Hey! I'm Teacher Porsha! (She/her) (fully vaccinated) Due to the Pandemic, I became an unemployed professional dancer with little hopes for the future. In October 2020, I created Pixie Pods! I LOVE teaching kids and wanted to offer a way for kids to play, imagine, and dance safely during this Pandemic. I'm looking forward to teaching, dancing, and having fun with your little one!
I was born in Rota, Spain and raised in Abingdon, MD. At a local studio, I took my first ballet class when I was 7 years old. I quickly fell in love with movement and never stopped dancing! I furthered my dance training at Baltimore School for the Arts. In 2014, I graduated from The Ailey School/Fordham University with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Business Administration. I'm grateful to have had a 7 year Professional performance career! Truly a dream come true! My favorite credits include: Disney Cruise Line, SNL, FX's Pose, Memphis, and "Tiger Lily" in Peter Pan 360.
Hi! I’m Teacher Nicole Crowl! (She/her) (fully vaccinated) I am from Cleveland, OH but I recently moved to NYC to pursue my career. I have an Acrobatic Arts Certification and a bachelor’s degree in Dance Performance from Kent State University. While attending school I led student organizations such as, East Meets West and the Student Dance Education Organization. I also had the opportunity to study dance and culture in Bangkok, Thailand, and perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
My love for teaching began at the age of 15 when I became an assistant teacher at my dance studio. I have experience teaching acrobatics, tap, jazz, ballet, modern, contemporary, and competitive dance. One of my favorite things about teaching is when a student has been persistently working on a certain skill, or task, and they finally succeed! Just seeing the pure excitement on their faces after their accomplishment, brings me nothing but joy!
Teaches: DANCE, ACRO, BIRTHDAYS
Hi! I’m Teacher Alexis or you can also call me Teacher Lexi! (She/her) (Fully Vaccinated) Based in Sunnyside, Queens. Raised in Buffalo, NY, I recently moved to NYC to further my career. I started dancing at the age of 6 at a local dance studio taking classes in tap, jazz, ballet, acro, hip hop and lyrical. I participated in numerous musicals and ballets such as “Annie” and “The Nutcracker” while in high school. I then went onto college and graduated from The College at Brockport with Bachelor’s degrees in Dance and Childhood Education. While in college I got to perform in North Carolina, NYC various venues around Rochester, NY. I was also on my school’s dance team: “Brockport Dance Team Emeralds” and performed at football and basketball games throughout the year. I competed regionally and nationally with the team placing 1st -3rd at regional competitions and 4th in the nation at National Dance Alliance Collegiate Nationals.After college I began teaching at Studio J, a studio based in Buffalo, NY. For 8 years I taught toddler classes, pre-ballet, ballet and acro classes. I specialized in teaching most of the children who were under the age of 6. I was frequently known as everyone’s “First dance teacher”. I have also taught dance at numerous after school programs and have been fortunate enough to teach dance classes for the Girl Scouts of WNY to help girls earn their dancer badge. When I’m not teaching dance, I’m a full time Preschool teacher during the week. I’m so excited to now be with Pixie Pods and bring my love of dance to children all over NYC! Can’t wait to meet and dance together soon!
Teaches: DANCE, ACRO, BIRTHDAYS
Hello! I'm Teacher Aisling(she/he) (Fully vaccinated) ! I'm originally from Cortland, NY and have been living in NYC pursuing a performing career for a few years now. I received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University.
I have over 10 years experience teaching children of all ages. I begin teaching at age 17 at my mother's dance school! I love working with young children, helping them reach goals, it fills my heart to see them succeed! Sharing my love of dance, movement, and the arts is a true passion of mine. As a performer I've toured the country with shows including Peter and the Starcatcher andThe Radio City Christmas Spectacular, A Chorus Line, and Cabaret.
I'm so excited to be teaching with Pixie Pods!
Teaches: MUSIC, DANCE, BIRTHDAYS
Hello NYC families! My name is Teacher Bri! (she/her) (fully vaccinated) I am an actor, singer, dancer, and educator currently residing in Sunnyside, Queens. My love for the arts began at the age of 3 when I took my very first dance class! I was selected at age 10 to represent the United States in the Tap Dance World Championships in Germany. Being a quick commute to NYC from my hometown of Guilderland, NY, I decided at age 11 to audition for my first Broadway show, Billy Elliot, and… I booked it!! I performed in the whole run of the show as a Swing and eventually as the principal role of Debbie. After the show completed its run, I continued my training in NYC studying acting under the late Ann Willis Ratray and dance under the renowned Anthony Morigerato.
