Alexandra Pobiedzinski, Founder & Artistic Director

An active performer, choreographer and teaching artist, Alex founded danceETHOS is 2009. In addition, she is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange (LVDE), transforming her passion for the arts into the cultivation of a thriving professional dance scene in the Lehigh Valley.

Alex graduated summa cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa from Muhlenberg College, where she earned her BA in dance and media and communication. With over 15 years of teaching experience, she believes in an artistically and technically rigorous teaching philosophy where safety and inspiration are the cornerstones of building the next generation of artists, and, in keeping with this philosophy, founded the danceETHOS Apprentice Company in 2017.

Alex is currently an adjunct professor of dance at Cedar Crest College and choreographs for the CCC MERAKI Dance Company. Her award-winning choreography has been featured at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, American College Dance Festival, SpringUP Dance Festival, Dance EXposure, Green Space in Queens and the Ailey Citigroup Theater in Manhattan. A recipient of the 2017 Linny Award for Emerging Artist of the Year, Alex offers workshops throughout the tri-state area and continues to work with various companies and artists in the Lehigh Valley and beyond.

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Melissa Diehl

Melissa began her dance training at the age of 5 at Saucon Valley Dance Conservatory in Hellertown, PA. After graduating high school, Melissa attended Penn State University, where she was a four-year member of the Lionettes Dance Team and studied modern, jazz and tap. She received her BS in marketing with a minor in Dance in 2013. Currently Melissa is a dance teacher and choreographer in the Lehigh Valley. She was thrilled to join the company in 2017!