GRACIE EVERETT

Gracie has been with TNT for over 10 years now and is her 5th year of teaching.  She attends the Palmerton Area High School and will graduate in 2022.

Gracie's interest outside of dance include hanging out with her friends, watching movies, going to school sports events, and making people laugh.  Folks, you will see for yourself that her smile is, indeed, infectious.  And she always lights up the classes she teaches AND takes part in.

Her favorite style dance is tap and jazz.  She is in our Sr Jazz Team "Revolution" and since beginning hiphop in 2018 is beginning to like that more and more.  

 

HAILEY HOFFMAN

Hailey's first dance recital was 2006 as a Tinymite singing and dancing to "Marshmallow World".  Hailey is also in her 5th year as a staff member here at TNT.

Hailey is a student at Lehigh Area High School where she is a member of the Lehighton Area Indian Pride Marching Band and Concert band.  She is also a member of the Tennis team which she really enjoys.  In addition to all the extra curricular activites, Hailey is also a member of the National Honor Society.  Hailey's future plans include going to college/med school to become a neurologist. 

Hailey's favorite style dance is ballet and she's a member of our Sr Jazz Team "Revolution" and our Sr Ballet Team "Grace".

Her favorite TNT trip was to Alaska in 2014, although as I'm typing this in February 2020...our Disney trip in January 2020 MAY have nudged out Alaska as her favorite?

 

 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 26th dance recital!!   

Nicole is a graduate of Lehighton High School and has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from IUP.  She is a Supports Coordinator Supervisor 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!

 

LAURA REICHARD

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

 

HAGER RODGERS

Hager was 5 when she started dancing and she's been with TNT for 12 years now.  She has been on our staff for 5 years now and we couldn't be happier to have her.

Hager is a senior at Jim Thorpe High School and is a majorette in the Jim Thorpe Marching Band and a member of the Glee Club.  She loves her graphic design classes and is pondering a career in that field after high school.

Hager's favorite TNT trip was to Disney in 2020.  Her favorite genre of dance is tap and she is a proud member of our Sr Tap Team "The Entertainers".  Other than dance, Hager enjoys reading, singing, and ANYTHING Disney :)

 

CARLY SMITH

At 3 years old is when Carly entered her first dance class.  And it is now over 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, Christmas show, costume, vacation decisions, it's impossible to count the ways Carly is important to TNT!   

Carly has been a dance teacher for 19 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 15th dance recital and is entering her 6th year of dance teaching.  She is a member of all three of our Sr Dance Teams as well as an integral member of our staff.

In addition to teaching and taking lessons 3-4 nights a week, Baylee is a student at Lehighton Area High School, LCCC, and a member of the Lehighton Area Tribe Pride Marching Band, concert band, and member of the Track team.  She is also in National Honor Society as well as National Arts Honor Society.  Her future plans include going to college for her BS in Nursing and further specializing, she just hasn't made a decision in what yet.

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 12 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 26 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! ;)