Instructor Bios

Tonya L. Guldenpfennig, a Virginia native, began her dance training at age two under the direction of Ray Hollingsworth, creator of Dance Troupe, Inc.  Miss Tonya has studied with such masters as Gregory Hines, Debbie Dee, Bob Rizzo, Gregg Russell, and Charles Kelly to name a few.   In addition to teaching technique classes in studio settings, she has also choreographed for numerous High School drama and community theatre musicals in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida.  She has had many students go on to pursue professional dance careers, appear in music videos, on film, and become teachers themselves! 

Miss Tonya has been honored on both Regional and National levels for her Award Winning Choreography as well as being recognized and commended for her care and concern to the details of costuming, music selection, and choreography that is geared appropriately to the age of her dancers.  In addition to her many awards for her dancers' technical expertise, she has been recognized by many different competition judges for instilling outstanding dance etiquette in her students.  Miss Tonya has coached several different competitive Dance Teams, directing them to numerous National Championships.  

Miss Tonya is currently on staff with several Regional and National Competition circuits as an adjudicator and master teacher.

Kaylee Guldenpfennig,   Choreographer/Dancer

a Florida native, was brought up under the training of Tonya Guldenpfennig and Kathleen Tolan of Premier Dance Academy.  


Currently a member of Onelight, a professional contemporary dance company based in Tampa Bay Florida and previously a company member of Collective Soles Arts Group. Kaylee spent two years as a dancer (bluebell) in the the longest running showgirl show at Bally's Hotel and Casino, Jubilee! She was a backup dancer in Shaun T's workout video filmed at Broadway Dance Center in New York, danced for Britney Spears on Britney Day and brought in the New Year with Jennifer Lopez.

Prior to her move to Las Vegas, while living in New York she danced with ACB Contemporary Dance Company, the Kat Wildish Show and performed works from Michelle Barber at the Synthesis Dance Festival ( Tracy Stanfield’s Company Show). She also had the privilege to dance works from Sheila Barker for Frank Hatchett's Memorial Showcase.

Kaylee spent more than seven summers attending numerous intensives including Complexions, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Rockette Summer Intensive and Pacific Coast Dance Fest.

Kaylee is a graduate of Broadway Dance Center's Professional Semester in New York and continues to train with many masters such as Sheila Barker, Michelle Barber, Kourtni Lind, Aaron Tolson, Juan Rodriguez and Michelle Dorrance, to name a few. Kaylee enjoys sharing her passion for dance through her teaching and choreography.

 

In the fall she will be traveling to Israel to train and dance with the renowned company, Kibbutz Contemprary Dance Company!

Emily Molinaro is a Clearwater native with a passion for music and dance.

 

Having studied dance locally in Clearwater since the age of three, as well in Tallahassee at Florida State University and other dance schools in the Tallahassee area, she has settled in her hometown to apply her talents to the classroom.  

 

Emily's charisma is completely mesmerizing and her classes are catered to the dancers taking class no matter the style or level!

Miss Emily is happy to have found a home at Premier Dance Academy where she can express her joy and passion for music, dance, imagination and making head pieces!  She is appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of her students' growth in dance.  

Karah Rushing  is a Clearwater native who studied dance at Premier Dance Academy for ten years.  After spending four years at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia to receive her degree in Instrumental Music Education with minors in Theatre Arts and History, she is excited to have now returned to her home studio as a teacher!

During Karah’s time at Liberty, she had the opportunity to study and perform with Divine Call Dance Troupe and to captain the team during her senior year. Karah also was a member of Liberty’s Rhythm Tap Team as a choreographer and performer. She continued her dance training by attending Dance Revolution conferences throughout her college career.  Also while at Liberty, Karah taught group exercise classes at the university's gym. She is a certified Barre Above instructor, and has taught in that format as well as in Pilates, Ballet Barre, and Dynamic Barre formats.

Karah has worked previously in the Clearwater area as the Children’s Worship Ministry Coordinator at Calvary Church. In this role she directed Performing Arts Worship Camps, sang and danced with kids during weekly worship times, and directed the music classes of yearly Vacation Bible School Camps.

Karah is overjoyed to have the opportunity to nurture dancers and musicians while encouraging them to pursue excellence in their craft at Premier!

Lauren Lovejoy began dancing at a young age in Virginia Beach and from her first moment  stepped foot on the dance floor she knew she had found her passion.

 

That passion coupled with dedication, learning and patience lead her to dance competitively for more than 14 yrs.   During her last year competing, her life took a new direction as she met her amazing husband and became a mom to a beautiful baby girl.  
 

Being given the opportunity to travel with her her family she took advantage of the opportunity and continued her dance training by studying with many great instructors and choreographers all over the US. 

 

Now retired from the stage, Lauren is eager to teach and pass along the knowledge and passion she has gained and fostered over the years to a new generation of dancers through a fun, safe and encouraging environment! 

 

Lauren is proud to be a part of the Premier Dance Academy family and looks forward to watching her students grow in their craft!  

 

Hayley Tuffy is a New York native and a recent graduate of the University of Tampa.  With a competitive background in Irish Dancing, she studied at the Broesler School of Irish Dance for over twelve years.  She has competed at more than four hundred feiseanna around the United States as well as the North American Irish Dancing Championships and Mid-America Oireachtas.  

 

After spending the past four years at college studying communication, broadcasting, web design, advertising, public relations, and marketing, she has decided to get back to her dancing roots.

 

Currently, Hayley is living in Bradenton, Florida and is thrilled to join the Premier Dance Academy team as an Irish dancing teacher after spending the summer as a P.D.A. intern.