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.
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 into graphic design, graduating with highest honors from South Hills School of Business & Technology.
Jamie has been a part of the Hot Styles family since 2013. She is the head coach and choreographer for the State College Jazz WolfPack teams. Apart from teaching, Jamie is in charge of advertising design, costuming and clothing for the company. Jamie is HeadsUp (concussion protocol) certified and USASF SafeSport certified. She has been to multiple USASF conferences and has certificates to teach Jazz and Hip Hop under their regulations.
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.
Ann Van Kuren
Ann Van Kuren is a dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist based in State College, PA. Her creative work is focused on telling stories of people, places, and events through movement and dance, enmeshed in a sound environment. Recent themes and interests include the Jazz Age, femininity, time and water as valuable resources, and relating romantic-era literature, as well as folk tales and poetry, through contemporary movement, and exploring their powerful message to our lives and times. Her choreography explores contemporary modern dance composition that recreates for the audience, the experience of those stories in a meaningful way. To this end she has collaborated with traditional storyteller, Jan Kinney, from Altoona, and composers, actors, and writer-directors, including New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania based, Tempest Productions, on retelling the work of Edgar A. Poe.
Her work has been described in these ways:
“Van Kuren’s choreography was expressive, very musical and practically hypnotic.”
“These ideas and issues… are well articulated in Ann Van Kuren’s choreography.”
“Your presentations seamlessly combined technique, movement, and emotion.”
"... such a brave and beautiful piece. I remember seeing this live—so oving, it took me by surprise.”
Ann received a B.A. in Dance and Mathematics from Butler University and her master’s degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from Ohio State University. She was invited to perform in the
Festival Dance of the World in Pec, Hungary, Tanz Theatre Festival in Bonn, Germany, and Movement
Research Institute in New York City, and has danced professionally with New World Dance Theatre,
Fleet Street Contemporary Dance Company of Louisville, Pennsylvania Dance Theatre in State College, and her own company, VanDance Inc., founded in 2001. She has performed in the works of Bebe Miller, David Dorfman, JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Heidi Latsky, Bill Young, Claire Porter, Colin Connor, Cathy Young, Doug Varone, and many others. She is the recipient of a Choreographer’s Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and her work can be seen on the U.S.: WPSX-TV, ©1997 published video-recording Pennsylvania Dance Theatre. Ann serves as adjunct dance faculty at Penn State University and is a rostered artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. An ongoing project is
“Making Dance for Public Spaces,” about the uniqueness of place and architecture. In January 2019 she danced/collaborated in the Creative-in-Residence program at the National Building Museum in
Washington, D.C. Ann is also a certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre© teacher. Visit her Facebook page,
Ann Van Kuren/VanDance Inc.
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 preschool teacher at the Bennett Family Center on Penn
State Campus. She began dancing when I was five years old at Kennedy Dance Center, which is
now Hot Styles. While at Kennedy I took classes in ballet/pointe, acrobatics, contemporary, jazz
technique, musical theatre and danced on the competition team. I also took a two-year teaching
assistants class where I learned the basics of teaching dance and spent six years being a teacher’s
assistant before I taught my first class in 2010.
After High School, I attended Penn State University, where I earned a bachelors in Early
Childhood and Adolescent Education (Pre-K-4th grade) and a minor in Special Education.
While at Penn State, I took many dance classes including a 400 level ballet class,
Bartenieff Fundamentals (a course on correct body movement) and a course with Ann Van
Kuren on teaching creative movement in schools. Recently I’ve enjoyed taking zoom classes
with professionals and experienced dancers from all over the world!
When I’m not dancing I love doing crafts, reading and spending time with my crazy
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.
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 grew up in Bellefonte and started dance at 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 also 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 and choreography.
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 to investigate how language choice and variation affect both individual identity and overarching cultural and social systems, and to continue on to a career advocating for and educating about the importance/effects of this linguistic diversity. And, of course, she plans to continue to find ways to keep dancing.
Blake is attending Penn State University as a Bio Behavioral Health Major and am apart of the Penn State Dance Alliance, as well as the Nittany Dance Project. Blake began dancing at the age of three and started competing competitively at seven years old. She have been dancing for 16 years and trained in various styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, lyrical, musical theater, and pointe. She has also competed at the regional and national level and have top scoring solos, duo/trios, and group numbers around the nation. Blake was also apart of my high school’s nationally ranked dance team, the Rancocas Valley Dance Team. The Rancocas Valley Dance Team competes every year at local competitions and at NDA Nationals. In 2018 we were the National Champions in the High Kick Division. At NDA Camp, leading up to Nationals, I was nominated 2019 Top Gun Turner. She has also received various judges awards and scholarships throughout my dance career and was awarded the DMA Tap Scholarship, danced with the DTV program at Cathy Roe’s Ultimate Dance Nationals, and trained for a summer at Princeton Ballet.
