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Instructors/Staff
Sasha Bennett, Gymnastics Instructor - Dance Studio, Dance Lessons in Buckhannon, WV

Sasha Bennett, Gymnastics Instructor

Sasha has been teaching gymnastics at The Dance Factory for more than 8 years and brings here experience in competitive gymnastics to her students. Sasha trained and competed at the West Virginia Training Center for gymnastics in Morgantown, WV. While competing in gymnastics, her specialties were in floor exhibition and balance beam. Sasha also trained in ballet, jazz and modern dance at The Dance Factory and was a member of the Augusta Youth Ballet Company. She is the proud mother of daughter, Socia, age 4, one of TDF tiny tumblers.
Bridget Bonamico, Dance Instructor - Dance Studio, Dance Lessons in Buckhannon, WV

Bridget Bonamico, Dance Instructor

Bridget graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in May of 2013 with a Major in Business Management and a Minor in Dance. Bridget is currently employed as the Office Manager at Klie Law Offices. She has been dancing for the last twenty years and her experiences have been ample. She began seriously dancing at the age of eleven at Annabel Timms’ School of Ballet in Bridgeport where she studied tap, jazz, ballet and pointe. Some of her major appearances were as the Arabian Queen in The Children's Nutcracker, Tantomile in CATS, Chastity in Anything Goes, Mimi in Guys and Dolls and Cha Cha in Grease. Bridget was a founding member of both the Bridgeport High School Dance Ensemble and the Bridgeport High School Danceline. In college Bridget began studying modern dance and worked with well known teachers such as Donald Laney, Toneta Akers-Toler, Gretchen Moore, several members of the West Virginia Dance Company and the lovely Nina Scattaregia. Bridget has attended West Virginia Dance Festival countless times while in high school and college and performed each year. Ms. Bonamico is very excited to teach at The Dance Factory and is thrilled about working with fresh young dancers.
Alison Clausen - Dance Studio, Dance Lessons in Buckhannon, WV

Alison Clausen

Alison brings 20 years of gymnastics experience to TDF. Orginally from Washington, Alison was Level 9 gymnast prior to competing collegiately at Hamline University. While at Hamline, she was the captain of the gymnastics team and compete in three NCGA National Championships. Alison completed her master's degree in Sport Psychology at Ithaca College. While at Ithaca, Alison served as Assistant Gymnastic Coach, where she coached an athlete to the National Title in the Floor Exercise in 2010. Allison has over ten years coaching all levels of gymnastics. She is currently a Level 9 rated judge under the USAG. She is the Assistant Athletic Director at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Ciara Goff, Dance Instructor - Dance Studio, Dance Lessons in Buckhannon, WV

Amy Livesay, Dance Instructor

 Amy trained at The Dance Factory and was a member of the August Youth Ballet Company.  While training at TDF, Amy attended the Governor's School for the Arts and performed at the West Virginia State Dance Festival with the AYBC.  Amy earned her BFA in Dance from Radford University in Virginia in 2015.   While studyig at Radford, Amy had the opportunity to further her studies in dance through an intensive in Lavorno, Italy.   She has perfomred in the American College Dance Festival and also in NYC with the Radford dance ensemble.  Amy began teaching at The Dance Factory in September, 2016 to share her passion for dance with her students.

Ann Livesay, Office Administrator - Dance Studio, Dance Lessons in Buckhannon, WV

Ann Livesay, Office Administrator

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Monica Phillips, Dance Instructor

Monica Ammons Phillips joined the Dance Factory and Gym Zone team in January 2015. She currently teaches creative dance, tiny tappers, level 1 ballet, jazz and tap, clogging, baton, pom, tumble tots, kinder gym, dance and roll and bronze level gymnastics.  Phillips began her dance training in 1978 at the Carolyn Jackson Dance Studio and the Joy of Dance Studio in Kingwood. She was certified to teach in 1986, through Dance Educators of America. She owned and directed Headliners Dance Studio from 1990-1996 in Kingwood and Cheat Lake.  Nationally, she’s taught at the Judith Lee Johnson Studio, St. Petersburg, FL, The Little Gym, Westminster, CO and at the Preston Community Arts Center in Kingwood.  Phillips won a Showstoppers National Competition in 1995, with a clogging trio. Her students have won many local, regional and national awards for dance, singing, twirling and acrobatics.  Continuing education includes, 1990 Dance Masters of America’s teacher training program, Kent State, and 1991-1996 at Music Works seminars in Pittsburg, PA, 1992-94 National Clog Association seminars in Youngstown, OH.  Monica attended the 2015 Dance Teacher Web LIVE conference in CT where she  took took master classes with nationally known dance educators and master teachers.   She also earned certification in the DTU Level I Teacher Training from Dance Teacher University & University of Nevada.  Phillips lives in Buckhannon with her husband Greg, sons Dane and Rhett and step sons, Anthony and Hank. Rhett is a student at the Dance Factory, training in ballet and clogging.

Angela Post, Office Administrator - Dance Studio, Dance Lessons in Buckhannon, WV

Angela Post, Office Administrator & Ballet Instructor

Angela graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College where she was a dance minor and costume design major.  While being an integral part of the office staff of The Dance Factory, Angela has also done costuming for the AYBC.  Angela has also taught junior ballet tecnique and pre-pointe classes.   This season she will teach junior ballet and teen ballet technique.