Fit to Dance Studio
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1 S. Main Street
Mullica Hill, New Jersey
(856) 417-3207
info@fit2dancestudio.com

Meet Our Faculty

KARA THOMPSON  •  Co-Owner & Director

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Kara Thompson grew up in Mullica Hill and has always been fascinated with health, nutrition, and fitness. As a child, she was a dancer and gymnast and in high school and throughout college she played softball and was part of the swim team. Kara pursued another passion in college and received a B.A in communications from Rowan University, but always dreamed of starting her own business.

After having a baby and missing her days as an athlete, Kara decided to try Pilates, Zumba, and other group fitness classes. After one class, she was hooked. She loved the feeling of gaining confidence, strength, and burning calories while having fun…and she knew other moms like her wanted the same thing offered in a flexible schedule. Kara has taught adult fitness and student dance classes at the studio, but you will usually find her managing everything that goes into running the studio behind the scenes.

Kara and her sister-in-law Megan, started Fit to Dance Studio with the dream of bringing a love of DANCE and FITNESS to Mullica Hill. They are thankful everyday for the F2D family of students, FIT clients, and staff. It is a pleasure to watch people young and old alike grow and express themselves through dance and fitness. To stay in shape both physically and mentally, Kara enjoys taking walks and bike rides with her husband Tom, sons Garret and Reid, and dog Harlee, where they live in East Greenwich.

 
MEGAN DATZ  •  Co-Owner & Director

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Megan Datz started her dance career at Dance! By Debra DiNote at the age of 7 and was a member of the Dance! Workshop Company for 11 years. Throughout her time at DDN she was in countless competitions, workshops and performances where she earned her way as a top performer and lead dancer in roles like Cinderella in "Once Upon a Glass Slipper".

Megan attended Rowan University and graduated in 2008 with a BA in Child Drama and a Minor in Dance. While attending Rowan University she was a member of the Rowan Dance Team and Dance Extensions, holding the office of President of Dance Extensions. She was recognized with several awards and Honors, including the award for Best Choreographer and the recipient of the Bryna G. Goldhaft Dance Medallion Award and Scholarship, the highest honor a graduating senior can receive to acknowledge superior performance in her field. She has been an annual guest teacher at Dancing for Sheena in Allentown PA, for many years to honor her cousin who inspired her to begin dancing.

Megan has taught at various schools in New Jersey which led her to open up Fit to Dance Studio with her sister in law Kara, in Mullica Hill, NJ in 2012. The Studio has grown steadily every year and has nearly 300 students at all levels. They started a dance company called F2D Elite which competes and does various events in the community. Megan has earned top choreography awards at competitions with the Fit to Dance Elite dancers. She hopes to instill the love of dance and inspire young dancers to be the best they can be!!

 

 
KATHLEEN HORNUNG  •  Office Manager

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Kathleen Hornung is the Office Manager at Fit to Dance. Her past experience includes several years serving as a retail manager. Kathleen has 3 great kids and her daughter has danced at Fit to Dance for several years. She is thrilled to be a part of Fit to Dance and is happy to help the studios dance families.

 

 
MEGHAN DEMPSKY  •  Receptionist

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Meghan Dempsky is 19 years old dance has always been a part of her life. She danced for 13 years starting at the age of 3 at TSDC and went on for years dancing on a competition team. She graduated from GCIT performing arts dance program in 2016. She has studied many styles and genres of dance. Meghan is super excited to join the F2D family and hopes to help everyone as the new receptionist.

 

 
KIMBERLY HILL  •  Dance Team Leader

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Kimberly Hill has been dancing since the age of four. She primarily received training under the direction of JoEllen Hoffman, Holly Boda-Sutton, Joan VanDyke, and various instructors at Broadway Dance Center and Steps in NYC as well as studios in Los Angeles. Most recently she has been a dancer for KN Dance and Entertainment under the direction of Katie Nanni-Sullivan, and participates in various corporate dance events in the greater Philadelphia area including the Philadelphia Phillies and Embassy Suites annual Halloween Party for CHOP’s Pediatric Oncology and Hematology patients. She was an ensemble member in the Broadway Theatre of Pitman’s "A Chorus Line" and was a dancer/backup singer for Sarah DuVall Pearson's "A Christmas Journey" at the Ritz Theatre Company in Haddon Township.

