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.
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!
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.
GEMA DIAZ, Guest Ballet Instructor
Born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba and raised in Havana, Diaz has been dancing since the age of three. She trained with The National Ballet School in Havana and The Vocational Ballet School in Santa Clara, dancing with Ballet Nacional de Cuba for three years. Diaz won a silver medal in the International Ballet Competition of Cuba in 1999, and has toured all over the world. Upon joining Cincinnati Ballet in 2005, Diaz says “there is always something new to dance and new choreographers. Dance is the best way I can express myself. It’s very rewarding when it gets to people.” Diaz enjoys dancing with Cincinnati Ballet because she has learned “different ways to dance” and enjoys learning new repertoire. “It makes me feel alive.”
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.