Focusing on a positive approach to dance education, Sue Hewitt and her teachers encourage self-expression and creativity. Age appropriate music, movements, and costuming are an important part of the foundation of the studio. Learning the life-long skills of confidence, discipline, and character in a fun and safe environment play a vital role in the studio’s philosophy.
Sue started her dance training in McMurray PA under the direction of Sue Richard, who continues to be a friend and mentor today. While attending IUP, Sue studied with Jane Dakak and had the opportunity to teach and choreograph through Concert Dance. She enjoyed performing in and attending the American College Dance Festival Association each year. Living in Davenport IA, Sue taught, choreographed and performed with the City Center for Performing Arts. Moving back to the Pittsburgh area, Sue continued to teach while taking evening classes at Point Park University. After relocating to Indiana PA, Sue started teaching at a local studio while commuting to Pittsburgh to teach.
In 1996 with the encouragement of her husband, Sue started her own studio. The dancers and families that she has gotten to know over the years have been a very important part of her career. One of the highlights was performing with former student Maria Caruso in several Bodiography Contemporary Ballet performances.
Sue values the importance of additional dance education so she has enjoyed accompanying her dancers to conventions and workshops over the years such as the American Dance Festival, the Greer Gala, Jeff Shade, Motion, Nuvo, Urban Jamm, as well as Martha Graham and Koresh Master Classes. Sue is a member of Dance Masters of Pennsylvania and continues her own education by attending these workshops as well as a variety of dance performances and online classes.
Contemporary and Jazz teacher
Abigail Hewitt is artist, educator, and choreographer, in the field of dance hailing from Indiana, PA. Abigail graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, where she received the Most Outstanding Dance Major award. She has had the opportunity to perform works by Doug Varone, Helen Simoneau, Lindsay Fisher, James Washington, Helanius Wilkins, Attack Theatre, Chris Saunders, Nora Ambrosio, Teena Custer, Melissa Teodoro, Jennifer Keller, Thom Cobb, and Ursula Payne.Upon graduation she moved to New York to further her education and training. While dancing in New York she had the opportunity to work with Bryn Cohn + Artists, Pascal Rekoert, and various other artists. During her time in NYC she had the opportunity to model for companies such as lululemon, Antler + Woods, Saatva , and with other project based photographers. Abigail has spent summers studying at the American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival. At Bates Dance Festival in 2016, she premiered a set piece choreographed by Doug Varone. Abigail enjoys choreography and hopes to dive in to the Indiana and Pittsburgh dance communities to continue creating and sharing her work. She had the privilege to feature her work “After Hours” at the American College Dance Association’s informal concert in 2015. She is excited to come home to her dance family, to share and explore her passion.
Early ballet and PK teacher
Monica is a SHDS and IHS alumni. She danced at Sue Hewitt Dance Studio for 12 years, and was a teaching assistant for four years. Monica was the IHS Dance Team coach from 2015-2018. She is attending IUP, majoring in early childhood/elementary education.
Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop teacher
Kristen Bailey has received training in many dance genres since she was three years old, attending dance studios in Las Vegas and Pittsburgh. In 2016, she graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and minor in Business Administration. Since Graduation, Kristen has taught at multiple studios throughout the Pittsburgh area, and Raleigh, NC, instructing all age levels in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, modern, tap, and acro. She is currently working with the Indiana High School as the band front dance choreographer, and is attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania for her Masters of Education in Health and Physical Education. She is excited to continue her passion of teaching dance in Indiana!
Ballet and Pointe teacher
Kyleigh started studying in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap at a young age in Erie, Pa at Erie Dance Conservatory under the direction of Sarah Purvis. She participated in Regional Dance America for the Northeast region for several years where she attended master classes with many renowned faculty such as Jennifer Miller, Terrence Greene, and Jon Lehrer to name a few. During this festival she has had the opportunity to have performed at various theaters in various cities such as Pittsburgh, Pa, Harrisburg, Pa, and Montreal, Canada. She has attended many summer intensives such as Point Park International Summer Intensive, Joffrey Ballet’s Jazz and Contemporary Intensive, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Intensive. Kyleigh decided to continue her dance training and attended Point Park University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Jazz dance in 2017. She is eager to start teaching, performing, and expanding upon her dance career as an apprentice with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet!
Ballet and Pre Pointe teacher
Kelly started dancing when she was six years old, in Clarion, PA. She is experienced in many genres including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, acrobatics, pointe, and Cecchetti. She has completed Grade V of the Cecchetti exams and is a certified instructor for module 1 of the Acrobatic Art series. Kelly has traveled to New Orleans and Florida for the Dance Masters of America competition and has participated in the yearly Dance Masters of Pennsylvania competitions when she danced at her hometown studio, Clarion Center for the Arts. She was also a dance instructor for Clarion Center for the Arts. She is currently a student at IUP and a member of the IUP Dance Theater Company. She is majoring in Speech-Language Pathology and minoring in Dance.
Janet twirled baton competitively for 15 years & was the featured twirler for Western Oregon State University. Prior to moving to PA, she taught high school mathematics & is now a Professor of Mathematics at IUP where she has taught for the past 19 years. She lives in Indiana with her family.
Becky Moody Schurr
Over the years, Becky has coached cheerleading/tumbling for Evergreen Gymnastics/All-Star Cheerleaders, Marion Center Junior High, and Turner All-stars of Indiana and she is currently the cheer coach at IUP as well as the Indiana High School She is a Senior Treasury Analyst at First Commonwealth Bank, where she has been employed for 13 years. Becky has been teaching at the SHDS for the past eight years.