Emma Wurmstich is a senior at Penn State studying Supply Chain Management and Labor and Human Resources from New Jersey. She started dancing at Gotta Dance in Branchburg NJ at the age of 3, and danced there until she graduated high school. She trained in jazz, ballet, tap, acro, and contemporary. Emma was a member of Gotta Dance’s Showstoppers Dance Company that performed in all 15 of their end of the year recitals every year. Emma is currently on a dance team at Penn State, Penn State Dance Alliance, where she is the president and gets to show her passion for choreography and performance throughout the PSU Community. One of her favorite parts of her dance experience is working with younger dancers and inspiring them to live out their dreams!
Rebecca Malek (Becca) is a senior at Penn State studying CAS and Labor Employment Relations on a pre law track. Becca got her start at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater before taking several years off to pursue gymnastics and swimming. Upon her return to dance in 2011, Becca began dancing at the prestigious Abby Lee Dance Company in Pittsburgh, PA, where she trained in acro, jazz, tap, ballet and more. After being place in an apprentice team and getting a taste of the world of competitive dance, Becca continued to refine her technical skills in order to dance competitively. After transitioning to Dance Mechanics in Allison Park, PA, Becca began dancing competitively. In college, Becca has been involved in the National Honors Society of Dance Arts (now NADA), where she gained a love and appreciation for choreography. Becca has trained under teachers and studio owners with extensive industry experience, from Broadway and beyond, and is passionate about cultivating the love for dance that was instilled in her by these inspirational men and women.
Ava has been dancing since the age of 4 at Kennedy Dance Centre. She started taking creative movement classes and then added lyrical and jazz classes as well as acrobatics. At 14 she started competing for Kennedy and later Hot Styles. She has competed in contemporary, lyrical, jazz, modern, and hip hop styles. Ava has helped out in the dance classroom with beginner classes since the age of 12 and now teaches her own classes. Ava has been able to travel to Europe with Hot Styles to perform at the United World Games, and has also traveled to Las Vegas and New York City with the company. She loves to dance and explore movement, and she hopes to continue her dancing career in college. She plans to attend Penn State University. She is excited to continue her dance journey and teach others at Hot Styles Dance Company and instill her love for dance in other people.
Jessica is originally from central New Jersey, where she found her love for dance at the age of two. Jessica has been trained in a variety of styles, including jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and acro. Jessica began assisting acro and jazz classes at the age of 12. In her senior year of high school, Jessica got the opportunity to teach her own jazz, lyrical, and acro classes at the studio she trained at, En Pointe Dance and Acrobatics. In the competition world, Jessica has competed for several years including regionals, nationals, and the World Dance Championships in the Meadowlands Exposition Center in New Jersey. Throughout those years, Jessica has accumulated many high scores, overalls, and judges awards. Jessica has even gotten the opportunity to dance at a Brooklyn Nets basketball game along side of the Hardwood Hittaz. Jessica has taken a variety of classes to further her dance knowledge at Broadway Dance Center, ICON Dance Complex, and The Source Dance Lab. Jessica was also a member of the Old Bridge High School Dance for four years and was the captain of the team her senior year in high school, where she choreographed many dance routines for sporting events and pep rallies. Now, Jessica is currently a sophomore at Penn State University, studying psychology. Jessica is also a member of Penn State Dance Alliance. Jessica is so happy to continue her passion for dance and teaching with Hot Styles!
Faith is from Washington, D.C. She started her dance training at the age of three. Faith has participated in many local ensembles and dance companies training in Ballet/Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, African Dance, Hip-Hop, and Heels technique. She performed in the opening act for the Sting and Paul Simon Ellington Benefit Concert. Faith has trained under the direction of Charles Augins, Katherine Smith, Adrian Bolton, Sandra Fortune-Green, attended summer intensives such as the Joffrey Ballet School, taken a host of masterclasses, and traveled to dance conventions across the United States. She attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Faith is a recent graduate from The Pennsylvania State University, where she earned her B.S. in Rehabilitation and Human Services. While at Penn State, Faith was active in the dance community. As a member of Ambitions Performance Company, she choreographed various works for campus events and she continues to support the team in whatever way possible! She has taught two previous classes at Hot Styles Dance Company Bellefonte and is ecstatic to continue sharing her knowledge and passion for dance!
Casey is a senior at State College Area High School and has been dancing with Hot Styles for 11 years. This will be her 10th year on the competition team. During her time at Hot Styles, she has had the opportunity to travel to Europe to perform at the United World Games, compete in the Dance Worlds, and take master classes at Millennium in Las Vegas. Casey has taken classes in a variety of styles, but primarily focuses on Hip Hop. She looks forward to the upcoming season and spending time with her Hot Styles family.