ACHIEVEMENTS OF FACULTY
-Introducing the 2016-2017 SPSD Instructors
-Introducing the 2016-2017 SPSD Instructors
Miss Sharon Plessl Pongracz - Owner/Artistic Director
-Instructor in all dance genres and specialty classes in; Belly Dance, Ballroom, Flamenco, Irish Step Dancing ,Twirling and Wedding Dance Instruction
Sharon started her dancing career at the age of four. As a child, she performed at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City with such celebrities as the Supremes, Glayds Knight and the Pips, Tiny Tim, Steve Lawrence, and more! She appeared on "The Chief Halftown Show" and was a winner on "The Ted Mack Amateur Hour". Sharon also performed in the Poconos, at the Miss Lehigh Valley Pagent, and Fort Dix, New Jersey. She is a lifetime member of the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artists, Inc. Sharon is the former president of NADAA in New York City and is now the National Vice-President. Miss Sharon is a judge for the Governor School of the Arts. She has taught master classes in New York City; Cherry Hill, New Jersey;Morristown, New Jersey and Baltimore, Maryland. She received her teaching diploma and Extra Curricular Diplomas form the Jay Dash Dance Convention.
Miss Trisha Pongracz – Assistant Artistic Director & Director of Competition and Touring Company Divisions
-Instructor in all dance genres , Wedding Dance Instruction & Modeling Instruction
Trisha is a graduate from DeSales University, formally Allentown College of St. Francis DeSales, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. She is also a graduate of John Casablanca’s Modeling School and Weiss Baron Acting School. Trisha represented her school at the American College Dance Festival Association with her dance “Tangled Mind” which was also performed at the Allentown College Young Choreographer’s Series, as well as the Allentown College Dance Ensemble. She received a Certificate of Merit for outstanding artistic achievement for her choreography of “Tangled Mind”. Trisha received the Jeanne Meixell Award for Dance from Allentown College. Trisha has choreographed for the musicals “Pied Piper”, “Wizard of Oz”, “Peter Pan” and “The Velveteen Rabbit”. Trisha has taught at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania Youth Theater, Local Area Schools, City Space Learning Facility, Jefferson and Central Family Centers and has served as the Dance Team Coach for the Muhlenberg College Perkulators. Trisha was a judge for the Governor School of the Arts and the Dance Presentation and Competition coordinator for Sportsfest 2011, 2012 & 2014. She is the current choreographer of the EXCEL Dance Company which has won numerous awards and has performed at Disney World, Great Adventure, Universal Studios, on The Big Red Boat, in the Bahamas, at Hershey Park, Carnegie Hall, 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, the 2012 Olympics in London, England and other local schools and shows. She has received the Best Choreography Award at the L.V. Dance Challenge and the Kenlin Talent Awards.
Miss Toni Forcier - Instructor
Miss Bianca Lee - Instructor
Bianca is a graduate of Parkland High School. She has danced with the Sharon Plessl School of Dance for 20 years and the Excel Dance Company for 13 years. She has performed with Excel in Sydney, Australia for the 2000 Summer Olympics, and locally at Mayfair, Musikfest, Sportsfest and The Great Allentown Fair. She has taken numerous Master Classes with such choregrapher's as Tabitha and Napoleon and Blake McGrath from "So You Think You Can Dance", Marty Kudelka (Five time MTV Video Award Nominee for Best Choreography in a Music Video, and Winner of the 2013 and 2007 MTV VMA for best choreography for Justin Timberlake’s music videos) and Jamal Sims (choreographer in the movie "Step Up Revolution").
Miss Alissa - Instructor
Alissa started her dance training at The Dance Center in West Chester, PA where she was trained in ballet, modern, jazz and hip hop. In 2007, she began performing with the Brandywine Ballet. She graduated from Cedar Crest College in May 2016 with a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Media Studies. She has performed with the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, and received scholarships for dance to Cedar Crest College, The University of the Arts and the Burklyn Ballet Summer Intensive. She also attended summer programs at Brandywine Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre. She has worked with the Lehigh Valley Dancers and Monarch Dance Company. She is currently dancing with Beyond Dance Company and throughout the Philadelphia region.
Miss Alexis Schwoyer - Instructor
Alexis Taylor Schwoyer has been dancing for over 20 years at Sharon Plessl School of Dance. She went to school at the Internationale Academy of Medical Reflexology and spends most of her time at her holistic place of work, Iyashi Wellness Center Foot soak and Medical Reflexology Spa. Alexis has been a member of Excel Dance Co. for over 15 years. She has performed with Excel at various locations including; Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios and The 2012 London Olympics – also, locally at Mayfair, Musikfest, Sportsfest, Great Adventure, Hershey Park and The Great Allentown Fair. Alexis is very outgoing and has a passion for all she does.
Mr. Robert Sedler – Assistant Ballroom and Wedding Dance Instructor
Robert has been studying all genres of Ballroom including Rumba, Waltz, and Cha Cha, to name a few, at The Sharon Plessl School Of Dance for the past 9 years and has served as Miss Sharon's Assistant for all Ballroom and Wedding Dance lessons for the past 5 years. Robert has been participating in local Ballroom workshops in the Allentown area for the past 6 years and will continue his instruction in Ballroom, Hip Hop and Tap with SPSD this fall.
Miss Leandra Aubry – Assistant Instructor
Leandra trained under Miss Sharon for over 9 years. As a child, she performed at Super Sunday and attended conventions to further her dance training in New York City. As a “dance mom” for ten years, she has now returned this season as an assistant instructor for the preschool program.