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 PPAZ 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
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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BIO: 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.
Kelly Lee Roberts has been teaching in the ballet department at PPAC since 2001. She was trained under scholarship at the prestigious schools of Milwaukee Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, School of American Ballet as well as American Ballet Theater School. Mrs. Roberts performed in Milwaukee Ballet, toured extensively with American Festival Ballet, danced with Arizona Dance Theater and a long stretch 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, Sleeping Beauty, Napoli, Who Cares, Valse Fantasie, Carmina Burana, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Tarentella, Don Quixote and over 450 performances of the Nutcracker!
Mrs. Roberts retired from the stage in 1993. She has taught at many of the valley’s fine ballet institutes over the years including ASU Dance Department and Ballet Arizona. Kelly enjoys teaching the art of ballet to all of her students as well as choreographing at PPAC. Past performances have been The Little Match Girl, Clara’s Dream, Phantom of the Opera, Peter and the Wolf, Alice in Wonderland, Red Shoes Ballet and Clara’s Birthday Ballet to name a few.
Preschool, 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.
Originally from Tirana, Albania, Ilir’s early exposure to Albanian folkdancing led him to ballet lessons at age 11 at National Ballet School of Albania. Ilir graduated from the Baku Choreographic University of Azerbaijan, and then joined Azerbaijan Opera Ballet Theatre as a principal dancer.After moving to the United States in 1999, Ilir was given a full scholarship to The Rock School of Dance Education in Philadelphia and the School of American Ballet in New York City. Ilir danced with Carolina Ballet (2000-2003) and Oregon Ballet Theatre (2007-2008) as a soloist dancer, and as a principal dancer with Ballet Arizona (2003-2015). In addition, Ilir has been a guest artist with Miami City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and North Carolina Dance Theatre. Ilir’s dance repertoire includes pieces by national and internationally known choreographers such as Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, Michel Fokine, Marius Petipa, Dwight Rhoden, Alexei Ratmansky, Nicolo Fonte, Ib Andersen, Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Robert Weiss. Ilir has also been featured in works by Christopher Wheeldon and Alejandro Cerrudo.Since moving to Arizona in 2003, Ilir has been a faculty member at many studios throughout the Valley including Yen-Li Ballet School, the School of Ballet Arizona, Ballet Etudes and Diverse Elements.
Preschool, Recreational, Company & Competition Director, Special Events, Tap, Jazz, Ballet & Hip Hop
Megan is a classically trained dancer. She has grown up training and dancing professionally in the valley for the past 30 years, as well as teaching all over the valley for the past 16 years. She has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology, with a minor in dance from Arizona State University. She has done everything from stage to commercial, film & television. She was cast with a principal role in a made for tv movie titled “Jesse” starring Lee Remick in 1988. Megan has done various commercials for all different companies locally and nationally. Some of her other credits include touring with principle roles dancing in Aladdin, A Chorus Line, and Music Man. She was also a member of, as well as an assistant choreographer for the The Beat Fusion Dance Company, and The Next Level Dance Company. Megan also starred in “Showstoppers Live” for seven years at Casino Arizona. She has taught and choreographed all over the country, making a name for herself with her award winning choreography. Presently, Megan enjoys teaching and loves the children so much. She loves to share her gifts and passion for dance with all of them. She specializes in Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Contemporary, and Technique. Megan has also choreographed for prominent Disney shows. She has also judged dance competitions all over the United States. She is also proud to have taught and trained children from the valley who are now making a name for themselves on "Little Big Shots," "The Steve Harvey Show," and "So you think you can dance the next generation" to name a few..
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.
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.