MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS & STAFF
Owner and Director
Ballet and Creative Instructor
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. Whitney is the Artistic Director for Muskingum Youth Performing Arts and produces The Nutcracker each year.
In 2012, Whitney was the recipient of the Young Adult Women of Achievement Award for her involvement with dance in the community. Lastly, 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.
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!
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 was very fortunate to have performed a variety of roles, including The Funny Boy in Robert North's “Troy Game”, Val Caniparoli's “Lambarena”, Rochefort in Andre Prokovsky's “The Three Musketeers” and Russian Lead in Caniparoli's “Brown-Forman's The Nutcracker”. Mr. Grant continued his career with Dayton Ballet in 2012, under the direction of Karen Russo Burke. While at Dayton Ballet, Mr. Grant performed roles in Gerald Arpino's “Confetti”, Jessica Lang's “From Foreign Lands and Peoples”, Dermot Burke's “Fete de Courtiers”, Bess Imber's “Inner Geist” and Arabian and Soldier Doll in Karen Russo Burke's “The Nutcracker”. Some of Mr. Grant's favorite roles he’s performed include: Ali the Slave in “Le Corsaire”, Basilio in “Don Quixote” and Von Rothbart in Ballet Pontecorvo's “Swan Lake”. 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.
Pre-Ballet and Primary 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.
Tap & Yoga 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.
JILLIAN B. VON GUNTEN
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.
Acro and Hip-Hop Instructor
Tina began dancing when she was eight years old at her local studio where she studied ballet, tap, and jazz for ten years. Tina was a member of her high school dance team competing in pom, hip-hop, jazz, and kick. They received seven first place finishes at state, and three first place finishes at nationals.
Tina continued dancing on her college dance team. She also taught ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pom, cheer, and tumble throughout college. After college, Tina became a high school dance and cheer coach.
In 2015, Tina moved to Ohio and began instructing at Movement on Main. She cannot wait to share her knowledge and passion for dance with her students.
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.
Tippi-Toes and Pre-Ballet Instructor
Jessica is local to Zanesville where she grew up dancing for sixteen years practicing ballet, tap, and jazz. She was the 1996 showstopper of the year and previously taught showstopper camps to high schoolers. She is currently a preschool teacher and is very excited to combine two of her loves, teaching and dancing.
Aubrey Teas graduated from Ohio University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management and minor in Business Administration. Aubrey was a member of her high school dance team and took dance classes at Movement on Main. She spends her free time making jewelry and accessories for her Etsy business. In 2017, she began working at Movement on Main as the Studio Relations Manager, and is now the Office 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.