Samantha Pasquarette - Dance Director, Instructor
Samantha Pasquarette has been an instructor at McCann’s for six years. In her time she has taught creative movement, beginner-advanced ballet, beginner-intermediate jazz, and advanced hip hop. Now she educates and classically trains with the top three ballet levels with a focus on contemporary dance. Samantha also instructs the advanced hip hop class which work on a variety of styles. Before her time at McCann’s, she taught ballet at Laurel Dance Company and Lancaster Recreation Center. She has also been in many leadership roles at Millersville University through the organization Expressions. Here, Samantha taught numerous classes and was a part of the board until her senior year when she was president. Samantha’s own dance training began with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Harrisburg Dance Conservatory, and Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, all pre-professional ballet schools with extraordinary training. In her own dance career, she has participated in numerous ballet performances and was given the lead role, The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Samantha also received scholarships to attend summer intensives in Philadelphia through Regional Dance America. Samantha’s love of hip hop came later in life when she moved to California after graduation. She studied hip hop at The Edge dance studio in Los Angeles for a year. It is with great pleasure for Samantha to teach the hardworking and dedicated dancers of McCann’s.
Katie Bowles - Studio Manager, Instructor
Katie started her dance education in her hometown of Limerick, Pa. at Jane Baron’s Academy of Dance. During high school, she decided to move to Creative Steps Dance Studio in Spring City where she became a member of Creative Control dance team and competed across the tri-state area. During college, Katie studied dance at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa and was a member of Modern A and B companies, as well as the tap and jazz companies on campus. After returning home, Katie began teaching at Creative Soles Dance Studio where she taught tap, ballet, hip hop, and dance acro as well as choreographed for their dance team. During this time, Katie also danced as a member and soloist for ECDanceCohesion, a Philadelphia-based modern dance company. Katie is excited to be able to share her love for dance with the students at McCann’s School of Dance!
Courtney Hurst - Instructor
Courtney has been taking dance classes since she was four years old. She started at a small school called Lani's Kids in her neighborhood. When that studio closed 2002, she went to McCann's School of Dance where she was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. She danced at McCann's until she graduated high school and then went on to dance with a student run organization called Expressions at Millersville University. While with Expressions, she had the privilege of being the campany captain, broadway jazz, and advanced jazz teacher throughout her four years all while dancing ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern, and contemporary. Her favorite dance memory was going through tech rehearsals the week before the show with McCann's because they were able to rehearse their dances on stage in the Hershey theater without the costumes and lights and gave the girls a chance to watch other dances and have fun in the theater without the excitement and stresses of always being in performance mode. She is excited to be teaching dance at her home studio!
Jill Hahn - Instructor
Jill has been with McCann’s School of Dance for the last ten years in roles of both student and teacher. She was a student of ballet and jazz for seven of those years, and a teacher with Mrs. McCann for eight in both creative movement and beginning ballet. Jill grew up in Western Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After college, she moved to Annapolis, MD for seven years then moved to Central PA where she has been for 11 years. Jill has had the pleasure of being a stay at home mom to three daughters, all of which had or are currently attending McCann’s School of Dance. Jill brings her creativity, love of dance and theatre, and playfulness to the classroom when teaching creative movement and beginning ballet. Most of all, her training with Mrs. McCann provides continuity in fostering creativity and the love of dance for children in their beginning years at McCann’s.
Katelyn Spandra - Instructor
Katelyn began tap dancing at Hershey School of Dance when she was 5. She graduated from Millersville University as a Mathematics major and is currently a Statistician at the PA Department of Labor and Industry. At Millersville, she was involved in Expressions, a student run dance organization. Katelyn was the advanced tap teacher as well as the Treasurer of Expressions. Over the years, Katelyn has the best memories dancing with her older sister, whether it was in their living room or on stage together. She has a passion for dancing and is very excited to share her love of tap with others at McCann’s!
Rachel Dawson - Instructor
Rachel has studied ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, and lyrical classes at Deneen McCarraher’s Dance Studio and Touch of Class Dance Studio in Downington, Pennsylvania. In her senior year of high school, she was also a member of TOC’s performance team. One of her favorite dance memories is having sleepovers with her teammates and traveling to performances with them.Rachel attended Millersville University where she studied math education and was a member of Expressions Dance. There taught advanced jazz for two and a half years, was a member of Expressions Company, and served as the treasurer, Vice President, and Co-President throughout her time in the organization. This is Rachel's first year teaching at McCann's and is thrilled to continue teaching dance at MSOD!