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Faculty

Instructors:

Jacqueline Jackson-DeGarcia - Owner and Executive Director

Jacqueline Jackson-DeGarcia
Miss Jacqueline began dancing at the age of 3 for an area recreational school. She joined the Harrisburg Dance Conservatory, joining the Company under the tutelage of Forry Gehret. Due to injury, she was forced to leave dance. She then turned to Martial Arts which she studied for over 20 years. She returned to dance here at Richie's as a member of the Adult Jazz class several years ago.
Miss Jacqueline is an attorney specializing in Employment and Labor Law (HR). In 2017, she and her husband, Brian Sill, bought Richie School of Dance and are excited to be the current owners of Richie's! Many of our teachers have children who dance and teach at Richie’s, and Miss Jacqueline is no exception. Her daughters, Miss Britteni and Miss Kayla, are both teachers/ faculty assistants and members of the Elite Company Dance Team. Family is very important to Miss Jacqueline, and she enjoys spending time with Mr. Brian, her daughters, her two step-sons and step-daughter, and the two family dogs.

Angela Harp - Artistic Director

Angela Harp
Angela Harp is the Artistic Director of Richie School of Dance. She received this promotion in the Summer of 2017 after a long-standing association with Richie’s. She was a student of Richie’s beginning at the age of 4, a student demonstrator from 1993- 1997, a faculty assistant from 1997-1999 and an instructor from 1999-2000. She returned as a full-time Instructor/Choreographer after college from 2007-2017. Miss Angie is a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a BFA in Dance Performance, Choreography and Education. She is a former member of the Central Penn Piranha Cheer and Dance Team. Her professional credits include: Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom and Holland America Cruise Lines.
Miss Angie’s choreography has won many awards at the Regional and National Competitive Level, including “Most Entertaining” 2017-2019, “Best Choreography” 2018 and “Best Showmanship” 2019. She continues to train in her profession by attending conventions, workshops and classes including Tap Ties Dance Festival, Hollywood Vibe, Dance Teacher Summit and Broadway Dance Center in NYC.
Miss Angie teaches Intermediate V, Advanced and the Junior, Teen and Elite Company Dance Teams and Ballet classes. She pushes her students to reach their personal best with a focus on proper technique and showmanship. Her main focus is creating a family environment, while encouraging a passion and love for the arts.
Outside of the studio, Miss Angie enjoys spending time with friends and her family, including her husband Sean and her two daughters, Vincenza and Gianna, both of whom are following in their mom’s footsteps as dancers at Richie’s.

Erin Henderson - Office Manager

Erin Henderson
Miss Erin began dancing at the age of 2 in her hometown of Wyomissing, PA, at Marilyn’s School of Dance, where she was a faculty assistant during her high school years. From 1994-96 she was also the assistant for local ballroom dancing lessons for school-aged children, held at the Wyomissing Institute, after years of taking those lessons herself. Miss Erin attended Elizabethtown College, where she was a member of the college dance team, E-Motion, for four years, serving as both Treasurer and Vice- President. She earned her degree in Political Science from Elizabethtown, and is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honors Society. In 2000, she moved to Harrisburg and worked as a Legislative Aide to the Senate Majority Leader in the Senate of Pennsylvania until the birth of her son in 2006. Miss Erin began working at the desk at Richie’s in 2015 and was offered the position of Office Manager in the summer of 2018. She is so happy to have found her way back to dance.
Miss Erin enjoys spending time with her husband Pat, their son Max and daughter Emmy, who has been dancing at Richie’s since she was 3, and their cats. She is the President of the PTO at Saint Catherine Labouré School, and is very involved in all her children’s activities.

Victoria Dehart - Teacher

Victoria Dehart
Miss Victoria began dancing at Richie School of Dance when she was 4 years old. Throughout high school she was a student demonstrator, and a member of the Bishop McDevitt band front.
Following her graduation from Bishop McDevitt, she attended West Chester University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She returned to Richie's as a member of the faculty in 2007. Miss Victoria currently teaches Pre-Ballet I and Advanced Lyrical and Jazz.
Miss Victoria enjoys spending time with her husband Shawn and her two sons, Kadyn and Asher. They enjoy traveling together, and in the summer months she loves to spend time outside hiking.

