Brittany is excited to return to her hometown of Wabash and teach at Wabash Valley Dance Theater. After high school, Brittany received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Choreography and Performance from
Florida State University’s School of Dance, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Dance Performance from Ball State University. She has taught modern, composition, and improvisation at Anderson University and is a freelance choreographer in the Indianapolis area. Her most recent works have been presented in Flourish: A Modern Dance Showcase at The White Rabbit Cabaret. When Brittany was living in Indianapolis, she taught modern, ballet, and jazz to various age groups, and choreographed for the performance company at Indy Dance Academy. Her choreography has received regional and national recognition. Outside of the studio, Brittany loves spending time with her husband, Andy, and golden retrievers, Linus and Manny.
Creative Director / Teacher
Lisa Mattern-Billings’ love of dance began at WVDT at the age of 6 , under founder Pauline Geyer. She was hooked from her first plie’. Lisa studied ballet at Indiana University while earning her degree in dental hygiene.
Following graduation she studied jazz dance in the Gus Giordano technique, and began tap training in the Al Gilbert technique. Lisa then studied dance in Tampa, Florida, Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Phoenix school of Ballet , and The Dance Refinery in Greenwood,IN. Lisa has taught ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop , and lyrical at WVDT since 1995. She wants to share her love and knowledge of dance with students of all ages. Lisa feels strongly that WVDT has always created a safe space for children to fulfill their desire to dance , and has provided strong ballet based technique for over 60 years , and wants to keep that tradition alive!
Shannon Wilcox is from Wabash, Indiana and danced for 13 years during her childhood. She teaches Family & Consumer Sciences at Warsaw Area Career Center. She also teaches at WVDT, because she loves the ballet
foundation the students receive, and she enjoys building relationships with the dancers and seeing them progress throughout the year. Over her years of teaching at WVDT, she has taught both boys and girls hip-hop as well as jazz. She loves to dance and work with youth, and she looks forward to many more years at WVDT!
Madison began at Wabash Valley Dance Theater at the age of four and danced under Vickie Lambert in the Company for five years. After high school she continued to dance as part of her extracurricular life at Fort Wayne Dance Collective with a focus on ballet and tap. After receiving her degree in Dental Laboratory Technology at Indiana University, and upon her return to Wabash she currently owns and operates Die-Namic Ceramics dental lab. She is thrilled to be back in Wabash to be a part of the continuing legacy of dance that WVDT has to offer."
Yoga became a part of Celeste’s life in 2006 after moving to Fort Wayne with her now husband, Evan. Moving to a town where she knew no one, she used yoga as a way to build a community. Celeste loved the way the practice helped her
reconnect with a strength she once had as a gymnast, and the personal growth was a new challenge that made her feel more connected to the world around her. Celeste is the co-owner of Fusion Yoga in Fort Wayne and has been teaching yoga since 2008. She appreciates the creativity and freedom yoga allows. Each of Celeste’s classes reflect a fusion of trainings she has received from all of her amazing teachers on her yoga journey. “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
Carole’s love for dance began at a very young age under the instruction of WVDT founder, Pauline Geyer, and she was a member of the WVDT company. After college, Carole returned to Wabash in
Wabash Valley Dance Theater was Megan Long’s childhood from her early years with Ms. Carole in creative dance to dancing in the Company. Outside of WVDT, Megan participated in high
school and college cheer and dance teams. She has taught dance for over 20 years, and she enjoys seeing the improvement in the dancers week after week, year after year. She loves teaching at WVDT because of its influence in our community and because of the strong ballet tradition.
1981 and began to teach at the studio, where she has taught ever since. Her love for dance has allowed her to attend seminars in Chicago, Indianapolis, and New York City, and she has also choreographed for Wabash Area Community Theatre and Manchester University.
Kaitlyn grew up at Wabash
Valley Dance Theater and
graduated as part of the
Company. After high school, Kaitlyn went to college majoring in Music Education and minoring in Dance; as well as being in and choreographing for the Dance Ensemble.
Upon returning from college, Kaitlyn came home to the adult ballet class before she started teaching. She has taught at WVDT for seven years and loves to teach at Wabash Valley because of the strong community connection and tradition, emphasis on ballet technique,
and because it is home.
Wabash Valley Dance Theater is where Jensen Zumbaugh’s love for dance began as a child. Throughout her 15 years of dancing at WVDT, she became increasingly passionate about dance and always had a wonderful experience
with her fellow dancers and teachers. She was excited to return and teach at the studio that encourages and nurtures strong foundations of dance and friendships. She enjoys being able to share her passion for dance with her students and being able to see their continued growth and love for dance.
Alexa began dancing when she was ten years old at Wabash Valley Dance Theater. After high school graduation, she attended IUPUI where she earned a minor in dance education. She has been teaching at WVDT since 2015, when she and
her husband moved back to Wabash. Alexa is grateful for the opportunity to teach at WVDT where she can share her passion for dance with her students.