Dee has owned and operated the Dee Buchanan Studio of Dance since 1992, and has directed her own competition team since 1998. She is a graduate of Hood College. Dee holds her Intermediate Professional Certificate through the CCA, and is certified through Dance Masters of America in tap, ballet, jazz, modern and acrobatics. She holds her Module One and Two Acrobatic Arts Certifications as well as her Module One, Two and Three Alixa Flexibility Certifications. In 2006. Dee was the Dance Masters of America recipient of the Janet Bachna teaching award, a national recognition awarded through the Teachers Training School program. Dee continues her training at regional and national Dance Masters of America Workshops, and at Rhee Gold DanceLife seminars. In addition to teaching at her studio, Dee (a Middletown grad herself) works year-round at Middletown High School as the dance line director of the Marching Knights, the coach of the MHS Dance Team, the co-advisor of the National Dance Honor Society, and choreographer for the MHS musical each year. She also loves choreographing shows for her friends at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre.
Annie has been teaching at the studio since 1995. She is a full time employee, serving clients as a teacher, choreographer and office manager. She holds her Elementary Professional Certificate through the CCA, and is certified through Dance Masters of America in tap, ballet, and jazz. Annie also holds her Alixa Flexibility Module One Certification. She has her B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Hood College and continues teacher training through DMA Teachers Training School, regional workshops and Rhee Gold DanceLife seminars.
Abby has been teaching at the studio since 2010. She is a full time employee as a teacher, social media director, assistant director of the competition team, and choreographer, and she also photographs our dancers for special events and social media. Abby works with our children’s camps throughout the summer, our mini-camps during the school year and our birthday party events. She is certified through Dance Masters of America in tap, ballet, jazz and modern. She also holds her module one Acrobatic Arts certification and her Module One, Two and Three Alixa Flexibility Certification, and she is certified through Rhythm Works Integrative Dance. She continues her teacher training through DMA national and regional workshops, NYCDA workshops, DMA’s Teacher’s Training School and Rhee Gold DanceLife seminars. Abby graduated from Shepherd University in 2016 with her B.S. in Strategic Communication and worked as an intern for the Walt Disney Company in the fall of 2014.
Ally has been teaching at the studio since 2018. She is also a choreographer for our competition team and assists in planning birthday parties, summer camps and seasonal Saturday mini-camps at the studio. Ally graduated from East Carolina University in 2017 with her B.A. in Dance Performance. After college she spent a year as a character performer in Walt Disney World. Ally is certified to teach Ultra Barre fitness classes and has her Module One Alixa Flexibly certification, as well as her certification in Rhythm Works Integrative Dance. She is a member of both Dance Masters of America and the Cecchetti Council of America. Ally is certified through DMA in ballet and jazz. She has also completed her Cecchetti teacher exams for Grades I-IV. Ally continues to train through Progressing Ballet Technique Workshops and by attending Rhee Gold DanceLife Seminars.
Tauri has been teaching at the studio since 2001, and she is also a choreographer for our competition team. She is certified through Dance Masters of America both regionally and nationally in tap, ballet, jazz and modern. She has also completed her Cecchetti Teacher’s Grade I Exam, and is certified in Module One and Two of Alixa Flexibility. Tauri graduated from Towson University with a degree in communication studies. She continues her teacher training through DMA national and regional workshops, NYCDA workshops, DMA’s Teacher’s Training School and Rhee Gold DanceLife seminars. Additionally, she judges competitions at both the regional and national level.
Denise has been teaching at the studio since 2002, and she is also our studio seamstress. She loves teaching many of our youngest dancers! She has her B.S. degree in Business Administration from Frostburg State University, and is certified through Rhythm Works Integrative Dance. She also enjoys designing costumes for our dancers. Denise continues her training through Dance Masters of America’s Teachers Training School and Rhee Gold DanceLife seminars.
Jaimie Lea Kiska
Jaimie has been teaching at the studio since 2001 and she is also a choreographer for our competition team. She is certified through Dance Masters of America in tap, ballet, jazz and acrobatics. She is also a member of the ECC Cecchetti Council of America and has taken her teachers exams for Grades I-V. She also holds her Module One Alixa Certification and is certified through Rhythm Works Integrative Dance. She has her B.S. in Physical Education from Towson University and her Masters of Education from UMUC. Jaimie also has an extensive musical theatre background. Favorite credits include Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Tanya in Mamma Mia!, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Doralee in 9 to 5, and Paulette in Legally Blonde.
