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 St. Thomas
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: Combination Classes and Broadway Tap/Jazz
Fallyn began her dance training at the young age of two, and fell in love with it from the very start. She grew up dancing and competing winning many competitions and special awards. Fallyn attended Holy Family University where she studied Elementary Education and choreographed & performed for the Holy Family Cheerleading/ Dance Team. Upon graduation Fallyn taught various genres of dance to students of all ages. Fallyn currently works as an Elementary School Teacher and choreographs many special performances around the area. Fallyn is excited to work with young and eager talent and plans to help them grow as both artists and technicians while instilling her passion for dance and movement.
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.