Meet Our Instructors
Owner, Musical Director, Drama Director, Showcase Producer
Miss Tina Bruno Lukondi, born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio is the owner and operator of Performing Arts, Inc. Prior to opening Performing Arts, Inc she owned her own dance studio for thirty-five years with an award winning competition team, where she also won many prestigious awards for choreography. She teaches dance classes as well as directs most of the theater programs. Miss Tina is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Early Learning and Child Development and Dance. Miss Tina has been teaching dance for forty-five years, and has been directing musicals for sixteen years. She is also an author and a mother of four boys. She takes great pride in her Performing Arts, Inc business and feels very lucky to share her love of dance and theater with her teachers and students.
Lead Dance Instructor, Musical Director, Manager of Operations
Miss Cheryl Heaton has been dancing since the age of four. She has been teaching dance for 17 years. She began her study of dance at Bonnie Williams Dance Studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she danced and competed in many regional competitions as both a soloist, and as a member of their award-winning competition team. She continued her dance education at the West Clermont Institute of Performing Arts (WeCIPA). While at WeCIPA she served as the Dance Captain for their show choir and musicals; she was also a Prima Ballerina in the West Clermont Dance Company. After graduation from WeCIPA, she worked as a choreographer in the West Clermont School District for their high school show choir, Counterpoint and middle school musicals. She has been awarded the “Best Choreography” award at multiple competitions. Cheryl's dance studies include the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, acro, modern, contemporary, pointe, lyrical, and hip-hop; She has attended many dance conventions with slight introductions to other styles of dance. She has been with Performing Arts, Inc since 2010, where she is teaching a wide assortment of dance styles and also directs, stage manages and choreographs for many of Performing Arts, Inc's musicals. Cheryl has always been very passionate about dance, and is so excited to be able to share this passion. Cheryl has directed Disney's Aladdin Jr., Disney's Aladdin Kids, Annie Kids, Annie Jr, Disney's Aristocats Kids, Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr., Cafe Murder, Camp Rock The Musical, Disney's Cinderella Kids, Getting to Know Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, Dear Edwina, Jr., Ever After: A Musical, Guys and Dolls Jr, Disney's High School Musical Jr., Into the Woods Jr., Disney's The Jungle Book Kids, Legally Blonde the Musical Jr., Disney's The Lion King Jr., Disney's The Lion King Kids, Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr, Dreamworks Madagascar Jr, Magic Treehouse Dinosaurs Before Dark Kids, Disney's Mulan Jr. Meredith Wilson's Music Man Jr, Meredith Wilson's Music Man Kids, Disney's Peter Pan Jr, Peter Pan and Wendy, Seussical Jr, Seussical Kids, Shrek The Musical Jr., Singin' In The Rain Jr, Disney's Sleeping Beauty Kids, Getting to Know The Sound of Music, Ronald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr., Ronald Dahl's Willy Wonka Kids, The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers Edition, Wonderland, and Disney's 101 Dalmatians Kids. She has also assistant directed and choreographed many other titles.
Lead West Side Dance Instructor
Miss Sarah Tyree has been teaching dance for 16 years. She studied under Tina Lukondi at Absolute Dance. She has competed in several competitions, winning several awards. Sarah loved to perform, but it was always teaching that was her first love. While her husband served in the Army, Sarah taught dance at several locations including California, Florida and Tennessee. With her husband out of active duty, Sarah and her family have relocated back to Cincinnati. She is very excited to be back home and working with Performing Arts, Inc. again. Sarah looks forward to sharing her love of dance with your child!
Miss Brooke Horn, a sophomore at Northern Kentucky University, is very excited to be teaching dance classes again. Brooke taught dance for 5 years at her studio in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Brooke has performed in twelve seasons of The Nutcracker with The Dance Centre of Elizabethtown, dancing roles such as Snow Queen, Arabian, Spanish, and Waltz of the Flowers. She has performed in many musicals as well, including playing Susan Waverly in White Christmas, Serena in Legally Blonde the Musical, Louisa in The Sound of Music, and ensemble roles in Peter Pan,Annie Get Your Gun, Anything Goes, Les Miserables, and The Wizard of Oz. Brooke spent her 2017 summer break interning for The Stephen Foster Story as a performer for The Stephen Foster Story and Beauty and the Beast. Brooke is thrilled to be sharing her knowledge and love of dance with her students in Performing Arts Inc.
