Artistic Staff

Robin Smith

Robin has been in the dance education industry for 30 years. It has been a devotion to the Dance Arts that began at the age of three and continued through pre-professional trai ning and professional performing and teaching-directing experiences. Robin is the former owner of the Marysville Dance Center and was the Artistic Director at The Dublin Dance Centre for 15 years. Robin is one of the founders and owners of CDA. Robin trained in Cincinnati on scholarship at the Bonet Dance Studio and attended the College Conservatory of Dance and Music. In college, Robin majored in dance and theater at the University of Cincinnati and at The Ohio State University. She performed professionally as a feature performer, dance captain and assistant choreographer with Kings Production at Kings Island in the American Heritage Theater for six years. Robin was a featured teacher in the Dance Teacher Now magazine ten year anniversary issue. Robin was the coach of the award winning Hilliard Davidson Dance Team for five years.  Presently Robin is a coach/choreographer for the CDA Competition Dance Teams. Robin is presently a primary choreographer for Contemporary Ballet and Contemporary Dance in the CDA Company classes and the CDA Company concert, DanceScope. She has written and directed numerous dance productions and choreographed for community, college and high school musicals throughout the years. Robin feels that bringing the wonderful world of dance to students is rewarding and a fulfilling lifetime journey.


Rachel Gogolin

Rachel has dedicated most of her life to dance training and dance education. She has trained intensively in all of the dance art forms and has been teaching and choreographing dance for the past 12 years to dancers of all ages. She was formerly a DDC Senior Repertory member and performed in numerous feature roles in major productions during her years at DDC. Rachel is the former Dance Captain of the Hilliard Davidson Dance Team where she won first place awards for her choreography. Rachel continued her dance education at Otterbein College. She has attended and performed in The Jazz Dance World Congress. Rachel has trained in Chicago at the RiverNorth Dance Intensive, the Gus Giordano and Lou Conte studios and in New York at Steps On Broadway, Alvin Ailey and the Broadway Dance Centre. She has trained in Tap with Jimmy Tate and Hip-Hop/Jazz with Dan Karaty and Tyce Diorio and was the scholarship recipient at Columbus Taps Festival 2009 for the Cleveland Tap Intensive. Rachel founded and was the coach/choreographer for the CDA Dance Teams where she has been awarded numerous choreography awards and the teams have consistently swept highest honors. Rachel presently is a primary choreographer for the CDA Dance Competition Teams. She is a primary choreographer in Contemporary Dance, Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop for the CDA Company classes and Company concert,DanceScope as well as a primary choreographer for CDA’s holiday performances and year end productions. Rachel is a CDA curriculum advisor in Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop for the academy classes. Rachel is a full-time instructor at CDA and has been a teacher here since we opened in 2003. Rachel was named the Assistant Artistic Director at CDA in 2005. Rachel loves bringing the joy of dance to her students of all ages and she has a special connection with them that she cherishes.

Artistic Director

Erin Hahn

Erin studied dance under scholarship at Ohio University where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. She has taught dancers of all ages and skill levels, including dancers in private studio settings, public schools, preschoolers at the Children’s Center of Austin (Texas), and college students at Ohio University. Erin’s enthusiasm for dance began at a young age and has grown into a passion that she shares with students at CDA as a teacher and as the mini and kinder program coordinator. She grew up training in dance and in high school devoted much of her time to an intensive program at The Westerville Academy of Dance where she studied many different dance art forms. Erin has studied Ballet, Pointe, Modern, and Jazz with The Lexington School of Ballet and has also studied in New York with Jennifer Muller: The Works, focusing on modern dance. She has danced at Steps On Broadway (New York), at The Columbus Taps! Festival, and at the Hollywood Vibe and LA Dance Force National Conventions. Erin has performed in original pieces of choreography by New York choreographers Mark Haim and Sean Curran and was a member of the Westerville Academy Performance Ensemble. Erin has been a full time instructor at CDA for seven years.  She is CDA’s Program Coordinator of the Mini/Kinder programs and the director of the Mini Show year end performances. She is a CDA curriculum advisor for academy classes in Ballet and Jazz and is the Program Coordinator for the Preparatory Program at CDA. Erin enjoys instilling her love of dance in her students at CDA.

