Sarah Bower - Hip Hop and Acro Teacher

​Sarah is a native of Barboursville, WV where she has always been very active in both dance and community services. Sarah has been involved with drama team at her church for the past seven years, which includes an annual performance in October, known as Judgement House. Sarah is attending Marshall University.  She has danced for over 12 years, 10 which have involved competitive dancing. Sarah has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre. Sarah has won numerous high score awards and recognition. 

Leah Copley Summers - Ballet Instructor

Leah Copley Summers has taught ballet for the past 28 years. Leah studied with Dr. Mary Marcuzzi, along with many others as she attended pre-professional programs.  Leah graduated Cum Laudwith her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education at Marshall University in 1991.  After receiving her degree, Leah began her career as a ballet teacher, choreographer, and artistic director, with the River Cities Dance Company.  She served as director for thirteen years working with both Marshall University and Shawnee State University to provide arts to the area community.  Leah also worked as adjunct faculty at Marshall University and served on the faculty of the WV Governor’s School for the Arts during her time in the Tri-state area.   After moving to Cary, North Carolina Leah continued her career with the Cary Ballet Conservatory for 8 years where she worked as full-time faculty creating original story ballets and concert pieces.  Moving to Lexington, KY Leah worked with the Bluegrass Youth Ballet and later became the founding director of the LDF Ballet Academy.

Leah’s greatest achievement has been the success of her students.  Leah’s students have gone on to study at prestigious arts school and continued to professional careers as dancers, choreographers and teachers. Leah is so happy to be back in her home town of Huntington where she teaches dance for Marshall University and serves as the Artistic Director of Marshall University Dance Theatre.  Leah also works for the Academy of Arts at January and looks forward to her first season with Ultimate Dance Legacy.

Autumn Booton- Beginner Acro Teacher

Autumn comes from a strong background in cheerleading and tumbling. She was a member of the Marshall University Dance Team for three years. This will be her third year of teaching at Ultimate Dance Legacy.  Autumn graduated from St. Mary's Nursing School and is now a Registered Nurse at St. Mary's Medical Center 

Garrett McGuire - Advanced Acro Teacher

He has years of combined cheer and tumble training experience in a variety of venues; collegiate, high school choreography and Allstar cheer. He cheered all stars for 11 years; competing at nationals 5 times. Garrett attended Trinity Valley on a cheer scholarship. He merges passion and technique; pushing athletes to be their best. 

Ultimate Dance Legacy LLC       -       5736 East Pea Ridge Road, Huntington, WV 25705-2061

(304) 73-DANCE (304.733.2623)                                                                                               @UDanceLegacy

Laura Ptakowski - Owner and Director

Laura grew up in the Washington, DC area and began formal dance training at the age of 3. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a concentration in Ballet from the Conservatory of Performing Arts Program of Point Park University. While at Point Park she had the privilege of working with Kiesha Lalama, Susan Stowe, Nicolas Petrov, Doug Bentz, and Pearlann Porter. Laura also holds a Master's in Health Care Administration from Marshall University.  

Laura, nationally recognized with numerous top scores and titles at various competitions, was selected for the All-Collegiate American Scholar Award. At the young age of 14 she was awarded one of the top scores at Kids Artistic Revue's Nationals. She was crowned Miss Teen Dance and awarded scholarships to many dance programs. She was awarded first place overall at many well known dance competitions throughout her competitive career. Laura also was always awarded "the most technical" dancer award at many competitions. She performed professionally with The Pillow Project Dance Company in Pittsburgh, PA, under the direction of Pearlann Porter and in many Student Choreography Projects.  Laura also attended the David Parsons Summer Intensive Program in New York City. Laura has acquired vast experience through many wonderful performance opportunities in Pittsburgh and on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, performed in such musicals as "Will Rogers Follies" and "Annie" and she was showcased at the Duke Theatre in New York City. Not only has Laura received  her extensive training from Point Park University she has also trained with Virginia School of the Arts, Richmond Ballet, and Point Park's International Summer Dance. She has also received training from famous choreographers such as John Crutchman, Joe Lanteri, Joe Tramaine, Suzi Taylor, and Dee Caspary.

Laura has taught dance for the last 15 years and her students have won multiple high point awards both regionally and nationally. Within the first year of Ultimate Dance Legacy being open she lead her dancers to many platinums and overall high point awards at every competition and other awards such as Top Studio and the Studio of Excellence award at two different competitions! Her choreography has been awarded numerous awards at several competitions over the past few years. Laura's passion for creating and inspiring young dancers and sharing her love for dance is constantly strengthened as she watches her students' love of dance blossom as they develop their individual gifts and talents for dancing and performing.

Laura is currently the Marshall University Dance Team Head Coach. She also judges for national dance competitions such as Starquest and Protege. Ultimate Dance Legacy was awarded one of the Top Studio's at Kids Artistic Revue National Dance Competition. UDL is also a member of the ADCC and a Studio of Excellence Recipient. Many of our students have also been awarded the coveted Competition Kindness award for their sportsmanship.