than oneself in addition to proper technique. In turn, her students describe her classes as inspiring and challenging, and many of her former students continue to seek out her classes.

Brenton Andrea,
Instructor / Boys Program Director / Company Choreographer

<> CMSRecital16_334BrentonBrenton Andrea comes to us from Nashville, Tennessee, where he studied jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, and hip hop under Keith Fitzpatrick and Andrea Woodward. Brenton has taken master classes and workshops with such well known performers and choreographers as Mia Michaels, Shane Sparks, Dave Scott, Chris Judd, Brian Friedman, Sonya Tayeh, and Jesus Solorio. Brenton has a strong background in competitive dance and placed first overall at KAR National Dance Competition multiple times during his competition career. He is the CMS Company co-director and he enjoys working with this fantastic group of students. He teaches acro, hip hop, boys dance, and our popular Superhero classes. The son of a dance instructor, Brenton has been dancing almost his entire life. Brenton continues to further his dance education at every opportunity by taking workshops and classes locally and in Nashville and New York City. He is currently pursuing his degree in Physics at Kent State University. CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Brenton, CMS Instructor of the Year 2012 and 2016!

Kelcey Allen,
Instructor / Company Choreographer

<> CMSRecital16_334KelceyKelcey Allen began dancing at the age of 8 at In Motion Dance Studio in Tiffin, OH. Throughout her time at In Motion, Kelcey studied Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Pointe, Hip-Hop, Tap, and was on the Dance Team. In addition to taking classes, she also was a teacher’s assistant for 3 years. She has taken master classes and has attended Showstopper Dance Convention and has taken classes from instructors such as: Dena Rizzo, Hayley Mac Cooper, Mary Ann Lamb, and Geo Hubela of America’s Best Dance Crew. She attended Calvert High School where she was a member of the National Honor’s Society, Student Council and the President of SADD. In her time at Calvert, Kelcey helped to form the school’s dance team and was a member for 2 years. Kelcey now attends Kent State University, where she is majoring in Speech Pathology and minoring in Dance. At Kent, she has studied Ballet, Modern and has taken classes in Improvisation. In addition to her dance courses the program offers many guest instructors and master classes. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Special Education and works as an Intervention Specialist at Total Education Solutions. CONGRATULATIONS to Miss Kelcey, CMS Instructor of the Year 2013 and 2015!

Emily Dowler,
Instructor / Company Choreographer

<> CMSRecital16_334EmilyEmily Dowler began her dance training at the age of six. She trained with Studio 19 Dance Complex from Cranberry Township. During her competitive dance career Ms. Dowler won numerous overalls, special judges awards as well as the coveted Victory Cup from Starpower Nationals in 2006. She furthered her dance education at the University of Akron. She graduated with a Bachelors in Creative and Professional Arts. While at UA she performed with the University of Akron Dance Company, participated in Choreographers Workshop and Spring Into Dance. Emily is currently a professional member of RED Company real.edge.dance Ms. Dowler is currently a teacher and choreographer for studios all over NE Ohio. Her choreography has won many accolades such as first overalls, Dare To Be Different award, highest scoring number of the entire competition, Best Emotion, Best Presentation, double platinums and specialty judges awards. Ms. Dowler is passionate about dance and loves to watch her students grow and achieve their best.

Chelan Hollingsworth,
Instructor / Company Choreographer / Early Childhood Program

<> CMSRecital16_334ChelanChelan Hollingsworth grew up in Cardston, Alberta, Canada where she began dancing at the age of 3. She trained in tap, ballet, jazz, and lyrical at Jodi’s Dance Academy in Cardston until she graduated high school. After high school she taught classes for a semester at Jodi’s Dance Academy and then decided she wanted to further her education in dance so she moved to Provo, Utah to attend Brigham Young University as a dance major. There she studied contemporary, ballet, tap, and jazz and took classes in improvisation and choreography. She also participated in many classes that taught methods of teaching contemporary and creative dance.  She was a member of dancEnsemble (one of BYU’s contemporary companies where the students do the majority of the choreography) as well as the BYU Tap Company. After graduating from BYU with her Bachelor of Arts in Dance, Chelan and her husband, Parker, moved to Ohio so he could attend medical school. Chelan is so excited to be a part of the CMS team and to share her love of dance with everyone!

