The diversified staff at PPAC is comprised of highly qualified instructors teaching a variety of art and dance styles.  All instructors have worked together with their dance, voice, or acting realms to create a graded curriculum and syllabus specific to PPAC.  Parents can be assured that all instructors at PPA are working within these guidelines and that, with regular attendance, their students will progress quickly, correctly and safely!  

 

All instructors have extensive professional and/or teaching backgrounds including, Broadway, Television and Commercial as well as choreographers with international experience. This level of background knowledge and wide range of experience provided by our instructors allows PPAC students to get a learning experience unlike any other.

PPAC is committed to holding quarterly master classes, training seminars, teacher workshops, and meetings for its staff. Our teachers are highly committed to teaching and inspiring proper technique, determination, dedication, self discipline and a love of the performing arts in each student.

Meet Our Instructors & Faculty

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Lisa Pelliteri

Studio Founder/Owner

Under the direction of nationally known owner/dancer Lisa Plumb-Pelliteri, Plumb Performing Arts Center is considered to be one of the finest teaching facilities in the Valley. This multi-faceted center for the arts offers programs for the serious dancer or performer, or for those who just want to take classes for recreational purposes.

 

The dance and performing arts classes at PPAC can give each student the opportunity to participate in, and experience, a course of study that will benefit them physically, challenge them mentally, provide self-confidence, teach self-discipline, build character, and allow personal expression in a healthy manner. Students that experience the sheer joy of self- achievement develop a sense of self confidence and esteem for themselves that will spur them ever onward in all of their life endeavors.

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Jordan Pelliteri

Contemporary Director

Jordan was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, Jordan Pelliteri grew up training at Plumb Performing Arts Center.   Jordan attended the New York City Dance Alliance conventions in addition to her training, at Plumb, and was awarded the Mini, Junior, and Senior National Titles which enabled her to tour the United States and assist the NYCDA faculty from ages 11 through her teens. She attended one year on dance scholarship at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City and then transferred to continue her studies at Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, British Columbia, also on scholarship. In Vancouver, BC,  Jordan went on to work with artists and choreographers such as Anna Herman, Amy Raymond, Aurelie Cayla, Caeytano Soto, Crytsal Pite, David Harvey, Doug Letheren, Eric Beauchesne, Fernando Hernando Magadan, Giocconda Barbuto, James Kudelka, Jiri Pokorny, Katherine Cowie, Lesley Telford, Lukas Timulak, Marc Boivin, Medhi Walerski, Michael Schumacher, Rafael Sady, Rena Narumi, Sandra Marin Garcia, Tom Weinberger, and Yvan Dubruielle, under the direction of Artemis Gordon. In July of 2017 Jordan performed repertoire works at Netherlands Dans Theatre/Korzo Shortcuts XL and the ITS Festival in The Netherlands. In January 2018 company members from Plumb Performing Arts performed her choreography at the Joyce Theater in NYC at the Destiny Rising event sponsored by NYCDA. February 2018 Jordan and others from Arts Umbrella debuted in Ballet BC’s ​Romeo and Juliet​ choreographed by Medhi Walerski. Jordan also won the Outstanding Choreographer Award presented at the Youth America Grand Prix in May 2018.  As of August 2018, Jordan became a company member dancing with Nederlands Dans Theatre 2. Since then, she has gone on to perform new works and repertoire works by Alexander Ekman, Philip Chbeeb, Brian Arias, Medhi Walerski, Marco Goeke, Sharon Eyal, Crystal Pite, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon. June 2019 Jordan was awarded a “National Critics Choice” award for her contemporary choreography “Flock,” at the  NYCDA National Finals. In October 2019, Jordan danced in ‘Kunstkamer’ (a full evening work involving both companies Nederlands Dans Theatre 1 and 2) in the Hague, Netherlands to celebrate NDT’s 60th anniversary season.