As well as being a dance instructor at local dance studios, Ms. Kim also was a part of J.O.Y. Making a Difference, an after-school program provided at Paulsboro Middle and High School. The program provides academic enrichment programming, character development, and it also focuses on health, nutrition, fitness, and physical activity. She holds a Masters of Arts degree from Drexel University in Dance/Movement Therapy and has worked with children and their families in a variety of settings including hospital, schools, and in the homes to assist with medical, behavioral, and emotional difficulties.

As a dance instructor, Ms. Kim utilizes her love of dance along with her therapeutic skills to maintain a positive, fun, loving, and safe educational setting for her students. Kim is excited to begin her fifth year at Fit to Dance Studio!

 
AMANDA ARNOLD  •  Acro Team Leader

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Amanda Arnold has been a part of the Fit to Dance family for over 5 years and has loved watching the students grow. As our Acro and Kids Dance Fitness leader, her background comes from competitive cheerleading, and she's also a certified gymnastics instructor (USA Gymnastics) and a Zumba instructor. A new mom to son, Brayden Joseph, Amanda is also a special education teacher at Woodbury Heights Elementary. She loves working with kids of all ages and abilities and looks forward to another great season at Fit to Dance.

 

 
LAURIE BARBER  •  Adult FIT Class Team Leader

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A native Woodstown residence and fitness enthusiast, Laurie Barber found her love of fitness at a young age when she started dance and cheerleading. She carried her passion for fitness into her adult years and became certified as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal trainer with certifications in AFAA, AAAI and Les Mills® International programs BODYPUMP® and BODY COMBAT®. She is currently most passionate about her Fit-HIIT and Fit-Buti classes with her "embrace the process" approach! She has an equal love for her Pilates classes and most recently TRX suspension training. Laurie has been teaching group fitness and personal training for more than 15 years. She strives to educate people about fitness and the importance of staying physically active with balanced eating habits. She brings her passion for an active, healthy lifestyle to each and every class. Taking into consideration that every person is at a different fitness level, she works at pushing you to YOUR personal limit.

Laurie has participated in many 5/10K races, a few Tough Mudders and loves getting all "Colored-Up" in local color runs. Her future goals are to help others find their love for fitness and continuing her education by traveling to meet the best of the best fitness leaders in the industry! Laurie is married with 4 children. She is very involved in their sports and donates her free time volunteering in their schools and on the PTO. Laurie is a tremendous asset to the Fit2 Dance team!

 

 
RACHEL CUBBLER  •  Instructor

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Rachel Cubbler started her dance career at the age of three. She trained in all genres of dance, but her favorites include ballet, lyrical and contemporary. She assisted teachers at her studio for several years. Her junior year of high school she danced the roll of Clara in her studio's performance of The Nutcracker. This fall she will be starting her sophomore year at Rowan College at Gloucester County studying to be a physical therapist. Rachel is looking forward to a great year here at Fit To Dance!

 

 
SCOTT DRUCKER  •  Instructor

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Scott Drucker entered the world of gymnastics at age of 9. For fun, he tried a gymnastics class at the Cherry Hill Gymnastics Academy with his sister – and he was hooked. Coach Drucker trained at several facilities during his early years including Will-moor Gymnastics in Willingboro. During his high school years, Coach Drucker was All-State, qualifying for the Nationals every year in the All- Around events for Men's gymnastics. He set multiple high school records which lasted 10 years after his graduation. He still holds the Rings School Record with a 9.95 out of 10.

During his senior year, he decided to get more serious and began traveling an hour and a half each way to Edison NJ to train with an Olympic caliber coach in hopes of getting a scholarship to college. His work paid off, and he received a full scholarship to Michigan State University. During his stay at Michigan State, he taught several Gymnastics classes and coached a local high school cheer leading team on how to properly and safely tumble. After injuring his shoulder, his gymnastics career unfortunately was over, but that didn't stop him from coaching. He continued to coach cheer leading acro at a local high school for the next 2 years. Coach Drucker returned from Michigan to coach boys and girls gymnastics at the Cherry Hill Gymnastics Academy and cheer leading at TNT for several years more.

