Faculty& Staff

Faculty & Staff:

Kim O’Connor-Sparks

Artistic Director/Teacher/Choreographer
Kim began her dance career at an early age. After training with Michael Lanning, she was picked up by a talent agency and began performing professionally at age 14. She continued performing and began a career in dancing, acting, & modeling in New York City and Philadelphia. Her credits include TV commercials, day-time television, theater, runway, and print work. Kim continued her dance training at the Jazz Dance Center and the Susan Hess Modern Dance Center both in Philadelphia. She was then accepted into the dance program at Rowan University and continued her training under Melanie Stewart, Alexi Yudenich, Victor Moreno, Shaun Doyle, & Barbara Sandonato. During this time, Kim was a member of the Ballet South Dance Company and the Contemporary Modern Dance Company. Her choreography for "Par Vi Sinatfa" was recognized by the University and was presented at the 1993 Center for Performing arts graduation ceremony. She had received numerous awards including the prestigious Bryna Goldhalf Dance Medallion Award. Kim graduated with top honors earning a Bachelors Degree in the Arts. Kim then went on working as Managing Director with Melanie Stewart Dance, Philadelphia, where she was responsible for the successful execution of their first European tour to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Scotland and the Philadelphia Artist-in-Education program. She also performed in the company's popular piece "Beauty & the Beast", as seen on PBS-TV. Kim's other performance credits include Stephan Koplowitz, NYC, Wendy Perron, NYC, Independent Choreographers Exchange, PA, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, PA, Next Step Dance Company, NJ and has worked with Tap Team Two & Company, PA. Kim is the founder & Artistic Director of KAOS Dance Company which premiered in 2010 at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival with sold out performances & continues to be presented at the ETC Performance Series, PA, InHale Performance Series, PA, Alvin Ailey Theater, NYC, NJ Dance Festival, Rosemont College DFL Performance, PA, Show Up & Dance NJ,  to mention a few. She has worked with Melanie Stewart in conjunction with Rowan University’s Dance/Theater Program, Phyllis Papa and the Atlantic City Ballet, as well as with Ann Trenka and Cooper River Ballet. Presently, Ms Sparks is an adjunct professor at Eastern University and was a presenting master teacher at ACDFA (American College Dance Festival) at West Chester University. She is the director & owner of Today's Dance Center, Medford, NJ and a member of the Advisory Board for Broadway Artist Connection, NYC, Costume Gallery, NJ & for the Academy of Performing Arts in Burlington County. Her other teaching credits include master classes and workshops for BCIT (Burlington County Institute of Technology, Medford Campus), Eastern University Dance Department, International Teachers of Dance, Glassboro State College/Rowan University, La Salle University, Atlantic City Dance Project, and many local schools, theaters, and dance studios in the Tri-State area. Kim is a member of the Sigma Rho Delta, Fine & Performing Arts Society, National Dance Educators Organization (NDEO), Dance NJ, Dance USA, NYC Dance, and the Philadelphia Dance. Kim is a distinguished member of the Cambridge Who's Who among Executive professionals and is a charter member of I.D.E.A (International Dance Educators Associaition). She also judges talent competitions nationally and internationally and has a Master's Degree from Temple University.

Allyson Lampe


Allyson Lampe, dancer, teacher, choreographer, returns to TDC staff after a season in India with her family. While in India, she studied both modern and traditional Indian dance and yoga. Ms. Ally began her dance training at age three studying various forms, eventually developing her passion for modern. Later in her dance career she began musical theatre training, which she continued throughout college. Ms. Ally is a graduate of West Chester University where she studied Elementary Education and Dance. Ms. Ally served as Vice President, student choreographer, and dancer with West Chester’s University Dance Company. Her choreography was awarded “Most Creative” as she was the first in the program to use dance to raise awareness of social injustice issues around the world. She has traveled to the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Morocco to participate in various non-profit dance projects, interned with NY artists, as well as worked closely with our young children programs. Ms Ally is excited to bring her love of dance and children back the states and is looking forward to getting back in the classroom at TDC!



Ariana began her dance career at Mulford Dance Studio in South Jersey at age two. She has danced for Intrinsic Dance Company and has trained with many dance conventions such as The Pulse, NYCDA, Tremaine, Monsters of Hip-Hop, and Jump. Her performance experience includes numerous years in the competition world, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, 76ers games, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Walt Disney World. She continues to train in New York City at Broadway Dance Center and Koresh in Philadelphia. Ariana plans to continue to teach her love of dance for many years to come and is excited to be part of the Today’s Dance Center Team!

