Meet Our Staff!
LACIE MCGOWAN RINKUS is the proud Assistant director and Co-Owner of Anna Marie School of Dance. Dancing with her mom, Anna Marie, Lacie began her love for the performing arts when she could walk! Lacie was trained at AMSD in ballet, tap, jazz, funk, lyrical, musical theatre and acrobatics. She also trained in gymnastics at Pottsville Gymnastics Training Center and was a member of the HAHS competitive cheerleading program. Lacie continued her studies traveling regularly to Broadway Dance Center and The Pulse Conventions while competing and attending workshops along the east coast throughout her tween years. She got her break at age 14, auditioning and being accepted into Crazy Cee Productions Hip-Hop Dance Company based out of Queens, NY. Lacie spent time traveling in the company and performing for names including LL Cool J, P-Star, Cicely and Olisa (Nu-Stylz), Shane Sparx and more. Her titles include Miss Performing Arts Alliance talent titles and Miss Talent Olympics Decathlon Winner. In 2007, Lacie began her college career at Temple University in Philadelphia studying Therapeutic Recreation with a focus in Dance Therapy. While at Temple, she was a 3 year member and captain of the nationally ranked Diamond Gems Dance Team. Lacie traveled the country with her competitive dance team while cheering on the Owls at NCAA tournaments and Bowl Games. Upon graduating in 2012, Lacie followed her roots back to AMSD and joined the competition staff permanently. Lacie specializes in hip hop, jazz and contemporary styles of dance... she can't wait to share her passion with you!
CHARISA REGGIE is the first born daughter of local dance entrepreneur Anna Marie McGowan. She is the proud Assistant Director and Co-owner of Anna Marie School of Dance. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education and a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology. At the age of 1, Charisa stepped onto the stage for her very first recital at AMSD (and we've got the pics to prove it!). She was a lifelong student at AMSD, studying in all areas including ballet, tap, jazz, funk, musical theater, lyrical and acrobatics. At the age of 8, Charisa’s dance career took a focus in tap when she began privately training under the direction of the legendary David Blight. She began traveling regularly to local conventions and workshops, training weekly at Broadway Dance Center in New York City under the direction of professional tap dancer Savion Glover. Charisa studied gymnastics at Apollo Gymnastics Center and Pottsville Training Center and was also a four year member of the Hazleton Area High School competitive cheerleading team. Throughout her competitive dance career, Charisa received numerous overall titles including Miss Funfest, Miss Talent Olympics, and Miss Performing Arts Alliance. She earned the Broadway Dance Center Scholarship for the highest scoring tap routine at PAA. Charisa reigned as Greater Hazleton’s Outstanding Young Woman in 2002 and competed for the state title of Miss Pennsylvania Outstanding Young Woman. Winning the talent portion of the local competition, she earned her top place with a tacit style advanced tap dance. Following high school, she continued her dance career at Bloomsburg University as a head choreographer of the BU Dance Ensemble as well as a member of the BU Competition Dance Team. In 2007, Charisa returned to follow in her mother's footsteps at AMSD, and accepted the position of head competition tap teacher. In addition to her dedication to AMSD, Charisa is currently a Math Teacher at the Hazleton Area High School and former dance instructor at the Hazleton Area Academy of Arts and Humanities. Charisa and her husband Nico are the proud parents of three awesome kids- Jaxon, Jaymin, and Milani. Charisa invites you to slip on your tap shoes and make some NOISE!
KATIE JACOBS started her dance career at AMSD at the age 3! Katie was a dedicated competition dancer for 16 years and studied tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, modern and gymnastics. Katie earned multiple titles throughout her career, finishing off her senior season being named Miss Performing Arts Alliance. Katie graduated from Hazleton Area High School in 2009 where she was a 4-year member of the Varsity Competitive Cheerleading Team. Katie continued her studies at Delaware Valley University in which she was a 4-year member of Students for Diversity Step Team and 2-year member of the DVU Cheerleading Team. She holds a Bachelors Degree majoring in Zoo Science, in hopes to one day become a zoo keeper. Katie followed her heart back to AMSD in 2013, where she is now entering her 5th season as a core teacher. When Katie isn’t dancing, you can find her at PetSmart where she is a certified pet trainer!
