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To Our Fantastic Staff! Thank you for your dedication, love of dance, and inspiration you give to the students at PBR!
Pictured Above:
First row: Ashley Walk, Maria Mikolajczyk, Chelsea Hoffman, Emily Morris. Second row: Rachel Monahan, Miss Pauline, Mary Ellen Everhart. Third row: Natalie Aikens, Ali Sawyer, Rachel Conrad, Karlie Travis, Cindy Rabold.

Pauline Baker Rodgers, better known to all as “Miss Pauline,” started teaching dance in 1960 for Ruth Barnes. In 1986, Miss Pauline began having her own recitals and shortly after the school became the Pauline Baker Rodgers School of Dance. Her philosophy of teaching dance is one that allows all students to achieve, not just the most skilled. She feels that every student should be given the chance to dance and perform as long as they have the desire. Every year at the annual dance recital, students still honor her with a tribute dance. Miss Pauline plans to continue teaching for many more years so that students may continue to say “Thank you Miss Pauline, I enjoyed my dancing lesson.”

 
 
Mary Ellen Everhart is Miss Pauline’s daughter, and is the mother of Rachel and April. She also has a son Daniel, residing in Pittsburgh. Mary Ellen started dance at the age of three from Ruth Barnes. She then had Miss Pauline as her teacher. Mary Ellen became the talent award winner at the 1978 Miss Central Pennsylvania Pagaent with a dance she choreographed herself. She also danced and choreographed in the summers for Cresson Lake Playhouse. She was a part of Penn State’s dance program called “Orchesis” while majoring in Physical Education at Penn State. She married Larry Everhart in 1979 and then taught physical education for the Altoona Area School District for 33 years. While on staff at Altoona, she wrote the dance curriculum and taught dance with the PE program. She was advisor for Lioneers Dance Team, winning nationals in 1998. Mary Ellen started the PBR Competition Team in 1998. She is currently retired from teaching with the school district and is executive director for the dance school.
Ashley Hand has been dancing at Miss Pauline’s since she was three years old. She was a member of the PBR Competition Team, receiving gold and platinum medals, and dance scholarships for her talents. She placed third overall at Dance Educators of America Miss DEA in New York City. She graduated in Kinesiology from Penn State, taught for National Dance Alliance during summer semesters, and danced on PSU Lionettes Dance Team, winning Nationals 3 years in a row. Ashley also teaches hip hop, tap, jazz, acro, and ballet at PBR Dance and is one of the choreographers for competition team. Miss Ashley feels that PBR has helped her with more than just dance. She always loved the atmosphere and is thrilled to be a PBR teacher. “I am so grateful to be able to help give students what I have received.”
Chelsea Hoffman has been danced for Miss. Pauline for 16 years. She has been on the Competition team for 6 years. She graduated from Altoona High School in 2009 and is now studying Forensic Science at Penn State Altoona. Chelsea is glad to still be in town teaching ballet and tap for Miss Pauline.

Maria Mikolajczyk has been taking dance since she was four years old with Miss Pauline. She was a member of the PBR competition team, and is now enjoying teaching the beautiful art of dance that Miss Pauline has taught her. Ms. Maria teaches ballet, and tap and helps assist the competition team. She is also an elementary teacher at Hollidaysburg Area School District, is married to Brad Mikolajczyk, and they have 2 children.

Rachel Everhart Monahan made her stage debut when she was two years old, and started helping to teach jazz when she was only 13. In college, she was a member of the Penn State Lionettes Dance Team, which won national awards. She also taught for NDA, a national dance organization that instructs dance teams. She was awarded a top instructor award for NDA. Rachel has become the lead choreographer for the competition team, and has received many platinums, first place trophies, high score awards, and choreography awards. Rachel loves teaching dance and the studio is honored to have her talent. She is also teaching physical education for Hollidaysburg Area High School. Rachel is married to Rick Monahan. They have a son, Clark Jameson and a daughter, Ella Pauline.

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