The Leaping Lizards Staff
Robin Michelle Berger
Studio Owner

Tap I
Tap IV
Int. Adult Tap
Combination classes - Tap
Adult Broadway Jazz/Ballet
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 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 and Nerinx Hall High Schools; current choreographer for CBC High School and Cor Jesu Academy; 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                                                                                 Beginner Combination 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
Wednesday
Doodlebugs
Saturday Doodlebugs
Leaping Lizards Pommies
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.    
Cecily Daguman
Preschool Dance
Doodlebugs
Adult Adv. Ballet
Combination Dance

Ms. Cecily is a classically trained ballet dancer from California. Her studies include companies such asWestside 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 YorkNew 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.
Gardenia Gilbert
Preteen Ballet/Pointe
Jazz IV
Int./Adv Teen Ballet
Beginner Adult Ballet
Adult Broadway Jazz/Ballet

Gardenia Gilbert is from Cincinnati, Ohio and is a 2015 graduate of Ball State University. She has trained at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music preparatory dance department. She also went to the School of Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati to study dance. Gardenia has danced for 14 years and has study ballet for 13 years. She has performed with Ball State Dance Theater which is the dance departments’ company; she has also danced in the Senior and Junior Showcases along with side projects with faculty and fellow students. She moved to St. Louis after graduating to start her professional dance career with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company, a local company based in St. Louis. Gardenia has had wonderful opportunities to work and perform with Common Thread and this year will mark her second year with the company.  

Shelley Kohlman
Adult Beginner Tap
Adult Intermediate II 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
Hip Hop
Guest Instructor

Ashley has been a dancing and performing at Leaping Lizards Performing Arts Studio for 10 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.

Freshman at Mizzou.