Coach Drucker competed at the Junior Olympic level for over 15 years, and was elected to represent NJ in the first High School National Gymnastics Championships where he placed 2nd on the parallel bars, no small feet, as he competed against come of the best and brightest gymnasts in the country at that time. Today, Coach Drucker has taken the knowledge he has accumulated over 30 years, and works to instill his idea of safety and technical proficiency in all of his students. Anyone can try a back flip or front flip, but to master the skill, you must first master the basics!

 

 
MADISON HALL  •  Instructor

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Madison Hall is a 6-year dance teacher here at Fit to Dance Studio. She started dancing at just a year and a half. She grew up dancing at Let’s Dance Studio and Jamie’s Dance Odyssey where she was a member of their performance and competition teams. Throughout her years, she performed at Philadelphia Soul and Philadelphia 76'ers games, Pitman Broadway Theater, and many other places. Madison was a competitive cheerleader from ages 6 to 22 for the Kingsway Dragons and Interboro Hornets. Madison completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in May 2016 and her Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice with a concentration in Criminal Behavior in May 2017. She is now working as a Behavioral Health Worker at the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center in Philadelphia. Madison is looking forward to another year at Fit To Dance Studio, where she loves the opportunity to share her passion for dance with her students!

 
WANDA HOAGLAND  •  Instructor
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Wanda Hoagland is a dedicated and inspiring instructor with a varied and extensive background as a professional dancer and gymnast. A talented and gifted choreographer, she has choreographed the Mrs. New Jersey America Pageant and is frequently asked to judge other pageants and competitions. Immersing herself in the disciplines of dance and gymnastics since childhood, she proceeded to win numerous scholarships and awards recognizing her accomplishments. Honors from Dance Masters of America and Dance Olympics included. Wanda's intensive training has led to roles in movies, and her professional experience in Resorts International, USO, and several television shows.
 

 

 
MELISSA HOLTZHAUSER  •  Instructor

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Melissa Holtzhauser has been a dance, vocal/theatre, and tumbling instructor at Fit to Dance Studio since 2013. Growing up as a gymnast and a performer, she has had the opportunity to perform at many distinguished venues, such as Lincoln Center, The Kimmel Center, Citizens Bank Park, and Longwood Gardens. Melissa is a certified nurse technician finishing her studies of nursing at Rowan University, where she first obtained a degree in Psychology with a minor in French. She will soon be transferring to receive her BSN, with which she will use to work in the neonatal intensive care unit of hospitals. Melissa just bought a house, and is so excited to be planning a wedding for October of 2018. She loves being able to share her love of performing with her students and she is so grateful for the opportunity Fit to Dance has given her!

 
SARA KOVAROVIC  •  Instructor

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Sara Kovarovic started her dance career at Dance! By Debra DiNote at the age of 4 and was a member of the Dance! Workshop Company for 9 years. She began competing at the age of 6 and also performed in yearly productions where she earned lead roles for 3 consecutive years. Sara attended Drexel University, where she was a member of the Drexel Dance Team for four years. During her time on the team she choreographed for the team and also performed during all basketball games, other sporting events, galas and competed on the national level. Sara now works at URBN Urban Outfitters Inc. as an event planner, but still has a love for dance! Sara previously has taught adult fitness at Fit to Dance, and has taught student classes for the last two years. She is excited for the upcoming year to teach hip hop again to such wonderful students at Fit to Dance!

 
ERIN MAHONEY  •  Instructor

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Erin Mahoney grew up in Boston and moved to South Jersey after finishing college at Franklin Pierce University in 2012 with a BA in Theatre with a concentration in dance. She has been dancing since age three and is trained in a variety of dance styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and hip hop. During her time at Franklin Pierce she was on the Raven Thunder Dance Team as a dancer and choreographer. She has performed with KN Dance & Entertainment for multiple events over the past two years. Included in these events is the annual CHOP Halloween Party hosted by the Philadelphia Phillies. She has had years of experience with children as both a dance instructor and a nanny. Erin is also an accomplished writer and has just published her third novel. She is excited to begin her sixth season with Fit to Dance!

