Chat with us, powered by LiveChat
Dance - Squirrel Hill

Dance With Us!

To contact us fill out the form below or call Kathy Wayne, Dance Director, 412-339-5414.  

Learn More and Register Today: Fall 2020 Programs – Update 10-16-20

The JCC offers classes that explore a variety of dance styles. Classes for school-age children and teens are organized by all levels. Students advance based on their ability to perform given steps. Adult dance classes are appropriate for first-time as well as previous dancers unless a level is specified.

Visit the South Hills Dance page HERE

Facilities – Two fully equipped studios:
  • Kaufmann Dance Studio
  • Robinson Dance Studio
Dance Director

Kathy Wayne is a graduate of Point Park College with a B.A. in dance. Her professional credits include Tokyo Disneyland, Caesar’s Atlantic City and many productions with the Pittsburgh Playhouse.


Our goal is to help your child gain poise,
flexibility, strength and an appreciation
for the art of dance.


• Participants must be registered before the first class begins.
• If your child is in Level 3 or above, please call the Director to discuss your child’s placement for this year.

Dance Recital

• Our annual dance recitals are held in May/June.
• Costumes are mandatory for participants in the dance recital and must be purchased by parents in January.
• Students must be registered in January to participate in the dance recital.

Dance Styles
Preschool Dance

For our tiniest dancers, in Creative Movement we use imaginative play and musical activities to build strength, flexibility and body awareness, as well as gross motor skills, coordination and posture. A blend of basic dance movement and the use of props and stories make this a fun and rewarding experience.

In Pre-Ballet and Tap, beginning ballet skills and terminology are taught with an emphasis on coordination and musicality. Props and dramatic play help to bring out a dancer’s creative expression.

Dance Styles

Our ballet teaching method is based on the Vaganova, Cecchetti and Royal Academy of Dance syllabi. These classes consist of barre and center floor exercises.

Tap is the ultimate in rhythm training. Rhythm, musicality and sound clarity skills are introduced; each level builds on the previous one. Dancers learn a vocabulary of tap steps that will be used to develop fun and interesting choreography.

Jazz dance incorporates modern dance, dance styles from Broadway musicals and Hollywood movies, and street, folk and popular dance. Students must be at least 7 years old.

This genre of concert dance is a blend of lyrical, modern and postmodern dance, including elements of classical ballet.

Hip Hop
Hip Hop dance includes a wide range of styles such as breaking, locking and popping that it is often freestyle (improvisational).

Philip Chosky Performing Arts Program

To register, call 412-697-3526 or online

All classes will be held in Kaufmann Dance Studio. 

Creative Movement: ages 3-4
Mondays, 12:30-1 pm
September 9-December 16 
Thursdays, 3-3:30 pm
September 12-December 19

Pre-Ballet: ages 4-5
Thursdays, 3:30-4 pm 
September 12-December 19

Pre-Ballet/Tap: ages 4-5
Mondays, 4:30-5:15 pm, KDS
September 9-December 16
Tuesdays, 3:15-4 pm
September 10-December 17

To register, call 412-697-3526 or online

All classes will be held in Robinson Dance Studio.

Ballet/Tap 1: Kindergarten
Mondays, 4:15-5:15 pm
September 9-December 16

Ballet/Tap 2: ages 6-7
Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15 pm
September 11-December 18

Ballet/Tap/Jazz 4: ages 7-8
Fridays, 4:15-5:45 pm KDS
September 13-December 20

Ballet/Tap/Jazz 6: ages 8-10
Wednesdays, 5:15-6:45 pm RDS
September 11-December 18

Ballet/Tap/Jazz 7: ages 10-12
Tuesdays, 4:15-5:45 pm RDS
September 10-December 17

Ballet/Tap/Jazz 8: ages 11-13
Thursdays, 4:15-6:30 pm RDS
September 12-December 19

Ballet/Tap/Jazz 9: ages 12-14
Mondays, 5:15-7:15 pm RDS
Ballet and Jazz
Wednesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm RDS
Ballet and Tap
September 9-December 16

