Studio Owner, Director of Dance
Josephine began her dance training at Savelli’s Dance and Martial Arts at the age of 3, where she also trained to be a teacher under the direction of Dianne Savelli. She was a member of Savelli’s Triple Threat Dancers from 2002-2008, as well as teaching tap classes at the Willoughby Senior Center. She performed in Tap into Peace: A Tap Tribute to Stevie Wonder in both Cleveland and New York.
Josephine has taken master classes from teachers in New York, Chicago, and Cleveland. Josephine also performed at the Chicago Human Rhythm Project as a member of the Cleveland Tap Collective, Tappy Holidays in Cleveland, Montana, and New York. Josephine was a member of the Saravelli Sextet: a tap group created by Sarah Savelli that has performed in Tappy Holidays, at Third Federal Corporate Christmas Party in Columbus, Cleveland, and New York. She has also given back to the community by performing at various community causes.
Josephine holds an Associate of Arts Degree and with over 20 years of dance experience, she instructs our students in all principles of dance. Encouraging dancers to be disciplined, and work hard to achieve their goals in the art of dance.
Kia is from Saskatchewan, Canada and began dancing at her local competition studio at the age of 7. She danced competitively across Canada for 8 years as well as doing RAD and CDTA exams in ballet, tap and jazz. At 16 she was accepted to Alberta Ballet School’s Professional Division and continued her training in their Post-Graduate Program under the direction of Murray Kilgour, Janet Tait and Edmund Stripe. Following graduation in 2019, Kia joined US International Ballet as a trainee for two seasons where she had the opportunity to perform Giselle and Alice in Wonderland. In 2021 she got offered an apprentice contract with Verb Ballets and just started her 2nd season with them and her first season with ADMA.
Miss Leslie has been dancing and tumbling for over 30 years. In that time she competed in dance and gymnastics competitions, performed in several theatrical productions, and attended many Master Classes through multiple dance conventions.
Leslie began teaching at the age of 16, learning how to work with young students to adapt and improve their skills. She has worked with Just for Kix, teaching dance and tumbling, and Co-coached a competitive dance team in Minnesota.
Leslie is a licensed massage therapist, specializing in rehabilitative massage and a certified personal trainer
Miss Kirsten has been dancing for 16 years, 9 of those have been under the study of Ms. Josephine Savelli. She spent a year as Ms. Josephine’s assistant teacher in many classes before becoming an instructor. Her passion is Tap, however, she is accomplished in many principals of dance, including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical and Musical Theater.
A competitive dancer with ADMA’s Elite Performance Team, she has placed overall in numerous competitions, securing 1st overall with Tap and Lyrical. She performed in a professional production of The Nutcracker in collaboration with Verb Ballets. She has taken Master Classes and performed in a Tap Competition piece under the study of Sarah Savelli and was a senior member of The Cleveland Tap Crew. Kirsten is currently working on a degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Performing Arts at LCCC.
Isaac Hileman was born and raised a Texan in Dallas Texas where he began his dance training with the Dallas Ballet Center. Attending summer intensives such as Ballet Chicago, Miami City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet allowed him to deepen love for performative dance and envision a professional dance career. He continued his dance training at the University of Oklahoma, where he graduated in the Spring of 2021 with a BFA in Ballet Performance. While at OU, he loved getting to explore a wider variety of dance styles and techniques and was privileged to perform repertoire by Alejandro Cerrudo, Nilas Martins, Willam Christensen, Marianna Oliviera, and Gerald Arpino, as well as classical pas de deux and original choreography set by the faculty at OU. Isaac is very excited to be teaching this year at Avon Dance Martial Arts and Gymnastics.
Miss Missy has over 25 years of dance and choreography experience. She has taught dance for 9 years, 3 of those have been with ADMA and spent under the study of Ms. Josephine Savelli. Missy’s passion is Hip Hop, however she is also versed in Tap and Ballet.
She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management and continues her education in dance. Missy’s Hip Hop classes are full of principal learning while being fun and exciting.
Kaitlyn Culp, from Avon, Ohio, attended Mercyhurst University on scholarship, graduating with a B.A. in Dance and Accounting in 2021. She trained in various styles including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and ballroom, and danced competitively for seven years winning various awards and scholarships. Kaitlyn made her professional debut as the Autumn Fairy in North Pointe Ballet’s Cinderella, under the direction of Janet Strukley-Dziak. Kaitlyn has
performed professionally with Oyo Dance Company for two seasons, having the opportunity to portray several lead roles, including Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and the Swan in Carmina
Burana, as well as being featured in several modern pieces, most notably performing choreography by Abdiel Jacobson. She was also the lead children’s teacher at the company’s training school, Inspiration to Movement.
Kyle Bowen is a hip hop choreographer from Cleveland, Ohio. He has been teaching, choreographing, and performing professionally since 2015. Kyle joined the Cleveland Cavaliers Scream Team in 2016, and performed alongside a plethora of industry artists such as Ludacris, MGK, Flo Rida, and 2 Chainz.
Kyle worked as an NBA & AHL coach & choreographer for the Cleveland Cavaliers & Cleveland Monsters hockey team, where his routines were performed live in front of up to 20,000 fans at the Fieldhouse. As a teacher, his choreography has received several choreography awards, first place accolades, as well as World Championship qualifications at local and national competitions.
Kyle's main focus is to provide a challenging and unique environment for his students, and to do so in a way that leaves his students and peers feeling inspired, driven, and to enjoy the process of their individual growth.