About Our Staff
Genesis Arts LLC recognizes that each individual is created unique and special. Our desire is to hone your talents and skills while giving you a supportive environment to try new things. Age appropriate music and costuming, small class sizes, and personalized attention insure you get the training you desire. Kind 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. We help you get your mind and body on track with your goals.
Musical Theatre training begins with students aged 4-adult. Unique to our area, we put equal focus on singing, dancing, and acting!
Artistic Director Lori Struss Weatherly has 44 years of dance experience and performance, 35 years of theatre training, 33 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 continues to train in all dance forms at workshops, conventions, Broadway Dance Center, and Steps on Broadway. She is adding Acrobatic Arts certification in April and American Tap Dance Foundations Teacher Training in July. She is trained in numerous fitness styles that have included AFAA and Zumba. She has worked with kids, adults, and seniors, both onsite and offsite. 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 taken ballroom dance. She and her husband Mitch enjoy dancing together in their free time. Mitch is a patent judge who works for the government. Their blended family includes three sons, a daughter, and their dog Jude.
Taylor Pryor, daughter of the director Lori Struss Weatherly, grew up at Dance Foundations, Lori’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.
Taylor is also an award winning choreographer. Her beautiful lines and great stories told through dance are well received in recitals, competitons, and charity events by both studios were she teaches.
She will be certified in Acrobatic Arts in April at Genesis Arts LLC. She was originally acro trained at Wally Saunders Studio, Dance Foundations, and AMDA.