Kim Lewis Howell
Ms. Howell began her dance training in Florida at the Salter School of Dance under the direction of Helen Salter, one of the early members of the New York City Ballet. As a teen Ms. Howell danced and trained pre-professionally with the Tallahassee Ballet Company. Further dance training included summer sessions at North Carolina School of the Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School as part of their scholarship program, and in workshops with the Florida Dance Association and Joffrey San Antonio Workshop. Her professional career began performing with the Joffrey II Dancers. Ms. Howell has also performed with the Berkshire Ballet, Ballet Theater of Pennsylvania, Eglevsky Ballet, and as a guest artist with regional companies in Florida. Ms. Howell began teaching while still in high school. Her teaching ability was nurtured at the Joffrey Ballet School as an assistant for children's classes. She has taught for the Tallahassee Ballet Company, the Johnstown Conservatory, Lake Erie Ballet, as a substitute for Mercyhurst College, and acted as Director of the Erie Bayfront Ballet (1994 – 2001.) Ms. Howell has been affiliated with the Lake Erie Ballet since 1991.
Lana Crotty is in her 12 th season working with Lake Erie Ballet, training dancers in ballet as well as alternative techniques. Under the direction of Ms. Tauna Hunter, she received her BA in Dance Performance from Mercyhurst College. Her additional education includes a BA in Business Marketing and a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership. After completing her master’s degree, Mrs. Crotty returned to her Alma Mater as an adjunct faculty member for the dance department. Her stage experience includes roles in The Nutcracker (PBT, Flower City Ballet & Lake Erie Ballet), Carmen, Raymonda, Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as contemporary choreography and musicals. A highlight includes her dancing the lead of Effie in Mercyhurst College’s presentation of La Sylphide. Early ballet training was influenced by the tutelage of Rebekah VonRathonyi and Wayne Blatt. She also has had the privilege to train with Point Park University’s dance faculty (summer programs). Her teaching experience includes Lynn Scott School of Dance, Perrinton Dance Co., and Erie Bayfront Dance where she also Co-directed the Sr. Company.
Sarah Hartmans began her formal dance training at the Royal Academy of Ballet in Buffalo, NY. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Dance Performance from Mercyhurst University where she studied under the direction of Tauna Hunter. Sarah has studied Vaganova, Balanchine, Cecchetti and Bournonville classical ballet techniques, as well as various styles of modern and contemporary dance, jazz, hip hop, and tap to name a few. Sarah has studied under the New York City Ballet (multiple summer programs), and American Ballet Theatre (collegiate program), as well as North Carolina Ballet Theatre, MOMIX, Dutch National Ballet, and the Royal Danish Ballet while at Mercyhurst College. She was a member of the Lake Erie Ballet for 3 seasons before she came on to teach for the school. She has 10 years of extensive performance experience, including classical ballets, musical theatre, and modern contemporary dance. Sarah also has had the privilege of being the technical director, stage manager and volunteer coordinator for Lake Erie Ballet throughout her career here. Sarah began teaching at 13 for the Royal Academy of Ballet where she was training. She instantly was drawn into the emotional and challenging world of teaching ballet and has not stopped since. Teaching at a former teacher’s school, Zawadski Performing Arts Center, and some substitute teaching of evening student classes at Mercyhurst University. She is thrilled to be continuing her career here at Lake Erie Ballet.