Emmanuel grew up in Norfolk, VA. He attended George Mason University in 2012 initially pursuing a Sports Management degree. In 2014, he was accepted into the GMU Dance program and officially started his formal dance training. He has also trained at the Susquehanna Dance Center in Lancaster PA. In 2017, he graduated with a B.S. in Sport Management and a B.F.A. in Dance. After graduating, he married his beautiful best friend and fellow GMU dancer, Isabella, and together they live in Lancaster, PA. He has been involved with several dance projects in Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Lancaster including The Durang Dance Collective, A-Y/Dancers, DancEthos, Servant Stage Theater Company, and Chamber Dance Company. In 2019 he had the privilege of dancing one season with Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in Philadelphia where he grew immensely as a dance artist.
Isabella is an experienced performer and teacher who graduated with honors from the rigorous George Mason University School of Dance BFA, a program that allowed her to study and work with some of the most well respected teachers and stellar choreographers in the country today. A Lancaster native, Isabella has performed and choreographed in local dance and theatre companies since graduation. She is the School Director of Susquehanna Dance Center where she is privileged to teach a broad range of classes to hard-working students of all ages. In addition to her warm and engaging teaching style, Isabella has an astonishing memory for choreography and dance details that allows her to bring special nuance to each work. She is excited to be dancing and creating alongside her husband, Emmanuel.
Willow Donnachie was born and raised in Lancaster, PA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from George Mason University. While at George Mason Willow performed works by Mark Morris, Robert Battle, Donald Byrd, Kyle Abraham, and Ulysses Dove. She met Emmanuel at GMU and has been creating and performing with him ever since. She spent the previous two years dancing in New York City as a scholarship recipient with the Paul Taylor School. Willow is now the Artistic Director and part owner of Susquehanna Dance Center here in Mountville. She is thrilled to bring concert dance to Lancaster and grateful to have a beautiful space to teach and rehearse. Willow is excited to have the opportunity to perform alongside talented family and friends in her hometown. Soli Deo Gloria!
Danika Steinmetz holds a BFA in Dance Performance from the Purchase Dance Conservatory in NY. Raised in Bellevue Washington, she attended the Pacific Northwest Ballet School and performed multiple times with the PNB Company in Seattle, WA. In 2007 she moved with her family to the East Coast where she studied at Lancaster School of Ballet and Susquehanna Dance Center. Danika has taught dance in South America, co-directed dance clinics for The Greens at Greenwich CT retirement community, and teaches ballet and musical theater dance courses for Lancaster Bible College. In 2017 she launched the Durang Dance Collective, which serves to educate and entertain local audiences through exposure to world-class dance by emerging choreographers. In 2017, Danika also reunited with Adam, her Pas de Deux partner from COBALT’s 2012 “The Nutcracker”. They immediately fell in love and were married within the year. From 2018-2020, Danika freelanced as a dancer and choreographer in NYC, while continuing to teach dance and fitness at studios throughout NJ and PA. Danika has performed as a featured dancer at both the Fulton Theater (“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”, “The Wizard of Oz”, and “Fulton Follies”), and PRiMA Theater (“Chess”, “West Side Story”, and “Evita”).
Reva Adams graduated from Slippery Rock University in May 2021, with a Bachelor's of the Fine Arts in Dance with a focus in both Performance and Choreography and Business Administration. Throughout her four years at SRU, she was selected to work with many different guest artists such as: Jenna Reigal (Bill T. Jones), Mathew Shaffer, Alicia Garrity (Diavolo), Jesse Factor (Martha Graham), Franciene Ott, Jennifer Meckley, Lindsay Viatori, Jennifer Keller, and Chitra Subermanin. Through these performance opportunities, she gained significant experiences that led her to perform in various venues and events throughout Pennsylvania, New York City, and Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts. In the summer of 2019, Reva was invited to dance professionally with Theatre West Virginia, where she worked for two months. In the summer of 2020, she completed her 200 hour level yoga teacher training with Yoga Alliance. Reva is an extremely well rounded performer, choreographer, and teacher ready to apply her vast knowledge and experience in dance to future opportunities that will allow her to continue growing as an artist.