 
TRICIA MENTO  •  Instructor

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Tricia Mento started taking yoga in 2006 at a Baptiste Studio in Philadelphia at the recommendation of friends and co-workers. She immediately fell in love with the practice and started taking classes to supplement her triathlon training. It didn’t take long before she discovered that yoga was not only helping to stretch her muscles but it was strengthening her mind and body. In 2017 Tricia received her 200 hour Teacher Training certificate at Fitness Yoga Studios in Mullica Hill. She pursued the training with the hopes of deepening her personal practice. As she grew throughout the course she realized that she wanted to share her love and knowledge of all aspects of yoga with others in her immediate circle as well as her community. Tricia is eager to support anyone looking to utilize yoga to supplement their already active fitness regime, to enhance their practice for yoga veterans, as well as well as give positive experience to anyone new to yoga in general. Tricia’s love of music is incorporated into each of her classes. She provides a positive and comfortable atmosphere that her students will take with them even when they leave their mats.

Tricia is a Master Scuba Diver and allows her love for scuba and travel to take her to new and amazing places. She is also a runner, cyclist and swimmer who loves going to concerts, sporting events, and spending time with her fantastic friends. She and her husband, Jeff, live in East Greenwich and when they’re not traveling somewhere diving or exploring local diners on the motorcycle, you can mostly likely find them relaxing in the hammock with a good book in one hand and a beverage in the other. They are also proud parents of multiple rescue cats.

 
MEGAN MILLS  •  Instructor

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In 2014 Megan Mills found herself was a very busy and overweight single mother of 2. She never had time to exercise and gym memberships were not in her budget. She felt at an all time low and knew something had to change! Megan took all the nutrition classes offered online and slowly found ways to keep herself active within her kids schedule. Two years, 85 pounds and 6 pant sizes later, Megan took her first Zumba class with a friend. She was nervous and shy but willing to take the leap for change. She left the class feeling inspired and even more determined than before! Megan knew my passion was to spread her joy in fitness through Zumba, and other group fitness classes, and to help encourage with the knowledge she acquired along her fitness journey. Megan has been a licensed Zumba instructor since September 2016 and is currently studying for her ACE group fitness certification. Megan teaches with passion, sweat and purpose!

 
ERIN MOORE  •  Instructor

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Erin Moore is an ACE-certified fitness instructor who has been teaching fitness classes for the past 6 years, and barre classes at Fit to Dance since 2013. Prior to teaching fitness classes, she was an elementary school teacher in the Swedesboro-Woolwich School District, and began her career in the fitness industry as a way combine her passion for teaching with her passion for fitness. She resides in Mullica Hill with her husband and two sons.

 
CHRISTINA MONTELEONE  •  Instructor

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Christina Monteleone has been dancing for 19 years with a ballet foundation. She danced with the PA ballet nutcracker for 5 seasons as well as 1 season with them for Midsummer Night's Dream. Christina has also danced with South Jersey Ballet for the nutcracker and the Wilmington Ballet. In Christina's senior year of high school she danced and performed with the BalletFleming company in their Alice and Wonderland performance. At Ursinus College, Christina was a dance minor, captain and choreographer of the dance team, on the executive board and choreographer for the student run dance company, performer for the Ursinus College Dance Company, and taught at Rising Star Dance Academy for two years! She is very excited to join such an amazing dance family in the fall.

 
TIARA NOCK  •  Instructor

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Tiara Nock has been dancing since the age of three. During her childhood, she was bitten by the theater bug and hasn't stopped performing on stage since! Tiara is a recent graduate of Rowan University (2017) where she was a member and President of Rowan's contemporary dance company: Dance Extensions (Under the Direction of Paule "Duchess" Turner). There at Rowan, she performed in numerous Theater and Dance Department's plays and musicals and was last seen performing at the American College Dance Association conference in New York and College Park Maryland. In 2016 Tiara was nominated by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region II for acting. Currently, Tiara is a Digital Marketing Assistant and when she is not doing that, she spends the rest of her time performing/choreographing for regional theaters in Philadelphia and New Jersey and during the spring she can be seen choreographing for Lindenwold High School musicals.

Tiara has a huge passion for the performing arts and is currently the Chairman of the Grand Theater's Road Company Junior Board and plans on getting her Master's in Arts Administration. She is delighted to be a teacher at Fit 2 Dance Studio and to instill the love for dance as her previous teachers have done for her!

 
ALY SCHROEDER •  Instructor

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Alyson (Aly) Schroeder began dancing and cheerleading at a very young age. She continued her love of dance and movement for many years by studying classical ballet in Philadelphia, PA at The Koresh Dance Center and Symmetry Dance Wellness. She is also a certified group fitness instructor and licensed clinical social worker. She loves to share her passion for dance, fitness and emotional and physical health with all ages. Aly combines strong dance technique with fun and creative movement to create dance classes that enable each dancer to reach his/her full potential. Her fitness classes incorporate HIIT-style, kickboxing and barre workouts to provide a total body workout that accommodates every level of fitness. Her focus is on having fun, getting fit and helping people reach their full potential by tapping into their unique strengths.
 

