OUR FABULOUS STAFF!
Owner/Artistic Director – Mrs. Elaine Russell
Elaine is the Director/head choreographer and owner with husband Mr. Russell for the Russell’s Studio’s that has been in existence since 1996. Elaine has been involved avidly as a judge, twirler, supporter, coach and instructor for over 35 years in many organizations – TU, DMA, NBTA, AAU, TOB, and TIA. Elaine was a baton twirler, dancer, and a model throughout her career in the performing arts. She trained in Philadelphia in baton twirlimg, ballet, tap and modeling. Following highschool she went onto receive a business degree along with following her pssion of modeling. She has taught students from the age of three through college and throughout PA, NJ, DE, VA, and OH. In addition her students have won several national and world championships as solo students, as well as her Russell’s All Star Twirling team which is ranked one of the best in the world. The All Star Team has traveled to Las Vegas, Hawaii, Cancun, Carnival Cruise Lines and throughout the USA. Her students have gone onto colleges, full scholarships at West Chester University, Penn State, Pitt, North Dakota State, University of Nebraska to name a few.
Elaine is the director for the North Stars Indoor Color Guard, Desire Indoor Color Guard, Octorara Marching Band, Russell’s All Star Twirlers, Russell’s All Star Dance Company and programs across Chester County. Her motto is: Loving what you do! You will See Mrs Russell at every studio, still twirling and dancing and enjoying every moment with her studio family! Elaine is so proud of her studio and the legacy! She now is teaching her second generation of students.
Coach, Teacher, Choreographer, Performer -Miss Tammy Russell
Tammy Lynn Russell - Fidler is a World Champion baton twirler in NBTA, TU, DMA and AAU. She started twirling and dancing at the age of three and has trained under Mrs. Elaine Russell She is a former Majorette Queen of America, International Twirling Champion, World Two Baton Champion, Miss Tu World Majorette, World Solo Champion, Miss College Majorette, Junior Olympic Gold Medalist, Twirl Mania Duet Champion, World show twirling champion and over 4000 nationally ranked championships accumulated. Tammy was a USA representative in 2000 to the NBTA World Championships for individual and team events. Tammy was the feature twirler at Coatesville High School and West Chester University where she has received a degree in criminal justice and a Masters degree in criminal justice administration. Tammy has performed around the world in Europe, Hawaii, Caribbean, in movies (The Lord of War with Nickolas Cage), on live television shows in Philadelphia, New York and Washington DC for Channel 6, the Cherry Blossom Festival, Thanksgiving Day Parade, half-time for the Philadelphia Eagles, Purdue University Basketball team performances, Detroit Lions half-time, WCU football, basketball, special functions, Miss WCU pageants, pep rallies, and many performances around the USA.
As a professional dancer - Tammy has trained with many choreographers around the country - Billy Bruce, John Bunteman, Koresch Dance Studio, Jason Lee, Jackie Stewart, Dale White, and Jody Ellis. She studied all forms of dance including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, and gymnastics. At WCU she trained under Ms. Barb Lappano, Gretchen Webb, Todd Marcocci and many others. Tammy is a part of the WCU Alumni Dance Chapter and DMA and continues to take classes, judge and a huge part of the dance community.
Tammy is a true all around champion winning titles in the local, state, regional, national, international and world levels. Tammy is the former captain of the Russell’s World Class Twirling Team as well as the coach for the baton classes, camps, North Color Guard and Octorara High School Color Guard. Tammy still today competes, performs and coaches around the country. Baton twirling is a passion and a life long commitment to showing the world that hard work, dedication and heart can give you your dreams! Tammy is also a DMA Gold Seal Judge and NBTA International Judge.
