MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS & STAFF

WHITNEY LEWIS

Owner and Director

Whitney began her dance training in Zanesville where she studied ballet for ten years. She attended intensive summer programs at Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and the Nutmeg Conservatory. Whitney graduated in 2011 with a B.F.A. in Dance from Ohio University with an emphasis on performance, choreography, and teaching. 

 

She opened Movement on Main Center for Dance in June of 2010 with the goal to promote dance with artistry and integrity to the local community.

She continued her studies in workshops including the MELT workshop in New York City, Now and Next Dance Mentoring Project, and numerous dance improvisation workshops with the improvisational trio, "Like You Mean It". 

 

Locally, she has taught Dance for Theater at Muskingum University and created Choreography for Fiddler on the Roof.  

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Whitney holds certification in the American Ballet Theater training curriculum for pre-primary through level 5. This nationally acclaimed training method is utilized in our ballet program.

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MORGAN LOTHES

Assistant Director
Ballet and Modern Instructor

Morgan Lothes-Rahn began her dance training with Richard Earley at the Muskingum Area Performing Arts Center in Zanesville, Ohio at the age of 8.  She was a dancer with East Central Ohio Dance Theater for 10 years and danced such roles as Clara and the Sugarplum Fairy in the Nutcracker, as well as Lucy Westenra in Dracula.  Ms. Lothes-Rahn also participated in Summer Intensives with the Orlando Ballet, Ohio Ballet, and BalletMet taking class from ballet greats such as Fernando Bujones and Gelsey Kirkland.


She continued her education in both Ballet and Modern Dance, as well as Anthropology at Tulane University, Ball State University, and the Ohio State University. She started teaching dance at Dublin Dance Center in Dublin, Ohio in 2012 and continued her career with Movement on Main in the fall 2013. She received her American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum Certification in the summer of 2016, and  is also an award winning choreographer. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband Kevin, and their four animals!

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BRIAN GRANT

Ballet and Contemporary Instructor

Brian Grant began his professional career as an Apprentice with the Louisville Ballet after completing his B.F.A. In Theater Arts with an emphasis in Dance Performance from Northern Illinois University, where he graduated Cum Laude in 2005. Mr. Grant continued his career with  Dayton Ballet in 2012, under the direction of Karen Russo Burke. In 2016, Mr. Grant became the Adult and Complimentary Dance Program Manager for the Louisville Ballet School, creating opportunities for Adult Dancers in the greater Louisville, KY area. He has continued his freelance dancing career in various cities of the Midwestern and Southeastern U.S, working with such companies as Ballet Americana in Taylor, MI, New Albany School of Ballet in New Albany, MS and Gem City Ballet in Springboro, OH. 

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EMMA MCCULLOUGH

Preschool, Kinder, Primary, and Level 1 Ballet Instructor

Emma began her dance training with Richard Early at the age of ten and continued on to dance lead roles such as Clara and Sugarplum in East Central Ohio Dance Theatre's production of the Nutcracker. While in college she continued to take dance classes. Upon returning to Zanesville, she danced with the Dancing Diva's for three years. She began teaching at Movement on Main in 2016 instructing Pre-Ballet and Primary Ballet.

Emma currently works at John McIntire Elementary  as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Dance has always been a passion of hers and she is thankful to share that passion with others. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, reading, and traveling. 

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SARAH GANTZER

Pre-School Dance and Kinder Jazz Instructor

Sarah Gantzer is very active in the arts community in Muskingum County. She is a board member for the South Eastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Zanesville Memorial Band, and Zanesville Community Theatre. She teaches literacy for Zanesville City Schools, and is the theatre advisor for Zanesville High School, and enjoys acting, singing, and directing in our area.

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REAGAN STOTTS

Acro and Jazz Instructor

Reagan has a passion for teaching children and currently attends Muskingum University where she is double majoring in Early Childhood and Special Education, graduating in 2023. 

 

Reagan began cheerleading for West Muskingum at the age of 9 and continued throughout her senior year of high school. 

 

During her sophomore year of high school in 2017, Reagan began assisting acro classes at Movement on Main. In 2019, Reagan started instructing acro classes of her own. Reagan currently teaches acro, along with Kinder, Primary, and Level 1 Jazz classes.

