Teacher’s Biographies

Angela Sears Wagenti

Angela is from Dallas, Texas. She began her dancing at the age of 8 years old. She would spend hours making up dance routines in her bedroom for friends, school plays, musicals and with her brother while he played the guitar. Together they would make up duos, he would play his guitar and she would break out the dance moves. This lead to many performances for her family and friends. Angela danced at the same dance studio for over 17 years. During her dance career, she became very ill and battled Ovarian Cancer starting at the age of 17 years old. During this battle it was God, her love and passion for dance and her students that truly carried her to beat this disease 3 times. She wore do-rags before they became popular and many different colored wigs to keep her dance students entertained while she battled cancer. She went on to major in dance at Southern Methodist Universtiy with a full scholarship, she received her certification for choreography and minor in marketing. Angela went on to perform on dance teams where she won many 1st through 3rd placements throughout her own career in dance. She transition from her own dance classes and dance teams to a full time teacher and choreographer at the same school in Dallas, Texas, where she lead her dancAngela Wagentie students to win many national and local dance competitions. She worked for the Dallas Cowboys Organization at the original Texas Stadium until 1988. During her career of dancing she quickly learned that she got much more fulfillment out of teaching and helping students find their own creativity. As life takes us all on journey with many bumps, turns it was a true journey that lead her to Columbus, Georgia in July of 1999. In mid-2000 she was contacted by the NFL/AF2 (Arena Football League) to head up and lead the dance team tryouts for the AF2 Football team that was moving into our town, which became the Columbus Wardogs. As that process began we had over 200 girls through 2 different try outs come to express their talent for dance/cheerleading and our first professional dance team was formed in 2001. At the time her daughter was 8 years old, she one day approached her with, “Mom, why can’t we call the dance team the Wardolls, since the football players are the Wardogs?” So that is how the Wardogs dance team became the Columbus Wardolls Dance Team. From there she had an opportunity to invest and buy into a partnership with the Columbus Lion’s to become an owner and continue to coach the dance teams. Once again life threw her a curve and a tumor was found in her spine between her shoulders inside her spine. 2 major spine surgeries were needed to complete the process of removing it and correcting the issues. Through the love from God, family, friends and many past dance team members rallied around her while she healed one more time. And yes once again her love for dance and passion for life brought her through her struggles of healing. During this time of healing, she ended her ownership of the Lion’s in 2014 and began the process of pursuing her dream of owning her own dance studio. She feels very blessed to have been touch by so many people in this community and she finds herself once again humbled by the ongoing love that is poured out to her to build her dream of owning her own dance studio. Nothing in life is done alone and it takes a true team to get through life, no matter where or what you do. My biggest blessing in life is my daughter. Who inspires me in ways she does not even know!! She is my only “princess”!! Katie is my other blessing, who also has a daughter who is her number 1 blessing and her “princess”!! So together we combine our daughter’s names to form “Capella’s” Dance Studio.

Angela and Katie-Jo begin the next journey of  life to begin teaching and helping all students discover the dancer in themselves to be the stars and princesses that all girls dream of being.

Angela is also the co-founder and owner of Vroooom Technology Inc., since June of 1999.

Megan Radin

Megan is from Nashua NH, just 45 mins outside of Boston Massachusetts but recently relocated to the Columbus Georgia area because her husband who’s in the Army and stationed at Fort Benning. Megan started her dance career at the age of 2 at “The Dancing Corner” dance studio also located in Nashua NH. There she studied ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical until the age of 16. At 16 she had to put her dance career on hold for a torn labrum in her hip. After surgery and a year of physical therapy she continued her dance career as an assistant dance teacher at the YMCA of Greater Nashua. Megan did a year of assistant teaching before she was given her own set of classes; where she taught tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet and hip-hop to students ages 3-adult. The YMCA of Greater Nashua is the studio were she did all of her teaching before moving down to Georgia. She taught there for 8 years. She assisted with their performance company as well as their competition team. While teaching there she was sent to master classes with hip hop dancer Stephen “tWitch” Boss from “So you think you can dance?” As well as Deo Mwano who also was a contestant on “So you think you can dance?” And choreographed for Dancing with the stars. In 2012 Megan attended Fitchburg State University where she was apart of the Schools dance team. She danced there for a year in styles including, advanced tap, jazz funk and lyrical. After that year she suffered another torn labrum in her other hip which ended her college dance career in another hip surgery.Megan continues to teach dance when ever and where ever she can! She is very excited to be joining the Capella’s dance family.

Katy Hamrick

Katy HemrickKaty grew up in dance, doing different styles like ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, ballroom, and lyrical.  She graduated with a Fine Arts Degree from California’s Victor Valley College (2016). Katy is also into theatre, and has done it all from performing, stage managing, and doing tech work. Some of her favorite work include, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Lilac Fairy from Sleeping Beauty, and choreographing Beauty and the Beast Jr. Outside of dance, she enjoys yoga, archery, and playing ukulele.