 
GABRIELLE SCHLOCCHINI •  Instructor

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Gabrielle Sclocchini's love for dance started when she was just three years old. She danced at Tricia Sloan Dance Center where she was a member of their Dance Company. Gabrielle was involved in their production of The Nutcracker as well as numerous other performances. She is a recent graduate of Rowan University and is now a graduate student at Rutgers University where she will earn her Masters of Social Work. When she is not teaching at F2D or studying, she enjoys working out and spending time with her family and two dogs at the beach.
 

 
JENNA SCOTT •  Instructor

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Jenna Scott is excited to be a part of the Fit to Dance staff for a fifth year! Miss Jenna, a history teacher at Clearview Regional High School, earned her bachelor’s degree in History from West Chester University. She has studied dance at Trisha Sloan Dance Studio and was an active member of the dance company by performing in various competitions, holding various roles as a cast member of "The Little Match Girl" and performing in Walt Disney World. She performed with Ballet South in their productions of "The Nutcracker" and "Coppelia." Miss Jenna also studied at Kathy Henkel School of Dance and The Professional School for several years. At West Chester University, she continued to study dance and was a member of the Dance Production Workshop. She also works as the choreographer for Clearview Regional High School musicals, and lives in Mullica Hill with her husband Chris and their two children, Annabelle and Brandon.

 
NICOLE TESTA •  Instructor

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A Fit to Dance Studio Alumni, Nicole Testa is currently a Sophomore double major in Dance and Nutrition/Dietetics at Rowan University. At Rowan, she is a member of Dance Extensions, the contemporary dance company, which has given her numerous opportunities. In her first year, she was cast in Rowan University's Main stage production of "Danse Macabre," the choreography showcase: "Movemeant," and also performed in and choreographed a Senior project entitled "No Love Dying." Nicole has trained in numerous styles of dance and has attended many workshops including ACDA, The American College Dance Association conference held at the University of Maryland. In December of 2014, Nicole performed is Andrea Michaels Dance Project's holiday production: "Tis the Season," at Dante Hall in Atlantic City. While at Fit to Dance, she was a member of F2D Elite, their competition team.

During Nicole's junior year of high school, she started assisting classes at F2D and has always been so grateful for the opportunity to share her passion and knowledge of dance with her students. She is so excited to continue on this journey, and cannot wait to see how much her students grow this year!

 
DARLA THOMPSON •  Instructor

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Darla Thompson has been a student of dance for the past 30 years, training in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, modern, and Irish-step. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rowan University with a B.A. in Theatre (Child Drama Specialization, Dance Minor), and currently works full time as a Senior Program Manager for Vindico Medical Education. Darla was a member of the Corrine Gangi Dance Center faculty for 19 years, where she performed and choreographed for the benefit company, DancElectric, and served as Artistic Director (2016-2017). Over the years, Darla has volunteered for various charitable and educational organizations, and is particularly proud of her partnerships with Thinking Globally, through which she introduced American dance culture to exchange students from around the world, and the Very Special Arts Festival, which celebrates the artistic achievements of students with disabilities. Darla is thrilled to join the faculty as a new teacher this season and looks forward to an exciting and rewarding year with the F2D family!

 

 
MELISSA WHITEHOUSE •  Instructor

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Melissa Whitehouse started yoga in 2010 after spending many years moving around the country and trying different exercise routines. She got hooked on yoga after her first class and it steadily became a key part of her life. In 2014, Melissa began teaching a volunteer senior yoga program and in 2016 she received her 200-hour yoga certification through Fitness Yoga and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. Her yoga philosophy is to make yoga a vital part of everyday life and to connect on a physical and mental level. Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband Sean, their three sons Brendon, Kyle and Ryan, and their Boston Terrier, Sox the Dog. She teaches encouraging and fun-filled classes for all levels - always with good music.

 

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Fit to Dance Studio  |  1 S. Main Street  |  Mullica Hill, NJ  08062  |  info@fit2dancestudio.com  |  (856) 417-3207