Owner & Creative Director, Dance Instructor
Ashley Kohl started dancing at New England Dance Conservatory at the age of 2. She was in the back line for her first dance on stage, but that didn’t stop her from pushing her way to the front line. She always knew she was meant to pursue performance and inspire others to have a passion for it. She went on to dance at "The Dance Shop", where she studied ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and acrobatics under the instruction of Joy Barcome and Marianne Bouthilette. She continued dancing in their company, until her Mom, Darlene Sattler, opened Technique Studio of Dance in 1997. She danced competitively for most of her childhood, traveling across New England to compete and perform. Ashley began teaching and choreographing dance when she was 14 years old. She went on to attend Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School, where she was a member of Catalyst Dance Company. She traveled to conventions and dance festivals, learned from a variety of dance professionals and studied partnering, ballroom, ballet, jazz, modern and hip hop. She was asked to teach a hip-hop class during her senior year of high school and has also choreographed and performed in numerous musical theater performances. While living in New York City, she studied dance at Broadway Dance Center for 3 years, under various instructors including Chio, Luam, Jamie Jackson and Bev Brown. Ashley worked for The World of Disney Store in New York City where she was a full-time character performer. She was a Master Faculty member at NADAA Dance Conventions in New England. She taught all styles of dance at Technique Studio of Dance for over 10 years and also taught hip-hop to various ages and abilities at Hackworth School of Performing Arts for 3 years. She was certified to teach Zumba Fitness in 2007 and went on to teach for 5 years. Since then, she has continued to dance, grow, learn and choreograph.
Her experience as a co-host and associate producer of WWLP-22News’ NBC weekday morning lifestyle program, “Mass Appeal”, for the past 6 years has allowed her the chance to discover what fuels her soul and what her true purpose is.
Ashley is a western Massachusetts native. She was born and raised in South Hadley, and she is a graduate of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School. Ashley also attended Wagner College studying Arts Administration, and the University of Massachusetts where she majored in Communications.
Her heart, soul and purpose are in being a mom to her 7 year old daughter, Summer and 6 year old son, Brody.
Co-Director, Dance Instructor
Ohana School of Performing Arts, formerly known as "Technique Studio of Dance" was founded in 1997 by Darlene Sattler. Along with her daughters Christy and Ashley, Darlene and her staff provided exceptional dance training in a fun, friendly and caring environment with emphasis on proper technique. Sattler has over 45 years of dance training including performing with The Massachusetts Ballet Company, The Springfield Ballet Company, The Frank Hatchett Dancers and the Dance Conservatory of New England.
She started her teaching career 25 years ago with Northeast Dance Academy before opening Technique 19 years ago. She has also taught for David Bovat, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School and Holyoke Community College. Her daughters Christy and Ashley have been dancing for the more than 25 years and have trained extensively in New York city and with some of the world's best choreographers. They have both danced professionally including jobs with Disney and have been teaching and choreographing for over 15 years.
Studio Manager & Dance Instructor
Loryn began dancing at 5 years old with Northeast Dance Academy in South Hadley and later Technique Studio of Dance. During high school, she was selected by Technique’s Artistic Director, Darlene Sattler, to assist in her classes, and a passion for teaching was born! Loryn has been a member of the Technique/Ohana faculty since 2008 and has taught tap to students of all ages and abilities, as well as jazz, hip hop, creative movement, ballet, acro, & contemporary. Tap dance is forever her first love & she lives by the, "when in doubt, stomp & clap!" motto.
A native of Granby, MA, Loryn graduated from Elms College with bachelors degrees in both Graphic Design & History. After college, she followed her life-long dream all the way to Walt Disney World, where she spent 5 years working as a photographer. In addition to Ohana, Loryn works as a web designer, graphic designer, & social media marketer via Loryn Design and is the gal behind Ohana's brand, website, social media presence, all digital and print materials, and MORE! She became Ohana's Studio Manager in September 2017 where she puts her organization skills and affection for spreadsheets to good use! Loryn’s classes are filled with high energy, big hearted movement, a love of noise-making, smiling, and inclusion for all. She encourages each of her students to find the joy in movement, because... "it's all going to be GREAT!"