Amy Megules

Teacher/ Choreographer

Amy Megules began dancing in her hometown of Vineland, NJ, with the Vineland Regional Dance Company. She went on to receive her BFA in dance from State University of New York at Purchase, where she received the Bert Terborgh Dance Award. She apprenticed with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and then danced with American Repertory Ballet. She has taught on the faculties of Princeton Ballet School, Todays Dance Center, the National Dance Institute of Trenton, and Mercer County Community College. While living in Cincinnati, Ms. Megules taught and choreographed for the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet, the College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division of the University of Cincinnati, and was the ballet instructor for the elite and accelerated gymnasts at the Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy. Presently, she is on faculty with Today's Dance Center and Princeton Ballet.

Angela Denniston

Retired Teacher/Company MC
Angela Denniston began her dance training under the direction of Maureen Fogarty in Bellevill, NJ and with the Garden State Ballet in Newark, NJ. She continued her studies in New York at Luigi Jazz Center, Jo-Jo’s Dance Center, and Morielli studio. Angela then went on to work with the Atlanta Ballet and Metzger Contemporary Center and was a core member of the Laura Metzger Contemporary Dance Troupe, performing in Southeast area of the United States. Further studies were with Alice Korsick and Anita Lupow. During this time she studied Creative Movement and Dance Therapy at Emory University Training Center, Georgia State University, and the Horsham Clinic, PA. Angela also has Psychodrama training, which she studied with Rosalie  Mingin. She is the co-founder of Kaleidoscope, a psychodrama group that has performed across the United States. Angela has a Master’s Degree in Counseling as well as a Master’s Degree in Student Personnel and has numerous certifications for working with children. She has taken her life long love of dance and children and has combined it with drama education and movement therapy to be used as a powerful teaching tool. She has been the recipient of numerous grants to create programs which use the performing arts to enable and empower students to communicate ideas and feelings through the art of movement. Ms. Dennitson has been teaching dance and fitness for many years. Angela has been an instructor in Jazz fitness/Aerobics/Stretch at Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Burlington County YMCA’s, Physically Elite Center, Bob Boone Center, Clark’s Courts, and the Franklin Plaza in Philadelphia. She has taught dance at numerous New Jersey and Philadelphia dance studios and has been with Today’s Dance Center over Twenty -Five years!

Ayla Price

Company Rehearsal Assistant/Choreographer

As a resident of South Jersey, Ayla L. (Kaminski) Price began her training at Today's Dance Center in Medford where she focused her technique in ballet. Graduating in 2006 from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with a BA in Psychology and a BA in Criminal Justice, Ayla kept dance in her life by helping out at TDC and taking classes through out college and in Philadelphia & NYC. Though she was able to expose herself to a variety of disciplines while studying at out-of-state summer dance programs when she was younger, Ayla had found a new found love for movement through Modern dance. Presently, She is a core member of KAOS Dance Company and acts as the rehearsal assistant to Director, Kim Sparks            

Lauren Frazier-Gebhart


Lauren Frazier- Gebhart began her dance training as a small child and later trained at The Southern New Jersey Academy of the Performing Arts at GCIT under the tutelage of David Kloss, Althea Leslie and Dale Schmid. She graduated from Goucher College with degrees in Dance and Political Science. During her time at Goucher, she had the opportunity to study with many guest artists including Adrianne Clancy, Christopher Fleming, Amy Marshall, and Kevin Lega Jeff. Ms Lauren has also trained in Rio de Janiero, Brazil at The Federal University, Deborah Cocker Modern Dance Company, Studio de Angel Vaianna and the Manguiera Samba School. She also studied English Folk Dance at The Cecil Sharp House in London, England. 

Ms Lauren performed with Choreographie Antique, a historical dance ensemble, performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center, at the Kennedy Center and touring in both Ireland and England. She has also performed with Dance DelBello as a Guest Artist . She is currently a Guest Artist Instructor at The Cooper River Ballet and has been on faculty at the Burlington County Institute of Technology since 2007. Her variety of multi-cultural experiences and international training gives Ms Lauren’s students a unique view of the world of dance, which she enthusiastically brings to the classroom every day. We welcome to the teaching staff at TDC!

