Long’s School of Dance presently hosts over 20 faculty members. Members of Long’s faculty belong to such organizations as: Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Tennessee Association of Dance Masters, Dance Educators of America, International Tap Dance Association, and Southern Association of Dance Masters. Along with their extensive training, faculty members continually further their knowledge by attending workshops, seminars and conventions.
President/ Technical Director
President of Jam-Jer Inc. and Long’s School of Dance, Jay is the Director of the Long’s Performing Arts Team, L.L.C., Master Aerial Arts Engineer and Choreographer, and Technical Director. He began dancing at age 3, fencing at age 5, and Martial arts and boxing at age 10.
He studied Adagio under the direction of his mother Marge Long, Ben Hassen, Joseph Levinoff, and Henry Danton. Jay retired from competitive fencing with an undefeated record, having studied under Jim Long (his father) and world class fencer Giorgio Santelli.
Jay received his Martial Arts Sifu rating in 1975 and became Master Sifu in 1985. Jay is certified by the National Qi Gong Association. He holds a Bachelors in Bio-Medical Communications from Western Kentucky University, and has done graduate level work at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Texas Tech, and Northern Illinois University.
Dance Director of Long’s School of Dance, Lee Ann began dancing at the age of 3 in Nashville, Tennessee. During her professional career she traveled and performed throughout Europe and the South with the Nashville Contemporary Ballet Company. Lee Ann also attended Western Kentucky University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. Lee Ann is certified as a dance educator by DEA and CNADM. Summer Dance Intensive, Kid’s Creative Dance Camp, and bringing Master of the Arts to the summer program are all a result of her passion for dance.
While staying in Ireland during the summer of 2013, Lee Ann, continued her Master Instructor level training with classes in Irish Dance. Lee Ann studied with Master Instructors Mick O’Reilly and Mary Beth Taylor. Mick is the 10 time All Ireland World Champ. Long’s School of irish Dance was invited by World Irish Dance Association to become one of the mentored schools here in the US.
Vice President of Long’s School of Dance, Jamie began his training in Martial Arts at the age of 2 and Fencing at 6. Jamie has over 30 years of training in Martial Arts and Fencing.
Jamie is Director of the External Martial Arts Division of Long’s Combative Arts School. He taught Acrobatics for nearly 20 years and Martial Arts for 14 years. He is currently instructing classes in Junior and Senior Kung Fu. Jamie is also a member of Long’s Performing Arts Team, L.L.C.
Janelle has been dancing at Long’s since the age of 3. She has studied all subjects including jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, acro, contemporary and hiphop. She is greatful to have completed her 5th year of instructing and is currently teaching jazz, contemporary and hiphop. With a high focus in hiphop, she continues to study and keep up with the new styles we see from generation to generation. As a member of Long’s Performing Arts Team, LLC, Janelle had the privelage of traveling to Disney World to perform. She is also a 2010 graduate of Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy.
Tiffany has been dancing with the Long’s family for over 25 years, training year round with many incredible Master Instructors. She enjoys being a member of the Performing Arts Team, LLC, studying acrobatic adagio under the direction of Jay Long. She also has had the amazing opportunity to be an Aerial Acrobatics performer for over 10 years.
Tiffany is in the process of completing multiple Teacher Certificates with World Irish Dance. Tiffany began instructing in 2004 and she is thankful to be able to share her love of dance with so many wonderful children.
Jessica has been dancing for over 20 years. She spent the first 16 with Long’s before moving to Pittsburgh and becoming a company member of the LaRoche College School of Ballet, majoring in Ballet Pedagogy. She was also a member of the Biodiography Contemporary Ballet Studio and studied under the direction of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. Jessica has now returned to Long’s, is a member of the Long’s Performing Arts Team, LLC, and has studied under the direction of Master Instructors Beverly and Ron Veenker, Henry Danton, Bob Ziegler, Andy Bristow, Angel Giles, and under the World Irish Dance Association instructors, Elaine Walker and Rachel Gibbons. Jessica has her degree in Early Childhood Education from Liberty University.
Lucy is celebrating 13 years of dance and 3 years of teaching with Long’s. Lucy has enthusiastically spent those years studying Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, and Tap. She has also been a member of Long’s Senior Performing Arts, LLC for the past 4 years. She sends her best wishes and many hugs to all her students performing in this year’s spectacular show! Miss Lucy is so proud of you all!
Jamie has been dancing for over 25 years and is thrilled to be celebrating another year with her Long’s Family. Long’s has offered Jamie the opportunity to perform in Walt Disney World, train and instruct on Aerial Silks, Lyra, Spanish Web, Aerial Straps and Static Trapeze. She has studied under the amazing Master Instructors, including Beverly and Ron Veenker, Marcus Alford, Annie Day, Bobby Ziegler, Henry Danton, Laura Witwer, Angela Jones, Mick O’Reilly, Andy Bristow and Angel Giles. This past year, Jamie helped launch the Cheer Dance program at Long’s (see available summer class and sign-up!) Outside of the studio, Jamie is an attorney at MacDonald Illig Attorneys and, most importantly, mother to daughter Elliot.
