Laura Gifford

Laura Gifford

Founder & Director

As the founder and training instructor of Bitty Ballet, Laura has a passion for dance and for developing a true love of dance at a young age. She has over 18 years of traditional dance instruction in tap, jazz and ballet at One Broadway the Dance Centre (Hershey, PA) and Penn State University (State College, PA), which has created an extensive understanding of the basics of dance movement & methods, as well as group fitness instruction at various centers in central Pennsylvania.

With two kids at home, working with young children is a great fit and she truly enjoys watching them grow and love dance.

Sara Callie

Sara Callie

Program Coordinator & Instructor

Sara brings over 17 years of dance experience in various styles from ballet, to jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and more. She started dance in 1st grade and has not stopped since. Sara started teaching dance at the age of 15 at her local YMCA, as well as assisting classes at her dance studio. She participated in competition dance at Miss Tanya’s Expression of Dance in Nazareth, PA, as well as dancing on the Nazareth High School Dance Team.

After high school, Sara attended Millersville University where she was a team member of the MU Dance Team. During her four years on the team, she choreographed numerous dances in various styles. Throughout her experience on the team, Sara held various leadership positions such as Philanthropy Chair, Vice President and President.

Sara conveys a strong passion for teaching dance and is incredibly enthusiastic about spreading the joy of dance to all the bittys.

Allison Homburger

Allison Homburger

Marketing Coordinator & Instructor

Miss Allie is a lead instructor in Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill & Hershey. She developed a passion for dancing when she was young and continues to love the creative outlet dance provides. She graduated from Liberty University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and is a certified Child Life Specialist who works with children & families to assist them in developing healthy coping skills within a hospital setting.

Allie has always had a special place in her heart for children and is inspired by their enthusiasm to create, learn & play. She is thrilled to continue working with Bitty Ballet to provide a space for the dancers to express themselves .

Melissa Totani

Melissa Totani

Instructor (Downingtown)

Melissa is our West Chester, PA lead instructor. She brings over 15 years of dance experience to our program. She studied tap, jazz and ballet at One Broadway The Dance Center (Hershey, Pa). She continued to dance through college and has never lost her love for dance.

Melissa has two young sons and has lived in the Exton and Downingtown area for over 12 years. She is excited to introduce the program to young artists in the area and pass along the love of dance!

Randi DiLella

Randi DiLella

Instructor (Lansdale)

Randi brings over 19 years of dance experience to our program in Lansdale. She studied ballet, pointe, jazz and flag twirling at Excel Dance Studio in Michigan. Randi also has many years of experience with young children, she is a preschool teacher as well.

She moved to the Lansdale area in 2018 with her husband and loves everything that Pennsylvania has to offer. Randi has a passion with children and loves to dance. She is very excited to put both passions together and help show the joy and love that dance brings.

Nicole Monville

Nicole Monville

Instructor (Lancaster)

Nicole Monville has over 21 years of dance experience training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, musical theater, hip hop, improvisation, and contemporary partnering. She has 11 years of teaching and choreography experience along with a BA in Dance and a minor in English Film/Media Studies from Slippery Rock University. At Slippery Rock, Nicole was a student director of SRUDT, a member of Dance Express Dance Team, and an active performer and choreographer. During her college career she performed at The American College Dance Festival Association in 2012 and 2013. Her senior year she choreographed and directed a full-length show at Slippery Rock University, and was awarded the Excellence in Dance Technology award.

Nicole has been a member of Exhalations Dance Theatre in Pittsburgh since 2015 as a resident choreographer and dancer. She attended the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet teacher’s seminar in Milwaukee Wisconsin in 2015. Nicole is very passionate and dedicated to being a life long learner to help educate the next generation of dancers. She is also the founder/director of The Catalyst Collection Dance Company; a contemporary dance company in Lancaster, whose purpose is to initiate change, evoke thought, and create opportunities through art in the community.

Sara Lechner

Sara Lechner

Instructor (Hershey)

Miss Sara has over 15 years of dance experience with background styles in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, and pointe. She is originally from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and taught at her hometown studio of Miss Tanya’s Expression of Dance. She is currently an Early Childhood and Special Education major at Elizabethtown College, and is a dancer on the Elizabethtown College Dance Team.

Her love for both dance and teaching makes Bitty Ballet the perfect place to continue her passions. She is grateful for the opportunity to watch as the Bitty ballerinas grow and develop their own love and passion for dance!

Carly Haffner

Carly Haffner

Instructor (Hershey)

Carly Haffner started dancing when she was four years old at Accent School of Dance in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She quickly developed a love of dance, and has been dancing ever since! She has experience in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and Irish Tap.

Carly was an assistant & teacher at Accent School of Dance for three years. She also has experience in musical theatre dancing in both Annie Jr. and Guys and Dolls Jr. and was dance captain for Guys and Dolls Jr. Carly is currently an occupational therapy major at Elizabethtown College. She dances in E-motion- the dance club on campus. She is super excited to lace up her ballet shoes and instill a love of dance in her students.

Jessica Winningham

Jessica Winningham

Instructor (Camp Hill)