Hot Styles Dance Company has been serving the State College and Bellefonte communities since 2004. We strive to deliver the highest quality of dance training, while nurturing each student's unique gift of talent and creativity. We offer all core dance styles including ballet, pointe, modern, hip hop, acro, jazz, tap, lyrical and musical theatre. Our dedication to community involvement has always been one of our highest priorities. We offer both recreational and pre-professional tracks to students of all ages.
We employ some of the areas most experienced, educated and professional choreographers to make up our staff. Our staff believes in continuing education by attending classes, annual conferences/trainings for technique, stretching, strength/conditions, communication, and leadership. Our team of passionate instructors are listed below.
Hot Styles Dance Company Staff
Owner / Lead Instructor
Dechaune is from the Logan section of North Philadelphia. Although not studio trained, he has over 17 years of experience in tumbling, martial arts, hip hop, and as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Martial arts has always been a big part of his life. He has earned black belts from Tiger Schulmann's and Kim's Karate. His passion for martial arts continued as he trained in Capoeria, Kung Fu, and Ninjutsu. Tumbling and gymnastics was a great compliment to his martial arts training. He participated with school gymnastics teams and private coaching for training.
Growing up in Philadelphia with such a rich hip hop culture made him a student of its history, fashion, art, and movement. Dechaune quickly began mixing his tumbling and martial arts background with hip hop movements. Touring around the city testing his skills and learning while joining b-boy crews, he self-trained in popping, locking, breaking, top rock, and house. He was known as a hip hop battle/freestyle dancer given the street name "Batman" competing through the Philadelphia area. The history of hip hop's beats and movements led him to African dance. He began stepping and doing African dance through the African-American greek fraternities, Alpha Phi Alpha and Kappa Alpha Psi.
Dechaune's teaching career started at Kennedy Dance Centre in 2002, teaching both hip hop and tumbling classes. During that time, he was a student at Lock Haven University studying Athletic Training and Fitness Management. He taught at Kennedy Dance Centre for two years before he co-found Hot Styles Dance Company in 2004. Since starting Hot Styles Dance Company his competitive teams have placed 2nd/3rd at the U.S. Finals in Virginia Beach, a 1st Place win at Hard Rock'in Nationals in Cleveland OH, and National Champion finishes in Hersey PA, Baltimore MD, Philadelphia PA, Erie PA, and State College PA. He was the head coach/choreographer for Hot Styles’ first All-Star Dance Worlds hip hop team in 2014. His experience with All-Star Dance led him to a temporary consulting and hip hop technique position with the Saskatchewan All-Star Dance Alliance in Regina and Saskatoon, Canada.
His passion for sport and team work are some of the founding principles of HSDC, pushing the program to focus on the relationships built with the students, staff, and surrounding communities. Following this philosophy, Dechaune has had HSDC perform and fundraise for events such as Relay For Life, March of Dimes, Penn. State University’s THON, State College High School’s THON, clothing drives, and parades. Dechaune continues teaching his students teamwork, communication, sportsmanship, and that any goal is achievable if you work hard.
Owner / Marketing Manager
Chris is the marketing and business managing partner for Hot Styles Dance Company and is one of the founding partners of the company in 2004. He currently lives in Altoona, PA with his wife, Jen, and two kids, Camden & Tenley. Along with working with our staff, he is a full time Account Manger for Link Computer Corporation in Bellwood, PA. Chris was a former collegiate football player at Lock Haven University. He graduated with a degree in sports management. Chris brings both his passions for sport and team work to the program.
Artistic Director / Instructor
Alissa is a native from State College and began dancing at the age 3 with Mrs. Betty Jane Dittmar. During her time with Mrs. Dittmar she learned contemporary, modern and folk dance, along with learning many life lessons. At age 7 she began dancing at Centre Dance of State College to further her knowledge in all genres of dance including Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Pointe, Hip-hop and Musical Theatre. During her time at Centre Dance, Alissa was on the AVID dance competition team where she competed at various convention competitions and workshops. She was able to study under many amazing and world known choreographer’s; Travis Wall, Brian Friedman, Nappy Tabs, Mia Michaels to name a few.
