Meet Our Instructors
Owner, Dance Instructor, 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 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 fifteen 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 16 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, 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 also attended many dance conventions. She has been with Performing Arts, Inc for seven years 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, 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, Magic Treehouse Dinosaurs Before Dark Kids, Disney's Mulan Jr. Meredith Wilson's Music Man Jr, Disney's Peter Pan Jr, Peter Pan and Wendy, Seussical Jr, Seussical Kids, Shrek The Musical 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.
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.
Dance Instructor, Musical Assistant
Miss Shalie Hull has been dancing for most of her life. She studied dance at Gulf Coast Dance Alliance in Spanish Fort, AL for most of her dance training. She was a part of GCDA's company team and competed along with taking technical classes. Shalie is now getting her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre at Northern Kentucky University, with a minor in Dance. Shalie loves to perform, but also loves to teach her passion to children. Shalie is also an assistant dance teacher at Uptown Arts in Cincinnati, OH, which offers free classes to underprivileged children in the area. Shalie cannot wait to share her passion with your children and show them the true joy that can come from only the arts.
Miss Courtney Mulford is a junior BFA Musical Theatre major at Northern Kentucky University. Some of her previous performance credits include: A. Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale (Betsy/Ensemble) with Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association; Chaplin The Musical(Hannah Chaplin) with Brilliantly Different Productions; Unfrozen (Sarah), Dance 17(Ensemble), and She Kills Monsters (Evil Gabbi) at NKU. Also a Stage Manager, Courtney has stage managed two NKU Henry Konstantinow Student Series Productions, Bad Jews and Buyer & Cellar, and will continue to stage manage and assistant stage manage in the upcoming year. And she was a vocal coach in the North American premiere of the new international version of Chaplin The Musical.
Courtney is currently a Teacher’s Assistant with Uptown Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio, with experience teaching in the areas of Art, Acting, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Physical Comedy. Courtney has been involved with theatre since the 4th grade and singing and dancing since the 1st grade. She began her dance training at Jeanette Popp School of Dance for six years in the areas of tap, jazz, and hip hop. She has since continued her training at Northern Kentucky University (ballet, jazz, modern) and The Dance Company (tap). She has three years of experience in ballroom dancing as well, her specialty being swing dancing.
Musical Assistant Director
Miss Sydney Kline is a B.F.A. Musical Theatre major and Organizational Leadership minor at Northern Kentucky University. Not only does she enjoy taking the stage herself, but she finds just as much joy in teaching the performing arts to children. Some of her credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titania), Animal Farm (Clover), All Shook Up (Ensemble), You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Sally Brown), and Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie).
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.
MUSICAL ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Miss Lexi Rigsby is a B.F.A. Playwriting major and a Business Management minor at Northern Kentucky University. She grew up in Indiana directing childrens' shows and loves that she can continue that during her college career. She also has been able to produce two of her own original shows in her hometown: Somewhere Else (2016) and Egg Lady (2017). Lexi has a love for performing, decorating, and Dolly Parton!
Miss Sarah Cox is from Erlanger, Kentucky and has been dancing since she was four years old. She trained at The Turning Pointe Dance Studio and competed on their Star Catcher Dance Team for many years. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. She also received her certificate in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method at Shenandoah University’s Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute in July 2015. Sarah performed as a dancer, character performer, character escort, and usher in Kings Island's Entertainment Department from 2013-2015. Since graduating, Sarah has performed professionally in Mary Poppins at The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts and in Footloose at Kincaid Regional Theatre. Sarah is so excited for this opportunity to teach dance at Performing Arts, Inc.
VOCAL COACH< SHOWCASE ASSISTANT
Mr. Andrew Allen studies choral/vocal music education at Northern Kentucky University. He has traveled with the Northern Kentucky University Chamber Choir on a Canadian tour, done professional recordings with PARMA Recordings marketed by Naxos, and has taken part in the KMEA 2016 and 2017 All-Collegiate State Choir. As a soloist, while at Northern Kentucky University, has performed roles such as the Sailor from Dido and Aeneas and Martin from The Tender Land. He has also placed as a finalist in the 2016 NATS Regional Voice Competition. Andrew has a love for vocal pedagogy, language, and sharing the gift of music.
