Step. Hop. Tap. Fly.
Dance at the Center is more than a way to express yourself through the disciplines of Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop. It’s about taking off in a warm and nurturing atmosphere, developing your skills, discovering your own personal style, and having fun. We enter each class with the goal of elevating self-esteem and self-confidence as you enhance your physical, mental and creative skills.
Become confident in ballet by learning correct body alignment and weight placement, emphasizing flexibility, strength and control.
Technique and flexibility are where jazz begins.
Connect with the energy and grace of this classic dance style through classes that emphasize vocabulary, technique, clear sound and solid upper body work.
Express yourself through America’s newest, most outspoken contribution to the world of dance.
Alivia Vereb Owen
(B.A. Point Park University)
Alivia received her B.A. in Dance from Point Park University. She is an instructor, director and choreographer for the CTA. In addition, Alivia has been a dance instructor for Carnegie Mellon University, Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh and Regional Dance America. She has choreographed for Stage 62, South Park Theatre, Keystone Oaks and Baldwin High School. Alivia has performed throughout the Pittsburgh area for the Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Pittsburgh Playhouse and West Virginia Public Theater. This summer, Alivia had the amazing opportunity to choreograph Spitfire Grille and Floyd Collins for Front Porch Theatricals.
(B.A. Ohio University)
Jazz, Musical Theater, Jam Session, CTA Dance Company
Darcy Shaffner has been teaching and dancing professionally since graduating cum laude from Ohio University’s School of Dance in 2007. She has choreographed and performed at such prestigious venues as the American Dance Festival, The Yard Artist Residency and the Built on Stilts Festival. Darcy has also presented and performed in works at Pittsburgh’s New Hazlett Theater, KST/Dance Alloy Studios, PearlArts, and Future Tenant and Bunker Projects galleries. Darcy could not be happier to be entering her third year as a teacher at The Center for Theater Arts!
(B.A. Point Park University)
Jessica Marino is a professional dancer, educator, choreographer, and arts advocate born in Lehigh Valley, PA. She is a collaborator with Staycee Pearl Dance Project and SHANA SIMMONS DANCE and founding company member of Continuum Dance Theater. Jessica has a diverse arts administration background as partner to Linda Reznik of River City Artists Management and Development Director of Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange. She is thrilled to be on the teaching staff at University of Pittsburgh and a CTA faculty member, with musical choreography credits including CTA’s Zombie Prom, Music Man, Singing in the Rain, PIPPIN, and Camp Rock.
(B.A. Slippery Rock University)
Lauren McKee is a dance educator and performer formerly from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Slippery Rock University, McKee received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance while completing minors in Art and Adapted Physical Activity in 2014. She strives to create an inclusive environment for both dancers and non-dancers of all ages and ability levels. She has had the privilege of performing works for Attack Theatre, Shana Simmons Dance and Staycee Pearl Dance Project. Lauren can be found teaching at the Hope Academy of the Arts, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s ballet outreach program, at the Propel Charter Schools. Most recently, she wrapped up a season teaching for Abby Lee Miller. Lauren is thrilled to be a part of The Center for Theater Arts family and is looking forward to another great dance season!