CORE STAFF

MISSY LAY-ZIMMER & ANDREW HUBBARD

OWNERS, ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

Both Broadway veterans and dance industry professionals, Missy and Andrew have performed and choreographed individually as well as together - making one powerhouse duo! From Broadway Productions of CATS, Footloose and Jesus Christ Superstar, to TV and Film including appearances on Saturday Night Live, MTV and VHI, National Commercials and much more. Additionally, Hubbard and Zimmer have choreographed and collaborated with Cincinnati Ballet, Peter Frampton, Over the Rhine, Contemporary Arts Center/Shepard Fairey, Know Theater, Paramount/Kings Productions, NY Knicks City Dancers and more! The duo has also received several choreography awards including: Best of Cincinnati collaboration with Know Theater “Christmas Yet to Come”, Best of Cincinnati "Best Dance Instruction", Princess Grace Nominee for Cincinnati Ballet, CEA award for Critical Achievement in Choreography, Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, Choreography Award receipient with Tony Award winning choreographer Chris Gattelli

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Jennifer rutherford

BALLET DIRECTOR

Jen is a master teacher and professional ballet dancer who has taught and performed all over the world. Performing with the acclaimed New York City Ballet, she received stellar reviews from the New York Times for her performance as "Choleric" in the Four Temperments, as well as her role in A Midsummer Nights Dream. Additionally, Jen was hand picked by Robert LaFosse for his Concerto in Five Movements, and also performed in Symphony in Three Movements, Western Symphony in C and Mozartiana, Jeu De Cartes. Jennifer trained at The Rock and School of American Ballet, and is thrilled to be teaching exclusively at Planet Dance Cincinnati - and we're equally as thrilled to have her!

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LINDSAY LANCASTER

Lindsay began her professional dance career right here as a member of Cincinnati's Exhale Dance Tribe. After dancing with the Tribe, Lindsay ventured to Los Angeles, where she had amazing success as a dancer and choreographer. She had the opportunity to work with several music artists including Mel B, Beyonce, PCD's Melody Thornton, Porcelain Black, Lil' Wayne, Taryn Manning, Jessie & the Toyboys, Girls United and many others. Additionally, she gained several television credits including X-Factor, Dancing with the Stars, Conan O'Brien, David Letterman, Abbey Lee's Ultimate Dance Challenge and America's Got Talent. Finally, she had the honor to work alongside many world renowned choreographers including Brian Friedman, Kevin Maher, Bobby Newberry, Erica Sobol and Tovaris Wilson. Lindsay is excited to bring her experience and passion for dance to a new generation of talent at PDC!

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ASHLEY KLEIN

Ashley has been with us since we first opened our doors! After training with our Artistic Directors for over 15 years, she moved on to teach and choreograph for several studios and dance teams in addition to Planet Dance. As our original Competition Team Director, she is recognized as a top instructor in the tri-state, and has won numerous awards for her choreography. Ashley has also been a core member, and now Associate Artistic Director for Exhale Dance Tribe. She has worked with renowned choreographers such as Emmy nominated Sonya Tayeh, and assisted our founders with the World premiere of Peter Frampton LIVE with Cincinnati Ballet. She has also performed with Over the Rhine and Bootsy Collins. In 2008 you would have found Ashley enchanting audiences as one of Tatiana’s fairies in Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2007, Klein acted as Associate Choreographer to Missy Lay Zimmer when she received a CEA award for Critical Achievement in Choreography with Know Theater Cincinnati / Exhale Dance Tribe’s Christmas Yet To Come. New York City performances include: Merce Cunningham Studios, ACE Awards in New York City and Collex Arts. Klein assists Zimmer and Hubbard on the road with Access Broadway around the U.S. At 23, Ashley won Protégé from the Pulse convention (awarded by Mia Michaels and Brian Friedman).

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BONNIE WILLIAMS

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KATIE FARRY

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KELSI BENAGE

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JESSICA HARRIS

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KELLY BARRETT

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AUDREY ZINNINGER

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GUEST INSTRUCTORS & CHOREOGRAPHERS

Our studio is always bringing in highly regarded guest teachers. We feel this is critical to expose our students to the best talent in the industry. Below is just a sample of the artists that we've brought to our students.

WYLEY YOSHIMURA

Dancer for Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera and Nelly Furtado

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ANDY BLANKENBUEhLER

Tony Award winning Broadway choreographer of In The Heights, 9 to 5, HAMILTON and CATS

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TRE HOLLOWAY

Tre Holloway started his professional dance career as a cast member in the explosive show "Tap Kids". From there he attended Seton Hall University on a full academic scholarship, where he was casted in "Monsters of HipHop - The Show". After graduating in four years with a finance and psychology degree, Tre made the much anticipated move to Los Angeles. Since his recent move, he has had the distinct privilege of working on many projects, with some of the best choreographers and artists in the industry including dancing with Chris Brown, Gwen Stefani, in the movie musical THE WIZ, Nicki Minaj and Whitney Houston to name a few!

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KRISTEN DENEHY

Kristen is a Dancer, Creative director and choreographer, known for her work with The Young and the Restless, Rent, 'Go for It! (2011)', Usher Raymond, Jennifer Lopez, *NSYNC, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Will Smith, Backstreet Boys 1999-2000, MTV Video Music Awards and more! 

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EBONY WILLIAMS

After training with the Boston Ballet and the Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts, Ebony then moved on to dance with the Cedarlake Contemporary Ballet Company. An incredibly versatile dancer, she has had the opportunity to work in the commercial world with artists such as Rihanna, Fergie, Ciara (Love, Sex, Magic, featuring Justin Timberlake) and Beyonce. As one of the dancers in the 2009 MTV video of the year Single Ladies, Williams also performed with Beyonce on her promo tour, the American Music Awards, the Today ShowSaturday Night Live and in Beyonce's Countdown video. You can also see her on television shows such as 30 Rock, America's Got Talent, and SNL!

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ac CIULLA

Tony nominated Broadway choreographer of FOOTLOOSE, Faculty at New York City Dance Alliance and Broadway Dance Center and was C and C Music Factory's dancer/choreographer and recently featured on SYTYCD.

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MEG PAUL

Joffrey Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet (NYC), Assistant to Twyla Tharp on Broadway's Movin’ Out, Ballet Mistress for Complexions Contemporary Ballet and is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award.

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JESSICA HENDRICKS

Danced in movie Living Out Loud and on faculty at PACE University and 24 Seven Convention and was a choreographic assistant for the Alicia Keys tour. 

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ALESSANDRA MARCONI

ALESSANDRA MARCONI

ALISON FAULK

ALISON FAULK

JAMES PATRIC MORAN

JAMES PATRIC MORAN

MATTHEW BRANHAM

MATTHEW BRANHAM

LIZ SCHMIDT

LIZ SCHMIDT

TAYLOR HANSEN

TAYLOR HANSEN

LAUREN ADAMS

LAUREN ADAMS

DARIUS CRENSHAW

DARIUS CRENSHAW

DEE CASPARY

DEE CASPARY