Our Faculty



Christina Negri

Christina Negri

Christina is excited to begin another year of teaching at Stage I. She is a former Stage I student and took lessons for 15 years. Ten of those years were spent as a member of the Performing Company where she had the opportunity to travel and perform on cruise ships to Mexico and Bermuda and on a trip to Hawaii.

Christina has also performed locally in the Indianapolis 500 Parade, the Circle of Lights, and the Kings Island Dance Days. When Christina arrived at college, she helped start up the University of Indianapolis Dance Team. She was the President and performed on the team for two years.

Outside of the dance studio, Christina teaches at Mill Creek East Elementary in Clayton, IN and teaches full day Kindergarten.

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Allison Akers

Allison Akers

Allison is thrilled to begin another year as an instructor at Stage I Dance Academy. Over the years, she has cherished the opportunity to combine her love for art, performance, and working with children. Allison's dance education began at Stage I at the age of 2 years old. She later become a member of the Stage I Performing Company. While studying elementary education at Indiana University, Allison continued her dance education by taking courses in jazz and modern dance. Also during that time, Allison was a member of In Motion Dance Company and the IU Essence Hip Hop Dance Team.

As an instructor at Stage I, Allison continues her dance education by participating in dance workshops developed by such highly respected dance educators as Al Gilbert and Joe Tremaine.

Allison has had the pleasure of working with many students over the last ten years, all of whom have left a lasting impression. Allison would like to welcome everyone back for another wonderful year!

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Amanda Ardizzone

Amanda Ardizzone

Amanda started her dancing career at the early age of 4. She continued dancing at Stage I until she attended college. While at Stage I, Amanda was a member of the Performing Company for 11 years and traveled to Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas, Bermuda, and Hawaii. Amanda also danced at Ballet International for four years where she performed in the Nutcracker, Cinderella, A Midsummer's Night Dream, and Sleeping Beauty.

During Amanda's first year of college, she performed with Indiana State's Sparkette Dance Team. She later transferred to Ball State where she performed in several senior showcases. Amanda graduated from Ball State University in May 2005 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education.

Amanda has taught at Stage I for many years. She also holds a fifth grade teaching position at Center Grove Elementary School. She is excited to be back at Stage I for another awesome and inspiring year!

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Emily Dyson

Emily Dyson


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Melanie Schreiber

Melanie Schreiber

Melanie Schreiber began her serious ballet and modern training at Walnut Hill Perfoming Arts High School in Natick, Massachusetts. She went on to graduate from SUNY Purchase with a B.F.A. in dance in 2004.

While in New York City she received two summer scholarships from the Cunningham School and studied with many established teachers such as Kazuko Hirabyashi, Richard Cook, Robert Swinston, and Kevin Wynn. Melanie Schreiber has performed works by Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, David Hochoy, Cynthia Pratt, and Norman Walker.

She is a current member of Dance Kaleidoscope in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Erin Fuhman

Erin Fuhman

Erin is happy to be a part of the Stage I faculty. She has been teaching gymnastics to all ages of children for the past 18 years and enjoys promoting fitness in a fun way. In addition to her classes at Stage I, Erin operates a mobile gymnastics program that brings weekly gymnastics classes to preschools around Indianapolis. Erin has been teaching gymnastics, tumbling and preschool classes at Stage I for the past 2 years.

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Lauren Edwards

Lauren Edwards

Lauren was a student at Stage I for 15 years. She was in the Performing Company for 12 years and an assistant teacher for 6 years. She has performed at many competitions, benefits, and recitals.

Through her dancing experience, Lauren was invited to New York two where she participated in an acting program called Beginnings; both times being called back by interested agents, but declined both times because her love for home was too strong. As a student in performing company she traveled to Las Vegas for national competitions and also received the Steven Boyd Scholarship from Dance Makers Inc. Through these competitions and workshops, Lauren has studied under many master teachers and choreographers. Lauren has also participated in the American Girl Show at Conner Prairie.

As an instructor, Lauren continues her dance education by attending conventions and studying under master teachers. Most recently, Lauren has attended Dance Teacher Connection by MusicWorks. There she learned from amazing people in the dance world such as, Darryl Retter, Linda Bernabei-Retter, Thommie Retter, Becca Retter, Gina Badone, Brandon Jarrett, Chris Rogers, Aleksandra Wojda, Janice Barringer, and Joan Lather “Ms. Puffie”.

Lauren graduated from Greenwood Community High School where she was an active member of the Greenwood Dazzlers, where she was honored as MVP and All-American Dancer, Peer Mentor, Vice-president of the Booster Club, and on the Student Council.

Lauren attended college at the University of Indianapolis where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Community Health Education.

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Mariel Greenlee

Mariel Greenlee

Mariel Greenlee, originally from Vestal, New York, received her early ballet training at Ballet Arts Theatre, Ithaca Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet School, and Ballet West Conservatory. Her Modern studies began at the University of Utah and continued at Point Park University where she received her B.A. in Dance and went on to study at Dance Alloy, Dance New Amsterdam, Paul Taylor, the David Parsons Workshop, STEPS, and the Martha Graham School.

Mariel has performed many classical ballets including The Nutcracker, Snow Maiden, Don Quixote, Con Amore, and Sleeping Beauty. She has performed contemporary works by George Balanchine, Choo San Goh, and Margo Sappington.

Modern credits include Martha Graham's Diversion of Angels and Acts of Light, works by David Parsons, Robert Battle, Cynthia Pratt, David Hochoy, and Norman Walker.

