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Our Teachers

Catherine Danae Elser

Catherine Danae Hayes is a recent graduate from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania with her BA in Dance, BFA in Visual Arts and an art history minor. Catherine trained with Ursula Payne, Teena Custer, Nola Nolen Holland and Jennifer Keller. Before her conditioning at the university, Catherine trained with Van Dyke and Company for fifteen years focusing on classical ballet. She has always had a passion for art and dance and found they intersect well in creating choreography and performance installations and film. Her achievements in performance installations include In Early Spring presented at Slippery Rock University and Concealment presented at the Associated Artists of Butler County Gallery, both in 2012. Concealment was featured in the Artist Portfolio Magazine, issue 11, 2013 and both installations were covered in the ARTiculAction Art Review September 2014 online publication. Her love of nature and technology has also led to unique experiences in creating site specific dances for the camera; primarily they include her studies set in Death Valley National Park, which were done in 2012. These studies, along with In Early Spring, resulted in the Dance Technology Award from Slippery Rock University's dance department and her film was in the International Screendance Festival in Durham, North Carolina. In 2015 Catherine guided her upper level modern class through a film making experience and they are waiting to hear back to various calls. Meanwhile, her choreography has been presented in a variety of settings including Van Dyke and Company's premier ballet "The Ugly Duckling a Beautiful Ballet" by Joan Van Dyke in 2014 and several pieces in Dancer's Studio 2014, 2015 and 2016 spring recitals. She has danced or presented choreography for the past four years for the Dubois Art Walk on the Block in DuBois, Pennsylvania, including a twenty two minute modern piece. Catherine has taught modern, jazz and ballet for Van Dyke and Company for five years and is teaching classes at the DuBois branch. Catherine is active in her artistic endeavors and her art has been included in select shows such as the Bottlebrush Show at the Bottlebrush Gallery in Harmony, Pennsylvania in 2012,Expressions: Contemporary Portraiture Exhibit, Kiernan Gallery, 2014 Lexington, Virginia, Identity Interpreted and Assumed: Self Portrait, Tall Grass Arts 2014 Association, Park Forest, Illinois. Occurring in August 2016 she will have the unique opportunity for a solo exhibition of her art in New York City. She completed  grade three at the Teacher Training School through Dance Masters of America at the University at Buffalo and recently joined Dance Educators of America. Please feel free to visit Catherine's website for a fuller presentation of her work by going to catherinedanae.webs.com.



Shannon "Shay" Peterson

Shannon "Shay" Peterson studied Dance Management and Musical Theatre. She danced at Dancer's Studio since the age of four. She holds a Professional Elementary V Cecchetti Council of America examination certificate. Shannon was selected by audition for the Lindsay Renee Dance Theatre Black Tie Event in Youngstown and attended the American College Dance Festival Association, where she performed and took master classes. She was a member of the Youngstown State Dance Ensemble. Shannon was accepted to all Joffrey Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary summer intensives and year long training school in New York City from 2012-2015, and the Rockette summer intensive in 2012. She attended Joffrey L.A. Jazz/Contemporary summer intensive, and several years of Student Honor Intensive Program while she trained under A-Jo Gallagher. Shannon received numerous scholarships from Joffrey, Nuvo, Intrigue, and Dance Makers. Her training does not stop there, also has taken master classes at Joffrey Ballet School, Broadway Dance Center, and Alvin Ailey in New York City. Through Dancer's Studio Shannon has had the opportunity to assist well known teachers including Jason Marquette, Tony Bradford and Kyle Robinson. She has completed Grade One at Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School at University at Buffalo. Shannon also attended Dance Educators of America Teacher Training and completed both Grade One and Grade Two. In addition to traveling to DEA this summer she will be attending Generation IV in Northampton, Massachussetts. On the competition side of dance she had the opportunity last fall to work for Fierce Dance Competition at the Pittsburgh event doing retail merchandise and tabulating scores. She has recently became a member of  Dance Educators of America. She taught Ballet, Rhythm and Moves, and Tap at Lindsay Renee Dance Theatre in Youngstown, Ohio in 2016 and she is excited to be teaching Lyrical, Hip Hop, Acro and Tap at Dancer's Studio this upcoming year. Shannon believes the more she trains the more knowledge and opportunities she can pass on to the students at Dancer's Studio. 


Sierra Crossetti

Sierra is from Charleston, South Carolina, where she attended the Charleston County School of the Arts for both middle and high school, majoring in dance.  She studied modern and ballet dance there; completing the required choreography and dance projects in order to graduate. Sierra also took classes at the Alvin Ailey Dance School, Paul Taylor Dance school, and Broadway Dance Center in New York City.  Sierra has been a member of the Just Dance/Charleston Dance Center for 16 years, where she has competed for 11 years in contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop, production, and musical theater, as well as assisting in a variety of dance classes.  She attended such competitions as Hollywood Vibe, Dance Makers, and Jump, and has placed overall several times.  Ethnically, Sierra has a background in Greek dance and was competitive for two, winning the Diamond Award while competing.  She has also performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston.  Sierra currently resides in Knox, PA, where she relocated to explore her options during her gap year from college.  During her year, she has competed in cheer and dance with the Magic All-Star Cheerleading Gym in Franklin, PA, winning many local, regional, and national titles.  This year, Sierra would like to take the opportunity to encourage others in their dance goals and to educate her students on technique, style, and difficulty.  She is eager to “receive” as much from her students and fellow instructors.



Madilyn Simpson

Madilyn Simpson attends Clarion Area High School. She started dancing at Dancer's Studio in 2004. She has had training in all genres provided by Dancer's Studio. Madilyn has been a member of the Dancer's Studio Company for six years and was on the Senior Competition Team for four years. She was a member of the Jr. Cecchetti Company for two years. Madilyn has received awards at Dancer's Studio for "Most Potential," "Showmanship," and "Over the Top." She has competed in numerous regional and national dance competitions. She has also participated in several Dance Masters of PA dance conventions. She was part of several award winning groups, including three that made it to the Dance Masters of America Grand Nationals as finalists. Madilyn attended the Dance Masters of America Student Honors Intensive Program in Buffalo in 2015. She has had the opportunity to learn from some of the top dance teachers in the industry. Recently, Madilyn has taken master classes from both Alex Isenberg and Hannah Wintrobe, two guest teachers that specialize in hip hop. Madilyn is a member of Student Council, Senior High Choir, and Clarion Singers. She has assisted for several years at the studio and is looking forward to teaching hip hop classes this fall.

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Spring Semester01-Jan-2018

Welcome back! Spring semester starts Monday, January 15th...