IDA, Institute of Dance Artistry, located in the Philadelphia suburbs, is a school of modern dance, ballet, pointe, jazz dance, tap, lyrical, and hip hop dance. By adhering to the philosophy that dance is an art, not a competitive sport, IDA provides the ideal dance education for all its students. Students with professional aspirations are able to make a smooth transition into the college and professional dance worlds, which also look at dance as an art. Students who dance for a fun hobby are able to do so in a positive, supportive, non-competitive environment. IDA believes in giving back to the community through dance and does so throughout the year with performances and fundraisers to raise money for charities.
Students of IDA are given the tools to develop strong dance technique, artistic ability, self-confidence, and passion for the art of dance. The individual and unique talents and abilities of all are embraced and encouraged. We have dance students of all ages from Philadelphia, Horsham, Spring House, Blue Bell, Upper Dublin, Ambler, Willow Grove, Conshohocken, North Wales, Montgomeryville and other Bucks and Montgomery County, PA locations.
All dance classes are taught by enthusiastic professionals with Bachelors and Masters of Fine Arts degrees in dance and current professional performers and choreographers on the Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York dance scenes.
Tracy Kelsey has her B.F.A. from the University of the Arts in Jazz Dance Performance. She also completed a semester abroad at the Labon Center, London with a focus in choreological studies. Tracy has choreographed and performed with Zakarak Production Company for several years working on Industrial shows at the Academy of Music, Nokia Theater, Hammerstein Ballroom and Radio City Music Hall.
In addition to performing, Tracy has taught through out the tri-state area as well as in central Connecticut for the Performing Arts Program. She has also choreographed youth musical theater productions for Young Starrs Theater Company and Samuel Fels High School. Tracy has produced choreography for the Philadelphia Fringe Festivals and is looking forward to producing new work for 2013. Presently, Tracy is the assistant director of IDA and is commited to bringing a love of dance to our students.
Dominick Boyd was born and raised in the Bronx, New York where hip-hop was created. He has choreographed for and performed with various pop music superstars. In 2001-02 he choreographed and performed in the Alicia Keys "Songs In A Minor" tour as well as performing at the 2001 Grammy Awards.
In addition, Dominick choreographed for and performed with pop star Omarion, and R&B group 112 at NBA All-Star Weekend as well as for Neil Young at Hershey Stadium and choreographed the 2007 halftime show for the Drumline event at Giant Stadium.
Dominick teaches hip-hop at Westchester University and has taught master classes at Penn State University and Lehigh Valley College. He is an owner and teacher of Born Into the Arts dance studio in Allentown. His BIA Dance Company has received many awards.
Dominick has also won numerous awards for his choreography including the Co-dance Choreography Award and the Cathy Roe Entertainment Award. In addition to teaching and choreographing, Dominick continues to perform professionally.
Tara Madsen Robbins is a professional performer, choreographer and educator based in Philadelphia. She earned her MFA in Performance & Choreography from Smith College as well as her BA from Slippery Rock University. She performed with the modern dance company Tania Isaac Dance. The company toured to Jacobs Pillow, Bates Dance Festival and many other venues.
As a freelance choreographer, Tara has presented her work internationally throughout Spain, Guatemala, Italy, Greece and Scotland where her work received critical acclaim. Nationally, she has presented her work throughout Philadelphia, New York City, California and Washington D.C.
She has been Adjunct faculty in the dance department at DeSales univeristy since 2006 and also teaches at Montgomery County Community College. Tara has served as a Guest Artist at Bucknell University, SUNY University at Buffalo, Northhampton County College and Slippery Rock University. She has also been invited as a master teacher/ choreographer to various venues including dance camps, festivals, conventions, conservatories as well as many private studios along east coast. Tara is also a licensed GYRONTONIC instructor. www.taramadsendance.com.
Kelli Moshen, director/choreographer of Project Moshen Dance Co., is also a dance instructor at Koresh School of Dance, the Institute of Dance Artistry and Barre instructor at various gyms such as the Sporting Club at the Bellevue. Since receiving her BFA in jazz dance from the University of the Arts, she has performed in various Philly Fringe Festivals, Koresh Showcases, IDA Generations concerts and the “Come Together” Festival by Koresh dance company.
Kelli has worked with acclaimed choreographers such as Rennie Harris, Roni Koresh, Scott Jovovich, Crystal Fraizer and Samuel Reyes. In addition to running her own company, Kelli has works for Events Beyond Expectations (EBE) as a Master of Ceremonies /Dancer performing at Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, corporate events, galas and more. Kelli is also involved in the business aspects of dance.
