Meet Our Faculty

Denise Gucwa

Artistic Director, Autism Movement Therapy Certified

Denise Gucwa began her dance training at the age of three. By the age of twelve, Denise was a part of the Chester County Dance Company and began performing professionally.

Denise’s performing accomplishments include: The Nutcracker where she had lead roles as the Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy and Prima Ballerina.Denise continued her dance training at Towson State University in Maryland where she received a Bachelor in Health Science/Education with a concentration in dance and education.

Denise performed throughout her college years in student dance performances and at various elementary and high schools. Denise also took a lead role in developing a dance education program for the Howard County Maryland Recreation Department.

In 2003, Denise’s love of children and the arts motivated her to open her own dance school. Denise’s devotion has grown the school to over 250 dancers and led her to found the Lederach Dance Company. Denise continues to expand her dance skills by participating in workshops such as the Dance Masters of America. Denise is the proud Mom of three active boys and is excited to teach your child(ren) the art of dance!


Katie Cavallo

Katie is a  graduate of DeSales University where she majored in Dance and minored in Business Administration. While there she studied under Timothy Cowart, Trinette Singleton, Angela Sigley Grossman and Julia Mayo.

She studied intensely in ballet and modern technique, composition and teaching methods.

Katie looks forward to spreading her knowledge and love of dance with her students and strives to positively influence our next generation of dancers.

Dana DeMarco

Dana DeMarco grew up dancing in the Philadelphia area studying ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and gymnastics.  She trained with many studios including Steppin Out Academy of Performing Arts run by Gail Oldfeild, the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet run by John White and Margerita de Saa, and the Brandywine Ballet Dance Centre run by Donna Muzio.  While dancing with these studios she was given the opportunity to dance in the ESPN Tangerine Bowl, the 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parades and the Sunoco 4th of July Parade.  She was also able to perform in annual shows and nutcrackers learning and performing various lead roles.

Dana has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a K-12 Dance Education Certification from Towson University where she attended on a dance talent scholarship.  She studied under renowned teachers such as Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Run Qio Du (Washington Ballet), Catherine Horta-Hayden (Miami City Ballet) and many more.  She also performed with local dance companies and works of arts granted by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Urban Bush Women.


Jessica Dull

Jessica has been dancing locally for over 22 years. Her styles of dance include Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Hip-hop, and African. She was fortunate to study dance her last two years of high school at Lehigh Valley Charter High School of the Performing Arts. From there Jessica went on to get her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, from Bucks County Community College in 2007 and a degree in Kinesiology- Exercise Science from Penn State Berks in 2009. Jessica continues to perform and take class in addition to teaching dance at Denise Gucwa School of Dance , Shannon Carney Dance Academy, and Power and Grace Gymnastics and Dance Inc.. In June 2010, Jessica obtained her Autistic Movement Therapy Certification (AMT) to aid her in continuing her joy of teaching children. Starting a dance company has always been a goal of Jess’s and she looks forward to pursuing this goal with an open heart.


Laura Edwards

Laura began her dance education at age 4 and participated in a special program of the New Jersey Dance Theater Guild. She continued training in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and performing throughout school while earning a B.S. in Marketing and an MBA from Penn State University.

Laura previously taught dance and aerobics at a studio in Downingtown, PA where she was a featured dancer in a Hip Hop workout program for TV and participated in Jeff Shade’s New Dance Workshop.

In 2004, Laura began working at DGSD and has taught Hip Hop, Creative Movement, Ballet/Tap, Jazz and Zumba. She has also choreographed for the Lederach Dance Company and musicals at Indian Valley Middle School. She keeps her skills current by participating in workshops such as the Monsters of Hip Hop and Dance Masters of America. As proud Mom to one girl and one boy, she looks forward to helping your child develop coordination and self confidence while having fun!


Nora Filewicz

Nora has a BFA in Dance from Kutztown University. While at the university, she also minored in Theatre and English/Professional Writing, performed with the resident company “PDP”, and was the dance chairperson for their related arts festival. She has performed in the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant and in Disney World, Florida. Nora has completed teaching seminars from Dance Olympus and Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Some of her training has been with the Paul Taylor Company, Alvin Ailey and Ballet Hispanico. She was choreographer for the musical “Godspell”, performed by the Quakertown Youth Group.

Nora has been teaching dance to ages 3 to adult since 1994, She has trained in all style of dance including tap, jazz, lyrical and modern, but her passion lies in teaching ballet and pointe. Nora is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Saucon Valley Ballet Theatre in Hellertown. In the summer of 2008, she completed a ballet teacher seminar for the Vaganova (Russian) style of ballet for grades 1-3. Nora is also a certified Power Centering instructor and teaches Power Centering for a chiropractor.


Jill Kuiken

Jill took her first dance class at the age of four. Through the next 15 years she studied and performed Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz and Hip Hop in the Lansdale and Harleysville areas. She continued her dance training at Slippery Rock University where she earned a B.S. in Communications and Public Relations.

Jill is the proud mother of three children and is very excited to be in the dance studio, sharing her love and enthusiasm for dance with your children!


Kim Pavia

Kim has been dancing since the age of 12.  She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hiphop, and gymnastic.  As a student, Kim performed with and was selected as captain of Momentum performance company.  She performed with the Saucon Valley Ballet Theatre in the Nutcracker as a snowflake, Russian, and the Rat King.  Kim also choreographed the productions of Fiddler on the Roof and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for Saint Jude’s School.

Kim continued to study dance at Eastern University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in History. She preformed with the Dream Team, in student and staff showcases, and at the American College Dance Festival.  Kim went on to get her Master’s degree in Education from Saint Joseph’s University and is a PA certified Social Studies Teacher for grades 7-12.

Kim has also enjoyed training at dance teacher workshops in Philadelphia and New York.  She has choreographed and performed at corporate and special events. And, she more recently performed in “Philadelphia in Motion” at the Rochester Fringe Festival.  Kim has ten years of teaching experience in a variety of dance styles styles. As a new resident of the Harleysville area, Kim is thrilled to be joining the team at Denise Gucwa School of Dance.