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Summer Dance Counselors and Instructors

Teen Academy Counselors

Lilly Runion headshot

Lilly Runion is a senior Dance major at WVU.  She is from Kearneysville, West Virginia. This May she will be graduating with a degree in Dance and a degree in Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Lilly currently serves as the President for WVU’s Student Dance Association and an inductee into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Lilly began dancing at the age of two at New Hopewell Center for the Arts and continued her dance education until college at Tari Jo’s Dance Studio and Jefferson High school. Dance styles she has studied include ballet, jazz, modern, tap, lyrical, and contemporary, as well as courses that focus on choreography and dance history. Prior to college, Lilly’s choreographic works were submitted for consideration in festivals, such as the West Virginia Art’s Alive festival. The debut of her collegiate choreography was in WVU Dance Program’s Spring 2019 Showcase with Darkness Visible. Two of her choreographic works have been selected for West Virginia University’s annual Dance Now! production: They See Everything in 2020 and La Femme in 2021. Lilly has taken interest in combining her studies in Dance with Women’s and Gender Studies. Her 2021 submission for the College of Creative Arts Faculty Student Mentored Research Symposium, titled “Women in Dance: Making Noise Through Movement,” received an honorable mention award. Lilly has taught master classes at many of her hometown studios.  After graduation Lilly plans to pursue a career that will combine both her interests in dance and women’s and gender topics.



Holly Van Voorhis headshot

Holly Van Voorhis is a Dance major with a minor in Arts Administration and a minor in Administration. This fall she will be going into her senior year at WVU. Holly is from North East, MD where she danced at the Cecil Dancenter. She studied ballet under Anya Ivanova who studied at the Perm Ballet Academy and Frunze Ballet Academy in the Former Soviet Union. Holly has performed with the Milburn Stone Theater and at the Maryland Dance Festival. In high school Holly played Soccer and Volleyball while also dancing.







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Karrah Parsons is from Chesapeake, OH, and will go into her junior year as a Dance major at West Virginia University where he is pursuing a B.A. in dance.  She is an active board member of the WVU Student Dance Association. Karrah’s home studio is 4th Avenue Arts in Huntington, WV where she trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Tap and Pointe. She is a founding member of the JDGYB Company, and was honored to perform several lead roles on stage. While a part of the JDGYB she was able to attend numerous master classes and dance intensives, including opportunities to train in New York City at Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theater, and Steps On Broadway. She has performed at Alvin Ailey NYC, Youth American Grand Prix, West Virginia Dance Festival and Rad Fest. One of her most rewarding dance experiences was being a part of the Misty Copeland Project Plié for the Boys & Girls Club.




Adair Keener headshotAdair Keener is a rising junior at West Virginia University pursuing degrees in both Dance and Communications. She started dancing when she was just two years old and has kept up with it ever since. Adair has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and musical theatre at a variety of studios in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Adair has a strong passion for ballet and has spent many years performing with the Concert Ballet of Virginia and PDM Productions. While with these companies she had been cast in seasonal ballets as well as the annual Nutcracker in her favorite rolls of Clara, Mirliton, and Dew Drop! Aside from her current college training, Adair likes to attend master classes and intensives around the country and has spent three summers in New York City training with the Radio City Rockettes! 

 





Young Academy Instructors

Kaitlyn Moyer headshot

Kaitlyn Moyer is from Parkersburg, WV, where she began her technical dance training at Performing Arts and Education dance studio. Kaitlyn is currently a senior and will graduate this May with a B.A. in Dance. During her four years at WVU she has been a member of the WVU Student Dance Association. She has worked as a student teaching assistant and choreographer, has attended numerous dance conventions and workshops, and has studied different ballet, modern, jazz and tap. During her final semester she taught a full Fundamentals of Jazz course as part of the WVU Dance Program’s spring curricula. She is a former member of both the WVU Dance Team and WVU Hip-Hop Dance team and has performed at the West Virginia Dance Festival and at several WVU dance concerts, where she has also presented her own choreography. Now that she has graduated, Kaitlyn plans to pursue dance professionally and later open her own dance studio.

 


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Laura Tighe is from Wheeling WV. She is a rising Junior and a dual major in Dance and Entrepreneurship. Laura has been dancing for 12 years. Since at WVU she has performed in six dance shows. Most recently she was in the cast of the musical Sweet Charity. Laura currently teaches at Morgantown Dance Studio. For the 2022-2023 school year, Laura will serve as the WVU Student Dance Association Vice President as well as the treasurer of the WVU National Honors Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) chapter. 

 






Lauryn Fusco headshot

Lauryn Fusco is from Pittsburgh, PA where she began dancing, as soon as she could walk, at her grandmother’s studio, Miss Beverly’s School of Dance. She danced competitively all through school as well as participated in dance concerts. She has competed in many regional competitions such as Dance Masters, Ash, Open Call, Starbound, and many more. As for dance concerts, she participated in several Winter Concerts with Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh, and also performed in annual end of year recitals at her studio. Lauryn modeled for 10 years for a dance costume catalog, Creations by Cicci, and was on the cover twice. During the summers, she attended the three-week dance intensive at Point Park University. After graduating from Bethel Park High School, Lauryn auditioned for collegiate dance programs and fell in love with the Dance program and faculty at WVU. While at WVU she has performed in student and faculty works and most recently at the West Virginia Dance Festival for the piece “Bottom of the River” by WVU senior Emma Fuller. Lauryn will be going into her senior year as a major and will serve as the President of the WVU Student Dance Association. She plans to continue performing and completing her degrees in Dance and in Marketing. 



Alex Cornell headshot

Alexandra Cornell is originally from Huntington, WV and is currently attending WVU majoring in Dance as well as Interior Design. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old attending dance at Huntington Dance Theatre and The Charleston Ballet. During summers, she would attend dance intensives such as ABT at Austin, TX and The Washington Ballet Summer Intensive in D.C. After Graduation she plans on being a dance teacher and choreographer as well as working towards a yoga certification.

  

 










Megan Curry headshot

Megan Curry is a Junior Dance major and Exercise Physiology major at WVU. Megan has danced for 19 years and trained with various artists including The Radio City Rockettes, The Ailey Studios, Gabriel Ash, and many others. In high school, Megan attended Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, PA where she studied dance. She performed in numerous productions including, Big Fish, Shrek The Musical, and Singin’ In the Rain.  She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, contemporary, acro, musical theater, and pointe. She is very excited to serve as an instructor for this year’s Young Academy

  

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