Teachers

photo Miss Cami

Miss Cami is a 1998 graduate of Upper St. Clair High School, as well as a 2002 graduate of Penn State University. She earned degrees in both Business Management and Psychology at Penn State. While in college, Cami co-founded "Tapestry" - Penn State's Tap Company.  Cami is also a graduate of the internationally acclaimed Dance Masters of America. She has studied dance since the age of 3, and continues her education at Dance Masters of America’s Teachers Training School every summer. She was captain of both her cheerleading squad and dance team in high school, and continues to be involved in the community, having coached the Upper St. Clair Dance Team and choreographed for the St. Louise de Marillac Cheerleaders.  Miss Cami was inducted into the Upper St. Clair Hall of Fame in 2008 for her contribution in the Arts Field for her Dance Studio.  In 2012, Miss Cami was named one of "Pittsburgh's 50 Finest" with a feature in Whirl Magazine.

     
photo Miss Amy

     
photo Miss Melissa

Melissa has been a Dance Instructor at Dance by Cami for over 7 years, with over 23 years of dance experience. Melissa graduated Cum Laude from California University of PA with a bachelor’s of science degree in Elementary Education in 2006. Prior to attending Cal U, she attended Kent State University for a minor in Dance. Melissa has a strong belief in higher education. “You are never too old to learn.” Throughout her dancing and teaching career, she has attended Dance Masters of America in Buffalo, NY and the American College Dance Festival in Detroit, Michigan. Melissa has both dancing and teaching experience in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern/ Lyrical, Hip Hop, Cheer-Dance, and Preschool Combo. It was any early calling, as much as I love to dance, I was meant to teach. Outside of dancing and teaching, Melissa enjoys spending time with her son, singing, and shopping.

     
photo Miss Danielle

     
photo Miss Michelle

 

Miss Michelle grauduated from Point Park College (now University) in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a minor in dance with a concentration in Classical Ballet along with training in all styles of dance.  She has studied under renowned dancers, teachers, and choreographers such as Mary and Nicholas Petrov, Kenneth Johnson, Roberto Munoz, and Ron Tassone.  She has been teaching for over 20 years.  She currnetly lives in Upper St. Clair with her husband and 3 children, Isabella, Alex, and Adam.
     
photo Miss Palmer

     
photo Miss Jackie

Jaclyn Ross, originally from Washington, Pa, studied all forms of dance at Dance Extensions Performing Arts Center, and taught several private classes there in both jazz and lyrical styles of dance during her 9 years of training there. She was actively involved in the Slippery Rock University Dance Department during her four years there. She participated in two guest artist residencies featuring the works “Tomorrow” by Doug Varone and “Multiplex” by Chad Hall, and also danced “Ice” and “Trio” by Mark Taylor in the SRU Dance Theatre Winter Concert. She also danced in several student choreographed works for SRU Dance Theatre that were performed both on the Fall and Winter Concerts. Since its beginning three years ago, Jaclyn was been a founding member of Rock Dance Company and has performed their lecture demonstrations at elementary schools all over the Butler Area. Most recently, Jaclyn was part of the Columbian Dance Group, headed by Melissa Theodoro, and performed at the Latino Festival at the University of Pittsburgh.

Miss Jackie also tried her hand at modern dance choreography, and made a full dance piece that was shown at Slippery Rock’s Senior Concert, of which Jackie was the Student Director. Miss Jackie also studied dance videography, and clips of her video footage were used as part of a piece that was shown at the gala of the American Dance Festival, and later at the Kennedy Center in a piece entitled “Knowledge – Lessons = Tests?,” Choreographed by Todd Englander. Today, Miss Jackie is teaching classes in Hip-Hop, Acrobatics, and Combo 1, as well as privates in Lyrical/ Contemporary and Jazz. She is also a certified Zumba instructor in Level 1 and Level 2, and hopes to continue her Zumba education as well.

     
  Miss Jessica


     
  Miss Emily

     
photo Miss Miriam

     
  Miss Morgan

     
  Mr. Ben