FACULTY


Katherine (Katie) Dobry has been an owner of UDA for four years.  She has over 20 years of dance experience in the styles of ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, and lyrical. She has trained under the direction of Lori Goodman (Western High School Dance Team and Alumni Team), Sarah Cincotta (BDC), Shannon Salemi (Director of BDC), Regina Gregonis (Villa Julie College Dance Team), and Samantha Levy (Stevenson University College Dance Team). Katie has taught since the age of 18 at the Baltimore Dance Center, instructing students of all ages in the styles of tap and ballet, jazz, and hip hop from beginner to advanced levels.
Katie graduated in May 2009 with her Bachelors of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Stevenson University (formerly Villa Julie College), and now teaches Kindergarten at Logan Elementary School. While attending the institution on a full academic scholarship, she pursued her love of dance as head captain of the Stevenson University nationally competitive dance team. She has choreographed for the 2008 and 2009 national UDA competition, where her team took 12th in the nation. Katie’s love and passion for working with children and creating strong technical dancers ready for the larger dance world has led her into this career path and she hopes to continue for many years to come.  Currently, Katie is also the coach of the Stevenson University dance team.

Kathleen (Katie) Hopper has been an owner of UDA for four years.  She has been dancing for over twenty years. She was a competitive dancer for nine of those years winning high scoring awards in the styles of modern/abstract, jazz, musical theater, hip hop, tap, production/line and lyrical. She has performed and competed in every category from solos to large productions. She was also a teaching assistant for seven of those years. She later danced with the professional dance company Baltimore Dance Attack for two years where she was also an instructor.  Katie coached the BDC youth competition team and choreographed for the teen team, leading them to many high scoring awards such as judge's choice. She is very excited to continue working with the dancers on their third year under UDA's name to lead them to an even greater competition season.  Aside from UDA, Katie was also the dance coach for a Baltimore talent agency, The Next Level Entertainment Agency, LLC.

   

Melissa Hom
has been dancing for over 20 years. She started out at Shirley Darling Dancers training under Shirley Darling, Teresa Meyers, and Nikki Lam. By the age of 12 she became a teaching assistant up until high school. Melissa graduated from Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in 2006 where she was a part of the Dance Magnet program. She trained under Claire Sweet, Anna Rider, Wendell Cooper and a number of guest choreographers including Peter Pucci. Melissa had the privilege to travel to Miami, FL with fellow members of the magnet program and participate in dance workshops. After high school Melissa continued to pursue dance and trained under Shannon Salemi (Baltimore Dance Center) and Katie Hopper and Katie Dobry (Underground Dance Academy). Melissa is trained in jazz, hip hop, ballet, lyrical and modern. But her true passion lies with hip hop. In 2011 Melissa was pleased to start teaching the first hip hop class for Shirley Darling Dancers. After dancing for UDA since its opening she is honored to begin her new journey and be inducted into the dance family by beginning teaching the beginner hip hop classes for UDA.

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