About Us

 

EQUILIBRIUM Dance Academy strives to offer our students the best dance education that promotes personal growth and self-confidence. We focus on the needs of our students and direct students to understand and appreciate dance. Through creative activity and  artistic expression we provide our students with a challenging and fun dance education. Our studio will give students the opportunity to develop physically, artistically and emotionally.  All of our instructors have degrees in dance, in a college dance program or have professional experience in the dance industry. With our staff's expertise our students are ensured to have success with all dance activities. 

 

WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT!

  • EVERY NEW STUDENT CAN TAKE ONE FREE TRIAL CLASS BEFORE THEY REGISTER!

  • FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS WE PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL DANCE FLOORING WHICH ABSORBS THE IMPACT OF DANCING AND JUMPING. THIS ALSO REDUCES INJURY.

  • THERE  IS ALWAYS A MANAGER AT THE FRONT DESK DURING REGULAR CLASSES IN CASE PARENTS HAVE QUESTIONS. 

  • WE PROVIDE PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED STAFF.

  • WE PROVIDE OUR STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE FUN, CREATE AND BE CHALLENGED.

  • WE HELP OUR STUDENTS BECOME SUCCESSFUL IN DANCE ACTIVITIES WHETHER THEY ARE RECREATIONAL OR PROFESSIONAL CAREER GOALS.

  • WE PROVIDE A BEAUTIFUL, CLEAN AND SAFE DANCE STUDIO.

  • WE HAVE SMALL CLASS SIZES SO EACH STUDENT GETS INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION. 

 

Our Professional Staff

Angelica Spilis is the Artistic Director of Equilibrium Dance Academy. She is a Philadelphia native who studied dance at Temple University in the Boyer College of Music and Dance where she received her BFA (2012) and MA (2015) degrees in dance. Her Masters of Arts degree included many choreographed works and her written thesis called Dancing With Arthritis where she created a Somatics-based dance class for dancers who have arthritis. At Temple University, Angelica concentrated in Modern, Jazz and Improvisational Dance. Along with continuing her dance education, Angelica has taught at many dance studios in the Philadelphia area and performed for numerous dance companies, such as ContempraDance Company and Steven Welsh/SWERVE. Angelica’s intense tap dance training began at the Young Performers Theater Camp where she took tap class every day for six weeks during the summer. She attended this dance program for six years. Her training continued with such notable teachers as Jacob Guzman and David Guzman, who both starred in the Broadway musical Newsies. Angelica has also studied tap at Koresh and Broadway Dance Center where she had the opportunity to study under April Cook and Aaron Tolson. Angelica has showcased her tap skills at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and for the Garden State Festival. She has also choreographed dances that were featured at Temple University and choreographed for many dance competitions in Philadelphia and New Jersey. 

 

Haylee Warner is a interdisciplinary performing artist and yoga instructor currently located in Philadelphia. She has completed a B.F.A. in Dance from The University of the Arts and is attending the Headlong Performance Institute.  Haylee has also attended international workshops and intensives including La Pocha Nostra's summer school in Tijuana in 2015, The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance in 2013 and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2011.  Before attending college she was a member of Pennsylvania Regional Ballet's pre-professional company.  Haylee loves the confidence and creativity that dance and the arts provide for children and teens. Her performance history includes HATCH at the Painted Bride in Philadelphia, ZOCO at Pasa de Rodrigo in Tijuana, Dis(place)ment at St. Kevin's Arcade in Auckland, numerous University of the Arts Spring and Winter Concerts, along with her own work presented in various dance spaces throughout Philadelphia.   Haylee is the founder of Gemerocity, custom wrapped healing crystals and is a Yoga Instructor certified 200 hours through the Yoga Garden, and 100 hours through Palo Santo Wellness Boutique.

Learn more about Gemerocity and her Yoga Classes at healinghaylee.com

Learn more about her performances at hayleewarner.com

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Catherine began her ballet training in 1992 under the direction of Donna Muzio in West Chester Pa. She Dance with Brandywine Ballet Company from 1998­ 2004. In 2008 she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University. While at Towson she studied under Dennis Price, Catherine Horta­-Hayden, Linda-Denise Fisher-­Harrell, and Dana Martin. In June of 2008, she was asked to present choreography for the National Dance Education Organization conference in Towson MD. She was a member of the Roxey Ballet in Lambertville, NJ from 2008­2010. In the Spring of 2010 she danced with Ballet ADI in Rockville MD, working with Runqaio Du, resident choreographer of Ballet ADI, and former principal dancer with Washington Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and Jared Nelson principal dancer with the Washington Ballet. In 2011, Catherine rejoined Runqaio Du now Artistic Director of Ballet ADI in Rockville MD. Also during her time in Maryland, she taught dance in both middle and elementary schools throughout Baltimore city. Once back in Philadelphia she taught at various studios throughout Philadelphia and New Jersey. In addition, freelanced with various choreographers throughout the Tri­state area. In 2013 she began teaching ballet and contemporary dance for the University of Pennsylvania’s recreation department. In 2014, she moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to instruct Ballet full time at Dance Dimensions Home of the Fort Lauderdale Childrens Ballet Theatre. Catherine is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-­Primary through Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.

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A Wilmington, DE native, Eric Feliciano began his dance career with the Beat Addikts United “father" dance crew, X-Calibur. Since his time there he has traveled from Houston, TX to Los Angeles, CA gaining knowledge and training in hip-hop. Performing on stages for live events such as iHeart Radio’s: iHeart 80’s concert, Made In America’s: Wawa Welcome America festival, and many others. His main focus is in Commercial Hip Hop. With a solid understanding in Popping, Locking, Breaking, and Krump he is known for both being calm and intrinsic as well as notably energetic and enthusiastic. He strives for whom ever ventures into his classes that they leave at least one percent better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whitney H. Weinstein earned her BFA in dance from Temple University and is a Master’s Candidate for Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling at Drexel University. She currently instructs throughout Philadelphia and writes published reviews for thINKingDANCE. Whitney has a strong performance background in Vaganova and Cecchetti ballet techniques, modern, jazz, musical theater, and improvisation/composition, with extensive experience in tap and hip hop. She is especially interested in working with children through creative movement in educational, clinical, and studio settings. Whitney devotes a significant amount of time showcasing her pre-professional students in choreographed work throughout the greater Philadelphia area. She has grooved with many artists including CoEXIST Dance Company, LEVYdance, Tiffany Mills, Janis Brenner, Youtheatre, Dangerous and Movin’ Dance Company, Hyphen-Nation Arts, Dance Max Moving Company, Grant Street Dance Company, and CoJoMotion. Whitney is inspired by her students’ endless creativity and seeks to explore positive movement experiences through curiosity, play, awareness of the mind/body connection, and unconditional acceptance.