Program Director/Teacher/Choreographer: Dawn Blanco
Xcape Program Director Dawn Blanco is a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher. She began her dance training at age 7 and is trained in ballet, modern dance, jazz, musical theater and hip hop dance. Blanco attended Temple University and Kutztown University and has also studied dance at Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey Studio, Steps on Broadway and Dance New Amsterdam in New York City. She holds K–12 teaching certification in the state of Pennsylvania and Dance Masters of America certification in Ballet, Jazz and Modern Instruction.
Dawn has 10 years' teaching experience and choreographs for nationally competitive dance ensembles, soloists and high school dance teams. A 2012 Freddy Awards nominee for choreography, she has won several awards in recognition of her creative choreography. Blanco was on staff as a dance instructor at Penn State University, Lehigh University and Marywood University and was recently director of the Studio Dance Academy and a dance teacher at William Allen High School.
Teacher/Choreographer: Portia McDuffie
Teacher: Carolyn LaJara
Office Manager: Jonathan Ortiz