Experienced Instructors

Karsha Schermbeck - Owner/Director

Karsha Schermbeck founded All That Jazz Dance Academy in 1996.   She has been involved in the dance field for  35 years.  Karsha has extensive training in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, contemporary and lyrical.  She is a certified dance instructor with Dance & Gym USA. In addition, Karsha is certified in dance awareness and terminology with Expert Rating Employment.  She is also a certified kettlebell and boot camp/group fitness instructor. Karsha believes all students whether competing or not deserve the same level of training.  She is emphatic about students understanding the concepts of movement, proper body alignment and correct terminology. Karsha's students have consistently been awarded top honors and scholarships at dance competitions across the country.  Her routines have won best choreography awards and her dancers have also received top technique awards.  Recently one of her soloists received a perfect technique score at nationals in Chicago along with the highest overall  score of the entire competition!  Many of her former dancers have gone on to dance professionally, teach dance or open their own studios.  Two of her former students have been Cleveland Cavs dancers.  Karsha has also been sought out to choreograph for theater productions as well.  She recently portrayed Sister Leo in "Nunsense" as well as choreographing the show. She has played Mazeppa and choreographed "Gypsy".  She also performed in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "Guys and Dolls".  She has choreographed "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up", "The Fantasticks", "West Side Story", "The Music Man", "Oklahoma", "My Fair Lady", "Fiddler on the Roof", "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Back to the 80s".  Karsha is also an adjudicator for dance competitions across the country.

Karina Browne

Karina has been involved in the dance industry for 25 years.  She has extensive background in ballet/pointe, tap, ballroom, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, musical theater and acrobatics.  As an accomplished dancer in the competitive field, she has won countless awards, scholarships, titles and top honors at regional, national and international levels.  She has been an instructor at In Motion Dance Studio and Cleveland City Dance.  Karina is also an active judge, emcee and backstage manager at national competitions.  She has been invited to perform and choreograph various shows and events throughout the country.  Her choreography has won several awards including best choreography, most entertaining act and top overalls at regional and national competitions.  Karina is a 2010 graduate of Heidelberg University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Musical Theater.  She received her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Contemporary Dance from Case Western Reserve in 2014.  She has most recently been dancing with RED Company and with real.edge.dance in Akron, Ohio.  Karina is signed with Pro-Model and Talent Management for dancing, singing, acting and modeling.  Karina is also the adjunct professor of  dance and movement at Heidelberg University.

Halle Rice

Halle started dancing at the age of 8.  She has studied ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip hop and tumbling.  Halle is a 2011 graduate from Margaretta High School and a 2015 graduate of The Ohio State University.  She earned  Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.  During her time at Ohio State, Halle continued to take dance classes to further her education and passion for dance.  She has been an assistant teacher with Karsha since 2011.  Halle is currently employed with the Sandusky County Department of Job and Family Services.  She has enjoyed teaching and watching each student grow and push to be their very best. 

Jonte' "Nano" Williams

 Jonte’ “Nano” Williams, a former 3 letter athlete in football, wrestling, and track, has added dance to his repertoire 9 years ago. He has been teaching hip hop for the past 9 years at numerous studios throughout the United States. In addition, he has taught at numerous workshops with well known choreographers. Also, he choreographed and danced for the NBA’s Detroit Pistons dance team “D-Town”. He went on tour with/Choreographed on the world famous Harlem Globetrotters for their 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 season. He currently choreographs for Next Level Dance Company where his work received third place At World Of Dance Chicago 2014 & 2016 Which won them a spot in the LA finals in 2015 and 2017. He has been seen on Season 12 of “So You Think You Can Dance” at Detroit Audition and was An Vegas Finalist, as well as in DJ Unk’s music video “The Stir Up Remix”, Flo Rida’s “My House” and Choreographed and assistant Directed The Music Video "Be As You Are Remix" by Mike Posners. In addition to choreographing and dancing for artists such as such as B.O.B., Faith Evans, IYAZ, Ray J, Flo Rida, TLC, Sean Kingston,T.Pain etc, he continues to take classes and masters different styles of Hip Hop. ex: Popping, Waving, Krump, Locking Breaking and Choreography. He has numerous National Championships to his name as well as special hip hop awards at the many regional and national dance competitions his students attend.   

Kalie Mahnke

 Kalie began dancing at a young age and her love for performing grew over the years and into college. After high school she cheered at the University of Louisville where she received her bachelors in communication. During her time at Louisville she also cheered on the national team. Team USA then lead her dancing into the NBA. She then danced for the Cleveland Cavaliers and now she teaches competitive cheerleading at Champion Cheer and Tumble Center in Castalia, OH.  Kalie is excited to announce she will be teaching contortion dance this fall at Karsha’s All That Jazz!” 

Sarah Stanley & Layla Giardina

Student assistants