Miami Valley




Kelly Fuller, Studio Director
    Miss Kelly has been passionate about dance since she was 8 years old.  Her commitment to learning, performing, competing and teaching are evident in the success of today's Miami Valley Dance Center.  She is a 1994 graduate of Wright State University with a B.S. in Business.  Miss Kelly is certified in jazz, tap and ballet by Dance Masters of America (DMA) and Ohio Dance Masters.  Her post-graduate learning continues to keep the studio among the best in local, regional and national competitions.  In 2006 she completed the 3 year Masters in Dance Direction Program with DMA.  She was the first in her class to graduate with this honor.  She is a past board member with Ohio Dance Masters, Chapter 16.  Her career highlights include, study with the Dayton Ballet School, performing with Rhythm in Shoes in the "Celebrating America" concert, master class teacher for Miami Valley Dance Teachers Association, featured dancer in the "Inventing Flight" 100 year celebration at 5/3 Field as well as choreographing numerous award winning performances.  She is currently an adjudicator for Kids Artistic Revue and Rainbow Dance Competition and gets the opportunity to judge throughout the United States, most recently in Mobile, AL,  Greensboro, NC and Detroit, MI.   Her students continue to be stand outs at many regional and national competitions and hold many title honors.  She has studied with Stacey Tookey, Ray Leeper, Denise Wall and Anthony Morigerato as well as Dee Caspary, Wes Veldnick, Sascha Radetsky and Tokyo.  She had the amazing opportunity to work with Nakul Dev Mahajan, Bollywood Choreographer for "So You Think You Can Dance" in Los Angeles as well as taking classes at the Millennium Dance Complex.  In 2015, Miss Kelly was inducted into the Fairborn City School's Hall of Honor.

Renae Avey, Teacher and Choreographer
    Miss Renae has been dancing since age 4 at Miami Valley Dance Center.  She was a member of the competition team for 10 years and won many regional and national titles, including StarQuest Top Scoring Adult Soloist in 2009.  Renae is a graduate of the MVDC teacher in training program and is certified to teach through Dance Masters of America and Dance Masters of Ohio.  She has studied many types of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Pointe, Hip Hop, Swing and Contemporary.  She was given the opportunity to participate in the NCAA Kick-Off Classic Halftime Show at Giants Stadium as well as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.  Renae graduated from Wright State University in 2008 with a B.S. in Marketing/Management and recently recieved her Masters in Human Resource Management.  While attending WSU, she was a member of the Emerald Jazz Dance Team and competed nationally with other Universities.  

Josh Beaver, Ballet Technique Instructor

Joshua Beaver, from Thompsontown, Pennsylvania, began his early training with his mother Cynthia Beaver's gymnastics studio, Movement Laboratory, and American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive. He attended Boston Conservatory on full scholarship and graduated with a BFA in dance in 2011. While at the Conservatory he performed works by Limon, Tudor, Sokolow, and Nikolais. After graduation he joined Teatrul de Balet Sibiu, Romania, where he spent three seasons rising to first soloist and choreographer. He was featured as Paris in Rotaru's Romeo and Juliet, Barbanto in Le Corsaire, and principal in Gardner's Four Seasons. During this time he toured and performed in Germany, Austria, Sicily, Hungary, and New Zealand. In the summer of 2014, Josh joined Prague Chamber Ballet touring to Mexico and also winning 1st place in the Lila Lopez Contemporary dance competition in Saint Luis Potosi, Mexico. Josh now resides in Dayton, OH and has just started his first season with the Dayton Ballet. 

Chelle Cartee, Teacher and Choreographer
Originally from Portsmouth, Ohio, Chelle began dancing with River Cities Dance Company in Greenup, Kentucky. After dancing with River Cities Dance Company for 15 years, Chelle was accepted into Wright State University’s Dance in Fine Arts Program in Dayton, Ohio. With the Wright State University Dance Ensemble, she performed eleven shows, in which she choreographed five different works. During her college career she also had the opportunity to serve as dance caption in Wright State’s musical Hairspray and perform with Dayton Ballet II. After graduating from Wright State University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts Dance and a minor in Business Management, Chelle began dancing with Fueled & Alflame Dance Company in Springfield, OH. 

