Instructors

Lauri Welteroth


Laurie Welteroth

Owner

Lauri has dedicated her life to the beautiful art of dance, the community and to bringing her students the very best experience in dance education. For more than three decades the LKW Dance Center programs have turned out confident, expressive dancers, and strong, committed individuals. Since 1982, Lauri continues to advance the opportunities of our students and their families. 

Martin Carrasco


Martin Carrasco

Artistic Director of the Ballet Program

Martin Carrasco received his Bachelor Degree in Classical Ballet, from The National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City. Immediately following graduation he was offered a contract to come to the United States. He began his professional dance career in 1986 with Ballet of the Americas in El Paso, Texas. Since then he has danced with Michigan Ballet, The Florida Ballet, Atlantic Ballet Theater and Berkshire Ballet Company. He trained in New York City under the coaching of John Magnus, Finis Jhung, Maggie Black, David Howard, Nancy Bielski and Marina Staviskaya. Martin has also studied the Bournonville technique and Methodology with Madame Kirsten Ralov from The Royal Danish Ballet.  

Martin joined the Berkshire Ballet Company in Albany, NY as a principal Dancer in 1988. His repertory included “Peasant Pas de Deux” from “Giselle”, and “Grand Pas de Deux” from “The Nutcracker”, performing all with fiery brilliance.

Martin was recognized in Newsweek magazine in 1990 for his performance in the special production of “The Nutcracker” with the Red Bank Ballet Company.

In 1991, he joined The Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company at Lincoln Center in New York City under the direction of Diana Levi, performing at The Metropolitan Opera House.  His repertory included Operas such “Aida”, “Turandot”, “Tannhauser”, “La Traviata”, and many others, where he was fortunate to work with such stars like Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, & many others.

Martin has toured intensively, performing with national and international ballet companies, studying styles of Dance and Choreography in Vienna, Austria; Munich, Germany; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; London, United Kingdom; Madrid and Seville, Spain. With over 33 years of performing experience, being an accomplished professional ballet dancer, he enjoys teaching Classical Ballet Technique, Ballet Repertory and, coaching. Martin has so much to offer to new generations of ballet dancers.

Moving to Williamsport, Pennsylvania in December 2010, he began teaching Classical Ballet Technique & Repertory at LKW Dance Center in nearby Montoursville, PA. He has devoted himself to developing a strong Ballet Program, teaching and helping the young ballet students to achieve their greatest potential in dance thru discipline, hard work, perseverance and passion for this beautiful timeless Art.          

Martin has been setting suites of Classical Ballet productions for LKW Dance Center for their year-end recitals since 2011. Among them, Swan Lake, Sylvia, first Act of Giselle, Paquita, Coppelia and 2018 La Bayadere, delivering every single one of them with the highest artistic quality and receiving a great ovation from the audience.

Jaime Feerrar


Jaime Feerrar

Director of the Competitive Team

Jaime has been an instructor at LKW Dance Studio for more than a decade. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Development and Strategies from Wilkes University. In 2009, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education and a concentration in Dance from Lock Haven University.  In addition to teaching dance, Jaime is a second grade teacher with the Loyalsock Township School District.

Jaime had the pleasure of being the choreographer of numerous high school and community musicals including: Little Shop of Horrors (Jersey School Area School District); Oklahoma (Community Arts Center Student Summer Stock); Seussical the Musical, Willy Wonka, and The Music Man (Meadowbrooke Christian Academy); Fiddler On The Roof (Loyalsock Township High School); and Gypsy (Riverside Community Theatre League).

Jaime has attended several Professional Dance  Development Conferences including the DanceLife Teacher Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Jaime continues to participate in Professional Dance Development for Teachers.

She hopes to enrich and inspire the artistic and cognitive development of all her students through the art of dance.

David Reed


David Reed

Co-Director of the Competitive Team and Vocal Coach

From Decatur Illinois, David showed amazing talent early in his youth singing in his church choir. At age 12 he performed with an all-city Honor Choir and by age 15 he found himself with many opportunities to grow and further develop his natural talent.

After graduating from Eisenhower High School (Class of 2010), David has taken the world by storm as a triple threat performer. His performance and instructional credits include theatre work, show choirs, choreography for competitive dance teams, cheer-leading squads and musicals.  His career to date includes National tours of Sweet Charity - Daddy Brubeck, Buddy and The Buddy Holly Story Tour.

David headlined as Lead vocalist for Americas Ambassador for the United States Veterans - Re-Creation USA. Additionally, he performed with four Theme Parks, including Walt Disney World, Inc, and with Celebrity Cruise Lines and Holland America Cruise Lines as Lead Vocalist.

David brings an amazing energy and is always on the pulse of the latest dance trends!

Gabrielle Fries


Gabrielle Fries

Dance Instructor

Gabrielle has been an LKW dancer for the past sixteen years. During 12 of those years, she competed on LKW’s competitive dance team.

Additionally, she has been an Assistant Dance Teacher in the preschool and combo programs for the past 8 years. Outside of the studio, Gabrielle is in the Accelerated Physician Assistant Program at Pennsylvania College of Technology. She is looking forward to a great year, and cannot wait to share her love of dance with all of you!

Tony Rhodes


Tony Rhodes

Dance Instructor 

Anthony Rhodes a native of Camden, New Jersey started his dance training at the age of 14. He is a 2005 graduate of the Creative & Performing Arts High School, where he majored in dance. He continued his dance training at various institutes such as Halliday Dance, Philadanco (Training Company), DCNS (summer intensive program), Grace Dance Theater and Eleone Dance Theater. As a result of Dara Stevens-Merediths guidance Anthony was accepted into Eleone Connection in 2005 and is currently a principle dancer, assistant rehearsal director and creative director for Eleone Dance Theatre. He is a 2005 NAACP ACT-SO Silver Medalist for dance, E award of Excellence and the 2014 Philadelphia Rocky Award Recipient for outstanding performance in a show. His choreography was featured in the 2007 production of " For Colored Girls........" at The Walt Whitman Center for Performing Arts, 2008 Philadelphia Film Festival as well as 2016 BET's BLACK GIRLS ROCK with recording artist Monica Brown. Anthony has performed works by world renown choreographer Christopher Huggins, Wayne St. David, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Gary Jeter III, Shawn-Lamere Williams and many more. Tony (as he likes to be called) is currently the Founder and Co Director of Reveal Movement a performing arts program geared to the empowerment of young artist.

John Brezan


John Brezan

Acro & Tumbling Program Instructor

John joined the LKW Dance Studio in 2013 as a tumbling instructor.  He has instructed many clinics over the years with individual and group training, as well as school and collegiate cheerleaders.  An excellent coach and mentor for more than a decade, John’s commitment to safety and skill mastery are second to none.

Justin Manley-Smith


Justin Manley-Smith

Acro & Tumbling Program Instructor

Justin Smith is new to the LKW Faculty.  He comes to us with a diverse background encompassing 10 years of cheer and tumbling experience; including:

  • Current Tumbling Coach at Camp Woodward for Cheerleading where he has worked for over 5 years.
  • Previous Head Cheerleading Coach for Penn College of Technology.
  • Previous Assistant Cheer Coach for MHS.
  • 16-time National Champion for Cheerleading
  • 5-time National Champion for Hip Hop
  • 2011 and 2019 Cheerleading Worlds Competitor
  • Associates Degree in Fine Art and Performing Arts
  • Over 9 years of acting/performing and modeling experience
  • Over 6 years of TV/film experience
  • Full-time Cosmetologist