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Our Coaches

The People Who Make Us Amazing


Coach Courtney Poettker

Senior/Junior Coach


Courtney has been has been teaching dance for 18 years in various styles and to all ages! Courtney started at Technical Dance Center and then went on to receive her B.S. specialized in dance education from Bowling Green State University. Courtney moved to Vienna, Austria where she taught and performed dance for a few years before returning to the U.S. She is excited to welcome everyone to the new studio this year and can't wait to watch these kids take the floor! 

Coach Sarah Merz

Senior Coach

This year will be Coach Sarah's 12th year teaching dance. Sarah started teaching at Technical Dance Center as an assistant and eventually began teaching her own class. She moved to coaching dance at Harrison 6 years ago. Sarah started coaching for Intensity since the beginning in 2021. Sarah has experience coaching dancers ages 6-18. Sarah began dancing herself at the age of 3 years old. Sarah also has a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati and is currently a nurse at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.


Coach Lyden Zerhusen

Junior Coach









Coach Erin Lambert

Youth Coach

Erin has been a coach with Intensity Dance for 2 years. Erin is married with 4 children living in the Harrison Ohio area but is native of Cincinnati, a graduate of Mother of Mercy HS, and an US Army veteran. Erin has 20 plus years of experience in both dance and cheer. Her dance experience stems from youth dancing at the Judy Link School and Miracle Dance Theater as well as the Elder High School Dance Line. Erin coached elite youth competition cheer prior to joining the Intensity Dance family. 

Fun Fact: Erin will be welcoming her first grandchild (a girl) in July 2022. 


Coach Sarah Turner

Youth Coach

Sarah will be coaching our youth team this year! The past two years she has coached our tiny team. Sarah loves to watch all of our teams blossom into wonderful dancers and individuals, She has danced 8 years herself. Sarah recently graduated from Cincinnati State with her associates degree in Dietetic Technology.

Coach Tatem Durrough

Mini Coach

Tatem has been coaching dance for three years and this will be her first year with Intensity! Tatem loves working with all ages, but tinies and minis are her favorite because she loves to watch their passion and excitement for dance grow before her eyes. When she isn't coaching, Tatem is a licensed massage therapist with a focus in sports massage and stretch therapy.


Coach Sara Brooks

Mini Coach

This is Sara's first year coaching dance, but she has coached youth cheerleading for 3 years. She was a cheerleader for 12 years and graduated high school in 2021. She is super excited to coach dance since she has a sister on the Junior team! She is also expecting her first child in July 2022, a future dancer!

Coach Emma Schneider

Tiny Coach

Emma has been coaching dance for 6 years, but this is her first year with Intensity! She loves spreading the joy and love of dance to the next generation of dancers. She has worked with the elementary, junior and senior age groups in the past, but is very excited to share her passion for dance with the tiny team this year. When Emma isn't coaching, you will most likely find her studying at a local coffee shop for her last semester of nursing school!

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