Meet the Staff

Rita OgdenRita Ogden
Owner, Director & Instructor (Ballet, Jazz, Acrobatics, Creative & Combo Classes)
has been involved in many genres of performing arts including dance, theatre, print, TV, and film. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, gymnastics, clogging, square dancing, lyrical, liturgical, theatre dance, hip-hop, Celtic, ballroom and Latin jazz. She received her dance instruction certification in ballet, jazz, tap and acrobatics from Dance Masters of America and sits on the board of directors for chapter #25. She is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and most recently has appeared in such movies as Shooters, Rocky Balboa, Lady in the Park, My Sassy Girl and Invincible. She graduated from Drexel University with a BS in Design & Merchandising, with a concentration in small business and show production. Rita’s choreography has appeared in a Glaxco SmithKline commercial and on the Tomorrowland stage in Walt Disney World. Rita enjoys how eager her students are to learn and execute new skills and their determination to give it their all.

Angela BallAngela Ball
(Tap & Combo Classes) has studied various forms of dance including jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical, Celtic and hip-hop, with her first love being tap. She has studied with such choreographers as Judy Bassing, Gil Stroming, Colin Dunne of Riverdance, and Tap Great Brenda Buffalino. Her choreography ha been seen in several competitions and has appeared in the Disney Magic Music Days program in Orlando , Florida , in 1997 and 2004. She is a member of Dance Masters of America through DMA’s Teacher Certification Program. She made her NY debut in Gil Stroming’s production of Break the Floor . She has plans to continue her study of Latin and Ballroom dancing this summer. Angela is thrilled to have the opportunity to pass on her experience and love of dance to her students.

Jamie Lee DainJamie Lee Dain
(Acrobatics, Jazz, Lyrical, Jazz tech) is currently on faculty at the McHenry Dance Centre in Havertown, PA and at Ovations Dance Studio in Oaklyn, NJ and has been a guest teacher at several conventions and universities throughout PA, DE, MD, NJ and NY. Jamie is a long standing member of both Dance Masters of America and International Teachers of Dance, Inc. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Chapter #25 Pennsylvania Association of Dance Teachers as President and as Chairperson of their Annual Performing Arts Competition which raises money to further the dance education of both students and teachers. Jamie is a Nationally Certified Examiner for DMA and has happily served on the National Board of Directors as PADT’s DelagateJamie is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University with a Masters degree in Education as a Learning Specialist and is certified by test to teach all phases of dance. Her dance and teaching experience span a wide spectrum, including: ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and acrobatics. She has choreographed many award winning pieces for several national championship studio and college dance teams and has earned numerous awards for outstanding choreography. Several of her students have gone to study dance in college, work for recording labels, have been spotted on VH1, the “Ellen” show and gone on to tour with world renowned pop stars. However, she is most proud of the three little dancers she has at home…her daughters Isabella, Thalia & Sabrina

Ricky EvansRickey Evans
(Hip Hop)
Ricky “Glytch” Evans is a street dancer from Pennsauken, NJ. He has been dancing for over 10 years, but continues to be a student of his style, always looking for more historical knowledge as well as keeping up to date with the latest Hip Hop trends. His professional career started in 2005 with Face Da Phlave Entertainment, a dance crew that bridged the gap between Philly and Jersey dancers with the purpose of educating the community about the origins of Hip Hop dance. The crew also preached using dance (and the other arts as well) as an alternative to drugs, bullying, and violence. His first few years at Face Da Phlave was spent solely on training in the styles of Hip Hop, and at the same time he was studying for his B.A. in Economics at Seton Hall University. Once he graduated, the wheels on his dance career would start turning and take him places. He began teaching at various colleges and dance studios, and he would make his way into fitness centers with a Hip Hop aerobics class called Groovics. Glytch’s dance would also go around the world. In the past few years, he has traveled to Paris to represent the U.S. in an international dance battle called Juste Debout, and from there he would start giving workshops in Colombia, South America. Other notable accomplishments were ventures with his crew, The Hood Lockers. They were featured on So You Think You Can Dance, the NYC couture fashion show; and most recently, an off-Broadway production written by Dr. Rennie Harris entitled “LUV American Style.”

Carole HowleyCarol Howley
Is is a certified ACE personal trainer. She has been working in the fitness industry for over ten years, specializing in weight training, yoga, pilates, core strength and cardio fitness. Carole’s many fitness certifications include YogaFit, AAAI Level 3 Pilates, yoga and group fitness, and Madd Dog spinning. Carole danced as a young girl and now takes pleasure in watching her daughters, Olivia and Laura, dance. Carole graduated from the University of Delaware . Carole teaches Pilates for Dancers here at Ovations. Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on core strength, flexibility and breathing.