Lisa Burdette

Teacher/Choreographer/Performance Groups

Lisa Burdette started dancing at the age young of four years old. Through her years of dance she has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and modern. At the age of thirteen, Lisa earned a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. After studying for a period of time at Joffrey Ballet, Lisa then moved on to the Rock School of Philadelphia for Dance Education. After graduating from high school, Lisa began her professional career. Beginning in the summer 2000 Lisa performed in the Basin Street Follies in the Showboat Casino Hotel, Atlantic City. In that same year she began working for Legends in Concert at the Claridge Casino Hotel. Lisa continued to perform in Legends in Concert for the next four years. In June 2004 and 2006 Lisa was invited to perform for Donald Trump’s birthday party. From then on she had been asked to perform in numerous shows, from New Year’s Eve celebrations to special event dance performances. While Lisa was engaged in her professional dance career she also attended college where she earned her associates degree in early childhood development. She has taught dance education to students of all ages in studios from Bristol Township, Pennsylvania to Hammonton, New Jersey. Lisa became part of the Today’s Dance Center family in January 2011, where she is now teaching ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip hop & is an active choreographer for the TDC Company, Ensemble, & Hip-Hop Crew.

Morgan Hawkes


Morgan began dancing at the age of three years old at Today’s Dance Center, where she was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. Morgan then studied ballet and pointe at South Jersey Ballet, where she performed in Nutcracker and Swan Lake. In 2011, Morgan returned to Today’s Dance Center to continue her dance career and joined the company. She has since been a part of the Today’s Dance Center family! Morgan attended and recently graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Family and Child Studies with a concentration in School Settings, Preschool through Third grade. Throughout her college years, Morgan wanted to continue her love of dance so she took ballet and modern classes and received a minor in Dance, as well as, a minor in Psychology.Morgan began dancing at the age of three years old at Today’s Dance Center, where she was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. Morgan then studied ballet and pointe at South Jersey Ballet, where she performed in Nutcracker and Swan Lake. In 2011, Morgan returned to Today’s Dance Center to continue her dance career and joined the company. She has since been a part of the Today’s Dance Center family! Morgan attended and recently graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Family and Child Studies with a concentration in School Settings, Preschool through Third grade. Throughout her college years, Morgan wanted to continue her love of dance so she took ballet and modern classes and received a minor in Dance, as well as, a minor in Psychology. 

Sedara Capri Peacock

Office Administrator/Teacher/Choreographer

Sedara is a native of Willingboro, NJ where she attended Burlington County Institute of Technology as a dance major in the Performing Arts Program. She graduated with high honors and the Vice President of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts. Sedara recently completed her undergraduate career at Montclair State University, finishing with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She also recently completed an internship with Michiyaya Dance, a New York based dance company. She has had the pleasure of performing in works by Camille A. Brown, Mark Morris, Frederick Earl Mosley, Maxine Steinman, Christian Von Howard, and many others. Sedara received her Zumba certification in April 2015 and has been teaching ever since. She has also taught a variety of classes in different locations throughout New Jersey. We welcome Sedara to the TDC Staff! 

Shaun Doyle 

Teacher/Musical Theater   

Shaun Doyle began his training as a young adult when he found dance to be the “inspiration of life”. He was born with a natural ability in Ballet and performance and trained in Philadelphia & New York with top masters in the field. Shaun was then picked up by the Pennsylvania Ballet where he was a member for many years. He then went on to train in NYC with the Joffrey Ballet where he landed a lead male role in the company. Continuing through his journey, Shaun began teaching in many dance schools & academy’s through out the tri-state area sharing his gift and love of dance. His love of the art encouraged him to open his own school where he trained young pre-professionals. After he completed that chapter of his life, Shaun continued teaching and became the resident ballet master of Ballet South which was the resident Ballet company at Glassboro State College/Rowan University where he was also on the teaching staff at the college for many years. Presently, Mr Doyle is on staff at Burlington County College and is the resident choreographer for their Musical Theater program.                                                                         

Victoria Sonntag

Victoria began her dance training at Rebecca Martin's School of Dance in Pt. Pleasant, NJ at the age of five. It was there that she studied ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe for twelve years and student taught under the direction of Rebecca Martin for four years. Ms. Victoria attended Rowan University , where she studied theatre-child drama, and dance. During this time, Victoria was a member of the Contemporary Dance Company, which along with performing in the annual spring dance concerts, Duke and Dance, and Convocation, also had numerous pieces in the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA). Her main stage theatre and dance performances at Rowan include Cabaret, Alice in Wonderland, Play it Again Sam, and Fuse. Since graduating from Rowan University in May, 2001, Victoria has worked teaching child drama and dance at several locations in the South Jersey area. Her credits include The Philadelphia Sports Club, YMCA, Child Craft Developmental Activities, Rebecca Martin School of Dance, and the Haddonfield School of Dance. Victoria has been with Today's Dance Center since 2002.

Today's Dance Center

175 Route 70 Sharps Run Plaza,

Medford, NJ 08055

Phone. (609)953-0253

Email. info@todaysdancecenter.com