Teachers

  • Dr. Cynthia Zurchin

    Studio Director

    Cindy began teaching dance in 1981 and received her Doctorate from Duquesne University in Education in 1997. She expands and hones her skills by attending workshops taught by experts from New York City and California. Cynthia is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced teachers in the Pittsburgh area specializing in teaching dance technique. She continues to train new dance teachers, instructing them to help all students reach their fullest potential. She is very proud that several of her dancers have gone on to perform professionally all over the world with organizations such as Disney, Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships, Sesame Street, and Busch Gardens. Cynthia is a former teacher and elementary principal. Her sons John and Nick love to dance.

  • Eileen Scholtz

    Baton and Dance Instructor

    Eileen began teaching dance at Cynthia’s in 1992. Eileen is trained as a ballet, tap and jazz teacher. In addition, she is an outstanding baton instructor. Eileen's personality and her patience with children are the perfect combination for a great teacher. Eileen is the mother of Kim and Susan and is the grandmother of Dylan and Olivia.

  • Jenny Gross

    Dance Instructor

    Jenny, who began teaching dance at Cynthia’s in 2001, has been actively involved in dance all her life. As a student of dance in Erie, PA, she developed strong technique in tap, ballet, and jazz. Jenny continued taking lessons and taught dance at Westminster College where she was a member of the dance company and majored in Public Relations. Jenny is thrilled to continue sharing her love of dance with her students. When Jenny is not dancing, she is the Marketing Director for Steelcoast Creative. Jenny has a beautiful daughter Meredith.

  • Kaylin Treese

    Dance Instructor & Choreographer

    Kaylin began teaching dance at Cynthia’s in 2014. Kaylin Treese was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania. She began her dance training at the age of four at the Allegheny Ballet Company, where she studied with Deborah Anthony, Cristin Burwell, Connor Weigand, Richard Cook and Jennifer Bryan, among others. Kaylin has attended summer programs at Allegheny Ballet Company, American Academy of Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Bodiography Contemporary Ballet Company where she received her certification in Pilates and Bodiography Fitness and Strength. Kaylin graduated from Altoona Area High School in 2011. She is continuing her dance education at La Roche College pursuing a B.A. in performing arts, graduating December 2014. Kaylin is in her third year as an apprentice with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, a professional dance company under the direction of Maria Caruso.

  • Andrea Barrow

    Dance Instructor & Choreographer


     
     
     
     
     
     
       
  • Kaitlyn Tagliaferre

    Dance Instructor & Choreographer


     
     
     
     
     
     
       
  • Kailey Woistman

    Dance Instructor & Choreographer


     
     
     
     
     
     
       
  • Jeff Shade

    Guest Choreographer

    Jeff periodically comes to Cynthia's to lead workshops and teach our students. Jeff was mentored by Bob Fosse and has danced on Broadway in Fosse's Sweet Charity, Teddy & Alice, and Chicago (where he was the dance captain for the Broadway and national tours). He is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, and director. Jeff and Cindy have been friends for many years and plan to author articles addressing dance education. As Jeff says, "Cindy is the Doctor of Dance."