Miss Susie Anhorn: Owner/Director
Miss Susie is an alumna of the former LeRoux School of Dance family. After high school, she attended Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. At Cedar Crest, she was a part of the dance company (ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance) where she participated in all of the faculty and student dance concerts throughout her 4 years. She performed a few solos during her time at CCC. In her senior year, she was asked to direct and choreograph a dance concert based on the works of post-modern choreographer, Trisha Brown. She also worked backstage designing lighting for a few student dance works and performed in a few plays and musicals. She is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, a theater honor fraternity. In 2002, she graduated with a BA in Dance Education and Dance Therapy.
After college, Miss Susie taught at YMCA’s, fitness centers, and dance schools around the Lehigh Valley area before moving back to Philadelphia in 2003. From 2003, she worked at the Dance Centre in Skippack, Pa, where she taught ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and modern to ages 3 and above. She was also co-director of their dance company, Xtensions. During her direction, her choreography received many awards such as High Gold and Gold and special awards in best choreography for a hip hop dance, best props award, and best use of space for a modern piece.
Miss Susie also ran several summer dance programs from 2007 to 2009 such as children’s and adult’s hip hop classes at Methacton High School and Springford High School. To keep up with her choreography and teacher training, Miss Susie attended workshops such as American Ballet Academy and Company Dance in New York to name a few. Miss Susie was an Adjunct Dance professor at Chestnut Hill College teaching dance in their physical education department. She was also lucky enough to coach the Chestnut Hill Dance team for two basketball seasons!
Susie is a certified group fitness and aquatics instructor. In addition to teaching with Phoenix Arts, she can be found at several fitness centers in the area and choreographing local school musicals.
Miss Becky Anhorn: Hip Hop Instructor
Miss Becky is an alumna of the former LeRoux School of Dance where she was a student for over 13 years. In high school, she was an active member of the drama club and performed in several stage plays and musicals. After high school, she attended Chestnut Hill College to pursue an undergraduate degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice. During this time, Miss Becky sought creative outlets by continuing to take dance classes and remained an active member of the drama club and performed in many theater productions, including Nunsense, H.M.S. Pinafore and smaller productions like their annual Shakespeare in the Summerhouse.
After graduating college, Miss Becky began working in the field of social work as a counselor, recreation therapist, crisis interventionist and eventually a Director of a Residential Program for adolescents and young adults with special needs. She pursued her graduate degree and received her Masters in Social Work from Widener University in 2008. Since then, she has worked alongside Miss Susie and has just recently become Co-Owner at LeRoux in January 2013. Miss Becky will be launching a new program this January along with Miss Susie. They will be consolidating their clinical and dance therapy backgrounds to put together a weekly class geared specifically for adolescent girls to enhance their self esteem, build character strengths and help build positive social development! They are planning to have this offered in the Spring of 2014.
Becky is a licensed Zumba instructor and a ASFA certified group fitness instructor. In addition to teaching with Phoenix Arts, she can be found running group fitness programs at a senior living facility and choreographing local school musicals.
Miss Britney Doyle: Children’s Dance, Teen Dance, and Ballet Instructor
Miss Britney began her training in Hamburg, NY with Suzanne Bernas Mall, a founding member of the Buffalo Inner City Ballet and member of the Royal Dance Theatre. She then attended Eastern University, under department co-directors Karen Clemente and Joselli Deans, where she graduated with a B.A. in Dance and was a recipient of the Walker Award for the Performing Arts. Her training includes both classical and contemporary ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, and African techniques. She has been teaching in and around the Philadelphia area since 2009, as well as performing at numerous venues, including the ETC Performance Series, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, The American College DanceFestival, as an alumni at her alma mater and many others. She has also performed in numerous full length ballets, including “Sleeping Beauty”, “The Nutcracker”, and her personal favorite, “Don Quixote.”
Miss Anna Beiswenger: Acro Teacher, Children’s Dance, and Yoga Instructor
Miss Anna began her dance training at Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School, Center for the Performing and Fine Arts as well as Chester Valley Dance Academy. After high school she attended Montgomery County Community College majoring in dance. Anna was the Vice President of their Dance Ensemble and performed and choreographed all four semesters she attended. Anna then went on to receive her BFA in Dance from Temple University. While studying at Temple, Anna assisted and taught creative movement, music and movement, and modern dance at Temple Preparatory School in Philadelphia. After graduation Miss Anna began teaching modern dance at St Augustine Academy’s after school program. She is also teaching children’s yoga at Treehouse Yoga for Children. She began her yoga practice in 2008 and has been teaching children’s yoga since 2015. As a teaching artist Anna loves to incorporate creative movement into her lessons as well as the idea of “play”. Her students are her community and the dance floor is their playground.”