Meet Our Instructors & Faculty

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.

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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Studio Founder/Owner

Lisa Pelliteri

Born in Scottsdale, Arizona, Jordan Pelliteri grew up training at Plumb Performing Arts Center.  Jordan was a three time National Outstanding Dancer winner for New York City Dance Alliance in 2008 as a mini, 2012 as a teen and 2014 as a senior.  She attended one year of college at Marymount Manhattan University in NYC on full scholarship.  She finished her training at Arts Umbrella Conservatory in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on full scholarship. There Jordan studied under artists and choreographers such as Anna Herman, Amy Raymond, Aurelie Cayla, Caeytano Soto, Crystal Pite, David Harvey, Doug Letheren, Eric Beaushesne, Fernando Hernando Magadan, Giocconda Barbuto, James Kudelka, Jiri Pokorny, Katherine Cowie, Lesley Telford, Lukas Timulak, Marc Boivin, Medhi Walerski, Michael Schumacher, Oliveri Coeffard, Rachel McNamee, Rafael Sady, Rena Narumi, Sandra Marin Garcia, Tom Weinberger, Yannick Sempey, Yukino Takaura, an Yvan Dubruielle.  In July of 2017, Jordan performed repertoire works at Netherlands Dans Theatre/Korzo Shortcuts XL and the ITS Festival in the Netherlands with Arts Umbrella. In February of 2018, Jordan and others from Arts Umbrella debuted in Ballet British Columbia’s Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Medhi Walerski.  August 2018 Jordan begins her career as a dancer with Netherlands Dance Theatre II, in The Hague.  The company will be debuting in NYC in January of 2019.

Contemporary Department

Jordan Pelliteri

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.

Ballet Director

Kelly Roberts

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 McCarter. 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. Currently, Christy Lynn is training elite dancers and gymnasts in various variety acts to perform in upcoming projects nationally and internationally including a production that will open in the fall of 2017 at the Majestic Theater in Sedona AZ.

Children & Adults

Christy Lynn

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.

Ballet Department

Ilir Shtylla

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..

Preschool, Recreational, Company & Competition Director, Special Events, Tap, Jazz, Ballet & Hip Hop

Megan Comon

Vanessa was raised in Arizona and studied at Take 5, Ballet Arizona, Dance Connection and also trained with nationally acclaimed dancers such as Brian Friedman. Not only was Vanessa trained in all forms of dance, but she was also a well known acrobat and gymnast.  Vanessa moved to Los Angeles after high school and was chosen to be on the prestigious Edge Scholarship with her teachers being Alex Magno, Rhonda Miller, Eddie Garcia, Wade Robinson and Doug Caldwell to name a few.  Vanessa continued her dance career for 16 years working for artists such as Justin Timberlake and on television shows such as Glee and Dancing with the Stars, in addition to the GAP, Ipad, Nike and Toshiba commercials to name a few.  Vanessa  incorporated her acrobatics into her career path and was chosen to be an Acro dance double for both CHER and Victoria Justice.  Vanessa worked with many companies including Troupe Vertico, an Acro/ dance based company.  Her cross training in ballet , jazz , tap, hip hop, lyrical, contortion and acrobatics gave her the knowledge, skill and expertise to incorporate acrobatics and flexibility into her dances.  Vanessa was also a judge for over 20 years for dance competitions such as Starquest , Kar and Legacy to name a few.  Vanessa is super excited to be teaching Acro this year at Plumb PAC and will focus on teaching tricks, flexibility and strength building, needed to be competitive in today’s dance world.

Acro For Dancers & Jazz

Vanessa Huntoon

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. 

Ballet Department

Kendra Dahl

Kristi King grew up in a showbiz family and started traveling the world with her parents at a very young age. At the age of 6, her family settled in Arizona where she began her extensive training in all styles of dance. She began her professional career at the age of 18, dancing in numerous shows for over a decade in Las Vegas. Her career also consisted of dancing in the Billboard Awards, touring China, Showstoppers Live/Casino Arizona, and various musical theatre productions. She had featured roles in Singing in the Rain, Peter Pan, Hello Dolly, Chicago, Swing, and Cats. Kristi just moved back to Arizona after teaching and choreographing in Nashville, where she was presented with several choreography awards.

Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater 

Kristi King

Mr. Michael Miles’ dance credits are innumerable and include national tours, stage shows, commercials, industrials and movies. With over 21 years in the industry he's gotten to train and perform with some of the most elite instructors/choreographers/dancers in the business. Michael began his professional career at the age of 19 and by 21 became an instructor at the prestigious dance studio Dallas Power House of Dance run/owned by then Dallas Mavericks Dancer Director Shella Satler. From choreographing music videos to judging the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue, from playing the lead role of Bernardo in Westside Story to tumbling and dancing in commercials, from Creative Director to business owner Michael Miles is an experienced force in the dance industry. Michael is currently an instructor for the professional dance team convention Choreography Pros in which his choreography has been seen on the Detroit Pistons Dancers, Phoenix Suns Dancers and the Denver Nuggets Dancers.

Jazz

Michael T. Miles, Jr.

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