About Our Staff
Genesis Arts LLC recognizes that each individual is created unique and special. Allow us to help you hone your talents and abilities in dance, fitness, and musical theatre. There are no drill sergeants, no huge class sizes, no inappropriate music or costume choices! Just wonderful professionals who arrive each day ready to help you achieve your goals!
Dance training begins with students aged 12 months -adult from beginning to pre-professional training! We offer ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, modern, tap, contemporary/lyrical, and acrobatics. Private lessons are also available.
Fitness training includes Yoga, Pilates, Strength Training, Cardio Aerobics, Dance, Stretch, Weights, and Plyometrics.
Musical Theatre training begins with students aged 4-adult No other program in Howard County puts equal focus on singing, dancing, and acting!
Artistic Director Lori Struss has 42 years of dance experience and performance, 31 years of theatre training, 30 years of teaching experience, but more importantly, she loves her job! From the smallest to the tallest, she genuinely loves watching people improve themselves daily. She’s an award winning choreographer who enjoys creating innovative dances for the youngest to the most experienced, showing their skills off to an appreciative audience in all formats: recitals, competitions, weddings, and other social events. She has worked as a professional choreographer for musical theatre productions, recitals, competition, television, and events such as fashion and trade shows.
Her training includes a BA in dance, performance experience with two professional local modern dance companies, and certifications in two ballet styles as well as Dance Educator of America teacher training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, acrobatics, and musical theatre. She is trained in numerous fitness styles that have included AFAA, working with kids, adults, and seniors. She is trained in acting, voice, improvisation, stagecraft, and directing at Centennial High and UMBC.
In addition to her dance, theatre, and fitness training, she has begun taking ballroom dance. She is thoroughly enjoying being a beginner again. It’s reminding her how hard it is to try something new!
Taylor Pryor, daughter of the director Lori Struss, grew up at Dance Foundations, the director’s first dance studio. She is trained in ballet, pointe, tap, modern, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, musical theater, and acrobatics. A graduate from The American Music and Dramatic Academy’s Dance Theater Conservatory in NYC she received intensive training from an amazing faculty. The teachers at AMDA gave Taylor so much insight into not only technique and performance but teaching as well. She will be forever grateful to the staff for believing in her and helping her find her path to teaching. Also an award winning competition dancer, Taylor is a loving, nurturing, and challenging teacher. As a teacher she strives to help her kids find their love of dance and fitness. She appreciates the amazing opportunities she has had at Dance America/Dance Olympus, Broadway Dance Center, Steps, Dance Educators of America, Headliners, and Rockettes Summer Intensives.
Michael Tan has been a music director for the past 10 years, casting and music directing more than 40 shows at theaters including The Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, Silhouette Stages, Vagabond Players, Fells Point Corner Theater, Mobtown Theater, the Theatre Project, and Cockpit in Court. Examples of shows he has music directed include: Into the Woods, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Curtains, Jekyll and Hyde, Company, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music, Cabaret, Falsettos, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Romance/Romance, The Spitfire Grill, Six Dead Queens and an Inflatable Henry (US Premiere), Five Course Love (regional premiere), The Music Man, and Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. He directed the world premiere of a new musical, Unraveled on the Gravel, for the Baltimore Playwrights Festival.
Michael is also a vocal coach, music director for cabarets, accompanist, and has arranged and composed music for shows. His workshops on reading music for the singer/actor, auditioning for musical theater, and song interpretation (including character development). He has performed on stage in both musicals and non-musicals, with favorite roles including Michael Novak in God of Carnage, Murray in The Odd Couple, and Gregor/Papa/The Arbiter in Chess. He has studied voice and both classical and improvisational piano. His day job is as the co-Director of the Center for Alternative and Supported Education at The Community College of Baltimore County, which provides courses to adults with developmental disabilities.