Meet Our Team
Miss Marla Kay
Instructor: Jazz, Hip Hop, Song and Dance and Combination Classes
Marla Kay grew up in Philadelphia, PA, and studied all forms of dance since the age of three. A proud member of Actors Equity Association, she has performed professionally at the Walnut Street Theater, American Theatre Arts for Youth, and various film and television projects as well. She has studied and taken class from all top choreographers's and master teacher's including: Frank Hatchett, Joe Lanteri, Ann Reinking, Sheila Barker, Brian Freedman, Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels, Rennie Harris, Roni Koresh and many more. She continues to study and take classes with all of the current choreographer's in the business.
Marla Kay has been professionally teaching and choreographing since 1987 in the area's of jazz, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre and song and dance. She has choreographed many award winning groups and solo competitive numbers. She has been the recipient of "Best Choreographer" awards at many events including, Star Power, Star Systems, Dance Explosion, Onstage America and Showstopper's, just to name a few. Her soloists have gone on to claim many Titles in all age divisions.
Her passion for the art of dance and theatre continues in the classroom, where her classes are focused on dance as a true art form, technique, and above all, a positive approach to make all feel welcome, and to explore their creative roots. She believes the classroom is the place that each dancer can develop at their own pace, in a fun, positive, nurturing atmosphere.
Miss Kendall Montague
Assistant Director, and Instructor: Lyrical, Tap, Contemporary, Pom Funk
Kendall has been dancing since the age of 3 under the guidance and instruction of Miss Marla Kay (Director). During the early years of her dance career, Kendall became a competitive dancer at the age of 8. Her passion and commitment to the art of dance won her a
a National Title (Jr. Miss Starpower) at the age of 10. She went on to win over 70 other Regional Titles and special awards throughout her dance career. At her previous studio she became a student choreographer, winning awards for her work. She has extensive training in ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical genre's. Kendall has attained additional training by attending intensive dance programs, and pursuing professional dance classes in both New York City and Philadelphia.
Kendall is a Temple University graduate with a degree in Finance, her chosen career in order to manage much of the business aspects at Elements Dance Factory. Her true passion is in choreography. Kendall is the current choreographer of our competitive Tap and Lyrical/Contemporary lines, as well as the choreographer of many soloists and duet/trios. Her soloists have won overall high scores and Titles in both tap and lyrical genres. Her choreography for her groups has also gained her recognition by winning numerous Choreography Awards for many of her routines as well as High Score and Special Overall achievements. Proudly Kendall has implemented the collegiate dance class of "Pom Funk", a truly innovative class that was developed and formed by her to share her experience from her years of dance on Temple University's "Diamond Gems" Dance Team. Other studios have gone on to attempt to duplicate this class, but there is nothing like learning from the "original". Kendall was awarded the MVP on Temple's Dance Team in 2014. As with all Elements Instructors Kendall continues to pursue dance education at all levels by attending Master Classes in New York, and Philadelphia, particularly in her specialty which is Tap and Lyrical.
Instructor: Ballet and Pointe
Paris Gray hails from Los Angeles, California. He studied intensively in ballet, along with numerous other styles of dance at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy under the direction of Karen Mcdonald and Debbie Allen. Paris has also studied ballet at the schools of numerous companies such as Dance Theater of Harlem, American Ballet Theater, and Ballet Nacional de Cuba (The Cuban National Ballet), to name a few. Paris has had the pleasure of performing works by choreographers such as Darrel Grand Moultrie, Ulysses dove, Hellen Pickett, Madame Giana Jigarhan, and Lauren Anderson. Paris is currently a student at the University of the Arts School of Dance class of 2023, where he currently holds the position of Artistic Director of the UArts Ballet ensemble.
Instructor: Contemporary and Beginner Ballet
Miss Ashlee Knecht
Acro Program Instructor
Ashlee Knecht is a third generation dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She began dancing at the age of three at her family’s dance studio and is trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and acrobatics. At the age of six, Ashlee began competing regionally and nationally and has won multiple titles and high score awards as a soloist and as a member of the Knecht Dance Company. After graduating from Neshaminy High School, Ashlee went on to attend Pace University in New York City as a commercial dance major. She is a graduate of the Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Training Program and is a level 3 student of Dance Masters of America’s Teachers Training School. She has taught convention classes for Dance Masters of America’s Ch.10 Pennsylvania and Ch.4 Michigan and has choreographed for multiple studios across the country. When she is not teaching she judges for dance competitions like Legacy National Dance Championships and All American Talent Awards. Ashlee is thrilled to be joining the Elements Dance Factory faculty this season!
Miss Lori Montague
Co-Owner and Business Director
Miss Lori is one of the co-owners along with Marla Kay and handles all business aspects at Elements Dance Factory. Lori is a graduate from Widener University with a Bachelors Degree in Business. Her specialty is in Customer Service and Customer Relations. She has utilized her customer service expertise with prestigious companies such as General Mills, and Lucent Technologies. Her focus at Elements is to create a positive rapport between parents and studio, advertising, billing, and handles all financial aspects of the business.