Bonnie KellyBonnie Kelly
(Musical Theatre Intensive)an alumna of Ovations Dance Studio, is so excited to be back on board for the annual Musical Theatre Intensive! Theatrical credits include the national tours of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl/Babette US) and A Chorus Line (Bebe) under the direction of legendary Baayork Lee. Other Regional Credits: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Sacramento Music Circus) and The Walnut Street Theatre’s Wizard of Oz and A Christmas Story. While on tour, Bonnie worked along side a company called Broadway Connection teaching at various dance studios across the country to bring the magic of musical theatre to students of all ages! She most recently choreographed Ovations Production Number “Be Our Guest” that was seen in the 2017/2018 season! Up next you can see Bonnie as Lila Dixon in The Walnut Street Theatre’s production of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn running September 4-October 21.

Lauren KinkerLauren Kinker
(Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Technique, Acrobatics)
recently relocated to Philadelphia from Cincinnati, Ohio for work. Lauren is employed as a full-time Pharmaceutical Healthcare Representative for Pfizer Inc. and recently graduated with her Masters in Business Administration from Xavier University. She graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2004 with a BS in Exercise Science and with a BA in Dance. Lauren is an active Member of Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America and is AFAA certified. Lauren was a finalist for the Cincinnati Overtures Awards. Lauren has danced at Paramount Kings Island, Cincinnati Children’s Theater, the Cincinnati Ballet and most recently with the Demetrius Klein Dance Company. She has choreographed many high school musicals, full-length productions for Cincinnati Musical Theater and Beechmont Players, and college dance team routines. She teaches dance and choreographs solos and group numbers for regional and national competitions. In her free time, Lauren is a volunteer with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization and has recently completed her fifth marathon and will be running her 6th in October 2015.

Melanie LedouxMelanie Ledoux
(Acro, Jazz, Lyrical & Hip Hop)
Melanie started dancing at the age of 3, and has studied many different forms of dance at Ovations Dance Studio. She was a part of Ovations Dance Ensemble and was a student teacher/assistant under the supervision of Miss Rita Ogden for many years. Melanie graduated from Collingswood High School in 2011 and since then has been attending Camden County College, while continuing her dance career. Melanie attended the Student Honors Intensive Program at the University of Buffalo and is currently a member of Dance Masters of America. Some of Melanie’s greatest accomplishments include modeling for A Wish Come True Dance Costume Company, and Capezio Dance Makers Inc. as well as being a proud member of the 2012 Philadelphia Soul Dance Team, of the Arena Football League.

Irina LouzganovaIrina Louzganova
Irina graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow in 1987. She danced as a soloist and principal for the Russian State Ballet for six years, performing with that company in Russia, Europe, and the United States. In 1992, Irina moved to the United States and settled in Southern New Jersey. She has been teaching here ever since, bringing her love and knowledge of classical ballet to hundreds of students in the area.

Andrea MychaelsAndrea Mychaels (Guest Artist in Residence)
(Jazz, Ballet, Fitness & Modern)
Andrea Mychaels has been an educator, choreographer, vocalist and dancer for more than 20 years. She holds an MFA from Texas Woman’s University, Ed.M. in Dance Education from Rutgers University and a B.A. in Dance from Stockton University. Mychaels has performed throughout the country as a dancer, vocalist, and choreographer in places such as Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Philadelphia and New York. Mychaels is the recipient of three “Outstanding Choreography” awards for her Choreography at various East Coast Regional Theatres and ICCA, a National Acapella Competition, and was a finalist in the 2012 Jazz Dance World Congress International Choreography Competition. She started her own dance company, the Andrea Mychaels Dance Project, in 2012, which continues to be successful in providing performance opportunities for dancers and creating an entry point into the art of dance for a diverse population of youth through the company’s Educational and Community Outreach programming.

Andrea MychaelsMelissa Smith
is a recent graduate of Towson University, earning her Bachelors of Science in Accounting. Melissa started her dance career at five years old at Ovations Dance Studio and started competitively dancing with the Ovations Dance Ensemble at age eight. At Ovations she held the title of Miss Dance of Pennsylvania Association of Dance Teachers 2012 and 2014. While at Towson, she continued her dance career by auditioning and joining the Towson University Dance Team. At the time she joined this team, they were 16X National Dance Alliance Collegiate Champions. As a freshman and as a senior she helped her team bring home the 17th and 18th national title. After graduating college, she furthered her dance experience by trying out for the Philadelphia 76ers Dance Team. She made the team, and is currently a rookie member for the 2018-2019 season. She also was a model for A Wish Come True, and will be continuing that journey now that she is back from college. She is so excited to be teaching at Ovations and sharing her love and knowledge for dance with her new students.