Coordinator for the Mini/Kinder and Preparatory Programs

Renee Smith

Renee received her BFA in dance from Point Park University in 2008. Upon graduation she toured New England as the Lead Dancer for Latshaw Production’s Swing City Orchestra.  Based out of pittsburgh, Renee was a free-lance dance artist who was a  founding member of the Staycee Pearl Dance Project and performed with Attack Theatre, The Pittsburgh Oprah, and Shana Simmons Dance. Renee was the Co-Founder/Director/Choreographer/Performer of the Murphy-Smith Dance Collective, a modern dance company that performed regularly in Pittsburgh and New York City.  She has been a frequent guest choreographer for the Texture Contemporary Ballet Company and was the Director/Founder and one of the choreographers in the Pittsburgh Dance Junction. She taught and choreographed for seven years in the Pre-Professional Program at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and was a dance professor in the Performing Arts Program at Seton Hill University.  During her last six years in Pittsburgh she was also Co-Artistic Director at Dance Explosion Arts Center where she taught the Company and Advanced Ballet and Pointe.  Renee has studied and performed professionally in Ballet/Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Hip Hop. She has thorough curriculum building and teaching experience in ballet technique and classical variations as well as all other dance art forms.  Renee is a CDA alumni dancer who fully believes CDA’s program and philosophy creates well rounded professional and recreational dancers who are contributing members to society in both the arts and academic worlds. “I am so excited to teach in a dance academy that has programs I feel so strongly about. I have brought a little bit of CDA into every dance experience I have  ever had.” This is her second season with CDA!

Assitant Artistic Director

Melissa Brenner

Melissa Brenner is originally from the Dayton area and began dancing at the age of 4.  After dancing competitively for several years, she began training at Terre’s Dance Workshop where she was a member of the Miami Valley Dance Company, a pre-professional ballet company, and Terre’s Dance Team. Melissa graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.F.A. in Dance in 2011. During her time at OSU, she focused her dance training on performance and teaching.
Outside of school, she worked at Kings Island in 2008 performing in Flashback Totally 80s and Hot Island Rhythms. She also worked as a summer dance camp instructor for AmeriDance from 2009-2012. Following graduation, Melissa danced with SMAG Dance Collective, located in Dayton, Ohio.  In 2012 Melissa joined Seven Dance Company, under the direction of Cassia Cramer, where she has enjoyed roles such as Clara in The Nutcracker, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, and choreographing for Seven’s collaborative project Song of the Stars. Melissa is thrilled to return for her 6th year teaching at CDA and is thankful for the opportunity to continue to share her love of dance with students of all ages!


Alyssa Stevens

We are so excited to have Alyssa Stevens back to CDA’s staff for the 2019/20 Season! Alyssa was born and raised in New Smyrna Beach, FL, where she also started her dance training. She spent many summers studying many dance forms at the Orlando Ballet School, Florida Youth Ballet, Horton Summer Intensive, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance and Florida Dance Masters, Inc. She received her undergraduate degree at Florida State University with degrees in Theatre Performance and English Literature. Afterwards, she travelled choreographing over 30 musicals in regional theaters and performing arts training centers around the country. Her recent favorites include: Big Fish, The Adams Family, Carrie, Street Scene, Bonnie and Clyde, and the Rocky Horror Show. Alyssa graduated in May with her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance and Choreography with a specialization in dance technology. Her choreography has been shown nationally and most recently, at Florida State University, the Digitech Technology Conference, and Stagedoor Manor. Alyssa is a member of the Dance Films Association and is currently sending her most recent dance film, Portal, to dance film festivals around the country. Alyssa is grateful for the opportunities CDA has given her and enjoys watching her CDA students grow!

Instructor and Resident Photographer

Tess Somerville

Tess Somerville is so excited to be teaching at CDA! Tess is from the Dublin, Ohio
area and is a senior at The Ohio State University majoring in Human Development and
Family Science with minors in Dance, Disability Studies, and Developmental
Psychology. She started dancing at age three with the majority of her training at
Columbus DanceArts Academy. This is the 6

th year that Tess has taught at CDA! When
training at CDA , she trained as a Senior Elite Company Member and at the highest
company level in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Tap and Hip Hop. She has
performed in CDA productions throughout her growing up years including DanceScope,
Nutty Nutcracker, Haunted Hip Hop, and CDA Fairy Tale year-end shows. Tess has
performed as a feature role main part in many in CDA productions. She was a CDA
Competition Dance Captain and performed on the Competition Dance Teams.
At Ohio State, Tess is a member of the dance club, Dance Connection, where
students choreograph and perform two shows a year while also participating in volunteer
work that shares dance opportunities in the Columbus area. In 2018 she performed in
the dance department’s Senior Dance Concert as a part of Lexi Stiliano’s senior thesis
piece. She is involved in multiple volunteer organizations in the Columbus community
working with children and teens with developmental disabilities. She is looking forward to
watching her students continue to grow as artist and performers during this 2019-2020 season!

Catie Armbrecht

Catie Armbrecht is from Cleveland, Ohio and has been dancing since the age of three. She is currently in her third year at The Ohio State University, pursuing a dance major, business minor, and the pre-physical therapy track. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theater at her studio and participated in competitions/conventions growing up. She has taught various camps and classes for kids of ages 3-18 at Miss Kristin’s Dance Studio and was a Student Teacher/ Choreographer there in high school as well as teaching classes in the summer while in college.   Catie is excited to bring her talents to Columbus DanceArts Academy. Her choreographic experiences include competition pieces for her studio, routines for Avon Lake High School Dance Team, and a duet for the last OSU Dance Department Spring Concert. She has been involved and performing with Dance Connection, a community dance club at Ohio State. She recently spent six weeks in Denmark with other OSU dancers to perform and learn from master dance artists there. She is so excited to join the staff at Columbus DanceArts Academy and can’t wait to dance with new students!


