Carol McFarlane (Director)

Carol is a graduate of American Sentinel University with a BSN. She has been a Registered Nurse for 34 years. Ms. Carol starting dancing at an early age, training at Henrique’s, Footlights and Bucks County Dance Academy. She has been a dance instructor for over 25 years. Ms. Carol has taught all forms of dance to students from ages 3 till adult. Ms. Carol’s dream to own a dance studio became a reality in 2010. As the studio enters their 12th year you can see Ms. Carol’s passion and love for dance through the student’s achievements and all the student’s smiles. Her motto is “Dance is fun” and she hopes to continue to bring happiness and love to students for many years to come.

Samantha McFarlane Scarborough

Samantha trained at Kay’s Footlights, Newtown School of Dance and Wissahicken Dance Academy. She was a member of the University Dance Company at West Chester University and an instructor at Newtown School of Dance. She is a graduate at West Chester University. Samantha is a member of the United States Air Force Reserves. Samantha has danced at many venues and benefits around the state including the Fringe festival. She has staged and choreographed multiple functions at West Chester University.

Ms. Sam has won multiple awards for her choreography. Samantha has a passion for telling life stories through her choreography and helping her students stretch their imaginations.

Colleen Cunnius-Buckley

Ms. Colleen is teacher for the Centennial School District. She graduated from West Chester University. She trained at The Dance Academy and had been an instructor at the Newtown School of dance for many years.

Colleen has danced since the age of 2, studying all forms of dance. During one period Colleen focused on traditional Irish Step dancing which excelled her to compete at regional and national levels. She has danced at Carnegie Hall and in Dublin Ireland. Colleen has performed with several Philadelphia and New York based dance companies.

Colleen is a wonderful teacher who strives to always bring out the best in her students. Colleen is so proud of her students for their dedication and hard work.

Alana Hardison-Stokes

Ms. Alana graduated Cum Laude from The Ohio State University with a B.F.A. in Dance. Ms. Alana grew up dancing all over Bucks County and Philadelphia. She is a former member of Circle in the Village African Dance Company and Tap Team Two Junior Company. She enjoys choreographing the Bensalem High School musicals and Bensalem’s Parks and Rec summer musical. Ms. Alana has won awards for her choreography and challenges her students to be the best they can be.

Outside of dance, Ms. Alana enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 beautiful children,
Ms. Alana is thrilled to be a part of the Dance Action family for so many years!

Julie Gould

Ms. Julie began her dance career at age 3. She trained at Stewart-Johnson Dance Academy in Hamilton NJ where she danced primarily in tap, jazz, ballet, and point. She also competed in various dance competitions. Once she began college at Bloomsburg University, Ms. Julie continued dancing for the Bloomsburg Dance Ensemble. She was a member of the tap, modern, and musical theater classes. She later became the teacher of the Ensemble’s tap class, and she was also appointed president of the entire dance organization during her senior year of college. Today, Ms. Julie continues to share her love of dance with the children she teaches. She has been awarded numerous high score and first place awards for her choreography. Ms. Julie hopes to not only improve the technique of the students she teaches, but also allow them to have fun and enjoy their time in class!

Outside of dance, Ms. Julie has received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and English. She is currently the Managing Editor of a health care publication and website. She hopes to one day publish young adult novels.

Amanda Hangeland

Ms. Amanda graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2016 with a degree in Psychology. She graduated from Drexel University with her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis and currently works as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with children and young adults with Autism.

Amanda started her dance career at the age of 4 and has danced at several studios throughout the years, ending her high school dance career at Dance Action. In college, Amanda continued dancing in the Bloomsburg Dance Ensemble, teaching the ballet class for 3 years, as well as, participating in other classes.

Amanda was very excited to be offered the opportunity to teach dance with the people who taught her and continue sharing her love for it with her students.

Sarah Richter

Ms. Sarah is currently majoring in psychology at the College of New Jersey and hopes to earn her doctorate in clinical psychology with a concentration in child psychology. She is also a comprehensively trained pilates teacher and uses this knowledge to improve her students strength, flexibility, and technique.
Ms. Sarah’s dance journey began when she was three years old. Since then she has taken ballet, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary, hip hop, and aerial ballet. She danced at studios across the country, and performed in the nutcracker with the Moscow ballet when she was eight. Miss Sarah graduated from Dance Action where she won many awards at competitions including the title of Miss. True Talent for her solo.

Ms. Sarah has a huge passion for teaching dance. Her favorite thing about teaching is the strong bonds she creates with her students. She truly believes that Dance Action of Newtown is her second home and one big family.

Hailey Glover

Hailey began dancing at the age of 5. She trained at various studios including Innovative Dance Academy, Ballet Technique, and Princeton Dance and Theater where she trained under the direction of Risa Kaplowitz and American Ballet Theatre principal Susan Jaffe. She continued her studies at Mercyhurst University, where she graduated with a degree in dance and art therapy in 2011.

Following graduation, Hailey worked for VEE Corporation’s National Tour of Sesame Street Live, Mercer County Special Services School District as an assistant teacher, and Body Language Dance Center, Lustig Dance Theatre, and Mill Ballet School as a ballet instructor. She also joined the staff at Roxey Ballet where she headed education initiatives, lead rehearsals, and managed performances and events for the company. Hailey has also worked to continue her education in dance by attending workshops offered through the Dance Education Laboratory in New York City and by taking courses offered through the National Dance Education Organization’s Online Professional Dance Institute.

When Hailey is not teaching dance, she is working with adults with traumatic brain injuries at Beechwood NeuroRehab or spending time with her family, friends, and dog, Riley.

* Master instructors will also be invited to teach classes throughout the year.