Nancy Fountain is a guest and master class instructor with more than 20 years of teaching experience. Ms. Fountain has been a faculty member of CCM’s Preparatory Dance Division, the Connie Dow Dance Center, and the Wyoming Fine Arts Center Dance Program. She has been a guest instructor for the School for Creative and Performing Arts, the Performing Arts Medicine Symposium in Cincinnati, and the University of Louisville Dance Academy, and has served on the summer faculty of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Michigan). Ms. Fountain held the position of Principal and Assistant to the Director of the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet for 5 years prior to becoming Director of Ballet Theatre Midwest, a position she held for 8 years. She has taught dancers at all levels, from age four through professionals.
Prior to her teaching career Ms. Fountain danced professionally with the Louisville Ballet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, as well as Milwaukee Ballet, the Utah Opera Ballet, and the Philadelphia Opera Company. Ms. Fountain has completed three pedagogical training courses on the Vaganova Syllabus for teachers of classical ballet, as well as a seminar by the School of the Paris Opera Ballet. Ms. Fountain is currently working toward certification through Dance for PD, MMDG/NY.
In addition, Ms. Fountain holds a B.S. in Clothing & Textiles, with a focus on dance costuming, from the University of Utah. Following her retirement as a dancer Ms. Fountain was engaged as a costumer with the Louisville Ballet, and has performed freelance costuming work for numerous dance companies and colleges.
Elizabeth Lovett Grover took ballet and tap as a child and modern dance in high school. Then she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 39. She is grateful to the Dance for PD® program for making movement fun again, and helped introduce it to the Tri-State area in 2011.
Elizabeth has three children, three stepchildren, twin grandsons and a wonderful carepartner/husband John. She exercises almost everyday, tries to stay positive, and is an avid traveler. Elizabeth documents her escapades relating to exercise and living with PD, on her blog, Living Well with Parkinson’s.
Mary Kamp is a dedicated Cincinnati dance educator known for spotting talent and an accomplished dancer-choreographer. While attending the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music, she studied under Oleg Sabline, and James Truitte.
Always seeking to learn more about dance, Mary has studied, taught and performed across the USA and abroad. Currently she teaches Ballet, Pre-School thru Professional levels at the de la Dance Center and is working toward Teacher’s Certification through the Dance for PD/MMDG program based in Brooklyn, NY.
A Liturgical Movement Specialist in Residence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ms. Kamp leads Liturgical and Sacred Dance Workshops, is a member of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the Executive Board of the Sacred Dance Guild and is the Director of the Daughters of Miriam Liturgical Dance Ensemble at Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church.
Voice Instructor & Accompanist
Janet Langhorst is a career musician who holds a degree in voice and music education from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and has done graduate work at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and at Xavier University. She has sung with the May Festival Chorus (also doing a few solos and some accompanying and leading of sectional rehearsals), taught at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts and Northern Kentucky University, is a 30+ year member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and has been conducting and teaching singers of all ages for 35 years. Janet currently serves at the Director of Music Ministries at Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church where she leads ensembles that encompass all ages. Janet also leads the Steady Strides Singers, a choir for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers, families and friends. Please see the Parkinson Support & Wellness website for more information.
Kate Stark is a dancer and choreographer with strong ties to the Parkinson's community. Until recently she served as Executive Director of the Parkinson's Wellness Chapter (now Parkinson Support & Wellness), and she is the daughter of a Person with Parkinson's Disease. She performs regularly as a member of Pones Inc. and in local musical theater companies. Kate has a diverse dance background including training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and ballroom. She draws heavily from these various disciplines in her teaching and is currently working towards certification as an accredited Dance for PD® instructor while coaching Dance and Pom at Notre Dame Academy in Covington. More about Kate, including upcoming performances, is available on meetkatestark.com.