Lauren Diadone, Hip Hop Teacher and Choreographer
Lauren Daidone, born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Ohio University. While at Ohio University, she performed in pieces choreographed by Gladys Bailin, Travis D. Gatling, and Julie Fox as well as several students’ works. Ms. Daidone choreographed multiple pieces including solos, duets, trios, and group numbers. “Three to One” a trio collaboration was featured in the Inaside Dance Chicago Choreographic Sponsorship Event. In the summers, she teaches numerous genres of dance to students ages 5 to 18 through the competition circuit Showcase America Unlimited (SCAU) where she is also a judge. While competing in SCAU Daidone won the National Leadership title as Captain of the Butler Kickline her Senior year of high school and lead her team to winning Grand Champions. She was 2009 Miss Showcase USA. Lauren is also a Certified Pilates Instructor through Power Pilates in beginner and intermediate mat. Daidone aspires to pursue a career in dance performance, teaching and Pilates instruction.

Jeanine Howell, Teacher and Choreographer
    Mrs. Howell is a long time member of the MVDC family.  She was born and raised in Westerville, Ohio.  She graduated from Otterbein College in 1977 with a B.S. in Education and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Supervision from Wright State University in 1980. She has danced since the age of 4, including 2 years with the Columbus Civic Ballet when she was 16.  She is certified to teach through Dance Masters of America and Ohio Dance Masters.  Mrs. Howell left education for 7 years to follow her dreams when she owned and operated the Van Wert Academy of Dance.  Her studio grew from 70 to 250 students where she taught ballet, tap, jazz, pointe and clogging.  After moving to Springfield, she was fortunate enough to find MVDC and teach for Miss Kelly where she enjoys sharing the gift of dance with her students. Mrs. Howell currently teaches at Urbana University in the College of Education.   Mrs. Howell was married to her husband Denny for over 34 years. They have three wonderful daughters and son-in-laws.  Jessica and her husband Guy, Jennifer and her dancing hubby, John and Julianne and Ben.  The next generation of dancers has arrived, also.  Mrs. Howell has two granddaughters, Jaycee and Maeleigh.

Amy Jones, Ballet Technique Instructor, Team Choreographer
    Miss Amy is a native of Huntington, West Virginia and is thrilled to be returning to the faculty at Miami Valley Dance Center!  Amy currently dances professionally with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and will be entering her 7th season this fall.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Point Park University in Pittsburg, PA with a B.A. in Dance (Jazz/Modern Concentration) and a minor in Business Management.  In recent years Amy has worked with the West Virginia Governor's School for the arts and has also judged for several competitions including Encore Talent, Celebration and Midwest Starz.  She has also set choreography on the Ohio Northern University's dance department, DCDC, DCDC2 and several dance schools along the east coast.  This year she will be taking on a new position as Rehearsal Director for DCDC2.  Amy is looking forward to MVDC's 2016-2017 season and is very excited to begin her eight year at the studio!

Elissa Lyons, Teacher and Team Choreographer
    Miss Elissa has been dancing with MVDC since the age of 5 and will be entering her 22nd season with the studio.  This will be her 14th year on the teaching staff.  In addition to performing and teaching dance, Elissa uses her artistic talent for studio graphics, program design and prop creation.  She is also an alumnus of the MVDC competition team.  In her 10 years of competing, she has won numerous high point and overall awards.  Elissa continues to be involved with the competition team as a choreographer.  In 2008, she graduated from Wittenburg University with a B.A. in studio art and a concentration in computer imaging.  While attending Wittenburg, she perfomed and choreographed routines with the Theatre and Dance department and the Wittenburg Student Dance Company.  With the dance company, she performed at the American College Dance Festivals (ACDF) in Athens OH and Mason, WN.  Her other highlights include being a featured dancer in the Inventing Flight Opening Ceremony, dancing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Meadowlands Kickoff Classic and the Ohio Performing Art Institute's (OPAI) The Nutcracker.  Elissa's studies include many types of dance and she will be continuing to expand her knowledge at conventions and competitions in the future.  She is certified through Dance Masters of America and Ohio Dance Masters.  She currently resides in Medway with her husband, Doug and his daughter Justyne.  They will be welcoming a daughter in mid-December.