At the age of 17, my college career began in a dual program with St. John’s University & The American Academy of Dramatic Arts from which I earned an A.O.S. in Acting and B.S. in TV & Film simultaneously. My passion for teaching was sparked 8 years ago when I began working as the Assistant Director of Retter Entertainment’s performance-based dance group, NYC Tap Crew. Fun fact: we performed with RUN DMC! I soon got into program design, designing and implementing a Musical Theater summer program for the Boys & Girls Clubs of NY. After graduating, I started working as a Preschool Enrichment Specialist leading music and movement-based classes. I remain active in the performing arts to this day. Highlights include voicing 2 episodes of Emergency Call on ABC and being nominated as Outstanding Female Vocalist (MAC Awards) for my performance in “How I Got my Equity Card” at The Duplex.
I am a certified Zumbini instructor and ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor with a specialization in Youth Fitness. I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing my passion of the arts and for early childhood education to PixiePods! I truly cannot wait to share joy, excitement, energy, and growth with your family!
Teaches: MUSIC, ACRO, BIRTHDAYS
Hey there! I’m Dan (he/him) (Fully Vaccinated) , and I’m really looking forward to creating some magical creative memories with your little ones. I’m a professional actor, singer, and dancer. I graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, and also hold a Certificate of Excellence from Broadway Dance Center. I’ve performed on television and at theatres across the country. You can find out more about my performance work at my website, DanielReardonOnline.com
When I’m not performing, I love spreading my passion for the performing arts via teaching. I began my teaching artist journey as an assistant at the theatre school I first attended as a kid. Since then, I have taught for public school systems, pre-professional training programs, professional theatres’ education departments, and online and in- person as a freelancer. I have taught drama, dance and movement, and music for children as young as one to as old as eighteen. I am so looking forward to exploring the wide world of creativity with your kiddos!
Teaches: MUSIC, BIRTHDAYS
Hello! My name is Teacher Hannah Chism (she/her) (fully vaccinated) based in Flatbush, Brooklyn. I am a musical theatre performer with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of West Florida. Before the pandemic, I worked with the Missoula Children’s Theatre, travelling across the US; where we taught kids life-skills through performing arts! I have experience in tap, jazz, and ballet. I grew up in Pensacola, Florida, and recently moved to Brooklyn to continue my pursuit of musical theatre, which has been a dream of mine since I was your kids’ age! I’m so excited to continue to pursue my craft while working with the amazing team here at Pixie Pods, and your little stars too!
Hey! I’m Teacher Michaella! (She/Her) (fully vaccinated). Based in Hell's Kitchen. I moved to New York City to attend the Ailey School/Fordham University BFA dance program and I also double majored in International Political Economy with a concentration in Italian Language. Since being in NYC, I have been honored to perform works by Manuele Vignoulle, Martha Graham, Jessica Lang, Andrea Guajardo, Earl Mosley, Jaclyn Buglisi, Chalvar Monteiro, and more!
I’ve enjoyed teaching for the Junior Division at Alvin Ailey, Pointe Academy Dance Center, the JUNTOS Collective, and I developed my own movement practice called Movement Empowerment. I also co-created the virtual community platform Artist After Hours based on discovery, versatility, and discussion of the dance field. I’m excited to be a part of the Pixie Pods Squad! Looking forward to dancing with your little one!
Teaches: ACRO, DANCE, BIRTHDAYS
Hey there my name is Teacher Tayshiana I also go by Tay! (She/her) (fully vaccinated) I started dancing at age four under the direction of Arranette Polite. My skill set quickly began to increase as well as a love for my new found passion. This was celebrated when I received the first A5 Academy of the Arts dancer of the year award at the age of six. I continued to attend the academy in St. Martinville Louisiana, until I later relocated to San Diego California. I then was accepted into the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts high school studying as a dance major. S.C.P.A opened doors for me as I performed repertoire from legends of the dance world such as; Donald Mckayle, Anna Sokolow, José Limón and Christopher Huggins. Graduating in 2013 and immediately began working as a professional dancer booking an ensemble role for the Musical In The Heights with the San Diego Repertory Theater. In January 2014, I officially became a part of the Disney Cruise Line family as a performer, traveling internationally for the past five years.
Since the pandemic 2020, I have taught numerous private dance and gymnastics classes throughout the Brooklyn area. Some include choreographing for a competition hip-hop team as well as recently working with after school programs instructing gymnastics.
I’m excited to bring my enthusiastic high energy to pixie pods and rock out with new friends!