Meet Revolution's

Experienced, Passionate

Teachers!

Ashley has been dancing well over 20 years and has a wide range of professional experience in both dance and education. Ashley started dancing at age 3, grew up competing, and later danced for Arizona State University and the NFL as a Cardinals Cheerleader. She began teaching dance in 2005 and worked at several studios in the valley. She began her teaching career at Cambridge Academy in 2009, where she created her own dance program called the Cambridge Dance Company. This program became the catalyst for opening Revolution. Ashley has received judge’s choice awards for her choreography and has placed overall at regional and national competitions. Not only does her choreography speak for itself, but her relationship with our families and students is what sets her apart! Ashley's following of students and dedicated teachers will bring a strong talent to Revolution!

Ashley Smith

Owner and Director

Lora has over 30 years of professional, administrative and office management experience. Lora is also the mother to co-owner, Ashley and art teacher, Kelsey. Raising a dancer and an artist, Lora knows first hand the commitments our families are making. As the face of Revolution, Lora will work with you to find the right program and classes for your child, as well as maintain the positive atmosphere Revolution strives for. From watching competitions and recitals, to running a performing arts studio, Lora is committed to making Revolution a place where all families love to call home!

Lora Bartolomei

Owner and Business Manager

Jennifer Jensen started dancing at the age of 4 in Southern California, and started competing regionally and nationally at the age of 7. She has been trained in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and musical theater. Jennifer danced with Cathy Rowley and Erin Babbs in Temecula, CA and went on to train with choreographers such as Wade Robson, Dan Karaty, Doug Calwell, Eddie Garcia, Malaya and Damian Diaz at The Edge Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Studio in Hollywood, CA. Jennifer has danced on The Wayne Brady Show, back up for Dick Clark and at numerous NCAA sporting events, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Knotts Berry Farm and Magic Mountain. She was part of the Northern Arizona University Spiritline and competed at the collegiate level. She danced as a principal soloist in Swan Lake, and for The Sedona Chamber Ballet Company's production of The Nutcracker as the Doll and Dew Drop Fairy. She was also a featured soloist in Fame the Musical and Legally Blonde the Musical with Kathy Fitzgerald. Jennifer started assistant teaching in 1998 and teaching in 2000 along with choreographing for several local variety shows. Her competition choreography has won numerous judges awards, overall and top scoring titles, with most recently winning the overall choreography award! Revolution is excited to have Jennifer join the RDA family!

Jennifer Jensen

Pre Pro Director

Krista began dancing at the age of 4 and has trained at various studios in the valley. She grew up performing and competing at many venues such as Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Premier Cruise Line and in Nassau, Bahamas. She has attended numerous conventions and competitions winning both awards and scholarships. While in college, her choreography was chosen to be adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival. After receiving her dance degree from ASU, Krista began teaching at the high school level. Realizing she wanted to further her career she is now at Chandler-Gilbert Community College teaching Ballet and Jazz, and recently finished her Masters Degree in Education from Grand Canyon University. Having taught in the valley for almost 15 years in various styles, Krista is excited to bring her love and dedication of dance to Revolution!

Krista Pearson

Dance and Company Instructor

Andrew Gatti started his training at Jeanne’s School of Dance and Arizona Youth Ballet in Phoenix Arizona, where he was then accepted and attended the summer intensive programs with Ballet Arizona and Chicago Ballet. Andrew has taught and choreographed for studios and companies across the valley, with pieces winning top awards. Andrew graduated from the renowned School of Dance at the University of Arizona in the winter of 2017. Andrew is now performing and teaching across the West Coast and is thrilled to be sharing his passion for dance with our students. 

Andrew Gatti

Dance and Company Instructor

Sharin Lane has her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from NAU and has pioneered her own dance program teaching dancers and instructors about injury prevention (this is incredibly important in this industry). Sharin began her training as a dancer at Dance Connection, has danced throughout college, and is currently on two professional dance companies. She will be teaching our Friday Pointe and Saturday Ballet classes, and we are excited for what her talents and professional expertise will bring to our students and their training.

Sharin Lane

Ballet and Injury Prevention Specialty Instructor

Nick Flores began dancing as a teenager. Starting in musical theatre, he did stage work up until college, performing all around the US and Europe. Getting a feel for the stage early, he decided to expand his talents and go on to different styles. While studying at Arizona State, He danced with the ASU Hip Hop Coalition and Phoenix Mercury Hip Hop Squad. Continuing on his career, Nick has danced with MTV’s ABDC winners Elektrolytes and EPIK Dance Company, as well as placing in the top 5 at the Latin World Cup with salsa company Stilo Dance Company. Groups such as the Phoenix Suns dance team, Denver Nuggets dance team, EPIK Dance Company, and Phoenix Theatre has showcased Nick’s choreography. He has also worked alongside top choreographers such as Matt Steffanina, SYTYCD’s Comfort Fedoke, Dave Scott, and Jaci Royal; to name a few. Nick is now a member of the Cirque Du Soleil family and was most recently awarded “best choreographer” in a professional musical by BroadwayWorld.com for his work in, In The Heights at Phoenix Theatre. Nick continues to teach for numerous schools and studios around the nation while also working heavily with numerous non-profit groups to keep all youth involved in the arts. Revolution is truly honored to have Nick on staff working with our dancers!

Nick Flores

Hip Hop Specialty Instructor

Marie South received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre, with a Dance and Music emphasis from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) and her Masters of Science in Education from Colorado State University (CSU). Marie has directed/choreographed musicals for high schools and children’s theatre over the last 12 years. In 2007, her show “Swing” was one of two shows in the state of Colorado to be selected to perform at the Colorado State Thespian Convention in downtown Denver for over 3500 people. She has also received multiple Zoni (Arizona Tony Awards), and NYA (National Youth Arts) awards for her direction/choreography on “Suessical” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dream Coat.” She brings her love of musical theatre to all of her choreography.

Marie South

Tap and Musical Theatre Specialty Instructor

Jessica was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. She was a competitive gymnast with Arizona Academy of Gymnastics, then went on the play softball during my teen years and then pursued acting with the Valley Youth Theater, doing some extra rolls and studying theater for a short period of time at MCC. Coming from an administrative professional and management background, it wasn't until a few years ago that she found she had a strong passion to help students gain tumbling skills through strength and flexibility. Safety and skill progressions are her top priority. She started teaching in March 2017. "I feel so grateful to be welcomed by the RDA family to get the opportunity to help these amazing dancers grow in confidence and ability. The staff, dancers and parents have been amazing here and I am so thankful to all of them for welcoming my daughter and myself. I truly am grateful for the dancers and parents trusting me to come in and help them."

Jessica Munn

Tumbling Specialty Instructor

Kayley Smith began her career at a young age as a competitive gymnast. She fell in love with the art of dance at age 8, dancing with Mrs. Ashley, and began dancing competitively at age 12. Kayley is an RDA alumni, and after years of assisting and mentorship, she is our first dancer to be offered a teaching opportunity upon graduation! Currently a student at Arizona State University, Kayley is studying Political Science and Latin Ballroom Dance. Kayley has trained in all styles of dance, including jazz, ballet, contemporary, tap, hip hop, clogging, and ballroom. As a competitive dancer, Kayley has received multiple scholarships and overall placements. Our kiddos love Miss Kayley and we are excited to officially have her on staff!

Kayley Smith

Dance Instructor

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