Our Staff

SSDC is Staffed for All Dance Disciplines

Cynthia Nehr (Director)
Cindy graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Modern Dance Performance with a secondary concentration in ballet from Temple Universtiy in Philadelphia, PA. She also trained at The Ohio State University and in New York and Pittsburgh. She has studied with noted dance artists including, Bill T. Jones Carla Maxwell, Nina Watt, Doug Varone, Akram Khan, Bebe Miller, Ann Vachon, Kun Yang Lin, Michelle De La Reza, and Greer Reed-Jones. She has danced for Keith Thompson, Christie Newman, Shannon Perlotto, Noemi Segarra, Marianella Boan, Megan Durham, and Merian Soto in Philadelphia. She also performed in both DanceBoom and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She danced for Gwen Hunter-Ritchie (LabCo Dance Company), Staycee Pearl (Staycee Pearl Dance Project), and Mary Miller (Miller Dance) in Pittsburgh. She has also participated in reconstructions of classic works by Doris Humphrey, Jose Limon, Phillipo Taglioni, and Bill T. Jones, performing at the 2002-2003 Ickle International Dance Notation Conference. She taught ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, and tap at DancInnovations Studio in Pittsburgh from 2007-2013, and was also a guest instructor at Pittsburgh‘s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and Rogers Middle School. Locally, Cindy has danced in and choreographed for numerous community dance performances at the Theater of the Seventh Sister, The Ware Center, and The Ephrata Performing Arts Center. She is a founding member of NetCo Dance Company, and in addition to performing and choreographing with the company, she also currently serves as NetCo’s assistant director.

Jennifer Cowan-Berlet
A native of Lancaster, Pa, Jennifer started her studies at Slippery Rock University, where she graduated with a double major in Dance Performance and Theatre Performance. She has worked with choreographers/performers such as Mark Taylor and Dance Alloy, Maureen Fleming, Doug Elkins, Mary Miller Dance Company (Pittsburgh, PA), Stillpoint Dance, Spank Dance Company & Jose Bustamante (Austin, TX), The Laban Centre of Movement & The Royal Shakespeare Company (London), The Deborah Slater Dance Theatre (San Francisco, CA) and Chet Zercher (Lancaster, PA), Philadanco, Koresh Dance Company and Opus1 Contemporary (Philadelphia, Pa) Jennifer has performed original works at the Andy Warhol Museum and City Theatre along with Doris Humphrey’s “Air 4 G-String” reconstruction (Pittsburgh, PA). Jennifer is a Level 2 Healing Touch student and a certified Personal Trainer. She also holds certifications in Yoga and Postural Restructuring and as a Longevity Wellness Specialist. She is currently continuing her studies in body mechanics & movement with Hanna Somatics, and the healing art of Seifukujitsu Massage, along with Simply Barre and Body-Mind techniques. In 2004, while teaching at Silver Spring Dance Conservatory, she founded NetCo Dance Company (a NETWORK of COLLABORATIVE dancers) that has continued to evolve and grow over the last decade. Along with NetCo Dance Company, Jennifer is employed at Masonic Villages of Pa, Elizabethtown, as a Fitness Instructor II. Since inception, NetCo continues to produce complete innovative dance programs, often focusing on issues that affect women. NetCo also performs for community benefits, as part of local dance showcases, in churches, camps and nursing homes. Jennifer is Director/ choreographer of NetCo Dance Company and also performs with the company regularly.

Kylee Daniels
Kylee is a recent graduate of Millersville University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a Studio Art Minor. At a young age of 3 years old, Kylee began her dance experience in Ballet at the Lancaster School of Ballet. She also has experience in gymnastics competition from attending Prestige Gymnastics age 5-8 years old. Continuing her skills in tumbling, Kylee was a part of national winning cheer competition squads age 9-15 years old. Kylee also has had experience in music since she was a child. Starting in 3rd grade, Kylee has been included in multiple local symphonies and bands including performances with the Lancaster County Youth Symphony with her drumming and percussion abilities. She also was enrolled in various fine arts classes throughout her education at Hempfield High School and Millersville University. She pulls her inspiration from fine art photography, painting, music, and most importantly dance. In high school, Kylee decided to go back to dance at SSDC after her long career in competitive cheerleading. Kylee has had most of her experience in Modern, Ballet, and advanced Hip Hop classes, but enjoys all areas of dance and fitness including Zumba and Yoga. As well as having a passion for the arts, she also has a strong passion for teaching. She is very excited to combine her love of dance with her goal of being a elementary school teacher in her dance classes.

Shirl Fleckenstein
Shirl begged her mother to start dancing at the age of 4 after falling in love with an animated version of the Nutcracker. She kept dancing, mostly at SSDC, until high school when she took some time off from classes to perform in Donegal High School musicals. She continued to take ballet classes while at Temple University and now returns to SSDC as a teacher. Shirl continues to take classes at SSDC, with Nadine Revene, and at Koresh Dance in Philadelphia. In addition, she performs with Netco Dance Company. Through classes and workshops, Shirl has been exposed to ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap, musical theater, swing, stomp, ballroom, Latin, Irish step, Hawaiian, and hip hop. She's looking forward to sharing her variety of dance experiences with SSDC students.

A.K. Mullen Johnson
Amy K. Mullen-Johnson is a Teaching Artist, Dancer and Choreographer. She earned her MFA in dance from University of Colorado, Boulder and her bachelors’ degree in dance from Slippery Rock University. With goals to promote and support arts in education and dance in the community, Mullen-Johnson works with the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts as an arts education teacher with stARTSomething, a regional program of the Cultural Alliance of York. Mullen-Johnson is an adjunct faculty at York College in the Theatre and Communications Department. In addition, she works with the Fulton Theatre’s education and outreach programs to promote critical literacy through the arts, engaging young people with storytelling, theatre, dance, and creative writing. Her aspirations as an artist are dedicated to teaching dance. Mullen-Johnson is in her fifth season teaching dance at Greater York Dance and is very excited to join the professional team of teachers and dancers at Silver Spring Dance Conservatory. When she is not teaching, she rehearses and performs with NetCo Dance Company, and spends time in nature exploring site specific dance.