Justine Diggs - Teacher

Justine Diggs
Miss Justine Diggs began dancing when she auditioned for the 2014-15 Harrisburg Stampede Crush Dance Team, which she was a member of for one season. Soon after that, Miss Justine joined the Keystone Dance Project, which was created and directed by Moncell Durden. In 2015, she auditioned for the Jazz to Hip Hop Program at the School at Jacob’s Pillow, which she attended and was one of 12 females that were chosen. Miss Justine received a professional advancement award for completing this program. In 2016, she and her dance partner, Eric Durden, Jr., were chosen to be a part of the American Lindy Hop Association through the Frankie Manning Foundation, and are now ambassadors for that program.
She currently trains and dances with Funk Fugitives, which is affiliated with Hood Nation from Philadelphia. Miss Justine teaches Hip Hop Junior, Hip Hop Teen and the Hip Hop Crew Competition Dance Team at Richie School of Dance.

Melissa Dinger - Teacher

Melissa Dinger
At the age of 4, Miss Melissa began dancing at Richie School of Dance, and became a student demonstrator at the age of 13. During high school she was also a Majorette for Central Dauphin High School. Miss Melissa began teaching at Richie’s during her college years and has taught Pre-Ballet I through Beginner II. She currently teaches Pre-Ballet II at the Lower Paxon Studio.
Miss Melissa enjoys spending time outside of the Studio with her family and friends, and watching her daughter follow in her mom’s footsteps as she takes classes at Richie’s.

Teresa Heagy - Teacher

Teresa Heagy
Miss Teresa has been a part of the Richie School of Dance family for 33 years, beginning when she began taking dance classes at 4 years old. During her high school years, she became a student aide, worked as faculty assistant through college, and became a full-time teacher in more recent years.
Miss Teresa has taught almost every level of dance at Richie’s, and especially enjoys teaching the Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, and Beginner level classes because of their high energy. She has assisted at the Intermediate level, as well as the Advanced class, where she likes helping students focus on technique and teamwork. Miss Teresa also teaches Beginner II/III Special Baton and has participated in the Adult Jazz class.
When she is not teaching or assisting at Richie’s, Miss Teresa can be found at several libraries around the area as a volunteer for the Friends of the East Shore Area Library (Dauphin County Library System). She has also been involved in local theater under several capacities - actress, crew and usher. She has a passion for the arts and feels her heart will always be in dance.

Jill Healey - Teacher

Jill Healey
Miss Jill began dancing when she was 5 years old. She studied dance locally and became a part of Richie School of Dance as a teenager. She was both a feature majorette and competitive twirler during her years at Central Dauphin High School. Miss Jill joined the teaching staff at Richie's in 2007.
Miss Jill currently instructs the Intermediate I and II core classes at the Highspire Studio, as well as Intermediate I-IV Special Baton and Flag.
When she isn’t dancing, Miss Jill enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, two children and their dog. Her daughter Paige is also a part of the RSD family and has been dancing at Richie’s since she was 3 years old.

Alex Lontz - Teacher

Alex Lontz
Miss Alex started dancing at Richie's when she was 6 years old and danced through high school. Following her graduation from Penn State University, Miss Alex returned to Richie’s as a teacher. She currently teaches Intermediate I and II at Lower Paxton Studio.
When Miss Alex isn’t at Richie’s, she can be found teaching 1st grade for the Central Dauphin School District, going to the beach, kayaking or horseback riding.

Roni Masters - Teacher

Roni Masters
Miss Roni began studying dance at Richie School of Dance when she was 4 years old. In 2018, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Palm Beach Atlantic University. While studying Dance Pedagogy and Exercise Science at PBA, Miss Roni also pioneered the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, presented research on dance and mental health at both school and state-level conferences, actively participated in and performed with the University’s Dance Ensemble, and choreographed, directed, and produced her own dance concert.
Miss Roni returned to Richie’s in 2018 and currently teaches Advanced Ballet, Level 2 Jazz Team and Level 2 Classical Ballet, and the Level 3 Jazz Team and Level 3 Classical Ballet. Miss Roni also teaches beginner dance classes through GEARS summer program and choreographs musicals for her alma mater, Mount Calvary Christian School.

Sherri McGeehan - Teacher

Sherri McGeehan
Miss Sherri began her career in 1980 as an adult dance student at Richie School of Dance, and since then has taught many levels of dance over a period of 34 years. Besides attending various dance seminars in New York City, she has also twirled flag as a member of the Middletown Area High School Alumni Marching Band.
Miss Sherri teaches Beginner III, Intermediate III-IV and Intermediate V Tap.

