BFA Dance Education, The Ohio State University
State of Ohio Certification K-12
Daryse began her formal dance training in St. Louis, MO where she trained first with her mother and then with Alexandra Zaharias. She was part of St. Louis Dance Theatre for two years. In 1989, she began teaching for Charis Company. She has continued to teach for Charisma Centre for the Arts and has been the Director of Dance since 1995. She returned to school in 1996, graduating from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. In addition to directing CCA, she leads the dance ministry at Christian Assembly. She has been a clinician/choreographer at worship conferences in the United States, Puerto Rico and Israel, including Exaltation, an annual worship arts conference in Columbus, OH where she serves as Co-director of the Exaltation Dance Company. Daryse is passionate about equipping the body to worship in spirit and in truth, with grace and excellence. She has taught Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Dance Composition and Mentoring for Ministry at CCA. She has been happily married to Scott for over 39 years, and has 2 daughters, 2 sons-in-law and 4 strikingly beautiful grandchildren to prove it!
BFA in Dance, The Ohio State University
Ballet, Mommy & Me, Administrator
BFA Dance Education, The Ohio State University
ABT® Certified Teacher, Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum
Laura received her BFA in Dance Education from The Ohio State University. She began dancing at the age of 4, taking private lessons in her living room. Laura has studied ballet, including six years at BalletMet, modern, tap, jazz, and liturgical dance. From the age of 12 until graduating high school, Laura was a member of the Charis Dance Company, ministering at various church functions in the Columbus area. In addition, Laura is vital part of the dance ministry at Christian Assembly. She has been teaching at Charisma Centre for the Arts for over 15 years! She enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities. The little ones especially enjoy “Miss Laura.” Her joyful exuberance is contagious! As usual, Laura is excited to see what the Lord has planned for this coming year, at CCA and at home. There is rarely a dull moment around her house with two energetic kids, one dog, and a husband who is a magician that also works in politics. If only he could make campaign ads disappear!
Jazz, Tap, Recital Coordinator
BFA Dance Performance, The Ohio State University
Mariah has been teaching at CCA since 2004. Her classes have included Jazz, Tap, Modern and Lyrical. In 2005 Mariah earned her BFA in dance from The Ohio State University with distinction for her thesis project "Forging new territory in artistic expression - an exploration of art and Christianity". Before attending OSU she was a dance major at Ball State University, and a part of the Ball State Dance Theater. She also spent a semester studying ethnic dance forms (Spanish, African, and Caribbean) at Florida International University. Mariah received her primary training from the Fort Wayne Ballet and Northeast School of Dance, where she danced pre-professionally as a part of their Jazz and Tap Companies and competed to gain numerous national titles. Mariah is grateful for the opportunity to have worked with many prestigious dance masters and choreographers over the years. In 2007 Mariah and her husband Phil founded Xclaim, a professional dance performance company that shares the love and creativity of God through regional performances and outreaches. Mariah keeps busy loving her husband and 5 vivacious children, homeschooling and working as director and choreographer for Xclaim. Her diverse experiences, passion for outreach, and eclectic choreography make her a unique addition to our teaching staff.
Ruth Keysor is in the BFA in Dance program at The Ohio State University. Ruth began her dance training at Charisma Centre for the Arts in 2000 where she has studied jazz, ballet, modern, pointe, and tumbling. Ruth was a part of Xclaim dance company for three seasons. She danced as a junior company member at Exaltation for two years and has participated in many dance productions and community outreach events with Christian Assembly Church.
MM Piano Performance and Literature, Ohio State University
BA Church Music and Piano Performance, Mount Nazarene University
Jack began his musical training at the age of eight and developed a passion for church music and worship, gaining experience as a piano accompanist for congregational singing, choirs, soloists, and ensembles. He was a member of the Mount Vernon High School Orchestra and performed an arrangement of “Exodus” as a piano concerto with orchestra. In addition to earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance, Jack has been teaching private piano lessons for over 25 years, has been a minister of music/worship leader at various churches, and taught music appreciation, theory, and history as several Christian schools. He has often performed at piano recitals, weddings, and at the Warsaw, Ohio, Church of God Campmeetings and continues to teach and minister throughout central Ohio, including the Wittenberg University Center for Musical Development.
