Kim Cooley is a Williamsport native and has been married to her husband Ted for 36 years. She has two sons, Chris and Justin, who are also involved with the studio. She started dancing at the age of five with Mary Louise Williams. Throughout high school, Kim was involved in gymnastics and color guard. After graduating from Williamsport High School and studying business at Williamsport Area Community College (now Penn College), she continued to dance and work for the Williamsport National Bank and then as the office manager for Clarkson Chemical Company.
She has been dancing a total of 41 years and has been teaching dance in the Williamsport area for 29 years. She has experience teaching dance, ages two through adult, including tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, preschool, and ballroom. Kim has also shared her love of dance with physically and mentally challenged individuals. She choreographed dances for school shows and has done the choreography for school musicals at Bishop Neumann High School, now St. John Neumann Regional Academy. Kim has performed in The Gary Chrisman live show over the years. Kim's background includes experience as an aerobic instructor and participating in competitive aerobics. She has attended numerous dance seminars including: Music Works Unlimited, Robert Christopher, Urban Jam, Jeff Shade's Jazz seminars and Face of the Future. She teaches dance classes at the studio and is also our office manager. Kim loves teaching children and adults dance and has been devoted to dance for most of her life. When Kim is not teaching dance and running the studio office, she enjoys working in her garden, playing with her dogs, playing golf, watching football and baseball, and most of all, caring for her family.
Lauren Cooley, originally from Ridgway, PA, has been dancing since the age of 5. She was a student of April School of Dance for 12 years, where she was exposed to various types of dance including tap, ballet and jazz. Throughout high school, Lauren was also involved in band and musicals, such as “Bye Bye Birdie” and “A Chorus Line”. In 2005, she graduated from Lycoming College with a BA in Photography and Commercial Design. While at Lycoming, she was an active member in the Dance Club. Lauren is proud that she was one of the members who helped form the Dance Club into the popular organization that it is today. She taught tap and took classes in Ballet, Lyrical, Hip-hop, Pointe, and Jazz. After graduating, she was lucky enough to marry into a family that is just as crazy about dance as she is! Her husband Chris has been producing dance shows and working backstage since he was 9, and will continue to do so for the Cooley Dance Company. Lauren has been teaching and choreographing in the area post graduation. She choreographed for the Williamsport Area High School's musical production of "Kiss Me Kate" in 2009 which was a nominee for best choreography of a Large Scale Musical at the first annual "Ray of Light Awards". In 2010, she choreographed for the Williamsport Community Theater League's production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie". She also worked with the Williamsport Area High School and choreographed "Grease". In 2012, Lauren worked with Montoursville Area High School's production of "Godspell", which won "best Choreography". In 2013, she choreographed "Anything Goes" for WAHS. Now entering her 23rd year dancing, she is thrilled to have her own studio!
In 2009, she began her 4-year certification under Dance Masters of America. Dance Masters is an international organization of dance educators who have been certified by test to teach. The training school program includes training and teaching philosophies in a variety of subjects, as well as keeping up with current trends in the dance industry. She also enjoys attending MusicWorks Seminars. Outside of dance, Lauren loves portrait photography, cooking, gardening, and traveling. She is employed as a photographer. She enjoys spending time with her family and trying to catch her Jack Russell, Emma.
Lynn Zitta Miss Lauren's sister, also hails from Ridgway, PA and has been dancing since the age of 4. At April School of Dance she studied 14 years of ballet and tap, 6 years of lyrical, 5 years of pointe, 3 years of jazz and 2 years of stretch, turns, jumps. In her senior year she taught an intermediate ballet and beginner pointe class and was a member of the Dynamic Dance Competition Company. Lynn has had the opportunity to perform in both the Boscov's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC. Throughout high school she choreographed for numerous school musicals and community theatre productions as well. At Lycoming College, Lynn served as ballet teacher for 6 semesters in the Dance Club and was Co-Captain for 2 years.
Lynn graduated from Lycoming College in 2011 with a degree in Creative Writing and will be graduating with an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts in July 2013. She is employed full-time as a copywriter. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband Adam, writing poetry and crafting. Lynn is thrilled to be able to teach alongside her sister and has plans to start a competition dance group at the studio in the future.