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Kelly Roberts

Ballet Director

Kelly Lee Roberts has been teaching at Plumb Performing Arts Center in the Ballet Department since 2001. She will be celebrating her 20th year this season.  Kelly has trained under scholarship at the prestigious schools of Milwaukee Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet School and the School of American Ballet.  Some of her favorite teachers have been Jean Paul Comelin, Suki Schorer, Meredith Baylis, Alexandra Danilova and Dermot Burke.  Kelly performed in Milwaukee Ballet, toured extensively with American Festival Ballet, has danced with Arizona Dance Theater and a decade at Ballet Arizona from 1983-1993 under direction of Jean Paul Comelin. Her professional dance credits include all of the classics such as Swan Lake, Raymonda, Coppelia, Firebird, Cinderella, Daphnis and Chloe, Sleeping Beauty, Napoli, Who Cares, Valse Fantasy, Carmina Burana, A Midsummer Nights Dream, French Overture, Tarantella, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Mozart’s Requiem, Pas de Six and over 462 performances of the Nutcracker! Kelly also has performed in the Musical Theater Productions of Oklahoma! Die Fledermaus and Carousel. Kelly retired from the stage in 1993 and has taught at many of the valley’s fine Ballet Institutes over the years including ASU Dance Department and the School of Ballet Arizona. She enjoys teaching the art of ballet to all ages concentrating on solid foundations, pointe work, artistry and acting as well as choreographing full length classical story ballets such as The Little Match Girl, Clara’s Birthday Dream, Vignettes from Phantom of the Opera, Peter and the Wolf, The Nutcracker Act ll, Alice in Wonderland, The Red Shoes Ballet, The Story of Snow White and Rose Red and Mary Poppins.
 

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Christie Yozipovic-Zehmke

Recreational & Company

Jazz, Tap, Ballet & Musical Theatre 

Christie Yozipovic began her dance training at Plumb Performing Arts Center when she was 4 years old. Eventually joining the competition team of dancers, she spent almost 8 years competing against some of the nations best dancers representing PPAC. Christie was one of the first recipients of the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation sponsored college scholarships in 2011. Radio City and Madison Square Garden Entertainment sponsored her $10,000 scholarship towards the college of her choice. Christie studied Ballet, Modern, and Jazz during her 4 years at The University of Arizona learning from some of most seasoned faculty while training alongside some the nation’s best dancers. During her first year at the UofA,
Christie was selected by Art.If.Act Dance Project in Tucson, AZ to travel to China and perform for 1 month touring 18 different cities. Christie graduated with a BFA in Dance in 2015 and immediately went on to perform for Odyssey Dance Theatre’s tour season of Thriller, Finger Lakes Musical Theatre performance of Oklahoma!, and was in the premier cast of Born To Dance with Princess Cruises. Christie also continued her dance training through summer intensives with the Radio City Rockettes, Keigwin + Company, and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet. She has worked with choreographers and directors such as Al Blackstone, Stephen Schwartz, Kourtni Lind, Dan Levine, Derryl Yeager, and Jen Waldman. Christie is thrilled to be teaching
at PPAC where she received majority of her own dance training.

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Kendra Dahl

Ballet Department

Kendra was born and raised in the Phoenix area and received her training with Mary Adams Ballet Academy RAD program, The School of Ballet Arizona, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and The Harid Conservatory. She began her professional career with Centro Pro-Danza de Cuba in Havana, Cuba under the direction of Laura Alonso, dancing lead roles in Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and La Fille Mal Garde.

Kendra joined Ballet Arizona in 1996 and performed many soloist and principle roles such as Balanchine's Apollo, Divertimento 15, Swan Lake, Napoli, Cinderella, La Sylphide, Paquita, The Nutcracker and many more under the direction of Ib Andersen. She also has danced many featured roles in works by Twyla Tharp, Moses Pendleton, Ib Andersen, Paul Taylor, Kevin O'Day, Pilobolus, Julia Adam, Dwight Rhoden and Alejandro Cerrudo from Hubbard Street. Along with her established career with Ballet Arizona, Kendra also was a principle dancer with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, based out of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, from 2009-2011. She performed principle roles from the Balanchine Trust out of The Kennedy Center, and on company tours nationally, in which she was recognized by the New York Times for her performances.

 

Kendra retired from dancing in 2014, and has pursued her ongoing ballet teaching and coaching career in the Valley since 2001. Kendra has been with Plumb Performing Arts Center as a ballet and rehearsal instructor since 2010. 