Britteni Popp - Teacher and Faculty Assistant

Britteni Popp
Miss Britteni began dancing at Richie School of dance when she was 2 ½ years old. Besides dance, she has also participated in competitive cheerleading for 8 years. She has taught Tap at McCann’s School of Dance, and three years ago returned to her roots at Riche’s and became a faculty assistant. She assists with Intermediate V Tap, teaches the summer session Tumbling class for pre-school dancers and is a member of the Elite Company Dance Team.
Miss Britteni is a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, and currently attends Harrisburg Area Community College where she is studying Elementary Education, with plans to attend Penn State Harrisburg in the future. Besides teaching, she works at the desk at the Lower Paxton Studio once a week. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her mom Miss Jacqueline, her sister Miss Kayla, working and practicing her tumbling.

Kayla Popp - Teacher and Faculty Assistant

Kayla Popp
Miss Kayla began her dance career at Richie School of Dance at the age of 3. Five years ago she joined the Company of Pennsylvania Regional Ballet. During that time, she participated in regional summer intensives and numerous master classes.
Miss Kayla returned to Richie's last year so that she could expand her technique beyond that of Ballet. She was invited to join the Elite Dance Team and was offered the position of Faculty Assistant. She currently teaches the Intermediate III/IV classes at the
Lower Paxton Studio and continues working as a Faculty Assistant. Miss Kayla attends Central Dauphin High School, spending time with her friends and family, and is looking forward to a career in dance.

Christi Zehner - Faculty Assistant

Christi Zehner
Miss Christi began dancing at the age of 3 at the Pennsylvania Performing Arts Studio, and has been studying at Richie School of Dance since she was 4 years old. Miss Christi became a Student Assistant in 2013 and has also been choreographing dances for the Studio for the past two years. She continues to attend numerous master classes and conventions to further her dance knowledge. Miss Christi currently studies Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Pointe, and Contemporary. She faculty assists Pre-Ballet I, Beginner 2, Intermediate I/ II, Intermediate III/IV, Level 1 Classical Ballet and Dance Team, Level 3 Classical Ballet and Dance Team, and Teen Company.
Miss Christi is currently a Freshman at Central Dauphin High School. In her spare time, she enjoys participating in her church youth group, singing in the school choir and spending time with friends and family.

Jen Zehner - Teacher

Jen Zehner
Miss Jen began dancing at the age of 3 at the Susan Yushko Academy of Dance and became an assistant dance teacher at the age of 17. This Studio is credited for founding one of the first national dance competitions, “All American Talent Awards,” which Miss Jen was a participant in. She was also a majorette during high school and majorette captain her senior year. Following her graduation from high school, she attended St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing and became a Registered Nurse after graduation. She practiced nursing from 1991-2012.
Miss Jen returned to dance at Richie’s as an adult student in 2009 and became a faculty assistant in 2010. At the start of the 2014-15 dance year, she joined the staff as a full-time teacher. Miss Jen teaches Pre-Ballet through Beginner III, and works at the Lower Paxton desk on Friday evenings.
When she isn’t dancing, Miss Jen enjoys spending time with her husband Mike and daughters Shannon and Christi, who both dance and teach at Richie’s as well. She is an avid animal lover, especially to her 5 cats.

Shannon Zehner - Teacher

Shannon Zehner
Miss Shannon began dancing at the age of 3 at McCann’s School of Dance but joined Richie School of Dance in 2008 and has been studying here ever since. Miss Shannon has been a member of the Elite Company Dance Team since the Fall of 2016 and is also a part of the Advanced Ballet and the Advanced Jazz Competition teams. She currently studies Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Soft Shoe Ballet, Tap, and Hip Hop. Each year, she attends numerous conventions and master classes to further her dance technique and skills. Miss Shannon began as a teacher assistant in the Fall of 2012 and has continued to do so until she became a dance teacher in the Fall of 2017. Since 2017, she has choreographed and teaches Level 1 Classical Ballet and the Level 1 Jazz Competition Dance Team. She has also taught Intermediate III/IV classes at the Lower Paxton Studio.
Miss Shannon is a 2019 Central Dauphin High School graduate and will continue her education at Penn State Harrisburg, studying Kinesiology. In her spare time, she enjoys participating in her church youth group and being a worship assistant during church services, is involved in Girl Scouts and loves spending quality time with her friends and family.



UPCOMING EVENTS
12/12/2019 Week of wear your Christmas/Holiday socks and hair accessories to class
12/12/2019 Intermediate V Christmas PJ Party
12/14/2019 Line-ups due to Miss Angie for costume coordination
12/16/2019 Advanced Ugly Sweater Party
12/18/2019 Last day of class before Christmas break
12/19/2019 Studio closed through January 1st
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679 2nd Street
Highspire, PA 17034
Phone Number: 717.939.5378
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515 North Mountain Rd.
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Phone Number: 717.652.7806
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