Dance Studio Owner/Director: Emily Rufo Tessar
Emily developed a love of dance starting when she put on her first ballet slippers at age 4. She studied all forms of dance and has performed classical, lyrical, jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, and other dance genres as a solo artist, in small groups and as part of large production ensembles. As a Journalism and Fashion Merchandising student at the University of Delaware, Emily was on the Dance Team and participated in the student-run dance company Delaware Dance Fever. Upon graduation Emily focused her love of dance on teaching and coaching. She enjoys sharing dance with young students and has experience in age groups four to eighteen. She has established dance clinics in various local schools and has proudly served as Head Coach of the Delaware Military Academy Dance Team and Assistant Coach of the Neumann University Dance Team. Emily is excited about bringing a fresh and energetic approach to the instruction of dance and establishing the Radiance Dance Studio as the premier center for dance instruction in the area.
Our facilities are fresh, new and absolutely second to none. With one of the biggest studios in the area, we are able to develop detailed and energetic choreography and there is plenty of room to perfect it all. But we also have a small and intimate studio that younger students find inviting and inspirational. Stretching and warm up spaces, cubbies for personal things, a refreshment lounge, a homework/study area, and even an accessories boutique round out the facility.
Miss Hannah Schell
Hannah is currently attending the University of Delaware majoring in Biological Sciences and Anthropology and minoring in Dance and Spanish. She has been dancing for 15 years and has been classically trained in ballet, pointe and jazz. She also has trained in lyrical, contemporary, tap and hip hop. She studied at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, American Academy of Ballet and Koltun Ballet of Boston. Recently she has become an assistant for Deviate Dance Convention owned by two performers from The Radio City.
Miss Bailey Tuschinski
Bailey is currently studying Elementary Education at the University of Delaware while also receiving a minor in Dance. Bailey has been dancing since the age of 5 and was a competitive dancing beginning at the age of 11. Bailey is trained in a variety of dance genres including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and lyrical. Bailey was on the Wilmington Blue Rocks Dance Team as well as a member of the Varsity Dance Team at Padua Academy in Wilmington, Delaware. Bailey absolutely adores dance and is honored to share her love for dance with her students at Radiance!
Assistant Dance Teacher
Miss Layne Reilly
Layne has been assisting and enjoying classes at RDS for the past 3 years. She is 13 and an 8th grader at Fred S. Engle Middle school. She began taking dance when she was 3 and is ecstatic to be a part of the Radiance family. Layne has studied jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, musical theater and tap. Her love of the dance world has afforded her the opportunities to enjoy both competitive and recreational dance. Miss Layne loves learning, growing and sharing her love of dance in such a positive environment at Radiance!
Miss Morgan Colello
Morgan is a senior at Avon Grove High School. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and her favorite style is ballet, but has been trained in styles such as contemporary, lyrical, jazz, musical theater and tap. Miss Morgan was a competitive dancer for 7 years and now take classes weekly. She is so excited to be a part of RDS and can’t wait to see where this year takes her!