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Kalob Insalaco

Hip Hop Department

Kalob Insalaco has been teaching Hip Hop for almost 7 years but he has been dancing for over 11. He has training in all styles of dance such as Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and even Lyrical. Kalob is well versed in all street styles such as old school hip hop, urban hip hop, locking, breaking, krumping, house, popping, waacking, freestyle, and choreography. He has been trained by Ricky Maalouf, Leah Roman,
RaeRae LeFemme, The Elektrolytes Dance Crew, Ivan Koumaev, and Dana Wilson - some of these being Justin Timberlake's Choreographers. He just recently won two Hip Hop International gold medals in 2018 in two different divisions with his previous crews ‘The Elektrolytes’ and ‘The Rise’. Kalob enjoys teaching these styles to anybody that wants to learn them, to become a better performer and to grow as a person.

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Jordan Hill

Company Jazz & Contemporary Department

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Jordan Hill has been dancing since the age of 3. She began her training in Phoenix, Arizona. There she trained classically in ballet at Master Ballet Academy and danced competitively at Dance Studio 111. Jordan attended Arizona School for the Performing Arts, she also trained to perform concert choreography while training at Peri-dance NYC and as a member of Bhumn Dance Ensemble. She’s had the opportunity to work with Alonzo King Lines Ballet while studying dance at Dominican University of California where she majored in Dance and Business Entrepreneurship. 

 

As a performer she has had the opportunity to perform with Ballet Arizona’s Nutcracker Ballet, in Las Vegas with Debora Cox, Heather Headley, Christine W., Jordin Sparks and Conrad Sewell.  She was invited to be special guest performer in Austin, TX at SXSW, NAACP 50th Anniversary, and an Ebay Corporate Event. She’s also has worked alongside Jack Black & Mathew McConaughey in a feature film. 

 

She has had the privilege to work, train, and assist with choreographers such as Sidra Bell, John Crutchman, Cheryl Copeland, Marguerite Derricks, Tyce Diorio, Brian Friedman, Katie Schaar, Preston Mui, Elizabeth Parkinson,Victor Quijada, Desmond Richardson, Kim Wolf, and many other well known choreographers in ballet, contemporary, gaga, concert repertoire, modern, hip hop, ballroom, jazz funk, and latin house.

She loves to share her knowledge while continuing to encourage herself and students to always be the best versions of themselves through progress not perfection!

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Hannah Rzepka

Recreational & Company Jazz, Contemporary & Musical Theatre Department

Hannah started dance at the age of 8, and her training was exclusive to Plumb Performing Arts Center. She is diverse in the styles of Contemporary, Jazz, Musical theater, Fosse, and Tap. Along with her strong ballet training at Plumb, she was afforded the opportunity to work with many professional faculty that were brought in as visiting choreographers over the years, such as Jen Golonka, Thang Dao, Duncan Cooper, Melissa Jackson, and most all of the faculty from NYCDA, which helped contribute to her versatility as a dancer. She has performed at the Joyce Theater in NYC, in honor of NYCDA’s Destiny Rising, for 6 years in a row. Throughout her years as a competitive dancer, Hannah has placed within the top 10 and has had the previous honor of performing her solo in the gala for NYCDA’s National Outstanding Dancer. After Hannah graduated, she was awarded LADM’s 2019 Senior Magic Performer of the Year title, and toured the country assisting their faculty.

She has a diverse background of Dance Intensive trainings to further her dance education including the ChuThis Movement, Arts Umbrella, NYCDA, Jovo Dance, Francisco Gella’s Professional Dancer’s Institute.  She has worked with some of the best in the dance industry such as Peter Chu, Rodger Van Der Poel, Pam Chu, and Jillian Meyers, Jon Bond, Alexandra Damiani, Ashley Tuttle, Brian Reeder, Risa Steinberg, Navarro Novy-Williams, Zina Zinchenko, Bobbi Jene Smith, and she has even had the opportunity of learning rep choreographed by Crystal Pite, Jiri Kylian, Sharon Eyal, Lukas Timulak, Ohad Naharin, Tom Weinberger, and William Forsythe, Jon Bond and learning the improvisation technique of Gaga and the art of Qi Gong.