Katie has been dancing at Long’s for the past 24 years and continues to take classes. In addition to performing, Katie has enjoyed teaching for the past 14 years to many wonderful students and now dancing alongside them! She is a member of the Long’s Performing Arts Team, L.L.C. and had the privilege of performing in Disney World. She has also trained with master instructors such as Marcus Alford, Annie Day, Bobby Ziegler, Henry Danton, Beverly and Ron Veenker, Mick O’Reilly, Angel Giles and Andy Bristow. Katie is a graduate of Penn State Behrend with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, as well as a minor in Management. She currently works for Erie Federal Credit Union in the Business Lending Department.
Karen has been dancing at Long’s since 1998. She currently takes classes in Tap, Acrobatics, Ballet, Pointe, and Jazz. Karen has been a member of Long’s Performing Arts Team, L.L.C. since 2005 and is very excited to have joined the Aerial Arts team in 2011. In addition to performing Karen has enjoyed teaching for the past four years. For the past four summers she has attended master classes with Bobby Zeigler, Henry Danton, Annie Day, Marcus Alford, Beverly and Ron Veenker and Laura Witwer.
A 2011 graduate of Collegiate Academy, Karen is currently attending Gannon University. She is studying to become a middle school math and science teacher. Karen is excited to continue her passion of teaching into her future.
Ellie has been a part of the Long’s Family for 21 years, where she has studied all subjects. She has coached Long’s Competition Team in addition to organizing and choreographing many performances around the community, including Erie Bayhawk’s Basketball and Harlem Globetrotter half-time shows, expo’s and events. Ellie is excited to have completed her 8th year teaching with Long’s!
While also teaching dance, Ellie is an early elementary Autistic Support Special Education Teacher at the Elizabeth Lee Black School at the Barber National Institute. She is also mommy to 3 year old Aria and 1 year old Emmett.
Sarah has been dancing for 13 years and continues to study Ballet and Pointe with previous experience in Tap, Jazz, and Hip-Hop. She has trained under the direction of Beverly and Ronald Veenker and still is studying under the direction of Ms. Lee Ann Long.
This is Sarah’s first year teaching and she is grateful for this opportunity. “I enjoy sharing my love for dance with my students and cannot wait to teach more kids in the years to come.”
With 50 years of dance education, Lana started dance classes at the age of three at Erie Dance Academy. She began training at Long’s in high school where she studied Jazz, Ballet, and Tap. Lana is certified by Dance Educators of America, having studied from Charles Kelley, Gus Giordano, Beverly Veenker, and Skip Randall, and has been fortunate to take master classes from Beverly Veenker. She has choreographed for local high schools and theatre companies with shows including “Music Man” and “Sugar”. She has also performed in local theatre productions including, “Hair”, “Chicago”, “Cabaret”, “Sugar”, “Of Thee I Sing”, “Prisoner of Second Avenue”, and “Bad Girls 1 & 2”.
Lana has also had the opportunity to study Ballroom and perform in local Ballroom Showcases. Along with performing in the showcases, she also had the opportunity to choreograph a Broadway routine for the Showcase. Lana has performed and choreographed in 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the North East Community Players.
Lana retired in 2011 and has pursued other areas of interest as a Silpada Designs Jewelry Representative. Lana has developed and teaches a Latin Fusion & Body Barre Dance Fitness class for teens and adults at Long’s School of Dance, in addition to teaching her favorite Adult Jazz Class.
Meghan has returned to teach at Long’s after taking classes from the age of 5 through 18. During that time, she studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, and Tap. Meghan also studied under Master Instructors Beverly Veenker and Marcus Alford. Last summer Meghan had the pleasure of learning Irish dance for the first time from WIDA Master Instructors, Elaine Walker and Rachel Gibbins. Meghan obtained her teaching certificate from Slippery Rock University and receive her master’s degree in Special Education at Mercyhurst University. She currently teaches first grade in the Erie School District. Meghan loves to teach and is excited to continue to share her love for dance with her students over the summer and next fall.
Gianna, a sophomore at Mercyhurst Preparatory School, is excited to have completed her first year of teaching with Long’s! She has been dancing with Long’s for 13 years studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Acrobatics, Irish, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop. Gianna has also been a member of Long’s Performing Arts Team, LLC for 4 years. Long’s has also offered her the amazing opportunity to train with master instructors such as Beverly Veenker, Andy Bristow, and Angel Giles. Along with Gianna’s passion and devotion with dancing, she also has a love for theatre – performing in 8 musical productions and 1 play. A few of the fun and charismatic roles she played are Annie in Annie, the Genie in Aladdin, Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, and the Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz!
Riley has been dancing with Longs since she was three years old. She studies ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, and adagio. Riley attends Fort LeBoeuf High School and will be a junior in the fall.
Joe has been studying Combative Arts for 39 years, and has been instructing for more than 20 years. In addition, Joe has been a member of Long’s Performing Arts Team, L.L.C. for over 30 years.
Sifu Art has been with the Long’s for almost 30 years studying Kung Fu, fencing and Qigong. Currently, he serves as the instructor for the Junior Kung Fu class. Art is the former warden and chief probation officer for Erie County and is an adjunct instructor at the NW PA Police Academy. He earned a doctorate in education and also teaches online for several universities.