Meet Our Staff & Faculty
Amanda Fuhrman Rodriguez
Mark & Dara Fuhrman
Assistant Office Manager Studio Photographer
Fabiana Raye Rodriguez
Danielle came to Erie, PA from Downingtown, Pennsylvania to attend Mercyhurst College where she graduated in 2010 with a double major in Dance and Secondary Education Mathematics. She attended Mercyhurst College under the Egan Scholarship where she had the chance to study under instructors Tauna Hunter, Christina Hay, Noelle C. Partusch, Mark and Solveig Santillano. She has had many opportunities to work closely with artists such as Elena Estanol, Bill Evans, Erin Tisdale, Momix Dance Company, and Valerie Valentine. Upon college graduation, Danielle began work for Princess Cruises Ltd. as a dancer, ballet specialist, and Assistant Company Performance Manager. She was fortunate enough to sail the seas aboard the Dawn, Emerald, and Grand Princess vessels performing 9-12 month contracts for four years. This is Danielle’s third season as a ballet instructor for ages 7-18 at Little's and looks forward to many more!
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.
Sara is a dedicated tap, jazz and musical theatre dance instructor. For over 17 years she has trained dancers of all ages from beginner to professional standards at various studios. Her dance training began at an early age, here in Erie, at Little Dance Studio under the direction of Catherine Little and Sandra Little Barnett, where she studied many styles, including; tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, modern, hip hop, contemporary, Irish step and swing. As a longtime member of Jazz Kids Dance Company she performed at a variety of venues and events. Sara started teaching in her early teens and while in high school began performing in musicals with Footlights Theatre Program under the direction of David W. Mitchell. She later joined the Footlights staff and choreographed "Annie" and "Bye Bye Birdie!". She has participated in many master classes and trained with excellent teachers which has added to her diversity. Teaching and choreography are her passion. Sara feels beyond blessed to have the opportunity to pass on her love of dance to her LDS students.
With over 30 years of dance experience. Stacy brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the dance industry. She has coached and choreographed for numerous studios, schools, colleges, professional sports teams and all-star dance teams throughout her career. Stacy stays at the forefront of what is new and cutting-edge in the dance industry.
With achievements too numerous to mention, she has shown her ability to create and has the knowledge to instruct at the highest level. With countless choreography awards she has received, along with being a Dance Worlds alumni coach/choreographer, she knows what it takes to instruct and have properly trained dancers and how to produce winning teams.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Kristin Lorei graduated from Mercyhurst University in 2015 with bachelor's degrees in Early Childhood and Special Education and a master of Special Education with an Autism Endorsement. She is a 3rd grade teacher in the Erie School District at Pfeiffer- Burleigh. Kristin was a gymnast and school cheerleader from elementary through college and a competitive cheerleader for 8 of her 11 year career. Her coaching profession started in the sport of gymnastics at the age of 14 working with younger recreation teams. During college, Kristin began coaching football, basketball and competitive cheerleading at the elementary and middle school levels. She then transitioned to a collegiate level coach, followed by competitive high school cheer. Throughout these years coaching she continued to teach gymnastic and tumbling classes. Kristin made her transition from cheer and gymnastics to acrobatics in 2017. Kristin loves teaching the "Little" acrobats of LDS!
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.
Grace trained with the Erie Dance Conservatory under the tutelage of Sarah Purvis since 2003 and has been a member of the Erie Contemporary Ballet Theatre since 2012. She has performed in leading roles such as “Russian Candy Canes” in The Nutcracker and “Lead Grinchette” in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. She has danced in Kijuanta Lucas’ Untamed, William B. McClellan Jr.’s Urgency, Melissa Bobick’s Holberg Suite and Starland, Jon Lehrer’s A Ritual Dynamic, Ashley Walton’s Aloft, Solace in Light and Abandon, and many more. She has worked with master teachers such as Alaine Haubert, Melissa Bowman, and Cornelius Carter to name a few. She has been accepted to many summer dance programs like Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Advanced Summer Program, and Point Park International Summer Dance Intensive. Besides entertaining audiences in Erie, PA, Ms. Twitchell has performed with Erie Contemporary Ballet Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA, Harrisburg, PA, Philadelphia, PA, Manchester, NH, Phoenix, AZ, and Montreal, Québec, Canada. This is Grace’s first year as a faculty member of Erie Dance Conservatory.
Nesta Raye Rodriguez
Nesta is the furriest member of the "Little" Family.
And the inspiration for our LDS logo.