Our Faculty

Kevin Garvey - Studio Director

Kevin gets his inspiration from his late grandmother, former DMA National President, Dotty McGill. He started dancing at her studio at the age of 4 studying all genres of dance.  At the age of 17 he was accepted into the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts as a dance major.  He is a graduate of Point Park University where he received a B.A. in Dance with a concentration in Jazz.  Kevin has worked with such companies as Norwegian Cruise Lines, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Neil Goldberg’s Cirque Productions, Gary Musick Productions as well as performing with Recording Artist, Amy Grant.  In addition to being a dancer for Norwegian Cruise Lines, he served as Production Company Manager and Dance Captain. His choreography was featured on multiple NCL ships. Most recently he was a featured dancer in the WGN America show – Outsiders. As well as teaching at Dotty McGill School of Dance, he is on faculty at Grove City College, where he is the advisor for Orchesis Dance Company, Spring Dance Company, and is the choreographer for musicals at the college. He has been teaching dance since 2000 and is a member of Dance Masters of America. Currently, he serves as 1st Vice President for Dance Masters of Pennsylvania. His choreography and students have won numerous awards regionally and nationally, holding multiple state and national titles, including the current Miss Pennsylvania 2019 Tiffany Seitz and Miss Dance of Pennsylvania 2019 - Makenna Isles.

Member Dance Masters of America

Ashley Hazy

Ashley has been a part of our staff for over 10 years. Prior to that, she was a student here for 10 years. Ashley has completed 1 year of teachers training under Dance Masters of America. She is currently a member of the Cecchetti Council of America and holds a Teacher's Elementary Grade V Certificate.

Member Cecchetti Council of America

Emily Smith

A Slippery Rock native, Emily is a proud alumnus of the Dotty McGill School of Dance where she began her dance education at the age of 3. As a toddler, she was a delayed speaker and dance proved to be a successful therapy in turning Emily into an enthusiastic chatterbox and lover of dance. After 15 years of being a Dotty's Dancer, Emlily made her way west to attend Oklahoma City University on talent and academic scholarship where she received her BFA in Acting, while maintaining her dance education by studying with the legendary Professor Robert Reed and Patricia Oplotnik. From there, Emily went to Beantown and earned her MFA in Musical Theater at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. In addition to her school performances, Emily was a member of the BoCo Hoofers tap ensemble helmed by Aaron Tolson (Riverdance, Imagine Tap). 

 

Emily is also the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Local Classic Repertory, a new theatre company (whose presence is currently virtual) that give audiences a "local" feel of a community theater going experience with a global audience, whose members directly champion the creation of diverse and inclusive theatrical work.

Victoria Lowrey

Victoria was a student at Dotty's for sixteen years. She graduated from Slippery Rock University, where she received her BA in dance. Dance has been such an important part of her life, and she is glad to still be a part of the DMD family now as a faculty member.

Annita Garvey - Studio Manager

Ann came back to DMD to be the office manager in 1985 after graduating from Grove City College and proudly serving her country in the US Air Force. Ann is also the costume designer for the studio creating over 200 costumes each year!

Member Dance Masters of America

Other Faculty and Staff

Emily Smith, Carly Hazy Stillwagon, Dawn Haggart, Jeanie Moore, and Ryan Garvey.

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