Our Founders
Marge Long
Marge Long started her professional career at the age of seven on the “Our Gang Comedy Series“. She went on to dance in engagements, performing with such noted personalities such as: Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, and Martha Raye. She was the youngest member of the “Actors Guild of Variety Artists“. Marge was the principal of Dance Educators of America's Training School for dance teachers based in New York City for 27 years. In 1989, she received the coveted DEA Award for Excellence in Dance Training. In 1946, Marge gave up her professional career and together with her husband, Jim, moved to Erie and established Long's School of the Dance.
Marge Long in Erie PA
Jim Long
Jim Long gave his first professional Piano Concert at the age of twelve. He traveled throughout Europe and the United States with many of the leading orchestras until moving to Erie in 1946 to establish Long's School of the Dance. In 1973, Jim started his own record company under the label of “Jamie Records”. He composed and directed music for dance training and performances. He was also Musical Director for the Erie Civic Theater for seventeen years including shows such as: “The Music Man”, “The Fantasticks”, “Of Thee I Sing”, “Molly Brown”, “Sound of Music”, “Sweet Charity”, “Anything Goes”, “Gypsy”, and “Show Boat”. Jim was featured as guest pianist with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Jim Sample, performing “Rhapsody in Blue”.
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About Long's School of Dance

Long's School of Dance, established in 1946, is Erie owned and Erie operated. Long's presently offers the most extensive training in the tri-state area. It has been the #1 performing arts school in Erie for over 60 years, and has trained thousands of students over three generations of families. Long's School of Dance is faculty certified by Dance Educators of America. Long's prides itself with teaching proper technique and employs university-educated instructors. Long's also employs teachers who are experienced in working with students with special needs and/or disabilities.
Long's is currently the largest and most prominent school in the Erie area. Long's has won first place in the Times News Erie's Choice Contest for the Best Performing Arts School in Erie 10 years in a row.

Long's presents a professional, 2-night Annual Dance Concert at the Warner Theatre with a live orchestra for all of its students. It is also the home of the traveling Performing Arts Team...gold medal winners of the 2000 Hawaiian International Dance Competition. Long's is one of the first dance studios in North America to offer a flight/aerial arts school specifically designed for the dancer.

Many of Long's students have gone on to perform professionally. Former Long's students can be found from television to Broadway, from the Rockettes to dance companies, to teaching positions throughout the country.

Long's presently hosts 16 faculty members.  Members of Long's faculty belong to such organizations as: Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Tennessee Association of Dance Masters, Dance Educators of America and Southern Association of Dance Masters. Along with their extensive training, faculty members are required to continually further their knowledge by attending workshops, seminars and conventions.
Jay Long  President
President of JamJer Inc. and Long's School of Dance, Jay is the Director of the Adagio team and Master Flight Engineer and Choreographer. He  began dancing at age 3, fencing at age 5, martial arts and boxing at age 10. He studied Adagio under the direction of Aubrey Hitchens and Ben Hassen. Jay retired from fencing with an undefeated record, having studied under Jim Long (his father) and world class fencer, Giorgio Santelli.

Jay received his Sifu rating in 1975 and became Master Sifu in 1985. Jay is certified by the Chinese Martial Arts Association and by the National Qigong Association.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication, and in 2005, Jay completed training in performance rigging at Northern Illinois University.

Jay Long in Erie PA
Lee Ann Long Dance Director

Dance Director of Long’s School of Dance, Lee Ann began dancing at the age of 3 in Nashville, Tennessee. During her professional career she traveled and performed throughout Europe and the South with the Nashville Contemporary Ballet Company. Lee Ann also attended Western Kentucky University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. Lee Ann is certified as a dance educator by DEA and CNADM.  Summer Dance Intensive, Kid's Creative Dance Camp, and bringing Master of the Arts to the summer program are all a result of her passion for dance. 

