EMILIE LAROSA, Owner/Creative Director aka: "Ms. Emilie"
Emilie received a BA in Dance Management from the acclaimed Oklahoma City University’s School of Dance and Arts Management. Upon receiving her degree, she moved to New York where she studied at Broadway Dance Center. She danced with several companies including Peggy Spina Tap Company, Tap Fusion, and the New Jersey Tap Ensemble where she served as managing director. She is a founding member of Cincinnati Taps, Inc, a non profit dance company. Ms. Emilie has recently accepted a position as a member of the Attitude board with the Cincinnati Ballet.
Ms. CAROL, Young Dancer Program
Carol is a native of Cincinnati and began dancing at the age of five with Beverly Harpenau as her instructor.
She went on to study ballet, jazz and pointe with Bonnie Williams Dance Studio. She started teaching at
Broadway Bound in 2004. Ms. Carol teaches Broadway Babies, Combo 3-4 years and Combo 5-6 years of age.
EMILY KINKER, Jazz and Dance Team Coach
Emily Kinker graduated with honors from the University of Cincinnati, June 2007, with a Bachelor of Arts. She was a 4-year varsity member on the UC Dance Team, winning 3 National NCAA Titles. After graduation Emily joined Royal Caribbean Productions, performing in various Las Vegas-style production song, dance and aerial shows. Since then she performed in the Broadway Musical Hairspray and performed the role of Brenda, live at sea, at the 2012 telecast of the 66th Annual Tony Awards. She has danced professionally for the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Theater, Cincinnati Children’s Theater and Paramount’s Kings Island. Emily primarily studied at Dawn Meyer’s School of Dance (currently JOB) in Cincinnati. She furthered her training with legends Dee Caspary of SYTYCD, Andy Blankenbuehler and Barry Youngblood. She has trained at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City, at the EDGE in Los Angeles and at The Rock Center for Dance in Las Vegas. Emily has taught all areas of dance since the age of 16, the majority locally. She choreographed for the Anderson High School Dance Team and is a national, award-winning solo, duet, group choreographer. While working with Royal Caribbean Emily taught Swing, Salsa and Hip Hop. Emily is a member of Dance Masters of Ohio/America.
KASEY WHALEN, Jazz and Dance Company Instructor
Kasey has been dancing since she could walk, but started training in tap, jazz, and ballet when she was 5 years old. She competed regionally and nationally with a local competitive team for 10 years, winning High Point, Most Entertaining and Technical Achievement awards. She has trained in LA and NYC with artists such as Travis Wall, Wildabeast, Luam, Sheryl Murakami and more. She has been teaching dance to all ages since 2007. Her choreography has won many of the same awards that she won as a performer - High Point, Most Entertaining, and Costume Awards. From 2014-2016, Kasey was a cheerleader and Fitness Leader for the Cincinnati Ben-Gals. She is so excited to bring her passion to the families at Broadway Bound!
LEXI TAYLOR, Hip Hop Instructor
Lexi is currently enrolled at UC majoring in special education. She started her dance career at Broadway Bound in the fall of 2003. Lexi is well versed in all styles of dance especially Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Pointe and Tap. She started competing in 2009. She has won many overall and judge's choice awards for both her solos and group dances. She has been assistant at BBDA for 5 years and a teacher for 2 years. She also has performed in many onsite performances including fund raising events, the Reds Opening Day Parade, and at conventions.
Meredith Ziegelmeyer is a professional dancer from Northern Kentucky. In 2018, she graduated from the University of Michigan, where she received a BFA in Dance and a BS in Evolutionary Anthropology. Currently, she is a dancer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line performing in original productions by the company. She has studied and taught a wide variety of techniques, such as modern, ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, acrobatics, and hip-hop. She has had the honor to perform works by world-renowned choreographers such as Meredith Monk, Richard Alston, and Ohad Naharin. Outside of her studio and her college training, she has studied and trained with Cincinnati Ballet, Rivernorth, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Ballet is a big part of Kelly Whitaker's life, and she is excited to bring her experience to Broadway Bound. She danced competitively growing up, trained with Cincinnati Ballet, and proceeded into a professional career with Columbia City Ballet in South Carolina for eight years. She attended many well respected summer dance programs including those at American Ballet Theatre (New York), Boston Ballet School, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Ms. Whitaker danced corps and soloist roles with Columbia City Ballet and her favorite roles include "The Snow Queen" from The Nutcracker and "Summer Fairy" from Cinderella. During her career, Ms. Whitaker discovered an even deeper passion for teaching dance. She has taught ballet for 15 years and is also certified by NESTA as a personal trainer. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge, experience, and mind-set required for professional dance.
A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Richelle has been a dancer all her life and graduated from Oklahoma City University's School of Dance and Arts Management with a Bachelor of Science in Dance Management. Upon graduation, she served as the Assistant to the Director of the (former) Omaha Theater Dance Company. Movement has always been a part of Richelle and in 2005 she became a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. The wife of a retired Air Force veteran, she has moved all over the country and has taught and choreographed for many diverse groups of students. Richelle truly believes that fitness can change lives not only physically, but also mentally which is why she commits to and believes in every person she works with. Her motto is "be better than yesterday." She recently moved to Loveland with her husband and two daughters and is excited about joining the BBDA family!
You can contact Richelle via email!
Sophia is a Senior in High School and has been dancing at Broadway Bound since she was 3 years old. She has been part of the Broadway Bound Dance Competition Team for 7 years and has been assisting with summer camps, private and group classes for several years. Sophia is disciplined in all dance styles and has won national and regional elite level overall titles, highest score, and judge’s awards in her solo, duet and group dances during her BBDA dance career. She has attended national dance intensives on scholarship and performed in Project Dance in Houston in March 2019. Dance is Sophia’s passion; she will be pursuing a Bachelor in Performing Arts in Dance starting in Fall 2021.