Meet Our Tap Jazz & Hip Hop Instructors

D'Andria Williams,   was born in Chester, Pennsylvania. At
the age of 3, she learned to tap dance from her father, Darrell
Williams; they have shared the stage ever since. She attended the High
School for Creative and Performing Arts and is a graduate of Temple
University. She continues to guest instruct tap at Temple University and
Swarthmore College. D'Andria has performed in New York Stage Originals Tap Kids,
Break the Floor and has tapped on the Sally Jesse Raphael Show and
It's Showtime at the Apollo. Currently, D'Andria performs,
choreographs and assistant directs Footwerx. She has performed at venues
including the Grand Opera House in Delaware, the Merriam Theater, the Arts Bank
and the Wilma Theater, all in Philadelphia, PA.

Emily Broda, a Telford, PA native, began dancing at the tender age of three.  Emily has eleven years training at the Rock School West in West Chester.  There she specialized in jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and ballet technique and performance.  Emily has performed in annual showcases along the East Coast as well as a 2014 performance at Disneyland in Los Angeles, California.  Emily has also performed in elite competitions such as NYCDA, Onstage New York, CoDance, as well as other prestigious groups.  Emily has received tap scholarships as well as regional scholarships from NYCDA, OnStage new York, CoDance, and Starpower each year that she has participated.  In both 2007 and 2012 she has placed as the top dancer in the entire competition and has received awards for being the top dancer in the entire competition and has received awards for being the top ranked performer in the region.  Emily is currently a student at California University of Pennsylvania where she is studying Personal Training and Exercise Science with aspirations of becoming a personal trainer and the continuation of teaching and training dancers.  Emily currently serves as an assistant choreographer and lead jazz choreographer for Footwerx Tap Company with over ten theater productions with this company under her belt.  Her personal style is all about dancing from the soul and challenging herself and others to grow even more.  Dance is Emily's escape and she loves to spread that joy to students, colleagues, and anyone watching.  Her ultimate goal is to mix her passion for fitness and dance into a lifestyle that allows her to expand upon them every day.  After all, "it takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer."

Matthew Soojian, a West Chester PA native, started his dance training at the Rock School West. He attended the Creative and Performing Arts High School of Philadelphia under the direction of LaDeva Davis. While there, he had the opportunity to perform in 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parades as well as the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, DC. He has attended summer programs at Boston Ballet, The Rock School, and BalletX. In 2014, Matthew graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Ballet Performance. While studying at UArts he has performed works choreographed by Christine Cox, Meredith Rainey, Helen Simoneau, Robert Burden, Molly Misgalla, Scott Jovovich, and Brian Sanders. In 2008 he joined Footwerx Tap Company under the direction of Darrell Williams and currently serves as both a dancer and an assistant choreographer.  In 2014, Matthew joined Ballet 180 - a premier professional contemporary ballet company.  Matthew is also an aspiring choreographer creating ballet, tap, and contemporary works. His work has been presented at  Koresh’s Come Together Festival, BalletFleming, and Ballet 180.

Nicole Halikman began dancing at the age of 5 at Dancing by Denise in Clayton, NJ. From a young age she studied tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip-hop, and acrobatics. She was accepted into Gloucester County Institute of Technology for dance where she started to narrow down her studies to ballet, modern, and jazz. Her love of dance took her to Montclair State University where she earned her BA in Dance with a Concentration in Studio Teaching as well as a Minor in Business. Nicole was given the opportunity to perform the works of individuals such as Elizabeth McPherson, Jim Mays, Nancy Lushington, Kim Whittam, and Earl Mosley. After graduation Nicole was part of the training company for the 2016 winter season at Philadanco and before long ended up at Lets Dance Studio where she met Darrell. She has dusted off her tap shoes and is excited to learn as much as she possibly can with Footwerx Tap Company.

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