While staying in Ireland during the summer of 2013, Lee Ann, continued her Master Instructor level training with Classes in Irish Dance. Lee Ann studied with Master Instructors Mick O'Reilly and Mary Beth Taylor.  Mick is the 10 time All Ireland World Champ. Long's School of Irish Dance was invited by World Irish Dance Association to become one of the mentored schools here in the US.          

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Jamie Long Vice President
Vice President of Long's School of Dance, Jamie began his training in Martial Arts at the age of 2 and Fencing at 6. Currently, Jamie has over 30 years of training in Martial Arts and Fencing.  Jamie is Director of the External Martial Arts Division of Long's Combative Arts School.  He taught Acrobatics for nearly 20 years and Martial Arts for 14 years.  He is currently instructing classes in Junior and Senior Kung Fu.  Jamie is also a member of Long's Performing Arts Team, L.L.C..
Tiffany Battista Corporate Compliance Director/ Costume Liaison
Tiffany has been dancing with the Long's family for over twenty years and continues to study Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, and now Irish.  As part of the Long's Performing Arts Team, LLC., for fourteen years now, she enjoys studying acrobatic adagio under the direction of Jay Long and was able to travel to Walt Disney World multiple times.  Tiffany has been part of the Aerial Arts Team for eight years training on Silk, Lyra and Spanish Web. 

This is Tiffany's eleventh year of instructing and she is so thankful to be able to share her love of dance with so many wonderful children. She looks forward to teaching at Long's Summer Dance Intensive and Kid's Creative Dance Camps.  Tiffany loves performing in Long's shows as a dancer and aerialist and is thrilled to be sharing the stage with her husband Anthony, mother Chris, sister Samantha, friends, students, and all the fabulous talent at the school.

Tad Anderson Corporate Safety & Securities Director/ Press Liaison
With over 20 years of dance experience, Tad is in his 11th year on Long’s faculty serving as both an instructor and Long’s Corporate Safety Director.  Tad has trained under the direction of Jay and Lee Ann Long, Ron and Beverly Veenker, Bobby Ziegler, Henry Danton, as well as the late Marge Long.  In addition to studying with Marge, Tad feels extremely privileged to have had the opportunity to teach alongside her for the 2004-2005 season. Tad is currently studying the Draper style of Tap under the direction of Karen Prunzik and was a guest instructor for Prunzik’s Broadway Dance Studio in Pittsburgh, PA.

Tad has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Modern, Irish and Ballroom, as well as Kung-fu, where he is a Si-dai, Fencing, and Qi-gong.  He is also a member of several performing arts organizations, such as ITA, ITS, and NTE.  This is Tad’s 12th year as a member of Long’s Performing Arts Team, L.L.C. and has traveled with the team twice to Walt Disney World.  He is currently an artistic consultant for Fairview High School, his alma mater, where he student-directed and choreographed several plays and musicals.
Katie Trapp

Katie has been dancing at Long’s for the past eighteen years and continues to take classes.  She is a member of Long’s Performing Arts Team, L.L.C. and had the privilege of performing in Disney World.  She has also trained with master instructors such as Marcus Alford, Annie Day, Bobby Ziegler, Henry Danton, Beverly and Ron Veenker, and Mick O'Reilly. In addition to teaching, Katie is a graduate of Penn State Behrend with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, as well as a minor in management.

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Jamie Reese Aerial Arts Team Captain

Jamie has been dancing for the past twenty-two years and continues to take classes and teach regularly. She is also an thirteen year member of Long’s Performing Arts Team, L.L.C. and has enjoyed performing with them in Disney World. Jamie is currently Captain of the Aerial Arts Team and has been training on Aerial Silks, Lyra and Spanish Web, for the past six years. She was also delighted to expand her teaching this past year by offering classes in aerial arts to students at Long's. Jamie has recently started taking classes in Irish Dance and was honored to be named Irish Dance Captain this past year. 

A 2011 graduate of Gannon University, Jamie obtained her Bachelors in Political Science with a minor in Pre Law and a Legal Studies Certificate. She recently graduated this past May from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and has accepted a position with MacDonald, Illig, Jones and Britton, LLP.