Madison Ballard – Dance Assistant

My love of dance kindled around the age of 11 when I found dance videos on Youtube.  I watched them day and night wanting to learn as much as I could.  From these videos, I found a love for jazz and hip hop, and I learned many new dance moves.  I grew a lot from watching these videos, but I was missing technique.  At the age of 13, my parents told me I could join a studio. We planned to start January of 2014.  December of 2013 I got a chance to go watch the Nutcracker ballet at the River Center.  Prior to this, I never saw myself doing ballet; I only wanted to do jazz and hip hop.  I left the ballet that night amazed at how beautiful these dancers were.  My dream from then on was to dance ballet forever and eventually go on pointe.  Once I joined the studio, I learned some technique and different things I couldn’t learn from just watching videos.  I left that studio after a couple years, and shortly after leaving, I found Capella’s.  I have been so blessed during my time at Capella’s.  Since I’ve been here my dream of going on pointe came true, and my dream of teaching dance has begun.  I have met some wonderful people and made life long friendships.  My love and passion for dance has grown so much since I’ve been here.  I can’t wait to continue dancing with the Capella’s team, and I’m excited to be a part of the Capella’s family.

 

 

Laura Peña

Laura grew up in Godfrey, IL nearby St. Louis, MO. She started her dance career at the age of 6 at Parish School of Performing Arts where she took ballet, pointe, tap, jazz and acrobatics.  She was on the competition team right from the start competing in many competitions such as Rising Star Talent Productions, Applause, Regency Talent Contest, Showbiz Talent Competition, Starlight Productions, Star Power, Stage One, and Company Dance. When sLaura's Piche reached high school she was on the cheerleading team where she was named a UCA All-Star her freshman and senior year. That award allowed her to travel to London for a week and perform in the annual New Years Day parade. Laura was also part of the honors concert choir where she competed in ensemble and group numbers. Being a part of that allowed her to travel to Orlando, FL where she was a part of Show Choir Camps of America.  She auditioned against 300 people and was one of 8 girls that got chosen for a special dance role in a final performance in front of Cinderella’s castle. The moment she walked out onto that stage was the first time she knew she wanted to be a professional dancer and dance at Disney.

After graduating from Alton High she attended Eastern Illinois University where she cheered on the co-ed cheerleading squad and danced for the EIU dancers. After her freshman year she knew something was missing and didn’t know what it was so she decided to take the next semester off. She did some internet research and found the Walt Disney World College Program.  After a meeting and interview she was accepted to the program and was off to work for the Walt Disney World Company in Orlando, FL for a semester. She worked as a recreation hostess at the Polynesian resort but was missing dance. She was somehow in the right place at the right time and met Darryl Blackman who was a choreographer and hip hop teacher. She started attending his class every week and he helped guide her in the right direction. After ending the college program she decided to stay in Orlando and try to make it as a dancer. After 6 months of nothing Darryl told her about an audition fLaura's Profile Picor the Orlando Magic Dancers for the NBA. She decided to take a aith and it paid off. After a 3-week audition she was part of the 2003-2004 team. After one season she moved on to other opportunities including a show at Sea World called “Fusion” which ran for 3 summers. Disney was still a dream of hers, which after 3 years of auditioning felt like it was impossible. Her last audition for Disney happened to be the lucky one. She received a call a few months after the audition and was asked to be a part of the opening cast of Hong Kong Disneyland that opened in Sept. 2005. She played Belle and Ariel and was a parade performer as well.

After her 8 month tour in Hong Kong she returned to Orlando where she continued to perform for the Walt Disney World Company. She returned to Hong Kong in 2007 for a 6 month tour in “The Golden Mickey’s” show where she was a specialty performer learning new skills such as aerial work and harness work. After returning to the states she packed her things and moved to Chicago with her now husband Xavier. Her dance career slowed down a bit but still managed to find studios to train at and was even part of the Chicago Honey Bears group where she performed at conventions. After Xavier proposed they were off to Hawaii for 2 years where he accepted an internship. Laura worked as the gym director at My Gym Children’s Fitness Center and also was part of the Army Community Theater where she performed in “A Chorus Line”. Her dance career was put on hold when she injured her back during the show. By the time she moved to Columbus she felt like she needed to dance again. The first week she was in town she noticed they had an arena football team. She immediately got on the website and found out they had a dance team and contacted the coach which happened to be Angela. She invited her to rehearsal where she met Angela and Katie and knew she was definitely in the right place. Laura finished out the season and 5 months later gave birth to her son Xander. Laura is so blessed and thankful for the opportunity Angela and Katie have given her and is excited to represent Capella’s Dance Studio! 5, 6, 7, 8!!!!!

Capri Wagenti – Office Manager

Capri has been a part of the dance world since she was 6 years old . She handles the following duties:

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  • Phones
  • Questions for classes and registration
  • Website Updates
  • Rule Enforcer for the school
  • Assist with the teachers scheduling
  • Billing/ Payroll
  • Social Media