Monica Jones,
Instructor / Early Childhood Program

<> CMSRecital16_334MonicaMonica Jones danced competitively as a child and then rediscovered her love for dance as an adult about five years ago. Dance gives her a sense of balance in life. She keeps very busy being a wife, mother of two boys, and finishing her Masters in Special Education at Kent State University while also working to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has a K-8 teaching license, and taught for four years before starting her family.
Creative Motion Studios has given Monica a place to continue her dance education in belly dance, contemporary, and Zumba classes. CMS also inspired her to become licensed in Zumba Fitness, and become a Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN) member. She finds great joy in teaching others to dance for exercise. She is very excited to be a part of the CMS family. CONGRATULATIONS to Miss Monica, CMS Instructor of the Year 2014!

Sarah Lakatos,
Instructor

<> CMSRecital16_334SarahSarah Lakatos began dancing at age five, studying ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and partnering through her senior year of high school. While in high school Sarah participated in several musicals, was dance team captain for two years, and was Valedictorian. Sarah graduated from cum laude from the University of Akron Honors College in 2010 with a degree in Finance and a minor in Dance. During her time at Akron, Sarah participated in Touring Ensemble, Spring Into Dance and Choreographer’s Workshop concerts, and the University of Akron Dance Company (UADC). She studied dance at the college level under Tom Smith, Cydney Spohn, MaryAnn Black, Christina Foisie, and Kelli Sanford. Outside of her dance studies, Sarah was Vice President of Finance and Director of New Members for Delta Gamma Fraternity, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, President of Gamma Sigma Alpha, and a member of Rho Lambda. Sarah has continued her dance education with jazz, contemporary, belly dance, and Zumba classes at CMS, and she has taken master classes with Channing Cooke of So You Think You Can Dance, GroundWorks Dance Theatre, and Brian and Scott Nicholson of Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Sarah currently works as a Commercial Credit Underwriter for the Chicago region at FirstMerit Bank and enjoys reading, exercising, boating, and being on the water in her free time. Jazz has always been her biggest passion and she can’t wait to give the students of CMS the same opportunities she was given when she was young and to be a part of something that helped shape the person she is today.

Ameera Paone,
Instructor

<> CMSRecital16_334AmeeraAmeera is a trained Middle Eastern/American Cabaret belly dancer. She has studied Cabaret, Egyptian, Folk, Khaliji, Turkish, Andalusian, Sambra, Lebanese and Polynesian influences of belly dance. Her style can be characterized as a mixture of many influences that include traditional belly dance, as well as lively movements that showcase her fluidity and grace. Ameera began performing professionally over 5 years ago. She has a deep love of the dance and enjoys studying all forms/styles of belly dance. Ameera has performed with several local troupes throughout her career and is currently a member of Veritas Dance Company. She was also a professional dabke dancer and belly dancer for the ‘Awiha Zaffe’ group, a professional zaffe group that specializes in Middle Eastern wedding performances. Ameera studied Arabic Language and Arabic Culture at Kent State University, which further enhances her knowledge of authentic belly dance, including customs, music rhythms and language. Ameera performs regularly throughout Northeast Ohio as well as nationally and internationally. She continues to study with belly dance masters, attends workshops and enjoys learning other forms of dance such as lyrical and jazz. Ameera currently teaches belly dance classes for both children and adults at CMS.

Lois Orr,
Business Manager

<> CMSRecital16_334LoisLois has been on the CMS team since Day One as our business manager. She is Miss Natalie’s mom, too! She has been involved in the dance world for as long as her daughters have been dancing and enjoys being a part of the studio community. While she has held several notable positions and titles in her life, her favorite is being “Mimi” to her grandchildren!

Sydney Allen,
Front Desk Staff

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