Liza has been dancing for as long as she can remember. Her true inspiration began with Janet Jackson. However, over the years she has trained extensively in ballet, modern, and jazz disciplines. Her ballet training began with Mr. Victor Wesley at the Academy of the Dance in Wilmington, DE. During her senior year of high school she understudied the well renowned hip hop dance company Rennie Harris Puremovement. Her training continued after she received a dance scholarship to attend Adelphi University, in Garden City, NY. At Adelphi she studied Horton style modern with Carmen DeLavellade of Alvin Ailley, and Regina Larkin of the Joyce Trisler Dance Company. In addition to her modern training she also studied ballet with Rebecca Wright of American Ballet Theater, and with Full Circle Productions a “breakin” dance group out of the Bronx under the direction of Quickstep and Rocafella. With full circle she made appearances at Broadway Dance Center, and Rutgers University. Other appearances include music videos for the rap group NAAM based out of Philadelphia, and a Def Comedy Jam music video in Beverly Hills, starring Mike Epps, appearing on BET. Liza has been teaching dance for the past 20 years, 8 of which she spent teaching throughout the mainline area. In addition Liza obtained her BS in Business Administration from Albright College. In her “spare” time she enjoys raising her three boys, Aiden (16), Benjamin (12), Blake (4) and spending time with her husband Albert.
Dance Team Director & Contemporary
CJ graduated with a major in communication sciences and disorders, and a minor in dance from West Chester University in 2019. He performed and choreographed for West Chester’s University Dance Company for 3 years. He hopes to continue is studies in dance after graduation, by pursuing an M.F.A.in dance. CJ is excited to express his passion for teaching and choreography at Remix, helping to guide and shape the next generation of dancers.
Ballet, Lyrical, Tap
Kourtney has been dancing since the age of 3. Her training began at the David Blight School of Dance in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania where she remained until the age of 18. She studied a variety of styles including ballet/pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, and musical theatre. Kourtney is currently a member of the University Dance Company at West Chester University, where she is an avid dancer and choreographer. She has attended the American College Dance Association's dance festival twice with the company. She is majoring in mathematics education, but still continues her passion for dance through her dance performance minor. Kourtney is very passionate about children, teaching, and of course, dance.
Ballet & Pointe
Jaclyn Russo began her training at age 13. She studied at the Lehigh Valley School of the Performing Arts and then later attended University of Utah where she received a BFA in ballet. She has been a guest artist with Salt Lake City Ballet, Hartford Ballet in Maryland, and Charleston Ballet. With invitation, she has also danced with Character Dance Ensemble in Ukraine. In 2014, she danced two seasons with Columbia Classical Ballet before joining The Georgia Ballet in 2016. Jaclyn has been teaching ballet for ten years. While living in South Carolina, she worked as Ballet Mistress of Columbia Ballet School’s dance company. In addition to her dance career and teaching, she also is a certified personal trainer and fitness coach.
Tracy has worked in physical fitness for approximately 10 years. Prior to working with the Remix Dance Teams, Ms. Keesey was a certified instructor for Les Mills' CX Works Group Fitness. She has participated in numerous strength, cardio, high impact, Yoga/stretch and meditation programs and has completed three 12 mile Tough Mudder races as well as a half marathon. She also has achieved her Green Stripe Belt in Martial Arts-Tang Soo Do. After an injury with a herniated disc, Tracy became passionate about injury prevention through core conditioning and Yoga/stretch. She brings Remix her knowledge of proper form and safe strength training. Tracy is Certified in Module 1 and 2 of the Acrobatic Arts Program. Her students are her passion and inspire her to provide them with the highest quality training focused on safety.
In addition to her time at the studio, Tracy is the President of HTA Financial Services and has been working in Medicare insurance for 19 years. Tracy has been married for 17 years and has 3 boys ages 7-14 that all dance at Remix.
Melvin Samboy is a dance professional (dancer, choreographer, instructor, dance manager) based in Harrisburg, PA. For more than 8 years, Melvin has trained under the direction of: globally known instructor, E. Moncell Durden; the award winning choreographer, Camille A. Brown, Founder & Artistic Director of Camille A. Brown & Dancers; and Jason Reed, Founder of Reach USA. Melvin’s craftsmanship includes various styles such as Breaking, Popping, Locking, House, contemporary styles, and Lindy Hop.
As an established dance practitioner, he has not only displayed work within theatrical performances, but also within competitive and academic realms allowing his choreography and performance artistry to be presented across the northeast. Melvin is a co-founder of Lakai Dance Theater (MA) and a Jacob’s Pillow alumnae. He has also been a member of multiple dance companies including the infamous Rennie Harris Rhaw (PA), Hood Nation (PA), and AfroFunk (NY). As an educator, he has had the opportunity to teach at Dickinson College, Remix Dance Collective, Reach USA, and Star City Community Arts in the Central Pennsylvania community.
Hip Hop & Breakin'
After studying martial arts for about 9 years, Brian Blaze of Harrisburg PA, took what he thought was a break from martial arts to explore an interest in dance. He never looked back again. Brian became enamored by the bboy culture in his hometown. It was full of dancers, talent and potential but the scene died down with nobody to teach him and no money or opportunities. That didn't stop Brian, he instead spent hours everyday studying on YouTube with diligent training till he was noticed by E.Moncell who took him under his wings and further molded him into the dancer he is today. Through his perseverance he has had the opportunity to be a Jacob's Pillow alumnae, a member of the well known dance company, Hood Nation and the thought provoking dance company, Lakaï Dance Theatre under the tutelage of McKersin Previlus.