A. Brighton, Director
has been directing the Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop since
1994 and teaching in the school since 1990. A native of State College, Jill has
been dancing since she was four. She
graduated with highest honors from Penn State in 1991, and has served
the dance faculty there. At the
Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop, Jill has
been active in teaching all styles of dance to both children and adults, and is
the artistic director of the Fraser Street Dancers and the Children's Ensemble. She has a broad range of experience teaching diverse
populations, including children with special needs and senior citizens.
In addition to her
extensive teaching experience, Jill danced professionally with Happendance
in Lansing, Michigan, and in New York with the Great Wave Dance Ensemble, and
with the Pennsylvania Dance Theatre based here in State College.
While in New York she was a scholarship student and manager at Steps Studio. At
Penn State Jill performed with the Contemporary Dance Company and toured Israel
with the Dance Collective. Jill is also a practitioner and instructor of Yoga and Pilates,
and enjoys working as a choreographer for a wide variety of musical theatre
Jill is also a practitioner and instructor of Yoga and Pilates, and enjoys working as a choreographer for a wide variety of musical theatre venues.
At CPDW, Jill teaches
The teachers at the Central Pennsylvania Dance
Workshop bring extensive and varied training to each of the classes they teach
at the workshop, providing for each student a firm foundation in dance
technique, as well as teaching fresh, innovative concepts, creating classes that
are vital, alive and challenging.
Erica is currently pursuing a degree in Dance and Integrative Arts at Penn State. Prior to college, Erica studied at Fairgrieve School of Dance for ten years. Erica is a member of the National Honor Society of Dance Arts: Penn State Chapter, where she has choreographed for the Homecoming parade and THON. Erica is trained in multiple styles of dance including jazz, modern, hip hop, and West African. After being a teaching assistant for several classes last year, Erica is thrilled to be on the faculty at CPDW.
Christina, from Gainesville, FL, is a Lecturer in the Psychology department, and a Graduate Student in the Counselor Education program at Penn State. She began dancing at the age of three, with most of her training occurring at the Nina Cameron Dancenter. She has performed in many student musical theatre productions and was the choreographer for a student production of Anything Goes. As the president of the MIT dance troupe, she co-produced and choreographed for a number of performances. She has experience in tap, jazz, ballet and modern dance -- but her favorite is tap. She has taken tap classes with teachers all over the country, including Nancy Newell in Washington, DC, and Diane Davisson in Los Angeles, CA. She is looking forward to hearing the sounds of many happy feet.
Erin received her dance training on Long Island, where at an early age she developed a passion for choreography. She continued her training both in New York City and at the Harvard Dance Center in Cambridge, MA. While studying at Harvard, Erin was a regular choreographer for Mainly Jazz Dance Company, and served as the Artistic Director of TAPS, the on-campus tap dance collective. After college, she returned to Long Island and spent three years as a choreographer for local and regional theater groups, teaching all ages and dancing abilities. Erin has continued to dance and choreograph in New York City for the past five years, honing her passion for teaching. She is now excited for the opportunity to bring her skills to State College and CPDW.
Ruth is a recent graduate of Sweet Briar College where she graduated with honors earning a B.F.A. degree in dance. She plans to purse an M.F.A. in dance in the near future. Ruth has been dancing since she was three years old. She has studied many different forms of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, modern, and her favorite, Scottish Highland, in which she has competed at the nation championship level, and in Scotland as well. In the summer of 2015 she had the opportunity to attend the Dance and the Child International conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ruth has only recently moved to State College from Spotsylvania, VA, where she taught a variety of dance styles to all ages. She is very excited to join the CPDW faculty and be given the opportunity to be a part of its dance community.
Karen studied with the Pennsylvania Ballet, International Ballet Theater, and Hartford Ballet before performing professionally with the Pennsylvania Dance Theatre until 2002. She graduated cum laude from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford with a degree in Children's Dance. While at Hartt, she studied under students of Vagonova, Balanchine, and Martha Graham, and worked with renowned choreographers such as Kathryn Posin and Jean Grand-Maitre. Karen was also selected to perform pieces by Balanchine, Vagonova, Martha Graham, and Pilobolus in venues through New England including the American College Dance Festival (New England Region) and Jacob's Pillow. Karen holds an Intermediate Certification in Labanotation and has taught at the prestigious School of the Hartford Ballet, in the Hartford Public School System, the School of the Pennsylvania Dance Theatre, with Galaxy (CIU 10), and has been teaching at CPDW since 2002. Karen is also a LMT and is the owner of "A Caring Touch: Massage Therapy" and NittanyWeddings.com.
Before recently moving to State College, Cait had been teaching, choreographing and performing in Syracuse, NY. In addition to serving as the primary Ballet instructor for The Syracuse School of Dance for the past four years, Cait has taught and choreographed for The Redhouse Arts Center and Syracuse Children's Theatre. She has also performed and choreographed for the Syracuse Contemporary Dance Company.
Cait has been dancing since the age of three and has trained in many forms of dance including classical and contemporary Ballet, several styles of Modern, Jazz, Musical Theater, Tap and Irish dance. She graduated with honors from Adelphi University in 2009 with a BFA in Dance Performance. During college she created and set many pieces on her peers and spent a year teaching on Long Island after receiving her degree. Under the tutelage of some incredible teachers including Kathleen Rathbun, Leda Meredith, Frank Augustyn, and Nina Buisson, Cait has gained some wonderful knowledge and found a passion in teaching. "I enjoy teaching, it is one of the most fulfilling things I have done through dance. Seeing a student find something that they love to do and pursue it with passion and direction is an amazing thing. I believe that the performing arts can be an incredible outlet for children and adults alike. It allows them to explore their creativity and talents in an environment that is both supportive and nurturing."
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Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop
101 South Fraser Street
State College, PA 16801