Important Studio Info
Fay Schanne is a choreographer and operates the Fay Schanne Dance Studio. Fay was a founding member of the Pineland Players and is a lifetime board member. She has choreographed countless productions for Pineland Players over the years, as well as countless productions for local high schools and community theatres. In addition to all of her accomplishments, Fay has been teaching dance in South Jersey for over 45 years.
Carrie DeSimone is a mild mannered office manager by day (needing organization, timing, communication skills!) but her passion is dance (needing organization, timing, communication skills!). She has attended the New York City Ballet's summer workshop in Saratoga Springs with Mrs. Schanne several times, and has even cajoled Max Baud (a member of the Pennsylvania Ballet) to teach a class at Fay Schanne Dance Studio. She has studied many forms of dance at this studio starting in 1984, but she is most passionate about ballet (her favorite is Serenade, look it up!). She dances for the joy of it, and wants to help young stars to share in that feeling.
Lindsay Gower began dancing at Fay Schanne Dance Studio in 1989. She enjoyed taking jazz, ballet, and tap classes. In high school she also trained and performed with the South Jersey Ballet Theater where she enjoyed dancing in the Nutcracker, Coppelia and Giselle. She graduated from Catawba College with a degree in education and a minor in dance. Her greatest accomplishment in college was starting a dance team with a friend where she found her love of hip hop dance. She has taught hip hop since 2005 and is a kindergarten teacher.
Megan Bryan is a sophomore at Shawnee High School with 11 years of dance experience, focused in ballet, Irish, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical....six of those years in Irish dance training. She trains in Irish Step and Hardshoe with Pride of Erin School of Irish Dance in Philadelphia, a member of Rince Tuatha Nua Irish Dance. She has 4 years of competition experience and is an award winner in every solo category at Beginner and Intermediate levels. She currently competes in the Reel, Light Jig, Slip Jig, Treble Jig and Hornpipe. Megan also has experience developing and teaching large and small group choreography for the stage and enjoys creating numbers that are both entertaining for the audience and a fun challenge for the dancers performing it.
Michelle Umbehauer has been dancing since 1991. She was a student at Jazz Unlimited where she studied ballet, jazz, tap, clogging, hip-hop, lyrical, modern and musical theatre. She also competed nationally and has attended numerous workshops taught by notable choreographers including Paula Abdul and Mia Michaels. Michelle has also done choreography for the S.T.E.P. Theatre program and Lenape High School musicals along with being the head dance coach at Calvary Sports Camp. Along with dancing, Michelle has extensive training as a fitness instructor for children and adults.