Faculty

Stephanie Artigliere

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Mrs. Artigliere began dancing at Pennsylvania Regional Ballet (formally Cumberland Dance Company), directed by Sandra Carlino, at the age of 3 near her hometown in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She had numerous Master Teachers including Luis Fuente, Jonathan Phelps, John Magnus, Kirsten Kashock, Richard Cook, Jeffery Gribler, Melinda Howe, and Robert Steele. She studied at numerous programs growing up including Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, North Carolina Dance Place, Boston Conservatory, and the Joffrey Ballet School. She had the honor of performing multiple times at Regional Dance America's annual festival with PRB.

After graduating high school, Mrs. Artigliere attended Towson University in Towson, MD on a dance scholarship. She was trained by many great professors such as Linda-Denise Fisher-Herrell, Stephanie Powell, Vincent Thomas, Susan Mann, and Catherine Horta-Hayden. While at Towson, she performed many times with the Towson University Dance Company in amazing ballets including Paquita, Raymonda, and The Nutcracker. Mrs. Artgiliere’s most memorable performance was George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Deaf Studies.

Upon graduation, Mrs. Artigliere began dancing with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland as an apprentice dancer under the direction of Dianna Cuatto. Some of the ballets she performed include Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, The Nutcracker, as well as many other works by Ms Cuatto. Mrs. Artigliere began teaching at PCABT in the Fall of 2009 as a Guest Teacher and then taught the entire Summer Intensive in 2010. After being promoted to BTM’s Studio II company, she retired from performing to serve as the Artistic Director of Providence Creek Academy Ballet Theater beginning in the Summer of 2011.

Tania Potts

BALLET MISTRESS

Tania Orlowsky-Potts trained locally under the direction of Flossie Vogel, Tony Parnell, Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith, Teresa Emmons, and Judith Engelgau. She has performed in full length ballets to excerpts from Broadway shows, to unique contemporary ballet choreography set by various artists, including herself.

Tania continues to keep her training in the performing arts fresh by attending regular classes, summer intensives, and workshops located in the mid-Atlantic region. Since 2008, Tania has earned and maintained the Dance Master’s of America accreditation for both Ballet and Jazz education.

With over 15 years experience, Tania embraces teaching ages 3 through adult and beginner through advanced. She believes anyone with a passion for dance, should be taught a technically strong foundation and given opportunities to further grow themselves to their own unique potential. Tania’s primary concentration is the study and education of classical ballet and pointe under the RAD and Vaganova methods. However, her accomplishments stretch deep into jazz, tap, and musical theatre dance disciplines. As a dance educator, performer, and choreographer, Tania enjoys the challenge of creating new works to different music genres. Her personal choreography embraces a fresh, creative contemporary flare while balancing the philosophy and style of George Balanchine. She brings her creativity, knowledge, and professionalism to the local community, visual and performing art organizations, and to various theatre based programs. When able, Tania continues to perform locally and with theatre related organizations.

Tania believes the performing arts are a unique life opportunity: The performer draws strength and inspiration from the medium and is also the creative and expressive medium with which to inspire and strengthen others. Tania honors the unique opportunities she has been gifted through dance, by continuing to grow and share her own passion, knowledge, and dedication to the performing arts with others.

Jennifer Seward

FACULTY

Jennifer Seward found her passion for dance at 6 years old when she attended Shore Ballet School of Dance for Classical Ballet. A few years later, she broadened her study of dance at the Lakewood School of Dance where she fell in love with Modern, Jazz, and Lyrical Ballet. In college she studied Jazz, Ballet, and Modern. Mrs. Jenny opened Fitness Made Fun, LLC in 2010 and had the pleasure of teaching dance and fitness classes to children and adults for five years. She continues to study dance and enjoys sharing her passion through teaching.

Sophia Wicks

FACULTY

Sophia Wicks grew up in Clayton, DE. She began her dancing at 3 years old in Dover and at age 7 began her training at Providence Creek Ballet Theater in Clayton, DE under the direction of Lydia Creasy Cooper. Sophia joined PCBT’s Pre-Professional Company in 2013 under the instruction of Stephanie Artigliere where she trained in numerous dance styles such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Pointe, Modern and Contemporary. Sophia performed leading roles such as The Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop, Snow Queen and Clara, in The Nutcracker and danced leading roles in choreography by Victoria Silva, Christine Aumiller Chandler, Kelly Miller, and BrittanyFaulkingham.

Sophia performed at numerous dance festivals with PCBT such as Delaware Dance Festival from 2014-2018, Philadelphia Youth Dance Fest from 2017-2018 and Regional Dance America from 2015-2018. She spent summers training on scholarship with American Ballet Theatre, The Washington Ballet School and the Charlottesville Ballet, where she had the opportunity to train under renowned teachers and dancers such as Mimmo Miccolis, Elaine Kudo, Julie Kent, Rolando Sarabia, Julia Mitchell, Kristina Windom, and Steven Melendez.

In 2018, Ms Wicks graduated from Providence Creek Ballet Theater’s Pre-Professional program. She went on to dance in Virginia with the Charlottesville Ballet as a Trainee for 2 seasons, where she danced corps roles in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Snow White, as well as Soloist roles in choreography by Co-Director Sara Clayborne, Stephen Melendez, and Cassidy Burk. While with the Charlottesville Ballet, Sophia had many opportunities to participate in outreach programs and perform all over Virginia.

Sophia worked as a Guest Teacher for Providence Creek Ballet Theater from 2018 through the summer of 2020. Sophia worked as the Head Chaperone for PCBT for the Regional Dance America Northeast Festival in 2019 and choreographed a lyrical piece, titled Paralyzed, on the Company and Apprentice dancers for PCBT’s 2019 Summer Concert. She is so excited to continue sharing her love of dance with PCBT as a faculty member for the 2020-2021 season.