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Summer Dance Counselors and Instructors

Young Academy Instructors

Lauren Starliper headshot

Lauren Starliper was born and raised in Morgantown, WV. Lauren began her dance training at the age of 3 at Kat and Company Dance Studio under the direction of Katreena Snyder in Morgantown, WV. Her training included the following styles of dance: ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, gymnastics, and modern. Lauren trained at this studio for 15 years under the teachers Katreena Snyder, Donna Marovic, Wendy Virtue, Matt Saffron,  Angela Dennis, Tiffany Flannagin, Chelsea Wooding, and many guest artists. Lauren performed as a company member in “Alchemy” under the direction of Angela Dennis in the years 2014, 2015, and 2017. Lauren chose to continue her dance training at the collegiate level and has been awarded scholarships through West Virginia University to do so. At WVU Lauren has trained in  the styles of dance including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, Indian, and contemporary. She has trained with many of the faculty members – Yoav Kaddar, Maureen Kaddar, General Hambrick,  Katreena Snyder, Hirali Shah, and Matt Saffron. Lauren has also spent the last 6 years instructing dance at Kat and Company dance studio in Morgantown, WV. In 2019 Lauren created a dance integration project at a local elementary school to integrate dance into learning of core subjects like math, science, and reading. Lauren recently completed her fourth year of education at West Virginia University where she is earning a BA in Dance and a BA in Elementary Education. Lauren will graduate with both degrees in May of 2022.


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Kaitlyn Moyer is from Parkersburg, WV, where she began her technical dance training at Performing Arts and Education dance studio. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Dance and will be a senior at West Virginia University this fall where she is 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. 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. After graduation, Kaitlyn plans to pursue dance professionally and later open a dance studio.

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Carrie Wickline began dancing at the age of 4 and later joined the Annabel Timms School of Ballet at age 12. She was a member of the Liberty High School dance line, where her choreography won several awards. While in high school, Carrie attended multiple workshops, festivals, and master classes, and had the opportunity to perform various routines at the West Virginia State Dance Festival. She also auditioned for and received the opportunity to perform with The Moscow Ballet company and appeared in the movie Megan’s Christmas Miracle as a dancer.

A dance major and nutrition minor at West Virginia University, Carrie has danced in six showcases at WVU and has performed at the American College Dance Association’s conference in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2019. Along with this, she has choreographed three original dance pieces for WVU’s annual Celebration of Dance showcase from 2019-2021, was selected to perform at the 2020 A.C.D.A conference, and performed as a featured dancer in musical artist Lillie King’s debut music video for the song Roses.

Trained in hip-hop, ballet, pointe, contemporary, modern, tap, jazz, Gaga, and Indian dance styles, Carrie also has special skills in aerial silks and is proficient on the flute and drums. Previously, she was a choreographer and assistant coach with the South Harrison Middle School dance line and a choreographer with the Liberty High School dance line. Currently, Carrie serves as a company dancer for Allegro Dance Company and as an instructor at Studio 9 Dance Academy, Cadalzo Dance Company, and Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts.

Angela Gadd headshotAngela Gadd is a senior dance major from Wellsburg WV. She is an honors student also earning a dual degree in exercise physiology. She is currently employed as a company member with Allegro Dance Company and is a freelance choreographer. She plans to continue dancing professionally after graduation as well as pursuing a doctors in physical therapy.


Teen Academy Counselors

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Lilly Runion is an upcoming senior at West Virginia University from Kearneysville, West Virginia. She is majoring in Dance and 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 and has plans to choreograph for them as well this summer. She looks forward to continuing her dance education at West Virginia University in her final year as an undergraduate student. 


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Karrah Parsons is from Chesapeake, OH, and will be a sophomore at West Virginia University. She is pursuing a B.A. in dance and is a 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.


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Sarah Walker is a West Virginia native and is currently studying dance at West Virginia University. Sarah has been dancing her whole life receiving her early training from Morgantown Dance Studio in Morgantown, West Virginia. She has supplemented her training at programs through Nashville Ballet, Hubbard Street, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Point Park University. Some of her favorite experiences over the years include playing the title role in a production of Peter Pan choreographed by Dan Karasik, performing in Paul Taylor’s Esplanade, and getting to work with choreographers such as Jason McDole, Garfield Lemonius, Kiesha Lalama. Upon her graduation from WVU, Sarah hopes to pursue a career in the dance industry.

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Emma Fuller is a Senior Dual major in Dance and Health and Well-Being at WVU. She grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia and danced at Kat and Company for 16 years where she trained in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, modern, tap, contemporary, and lyrical. Outside of school, Emma spends her time working at Kat and Company where she choreographs and teaches the students ranging from ages 3 to18. Emma is so excited to work as a counselor for The Summer Dance Academy for the second time!



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