BFA Dance, Alma College
Paulena graduated with honors in the dance department at Alma College in Michigan. She has been a dance teacher and dance leader at churches in Florida and Indiana, such as Mirror Image Dance Academy and Heartland Christian Center. Paulena's passion has always been for worship. She desires to worship God in spirit and in truth and to teach others to do the same. She is the happy wife of Jeff and mother of Sarah. In addition to teaching at CCA and being on the dance team at Christian Assembly, Paulena works at Merry Moppet Learning Center as an assistant teacher in the 3 year old class.
BA Theatre, The Ohio State University
MFA Dance Notation, The Ohio State University
Social Dance Foundation Certification, Fred Astaire Dance Studios
Tambourine Certification, Shachah Ministries International
Elementary Labanotation Certifican, Dance Notation Bureau
Amy reconstructed Fred Berk's 1953 "Holiday in Israel" from Lucy Venable's 1977 score and wrote a thesis on the significance of Israeli folk dance in cultural identity for her MFA in dance notation. For her BA Theatre with Distinction project and thesis "Let's Have a Dance...:The Significance of Social Dance in Shakespeare" she directed scenes from Shakespearean plays that involved or referenced Renaissance period dances. She has taught at CCA for six years and been an administrator since 2009; her classes have included ballet, pointe, modern, theatre, tambourine and social dancing. Amy is blissfully married to Matthew and enjoys being a mother to David Arn and Eleanor Lillian. Her goals include nurturing worshippers, directing movement in theatre, notating worship dances (score and video), training a production management team, and spreading the love of God through hugs.
Social Dance (available upon request)
BS Chemical Engineering, The Ohio State University
M.Ed., The Ohio State University
Social Foundation Certification, Fred Astaire Dance Studios
Matthew B. Schmidt has been a ballroom dancer since 1994. He was president of the Ballroom Dance Association at The Ohio State University from 1996-1998. During that time, he competed as an amateur dancer and won numerous awards. Since then, Matt has taught with Fred Astaire Dance Studios and various community groups. Matt received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.Ed. from OSU and now teaches high school science with Columbus City Schools and ballroom dance at the Gahanna YMCA. He is blissfully married to Amy Schmidt and is the proud father of David and Eleanor. When not teaching, dancing, or playing tabletop games with his friends, Matt enjoys cooking and speed walking.
Laura Schoessler was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She was nine years old when she began studying at Charisma Centre for the Arts. At CCA, Laura has studied Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Pointe, Jazz, Tap and Choreography. She has performed as a part of the Exaltation Dance Company and junior company. Ms. Schoessler is a founding member of Xclaim Dance Company, a contemporary jazz dance ensemble that focuses on using professional dance performance as a vehicle for bringing art to the forefront of popular culture through choreography and community outreach. Through Xclaim, she has participated in various community outreaches such as Mayor Coleman's neighborhood "Pride." She has danced for all of Xclaim's mainstage performances and other local performances such as "Columbus Dances" and "60x60". When she is not dancing, Laura enjoys spending time with her family and friends, but above all, she loves being the presence of her Lord and Savior.
BS Physical Education, The Ohio State University
Becky, a wife and mother of three, has been working with children of all ages in schools, churches and YMCA settings for over 30 years. She has been teaching at CCA for over 10 years and has daughters who have collectively attended CCA for 15 yrs. Becky currently teaches the tumbling classes, but she has also taught juggling. She attends Christian Assembly Church and loves doing the Lord's work. Some of her hobbies include sewing, baking and having lots of fun. Becky loves fun and is still a kid at heart.