Bethany Joyce has been dancing since she was four years old. Her dance education began at Susquehanna Dance Center where she is now a dance instructor. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Slippery Rock University in May of 2021, while pursuing her BFA in Dance with a concentration in performance and choreography. She had the opportunity to work with various artists from all over the country and world. Ever since the beginning of her dance career she was curious, passionate, and excited to explore all that dance had to offer her. Bethany is currently a choreographer for Hempfield Highschool’s Dance Theater Program and a dance teacher for several local studios. Bethany is passionate about making a lasting impact on others through movement and choreography. She is a dance advocate and hopes to enrich her community by teaching dance to anyone who is wanting to take class. Bethany is thrilled to be back for her third season with Luna and can not wait for the community to see all that Luna has to offer.
Melissa Turka was raised in Lancaster County and has been dancing since the age of 3. Melissa wanted to further her dance education and attended DeSales University where she received her BA in Dance with a double minor in business and psychology. During her time at DeSales University, she performed works by notable choreographers: Antony Tudor, Trinette Singleton, Jessica Chen, Jeff Shade, and Jamey Hampton. After graduating, Melissa moved back to Lancaster and began her professional career as a freelance artist. Professionally, she has performed in New York City, Philadelphia, Lancaster and the Lehigh Valley for choreographers Emily Kline, Julia Mayo, Tara Madsen Robbins, Melissa Chisena, and more. In 2017, she joined Opus 1 Contemporary Dance Company, under the direction of Lina McMenamin & Tim Early, and performed with them for their 2017 and 2018 seasons. In 2018, Melissa became the co-founder and assistant artistic director of emme dance collective, a nonprofit dance company in Lancaster, PA. Melissa continues to direct, dance, and choreograph for emme dance collective, while also teaching at Encore Dance Center. She is thrilled to be dancing with LUNA this season and is grateful for the opportunity to connect with such inspiring dance artists.
Devon Groff is a local performer, choreographer, director, and fitness instructor. Before moving back to her hometown of Lancaster, Devon received a BA in Theatre and Dance from James Madison University in Virginia. After graduating Devon lived and performed in Philadelphia, PA where she taught at Philly Power Yoga & Thrive Pilates and performed with a local female-run dance collective. Since moving back to Lancaster, she has enjoyed choreographing and teaching for both private dance studios and public High Schools. After studying under Pat Kautter and Cody Smith, Devon is the new director of Hempfield High School's Dance Theatre. She currently teaches barre and Pilates at Move It Studio in Lancaster City, performs with emme dance collective, and now she is thrilled to perform with Luna!
Tiffany Shrom has been actively dancing since she was three years old. She attended Debbie’s School of Dance Inc. where she is now an Assistant Artistic Director, competition coach, and instructor.
She graduated summa cum laude in May of 2020 from Slippery Rock University with a dance degree in the Bachelors of Fine Arts program. While at the University, she studied and gained experience in dance technology, film, research, performance, and choreography as well as received her certification in Yoga. Tiffany was named the Outstanding BFA Dance Major of 2020 by the SRU dance department. Her dance experience and studies include working with many talented artists including: Grady Bowman, Lindsay Fisher-Viatori, Chitra Subramanian, Jesse Factor, Jaya Mani, and Ursula Payne.
Over the years, Tiffany has performed or appeared in, Movies by Movers through the American Dance Festival, Koresh Dance Company Showcase Series located in Philadelphia, Prima Theater in Lancaster, FORGE Dance Intensive, and Gus Giordano in Chicago.
Upon graduation, Tiffany has been a company member of the West Virginia Dance Company, Emme Dance Collective, and LUNA! Over the past three years she has been assistant choreographing her local high school musicals including Footloose, Pirates of Penzance, and Seussical. Her newest adventures have been traveling to judge and adjudicate for nationally known dance competitions such as StarQuest and Elite Dance Challenge as well as signing with a modeling agency in New York.
We are always looking for performance opportunites!