About the Studio

As a former client of MSA, New York City’s leading talent agency, the owner, Kelsey Romea brings you a new studio experience created for the growing dance community in Pittsburgh. From ballet, hip hop, musical theater, contemporary, and more to dance-based fitness classes for college goers, working women, moms, and seniors, to professional development for local dance instructors, and even wedding dances, Kelsey’s Dance and Fitness provides a high energy, positive learning environment for all ages.

Kelsey’s Dance and Fitness Center is committed to providing the highest quality dance and fitness instruction in a positive learning environment. The faculty at Kelsey’s takes pride in continuing their education and professional development in order to best serve their students and clientele. KDF provides an atmosphere of growth for all students that supports not only technical achievement, but collaborative and critical thinking skills and confidence building that will last a lifetime.

Meet Our Faculty

Lori Ummer

Co-Director, Dance

Lori started dancing at age 12 and has been dancing and performing ever since. After graduating Hempfield High School in 2001, Lori attended Slippery Rock University as a dance major.  She graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in dance. Following college, Lori moved to Sarasota, FL where she taught dance at various studios and performed in Equity and Community Theatre Productions. Lori taught a variety of classes including ballet, children’s dance and movement, mommy and me, jazz, and musical theatre. 

When she wasn’t teaching, Lori was performing.  She was cast as a featured dancer/swing in many productions including "Fame, The Musical" "Chicago" "Funny Girl" and "Grand Hotel." Lori was given the honor of dance captain in "Jekyll and Hyde" "Miss Saigon" and "Got A Minute?" (a fundraising event for breast cancer). After a few years in Florida, Lori moved back home to Greensburg, PA to work as Coordinator and Instructor for the Seton Hill University Dance Academy. 

Since starting in 2008, she has directed, written, and choreographed several dance productions for the Dance Academy including some original ballets. She still performs on occasion, last being seen performing for the Jazz Dance World Congress at the Byham Theatre in a piece entitled "Contrarily We Roll Along" choreographed by KDF owner, Kelsey Romea. 

Lori is currently continuing her ballet education by attending the American Ballet Theatre Teacher Training program in New York City. She also attends musical theatre events and continues to research the latest musicals and theatre productions in Pittsburgh and New York City. 

Although she is an experienced performer, Miss Lori's true passion is teaching ballet, musical theatre, and children's dance. She is very excited to work for and with Kelsey Romea at KDF. She hopes to continue to inspire young dancers and performers to reach their dreams and gain confidence and self-assurance through dance and performing.

Danielle Walker

Director, KD Tumbling

Danielle is a 2004 graduate of Kiski Area High School and a 2009 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Sports Management, as well as, a minor in Business Management.  She started coaching gymnastics at the age of 17 and quickly realized her passion for it.  Now, with 12 years experience, Danielle has a long list of private clients and has become very well known throughout the dance and gymnastics community.  She has taught in numerous competitive dance studios and gymnastics facilities throughout the Pittsburgh area. 

Her athletic experience includes eight years of dance, ten years of competitive gymnastics, four years of cheerleading and a combined seven years of high school and collegiate track and field.  In 2002, she earned one of the eight spots to represent the State of Pennsylvania in the Region VII Level 8 Gymnastics Championship. Some of her other accomplishments include 1998 (Level 5) and 1999 (Level 6) Pennsylvania State Champion, 2002 State Uneven Bar Champion, 2004 WCCA Triple Jump Champion and a 4-time PSAC qualifier in Long and Triple Jump 2005-2008.

Danielle’s knowledge and experience has helped her excel in areas of technique, skill progression and confidence building. Her love and enthusiasm for gymnastics is instilled in every student she teaches. She looks forward to sharing her passion with everyone at Kelsey’s. 

Kelly Borman

Senior Instructor, KD Tumbling

Miss Kelly Graduated from Plum Senior High School and Western School of Health and Business with her degree in Medical Assistance. It was while working as an MA in the day and teaching gym in the evenings that she found her love for gymnastics.

Miss Kelly has experience with dance, competitive cheer, and competitive gymnastics and began coaching her own teams at the age of 17. 

Not long after, Kelly began running her own competitive cheerleading teams in addition to developing a long list of private clients. Gymnastics has played a major role in Kelly’s life for almost 10 years. She loves it just as much now as she did when she started.

