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We wouldn't go anywhere else!

Riley has been dancing at ReMix since she was 3. We are going on our 6th year! 

We wouldn't go anywhere else!
- Jennifer Simcox, mother

Our Team

Liza Grundy

Owner & Director

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. 

 

CJ Whitmire

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. 

Jackie Russo

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.

Kourtney Kukowski

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. 

Josh Polk

Hip Hop

Entertainer, Educator, and Innovator, J. Lee Polk is the embodiment of the modern Hip Hop artist: a student of the culture, an advocate for the preservation of the culture, and in the vernacular of the times, “a sick-wit-it” dancer! A performer in high demand, J. Lee has graced the stages of The Victory Theater in New York City, the African American Museum of Philadelphia, PA, and he is a consistent performer at The Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to name a few. He has also been seen internationally on the small screen as a guest performer on BET’S hit show 106 & Park. J. Lee strongly believes in preserving the art form of Hip Hop dance. As a keeperof the flame, he is constantly involved in facilitating Lecture/Demonstrations at High Schools; Colleges; Summer Camps; After School Programs, if youth want to learn about this art form, J. Lee makes the time share! When J. Lee dances the showmanship of such historical iconic performers such as Stump & Stumpy, Sammy Davis Jr., and James Brown come to mind. He dances with his spirit, he dances like no one is watching, and he dances for life! Experience the man who is proclaimed by those in the hip hop world as the one and only ‘He Locks’!

Brian Frazier

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.

Tracy Keesey

Acrobatic Arts

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.  

Kari Rozette

Cheer Coach

Kari’s love for Dance and Cheer began at a young age, having cheered for the Twin Valley Youth Football and High School programs. She attended Bloomsburg University where she studied Business Management and danced with their Dance Team. Kari has been part of the Remix family for over a decade, both as a student and instructor. In addition to her career as an HR Manager, her family, including her husband and two dogs, she is passionate and excited to lead the ReMix AllStar cheer program with her fellow coaches. 

Megan McNicholas

Cheer Coach

Megan has seven years of cheer coaching experience, with ReMix AllStarz and the Twin Valley Youth Cheerleading Program. Trained in dance from the age of three, Megan began cheering in High School, and continued through her College Years at JHU. She is a three-time UCA All Star and was chosen to represent her High School at the Big 33 Football Classic. A licensed fitness instructor, Megan is passionate about proper stunting techniques, body positioning and safety. She is also a Registered Nurse and certified in CPR. She is proud to be part of ReMix AllStarz and can’t wait to see the program grow!

Aileen Lynch-McCulloch

Theater Director
 

Lynch-McCulloch is no stranger to the community, having directed many youth productions at the Corner Arts Center stage in Glenmoore, and many Vagabond Acting Troupe shows on the Twin Valley Middle School Stage. Sold out productions of 13 The musical, Little Shop of Horrors, Grease, High School Musical are just a few of the over 50 productions she has directed locally. Currently the education director of Theater Non-Conforming (a professional theater company in Norristown PA), McCulloch has worked for many theaters in the region, and is excited to be returning home with the HS Edition of Chicago.

 

Her award winning company of 25 years, The Vagabond Acting Troupe, produced its first show in Norristown, and she is pleased to make her return to redefine youth theater with Theatre Non-Conforming! She holds her Masters in Theater from Villanova University, and her BA in Theatre from Mary Washington University. She has also studied with Delle Arte in Blue Lake, CA, and holds certificates in working with adolescent girls from One Schoolhouse. She even got to dance with the Dance Captain from Hamilton while studying with the Broadway Teachers Workshop two years ago!

Elaine Nitko-Eroh

Senior Fitness, Studio Seamstress

Elaine Nitko-Eroh holds a BS in English Literature and a Minor in Theater Costume Design.  She began her journey in fitness in 1985 like millions of women attempting to lose the "baby weight". She became hooked on aerobics and began to fill in as a substitute instructor for the YMCA outreach program Pulse II and III in Phoenixville, Pa.  As a mom of 4 boys she began to take an interest in weight lifting to keep up with them and the long hours they were spending at the gym.  In 2000 she joined the Twin Valley YMCA as an instructor for 2 senior classes, Seated, and Lite Cardio with Range of Movement.  Elaine holds many fitness certifications including, Les Mills - Body Pump, Body Flow, Body Training System: Group Power, Zumba Gold, Bosu, Pilates, Boot Camp, four Silver Sneaker Fitness Programs: Seated Class, Cardio Fit, Seated Yoga, and Gentle Yoga.  She is also certified in Hatha Yoga, Spin, and is a certified Personal Trainer.  Elaine's passion is strength training and her goal is to keep teaching well into her 90's!  She shares her motto with everyone that attends one of her classes: Show Up and Be Present! - If you commit to something show up!  Bring your whole self into your exercise practice or whatever you commit to. In addition to fitness Elaine is an accomplished seamstress creating pieces from clothing and drapery, to boat interiors and covers.  She has even made a full size Native American Tepee.  As mentioned Elaine is the mother of 4 boys, 2 step children, and 13 grandchildren!  In her spare time she enjoys sailing, reading, walking with her adorable Basset Hound, and teaching art appreciation through the  "Art Goes to School" program through the Friends of the Arts in the Owen J. School District.    Elaine is currently enjoying her sixth year with ReMix!