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.
Early ballet and PK teacher
Monica is a recent SHDS and IHS graduate. She has been dancing at the studio for 12 years and she has been a teaching assistant for four years and an instructor for this past two. Monica is attending IUP, majoring in early childhood/elementary education. She is also the coach of the IHS dance team!
Modern, Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop Instructor
Candice began competing in dance at the age of 5. Her love of dance and performing continued to grow at a young age and into High School. She attended Slippery Rock University and earned a BA in dance in 2002. After college, she taught dance, auditioned and danced professionally with Latshaw Productions, Caution Crew and Eloquence Performance Company to name a few. One of the auditions landed her in Chicago working with The Jump Rhythm Jazz Project as a scholarship student. Here, she also found her love for photography while working part-time in a photography studio. Soon she went back to school for photography and opened her own business, CLiK Studios, in 2009. Her work has been published in Dance Spirit Magazine along with several other fitness magazines and dance books. After having two beautiful boys, she is excited to be teaching dance again.
Over the years, Becky has coached cheerleading/tumbling for Evergreen Gymnastics/All-Star Cheerleaders, Marion Center Junior High, Indiana Senior High, Turner All-stars of Indiana and she is currently the coach at IUP. 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 seven years.
Ballet and Pointe Instructor
Nicole Ivan is originally from Warren, New Jersey where she received her dance training in multiple disciplines.
She is a recent graduate of Elon University, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography as well as a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Dance Science.
She has been a member of the Elon Dance Company for the last four years in addition to completing undergraduate research in
the field of dance science as an Elon College Fellow. She has performed professionally with TERRANOVA Dance Theatre and in the NC Triad Choreography Showcase. She is joining Bodiography
Contemporary Ballet as an apprentice for the upcoming 2016-2017 season.
Ballet and Pointe Instructor
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!
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.
Carly Baird grew up in Somerset County but calls Indiana her home since 2008. Carly is a mother of just one little girl (Peyton) who keeps her busy with Swimming, Softball, Cheerleading, Dance, Tumbling and Soccer. Carly has been involved with tumbling and gymnastics throughout her life. Before she began teaching for Sue in 2012 she only had experience with skill coaching and was nervous but thankful for the opportunity to choreograph a stage routine. Carly also coaches soccer for the Indiana area. She believes the optimal way to transform your life experiences into value for others is by coaching. These amazing kids look up to you and inspire you, and you get this inspiration not only with a bunch of kids you didn’t know, and grew to love and enjoy, but also with your own child! It's the greatest reward! Carly is employed with Verizon Wireless. She is also currently building her Health Therapy Business "SoLe FooD", where she practices Reflexology, Nutritional Therapy & Personal Yoga Instruction.