Michele Schartel- owner/director
Director & owner of the Dance Centers starting her 37th year. She has been an instructor in all forms of dance and specialty classes, plus musical theater choreographer in Berks and surrounding counties for 47 years. She is also a Dance Competition judge for the past 15 years for David Blight’s “Talent Olympics” competitions in the Pocono’s twice a year. She also judges at 2 different locations for Cathy Tubolino’s competition “Dance Expressions” in PA. & DE. and MaryAnn Christopher’s “Rhythms & Dance Competition” in Voohrhees & Eatontown, NJ. Michele a judge for the past 8 years with Gloria Dillon’s “Performing Arts Alliance Competition” in King of Prussia, PA .
Michele attends numerous dance workshops and conventions each year, for she is a believer of keeping the Dance Centers’ curriculum fresh & up to date. For those of you that are new to Dance Centers she is the lady behind the desk. Some of her students have gone onto Broadway shows, Touring Companies, Danced in Disney and on Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. Ms. Michele as we call her still choreographs and teaches classes here and on the workshop/seminar circuit.
Claudia is a veteran of Dance Centers having spent 20 years as a student with Ms. Michele. This is Claudia’s 6th year teaching at Dance Centers. She also studied dance at Temple University where she was a member of both dance and cheer teams. Claudia was a cheerleading and dance coach at Albright College in addition to being an AACCA certified coach, a UCA staff Judge. Claudia is a mother of two boys Matthew & Christopher. Her husband Noel and the boys reside in Wernersville.
Miss Lauren Schwartz is our dance instructor for ages 3 through 5. She teaches a Mommy and Me class, a 3 year old class and first and second level tap and ballet. When Lauren isn't teaching, she enjoys mastering her technique in the various classes offered at Dance Centers. She particularly likes the Advanced level Tap class and the new phenomenon, CIZE! Outside of the studio Lauren works for the Wyomissing Area School District in the Special Education Department.
Miss Helen Veet has been dancing since she was 5 years old. She teaches Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Hip Hop for all ages at the studio and has been involved with musical theatre choreography at Berks Catholic High School. She has been a judge at "Talent Olympics" competitions in the Poconos for the past 2 1/2 years and she has attended many dance instructor trainings in New York City, New Jersey and New Hampshire. She has taken masters classes with the Rockettes, the cast of Legally Blonde, the cast of Kinky Boots, Lane Napper, Andy Blankenbeuller, Chris Judd, Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Brian Freidman, Germaine Salsberg and Shea Sulivan. Outside of the studio Helen is a Registered Nurse with Optum in the Medicare division.
Dawn has been teaching dance for 21 years and at Dance Centers for 18 of those years. She started her dance journey at the age of 3 years old, studying Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Acro, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. Dawn has performed in many dance competitions, winning many 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. In the year of 1985, at the age of 10 won Miss Pre-Teen Talent. She also is a mother of 3 sons Cobie, Branson, Garrett and 1 daughter Brianna. When not at Dance Centers she is an assistant teacher at a preschool and also a certified freelance makeup artist.