Our teachers

dance teachers

Shannon peterson
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Shannon 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. Shannon is YPAD (Youth

Protection Advocates of Dance) certified. She was a member of the Youngstown State Dance Ensemble. She attended Joffrey L.A. 

Jazz/Contemporary summer intensive, and several years of Student Honor Intensive Program through Dance Masters Of America. She 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. She tested and is certified to teach ballet, tap, jazz, modern and acrobatics through Dance Educators of America. Shannon holds an Acrobatic Arts Module 1 certification along with training in aerials and back handsprings.

kelly peterson
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Kelly Peterson is the Office Manager, acro and aerial hoops teacher. Kelly is an Acrobatic Arts Module One Certified Teacher, Aerial Arts and certified to teach Rhythm Works Integrative Dance. Recently she also received her Module One certification from Alixa Flexibilty.  In August she continued her professional development with DiscoverDance and completer her ALICE certification. She is YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates of Dance) certified, is a mandated 

reporter, healthcare CPR and first aid certified and has all clearances. Safety is one of Kelly's top priorities with students.  She is the C0-Founder & Executive Director of guiDANCE experience dance competition. Fundraising to give dancers the opportunity to attend dance conventions, national events, and master classes is very important to her. One of her goals is to give as many Dancer's Studio students dance opportunities regardless of financial situation. She currently oversees Dancer's Studio National Fund, all of Dancer's Studio's fundraisers and helps with many nonprofit organizations in the community. Kelly is continuing her education to help ensure the physical safety and psychological and emotional health of each dancer. 

JANIYA JONES
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Janiya Jones is one of the hip hop instructors. She is YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates of Dance) certified. Janiya has trained, assisted and choreographed with A-Jo Gallagher for the past several years. In addition to training at Dancer's Studio, Janiya has been an ambassador for guiDANCE experience dance competition. This has allowed her to travel all over the country, learn many life lessons, and  assist many teachers at in studio conventions and competitions. Janiya hopes to not only teach her students new skills and choreography but bring the stage alive with stage presence.  

AVA AVOLIO
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Ava Avolio is one of the hip hop instructors. She is YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates of Dance) certified. Ava has recently trained at several studios including Millennium Dance Complex, Firewall and ALDC. Training at Millennium has given her the opportunity to work with artist from all over the country. Ava has attended many summer intensives including Point Park, Jam Youth, Flight and many more. In addition to training at Dancer's Studio, Ava has been an ambassador for guiDANCE experience dance competition. This has allowed her to travel all over the country, learn many life lessons, and  assist many teachers at in studio conventions and competitions. Ava is excited to bring her unique hip hop style to her students in a fun, upbeat way.

ashley barron
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Ashley Barron was a student at Dancer’s Studio for fifteen years and chose to attend Slippery Rock University to further her dance education. Although her time at SRU was spent focusing on modern and ballet, she has trained in many different styles of dance. Ashley studied the traditional Indian dance form, Bharatnatyam, at Slippery Rock and was exposed to traditional Italian folk dance on a trip to Italy. During her time at SRU, Ashley served as a representative for her class and as a liaison between dance students and the department faculty through her position on the Dance Advisory Board. She had the opportunity to perform student choreographed works and choreograph her own works through SRU Dance Theatre. Two of her choreographed works were chosen to perform in the Department of 

Dance Fall Concert in 2018. During her junior year at SRU, Ashley was part of Rock Dance Company. Through this company, she had the opportunity to perform with other dance majors at nursing homes, child care centers, and elementary schools. During her senior year, she researched the benefits of dance movement therapy on patients with depression and was accepted to present this research at both the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and the Slippery Rock Student Research Symposium. Ashley is YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance) certified and is a certified teacher through  RWID (Rhythm Works Integrative Dance). Ashley graduated in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Promoting creativity, collaboration, exploration, and risk-taking in the classroom are very important to Ashley, as well as providing her students with proper health and wellness education to keep them safe both on and off the stage.