A-Jo Gallagher has been dancing for well over 31 years and teaching for 22 years. She is an alumnus of Clarion University with a degree in Speech Communications and a minor in Dance/Theatre. A-Jo has completed her testing in ballet, tap and jazz at the Teacher Training School through Dance Masters of America at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She holds a module one certification/Ariel and Back handspring certification through Acrobatic Arts. A-Jo is YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates of Dance) certified/YPAD certified adjucator, and certified through Rhythm Works Integrative Dance to teach individuals with learning differences. She is a member of Dance Masters of PA, Dance Masters of America, and Dance Educators of America. She taught for Marching Auxiliaries and Dance, a company from Texas, and in 2011 was a guest hip-hop teacher for Intrigue Dance Convention.
Through the years, she has taught at numerous studios, for both high school and collegiate dance teams. Since owning Dancer’s Studio, several of her students have been accepted into Joffrey Ballet School for Jazz/Contemporary and Ballet summer intensives, Joffrey’s year-round training program, the Rockette Summer Intensive, The American Tap Company, The Jam Youth Project and Chloe and Maud Arnold’s Soul Talk Tap Company. In 2015, A-Jo and some of her students were invited to perform on the Today Show in New York City. A-Jo and several of her students were part of setting a new Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest street dance. Several of her students had the opportunity to dance in New York City at Alvin Ailey CitiGroup Theatre. Her students have been accepted into prestige dance schools such as Studio School in LA, Point Park University, University at Buffalo, Mercyhurst, Kent State, Youngstown State, Slippery Rock, and Joffrey Ballet School. A-Jo has had many students win scholarships to Alvin Ailey School in New York City, Broadway Dance Center in New York City, Monsters of Hip Hop, Monsters of Hip Hop Finale in California, Monsters of Hip Hop in Florida, West Coast Dance Explosion, The Collective in California, The Chicago Tap Summit, Jump, Nuvo, Intrigue, Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensives, Slide in New York City, 24/7, Dancer Palooza, Dance Educators of America, Dance Makers Inc., Move: The Initiative and an invite to the Dance Awards. Her students have won many state and national awards including being the Grand National Champions for age 12 and under for a production routine choreographed by A-Jo. Not only does she focus on technique and choreography A-Jo’s community involvement and volunteering has opened many performance opportunities for her students in the community. Because of her dedication of sharing the art of dance throughout the community, she was the 2013 recipient of the Business Owner Neighborhood Star Award for Most Influential Business Owner. In 2014 she received the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Community Service Award. Dancer’s Studio is based on A-Jo’s love to teach dance and giving back to the community by helping dancers experience the important life lessons that go hand-in-hand with the dedication, discipline and desire dance requires.