Sara has been teaching with Technique Studio of Dance since 2009 after obtaining her BA in Dance from Dean College. She went on to obtain her Master's degree in Dance Movement Therapy and Licensed Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University, and currently holds a full time position working with children from the community in need of mental health services.Sara grew up in South Hadley, dancing at local studios in Holyoke and East Longmeadow. Sara attended Dean College to focus on her dance career, honing her technique in ballet, modern, hip hop and jazz. Her professors and choreographers included the likes of Jill SIlverman, Maryanne Kodzis, Nailah Randall-Bellinger, and Kelly Peters. Sara instills her values of teamwork and support, work ethic, compassion, love and fun in her classroom. She is an accomplished dancer, teacher, and choreographer, and has a passion to share her love of dance, music and performance with her students.
Aralia Pearl is a professional bellydancer based in the Pioneer Valley. Known for mixing a sense of humor and sass with graceful lines and spins into her performances, Aralia can be seen frequently at local venues including: The Goddess Lounge, Cairo Cabaret, The Bellydance Connection, and more. Aralia is a student of Sahina and supplements her training by taking workshops and intensives from teachers around the world. She is a member of the dynamic Eidetic duo and of Western MA's longest running troupe, The Crescent Dancers.
She believes most things in life can be fixed by adding a little bit of glitter and one giant zaghareet.
Heather Fagan began dancing at the age of 2 with Mary Ann’s Studio of Dance in Springfield, MA. There she studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Lyrical for 15 years under the instruction of Mary Ann Langone. At age 16 a passion for teaching was born when she was asked to become an assistant instructor for several Jazz and Tap classes of various ages. After graduating from Granby High School, Heather attended Franklin Pierce University in Ridge, NH where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Dance. Her professors included Wendy Dwyer, Sally Bomer, and also “Boston Ballet’s” Reagan Messer. During her four years at Franklin Pierce, Heather choreographed and instructed dance at several elementary schools as well as at her college. She also did several performances with the Ravens Thunder Dance Team which she was a part of for 3 years. Her Senior year she co-produced a dance show titled “Creative Fusion” where her choreography of Modern and Lyrical was presented by students. Heather was also awarded The Spring Concert Dance Scholarship her Junior year and went on to graduate with High Honors. Directly out of college Heather began instructing dance in Belchertown, MA at Dance Solutions Studio. For the past 12 years she has choreographed and instructed classes for ages 2 through adult in the styles of Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. Most known for her creative dance terms, Heather brings a lot of fun, passion, and energy to her classes and she hopes to keep inspiring others through the art of dance at Ohana.
Danielle started dancing at age 5 at the Mary Ann Studio of Dance in Agawam where she danced for 13 years. Her dance career continued into college where she was on the dance team at Western New England University. It was in her junior year of college that she started playing around with choreography. She had a lost a friend that year and wanted to do something in her honor, so she choreographed a dance to “If I Die Young” that was performed at their end of year showcase. It was also in her junior year that she began volunteering with CHD Disability Resources Dance & Movement program (now known as WMass Dance & Movement). When she started out she thought she was going to be there for the year and that would be it. However, at the start of the following year she got a call asking her if she wanted to come back as the kids were asking where she was! She said yes, and to this day she still teaches the class on a volunteer basis. The class is her favorite part of every week and she is so excited to start working with other students in her new classes.
Outside of dance Danielle works full time as the Assistant Recreation Director for South Hadley. She also works part time as a Personal Care Assistant. She loves to run and is part of the IRun4 group (running for those who can’t, their siblings and veterans), where she runs for her buddy Hannah.
Deanna Boucher has trained in ballet, rhythm tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and pointe, both at a studio and through master classes with a variety of dance professionals. She completed the Dance Teacher Preparation program through the studio where she grew up: Dance Expressions Unlimited in Tyngsboro, MA. She has choreographed for all age groups and has performed at a variety of charity performances. As an instructor, she believes her classes should not only develop knowledge, technique, and skills, but also build confidence and character, all while having fun!When she's not dancing, Deanna holds a full-time position at Springfield College as the associate director of strategic web communications. She is currently pursuing her doctorate of education with a specialization in higher education.
Jen began dancing at 2 years old at The Mary Ann Studio of Dance. While under Mary Ann’s instruction, she studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, and tap. At 17, Jen began instructing dance classes for all ages and experience levels and has taken dance classes in New York City. She loves leading dance-aerobics classes and has even expanded her dance experience through ballroom lessons. Jen has been a wonderful addition to Ohana's Adult classes for the past three years! Outside of the studio, Jen has been a proud member of the Air National Guard for 13 years, and teaches high school science.
