Leaping Lizards Staff
Robin Michelle Berger      Studio Owner

Int. /Adv. Teen Tap, Adult Broadway Tap, Int. /Adv. Adult Tap, Private dance instruction, Leaping Lizards On Stage, Director

Director/Choreographer of the Leaping Lizards On Stage performing group; choreographer and member of the professional tap company, Diva La Tap Professional Tap Group; 1994 graduate of Webster University receiving a BFA degree in Visual Arts & minor emphasis in Dance; performed in community and professional theatre for over twenty years including: the MUNY and Radio City Music Hall in Branson, MO; attended master Tap classes with: Jimmy Slyde, Cholly Atkins, Fayard Nicholas, Debbie Dee, Spencer Prince, Leonard Reed, Robert Reed, and Robert Reed, Jr.; choreographer/member of KLOU Oldies Revue; choreographed for Max and Louie Productions, Insight tTheatre Company, Crestwood / Kirkwood Youth Theatre, C&C, New Jewish Theatre, Kirkwood Theatre Guild, American Legionettes, CBC, Clayton Cor Jesu Academy, and Nerinx Hall High Schools; current choreographer for CBC High. Studied at the Joel Hall Dance Center in Chicago, IL; studied privately with Robert Reed; Joel Hall scholarship recipient; 2000 Arts For Life Award recipient;  Resident choreographer for New Line Theatre; choreographer for Miss Illinois 2010. Robin is a member of the arts faculty of Thomas Jefferson School teaching Tap and Drama.   Nominated for a 2012 St. Louis Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography.  

Mother of three children.

Crystiana Ade

Preschool Dance                                                                     

Crystiana Ade has been dancing at Leaping Lizards since the age of 3. She has been teaching for 4 years and has also been a Teacher’s Assistant for 6 years. She has been in productions with BRAVO Theatre Company including Footloose, Dear Edwina, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; a 3 year member on the Fox Warriorettes Dance Team; current member of Leaping Lizards Rhythm Queens; past performer and student director of the studio's performing group, Leaping Lizards On Stage.  Crystiana is currently working on her degree in Journalism. She is also currently employed with the Fox School District Character Kids Club Program.

Grace Ade

Doodlebugs, Guest Instructor

Grace has been dancing for 38  years. She has been an instructor at Leaping Lizards since the studio opened in 1996.  She was a 4 year member and captain of Bishop DuBourg's dance team; performed with Bishop DuBourg Theatre Guild, Windsor Theatre Group and Full Circle Ice Theatre; 6 year member and co-captain of the American Legionette Dance Troupe; attended master tap classes at the St. Louis Tap Festival; performed at numerous National Dance Week Festivals; current member of the Leaping Lizards Rhythm Queens. 

Grace graduated in December 2008 from Missouri Baptist University with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and holds a State of Mo Certification in Elementary Education grades 1st - 6th.  She is also currently employed as a fourth grade teacher at Clyde Hamrick Elementary in the Fox C-6 School District. 

Mother of three children.    

Sarah Robins

Preschool Dance, Dancing Doodlebugs, Fit N' Funky Hip Hop, Teen Int./Adv. Jazz,, Teen Int./Adv. Ballet, Guest Instructor

Ms. Sarah fell in love with dance at a very young age. She grew up dancing at Studio G Performing Arts Center with Gina Urso Dudash were she studied Ballet, Pointe, Partnering, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, and Contemporary. She spent her summers training with The Joffrey Ballet School in Manhattan and competed at numerous dance competitions. Sarah danced lead roles in full-length Ballets with the South Eastern Michigan Classical Ballet including, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle. She continued to study dance at Grand Valley State University where she received her  Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. She had the opportunity to perform multiple guest artist pieces as well as study technique with Samantha Shelton, Lara Fauche, Carrie Morris, Alissa Tollefson, and Hannah Seidel.  Sarah is now a Trainee with the Big Muddy Dance Company in St. Louis MO.  Sarah began teaching dance at Studio G Performing Arts Center and continued to teach at Jubal Arts and Lake Michigan Dance Academy during her years in college. She has developed a strong passion of sharing her love of dance with the next generation of dancers and is very excited about her third year with Leaping Lizards Performing Arts Studio! 

Cecily King

Preschool Dance, Doodlebugs, Sat. Teen Int. / Adv. Ballet, Combination Dance, Adult Broadway Ballet/Jazz, Guest Instructor

Ms. Cecily is a classically trained ballet dancer from California. Her studies include companies such as Westside School of Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, where she received a full scholarship. She was a semi-finalist for the Music Center’s Spotlight Award in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Daguman has toured with Off Center Dance Theatre in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Performance credits include: Oklahoma, The Shooting of Dan McGrew, Hello Dolly, and The Music Man in both LA and NY productions. She has appeared onstage with performers such as Barry Williams, Barbie Andretti, Tom Hatten, Ruta Lee, and Jacques D’Ambroise.Upon moving to St. Louis she joined the staff at Leaping Lizards in 2007 and has been a Special Guest Instructor at Webster University. Currently, Cecily is the director/choreographer  of Leaps N' Bounds a dance performing group in the St. Louis area.  Cecily is a member of the Rhythm Queens adult tap performance group. 

Mother of four children. 

Shelley Kohlman

Adult Beginner Tap, Adult Intermediate Tap, Guest Instructor

Ms. Shelley has been engaging in dance for over 25 years. Through childhood to adulthood, tap has been the (dance) love of her life. Even though she claims that she “wasn’t built for ballet”, she enjoys infusing jazz and ballet elements into her rhythmic work.  Ms. Kohlman joined LLPAS’ professional tap group, Diva La Tap, in 2009 where she loves learning and collaborating with her colleagues. Shelley is a tap instructor at LLPAS; she primarily teaches adult learners, from beginning to advanced levels.

Ashley Pavlige

Intermediate Hip Hop, Beginner Hip Hop

Ashley has been a dancing and performing at Leaping Lizards Performing Arts Studio for over 12 years.  She has performed in numerous musicals around the St. Louis area, including: Damn Yankees, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man, Annie, Once Upon a Mattress. Suessical, The Little Mermaid Jr., Hairspray, The Wizard of Oz, The Chronicals of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Once on this Island Jr.  She takes weekly vocal lessons from Taylor Pietz and currently attends Grand Center Arts Academy as a junior, to pursue musical theater as her major.  Out of state practices include, performing in New York City's 2011 Macy's Day Parade, and performing in a pre-game show for a woman's basketball game in Madison Square Garden. Ashley has served as a Teacher's Assistant for many years with Leaping Lizards, been a lead performer with Leaping Lizards On Stage, and has always loved working with the kiddos.

Has choreographed for CBC High School, Alfresco Productions and many other St. Louis area theatre companies.

Teaching Assistants
Catrina Ade
Phoebe Desilets
Simon Desilets
                 Patti Berger