Phyllis DeWesse, Founder
Melanie Malicote, Director
(Middletown Journal poll)
Phyllis DeWeese, Academy founder and teacher, has studied in major ballet schools in the U.S., Canada and Denmark. She was the local dance coordinatior for the Moscow Ballet Company's s Nutcracker in November 2003. For 7 summers she was on the faculty of Stone-Camryn School of Ballet, Chicago, and was Co-Ballet Mistress of the Cincinnati Civic Ballet Company for 4 years. She has choreographed 7 children's concerts which were performed with the Middletown Symphony and for the Sorg-Whitewater Opera Co. She has taught for the Kids in College program at Miami University and numerous other academias. Childhood training was with Henry Lubbers (tap) and Myrl Laurence (ballet). Phyllis DeWeese is listed in the Profiles of Middletown Women book, and has received a Middfest volunteer Award for the Academy.
Melanie Malicote, owner, director and teacher, grew up studying with Mrs.DeWeese and soon, thereafter moved to New York City where she trained and performed for many years. She performed with the National tour of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” as the Apache Dancer and at Radio City Music Hall in “The Christmas Spectacular”. Also, she appeared in a Bernadette Peters’ concert at Radio City and performed with Chita Rivera in a Broadway Benefit. Other Credits include Disney’s premieres of “The Lion King”, “Pocahontas”, and “Hercules”, as well as “My Favorite Broadway” at Carnegie Hall. In addition, Melanie was a featured dancer on The Rosie O’Donnell Show and appeared on Guiding Light. Melanie has been teaching at the Academy for the last four years and is thrilled to be the new director!
Julie Gibson, former director, has been an instructor at the school for the past 15 years. Her childhood training was with Phyllis DeWeese and Henry Lubbers. In addition, she has studied at the National Ballet School, Toronto; Lou Conte and Ruth Page schools in Chicago; and at the Edge in Hollywood. She has performed with the Sorg Opera Company and Miami Valley Dinner Theatre. She is a physical therapist assistant and licensed massage therapist.
Jody Mangino will be teaching jazz leaps and turns workshops this year at
the Academy. She resides in Fairfield, OH and has trained in many forms
of dance including ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. Throughout her
teaching career, her students have won numerous first place and overall
awards both regionally and nationally. She has choreographed for several
theme parks and cruise lines including Kings Island, Carowinds, Kings
Dominion, Canada's Wonderland, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean.
Stephanie Mackey has been teaching at the Academy of Dance Arts since
1980 and has studied under the direction of Phyllis DeWeese. She has also
studied at the National Ballet School, Toronto and the Lou Conte and Ruth
Paige Schools in Chicago. During her high school years, she was on the All
American Drill Team and performed with the Middletown Symphony.
Stephanie has choreographed many area jr. high and high school musicals
and is currently the accompanist/choreographer for Vail Middle School.
She is also an emergency nurse at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnatti
Margaret Nelson, Instructor, began dancing and performing while living in Pittsburgh. After moving to Middletown in the 5th grade, she began taking classes at the Academy. During summers, she attended workshops at Pontecorvo Ballet, Ballet Tech, and was a member of the Next Generation Dance Company. She has performed at the Sorg Opera House and the Aronoff Center. While an undergraduate at Miami, Margaret performed, taught, and choreographed for Miami University’s Dance Theatre. Two of her six pieces were presented at Cincinnati’s Performance and Time Arts Series, and one was performed at the American Collegiate Dance Festival in Bowling Green, Ohio. While working on her Master’s degree, she performed with the University of Georgia’s dance department. She currently works for Miami’s University Advancement Department and will be a guest teacher and choreographer for Miami’s Dance Theatre.
Michele O'Neal has been dancing since the age of 3. Childhood training
includes Dotties Dance Studio in Newark, Delaware, Bill Graham Dance
Studio and Kim Massey School of Dance in Edmond, Oklahoma and with
Phylis DeWeese during her high school years. Michele has studied clogging
performing with a local clogging troop at area festivals in past years. Michele
is a licensed Zumba, Zumba Toning and Zumba Gold Instructor.
Michelle Walker-Glenn has performed at Kings Island in more than 10 stage shows, and has worked numerous shows as Dance Captain. She has also performed in industrial shows, and done modeling for TV and newspaper ads. Studying at the DeWeese academy since age 10, she went on to major in dance for 2 years at Wright State University. After switching her major, she earned a degree in mathematics from Xavier University, followed by a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati. She has taught high school math, and worked as an assistant principal and principal at both the middle school and high school level. She has also taught courses for pre-service teachers at Miami University. She has received her PhD from Miami in Educational Leadership.
Danita Wallace Scoggins, ballet mistress, begins her 12th year of teaching at the Academy since her return from performing on tour for 5 years. She was a featured dancer on Japan & Holland America Cruise Lines and spent 3 years perform- ing in Branson, MO. Other credits include: Kings Island, La Comedia Dinner Theatre, Sorg Opera, and Middletown Symphony in addition to extensive choreographing experience. She was children’s rehearsal assistant to Mrs. DeWeese with the Moscow Ballet Co. Danita has a BFA in dance from Wright State U., and currently teaches there. She has also studied at the National Ballet School, Toronto. Childhood training was with DeWeese & Lubbers.
Beth Wright is a dancer, choreographer, and educator of dance. She has been sharing her art form professionally since the age of 15. For nine seasons she was a member of the Dayton favorite Rhythm inShoes, a company rooted in traditional forms of American music and dance - swing tunes and tap,hoedowns and clogging. Beth enjoyed performing for audiences and teaching young dancers through senior citizens nationwide. Beth is currently an artist with The Muse Machine Elementary Program. She does artist residencies in elementary schools using movement, rhythm, choreography, and improvisation to allow students to view and experience state-mandated curriculum in a unique way. Beth has also served as adjunct faculty at Sinclair Community College, Stiver’s High School for the Performing Arts, and Colonel White High School for the Performing Arts in Dayton. She was also on faculty at the Civic Light Opera Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for seven seasons. Beth teaches tap, ballet, creative movement, jazz, swing, clogging, and modern dance. Her choreography has been seen in the 2005 production of the Johnny Appleseed Outdoor Drama in Ashland, Ohio, in the Rhythm in Shoes repertoire, and in many high school show choirs and musicals. Beth is currently working on new productions with Puddingstone Project.