Haley Whitehead began taking dance classes at 5 years old at Technique Studio of Dance. Ever since she was young, she has always taken dance seriously and wanted to improve herself. Haley began to branch into every style of dance as she grew older, and was eventually asked to be a class assistant. The kids gave her the nickname of "Miss Sparkles" and it has stuck ever since! This sparked her desire to be around children and spread positivity. In the fall of 2018, Haley was promoted to instructor at Ohana, as well as continuing to assist in other classes!
Born in Chicopee, Haley graduated Chicopee Comprehensive High School and will attend UMASS-Amherst. She has discovered a passion for helping children learn acceptance and love through dance and most importantly, to spread good vibes only!
Miss Kim has been dancing since she could walk and has never stopped! She began at the Academy of Dance at age 2 & joined their traveling competition team at age 10. Miss Kim became a teaching assistant and found her love for sharing the joy of dance. She is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Acro, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, and Theater. In her young adult years, Kim trained with different teams such including the Springfield Armorette’s, a dance team for a semi-professional basketball league, joined the Six Flags entertainment team, where she danced in multiple different shows, and was the head cheerleading coach for Agawam High School. Miss Kim taught dance for multiple years before finding her home at Ohana.
Miss Kim is a lover of anything peppermint and chocolate, a person who finds beauty in the snow falls, dreams of living on a farm, loves animals, and enjoys the cold. On her down time, she enjoys painting, baking, and hiking with her family. Miss Kim received her Bachelors is Psychology, an education certificate for Autism spectrum disorders, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. Miss Kim is currently an autism specialist and has worked in human services for over 10 years.
Miss Kim believes in creating a positive space where all individuals can experience the joyful spirit dance can bring to their life. Ohana truly embodies this belief, and Miss Kim is so happy to be back teaching, after taking a season off to welcome her son, and to be a part of the Ohana family!
Jen began dancing at 2 years old at The Mary Ann Studio of Dance. While under Mary Ann’s instruction, she studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, and tap. At 17, Jen began instructing dance classes for all ages and experience levels and has taken dance classes in New York City. She loves leading dance-aerobics classes and has even expanded her dance experience through ballroom lessons. Jen has been a wonderful addition to Ohana's Adult classes for the past two years!
Outside of the studio, Jen has been a proud member of the Air National Guard for 12 years, and teaches high school science.
Katelyn began dancing at the age of 2 with Unity Dance Spectrum and continued her dance education at Rising Stars School of Dance. There she had studied jazz, tap, ballet, acro and lyrical. She quickly gained her passion for teaching and became a choreographer at the age of 17. Katelyn has taken many master classes at Broadway Dance Center and at Jacob's Pillow. Her favorite master class was with Frank Hatchett. She has also attended many NADAA conventions. When Katelyn isn't at the studio you can find her volunteering at Barry Elementry School as the dance choreographer for their school plays, where she's been apart of the theater program in Chicopee for over 10 years. Katelyn also works full time as a surgical technologist in the operating room at Holyoke Medical Center. Katelyn is very eager to meet all her new students that will soon become family to her. "Teaching dance isn't about teaching the steps to the dance, but rather teaching them the steps to life!"
Madison Lemieux took her first dance class when she was 4. But, after the first year, she decided to try gymnastics and went back and forth between the two, until she was 8 when she started dancing seriously again. When Madison was nine, she began competitive dancing for the following 6 years. However, as of 2017, she has decided to move on and go back to dancing simply for the love of it! And having being asked to be a class assistant at Ohana is icing on the cake! She loves Ballet and Jazz. Madison has lived in Westfield since she was 3, and is now 17 and is a senior at Pope Francis High School in Chicopee. Aside from dance, she has been singing for 10 years. She also loves drama and especially loves musicals, like Wicked and Newsies.
Jen is new to the Zumba Fitness world, but she is ready to dance and party with you! Jen has been a dancer since she was 9 and has always had a love for choreographing. When Zumba first hit the scene, she knew it was the perfect match for her! Since high school Jen knew she one day wanted to become a Zumba instructor, but between figuring out how to work full time, going to grad school, and getting married, the time was never quite right. Jen is so excited to be a Zumba instructor now and bring Zumba Fitness back to Ohana! She is passionate about health, fitness, and teaching others how to live healthy lifestyles. She is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and splits her time working at Healthsouth Rehab Hospital, East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center, and Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in their Belchertown and Wilbraham offices. She also does community events such as classes at the Belchertown senior center and has been featured on Mass Appeal on WWLP. When not at work or at Zumba, you can find her in the kitchen testing new healthy recipes and baking up some healthy sweet treats. Jen also loves to hike with her husband Kyle and 1 year old Doberman, Della, host dinner parties, travel, and hit the beach!