Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Pointe, Contemporary, Clogging, Creative Expressions

Teachers

Butch Theisen

Butch Theisen<Butch has been a member of Dance Masters of America, Inc. since 1977. He has taught all forms of dance including tap, jazz, acro, clogging, pointe, lyrical and baton since the age of 15.

Butch was the 2010 National President of Dance Masters of America, Inc. and has also served on the National Board as Area II V.P., Director of the Master Dance Competition, National Examiner, Core tap teacher at DMA Teachers Training School, and many other offices. He has also served as president of Dance Masters of Ohio.

Butch was honored to have received the DMA Member of the Year award in Orlando in 2002.

Butch has served as the director of the Petite, Junior, Teen and Miss Scholarship pageants for Dance Master of Ohio for 10 years. He has judged on the state and national level for DMA, DEA, Ohio and Alabama's Junior Miss pageants, Encore Talent Competitions, and many state preliminaries for the Miss America pageant system. He has also been the choreographer for the Miss Ohio pageant and many local musicals.

Trudy Cultice

Trudy CulticeTrudy has been dancing since she was 3. She is a member of Dance Masters of America and she was named Miss Dance of Ohio in 1978. She represented Southeastern Ohio in the 1978 Miss Ohio pageant winning the talent award and 2nd runner-up honors. She returned in 1979 and 1985 as a featured dancer in the program. She has served as a judge in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania for Miss America Preliminaries. She is the choreographer for the Zaney Follies and the Miss Ohio pageant.

Trudy is a founding member, and artistic director for the Dancing Divas, Inc., a non-profit dance group dedicated to inspiring women of all ages to dance for mental and physical health.

Trudy obtained her teaching degree from Ohio University and a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Muskingum University. She teaches 2nd grade for Zanesville City Schools.

Trudy is married to Peter Cultice and has a son, Alexander, who works for the Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball Organization, and a daughter, Sarah, a sales administrator with the Doubletree Hilton in Newark.

Erin Wilson Beane

Erin Wilson BeaneErin first began at the studio at the age of 3. Her love of dance never wavered and she continued to take dance classes at Miami University while earning her B.A. in Psychology. She went on to achieve her M.S. in Occupational Therapy from The Medical College of Virginia. After working throughout the United States, Erin and her husband, Jim, settled in Zanesville where she became an active part of the studio once again.

As well as being an Occupational Therapist for Genesis Healthcare, Erin also owns her own photography studio and is the dance studio photographer. Other activities and interests include horseback riding, crossfit, volunteering for East Muskingum Schools, and also being a member of The Dancing Divas.

Erin is proud of her dancing family. Her two daughters (Cambria and Hannah), her mother, sister, 2 nieces, and nephew are all dancers at the studio.

Rachel Hartman

Rachel HartmanRachel has been dancing at the studio since the age of three. She has been assisting Marjorie and Butch since 2006. Rachel is a graduate of Tri-Valley High School and in 2009 became a Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). Rachel is currently working at Johnston’s Pharmacy in Frazeysburg and lives in Mount Perry with her husband Josh and daughter Havyn. Not only has dance been a hobby of Rachel’s but also a passion. She is blessed to be a part of the studio and is honored to be an assistant. "Why do I dance?...Why do I breathe?" ~anonymous

Cambria Beane

Cambria BeaneCambria is a freshman at John Glenn High School and has been dancing at the studio since the age of four. She is a student assistant and enjoys all genres of dance.

Cambria has performed at the Miss Ohio pageant, with the Moscow Ballet in their local performance of the Nutcracker, and was identified as gifted in dance by the MVESC. In addition to dance she enjoys cheerleading for John Glenn High School, coaching Mini Muskies cheerleaders, piano, and tumbling. She is also participating in the John Glenn High School student council.

Traci Couch

Traci Couch<Traci is our Studio Pianist. This has been her dream since grade school, when she would sit on the bench with Margaret, our studio pianist at that time. She has studied piano, theory and composition, and has taught piano for a combined 16 years.

She has taught drawing, watercolor, acrylic, oil and tole painting in her home and the community. Through the years she has also taught various forms of needlecraft, facilitated writing workshops, and was the founder of the Y City Writer's Forum. She has also self-published her first book, "Joseph and Jonathan."

Several years ago Traci became a dance student at the studio under Trudy Cultice, a dream she had never even imagined. Traci truly believes that Marjorie and Butch's School of Dance is where dreams are born and lived.

Adella Papageorge Mahle

Adella Papageorge MahleAdella began dancing at Butch's Schools for the Performing Arts in New Lexington, Ohio at the age of six. dancing quickly became her life and studio was her second home. She became a junior assistant at 12 years old and eventually began teaching at the age of 16. Currently she is assisting with Swing Dance classes at Studio 51.

Adella obtained a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Ohio University. Currently, she and her husband own their own business. Rescue Road Trips is a rescue dog transport service that connects Southern rescue dogs with their Northern forever homes. She also enjoys staying physically fit and is a instructor for fitness classes at Nautilus 24/7 Fitness Center.

Adella is married to Greg Mahle and has a son, Connor, a seventh grade student at Maysville Middle School. She also has four rescue fur-babies, and is an active foster mom for local rescue dogs in need.