|Stephanie Kibler - Owner
Stephanie founded Kibler Dance Academy in 2004. She began her dance career at the age of seven and
trained at the Susan Powel Dance Center and the Canton Ballet. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in
Dance Management from Baldwin-Wallace College and has studied in New York City at Broadway Dance
Center. Stephanie resides in Charleston, SC with her husband, Kyle, and daughters, Kenna and Kira –
both dancers, of course!
|Jennifer Kibler - Studio Director & Dance Instructor
Jennifer is the director of Kibler Dance Academy as well as an instructor and artistic designer. She began her dance career at the age of three and studied at the Melissa Popovich Dance Studio, Al’s Gymnastics and Susan Powell Dance Center. Jennifer attended Baldwin-Wallace College and received a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Business and Minor in Studio Art. She continued her dance education throughout college where she performed on the dance team and in dance concerts. Jennifer is a competition choreographer at KDA and has earned numerous awards for her dance pieces including the Nexstar Dance Excellence in Choreography nomination for Choreographer of the Year 2020. In 2018, she earned the ADCC Studio of Excellence Award. Jennifer is also the director of the Hudson High School Swing Marching Band Dancers and co-choreographer of the Hudson High School show choir, Vocal Impact, with Amanda Hahlen. Jennifer combines her love of dance and art to share with the studio, community and beyond. Kibler Dance Academy is Jennifer’s second home and the students are her family. She is excited for another amazing year at KDA!
|Amanda Hahlen - Dance Instructor
Amanda began dancing at the age of three at The School of Canton Ballet and later became a company member. She has attended summer intensives to train with professional ballet companies in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, and Ohio. Amanda earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kent State University and during her junior year was awarded a scholarship as Outstanding Dance Major. After college graduation, Amanda gained teaching experience at private dance studios, preschools and public schools including Plain Local Schools and Akron Public Schools. For the past six years Amanda has choreographed Summer Stage at Young Actors Studio; “Chicago” being her favorite musical to choreograph to date! She is also the choreographer for the Green High School fall musical and co-choreographs the Hudson High School show choir with Jennifer Kibler. At KDA, Amanda instructs recreation and competition level classes. She enjoys choreographing for the competition team and her dances have won numerous special awards. Amanda loves being a part of the KDA family and sharing her passion for dance with her students!
|Rachael Palermo - Dance Instructor
Rachael K. Palermo, M.A., New York University is a dancer, choreographer and educator from Northfield, OH. As a performer and choreographer, she has enjoyed working with area dance companies, schools and theater companies throughout Northeast Ohio. As an educator, Rachael has taught in the Cleveland area private sector for over 20 years and is in her sixth year of teaching in higher education. She previously worked as a dance studio Owner/Director for 10 years and is a member of the National Dance Education Organization. Rachael holds a B.F.A. in Dance from The University of Akron, where she performed with The University of Akron Dance Company. She went on to New York University for graduate studies and received her M.A. in Teaching Dance in Higher Education and the Professions in 2013. Additionally, she holds her Statement of Eligibility for Alternative Resident Educator License in Dance from the Ohio Department of Education. Most recently, she served two years as Visiting Assistant Professor of Instruction at The University of Akron. Currently, Rachael is the Manager of the Arts Preparatory Division at The University of Akron and is excited to be teaching at KDA!
|Ashley Brinich - Dance Instructor
Ashley Brinich grew up in The Woodlands, TX where she began dancing at the age of 3. By the time she turned 5 Ashley was insistent that she wanted to be on a competition team and was enrolled at Dance Dynamics in Spring, Texas. Over the next 14 years, Dance Dynamics became Ashley’s second home where she was trained in Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Pom. She competed all over the state of Texas and eventually traveled to other major cities, including Chicago, Illinois, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Orlando, Florida where her team won multiple World’s titles several years in a row. Ashley knew early on that she wanted to share everything she loved about dancing through teaching. For the past 10 years, she has been working with children of all ages from pre-k to high school. Her teaching experience includes many different dance genres, as well as motor skills, gymnastics, stretch, and drill team prep classes where she has achieved a 100% success rate of helping girls make their school dance teams. In addition to teaching in studios and gyms, Ashley is also a preschool teacher in Fairlawn three mornings a week.
|Izzy Bielamowicz - Dance Instructor
Izzy Bielamowicz graduated from Miami University in May 2020 with a degree in Political Science. Izzy is originally from Naperville, IL and began dancing at three years old. While growing up, Izzy danced with Vaughan Dance Academy in Plainfield, IL, training vigorously in ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, tap, and jazz. In addition to competitive dance, Izzy performed with and choreographed for her high school through the Neuqua Valley Orchesis Dance Company. Once in college, Izzy was a member of Miami University Dance Theatre from Fall 2017 to Spring 2020, choreographing three pieces for the company as a student, and returning in Fall 2021 as a guest choreographer. Izzy adores working with children and watching their passion for dance blossom. Izzy is so happy to be working with the students at Kibler and is looking forward to a successful and rewarding season with the KDA family!
|Michael Musarra - Dance Instructor
Michael has been invested heavily into the Dance world since the very beginning of his life. Early on, he competed year after year, achieving numerous overall and high score awards during his competitive tenure. Michael holds a handful of Titles, including Jr. Mr. Dance of Ohio 2003, Teen Mr. Dance of Ohio 2005, as well as Mr. Dance of Ohio in 2012. Aside from the competition scene, Michael was highly active in choir and musical theater during his school years, while also landing the lead role of Ren McCormack in Footloose the Musical. In 2015, he went on to audition for the hit TV show, "So You Think You Can Dance", where he advanced past the first round of more than 600 people, into the television round to perform in front of celebrities like Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul, and Jason Derulo. He is currently a member of the New Vision Dance Company based in Columbus, Ohio, where different styles and cultures come together to put on amazing shows and workshops throughout the year. Michael is incredibly passionate about his work, and is persistent on making sure that his students not only unleash their full potential, but also have fun learning, and celebrating this incredible art form that we’re all able to experience together.