She attended LADM’s Kairos, where she had the honor of working exclusively with Jackie Sleight, Christian Vincent, Michael Rooney, Alison Faulk (Step-Up, Magic Mike), Eric Sanchez, Kathryn Burns (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Ryan Heffington (Sia), Dani Vitale (Demi Lovato, Halsey), Liz Imperio, and Aisha Francis (Beyonce). In 2019 she graduated from Plumb and moved to New York City to attend Steps On Broadway’s two year Conservatory. During her time in NYC, she trained with Billy Griffin, Josh Beamish, Al Blackstone, Kurt Froman, Max Stone, Michelle Cave, Nicholas Palmquist, Patti Wilcox, Nick Kenkel, Andy Blankenbuehler, Dee Caspary, Jessica Castro, James Kinney, Shannon Lewis, Dana Moore, Lloyd Culbreath, JoLea Maffei, Emily Schoen, and Chaz Wolcott. She also had the honor of performing rep choreographed by Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, and Sonya Tayeh (Moulin Rouge) staged by Lloyd Culbreath, Robert LaFosse, Kurt Froman, and Khori Petinaud. Starting this fall, she will be traveling on the weekends with the LADM faculty, as a member of Pro-Track, and having the opportunity to assist, teach, and perform side by side with the incredible faculty, under the direction of Jackie Sleight. On alternate weekends, she will be traveling and working with DJ Guthrie, owner of LUX, as one of his elite company members.     

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Lindsey Wilkerson

Recreational Tap, Lyrical & Jazz

Lindsey grew up as a competitive dancer in Arizona. At age of 12, she received a full scholarship to
Tremaine Dance Studios and began spending her summers studying and assisting in Los Angeles. Lindsey
continued to train in both LA and Phoenix before joining the dance program at the University of Arizona
and ultimately moving to LA to dance professionally.
It was during this time that Lindsey began to really explore her passion for choreography
after a few years of creating performance pieces for various companies in LA, Lindsey moved back to
Phoenix to accept the position of Company Director for “Alice Cooper’s Destiny Dance International”. In
this position, she created and directed an award-winning competition team and was the primary
choreographer for Alice Cooper’s annual “Christmas Pudding” stage show.
Lindsey eventually made her way to Portland, Oregon where she was the primary Company Director for
a performing arts school in downtown. She also became the Choreography Director and Assistant
Producer of the professional performing company: “Mosaic”. However, Lindsey missed the Arizona sun
and moved back to the valley in 2014.
In the past few years, Lindsey has continued to teach and choreograph around the valley. In addition
various dance schools, she is currently working as the choreographer for the Chandler Children’s Choir
and collaborating with local public and private schools in their dance education programs. Lindsey is also
a guest choreographer for Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation and is working to create a non-profit
organization to showcase young performers while raising funds for children’s charities.
It is important to Lindsey to create a fun environment for students to explore dance, while still valuing
hard work and disciplined technique.
Through dance, Lindsey hopes to inspire creativity while building self-esteem and confidence for her
students to keep with them, wherever life may lead.

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Erin McBride

Tap Department

Erin started taking tap and ballet lessons before her 3rd birthday in Tucson, AZ and performed in her first recital a few months later. Erin has worked and taken classes from tap masters and has attended many tap workshops and intensives around the United States such as Totally Tap, Motor City Tap Festival, Phoenix Tap Festival, LA Tap Fest, and spent 6 summers at Tap Kids Summer Intensive. She competed in all dance forms for 10 years, and loves being on stage. Erin has received choreography awards at dance competitions across the country in her 13 years of teaching. Her passion for tap shines through in her classes and choreography, and she is devoted to helping each student to find a great joy in tap dancing, tap history, and musicality! 

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Christy Lynn

Primary Tap, Ballet & Jazz

Originally from Phoenix AZ, Christy Lynn studied classical dance from various instructors and studios throughout the valley. Her main emphasis was ballet for technique and tap for rhythm; for she felt these two components were important when it comes to her dance career. She studied the RAD Ballet syllabus through Mary Moe Adams and Tap Dance through Bridgette Mc Carter. Her love for dance and entertainment took her to a professional level performing, producing and choreographing for casino’s including The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno NV as well as producing, styling and choreographing customized shows consisting of cirque variety acts for high end events in Scottsdale AZ, Los Angeles CA, New York NY and Montreal QC. When Christy Lynn is not teaching she enjoys the art of floral design, singing jazz music while lying on her grand piano and of course her biggest passion; being a mom to her daughter “Azalea Rose” and dog “Elvis”.