Lori Portman-Lewis, Owner and Director of ShéLor School of Dance for over 35 years, is a life-time resident of Butler, PA. She is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), where she pursues her classical ballet training and ensures her students the ability to certify in their ballet syllabus at graduating levels. She is a member of Dance Educators of America (DEA), a national organization of dance. Furthermore, she is trained and certified in Acrobatic Arts which is an organization dedicated to combining dance and technical acrobatic skills. As well, she is part of Physical Mind Institute and certified to teach the Pilates Method through Power House Pilates and Physical Mind Institute.
Lori has studied extensively with world renowned teachers and performers; Debbie Dee, Mignon Furman, Gus Giordano, Frank Hatchett, David Howard, Luigi, Dame Antoinette Sibley, Charles Stanley, Joe Tremaine and Gwen Verdon. She is certified through the Fred Astaire Performing Arts to teach Tap from beginning to advanced levels and studied extensively in Miami Florida with master teachers. Lori’s dance students have participated in many dance competitions and received high honors and special awards along with numerous ballet certifications. Lori has contributed to many community events; as choreographer for the Community Theatre Guilds and has served as judge for dance related activities. Before her founding of SheLor, she was a former co-captain for the Butler High School Sequinettes 1975-76.
Shannan Dorcy, Principal Dance and Acrobatics Instructor, for over 20 years at ShéLor School of Dance. She is a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood Development, and holds a Minor in Dance. Shannan is an award winning dance competitor; certified in the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) ballet syllabus and Fred Astaire Performing Arts (FAPA), Tap certification. She has served as a local judge for dance related pageants and was a former co-captain of the Butler High School Sequinettes. Shannan has studied with renowned dance masters and participated in a 2-week residency at SRU with Nina Martin, a master teacher of choreography and improvisational dance.
Additionally, she has been trained and certified in Acrobatic Arts which is an organization that focuses on blending dance movements with acrobatic skills. Shannan has also had the opportunity to participate in the SRU Research Symposium dealing with improvisational dance. Most recently, Shannan attended the Gus Giordano Jazz Congress in Chicago and the International Royal Academy of Dance Summer Teachers Program in Maryland where she completed studies in music as it relates to movement, graded syllabus and intermediate work in classical ballet.
Kristen Mason, Principal Dance Instructor, is a veteran student of SheLor School of Dance of a Principal Dance Instructor for over 17 years. Kristen is an award winning dance competitor and has certified in the Royal Academy of Dance Summer Program at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. where she completed certification; She was chosen for the Doug Elkins Dance Company while attending Slippery Rock University in 2000 and was a member of the SRU Dance Theater. She has performed at the American College Dance Festival and the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Kristen studied Tap in New York City and participated in “Rock Tap”, where she performed in an off-Broadway show, “Break the Floor” in 2002. Kristen was honored at SRU with the “Outstanding Dance Minor Award” 2001-2002. She also received the “Young Choreographer’s Award at the American Dance Awards Competition for student's Tap entry at competition. Kristen completed her MS Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Sara McLafferty, Principal Dance and Acrobatics Instructor, is a veteran student of SheLor School of Dance, and has been a Principal Dance Instructor for over 11 years. She began lessons at SheLor at the age of four. Throughout her years at the studio, Sara has had extensive study of the ballet syllabus Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) where she was certified in many levels. She also was an award winning group dance and solo dance competitor receiving high honors. Sara is a certified Zumba instructor.
Sara is a recent graduate of La Roche College in Pittsburgh where she received a Bachelors of Science degree in Interior Design and a Minor in Dance Performance. At La Roche, Sara performed many classical works under artistic director Gerard W. Hold, including "Giselle", "Swan Lake Act II", "Sleeping Beauty", "Paquita" and "Cinderella". Sara also has danced many original pieces, both contemporary and classical, choreographed by Lana Novodran, Miriam Scigliano and Gina Marie Desko. Sara also performed in La Roche's annual spring showcases at the Byham Theater in downtown Pittsburgh.
Evie Fox, Principal Dance and Acrobatics Instructor, is a veteran-student of ShéLor School of Dance. She is an award winning dance competitor and holds certifications in ballet studies from the Royal Academy of Dance. She is going to school for her PTA (Physical Therapist Assistant) at BC3. Miss Evie joined SheLor's staff in 2019.
Lucy Lewis, Principal Dance Instructor, is a veteran-student of SheLor School of Dance who began dancing at age three and continued until she graduated high school. She is an award-winning dance competitor and has completed certifications in ballet studies from the Royal Academy of Dance. She teaches all ages, styles, and levels of the dance curriculum but has a fondness of jazz and hip hop. She is a graduate of Chatham University with a Major in Human Biology and is currently going to graduate school for her MPAS (Masters of Physician Assistant).
Rochelle Graham, Principal Dance Instructor, is a veteran student of ShéLor School of Dance of fourteen years and a Principal Dance Instructor for over 16 years. Rochelle is an award winning dance competitor and has certified with the Royal Academy of Dance while a student at Slippery Rock University. She is a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a Major in Social Work and a Minor in Psychology.
Danielle Smith, Principal Dance Instructor, studied as a student of SheLor School of Dance for 14 years starting at the age of 3 and a principle dance instructor for over 14 years. She is an accomplished dance performer and competitor. A past Sequinette of Butler Senior High School. She is a graduate of Grove City College with a Bachelors degree in Communications. She has been a staff member at SheLor since 2006. Danielle also has choreographed Butler High School's musicals since 2011.
Ashleigh Machak, Dance Instructor, studied as a student of SheLor School of Dance for over 14 years. She was a member of dance competition, competed as a group member and soloist receiving awards of excellence. Additionally she certified in the Royal Academy of Dance classical ballet training. Miss Ashleigh joined SheLor's staff in 2015.
Lisa McCandless, Office Manager, has been the Studio Manager at SheLor School of Dance for the over 19 years. She is greatly appreciated for the extended responsibility she assumes in more than her office duties. She brings a wealth of experience from raising a daughter in the dance arena.