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Sam has been teaching at the studio since 2013. He is a Senior in the Commercial Dance Major at Pace University in NYC, and continues to choreograph for our competition team and to guest teach regularly. He is certified through Dance Masters of America in tap, ballet, and jazz. He trained in the Cecchetti Method as a student, successfully completing the Advanced Professional Student Exam, and then earned his Grade I Teacher’s Certificate in 2018. He is certified in Modules One and Two of Alixa Flexibility, and continues his training through Dance Masters of America and Rhee Gold DanceLife seminars. Sam represented Dance Masters of America as the 2018 Mister Dance of America. He also has an extensive musical theatre background. Favorite roles include Baby John in West Side Story, Joe in Damn Yankees, Willard in Footloose, and ensemble of Mamma Mia!
Lisa has been teaching at the studio since 2016. She is our Dee Buchanan Theatre Experience Vocal instructor. She earned her Master of Music in Vocal Performance & Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in 2000. She also has a B.A. in Music (Voice Performance) from Towson State University in 1996. She is an active member of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) since 2011. She also regularly adjudicates regional vocal competitions, and is a Professor of Voice at UMBC and Hood College.
Kamilah has been teaching at the studio since 2014. She is a member of Dance Masters of America, certified in tap, ballet and jazz. She has a B.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and is certified through Alixa Flexibility. She has also trained through Souls of the Feet Modern Dance Company, Major Definition Hip-Hop Competition Company, Maryland Regional Ballet Company, and Rhee Gold DanceLife Seminars.
Desiree has been teaching at the studio since 2016. She is overjoyed to be the studio’s theatre improv and acting instructor. Desiree holds a B.A. in Communications and Theatre Arts with a minor in Business. She received her diverse training in many places including Marywood University, Brooklyn College and NYU. After auditioning in NYC in the 2000’s, Ms. Desi put her acting talents to good use in corporate marketing and international training programs. She also loves to sing and perform whenever she can. Past favorite roles include: Emily in Our Town, Martha in The Secret Garden, Agnes in I Do! I Do! and Maggie Mundy in Dancing at Lughnasa. Upon moving back to Middletown in 2009, Desiree received her secondary education certification and she currently teaches Theatre Arts and English at the same high school she graduated from, Middletown High School.
Emily has been teaching at our studio since the fall of 2015 and is currently a junior at Appalachian State University, majoring in Elementary Education with a Special Education minor. She is also taking classes for her Masters’ Degree in Reading Education with a certificate in Autism Studies. She has participated in ASU’s Dance Club, “Momentum”, and currently works with University Recreation to teach group fitness classes and cardio dance. She is certified through Rhythm Works Integrative Dance and continues her dance teacher training through Rhee Gold DanceLife seminars.
Meg has been teaching at our studio since the fall of 2015 and is currently a junior at Temple University majoring in Accounting. She is the Treasurer of the Temple Tappers, the Director of Finance for the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, and the University Relations Officer for Fox Accounting Association, and she participated in the 2020 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Young Adults Conference. Additionally, Meg continues her dance teacher training through Rhee Gold DanceLife seminars.
Our Support Staff
Sandy Buchanan, Karen Waters & Mary Beth Moser
Sandy is our full time Office Staff Member at the studio. She is the mother of four children and grandmother of five. She has attended classes in early childhood education and worked in the corporate world of insurance and mortgage preservation most of her life, so she is enjoying her many jobs at the studio she has had since 2015. She has attended a variety of trainings through Rhee Gold DanceLife seminars. Sandy loves watching the dancers grow and learn throughout the year and calls every dancer a “Shining Star.”
Karen joined our studio in December of 2015. She helped to run her husband’s dance studio for almost 31 years. There she taught the 3 to 8 year olds in ballet, tap, and jazz. Her own 2 children literally grow up and danced in the dance school which was in their home, and she is blessed with one granddaughter. It is overwhelming special to be around the students, costumes and dance family again.
Mary Beth joined our studio staff in 2018. A trained nurse, Mary Beth is currently busy home-schooling her two young daughters, teaching at their Co-op, tutoring children with specific learning challenges, and acting as Taxi-Driver Mom in making sure her girls get to and from their dance classes. In addition to assisting in the office, Mary Beth acts as support for our on-site faculty at dance competitions and conventions.