She worked for McDonald Selznick Associates (MSA), a prominent Dance Agency in New York City and Los Angeles, and Broadway Dance center where her experience has taught her how to operate her own company and teach in the professional dance world. Kelli’s love for performing has not only inspired her students but her colleagues as well. Kelli has continued to broaden her dance technique by traveling to NY and LA, she is very excited to be teaching at IDA!
Alicia Sehn is a choreographer, dancer and dance teacher in the Greater Philadelphia area. She is a graduate of Muhlenberg College, where she attended on a dance scholarship and earned a BA in both Dance and Psychology. Her regional theatre performance credits include A Chorus Line, Annie Get Your Gun and Miss Nelson Is Missing.
She has performed with several Philadelphia based Modern and Contemporary dance companies including tAra Madsen Dance and Artists in Rhythm, and has also performed with independent choreographers in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and the Philly Collective to name a few.
Alicia has taught master classes in both Modern and Contemporary dance all over the Montgomery and Bucks County areas as well as for schools in New Jersey and upstate New York. In 2011 she joined the faculty of the Lehigh Valley Dance Alliance which gave her the opportunity to work with several dance schools in the Lehigh Valley as well as the chance to sit on the judging panel for the Lehigh Valley Dance Challenge.
Jamie Lipskin has a B.F.A. in dance from Temple University with concentrations in modern and ballet. She is the owner and director of Institute of Dance Artistry. She is also the director of the IDA Repertory Companies and has worked to form a strong relationship between Institute of Dance Artistry and the Philadelphia professional dance community.
She produces the Generations Dance Concert series featuring student and professional dancers helping raise money for various charities. Jamie has performed with various dance companies and independent choreographers in the Philadelphia area in many venues including the Arts Bank, Drake Theatre, International House, Meetinghouse Theatre, Conwell Dance Theatre, Merriam Theater and Society Hill Playhouse as well as in several Philadelphia Fringe Festivals.
Amy Smith graduated with a BFA in dance from Temple University with concentrations in modern, jazz and ballet. She was formerly a modern dance scholarship student at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts in 2000. She continued for several years working and teaching there, and then helped raise money to have it reinstated by performing in an alumni concert at the University of the Arts. Amy has traveled and performed with various dance companies throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
Her credits include dancing at venues such as the Laurie Beechman Theatre, the Kraine Theatre and Apollo Theatre in New York City. Also in New York, Amy has performed for the Primio Arte Awards, the Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, the Lions Club of New York Gala and the Latin Grammy Party. Amy has performed and produced in the Philly Fringe for numerous years, as a featured soloist.
She extended production, dance, and choreography for the Capitol Fringe in Washington D.C.. Amy has even extended her dancing to Guayaquil, Ecuador as a featured tap soloist. She has directed and choreographed her own dance company, the AccoMpanY Dancers. Studying with many independernt choreographers, Mike Shulster, George Alley, Michelle Van Doeren, Tim Early, and Derrick Yanford, and taking master classes with Barbara Duffy, Ray Hesselink, Derick Grant, Bob Rizzo, Meghan Braun, Shimon Braun, Crystal Fraizer, Mia Michels, Dan Karaty, Gil Stroming, and Mike Minery to name a few, have led to her current status as an award winning choreographer.
Amy is currently sought after to teach master classes, workshops, intensives and to choreograph and brings all of her experience into her performing, choreographing, and teaching world. amysmithdance.com.
Rebecca Inman. has been a full-time instructor at IDA for 11 years. She is a graduate from University of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Jazz Dance Performance. She has performed with several different dance companies in Philadelphia including Junto Society Dance Collective, Venus Dance and Flow.
Rebecca has also performed professionally with New Jersey's Surflight Theater in musical theater productions. Some of her leading roles include Belle in "Beauty and the Beast", Wendy in "Peter Pan", Cinderella in "Cinderella", and Glinda in "Wizard of Oz."
She has been a featured dancer in "Damn Yankees," "La Cage Aux Folles," "Cabaret," and "Fiddler on the Roof." Rebecca was also a principle dancer in Cygnus Contemporary Dance Company where she performed in the corps de ballet in "Coppelia," "Cinderella," and "Faust" with memebrs of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
Leigha Adduci is a recent graduate from DeSales University where she received her Bachelors Degree in both Dance and Communication. Throughout her colligate career, Leigha has had the opportunity to perform work by professional artists such as Christopher K. Morgan, Trinette Singleton, Camille Armstrong, Francesca Marinaro, Sydney Skybetter, and many others.