Dance Choreographer, performer, teacher -Miss Holly Russell
Holly Russell- Baker is the head dance chorographer at the Russell’s Dance Studios. Holly is also a World Champion baton twirler in NBTA, TU, DMA and AAU. She started twirling and dancing at the age of three and has trained under Mrs. Russell. She has been company members with Jazz Force, Elevations Dance Company, Designing Rhythm Dance Company and B’s Performing Arts. She captured Miss TU World Majorette, Internationals Two Baton Champion, International Twirling Champion, Miss Tu World Majorette in every age division, Twirl Mania Duet Champion, World show twirling champion and over thousands of championships accumulated. Holly was the feature twirler at Coatesville High School and West Chester University where she has received a degree in business management and dance and a masters in Human Resources. Holly has performed around the world in Europe, Hawaii, Caribbean, in movies, on live television shows in Philadelphia, New York and Washington DC, for the Eagles, Purdue University, WCU, and many performances around the USA.
As a professional dancer - Holly has been the Junior Olympic Gold medalist in dance and baton twirling which captured her the title of the Joe Farrell award to the best twirler and dancer. She has been winning titles in the local, state, regional, national, international and world levels for dance and twirling since the age of six. Holly is the head of the Russell’s World Class Dance Company as well as the coach for the dance classes, camps, North Color Guard and Octorara High School Twirlers.
Holly is now the head dance director and choreographer at Villa Maria Academy. Holly has taken her passion of teaching and dance and has made it her career. Holly is a fabulous dancer, twirler and choreographer and we are so honored to have her as the head of our dance program!
Dance Choreographer -Miss Barb Lappano
Barbara is a retired professor from West Chester University, where she taught within the Kinesiology Department and served as the coordinator of the Dance Minor Program. Her dance areas of expertise are theatrical jazz and tap, which she has taught at all levels. While teaching at the university she produced many dance concerts and also served as the choreographer for the musical theatre program. Presently she continues to choreograph musicals for Downingtown Middle School and the Hill School. She is also the executive director of the West Chester University Alumni Dance Chapter and is director of their annual Winter Dance Festival held in January. Miss Barb is the head ballet instructor and trains our students in technique, discipline, and choregraphy. We are very proud to have her knowledge and years of experience. It is truly an honor to have Miss Barb apart of our staff and family!
Acro,Tumbling and Gymnastics - Shelby Krupka
Shelby has an extensive background in gymnastics and various styles of dance inluding jazz, ballet, modern and contemporary. As a former student of Cheryl Chickey's AAPAC in Bethlehem, PA, she competed in local, regional and national competitions for 11 years. Shelby was also a member of WCU Dance Company during her four years as a psychology undergraduate. She participated in the American College Dance Association in 2013 and 2014, traveling to New York and North Carolina. Shelby was also provided with the opportunity to perform ina dance festival located in Ladek Zdroj, Poland in the summer of 2013. During graduate school, Shelby was involved with the WCU Alumni Dance Association and volunteered for the ACDA conference that was held at the University in March 2015. She contniues to teach at various camos througout the year and is determined to never lose her ability to do a back handspring!
Yoga Instructor - Mrs Joette Grieco - bio coming
Zumba Instructor -Miss Ella
Ella E (styer) Williams [aka tuki] has been dancing since she could walk. Unfortunately she didn’t realize she was good at it until her late teens so she was never formally trained. At that point she joined the cheerleading squad & also cheered in college. She’s lead several dance teams for church over the years and sporadically choreographs for professional & leisure occasions. After marrying a fitness guru by hobby, she decided to combine her passion with his. That was zumba. She took years of classes mainly at the YMCA before becoming certified herself in January of 2010 after her favorite instructor resigned. Since then Ella has worked for various studios in the area & done several zumbathons.
Outside of dance Ella is an accountant by trade. She received her BA in international relations with a focus on accounting from Ursinus College. She also has her masters of accounting & financial management from Keller graduate school of management. She works as an Accounting Manager at a financial institution.
Ella is married and has one son. She loves movies & of course dancing, music, laughing & hanging with her friends, but also enjoys her alone time as well.
Zumba Instructor - Miss Jamie - bio coming
Tee-shirts and designs – Karen Brown