Meet our Instructors
Kathy Wayne, Director, graduated from Point Park University with a B.A. in dance. Her professional credits include Tokyo Disneyland, Caesar’s Atlantic City and the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Nurlan Abougaliev danced with Russian National Ballet in Moscow, Moscow City Ballet and Ballet Internationale prior to joining Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre as a soloist in 2006. Later he was promoted to principal. He has toured extensively in England, China, Japan, South Africa, South Korea and the United States.
Maggie Cann, a graduate of Winthrop University with a degree in dance, was choreographer for the JCC’s K&M Dancers, which won High Gold in the On Point National Dance Competition.
Kaitlyn Flynn graduated from Ohio University with a BFA in dance performance and choreography. She spent two years performing with Project Bound Dance and Core Project Chicago and has performed all over the United States.
Mara Newbery Greer received her BFA in musical theater from the University of Michigan. She has extensive choreography experience and has performed on Broadway as well as at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh CLO and in London. She has taught for numerous dance programs and schools.
Michael Greer is a graduate of Point Park University with a BFA in musical theater. Performing credits include 25 shows with Pittsburgh CLO including Altar Boyz (Luke), Miss Saigon (National Tour 2010) and You Say Tomato, I Say Shutup! at the Denver Center.
Danny Herman has appeared on Broadway in Contact, A Chorus Line (Mike), Leader of the Pack, Song and Dance (First National Tour), Big Bad Burlesque (Off-Broadway)and Die Soldaten (NYC Opera). He has choreographed musicals, concerts, national tours and movies in the United States, Europe and Japan. He is the recipient of numerous awards for theater artists.
Sara Simmons attended St. Lucie Ballet in South Florida and spent summer intensives at Atlanta Ballet, Orlando Ballet and BalletMet. She joined Florida Dance Theater for two years as a company dancer and spent four years as a soloist with Savannah Ballet Theater.
Rocker Verastique appeared in the original Broadway companies of Contact, Chicago,
Victor/Victoria and Carousel. He danced six years with artistic director Mikhail Baryshinikov in American Ballet Theatre. In Los Angeles, he spent four years on the television series Fame and was the male lead in the award-winning music
video Nasty opposite Janet Jackson. He has choreographed dozens of musical theater classics all over the country.
Marina Wright is an interdisciplinary movement specialist and a second-year student in the University of Pittsburgh’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in theater and dance and a B.S. in kinesiology.