Miss Donna LaRose; Artistic Director/Choreographer
A 27 yr veteran of teaching & performing in several disciplines. Her students have gone on to train at the collegiate
& professional levels or are now operating their own studios. Donna attends workshops, dance intensives and dance teacher
seminars during the year.
Training- The Ballet Studio- Johnna Dail Ballet Mistress, Joyce Hurley, Obrien's School of Ballet & Gymnastics with
Rosemary & Donald Obrien, where Kevin MacKenzie Artistic Director of ABT also trained, he would come back to his home
studio where he taught Master classes, Diane Warren School of Dance , Nolan Dingman Ballet Master - Summer Intensives, Jason
Kalish from Tap Dogs, Ronnie Mahler- Cleveland Ballet Company and Northeast Workshop for Dancers summer Intensives, Daryll
and Linda Barnabei Rettor,-Northeast Workshop for Dancers and New Jersey School of Performing Arts.
Miss Donna also works for The Essex Junction School District in grades K-8 per diem. She will occasionally work for different
school districts assisting with dance and afterschool programs too.
Stephanie LaRose Wagar
Married to Trevor Wagar of MHS, mother to Zella Rose Wagar
Has a BA degree in Psychology with an specialty in Sociology and Dance. She works for Essex Junction School District,
Is the coach for The Milton Varsity gymnastic team and at FootWorks teaches hip/hop , gymnastics, & assists with the competition/performance
Stephanie's dance training began at age two with her mothers studio. Along with training several classes a week in both
dance and gymnastics, Stephanie attended intensives both in Ballet and gymnastics in the summers and trained with Miss Gayle
Lang when she went to college.
Stephanie trained as a competitive gymnast, competing in the junior olympic division. USAG certified. She performed
in The Albany Berkshire Ballet 's The Nutcracker, Kids Day, Festival of the Arts, Castleton State College's Spring Dance
Performances 2008, 2009, 2010 and was a member of The Castleton State College's Dance Team 2010/2011 season.
Olivia Lamphere- dancer in all genres of dance since she was 5 yrs old. Attends many workshops and intensives. Danced
competitively for 5 years. 3 x regional Miss DIVA and 1 x Miss National DIVA, Olivia will assists with younger classes on
Saturdays and work as a substitute for other classes as needed. Olivia has taught gymnastics and Hip Hop for FootWorks in
the past and coverd for Miss Stephanie's maternitiy leave last year.
received her early training at the School of the Richmond Ballet. In 2008, she moved to New York to attend New York University
and continue training at Steps on Broadway and Peridance Capezio Center. While in New York she began freelancing with a variety
of companies and projects. In 2012 she moved to Florida to dance with Florida Dance Theatre, where she enjoyed performing
principal roles in new contemporary ballet productions. Her career then took her to Russia to join The Omsk State Musical
Theatre Ballet Company. There she had the opportunity to dance in many Russian classics including Swan Lake, Bakhchisarai
Fountain, and Ruslan and Ludmilla and to perform divertissements in operas and theater productions. In 2015 she was excited
to return to New York to resume freelancing work with ballet companies and finish her degree at New York University. Kaarin
has a B.A. from NYUs Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in Ballet as a Reflection of Culture and
Kayla West Panko
Graduate of UVM with a BS in Nursing and a minor in dance.
Trained in classical ballet at Vermont Ballet School and was a dancer all her life, danced, trained and taught with Electric
Youth. She danced 4 years at UVM and also performed with their Ochesis Dance Company. She attended and was a member of
The New England Dance festival. She has attended Pulse tours and conventions in NYC. A competitive dancer for 10 + years
she performed for Celtic Pre game shows and for Disney Magic Music Days. Currently acting as a project/choreography consultant
for Bryce Dance Company.
Former student of FootWorks where she competed for many years winning gold and platinum trophies. Winning many special
awards and told by judges she could easily be a professional dancer. She was the all around Miss Teen Diva with two 1st runner
ups for this crown. She also trained for 6 years as a gymnast. She is now part of the UVM dance team where she trains year
round. She assists us with camps, classes and gymnastics as needed.
Began her training at the Cantarella School of Dance, now known as The Albany Berkshire Ballet and wiyh the Davud DeMarue
Studio in Albany NY. She then went on to train in Western MA and at Russell Sage College. She currently teaches Advanced
Jazz with Spotlight and judges for dance competitions.
Student Teachers- Assistants with teachers.
Meghan attends many many intensives and workshops such as generation IV intensives and ballet intensives along with
private lessons, above her normal scheduled classes. She was fortunate to train with Travis Wall from SYTYCD for the last
two summers and Teddy Forance from Generation IV. Meghan won double platinum at the Showstopper Competition and was the 2015
2nd runner up Miss Teen Diva at the DIVA competition, 2017 1st runner up Miss Teen Diva. She has helped on Saturday mornings
in the past but will be working a substitute when needed in all of our classes this year.
Davi has too many achievements to mention them all. She has won many gold and platinum awards at competitions, attends
many master classe and workshops. She is great with the 7 to 10 yr old range of student and they love her. Along with assisting
in classes on Wednesdays, she helps at recitals and competitions as well. She is a definite asset to our team. Miss Davi has
won two Diva 1st place crowns One as a junior and then again this year as a senior.
- A gifted teacher assistant. She is great with the youngers and they love her. Meghan has been dancing since 4 where she
started out with VBT. She moved over to FootWorks 5 yrs ago and we have enjoyed watching her evolve as a dancer. Meghan loves
ballet and en pointe, contemporary and competition dancing. She joined us on the competition circuit three years ago and
has done very well. Parents will enjoy her with their youngsters on Saturday mornings.
Guest artist are brought in on occasion to enhance the student's training.