BDCS FACULTY

Heather Wrubel -  DIRECTOR

Karrie Burgess - Lead Dance Instructor

Heather Wrubel is the founder of Bowman Dance Company & School and has been involved in dance since the age of three. Her training has taken her abroad to learn from some of the best instructors in the field in Germany and continued training at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Education. Heather continues to train and learn to improve her teaching knowledge and skills. She has taught all ages ranging from three to adult in many genre and styles of dance. Heather was the head of the dance program for an Elementary Fine and Performing Arts Magnet School in Savannah, Georgia. Heather also contracted services to the Army to implement dance programs at Fort Stewart in Hinesville, Georgia and Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah, Georgia. Heather also has performance experience working with great artist like Ruth Adrienne from the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Gabriel Masson from Gabriel Masson Dance, and Pat Thomas from Alvin Ailey just to name a few. Heather had the wonderful opportunity to perform Paul Taylor’s Esplanade in the 2000 feet festival in Philadelphia. She believes, "There is always something to be learned, we must provide our children with new and exciting ways to express themselves in and through the curriculum of Dance."

OUR MISSION

New to the Philadelphia area, Karrie Burgess is no stranger to the multifaceted world of dance. Deeply rooted in ballet technique from her childhood training at the celebrated Hopkins Dance Center in Hopkins, MN, Karrie became involved in various competitions and local community performances before her eighth birthday. As she continued to develop and improve her technique, her passion and performance skills granted her with an abundance of new opportunities. Debuting her professional career with the Broadway shows Dr. Doolittle and A Chorus Line, she soon found herself on a path of endless possibilities. By collaborating with an array of professional artists Karrie soon learned that the stage was in fact a tool to unite the beauty of her movement and the untouched imaginations of the audience.

Like many young adults her age, Karrie decided to attend college in pursuit of other goals, however her love for dance never dulled and she quickly became a member of Hampton University’s Terpsichorean Dance Company. Taking the role of both member and choreographer for numerous performances both on and off campus, her skills caught the eye of the Dallas Black Dance Theater resulting in an invitation to attend their summer intensive program and involvement in several performances. Concluding her tenure at Hampton University, it was the hands of fate that brought Karrie to the City of Brotherly Love in hopes of finding a new start. Enthralled by the idea of being able to share her experiences and love for dance with young performers, Karrie embraced the opportunity to teach and mold the next generation of exceptional dancers.

Bowman Dance Company & School is committed to developing a passion for dance in every student, providing opportunities to develop motivation, self discipline, intellectual curiosity, and creative imagination. These concepts are essential not only for a successful career but also for experiencing a fulfilling life. BDCS offers a wide variety of Dance Art technique training based on a solid foundation for performance and choreography. We believe that a rich diversity of dance disciplines, techniques and technologies combined with an array of production opportunities and personalized mentoring by our entire faculty enriches the education of every student.

OUR VISION

Our passion is to prepare all students to engage Dance Art throughout their lives, to pursue advanced study in the art form, or to begin a career in dance.  Bowman Dance Company & School is an open forum designed to collaborate and create, teach and encourage, invite and dance.

cultivating A PASSION FOR DANCE!

 

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Chi-Chi Robinson- Hip Hop Instructor

Chijioke (Chi-Chi) Robinson is from Newport News, Virginia. Her early training began at The Virginia Ballet Theater, The Academy of Dance and Showbiz Kids and Woodside High School of Performing Arts. She competed in national dance competitions, annually performed at Miss America and for Operation Smiles. Miss Robinson graduated in May 2009 from Old Dominion University with her Bachelors in Human Service Counseling and Dance and Performance. Within in her college career, she performed at American College Dance Festival and the American Tattoo Festival. During this time, she professionally performed with Todd Rosenlieb’s Second Company and Dancers and Mina Estrada (D.A.M.E). Upon graduating Miss Robinson moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to study and train with Philadanco II. She joined Danse4Nia Dance Ensemble of Philadelphia in March of 2010 as a full-time dancer. In addition, Miss Robinson obtained her Master’s in Education in School and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2012.  She joined the Bowman Dance Company and School team in the Fall of 2013. She is currently teaching Hip Hop.  
Megan Mizanty is a professional dancer and choreographer based in Philadelphia. She has over 20 years of ballet and contemporary dance training, and holds a Master in Fine Arts degree from Temple University.  During her graduate career, she worked extensively in collaborative projects, primarily with vocalists and musicians from the Boyer College of Music and Dance.  Megan is currently an adjunct professor at Temple.  She served as Academic Intern for Department Chair/Professor Sherril Dodds, and is a Susan Rethorst/Group Motion Multi Media Theatre Ambassador.  Megan's work was recently shown at the American College Dance Festival, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Community Education Center, Angler Movement Studio, and Bill H Photography Showcase.  She has had the pleasure of performing for Professor Philip Grosser, Eun Jung Choi, LEVYdance, Danielle Greene, Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre, and was a singer for Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers company performance.  She is grateful to be a new member of the Bowman Dance Community. 

Megan Mizanty- Contemporary Instructor

Zakiyyah Felser- Modern/Jazz/Ballet/Tap Instructor

Zakiyyah Felser is a resident of King of Prussia and is excited to be back in her home town after studying dance at Slippery Rock University. Zakiyyah loves dance and believes in the power of movement. She has been taught by Ailey II, ballet director of the Paris Opera, Dance Alloy Theater, Paul Taylor II, Greer Reed, Esemble Espanol (Flamenco), Jump Rythm Jazz, Chicago River North, and many more. She is thrilled to be a part of the Bowman Dance Company & School faculty and is excited to teach all ages!

Jenelle Speller- Ballet/Jazz Instructor

Jenelle Marie Speller is a native of Chicago, IL where she began her early training at the Russell Talbert Dance Studio. Jenelle graduated Magna Cum Laude from Spelman College located in Atlanta, GA and received a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Drama/Dance. She has performed works by Christopher L. Huggins, T. Lang, Juel Lane, Meredith A. Moore, Daryl Foster, Kenneth Green and Stephanie Batten Bland to name a few. She has also studied at Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre in Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet School, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. While in San Francisco Jenelle also studied at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program under the direction of Marina Hotchkiss. Jenelle is excited for her first season teaching at Bowman Dance Company & School. 

Jill Breedlove- Tap/Jazz/Ballet Instructor

Jill Breedlove studied tap and jazz dance for ten years at Dance Dimensions in Albany, NY. While attending Elmira College, she was Vice President of the Elmira College Tap Ensemble, a member of the dance team, and also choreographed many dances for the performance dance club, Orchesis. In the past, she has taught children’s tap, jazz, and hip hop dance classes. This past year, Jill co-choreographed a performance of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for ASH Productions. She has studied at the Radio City Rockettes summer intensives in NYC and also performed at this year’s Manayunk on Ice opening event. She loves writing, taking dance classes, learning new styles of dance, and doing Zumba. Jill currently teaches tap, jazz and creative Movement classes. 

Maureen Rafferty- Ballet /Tap/Jazz Instructor

Maureen Rafferty has been dancing for over 20 years.  She is a recent graduate of Montgomery County Community College where she was the Vice President/Choreographer/Dancer for the school’s Dance Ensemble.  In the spring of 2012, Maureen was honored to have her choreography adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival at Penn State University.  As well as dancing, Maureen also has a huge love of acting.  She has done several plays and musicals at theaters in and around the area and has also been a part of numerous films shot in the Philadelphia area.  Maureen is so excited to join the staff at BDCS.