In 2013 Alissa graduated from Penn State with a Bachelors Degree in Integrative Arts with focus areas in Dance Studies, Business and Stage Management. While in college Alissa was the program director and coach of the Penn State Altoona Dance team where she held workshops and choreographed for the team. They competed at collegiate level and preformed at basketball and soccer games. Alissa was also on the Ivy Side Dance Assemble which was a resident student college company. During her time in college she also became involved with the Penn State Theatre Program where she choreographed for multiple theatre performances and also was Stage Manager for Spring Awakening. In 2014 Alissa moved to the Northern Va. Area where she taught at an out reach program called Joy of Dance and traveled to various schools to teach in the Maryland, VA, DC area. She also was hired at Marymount University in Arlington VA as the Head Dance Coach.
Alissa recently moved back to State College, PA where she has settled down with her Husband and 2 Dogs and has been teaching and choreographing all over the area. She’s super excited to take on the role of Artistic/ Program Director of Hot Styles Dance Company in Bellefonte, Pa.
Graphic Designer / Instructor
Jamie began dancing at the age of three taking ballet, tap and jazz classes with Angela Peters, Mill Hall, PA. In middle school, she found the Central Mountain Majorettes; with that program she not only learned how to twirl but also different styles of dance, stretching and conditioning throughout her seven years in the program. In college, Jamie took her love of art and focused it in to graphic design, graduating with highest honors from South Hills School of Business & Technology.
She has been apart of the Hot Styles family since 2013. Jamie is the head coach and choreographer of the State College Senior Jazz WolfPack team and lyrical small groups; she also teaches jazz at the Bellefonte location. A part from teaching, Jamie is in charge of all of the social media pages, advertising design, costuming and clothing for the company. Jamie is CPR/first aid and Heads Up concussion certified. She has been to multiple USASF conferences and has certificates to teach Jazz and Hip Hop under USASF regulations.
Event Coordinator / Instructor
Mariah started dancing at the age of four with Angela Peters, taking ballet, jazz, and tap. Mariah soon found a second love of twirling, and in middle school, joined the Central Mountain Majorette Competition Team. Throughout middle school and high school Mariah continued with dance and majorettes, learning various styles and growing into a stronger performer. Mariah attended Susquehanna University, majoring in Studio Art with a minor in Dance. While at Susquehanna, Mariah was a member of the Susquehanna University Dance Team, and the Vice President of the Susquehanna University Dance Corps; a student-run dance studio on campus. Here she was able to grow as a dancer and instructor, while learning leadership skills that continue to benefit her life. After graduating, Mariah continued on with her education and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lock Haven University.
Mariah has been with Hot Styles Dance Company since 2015, teaching Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Lyrical. She is also a certified USASF coach for Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. Mariah currently holds concussion and CPR certifications. In her years at Hot Styles, she has also gained other roles including, Event Coordinator, Junior Staff Program Leader, and Staff Training Coordinator. Mariah is thankful for the opportunity that she has had to turn her passion of dance into a career and watch her students grow into confident, young adults.
Maya began dancing with the Hot Styles program in 2007 and was fortunate enough to have grown up here. During her years in the program, she competed on the All-Star hip hop teams and travelled the country with them while winning a number of national titles. At Hot Styles she was able to find her own style in hip hop and began making her own choreography for the competitive hip hop teams. She also has trained in tap, ballet, pointe, and contemporary dance styles. At the age of 11, she became a member of a pre-professional tap company which exposed her to many professional tap dancers that she was able to learn from. Some of which include Chloe Arnold, Derick Grant, and Dianne Walker.
Currently, Maya is attending the Pennsylvania State University to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Behavioral Health while minoring in Microbiology and Biochemistry and on track for pre-medicine/medical school. At Penn State she is a member of RAM squad, a freestyle hip hop organization, and competes in freestyle jams in order to gain experience in a number of different styles of hip hop. She was also previously a member of the National Honor Society for Dance and participated in one of their Fall showcases. Maya is CPR/first aid certified.s.
Sarah started dancing in Lebanon, PA with Judy W Henry when she was 3 years old. During her time with Mrs. Henry, she was trained in classical ballet, modern and jazz techniques. Throughout middle and high school Sarah performed as part of Mrs. Henry’s youth dance company, Movement Laboratory Youth Ensemble. During her time with the company she was able to experience traveling, dancing, and performing in Vienna Austria, Bratislava Slovakia, and Prague Czech Republic. She also was given the opportunity to perform performances throughout her community including ballets such as; The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. After high school Sarah attended Penn State University where she holds a degree in Food Science and Nutrition Science. Throughout her time at Penn State she continued to study dance and was a member of the Orchesis Dance Company. Currently Sarah lives in Pleasant Gap with her husband and three children.
