ERIE DANCE THEATER STAFF
Owner and founder of Erie Dance Theater Company, Nathaniel Johnson has extensive experience as both a dance instructor and artistic director.
Mr. Johnson attended Du Point Manuel High Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, KY. After graduation he was awarded a 4 year scholarship to Western Kentucky University where he earned his degree in performing arts with an emphasis in Dance. He moved to Erie in 1992 as the director for the Long’s School of Dance Jazz Department. During this time he was also an instructor for the SPAVA Dance at Central High School for 7 years.
COMPANY I DIRECTOR, BALLET INSTRUCTOR
Ms. Lana Crotty is excited to be a part of the EDT family for the 2018/2019 season! From Fairport NY, Ms. Lana first came to Erie PA to attend Mercyhurst College. She graduated with degrees in Dance Performance and Business Marketing, followed by a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership. At Mercyhurst University, Ms. Lana served as an adjunct faculty member for the Dance Department. She has taught classes as a ballet / alternative technique instructor at Sovereign Ballet, Lake Erie Ballet, as well as Erie Bayfront Dance under the direction of Nate Johnson. High points during her time teaching were choreographing for the Lake Erie Ballet’s annual Nutcracker, and Erie Bayfront Dance Senior Company’s local presentations such as the MLK celebration and Erie Festival of Dance, as well as the company’s tour for Disney’s Magic Music days in Orlando FL. Seeing her students find passion for dance, and watching their achievements unfold is a gift that she treasures.
Company II Director
Instructor: Jazz, Hip Hop, Wee Hop
Mariah Johnson has been studying dance for 19 years, studying various styles of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, modern, hip-hop, and pointe. Mariah has had the opportunity to perform with Erie Dance Theater’s Company and its predecessor for the past 16 years.
Instructor: Tap 1-3
Kelly Stolar is a native of the Buffalo, N.Y. area. Following graduation from Allegheny College with a B.A., Kelly established and operated a voluntary, free dance program for over 10 years in one of Pittsburgh’s inner-city communities. Since moving to Erie in 2000, Kelly has been an instructor at the American College Dance Festival, Kristin’s Dance Company, Mercyhurst University, Erie Dance Conservatory and was the previous Master Class Chair of the Erie Dance Consortium.
Instructor: Dance Strong
Dana Borczon has been a proud stay at home mom for 14 yrs. She truly believes that children were built to run and play and that the human body was meant to be in motion. She is a personal trainer, coach and group fitness instructor. She was a member of the ’86 MPS state championship basketball team, a Thiel College cross country individual national qualifier and one of the first women amateur boxers to come from the Lower Eastside Gym. Dana has been immersed in sports her entire life and is now convinced that dancers are among the elite of all athletes. She enjoys training the company dancers as well as the preschooler’s, enabling them to challenge themselves as they gain strength, stamina and confidence.
Kendra began studying dance and acrobatics with the Allegro Dance Arts of Meadville in 1995. She went on to teach acro and tap classes at Allegro. Kendra attended Edinboro University of PA. where she received her B.S. in Art Education. While at E.U.P. she cheered Elite Cheerleading. Through competitions and camps, Kendra attained multiple All-American Awards. Currently she is working as a substitute teacher.