Vocal Coach, SHOWCASE ASSISTANT
Miss Sarah DeMoor is currently pursuing a Vocal Performance degree at Northern Kentucky University and has had 4 years of private vocal training prior to college. Before NKU, Sarah participated in multiple community theater and high school productions in her hometown, Georgetown, Kentucky. Some of her roles include: Jo in Little Women, Velma VonTussle in Hairspray, The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, and Laurie in NKU's production of The Tender Land. Sarah has also worked from the other side of the stage as an Assistant Director for Georgetown Community Theater's production of Godspell. She participated in KMEA All-State Choirs for three years in high school and one year of All-Collegiate with NKU as well. She aspires to one day have her own private voice studio and teach Music Theory at the collegiate level, and share her passion for music with all
Miss Stephanie Rosado is a B.A Music- Audio production major at Northern Kentucky University. She has been singing since the early age of 9. Due to her 6 years of receiving voice instruction, she has experience with styles such as Classical, Jazz, and R&B music. She has gained performance experience by being a member of various vocal/Ensembles groups on campus including Vocal jazz ensemble, R&B combo, and Opera workshop. Stephanie is excited to be teaching at Performing Arts, Inc. and is grateful to have the opportunity to help other students develop their craft and performance skills.
After making his directing debut at the age of 16, Farley Norman has been represented as an actor, writer, designer, and director by many shows in the Ohio Valley Region and around the United States. Known for his vibrant and contemporary productions, some of his recent credits include: Disney's Tarzan, Anything Goes, Godspell, Broadway on Elm, West Side Story, She Kills Monsters, Buyer and Cellar, The Color of the Leaves, and The Glass Menagerie. He has served as the assistant director for Northern Kentucky University’s productions of The Grapes of Wrath, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dance ’17, and will continue as an assistant director in the 2017-2018 season. Farley received critical and audience acclaim as the director and star of the
North American premiere of the new international version of Chaplin: The Musical. He has worked with notable performers such as Hal Holbrook, Roseanne Cash, and writer Christopher Curtis.
Farley is currently the co-artistic director for Horizon Bound Theatre, Northern Kentucky’s only outdoor theatre company. He is the founder and president of Brilliantly Different Productions. He is currently completing his bachelors degree at Northern Kentucky University.
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”.
Collin Newton is a junior from Louisville at Northern Kentucky University pursuing a BFA Musical Theatre Track with a Dance Minor. He has been seen in the Cincinnati area in shows which include: Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz (Stage Right MTC); Ensemble in All Shook Up (NKU), Snug in Midsummer (NKU); Grapes of Wrath (NKU); and Cowboy Bob/Travis in Footloose (KRT). He has danced with Pones, Inc. in Cincinnati as well as being involved in Dance '16 and Dance '17 at NKU. Collin is super excited and grateful to share his love for the arts with young artists through Performing Arts, Inc.
Miss Caroline is a Senior at Oak Hills High School. She started dancing at age 3, and performed in her first musical, Alice and Wonderland, at age 6 (which was directed by Miss Tina Bruno Lukondi) . She has loved dancing, singing, and acting ever since she started. She has been in many plays, dance competitions, and musicals. She also enjoys working with kids and aspires to do something in the arts professionally, along with teaching children what she has learned. She is so thankful for all of her training from so many amazing teachers. She most recently has been training at CCM and the Musical Arts Center. Caroline is very excited to work with the students at Performing Arts, Inc. She hopes to share her knowledge and love for performing while also being a positive mentor to the students. She hopes to see the students grow as both performers and people.
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. Currently, Allison assists and teaches dance as well as assists with plays for Performing Arts, Inc. She is very excited to get to share her enthusiasm and love of performing and dancing with others this year.
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.