Outside of teaching ballet and lyrical at Hot Styles she works at Tait Farm Foods, enjoy knitting, and mountain biking when she has time. Throughout life one thing she has always come back to is, dance. Sarah believes dance is a universal language that brings people together, and through it the most important things students learn are discipline, self expression, creativity, humility, passion, perseverance, teamwork and the importance of community. Sarah is certified in CPR, first aid and concussion.
Amanda Windisch has been dancing since she was 3 1/2 years old. Her love of dance started at Dance Plus, Inc. in Nazareth, PA where she first took Ballet/Tap/Acro combo classes. As she continued her dance education she mainly focused on Ballet. Eventually she added Jazz, Tap and Lyrical into her studies. At the age of 12, Amanda began studying Pointe. During her years at Dance Plus, Inc. she was also able to study under Alexi Ramov, former dancer with the Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo, at The Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley (now Pennsylvania Youth Ballet). As high school began, Amanda left Dance Plus, Inc. to study at Jeannie Cardinal's School of Dance. While in high school she was a member of Nazareth Area High School Blue Eagle Marching Band where she used her dance skills to perform in the Colorguard. She also was a member of the NAHS Theatre Troupe and Dance Ensemble where she had many featured dance roles. Amanda continued her dance education at DeSales University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. While in college she also taught with the DeSales Conservatory of Dance program. Amanda brought Modern dance to the students at Jeannie Cardinal's School of Dance while at DeSales. After graduating from DeSales University, Amanda was invited to be the choreographer for Nazareth Area Middle School's Theatre Troupe. She choreographed 8 shows over 7 years for NAMS. At that time she was also asked to assist the gymnastics group at the YMCA in Allentown where she also kick started their dance program. In 2015, after a 5 year hiatus away from dance, Amanda started taking Adult classes at Kennedy Dance Center. In 2016 she was asked to be a teacher at the studio and was able to share her love of Ballet with the students. Recently, Amanda choreographed St. Joseph's Catholic Academy's spring musical The Little Mermaid. Even though Amanda loves all forms of dance, Ballet remains her first love!!!
Rachel is a native of Bellefonte and began her dance training at Kennedy Dance Center at the age of five. Rachel comes from a dancing family. All five of her sisters and parents (one being a founding dancing dad) have been dancing at the studio for numerous years. Throughout Rachel’s years dancing at Kennedy she studied Ballet/Pointe, Acrobatics, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Modern, Musical Theatre and danced on the competition team. Rachel first discovered her love of teaching when she started assisting with numerous classes in middle school and high school.
After graduating from high school, Rachel danced over nine semesters at Penn State and danced in 400 level ballet classes. During Rachel’s junior year at Penn State she explored creative movement and dance teaching techniques for a preschool/grade school setting with Ann Van Kuren. In December 2014 Rachel graduated with a B.S. in Early Childhood and Adolescents Education and a minor in Special Education. Rachel taught ballet at Kennedy Dance Center from 2010 till it’s closing in 2018. She currently works at Penn State University teaching children at The Bennett Family Center. In March 2018 Rachel received CPR Trainings and Fire Safety trainings.
Katie has been tap dancing since the age of 4 when her parents enrolled her in dance to help with coordination and motor skills (She was born nearly 3 months early and weighed only 2lbs 12oz at birth). Little did they know tap dancing in particular would become a lifelong hobby and passion (and that she would overcome any and all of those early obstacles!) She has studied all of the major dance forms over the years - from two local studios in Quakertown, PA to several summer dance intensives (American Reperatory Ballet School - Princeton NJ; American Musical Theatre Dance Workshop - Hofstra University, NY; Pennsylvania Governor’s School of the Arts - Modern Dance Emphasis at Mercyhurst in Erie, PA). She traveled weekly throughout high school for private lessons with David Blight (Wilkesbarre, PA) where she gained her signature style as a hoofer. At Penn State University Katie continued with dance, briefly pursuing a minor; dancing with Tapestry; and began teaching for Joan Kennedy in 2003. Since then she has choreographed two musicals for Bald Eagle High School, participated in 11 recitals with Kennedy Dance Centre, taught an adaptive dance class for kids with special needs and even choreographed a wedding dance for some friends. Katie especially enjoys seeing teens and adults “return” to tap dancing and hopes to expand her work with students with special needs (sparked by the birth of her daughter, Emberly, who has Down Syndrome) in the future. She also has a Master’s degree in Intercultural Studies and lives with her family in Pleasant Gap.
