Faculty

  • Kelly D. Hunter

    Born and raised in the Atlanta Metro area Kelly started her dance training at Rhythm Dance Center in Marietta, Ga. Kelly graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA with a major in Jazz Performance. While at the University she studied many diverse techniques from Ballet and Jazz to African and Hip Hop. After her graduation in 2004 Kelly accepted a job with Royal Caribbean International as a Production Dancer for three years. Kelly also had the honor of living in Bermuda for three years where she Choreographed for the Bermuda Music Festival. Currently Kelly is working as a teaching artist for Dance Power an educational outreach group with the Princeton Ballet, along with teaching ballet, tap, and jazz at various studios in Central NJ.

  • Amanda Janiec

    Amanda began dancing at a young age at Eileen’s Academy of Dance in a variety styles including, tap, ballet, and pointe. After graduating high school, she attended Dickinson College for her B.S. of Chemistry. While in college, Amanda expanded her dancing repertoire to include multiple styles of swing dancing. She has taught multiple styles of swing dancing in the Pottstown, PA area with Swing Kat Entertainment and their associated groups. She is very excited to be rejoining the Eileen’s Academy of Dance faculty to teach tap.

  • Morgan Lesack

    Morgan Lesack has been studying various genres of dance here at Eileen’s Academy of Dance since she was eight years old. Although her favorites are lyrical and jazz, she finds joy in every piece she performs. Competing in several competitions with group numbers as well as solos, Morgan has won many awards with the dance company. She is currently studying at Bucks County Community College and majoring in exercise science with a special interest in pediatric physical therapy. Morgan hopes to help her students find emotion and passion through dance because of the intense love she herself has for the art!

  • Emily Papp

    Emily began dancing at the age of four with Ballet, Tap and tumbling. Her passions for dance grew into her love for Hip Hop, Lyrical and Jazz. She first entered the teaching world at her local camp where she encouraged young dancers and spread her passion and love for dance to them! She looks forward to teaching at Eileen’s Academy of Dance and is happy she will be able to continue working on both side of stage, both dancing and teaching.

  • Andrea Thorn

    Andrea began dancing in Medford, NJ while studying many styles including ballet, point, jazz, tap, and modern. She attended The Richard Stockton College of NJ with a BS in math and a minor in dance. After college, Andrea began teaching and became a member of KAOS dance company. As a newer resident of Bucks County, she is excited to be a part of the Eileen’s Academy of Dance faculty.

  • Olivia Wood

    Olivia is a Philadelphia-based professional dancer and teacher. She has trained with the Ballet X Dance Xchange Program. This year will mark her fourth season with Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company and has performed in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She also works as a choreographer and created several dances for Penn Charter’s rendition of My Son Pinocchio. In 2017, Olivia graduated Summa Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College with her BA in Dance and Spanish, a degree which helps her work as a dance writer for the Philadelphia Dance Journal.

  • Dr. Mani Daniel

    Dr. Mani began learning Indian Classical Dance (Bharatanatyam) at the age of three under the tutelage of Padmini Ramachandran. After receiving her dance diploma from the Padmini Institute of Fine Arts she started teaching, choreographing and staging Bharatanatyam dance recitals. After college, Mani got her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. In 2008 she again devoted herself to dance and started teaching. She is very passionate about dance and loves teaching and sharing the joy of dance with her students. Dr. Mani is very excited to find a kindred spirit in Miss Eileen and to partner Manimekalai Dance and Arts with Eileen’s Academy of Dance.