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JEN HOOPER

Pre-School Dance and Preschool Teacher

Jen was raised in the Zanesville community. She received her degree in dietetics in 1998 and worked locally in the field 10+ years, educating people of all ages on nutrition. She received a certification in Pilates in 2004 and taught classes locally. She pursued a different career in 2014 and started working in a preschool where she found her true passion of teaching little ones. She has taken ballet and tap classes at movement on main and is excited to now be on staff at such an “encouraging and inspiring” studio. She spends her free time reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

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SHAWNA ARTHUR

Front Desk Assistant, Tap, and Jazz Instructor 

Shawna Arthur danced tap and jazz for 14 years in Pataskala, Ohio.  During those years she danced as Ameriflora and in her high school production of Hello Dolly.  After high school, Mrs. Arthur continued her education with a degree in Mathematics from Ohio University.  Mrs. Arthur completed her 200-RYT yoga teacher training certificate in 2014, and began teaching at Simha Yoga in New Concord.  

 

Mrs. Arthur began teaching yoga at Movement on Main in 2015. She currently teaches tap, yoga, assists with costuming, and creates props and scenery for productions.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 kids.

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JILLIAN B. VON GUNTEN

Front Desk Assistant and Tap Instructor 

Jillian was born in Zanesville and began dancing at age 3. Over the next 17 years, she took lessons in tap, ballet, clogging, jazz, and lyrical, performing in rectials and as part of a competition dance team. Jillian loves incorporating dance and theater and has choreographed musicals at theaters and universities across Southeastern Ohio over the past 14 years. She serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Zanesville Community Theatre and as a Board Member for the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra and the Zanesville Memorial Concert Band, and also sits on the Muskingum County Community Foundation's Cornerstone Committee for the Arts. Jillian works as an attorney with Allen & Baughman, Attorneys at Law, here in Zanesville. Jillian joined Movement on Main in 2017 as an instructor and teaches tap.

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TIFFINI LOGSDON

Preschool Teacher and Ballet Assistant

Tiffini is from Colorado Springs and moved to Ohio four years ago. After high school she went to cosmetology school and became a licensed professional in 2012. She has two children, a son and a daughter. After becoming a dance mom she decided to pursue a new passion and she fell in love with being an educator for the youth. Tiffini is excited to start this new journey as a preschool teacher and ballet assistant. In her free time she enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family. 

PAIGE ROWLANDS

Preschool Teacher

Hello my name is Paige Rowlands I'm a Psychology major at Muskingum university. In 2021 I graduated from Mid East Early Childhood Education. I have been affiliated with the dance studio for ten years. In my free time I love to be with my animals and getting my goats ready for fair. I also enjoy being outside with my nephew. 

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MICHELE NORDINE

Studio Manager

Michele grew up in Minneapolis, MN as a figure skater who wanted to be the next Dorothy Hamill.  As a teen her dreams shifted and she began dancing and enjoying ballet, jazz, and modern styles.  Dance is still something she is passionate about.  
Today, she is a homeschool mom to Gigi, wife to Nathan, and bonus mom to Faith, Miriam, and Sky.  She was thrilled to be living in Zanesville when Movement on Main first opened and is even more thrilled to be back in Zanesville to support the studio as receptionist and to spread the word about this wonderful place for classical dance education mixed with fun and community. 

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SHERLY WISE 

Theatre Arts Program Instructor

Sheryl Wise has a Master’s Degree in Music Education. Her major areas of study are saxophone, voice, piano, and theatre. She has experience as a High School Theater Director and Teacher and has directed, performed, and choreographed countless performances for schools and community theatre. Sheryl offers private instruction in voice, piano, guitar, and many other instruments as well as private instruction in theater and college audition preparation. She has over 40 years of experience in teaching music and theater in public schools and can not wait to share her expertise and love of music and theatre with our students at Movement on Main.

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MARIA ANGÉLICA

Dance Instructor

 Maria began dancing when she was 8 years old in Porto Feliz-SP. 

  She danced classical ballet, lyrical jazz and contemporary dance.

  She graduated high school articulated in dance by Pallco- Perfoming Art School & Conservatory in Porto, Portugal. She completed a professional course in GAP- Ginasiano professional year in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal . Now, she is a dancer and teacher of ballet, contemporary, and jazz . 

We are always looking for the next great addition to our team. If you have a pasison to share and love working with students apply today!