Faculty

  • Courtney Christian

    Courtney has studied dance at Eileen’s Academy of Dance since the age of 3. She left the dance studio to attend college at Shippensburg University, graduating in 2013, with a degree in Communication/Journalism. She is working on pursing her career in television reporting. Courtney is now back at Eileen’s teaching her favorite classes, ballet and pointe. She looks forward to being able to share her passion for dance with her students and helping them to improve in their skills and technique.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ashlee Knecht

    Ashlee Knecht began dancing at three years old and is trained in ballet,tap, jazz, lyrical, acrobatics, and hip-hop. At the age of six, she began competing regionally and nationally and has since won many titles and overall high score awards. After graduating from Neshaminy High School and Knecht Dance Academy, Ashlee studied at Pace University in New York City majoring in commercial dance. Ashlee has toured with Dancers Inc. National Talent Competition and is a graduate of Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester. She has taught ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop at studios across Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is thrilled to be apart of Eileen’s Academy of Dance as a hip-hop teacher!

  • 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!

  • Lindsay Straub

    Lindsay Straub has been dancing for over 21 years. Over the years Lindsay has taken many different types of dance, but she found her passion when she started Irish dancing at the age of 7. She has performed for all different types of events, and at different locations through the east coast. Lindsay started her own school of Irish dance in March of 2010. Since then her dance family has grown. She is very excited to join her Shades of Green family with that of Eileen’s Academy of Dance.