Tara Buchy

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Madison Miller

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Student Teaching Staff

Allison Somerville

Alison has been training in dance for 14 years. She is currently training in the highest CDA Company Levels (AH) in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern and Lyrical. Alison trains year round in the rigorous CDA Pre-Professional Company Program. She completed a Student Internship with CDA last season and received high recommendations from the Artistic Directors for being placed as a CDA Student Teacher. Alison substitute taught at CDA for a variety of teachers and classes of all levels. Alison works well with children of all ages and teaches students with passion, patience, enthusiasm and an excellent knowledge of dance skills.

Alison has advanced her dance training with dance education trips and events where she has trained with internationally known master dance teachers at Excel In Motion, JUMP, CDA's Weekend Summer Intensive and a CDA trip to prestigious dance studios in New York City. 

Alison was recently featured as a soloist in CDA’s 2016 Fairy Tale Production of The Six Hidden Princesses as Princess Francesteen. She also portrayed the Icicle Fairy in the CDA holiday production of The Nutty Nutcracker. She has performed as a CDA Company member each season in the Columbus DanceArts Academy's productions of Haunted Hip Hop, CDA'S Holiday Productions, the winter CDA Company concert, DanceScope, and in CDA'S year end Fairy Tale productions. She has also regularly performed with the award winning CDA Senior Competition Dance Team. Alison was a performer and choreographer for Giving with Grace, a student-lead and choreographed fundraising dance performance.

Alison applies her deep interest in teaching and helping others at Dublin Coffman High School where she is involved in peer collaboration, a program mentoring special needs students, for both elementary and high school ages. Alison is very excited to join the 2017-2018 CDA staff as a Student Teacher and she is looking forward to the new dance year!

Student Teacher

Sarah Ash

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Izzy Johnston

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Lillian Kerpsack

Lillian Kerpsack is eager to pass the joy of dance onto young dancers at CDA.  She has been a dancer at CDA for 13 years, training year round for 8-12 hours a week in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Modern.  Lillian presently dances in the CDA Pre Professional Company Program in the AH levels, the highest company training level at CDA.  She has also broadened her dance skills at multiple dance education events where she has trained with internationally known master dance teachers at Excel In Motion, JUMP, CDA's Weekend Summer Intensive and a CDA trip to prestigious dance studios in New York City. 

  Lillian has performed multiple feature dance roles in CDA's Holiday performances and year-end Fairy Tale Productions. Recently, she played the lead role of Fabrilanna in the 2017 CDA production of The Legend of the Scarlet Shoes. Lillian has also performed with the award winning CDA Senior Competition Dance Team.  She has performed as a CDA Company member in the Columbus DanceArts Academy's productions of Haunted Hip Hop, CDA'S Holiday Productions, the winter CDA Company Concert, DanceScope, and in CDA'S year end Fairy Tale Productions.    

  Lillian has used her knowledge and training in dance at Dublin Coffman High School as a choreographer for their high school and middle school cheerleading squads. In addition to her rigorous performance and rehearsal and training demands at CDA, Lillian  applies her dance technique and performance energy to cheer with the Dublin Coffman Varsity Cheerleading Team. Lillian loves to dance and perform and she is excited to share her love of dance with others at CDA. 

Student Teacher

Mylee Graham

  Mylee is looking forward to sharing her enthusiasm for dance with dancers at CDA.  She has been a dancer at CDA since the age of six, training year round for 8-12 hours a week in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Modern.  Mylee presently dances in the CDA Pre Professional Company Program in the AH levels, the highest company training level at CDA.  

Mylee has broadened her dance education by training at multiple dance education events where she trained with internationally known master dance teachers at Excel In Motion and JUMP and with teachers from the Cast of Shaping Sound including Wildabeast Adams, Bobby Newberry, Nick Lazzarini and Teddy Forance. Her dance training includes a dance education trip to New York City where she took classes at Steps on Broadway, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Broadway Dance Center. 

Mylee has bee a feature role performer in several CDA productions over the years. She was recently featured as a soloist in CDA’s 2017 Fairy Tale Production of Legend of the Scarlet Shoes as Babs. She also played the feature role of Alice in the 2016 CDA holiday production of Alice in Winterland. Mylee has performed as a CDA Company member each season in the Columbus DanceArts Academy's productions of Haunted Hip Hop, CDA'S Holiday Productions, the Winter CDA Company Concert, DanceScope, and in CDA'S year end Fairy Tale productions. Mylee has also regularly performed with the award winning CDA Senior Competition Dance Team.

Mylee has worked with students at CDA at the Mini Show, at CDA summer dance camps, as a TA in CDA classes and has developed her child care skills by babysitting full time in the summer. Mylee is excited to mentor young dancers and to share her passion of the dance arts with CDA dancers.

Student Teacher

Elise Pierson

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