Haldis Larsen Competition Team Captain

Haldis has been dancing since the age of four and continues to study Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, and Acrobatics. She is a member of the Long's Performing Arts Team, L.L.C. and is also in her fourth year of studying Aerial Arts which includes Lyra, Aerial Silk, and Spanish Web. Haldis has participated in summer master classes with Henry Danton, Bobby Ziegler, Beverley and Ron Veenker, Laura Witwer, Angela Jones, Annie Day, and Marcus Alford. Haldis studied at Aerial Cirqu over Denver and has been invited to compete this summer in a national aerial competition.  Haldis currently teaches freshman Composition courses in the English Department at Gannon University.

Karen Weibel

Karen has been dancing at Long’s since 1998. She currently takes classes in Tap, Acrobatics, Ballet, Pointe, Irish, and Jazz. Karen has been a member of the Long’s Performing Arts Team, L.L.C. since 2005 and is very excited to have joined the Aerial Arts team in 2011. In addition to performing Karen has enjoyed teaching for the past four years. For the past four summers she has attended master classes with Bobby Zeigler, Henry Danton, Annie Day, Marcus Alford, Beverly and Ron Veenker and Laura Witwer.

A 2011 graduate of Collegiate Academy, Karen is currently attending Gannon University.  She is studying to become a middle school math and science teacher. Karen is excited to continue her passion of teaching into her future.

Ellie Cook

Ellie has been dancing at Long’s for sixteen years, continuing to study Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop. This is also her ninth year as a member of Long’s Performing Arts Team, L.L.C.. Ellie has participated in the summer classes with Master instructors Henry Danton and Ron and Beverly Veenker. Ellie is excited to have completed her fourth year of teaching at Long’s.

In addition to training and teaching at Long’s, Ellie is also a senior at Gannon University where she majors in Middle Level Reading/Language Arts and Special Education. She also volunteers with the Erie County Special Olympics program, Down Syndrome Support Group of Erie, and Barber National Institute. Ellie hopes to move on and receive a Master's Degree in Special Education from Gannon University and become a Special Education teacher.  Ellie also has plans to begin a dance program for children with special needs here at Long's in the near future.

Hayley Nejman

Hayley has been dancing at Long’s for the past fifteen years and continues to take classes in Ballet, Tap, Pointe, Modern, Acro, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Irish. She is also a nine year member of Long’s Performing Arts Team, L.L.C.. Hayley has had the opportunity to take Master Classes with Annie Day, Marcus Alford, Bobby Ziegler, Henry Danton, Michael O'Reilly, and Ronald and Beverly Veenker. Hayley was honored to be selected as an Irish Dance Captain this past fall when Mick was here teaching.  Hayley was also involved with Girl Scouts earning dance badges, participating in Bayhawks performances, and assisting with summer dance classes.

In addition to dancing, Hayley is an accomplished Level 10 gymnast. She’s been training for the past twelve years.  Hayley just completed her senior year at Villa Maria Academy.  She will be attending Gannon University in the fall and will be majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Science.  Hayley will be competing on Gannon's new Acrobatic and Tumbling Team.

Hayley Nejman in Erie PA
Leah Curtis

Leah has been dancing at Long's for the past 15 years and is currently enrolled in  Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acro, Hip Hop, Pointe, Modern, Irish. Leah is also a member of Long's Performing Arts Team, L.L.C.. In the summer she studied with Master Instructors, Mick O'Reilly, Marcus Alford, and Annie Day. Leah was happy to have been selected as an Irish Dance Captain.  Leah just completed her junior year at Corry Area High School.

Jordan Bielanin
Jordan has been dancing at Long's for eleven years. She is a member of Long's Performing Arts Team, L..LC. and continues to study Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics, Modern, Hip Hop and Irish. Jordan has attended summer master classes with Bobby Ziegler, Henry Danton, Annie Day, Marcus Alford, Mick O'Reilly, Beverly and Ron Veenker. 
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