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
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.
Featured in Dance Teacher Magazine
Born in Scottsdale, Arizona, Jordan Pelliteri grew up training at Plumb Performing Arts Center. She attended the New York City Dance Alliance convention throughout her training and was awarded the mini, junior, and senior national title which enabled her to tour around the United States and assist the NYCDA faculty. She attended one year at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City and then decided to continue her studies at Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, British Columbia. There, Jordan went on to work with artists and choreographers such as Anna Herman, Amy Raymond, Aurelie Cayla, Caeytano Soto, Crystal 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. In July of 2017 Jordan performed repertoire works at Netherlands Dans Theatre/Korzo Shortcuts XL and the ITS Festival in The Netherlands. In February of 2018, Jordan and others from Arts Umbrella debuted in Ballet BC’s Romeo and Juliet choreographed by Medhi Walerski. As of August 2018, Jordan became a company member dancing with Nederlands Dans Theatre 2. Since then, she has went on to perform new works and repertoire works by Alexander Ekman, Jiri Kylian, Philip Chbeeb, Brian Arias, Medhi Walerski, Marco Goeke, Sharon Eyal, Crystal Pite, and Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon. 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. Jordan has won 2 Yagp choreography awards, and multiple national title awards at NYCDA for her group dances.
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.
Co-Company Director & Administrative Assistant
Christie Zehmke 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.
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.
Recreational Tap, Lyrical, Jazz, HipHop
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.
Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, & Jazz
Emma grew up in Scottsdale training at Plumb as a competitive dancer, she then attended the University of Arizona where she earned her BFA in Dance as well as minors in Business Administration and Fashion Studies. After graduating in 2021 Emma returned to Plumb as an instructor. She is very excited to be here for another season!!
Pom, Acro, Strength & Conditioning
Amanda Dexl grew up as a competitive dancer in Illinois and trained in all styles of dance from a young age. She has performed on several industry events and TV shows, some of which include America’s Got Talent, Capezio Ace Awards, and Nigel Lythgoe’s Dizzy Feet Gala. After high school, Amanda lived in Los Angeles for two years working as a professional dancer. She has worked with some of LA’s top choreographers, such as Matt Steffanina, Travis Wall and Mandy Moore. She also appeared in a music video for K-pop artist, Shin, and regularly danced in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. In her junior year of college, Amanda danced for the University of Minnesota dance team and contributed to defending their national title. For several years, she has been teaching and choreographing award-winning competitive routines for both studios and dance teams throughout the country. Amanda has recently moved to Arizona where she continues to emphasize the importance of teaching a strong work ethic. She hopes to train, challenge, and inspire dancers of all ages to build a strong technical foundation while pursuing their passion.
We are thrilled to announce that we have a NEW staff member, Miss Amy! Many of you may know her as the former owner of the Arizona Angels Dance Studio, which thrived here in the Valley for 25 years! Amy cannot stay out of the industry, as she loves the children so much and it’s her mission to empower and teach.Miss Amy was born and raised in Colby Kansas and moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University, where she was a cheerleader and pommie for four years. While putting herself through college, she worked for National Dance Alliance, traveling and training high school and college aged athletes throughout the country. She went on to teach high impact adult aerobics and yoga and later owned two dance studios, one in Las Vegas and one in Arizona. The Arizona Angels, which she named after her daughter Angel when she was five years old, has now been closed for six years but Miss Amy has been involved locally as The Preschool Gymnastics Director at Rebound West Gymnastics