VOCAL COACH, PreK MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Miss Courtney Combs is a classically trained vocal coach that focuses on developing voices, she is also a multi-disciplined artist from northern Kentucky. She graduated with a bachelor of arts from Asbury University in media communications and on a music scholarship. Her goal is to inspire children to pursue music as a catalyst to higher education. She is currently a working singer in the duo Honey Combs and Combo Slice that has an album, local residencies, and performs at festivals. This is her second year stage managing, operating lights/sound, and assistant directing. Her first experience in theater was working backstage and it sparked an interest in live production. Courtneywould also like to teach a children's backstage workshop.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Miss Haleigh Willingham studies at the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music as a third-year Music Education major. She is currently a member in the CCM Symphony Orchestra and Chorale Ensemble. Her current internship allows her to teach strings to elderly students on Saturday mornings.
Driven by the will to explore new musical horizons, Haleigh learned to play piano at an early age and was later introduced to violin, viola and choir. She has performed in some elite music ensembles such as Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, Nouveau Chamber Players, Cincinnati Young Artist Workshop and Advanced Encore Chamber Symphony. She has studied in the Sphinx Performance Academy at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Roosevelt University in Chicago and has performed three times in the CSO Classical Roots Concert at Music Hall.
Miss Giselle Haas (soprano) is a senior music education undergraduate at UC's College-Conservatory of Music. She will receive her Bachelor of Music in the fall of 2019. Prior to CCM, Giselle received her Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing from the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL). She was born and raised in Titusville, FL and this is her 3rd year of living/driving in the north (with snow!) She is an active member and the current President of CCM's Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association chapter. She holds a standing internship as assistant music director for the Fairview-Clifton German Language School's Kinderchor, and with Con Brio in the prestigious Cincinnati Youth Choir. Her plans after CCM are to simply teach music and to love what she's teaching.
Vocal Coach, Assistant Musical Director
Miss Kathi Elliott graduated magna cum laude from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where she earned a degree in Music Education as a Vocal Major. She taught music in public schools for fourteen years for Eastern Local Schools (Beaver, Ohio), Portsmouth East Middle and High School, Chillicothe Middle Schools and Utica Elementary. She answered her call to ministry and graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in 2000. As a student at Capital University, she sang with the Chapel Choir, taught private voice through the preparatory division, was awarded the largest voice scholarship in 1981, and was selected as the vocal soloist in the annual concerto competition in 1982.
Kathi has a special love for Broadway theater, and has performed in and directed numerous plays, musicals, and was co-director of a Creative Spirit Camp for five years. Her most recent productions were directing the shows at her children’s high school in Bainbridge, IN, and the Putnam County Playhouse in Greencastle, IN. In August of 2015, she fulfilled one of her life goals when she played “Jack’s Mother” in the Playhouse production of “Into the Woods”.
Miss Katie Lutmer is a junior at Saint Ursula Academy and is thrilled to be teaching dance with Performing Arts Inc. She took tap, ballet, and jazz classes for many years with Miss Sarah and Miss Tina. She also has performed in several plays including, Peter Pan, Camp Rock, and the Sound of Music with Performing Arts Inc. Katie has been an assistant instructor to Miss Sarah for the past three years at various schools. Katie enjoys working with children and wants her students to become the best dancers they can be!
Dance Instructor/ Backstage MANAGER
Miss Allison O. has always loved to perform. She started taking dance classes when she was 9, after earning her second degree black belt in Karate. Allison has performed in several Performing Arts, Inc shows including "Camp Rock" and "Cafe Murder." Allison was in the resident Cincinnati Children's Choir for 2 years at CCM. She has taken classes in vocal instruction, musical theater, Scottish Highland Dancing, lyrical, ballet, jazz and tap. She is currently taking classes in tap, ballet and jazz with Performing Arts, Inc. Allison's favorite style of dance is tap however, she is starting to also love hip hop. Allison also takes voice instruction to enhance her singing. She is very excited to get to share her enthusiasm and love of performing and dancing with others this year.
SHOWCASE DIRECTOR/ ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/ BACKSTAGE MANAGER
Tommy Sanders is an actor, assistant director, and a stage manager. He has performed in many shows, some being Guys and Dolls (Nathan), Mary Poppins (Bert), Sound of Music (Captain Von Trapp), Oklahoma (Will), and many more. He has assistant directed The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Peter Pan, 101 Dalmatians, The Sound of Music, Lion King, and others. He very much wants to pursue theatre as his career. Tommy is very thankful for all of the teachers and training he has had and can’t wait to pass it on to the next kids of Performing Arts Inc.