Our teachers

dance teachers

ashley barron

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.

Shannon peterson

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. 

kelly peterson

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 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. 

abbey barron

Abbey Barron began dancing at the age of three at Dancer's Studio. She is trained in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Acro and Musical Theatre. Abbey has attended many intensives all over the United States. She has assisted many teachers/choreographers throughout the last few years. She is a teen leader for Wingman for Dance. Abbey is proud to be an ambassador for the guiDANCE experience. She has went through the YPAD training for teens and has completed the YPAD training for teachers. In addition to being an ambassador Abbey will be working for guiDANCE experience at their merchandise booth and backstage. Abbey is the 2022 Miss Dance of PA! Over the past few years some of Abbeys accomplishments include

being Dance Masters of PA Petite Miss Dance and Teen Miss Dance, placing in the top 10 at Dance Masters of America title competition, she has been seen on Lifetime tv, chosen to represent Dancers Against Cancer in their 2019 calendar and recipient of many scholarships,  She traveled to Mississippi with Kelly to Acrobatics Arts as a demonstrator. Recently, she became a RWID certified teacher assistant. Abbey loves working with kids and is excited for the year of fun and learning.


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Sarah Hubauer graduated from Clarion-Limestone in 2016 and The Young Americans College of Performing Arts in 2018! She traveled through 6 different countries spending extensive time through the U.S., Germany and Japan teaching the performing arts through workshops and summer camps with The Young Americans since 2016. With this group she taught classes in acting, choral, and performance skills as well as privately taught vocal, acting, improv dance, and instrumental solos, often without a translator present when in foreign countries. In this group Sarah worked with refugees, juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters, thousands of people of all ages who speak little to no-english, at risk kids from inner-city schools, small town kids, and many more of all different backgrounds. While at The Young Americans College she worked with talented

and top actors, vocalists and dancers such as actresses, vocalist, dancers, and directors. Sarah has a deep rooted passion for the arts and education, growing up in a very musical and education centric family with her father being a successful professional musician himself and her mother being a teacher. Even before graduating high school Sarah was working with the scouts at day camps and outings teaching a variety of things, being heavily involved in the arts at her school as well as years of babysitting and working with kids. She is a hard worker and a dedicated one. Sarah is extremely excited to be working with the kids at the Dancer’s Studio and hope to share her passion for the arts in every way I can!


Jessie Eustice is a Clarion native, with roots placed in Ohio, Toronto, and Pittsburgh. She was born with music in her veins and comes from an extremely musical family with members in various bands all over the country. Her father, Richard Eustice, is a well-known local musician in bands such as Scarecrow, Longshot, Ask A Stranger, & Eclectic Radio. Her uncle Jason Eustice is a sought-after singer/songwriter in Nashville. Her aunt, Marcia Eustice, is in the popular Pittsburgh band, Strange Brew, and her cousin Chris Kirkpatrick was the founding member of the boy band Nsync. Jessie has been performing in front of an audience since the age of three. She was a member of her high school choir, show choir, acapella sight-reading group, F.I.G.H.T. singing group, performed in 

many musicals in and out of high school, & scored the highest marks in all of her district solo, duo, and trio performances. After graduation, Jessie moved to Toronto, Ontario to pursue a singing career in a pop girl group called S’Real, whose manager was an A&R rep for RCA & BMG. After returning home to the states, Jessie has continued performing in various rock and Americana bands including Sauced, Jack Squat, the Acoustic Highway, and is currently a vocalist in the popular band Richard & Friends where you can find her singing rock, blues, country, and Americana. With a background in theater, choral singing, solo singing, harmonizing, and countless jam sessions, her performance history should prove beneficial in helping to make students feel comfortable and confident on a stage and behind a mic. Her encouraging and fun demeanor is appreciated by all. When Jessie is not performing, she is busy being an office manager, commercial cleaner, and a mom to her amazing daughter, Emerson.