LAURA CRESSLEY

Laura started dancing at the age of 4 as a Tinymite.  She has been a member of TNT since its inception at 2004 and has returned to us after college to continue teaching for us and we couldn't be happier to have her back!  Laura is a graduate of Kutztown University with a BS in Music Education.

She is currently a music teacher for St. Jerome's Regional School, the organist at 1st Presbyterian Church, and she does private instruction at Carbon County Music and More.  This is all, by the way, in addition to her being at the studio 2 nights per week, Laura is one of the hardest working "young" people I know. Laura's hobbies include dancing, musical theater, scrapbooking, and being outdoors.  She is also a SERIOUS roller coaster enthusiast!  

Laura's favorite TNT trip was to Atlantic City in 2010 for "The Pulse" dance tour.  Her favorite genres of dance are tap and ballet and, in honor of our 2018 Disney Recital, Laura tells us her favorite Disney character is Minnie Mouse <3

 

CAITLYN DRY

"Caity" started dancing as a toddler and then started back up again in her early teens.  She has been with TNT since 2010 and has been a teacher with us for 6 years.  Caity has an Associate's degree from LCCC in Early Childhood Education and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's in Sociology from Moravian College.

In addition to being a dance teacher, Caity works as a server at Slopeside Bar & Grill as well as working at Greenway Creative Learning Center.  Some hobbies of hers include reading, spending time with her family, and watching (and re-watching) Disney movies.  Caity has a SERIOUS love of glitter, Disney, and anything pink.  Caity is a princess in disguise I believe, she's such a sweetheart and a true "smile maker" in our studio (:

Caity's favorite TNT trip was in 2016 to Universal Studios in Orlando, FL (she read all the Harry Potter books prior to so she was prepared to disapparate!)  Caity is a true ballerina, she loves classical AND lyrical styles of ballet.  As a matter of fact, she teaches many of our ballet classes at TNT.  And in honor of our 2018 Disney recital, her favorite Disney character is Belle. 

 

ANDREA HUGHES

"Andie" was 9 when she started dancing and has been with TNT since 2011.  She is currently entering her 4th year of teaching dance and her favorite genre is ballet.  Andie is ALL about the ballet (:

In addition to being a dance teacher, she is a student at Lehighton Area High School and a member of the Lehighton Area Tribe Pride Marching Band.  Andie would like to go to college/med school to become a surgeon.

Andie's hobbies include reading, dancing, running, and bike riding.  She is a serious Grey's Anatomy follower and her favorite Disney character is none other than Olaf from Frozen.

 

NICOLE POLK

Nicole has also been dancing since she was a Tinymite.  She has been with us since we began our Journey and was a teacher for us before heading off to IUP for college.  During her freshman year, she was very upset at missing her first recital ever so she joined us during 3 of her 4 college years onstage. She has returned to our staff during the 2016-2017 dance year and again, we couldn't be happier to have her!  She just performed in her 24th dance recital!!   

Nicole is a graduate of Lehighton High School and has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from IUP.  She is employed as a case worker for the Office of Development Services of Carbon County.  She is a huge advocate for rights of individuals with disabilities and one of the kindest people you will ever meet.

Our 2007 Disney trip was Nicole's favorite.  She absolutely LOVES tap dancing, not only to perform but to teach as well.  Besides dancing, Nicole's loves include good coffee, her 2 cats, and watching British Netflix documentaries.  Her favorite Disney character is none other than Doug from "Up".  He's the best!

 

CARLY SMITH

At 3 years old is when Carly entered her first dance class.  And it is now 30 years that she's been dancing!  She was with TNT from the very start being an integral member of our staff as well as helping me through SO many recital and Christmas show and costume and vacation decisions, it's impossible to count the ways Carly is important to TNT!   

Carly has been a dance teacher for 17 years now and her favorites to teach are our Tinymites <3.  She is a graduate of Lehighton Area High School and as part owner of W.M.Miller Painting Company, a family owned business since 1902 (4th generation).  

Carly has been with us on ALL of our TNT trips, but her favorite was our Alaskan cruise in 2014.  Another of her favorites would HAVE to be Universal Studios in 2016 because she got to see Harry Potter World!  (She's an HP junkie folks haha).  Besides dance, she enjoys reading, photography, baking, traveling, hanging with her puppy Ranger, and being with her nephews.  Her favorite Disney character is Cinderella and she would love to trade places for a day with Kate Middleton or Emma Watson.

 

BAYLEE STRAUSBERGER

Baylee began dancing as a 2 year old as a "Baby Bumblebee".  She has just performed in her 13th dance recital and is entering her 4th year of dance teaching.

In addition to teaching and taking lessons 3-4 nights a week, Baylee is a student at Lehighton Area High School and a member of the Lehighton Area Tribe Pride Marching Band.  Her future plans include going to college/med school to become a pediatric oncologist.

Baylee's favorite TNT trip was our Alaskan cruise 2014.  Her favorite styles of dance are tap and pointe.  She has played the piano for 10 years and in addition to playing piano, she enjoys sketching portraits.  Her favorite subject is, you guessed it, Science, and she plans to put that into good use in the future.  Her favorite Disney character is Mary Poppins, she can probably sing every word as well as act out every scene. :)

 

DEB STRAUSBERGER

You can read most in "Our Story".  But, in addition to that, I have been married for 24 years and am a mom to 3 amazing kids.  I am literally living my life dream by owning a dance studio and never for a moment take that for granted.  I am honored to teach these kids and love all their smiles (:

My favorite Disney character has to be "Genie" from Aladdin.  He's got rhythm, he's kind, and he always makes me laugh.  The perfect man! ;)