Ballet/Tap/Jazz 10: ages 13-18
Tuesdays RDS
Tap  5:45-6:45 pm
Ballet 6:45-7:45 pm
Thursdays, RDS
Ballet 6:30-7:30 pm
Jazz 7:30-8:30 pm
September 10-December 19

Lyrical Jazz: ages 11-18
Mondays, 7:15-8:15 pm
September 9-December 16

Hip Hop: ages 7-11
Fridays, 4-4:45 pm  RDS
September 13-December 20

Must be approved by the Director
Tuesdays, 8:15-9 pm
September 10-December 17

Clubhouse Dance: grades 3-5
This is a fun dance club especially for Clubhouse kids. A beginner intro to dance and jazz style will be taught. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in. No dance recital.
Tuesdays, 4:15-5 pm
September 10-December 17

Musical Theater Jazz Dance: grades 5-9
Learn basic jazz and musical theater dance moves. Gain the confidence you need to
perform and audition for musicals. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in. No dance recital
Fridays, 5-6 pm
September 13-December 20

Dress Code Requirements

Hair must be pulled back in a bun; shorter hair back with a headband.

Ages 3-4
• Pink leotard (no attached skirt)
• Pink tights
• Pink ballet slippers (no foam slippers) required for ballet class
• Black tap shoes required for tap class

Ages 5 and up: any style leotard in the following colors:
• Ballet/Tap Level 1: White leotard
• Ballet/Tap Level 2: Pink Leotard
• Ballet/Tap Level3: Lilac leotard
• Ballet/Tap Level 4: Baby Blue leotard
• Ballet/Tap Level 5: Royal blue leotard
• Ballet/Tap Level 6: Burgundy Leotard
• Ballet/Tap Level 7: Navy Leotard
• Ballet/Tap Level 8: Black leotard
• Black jazz pants are acceptable for jazz and hip hop
• Pink tights for ballet classes
• Ballet slippers (no foam slippers) required for ballet class
• Black tap shoes required for tap class
• Black jazz shoes required for jazz class

• Black jazz pants
• White T-shirt
• Ballet shoes required for ballet class
• Tap shoes required for tap class

Israeli Folk Dancing

Israeli Folk Dancing has both fixed and repeating sets of steps that go with a specific piece of music. The formation of the dance might be a circle, or perhaps couples, or trios or short lines. Dance movements can be quite varied, with roots in the Romanian horo, or perhaps from the Klezmer music and dancing of Eastern European Jews.

Cherie Maharam and Lynn Berman lead a class for beginners and then a dance-by-request session in the Kaufmann Dance Studio.

Thursdays, ongoing, 7:30 pm
$3 suggested donation


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.
Creative Movement
Ballet/Tap/Jazz 6
Ballet/Tap/Jazz 7


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.
Ballet 9
Ballet Variation




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.
Dance Company



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.
Ballet/Tap 1
Ballet/Tap 2
Ballet/Tap/Jazz 5
Ballet/Tap/Jazz 8
Hip Hop
Dance Company



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.
Jazz 9
Dance Company



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.
Jazz 9  





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.
Tap 9




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.
Ballet/Tap/Jazz 4
Dance Company





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.
Ballet 9

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.
Ballet/Tap/Jazz 8
Jazz 9
Dance Company

Contact Us

Kathy Wayne

Dance Director

Related Posts

Cheesecake - The Taste of Shavuot

Holidays, especially Jewish Holidays, are not the best time to enforce a weight loss diet. Take Shavuot, which this year begins on the eve of Thurs...
read more

Stay Safe in the Sun!

As we head into the summer months, I hope you’ll keep your skin’s health - present and future - in mind. Use the following tips to stay safe in th...
read more

Passover is All About Time Travel

Each and every year when we pull our wine stained haggadot off of the shelf and place them on our beautifully set Passover tables, we have tw...
read more

Minestrone Soup for the Soul

Flu season is in full swing. It seems like you can’t go anywhere without hearing about someone who has the flu or at least someone sniffling or coug...
read more