Instructors

Lauri Welteroth

Owner, for over two decades Lauri has taken pride in creating confident, expressive dancers, and strong, intelligent individuals. As owner of the Dance Center, she emphasizes bringing the latest dance styles, the best technical training, and a well-rounded staff to her students.

Alison Stroop

Dance Director, holds a BFA in dance from Oklahoma City University and has extensive teaching experience in ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics, and kinderdance. She taught at dance schools in Boston & surrounding areas, New York, New Jersey, and Chicago. She has numerous credits including A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Nutcracker/Boston, and dance captain Busch Gardens, Virginia. Alison has been the Dance Director at LKW since 1999 and takes pride in teaching her students to be good people as well as good dancers.  In addition to organizing numerous recitals, dance competitions, and local performances, Alison's students have performaed at the United Nations and the Coral Springs Art Museum.  Alison has also choreographed many local high school musicals, most recently Shrek at Montoursville (Best Choreography- Ray of Lights) and Oklahoma for the Community Arts Center student summer stock.  Alison is proud of the LKW Staff and their mission to inspire young people to be the best they can be.

Martin Carrasco

Received his Bachelor degree in dance (Ballet) from the National Institute of Fine Arts, School of Dance in Mexico City. Immediately following graduation he was offered a contract to come to the United States. He began his professional career in 1986 with Ballet of the Americas. Since then he has danced with Michigan Ballet, The Florida Ballet, and Berkshire Ballet Company. He trained in New York City under the coaching of Finis Jhung, David Howard, and Marina Staviskaya. Mr. Carrasco has also studied the Bournonville technique and Methodology with Madame Kirsten Ralov. In 1988, Mr. Carrasco joined the Berkshire Ballet Company in Albany, NY, as principal dancer. His repertory included "Peasant Pas de Deux" from Giselle, "Grand Pas de Deux" from The Nutcracker, "Le Corsaire Pas de Deux" from "Don Quixote", "Pas de Deux" performing with fiery brilliance.

In 1990, Mr. Carrasco was recognized in Newsweek Magazine for his performance in the special production "The Nutcracker" with the Red Bank Ballet Company.

In 1991, he joined The Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company at Lincoln Center in New York City under the direction of Diana Levi, his repertory included Operas such as "Aida", "Turandot", "Tannhauser", "La Traviata", and many others, having the experience to work with Opera stars like Placido Domingo, Pavarotti, etc.

Mr. Carrasco has toured intensively performing with national and international ballet companies, studying styles of dance and choreography in Vienna, Austria, Munich, Germany, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, London, United Kingdom, Madrid and Seville, Spain. After 30 years of experience performing as a professional ballet dancer he has so much to offer his students at LKW Dance Center.

Jaime Karichner

Jaime is the Director of the Competitive Dance Team for the 2015-2016 season. She has been an instructor at LKW for over 10 years. She holds a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education and a concentration in Dance from Lock Haven University. In addition to teaching dance, Jaime is a second grade teacher with the Loyalsock Township School District. Jaime has had the pleasure of being the choreographer of numerous high school and community musicals including: Oklahoma (Community Arts Center Student Summer Stock); Seussical the Musical, Willy Wonka, and The Music Man (Meadowbrooke Christian Academy); Fiddler On The Roof (Loyalsock Township High School); and Gypsy (Riverside Community Theatre League). Jaime continues to participate in Professional Dance Development for Teachers. Jaime hopes to enrich and inspire the artistic and cognitive development of all her students through the art of dance.

Colleen Leisenring Bolton

I grew up in Montoursville Pennsylvania. After graduation I attended the Pennsylvania State University and majored in Criminal Justice. I moved with my Husband to Marietta Georgia and worked in the law enforcement field. We had two children, Tyler and Abigail. After 17 years, we moved back home to Montoursville.

I cheered for 8 years for sports and competitions. During my stent as a cheerleader I took gymnastics with Mr. Cillo. He was helpful in helping our entire squad become the best they could be.

My daughter has cheered and done gymnastics since she was 4 years old. I coached her cheerleading squad for 8 years. My daughter also does competitive gymnastics in Lewisburg Pennsylvania.

I have been working with Mr. Cillo at LKW for the past year helping with the gymnastics program and I love it. We work to help all the children better their gymnastics abilities working from beginner to advanced.  This helps them in dance, gymnastics and cheer.

Christianne Gula

Kizzy (Christianne) Gula is a Barbizon Modeling and Acting graduate. She is a dedicated dancer in both classical and street forms of dance.  She has studied forms that include: Russian Pointe, Tap, Ballroom, Hip-Hop, and Musical Theatre.  Kizzy has choreographed local productions including: It’s A Wonderful Life, The Wonder of Christmas, and A Christmas Carol. Kizzy has been teaching Hip-Hop for over four years. She also took a summer intensive for teachers at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Her recent accomplishments include: Dancing with Weird Al Yankovic and Dancing in two music videos for Family Force 5. Kizzy is studying for her Bachelor’s in Graphic Design. She looks forward to sharing her love and passion of dance with the LKW family! See you in class!

Mike Cillo

Mr. Cillo (Mike) is now the Elementary Physical Education teacher in the Montoursville Area School District. He also has his Principal administrative degree and will soon have his masters/doctorate in Educational Leadership. Mr. Cillo had coached the Women’s Gymnastics Team at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His teams had won the Eastern Regional United States Championships and had placed 6th and 5th in the nation (Division III) two out of the three years during his tenure. He moved back to the Montoursville area after college to teach and coach gymnastics at every level. He had owned and operated Cillo’s Gymnastics for nearly ten years before turning his attention to Public School teaching. He has been a clinician of gymnastics for thirty-five years, with a strong background in teaching tumbling skills at every level. Most recently, Mike has given clinics, private and semi-private lessons to cheerleading groups, dancers and aspiring gymnasts. He enjoys teaching great technique and seeing quick improvement in his students.

John Brezan

Joined the LKW family in 2013 as a tumbling instructor. He also works with MAC Enterprises as a tumbling instructor, where he has thought many clinics to both individuals and groups as well as both school and collegiate cheerleaders. He has worked with youth whether as coaching, mentoring is teaching for over a decade. He has two daughters with are both allstar cheerleaders as well.

Rebecca Phillips - Mallery

Trained at LKW and completed the “teacher in training” program. She has been working with young children for many years. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from Lock Haven University. Rebecca has been teaching at the studio for over ten years and I am currently in her fifth year of teaching Pre-K for the East Lycoming School District. I enjoy using my degree to help children/students reach their full potential in a caring environment.  I am also working on a Masters degree through Penn State.

Michele Kautz

Joined LKW in 1989 as a member of its Performing Dance Company. She began dancing in elementary school and studied Ballet further at the University of Pittsburgh. She delivered the LKW Children's Dance Program to local daycare centers and schools. Michele has been teaching young children dance for many years.

Jessica Kautz

Jessica is a former member of the LKW Competitive Dance Team. She studied expert technique since age 2 and served as a student instructor during her senior years with the team. We are proud to have her join the expert teaching staff and continue the LKW legacy.