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Paula Heeschen


Paula studied ballet for many years as a child with Anita Lee Blair and as an adult with Notara School of Dance, New York City Ballet Coach Beth Kurtz and Donna Colter. She currently studies ballet with Diane Verdi. She has also studied modern dance with Kathy Kroll and performs with Kroll's Dance and Paper Theater.

Olga McGuire

(Argentine Tango)

Olga studied with tango masters in Argentina and New York. She teaches Argentine Tango at Nash Dancenter in New Jersey as well. She assists Dragon Ranitovich in workshops in NJ, NY and PA. McGuire and Rantiovich give monthly workshops at SVPA.

Robert Joyner

(Kyokushin Karate)

Robert is a master of Kyokushin Karate, with 40 years of experience in the martial arts. He has competed nationally and internationally in full contact karate and is considered an expert fighter. He has been teaching karate and kobuko in the Poconos for 23 years.

Jazmin Ospa

(Theater, Stagecraft & Puppets)

Jazmin has a B.A. in Technical Theater with a concentration in Costumes from East Stroudsburg University, and participated with Stage II and University Contemporary Dancers clubs. She has participated in productions with Allentown Civic Theater and Little Theater of Wilkes-Barre, dance groups (Kathy Kroll Dance & Paper Theater, Northeast Ballet Ensemble) and Macy's Costume Operations. She has taught Theater, Stagecraft and Puppetry at SVPA since 2010. An avid cosplayer and has won a Judge's Award during Otakon's 2006 Masquerade.

Diane Verdi


Diane danced as a soloist with the Garden State Ballet and Morse Donaldson Modern Dance Company. She taught dance at Fairleigh Dickenson and Ryder Colleges. Diane has produced, directed and choreographed the Nutcracker ballet for the last 7 years and she has taught all ages from preschool through adult.