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See What Our Students Are Saying...

"Life lessons I carry with me ..."

"You taught me how to push myself, how to never give up even when things are hard, how to have respect for other people and myself, and you taught me that I should always just be me."

"It's almost like the studio is magic. When I walk in, I am unapologetically me, and I can let my guard down. You really have created something special--a refuge for kids who are afraid to express themselves."

"I wouldn't be the same if it wasn't for you. Not only have you taught me how to dance, you made me have an extremely strong work ethic which I can use in the real world."

"Through dancing you have taught me that the most important thing isn't always what you want to become, and that sometimes it is ok to just be.  I learned to enjoy the procession of movement across the floor instead of worrying about just getting to the other side."

"Under your careful gaze and meticulous instruction, I remember feeling that I was finally being taken seriously by an adult I respected.  I cared about myself because you cared about me."

"Ms. Donielle:  You are the most perfect and rare breed of an individual.  Your true grit truly showed years ago when you decided to take on the role of raising us on your own, and molded us into amazing young dancers.  Thank you for allowing me to be weird, awkward, and funny all the while you whooped me into shape."

Ms. Donielle Bailey Horst

(Ballet/Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemp, Acro, Conditioning, Pilates/Yoga)

     Donielle holds an MFA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Arcadia University. She works as a Lecturer on the Writing Faculty of Alvernia University & as an Adjunct Ballet Instructor for Messiah University.

     Donielle's undergrad years were enjoyed at the University of the Arts where she graduated with a BFA degree in Modern Dance Performance with Honors. In the seven years following graduation, Donielle taught all forms of dance throughout Eastern PA.  Musical Theatre credits include The Meeting House Thriller at The Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse.  Donielle danced with Ronen Koresh, acted as the Assistant Director of the Eastern PA Ballet Theatre, and performed as a soloist in The Nutcracker.  Choreographic credits include Aida and Beauty and the Beast for Kutztown High School, Stars of the Future for the Outstanding Young Woman Program, and Journey which was showcased in Philadelphia.  Donielle is also PowerHouse Pilates and NESTA Sport Yoga certified.  She judges Dance competitions throughout the US, has received numerous choreographic and technique awards, and acted as mentor to countless students now successful in both the fine arts fields as well as numerous other vocations.

     Horizons was opened in 2007, and Donielle is excited to be embarking upon her 16th season as the Director.

Ms. Amber Blatt

(Tap, Theatre Jazz, Vocal & Acting, Combo)

Amber has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Credits include Dance Captain and Show Manager at Idlewild Park, Villa Roma Resorts, and Sea Escape Cruise Ship, as well as touring the country (at least 48 states) and South Africa. Amber is also a performer and resident choreographer for Pines Dinner Theatre in Allentown, Pa.  She has choreographed & directed shows for Tulpehocken High School and Wyoming Valley West High School.  Amber continues to train in all forms of tap and is a dance adjudicator for the I Love Dance Competition. 

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We thank Amber for sharing her talent and dedication with us for the past 12 years! 

Ms. Haley Delcid

(Lyrical, Acro, Street Jazz/Hip Hop, Combo)

A former Horizons’ Dancer, Haley is a 2013 graduate of The University of Valley Forge with a BA Degree in Intercultural Studies. Haley has studied all forms of dance since the age of three and was a Horizons’ Student-Teaching Intern while she excelled at dance competitions throughout PA. 

Haley has instructed dance internationally in Belgium, where she used her skills in Dance Therapy exercises. She has been a Guest Judge for five years at the Sectional and National Levels of the National Fine Arts Festival, and has acted as the Dance Captain for the "Front Line" Hip Hop Troupe.  Haley has received her Barre Certification. Thank you to Haley for sharing her love of dance and teaching with us for over a decade!

Ms. Sarah Edris

Student-Teaching Internship

(Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical)

Sarah has studied dance for 16 years with a primary focus on Ballet & Pointe.  She has trained at Horizons since the age of seven & has been a student teacher for many seasons.  Sarah continues to compete successfully at numerous dance competitions.  

She is currently attending Kutztown University and majoring in Anthropology.  Sarah is excited for the opportunity to share her love of dance with the young Horizons' dancers. We thank her for her continued dedication to her "home away from home."

Ms. Alexis Bixler

Guest Artist

(Contemporary, Ballet)

Alexis is a former Horizons' dancer and teacher, and will be joining us for the upcoming season. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of the Arts and has recently completed her MA in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University.

While at UArts, Alexis was cast in pieces choreographed by Sidra Bell, Jesse Zaritt, Katie Swords Thurman, Anne White, Curt Haworth, and more. Alexis currently works as a licensed behavior specialist and is looking forward to returning and sharing her love of dance with those around her!

Ms. Rachel Nawrocki

(Acrobatics, Ballet/Jazz Combo)

Rachel has danced for 15 years, including four years of student teaching. Her training at Horizons began at the age of nine. During her time as a student, she enjoyed learning many forms of dance including ballet, contemporary, lyrical, modern, jazz, and acro.

She is currently attending Penn State University and is working as a physical therapist aid. Through dance, Rachel hopes to be able to inspire others to find the love she did for dance and also to create their own ways to express themselves.

Ms. Regina Byrne


Gina has been dancing since the age of two and cheering since the age of seven. She started her dance education at Carousel of Dance and became a Horizons' student at the age of 11. Gina has competed at dance competitions and is a top-five soloist.

Gina cheered for Conrad Weiser for 11 years, was a member of the Reading Phil's Dance Team for three years, and was named NCA All-American seven times. Gina attends Kutztown University where she majors in Secondary English Education and is a member of the Kutztown University Cheerleading Team. She is excited for the opportunity to join the Horizons' staff and to share her love for both dance and cheerleading!

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