Jenni Murray, Hip Hop Teacher and Choreographer
    Miss Jenni is a native of Fairborn and has been enjoying her love for dance for over 35 years.  She is a 1994 graduate of Wright State University with a B. A. in Organizational Communications.  While attending WSU, she was a member of the Emerald Jazz Dance Team.  She worked for her family-owned insurance agency for over 10 years and taught dance for 17 years before becoming a stay at home Mom.  She has experience teaching jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, acrobats, and tahitian.  She has been dancing at the studio over the past few years and feels honored to be a part of the MVDC family.  She is very excited to be joining the teaching staff and looks forward to sharing the joy of dance with others.  Jenni resides in Beavercreek with her husband of 15 years, Eric, and their wonderful son, Zane.

Jen Priest, Hip Hop Teacher and Team Choreographer
   Miss Jen has been dancing since the age of three and will be in her 25th year of dance this year!  She began under her mother's direction at Van Wert Academy of Dance in Van Wert, Ohio.  In 1998, her family moved to Enon, which is when she joined the Miami Valley Dance Center family! She has experience in ballet, jazz, hip hop, clogging, tap, contemporary and lyrical as well as cheerleading and theatre.  She was a featured dancer in Dayton's Inventing Flight Ceremony and also a member of the MVDC competition teams during her high school years.  Throughout her college career at Eastern Kentucky University, she independently assisted individuals and teams in preparation for carious competitions throughout the state of Kentucky.  Miss Jen recieved her B. S. in Psychology form Eastern Kentucky University in 2008 where she was also a member of the nationally ranked EKU Dance Team.  Following her career at EKU, she continued her education at Wright State University to obtain her M. Ed. in School Counseling in 2010.  Her drive in life is sharing her true passion of dance with children of all ages.  She is p roud to finally be able to teach with the person that gave her the gift of dance, her Mom, Mrs. Jeanine Howell, and studio director, Miss Kelly Fuller.  "It is truly an honor and a dream come true to work with such an incredible team of choreographers, dancers and families!!"  Miss Jen resides in New Carlisle with her husband, John and daughter, Jaycee.

Tawna Richard, Irish Dance Instructor
    Tawna Richard has been at MVDC for 5 years, but has enjoyed dancing for over 30 years.  She has taken and taught dance on and off since the late 1980's and is very excited to get Irish Dance on the MVDC curriculum.  During high school, she was a member of the dance and drill teams for Orem High School in Orem, Utah.  She then attended the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and earned her BS in Exercise and Sport Science.  During college, she received dance scholarships for her school's performing dance company where she studied and taught:  Irish, tap, jazz, lyrical and ballet.  During her senior year of college, she worked with her college dance director and was able to start and run her own high school team at Notre Dame Academy High School in Park Hills, KY.  Tawna also taught Health and Physical Education at NDA.  During her teaching career, she also choreographed two school musicals, Peter Pan and Anything Goes.  Tawna left her high school teaching job after 5 years to start her family.  While being a stay at home mom, she received her MS in Human Nutrition and was able to still take Irish Dance Lessons for an additional 5 years as well as coming to MVDC with her daughter.  Though her family has moved around quite a bit, she is hoping to be able to stay in the area and have her children, Raeanne and Branhan, be a part of the MVDC family for many years to come.