Meet Our Staff & Faculty
Amanda Fuhrman Rodriguez
Mark & Dara Fuhrman
Assistant Office Manager Studio Photographer
Fabiana Raye Rodriguez
Jonah Mark Allgeier
Michael began dancing in high school where he was in Show Choir and then was asked to join the Little Dance Studio “Jazz Kids”. He has a natural talent and is a gifted Jazz dancer. He received a scholarship to study at Luigi Jazz Dance Center in New York City. He has also danced in New York City’s Time Square numerous times as part of Project Dance America. Michael has performed and choreographed for Lake Erie Ballet (LEB), Chautauqua Art Institute, and the Erie Dance Conservatory (EDC). He has taught the Central High School Show Choir and Central High School Marching Band Color Guard/Dance Team. Michael’s classes have been and always will be fun and energetic.
Kathy has been studying, teaching and performing dance for 54 years.
Over the last 40 years teaching, first, under the direction of Catherine Little, her mentor, then more recently with her daughter, Sandra Little.
She was a member of the original Little Dance Studio Concert Group and later it became Jazz Kids Dance Company. She currently teaches Irish Dance and is a member of the 'American Association of Irish Dance Teachers' (A.A.I.D.T) and has studied in New York City with NADAA Dance Seminars along with classes at Luigi’s and Alvin Ailey Dance Center. Throughout her career Kathy has taught pre-school, tap, jazz and ballet.
Molli Jane Norman, from Conneaut Lake, PA, began her dance training at the age of three. At 9 she
began dancing at Paula and Judy's Dance Connection, where she remained for over 5 years, training in
acro, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop and adagio. She was also on the company dance team. In high school,
she joined the McDowell Center of Performing Arts and McDowell High School Dance Team under the
direction of Stacy Garrastazu. In college she went on to major in Elementary Education and minor in
dance at The Indiana University of Indiana and Edinboro University. She was a member of The Indiana
University Dance Team. From 2009 -2012 she was captain of The Erie Bayhawks D- League Dance Team.
She was also a coach and a dancer at The Dance Worlds in 2011 and 2012. In 2012 she lived in Hollywood,
training at The International Dance Academy, Millenium Dance Complex, Center Stage Dance Studio,
and The Edge Dance Complex. There she worked in music videos, commercials and television shows. She
also trained with celebrity dance teachers Willdabeast Adams, Janelle Ginestra, Dejan Tubic, Matt Stefannia,
and G Madison. After returning home in 2014, Molli Jane became the Head Dance Director and choreographer
for X-Cel Atheletics Dance Team. She has been instructing and teaching master classes at Erie Dance
Conservatory. And is now one of Little Dance Studios Hip Hop Teachers!
Elizabeth has been dancing since the age of 6; studying classes such as ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, as well as being on an adagio team. After she graduated High School she continued her dancing career at Slippery Rock University. She received her dance minor in May 2015. During her college carrer, she participated in many performances and had the opportunity to meet several guest artists. Along with those experiences she was able to study modern, ballet, and jazz at a much deeper level. She had the unique opportunity to study Bharatanatyam (a style of dance originated in south India), Improvisation, Wellness, Teaching of Dance, and many more. She is now continuing her dance career here at Little Dance Studio and she is very excited to join the family!
Cara graduated from Northwestern Collegiate Academy in 2018. Next year, she plans on
studying Nursing at Penn State Behrend. She has been dancing at Little Dance Studio for
16 years and has trained in classes such as Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Bollywood and most importantly
Ballet. She has dreamed of being a dance teacher ever since she started her dance career.
Cara is so excited to be a part of the Little Dance Studio faculty.
Delena has been dancing since she was 7 years old. In 2011, she was inducted by Sandra Little into the National Honor Society of Dance. She is currently a student at Gannon University where she is studying Advertising with a Digital Media minor. She was a member of the Gannon University Dance Team for 3 years and served as the social media chair, while also choreographing various dance routines. Delena is honored to continue doing what she loves while spreading her passion for dance to those around her.
Kayla has been dancing at the Little Dance Studio for 20 years and has been teaching for five. She is currently a student at Penn State Behrend where she is studying Psychology and Elementary Education. She was a member of the Penn State Behrend Dance Team for four years and was a captain for two. Kayla was given a scholarship to attend the summer intensive at the Luigi Jazz Centre in New York City in the summer of 2012. Kayla has participated in Project Dance for 6 years giving her the opportunity to perform live in Times Square.
Ashley started dancing at Little Dance Studio at the age of 3 and has continued to dance for 21 years. In 2013, she was inducted by Sandra Little into the National Honor Society of Dance. Ashley has trained in classes such as jazz, hip hop, lyrical, irish, bollywood, and tap. She was apart of Gannon University’s Competitive Dance Team for 3 years where she got to compete at the NDA college nationals in their division II team performance and hip hop divisions. She earned her bachelors degree in Health Science from Gannon University in 2022. She is currently in her second year of Graduate School at Gannon University studying for her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Ashley hopes to help injured dancers get back to doing what they love as a physical therapist and to continue to spread her love for dance by teaching.
Danielle has been dancing since the age of 3 at Paula and Judy’s Dance Connection. She continued until she was 20. At the age of 6, she joined their competitive dance team both as a group dancer and soloist winning many awards. During her dance career she has had the opportunity to take classes of all genres including tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, acrobatics, lyrical, modern, contemporary, and pointe. In Danielle’s high school years, she was on the CADENCE dance team at NWPA Collegiate Academy performing at several community events. She then continued to dance through college at Gannon University for football, basketball, and competed with them as well. Additionally, Danielle has had the opportunity to take many workshop classes and even dance in front of the Statue of Liberty.
Emma started dancing at age 3 and trained in multiple states (Missouri, South Dakota, Arizona, and Oklahoma). She attended Mercyhurst University where she graduated with honors, attaining her B.F.A. in Dance Performance while holding dance and academic scholarships. She performed with Seiche Dance Collective 2022-2023 under the direction of artistic director Danielle Kaiser, has appeared with SoMar Dance Works directed by Mark and Solveig Santillano, and performed as an intern with Deos Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Tess Sinke. Some of her favorite performances include performing the role of Rothbart in Swan Lake and performing original choreographic works during Seiche’s spring show intra-action. Emma has previously taught ballet and contemporary/lyrical, and is very excited to join as a part of the Little Dance Studio Faculty.
Nesta Raye Rodriguez
Nesta is the furriest member of the "Little" Family.
And the inspiration for our LDS logo.