MELISSA LOMAX is an alumni member of AMSD! Melissa was a Hazleton Are High School Varsity cheerleader where she served as co-captain of her team and choreographed dance routines. Melissa is currently a Physical Therapist Assistant and also holds a Kinesiology degree from Pennsylvania State University. She relocated back to the Hazleton Area six years ago and reconnected with AMSD through her daughter MyKayla. Melissa became a proud “dance mom” and guided MyKayla as she advanced through the ranks with her competitive performances. She ultimately joined staff for the past 3 years where she specializes in jazz and tap styles of dance. She currently directs both group and individual competitive and recreational classes. Melissa brings her unique energy and passion into every class ... and she can't wait to share that with you!
BRIANNA KUBISHIN is currently a student at Misericordia University. In 2019, she will graduate with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy with minors in Psychology and Gerontology. Brianna has been dancing since the age of 3, winning Jazz Dancer of the Year at age 9! When she is not dancing or studying, Brianna works at PRO Rehabilitation Services and she is also a tutor at Misericordia. Brianna has held multiple scholarship pageant titles within the past few years including Miss Greater Hazleton 2016 and Miss Hershey Area 2017. While holding these titles, she competed for the title of Miss Pennsylvania and performed a tap routine as her talent. Brianna loves children and has been a private babysitter for the past 6 years for families up to 4 children! She cannot wait to share her love of the performing arts with all of our students and families!
BRITTANY MADURO began dancing at the age of 3! For 15 years, she dedicated her time dancing competitively in tap, jazz, ballet and acrobatics. During her 4 years of high school, Brittany was a member of the Hazleton Area Varsity Competitive Cheerleading Team. She graduated from HAHS in 2011 and continued her education at McCann School of Business and Technology, earning a degree in Surgical Technology. Brittany is entering her 6th season as an AMSD staff member and she specializes in ballet and acro training. She can't wait to flip with you!
NICOLE BEREZNAK is currently a sophomore at Wilkes University, majoring in Early Childhood Education. She has studied various forms of dance since the age of 4 and enjoys every moment of it! Her most recent studies and performances have been hip-hop, jazz and modern. When Nicole is not dancing, she is employed at Robert Steven’s Face and Body. She is also a private babysitter and an avid shopper! Nicole is continuing her dance studies and is honored to be staff at AMSD this season. She is very excited meet all of our students and make this year the best one yet!
Tiffany Yarish has been involved in the cheerleading and dance world for over 20 years. A former Hazleton Area High School & East Stroudsburg University cheerleader, she has coached at the All-Star, Junior Varsity, and Varsity levels. Some of her titles include back to back PA State Champions, Grand Champions at several events, and over 20 first place championships. Many of her former cheerleaders have gone on to cheer at the collegiate level and even for NFL teams. Tiffany has been judging all levels of cheer and dance for several years which includes working for American Cheer and Dance Academy, Champion Spirit Group, American Cheer Power, and American Cheer and Dance Extreme. She was the director and choreographer for the professional dance team - The Diamond City Dancers for five years and due to her cheer knowledge earned an article published in American Cheerleader Magazine. Tiffany continues to enjoy working with all ages and sharing her love of cheerleading and dance with all. GO DIVAS!
Alessandra Ortiz- Ballet
Sarah Maggs has been dancing for 10 years, 7 of those years being competitive. She grew up at a studio in Florida called Kelly's Dance Academy but moved to KForce Dance Center a few years ago where she found her biggest inspiration, Kimberly Willis. She continued to grow with Kimberly and she has taken on her style of dance. At both studios, she has assisted and instructed dancers of all ages. She is trained in many dance styles including Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Lyrical, Acro and Ballroom. In her competitive experience, she has traveled to multiple states and taken classes from professional dancers such as Robert Roldan, Kathryn McCormick, Valerie Rockey and Lauren Froderman from So You Think You Can Dance, Dejan Tubic, Zachary Venegas, Tommy Alexander and many more. Sarah currently attends Penn State University (Hazleton campus), majoring in Forensic Science while still pursuing dance in her future. Her life has always revolved around dance and she could never imagine her life without it. Her dance teacher back in Florida is her 2nd mom and best friend, she aspires to be the same for her dance students. Her passion for dance will never fade, no matter where life takes her and she looks forward to sharing that with everyone at AMSD!