Dance has always played a large role in her life. Solana began her dance training at the age of 8 with Hot Styles Dance Company and has been with the company ever since. She has competed as a member of the HSDC All-Stars Dance Team, throughout a number of those years winning titles in Baltimore, Cleveland, Philadelphia, State College, Erie, Meadville, Hershey, Lancaster. She started as assisting with hip hop and tumbling classes at the age of fifteen. She has since graduated from Bellefonte High School and has taken a staff position teaching hip hop to ages six through thirteen at both the State College and Bellefonte locations and coaching the Timberwolves Prep, All-Star Dance Team in State College. Solana is thankful for all the opportunities the HSDC has given her and she hopes to continue passing her passion on to her students.
Ivie has been a dancer since she was three years old. She has trained in a wide variety of styles that include Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Hip hop. Her first dance class was a Tap class, and her love for it has grown tremendously. Dance continues to have a huge impact on her life. Ivie started dancing with Hot Styles when she was 16 years old. The staff instruction and peer relationships built has fueled her passion and created so many opportunities. Dance has offered many travel opportunities for both classes, auditions, and competitions. Ivie has won National Champion events for All-Star, Hip Hop dance while she was team captain in both Senior and Open Hip Hop divisions. She has taken master classes at Steps on Broadway for tap, and Philadelphia where she participated in a charity showcase. She is currently a Business Management major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is also First Aid/CPR certified and youth sport concussion certificated. Ivie has participated in workshops to enhance/strengthen her technique, and she works extremely hard so she can share that experience with her students.
Brianna Clemente began dancing at three years old at Health Quest which soon developed into Q-Dynamics Dance Company in Flemington, New Jersey. From the age of three to eighteen she has studied hip hop, ballet, tap, lyrical, contemporary, jazz and modern. At twelve years old she had the opportunity to shift from being a student in the classroom to a teacher by covering for a teachers hip hop classes, which soon lead her to discover she not only had a passion for dancing but teaching as well. Soon after discovering her love for teaching she decided to move her dance journey to FrameWorks Dance Studio in order to grow and develop as not only a dancer, but a teacher.
At the age of thirteen Bri began dancing competitively and at numerous regional and national competitions, judge’s awards proved her strongest asset to be her intense emotional connection. As a result of her passionate performances Bri received an invitation to be a part of Cathy Roe’s Heart and Soul Dance Company along with the opportunity to perform In Starbound National Talent Competition’s opening number at their Atlantic City Nationals, with the top ten competitive/elite soloists. In her freshman year of high school, she was accepted onto North Hunterdon High School’s Varsity Dance Team and continued with them until her graduation in June 2018, where she ended her time as the captain.
Bri is currently a sophomore at Penn State and is studying to become a pediatric occupational therapist. Bri is so happy to find her home here at Hot Styles Dance Company and hopes to ignite passion in students like previous teachers ignited in her.
Emma started dance classes right here in Bellefonte at the age of 5 years old, taking class at Kennedy Dance Centre (aka Hot Styles, but under its previous owner). Beginning with Dance Discovery and Modern, she soon branched out to Ballet and began participating in Musical Theatre dance and performance at school. In college, she continued Modern, Ballet, and Musical Theatre and added Jazz and Hip-Hop to her repertoire. She also choreographed for and directed the student showcase, getting a taste of teaching.
Emma graduated from Bucknell University in 2020 with a major in Linguistics and Minors in Dance, Russian, and French. She plans to attend graduate school for Sociolinguistics in the near future, hoping to investigate how language choice and variation affect both individual identity and overarching cultural and social systems. She hopes to be a 2020-21 recipient of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant scholarship, and if chosen would spend a school year teaching English in a Russian university. Regardless, she plans to continue finding ways to keep dance an important part of her life!
Rebecca information coming soon....