Faculty

Kristen Bissinger, Dance Faculty, earned a BA in Dance and Drama from Colorado College.  She has taught creative dramatics and dance for the past thirty-five years in local private and public schools and through various cultural programs.  Kristen co-authored the book Leap into Learning! Teaching K-7 Curriculum through Creative Dramatics and Dance. She has currently released a musical recording and companion booklet Wake Your Brain and Your Body, Creative Movement and Dance Activities for Children. She and Karen Clemente co-directed Feet First from 1987-2018. Kristen has been teaching at Feet First since 1982 email: Kristen@Feetfirstdance.com
Karen Clemente, Dance Faculty, earned both a Master’s and a Doctorate degree in Dance Education from Temple University.   Karen founded the dance program at Eastern University, where she served as director for twenty two years.   In the fall of 2012, Karen will join the Theatre and Dance Program at Ursinus College as a Professor of Dance.  Karen has served the state of Pennsylvania in the area of developing academic standards for the arts and dance curriculum guidelines.  Her recent awards include: Outstanding Dance Educator for Higher Education by the National Dance Education Organization (2009), Creative Hands and Voices Award by the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement in Philadelphia (2010), and Professor of the Year at Eastern University (2012). She and Kristen Bissinger co-directed Feet First from 1987-2018  Karen has been teaching at Feet First since 1985.email: Karen@Feetfirstdance.com
Lisa Lovelace, Dance Faculty, earned a BA in Dance from the University of Maryland and a MFA in Choreography and Performance from Temple University.  Lisa has performed with Improvisations Unlimited, DanceTeller, Anne Vachon/Dance Conduit and was a co-founder of Sacred Ways Dance Company.  Lisa is on the dance faculty at West Chester University and teaches at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.  Lisa produces an intergenerational dance concert each year featuring choreographers and dancers from all over the region.  In the summer of 2012, she was the choreographer for Carmen at the Castleton Music Festival in VA with conductor Lorin Maazel.  Lisa has been teaching at Feet First since 1990.email: Lisa@Feetfirstdance.com
Julie Kurtz Chittick, Dance Faculty, earned a BA in Integrative Arts with a focus in Dance and Visual Arts from the Pennsylvania State University.  Julie has performed with Sacred Ways Dance Company and taught dance groups from Lehigh University and Cedar Crest College.  She has taught workshops for gymnastic centers and girl scouts, and most recently for ArtReach, part of the PA Cyber Charter School in Delaware County.  She has choreographed dances performed at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville as part of the annual Blobfest event.  Julie has been teaching at Feet First since 1995.email: Julie@Feetfirstdance.com
Toni Duncan, Dance Faculty, earned a BA in Dance and a BS in Marketing from DeSales University.  She has taught ballet, creative movement, modern, pointe and tap at local studios since 1998. Toni has been a full time dance faculty member at the PA Leadership Charter School – Center for Performing and Fine Arts since 2011.  In 2012, Toni was accepted into the National Registry of Dance Educators as an Associate Registered Dance Educator.  She earned her Pilates Mat Certification through the PhysicalMind Institute in August 2005 and her Children’s Yoga Certification through Child Light Yoga in 2010.  Toni has been teaching at Feet First since 1999.email: Toni@Feetfirstdance.com
daria (2) Daria Vartanian-Gibbs, Dance Faculty,  is our new jazz teacher. Daria Vartanian-Gibbs began training at ContempraDance School and was a member of ContempraYouth Dance Ensemble from age 7-18. She debuted in ContempraDANCE Theatre’s “Woman” as the daughter at the age of 4. Daria attended the Creative and Performing Arts High School (CAPA) in Philadelphia her freshman and sophomore years studying with LeDeva Davis, Michael Susten, Derrell Williams, Shawn Lamere Williams and Peter Sabasino. She also trains regularly with Meghan Braun of Waves Dance Company. Daria has performed in Disney World, Ladek Zdroj International Dance Festival in Poland and Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company’s Nutcracker. She also performed with the College of Marin dance company. Currently, she performs with Melange Dance Company as well as ContempraDANCE Theatre Company. Daria currently teaches various styles of dance including jazz, tap, modern, ballet, funk and pre-dance.
Daria is also a certified 300hr Jivamukti Yoga instructor as well a certified pre and post natal yoga instructor.  Daria is excited to start her first year at Feet First! 
sarah Sarah Scorzetti, Dance Faculty, Sarah’s dance training began at the age of three. She has been trained in ballet, jazz, Irish and modern at Green Street Dance Company and The Delaware Valley Dance Academy. While in middle school and high school, Sarah was a dancer for Shekinah Dance and Theater Company where she received training in worship dance and ethnic dance. Later, Sarah attended Eastern University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and completed a minor in Dance. While at Easter University, she choreographed pieces that were presented in annual dance concerts. While studying dance at Eastern, Sarah had the privilege to be a dancer in Dr. Karen Clemente’s “Full Woman” piece that was presented at the American College Dance Festival Association and made it into the Gala Concert.   Sarah continued to pursue her love for worship dance by serving as a Co-Director for Simcha Dance Ministries for three years where she was also a dancer and choreographer. Currently, Sarah is the Children’s Ministry Director at Souderton Mennonite Church.
Sarah has been teaching at Feet First since 2012.email: Sarah@Feetfirstdance.com
Kelsey Brennan, Artistic Director Co-Owner/Dance Faculty, earned a BA in Dance from Eastern University.  While at Eastern, Kelsey was active in the dance community, serving as the President of the Dance Guild for two years. She has been teaching Hip-Hop, Jazz, Modern, and Ballet at Philadelphia area dance studios since graduation. Kelsey was a dancer with Contempra Dance Theatre for 3 years. She currently dances for Melange Contemporary Dance Company. She started our youth dance company Footage 4 years ago. She works hard with this group, training them, and taking them to different performance opportunities in the greater Philadelphia area, and our home town community of Phoenixville, throughout the year.  Kelsey’s dance training began at Feet First when she was six years old and she is thrilled to now be the owner and artistic director.  Kelsey has been teaching at Feet First since 2012. email: Kelsey@Feetfirstdance.com