Rylee Jankowski

Instructor

Rylee found a love for dance at a young age and continued her passion all the way throughout high school. She began taking classes at Kelsey’s in 2014, which led her to then start assisting faculty, and, upon graduating, allowed her to start her own journey as a faculty member at KDF. Rylee is a 2017 graduate of Penn Hills High School, and is currently at the Community College of Allegheny County studying Criminal Justice. Her biggest achievement as a dancer was auditioning and being selected to compete at the World of Dance event in Chicago, Illinois in November of 2016. Rylee loves to feed her craft by taking master classes, choreographing her own dances, and studying other dancers in the industry. Her biggest inspirations in the dance world include Ian Eastwood, Jojo Gomez, Kaelynn Harris, and Nicole Kirkland.​

Stephanie  Matsey

Instructor

 

Stephanie was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated from Woodland Hills High School in 2007, and from Pennsylvania State University in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Labor and Employment Relations. Before attending PSU, she went to the Community College of Allegheny County and received an Associate's degree in Business. Stephanie started doing gymnastics when she was 4 years old and made the competition team shortly after. After one year of competing with gymnastics she decided to switch to dance, which she soon realized was her true passion. She started dancing when she was 8 and continued until she was 19. Stephanie danced competitively for 7 years, attending regional and national dance competitions. She was involved with any type of dance that was available to her including ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, lyrical, hip-hop and even tried a few beginning breakdancing classes. One part of dance that she'll never forget was the opportunity she had to dance as part of the opening act at a famous singer's show in Ohio. She was the captain of her dance team, student taught at her studio in high school, and choreographed for show choir when she was in junior high . Now Stephanie works in the Human Resources field handling employee relations; even though she enjoys working in HR, she wanted to continue to have dance in her life. Stephanie is so excited to be teaching for a 3rd year with the amazing team at KDF!

Melissa Newell

Instructor

 

Missy teaches tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theatre to Plum's 6-9 year olds!  Missy is a graduate of Seton Hill University with a teaching degree in Music Education with a minor in Theatre and a Masters in Inclusion Education.  She has choreographed for various local high school musicals and is currently at Springdale Jr./Sr. High School getting ready for Peter Pan!  She has also performed for many of our local community theatres including Split Stage Productions, New Kensington Civic Theatre, and Apple Hill Playhouse to name a few.  In addition, Missy has been teaching chorus and music for the Penn Hills School District for 9 years.

Alanna Rygelski

Instructor

 

"Miss Laney" is a Fox Chapel and KDF graduate! She currently attends Slippery Rock University in the Honors Program and is majoring in both Dance and Business. Alanna spent most of her free time throughout her high school years at the studio working as an Assistant, both in class and in administration, to Miss Lori and Miss Kelsey. She has performed professionally with Exhalations Dance Theatre and continues to seek outside opportunities to better herself as a dancer and dance educator. She will be dancing in her first SRU performance this winter. KDF is happy to have Miss Laney in the studio when she is on break from college.

Sarah Mattis

Instructor

 

Sarah began her dance training in Ellicott City Maryland at B.Funk Dance Company. While competing with their company, she continued to train at workshops with professional choreographers/dancers. Accepted into Point Park’s Conservatory of the Performing Arts, she pursued her degree in dance with a jazz concentration. While at Point Park University, she performed in many showcases and in pieces choreographed by Ronald Tassone. Sarah graduated from Point Park University in May 2014 with a BA in dance and is now continuing to pursue a career in dance. Sarah continues her own dance training by attending classes and workshops and believes you should never stop learning. With many years of teaching experience, she has extensive knowledge with all genres and levels of dance training and has choreographed for competition teams, recitals, and professional performances.  Sarah currently teaches at Pittsburgh area studios and also works with local event performance companies, such as Red City Live Entertainment and Exhalations Dance Theatre. 

Heather Long

Instructor

 

"Heather began dancing at the age of three. Her dance training began at Sandra Lynn’s School of Dance and she was not only a member of their competitive team but also the Western Pennsylvania Performing Arts Company. She continued her dance education at Seton Hill University Dance Academy as a member of their competitive team. Heather also studied under the directors of Exhale Dance Tribe in Cincinnati, Ohio, Missy Lay Zimmer and Andrew Hubbard. Through commitment, dedication, and a strong desire for success, Heather was awarded numerous high-score, title, and critic’s choice awards. Her accomplishments as a competitive dancer and her love of dance motivated her to pursue a career in dance at Seton Hill University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in dance as well as a minor in business. During this time she also was an instructor at M&M Dance Academy where she choreographed for their competitive team.While at M&M Dance Academy she was awarded many choreography awards for her work with their competitive team. Her objective is for all students to be in a positive environment where they can all feel accepted for whom they are.  Also she hopes to inspire her students to gain confidence as well as a love of dance while being able to perform and most importantly have fun!

Regan Wallace

Regan has been dancing for 18 years and has been competing for 10. She started focusing seriously on dance at age 10 under the instruction of Kelsey and Lori. She has studied many kinds of dance and has taken class from multiple professional dancers from around the country. She was selected to attend the Rockette Summer Intensive for a week at Radio City Music Hall and has a goal of auditioning to become a Rockette after graduation. She is a full time student at Point Park University where she is studying business and taking multiple dance classes per week. She loves to share her passion for dance with young students and see them grow throughout each dance season. 

Lori Ummer

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1817 Golden Mile Highway

Plum, PA 15239

724-575-7963

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2585 Freeport Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15238

412-435-6179

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