About the Founder

Melody Stanert, Executive & Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of GPA, has been dancing for the past 24 years.  Her training began under Edmund Novak of Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, who instilled in her a love of telling stories through dance.  She continued her pre-college learning at multiple studios in Chester County, including The Rock School West and The Dance Center. Throughout middle school and high school, Melody received extensive training in sacred dance, studying with Valerie Henry and Gwen Prestwood at The Church of the Good Samaritan.  Melody began working as a dance teacher while still in high school, and later developed her love for choreography while a dance major at Palm Beach Atlantic University studying under Dr. Kathleen Klein, Eileen Hebron, Jinyoung Lee Hanley, Jacquie Lopez, and Nicole Requito. She interned with Theatre Arts Center in New York City working with Broadway performers as they taught choreography to summer intensive students. Upon graduating Summa Cum Laude from PBAU in 2012, she formed a small dance company at Parkside Academy of Music and Dance with Donna FitzPatrick.  Under the name Amazing Grace Praise Dance Company they choreographed two contemporary, faith based, ballets utilizing ballet, tap and jazz to share stories of Christ’s grace and truth.  She has worked as a musical theatre dance teacher and choreographer for many main stage musicals at SALT Performing Arts in Chester Springs since 2014. In the fall of 2015 she was asked to introduce dance into the curriculum at Delaware County Christian School’s upper campus, teaching middle and high school classes in dance, and choreographing their spring musical. She also enjoys teaching dance, and has instructed at Time To Leap and Good Samaritan Dance Academy for the past several years.  Melody is certified as a Progressing Ballet Technique instructor and is also certified in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum.  During the winter/spring of 2018, Melody had the opportunity to live in NYC and continue to develop her dance artistry studying primarily under many instructors at STEPS on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, and BalletArts.  Melody also enjoys performing in musical theatre, and has been in over two dozen musicals.  Using stories to share the wisdom in Christianity is her passion and she is excited to see what the Lord does with GPA!

 

 


Want to connect with Melody?  Contact her at 484-301-0752 or mstanert@glorifyperformingarts.org.

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