She is currently a member of Dance Kaleidoscope in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Roberta Wong

Roberta Wong

Roberta Wong is happy to be back at Stage I after having taught here for over a decade. She is also adjunct faculty at Butler University, IU Contemporary Dance Program (Bloomington), and Jordan Academy.

She trained ballet in Davis and Sacramento, CA areas with Haneke Lohse, Marguerite Phares, and Katie Heil. She attended the San Francisco Ballet and Marin Civic Ballet summer programs. Other training in San Francisco and New York includes Alan Danielson, Arturo Fernandez, Zvi Gothier, David Howard, Mark Morris.

She danced professionally with the Boston Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre and Dance Kaleidoscope (DK), also serving as company teacher and rehearsal director. While with DK she also performed with the Green Show of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has also performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's "Yuletide Celebration" and Indy Convergence.

Various other teaching includes Lafayette Ballet Company, Mid-States Regional Dance Festival, Indiana Repertory Theater Summer workshop, Gregory Hancock Dance Theater and Anderson University where she also served as dance coordinator for their dance program.

She is the recipient of two Creative Renewal grants from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and an Individual Artist Program grant from the Indiana Arts Commission for continuing study at the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance to serve as IU Dance Theater rehearsal director for "Panorama," under Sandra Kaufmann.

She has choreographed for Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, Indy Convergence, IU Dance Theater, Jordan Academy, Anderson University, Pike High School and the Emily Hunt Benefit for Spinal Chord research.

She recently completed the LimonEurope Teacher Training Workshop in Arnhem, Gelderland, holds a B.S. in Biology from Butler University and was pilates-trained by Elizabeth Larkham in California and Pilates on Fifth in New York.

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Rachel Newbrough

Rachel Newbrough

Rachel Newbrough began her dance training at Stage I Dance Academy where she studied for 14 years. She continued her dance training by attending Indiana University. Rachel graduated from IU with a B.S. in Kinesiology-Dance and a minor in Exercise Science. During her four years in the IU Contemporary Dance Program Rachel had the opportunity to perform works by Martha Graham, Bella Lewitzky, Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott, as well as Laurie Eisenhower. She has attended the Lar Lubovitch Summer Intensive and the David Dorfman Dance Summer Intensive and has taken classes from David Hochoy, David Parsons, Laura Poole, Connie Dinapoli, Sandra Kaufman, Liz Koeppen, Ben Munisteri and Nicole Wolcott. She worked closely with IU Contemporary Dance Director Elizabeth Shea on Shea’s Between the Sun and Moon, a solo involving motion capture technology and animation. Rachel received the NSAL Chapter Career Award in 2012 for excellence in modern dance technique. Rachel also traveled to Israel in April 2013 to teach and assist Elizabeth Shea in setting her work “Lucy’s Bones” on the Jerusalem Academy Dance Ensemble.

Rachel began her teaching career at the age of 17 at Stage I. Since then she has had the opportunity to teach for the IU-Pre College Program and the Nashville Dance Studio. She currently works as an Adjunct Instructor at Indiana University teaching Modern Dance. Rachel has attended and participated in many MusicWorks Teaching workshops in order to further her teaching education. Rachel enjoys working with children of all ages and strives to promote a positive atmosphere for growth and experimentation, while exhibiting good life skills such as hard work, dedication, and teamwork.

In addition to teaching dance, Rachel also teaches Pilates and is a certified ZUMBA® instructor.

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Emily Kelsay

Emily Kelsay

Emily Kelsay spent 14 years as a student at Stage I Dance Academy. During her 8 years in Performing Company she traveled to Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles for National Competitions and Conventions.

After graduating high school in 2005 Emily moved to Los Angeles, CA and studied under the direction of Darryl Retter and Linda Bernabei-Retter as a recipient of the R&B Scholarship at Retter's Academy of Dance. During her time in California she had the privilege of performing at the unveiling of the Richard & Karen Carpenter Memorial, Keith Clifton's Friends in Dance, Deborah Brokus' Spectrum where she performed with Kat Parsons, Dancers Responding to Aids hosted by Patrick Swayze, Dance Excellence where she assisted Heidi Jarrett, Capezio Dance Day, & the Concert of Love. In 2006 and 2008 she was featured in educational dance videos for Becca Retter and Reagan Marie, and also the Stagewear LA costume catalog. Emily also had the privilege to work with Thommie Retter, Blake and Lindsay Angier, Brandon Jarrett, Benjamin Allen, Rhonda Miller, and Lillian Manansala just to name a few.

Emily continues her training as an Instructor at yearly Dance Teacher Connection Workshops and National Conventions. When not at the studio she enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 daughters, and their new puppy and she is also a Zumba Kids Instructor.


Erin Booher

Erin Booher

Music and singing have always been a special part of Erin’s life. After graduating from high school, Erin continued her study of voice and piano at Ball State University. During her time there, she was honored to sing and dance as a glee club member and accompanist to Indiana’s Official Goodwill Ambassador’s, The Ball State University Singers. Erin was a member of the Homecoming Steering Committee serving as the Talent Search Chair. She also had the privilege of studying music at the University of Indianapolis where she was a part of many chamber and large concert ensembles. After graduating from college, Erin was delighted to begin teaching Elementary Music in the Franklin Township to students in grades K-4 where she conducted choir, led music sharing nights, and directed student productions. She has taught private piano and voice lessons as well. Over the years she has enjoyed the thrill of performing major works such as Verdi’s Requiem and most recently the Nelson Mass by Haydn at the Christel Dehaan Fine Arts Center. With Erin’s passion for teaching and empowering the younger generation, she finds joy in serving in various roles of music and leadership in her church and community.

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