Faculty

Chery Ayre

Cheryl Richie Ayre

Founder, Director

Mrs. Ayre is the Founder and Director of the Richie School of Dance. Mrs. Ayre began dancing at the age of 5. She trained locally and spent many summers in New York City studying at the June Taylor Studio for the Performing Arts. She participated in many dance seminars as well as Dance Educators' Teachers Training School.

Mrs. Ayre danced with the Harrisburg Civic Ballet from 1964-1965 and then began a 6 yr. professional career. In 1972 she established the Richie School of Dance which has become one of the largest schools in Central Pennsylvania.


Victoria DeHart

Victoria DeHart

Pre-Ballet II, Advanced Ballet, Jazz

Miss Victoria began dancing at 4 years of age at the Richie School of Dance. She was a student demonstrator for 3 years, and in 2007 joined the teaching staff at Richie's. Victoria was a member of the Bishop McDevitt Band Front, and has also instructed majorettes at Holy Name of Jesus Church.

Following her graduation from high school, she attended West Chester University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Miss Victoria currently teaches Pre-Ballet II students, and Advanced Ballet and Jazz classes at the Highspire Studio.


Melissa Dinger

Melissa Dinger

Pre-Ballet I/II, Beginner I

At the age of 4, Miss Melissa began her dance experience at the Richie School of Dance. Former Central Dauphin High School Majorette, she began student demonstrating at the age of 13, and began teaching Pre-Ballet I through Beginner II during her college years. Miss Melissa currently teaches Pre-Ballet I, II and Beginner I at the Lower Paxon Studio.


Angela Harp

Angela Harp

Intermediate I - Advanced, Special Ballet, Jazz Ensemble II & III, and Advanced

Miss Angie began dancing at 4 yrs. of age at the Richie School of Dance. She was a student demonstrator from 1993-1997, a Faculty Assistant from 1997-1999, and an instructor from 1999-2000.

Following her graduation from high school she attended Slippery Rock University where she received her Bachelors Degree in Dance Performance, Education, and Choreography. Miss Angie's professional credits include: Dorney Park and Wild Water Kingdom, and Holland America Cruise Lines.

She was a member of the Central Penn Piranha Cheer and Dance Team. Miss Angie returned to teach at Richie's full-time in 2007.

She currently teaches Intermediate I - Advanced Classes. She also instructs Special Ballet and Jazz Ensemble Level 2, 3 and Advanced.


Teresa Heagy

Teresa Heagy

Beginner III

Miss Teresa began dancing at the age of 4 years old at the Richie School of Dance. This will be her 30th year anniversary.

During high school, Miss Teresa was a student demonstrator and she was a member of the Bishop McDevitt High School Band Front and co-captain her senior year.

Miss Teresa has participated in high school musicals as well as several local theater productions. Miss Teresa became a faculty assistant in 2013 and currently teaches Beginner III at the Highspire Studio.


Jill Healey

Jill Healey

Intermediate I/II

Miss Jill began dancing at 5 yrs. of age. She studied dance locally and at Richie School of Dance as a teenager. She was a Central Dauphin majorette during high school. Miss Jill joined the teaching staff at Richie's in 2007.

She currently instructs Intermediate I and II classes at the Highspire Studio.


Addie Helster

Addie Helster

Intermediate III

Miss Addie began dancing at Richie School of Dance in 1994. She was a student demonstrator from 2004-2008. Addie focused on Special Ballet and Jazz and was very involved with the Richie School of Dance Jazz Ensemble Competition Team.

Upon graduation from high school, Miss Addie attended Kaplan Career Institute to pursue a career in healthcare. While keeping her love for the art of dance, Miss Addie became a certified Zumba Instructor in 2010, until returning to Richie's in 2013.

Addie has since received her Associates Degree in Nursing at Pennsylvania College of the Health Sciences.

Miss Addie is currently teaching Intermediate III while working full-time as a Registered Nurse.


Sherri McGeehan

Sherri MCGeehan

Beginner III, Intermediate I-IV

Miss Sherri began her career in 1980 as an adult student at the Richie School of Dance. She has attended various dance seminars in NYC. She has been instructing all levels of dance over a period of 27 yrs.

Miss Sherri is currently teaching Beginner III, Intermediate I-IV at both the Lower Paxton and the Highspire Studio.


Christine Parry

Christine Parry

Pre-Ballet I - Beginner III, Level I Special Ballet, Jazz Ensemble

Miss Christine began dancing at the age of 5 at the Richie School of Dance. She was a Student Demonstrator for 4 years and became a Faculty Assistant in 2013. After high school, Christine went to Kaplan Career Institute to study medical assisting. Christine has also been a member of Freedom Color Guard and Dance Team since 2011. In 2013, she began instructing the Freedom Dance Team

Miss Christine joined the teaching staff at Richie's in 2014. She currently instructs Pre-Ballet I through Beginner III. She also instructs the Level I Special Ballet and Jazz Ensemble classes.


Katie Tipple

Katie Tipple

TBD

Miss Katie began dancing at Richie School of Dance at the age of 3. She was a student demonstrator from 2011-2014, and became part of the faculty in 2015. This will be Katie's senior year at Central Dauphin High School. Katie is planning on attending college to pursue a degree in nursing.


Jennifer Zehner

Jennifer Zehner

Pre-Ballet - Beginner II

Miss Jen began dancing at age 3 and became an assistant teacher at the age of 17. She was a majorette during high school and a 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. She practiced nursing from 1991-2012.

Jen returned to dance as an adult student in 2009 at the Richie School of Dance and became a faculty assistant from 2010 -2014. Miss Jen joined the staff for the 2014/2015 season instructing Pre-Ballet through Beginner II.