In addition to performing, Leigha has had her own choreography performed in Philadelphia’s Spring Festival Come Together hosted by The Koresh Dance Company, New York City’s Dance New Amsterdam, Montgomery County Community College, Kutztown University, and DeSales University.
Leigha is also dedicated to and actively involved in bringing dance outreach performances and programs to non-profit organizations such as the VAST, Gilda’s Club, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and 954 Dance Movement Collective. Leigha is thrilled to become a part of the Institute of Dance Artistry staff, as she continues to grow as professional dancer, choreographer and educator.
Lindsay Murray began her dance training at age 3 at Dance Works of Quakertown. She earned her BA in Dance from DeSales University in 2006, which she attended on a dance scholarship. During her college career she toured the Lehigh Valley with the DSU Dance Touring Company, was a member of the DSU Dance Team and had her modern choreography featured in the DSU Young Choreographer’s Series. She performed in various student and faculty pieces, as well as attended professional master classes offered to dance majors. While at DeSales, Lindsay participated in Sean Curran’s residency and performed his work on campus.
She has attended the American College Dance Festival, danced in the Philly Fringe Festival, and had the honor to attend Pro-Danza Italia/USA Summer Dance Workshop in Tuscany, Italy. Since college Lindsay has taught all ages and genres at various dance studios. She has performed professionally with Philadelphia-based dance companies, ContempraDance Theatre and Vada Dance Collective. She has furthered her training as a performer and educator by attending the Dancer Teacher Summit conference, the Robert Battle Intensive, and taking classes at BDC, Ailey, and Koresh.
Lindsay currently choreographs for the IDA repertoire companies. In the past, Lindsay has held the head coach position for the Temple University Diamond Gems Dance Team and worked as a Health & Fitness Specialist for MediFit Corporate Services. Lindsay has taught group exercise classes and is a licensed Zumba Fitness instructor. Lindsay hopes to share her love of movement with her students for years to come! “Live, Love, DANCE”.
Wendi Fisch began dance training at the age of three and still continues to study her art form. She became a serious student at the Tidewater Ballet Association in Norfolk, VA. under the direction of Gene Hammett. She was an invitational student at the School of American Ballet in New York City, The Royal Ballet in London, Melissa Hayden Ballet School and a scholarship recipient at the Joffrey Ballet. She performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov and New York City Ballet at Kennedy Center and the White House. Wendi was one of two dancers chosen to dance Balanchine’s Union Jack at Kennedy Center.
She has worked or studied with renowned choreographers and teachers ,including Alexandra Danilova, Edward Villella , Meredith Baylis, Francesca Corkle, Suki Schorer, Patricia Sorrell and many more. Wendi has been a guest artist for many companies including the Richmond Ballet,Washington Ballet and a member of the San Antonio Ballet Company and American Festival Ballet Company. She received a Bachelor of Science in Ballet/Music and Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington under the direction of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride and Jacques Cesbron. While at Indiana, she originated roles in Carmina Burana for Jaques Cesbron and works for the opera with noted choreographer Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux.
She has performed lead roles in Gisele, Swan Lake, Paquita, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty and Balanchine works. She has been teaching for over twenty-five years throughout the country and the Philadelphia area and enthusiastically continues to teach and choreograph. Wendi has been involved in the preparation of her students participating in the Youth America Grand Prix competition and dancing at Regional Dance America. She has started numerous non-profit dance programs throughout the country that are still thriving today. Wendi uses her current pilates training to focus on proper alignment and body awareness while concentrating on a strong technical foundation. She believes in inspiring her students to follow their dreams with a solid work ethic, confidence, artistry and passion.
Sarah Dziomba is a dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher in the Philadelphia area. She earned her BFA in dance choreography and performance from Temple University and is completing her master's degree in dance/movement therapy at Drexel University.
Sarah has taught at local studios, camps, and schools. She also designs and teaches speciality workshops for the emotional and physical needs of populations including cancer survivors and children with various medical and/or emotional concerns. Second to teaching, Sarah currently performs with Philadelphia based companies Project Moshen and Blind Faith Project.
She has also worked with independent choreographers and companies including Tara Madsen Robbins, Craig Scull, Ashley Suttlar Martin, and Pink Hair Affair. Sarah has performed in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Remember Project at St. Marks Dancespace, and at the American College Dance Festival, where her choreography was also presented.
When she's not teaching or dancing, Sarah trains and performs as an aerialist at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts where she recently taught dance to teen aerialists in training. Sarah has been a teacher at IDA since 2006.