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Missy Goelz graduated from Point Park University with a degree in Elementary Education and Minor in dance. As a dancer, she has won regional and national titles and high scores, and she was honored to perform at Gus Giordano's Jazz Dance World Congress. She has been teaching children ages 2-18 for over 20 years. As a teacher, she has received numerous choreography awards. Her students have won high scores and titles at regional and national levels. Many of her students have moved on to have successful careers in dance including dancing for Gus Giordano, Thodos Dance Chicago, C5, cruise ships, and college dance teams.
Regina holds a BS in Computer Science with a Minor in Dance Studies from Allegheny College as well as an MS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Regina grew up as a competitive dancer training in jazz, acro, tumbling, ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip hop and tap styles and completing an internship at Pittsburgh's Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) high school. She then went on to minor in dance in college, where her studies deepened her knowledge in the styles with which she was familiar but also her introduced her to additional styles, including contemporary and modern and even social and ballroom dance. Her focus became contemporary and modern dance, and she trained extensively in the Hawkins technique. She also studied the art of improvisation and the creative process in depth. Also while at Allegheny, Regina directed the Allegheny Repertory Dance Company as well as the Orchesis Dance Company where she was also a choreographer. Regina continued to train and compete through adulthood and is a Dance Worlds finalist.
Regina has been teaching dance for over 25 years and has worked with ages 18 months through adult. She has choreographed for recreational and competitive studio dance as well as allstar dance teams. Her students and choreography have won numerous awards. Her dance philosophy is the expression of feelings and emotion (life!) through creative movement while stressing and without sacrificing a strong technique base. Regina is a firm believer in continuing education, and she continues to attend instructional classes as well as dance educator conventions and classes. She believes it is important to stay current and to remain knowledgeable with the latest teaching and training techniques.
Heather Goelz-Carpenter is a native of Pittsburgh, were she resides in the South Hills with her two children. Heather is a 97’ alum of the dance program at Point Park and MBA SAEM at Point Park. As her performance career ended she came back to teach adjunct jazz for Point Park. Currently she teaches all the tap dance courses at the university. Performance credits include Civic Light Opera, American Music Theater, Celebrity Cruises, and performances as a Radio City Rockette in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular in NYC and on tour.
She co-owned a long time family business, Carpelz Center for the Arts, LLC, where she taught and mentored young dancers alongside her mother. Heather teaches master classes all over the country. Notable past credits include Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America, American Dance Awards, StarQuest International, North American Dance Championships, Point Park International Summer Dance, and assistant to Andy Blankenbuehler at Broadway Dance Center. Heather was also among the first to teach The Rockette Experience at Radio City Music Hall and on tour with The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She is certified to to teach ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics by Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America. Heather served on the board of directors for Dance Masters of PA, chapter 10. Heather also served on the faculty of the National High School Dance Festival hosted by Point Park University.
Heather is active on the dance competition and convention circuit and is qualified to adjudicate through the United States Sports Federation. She adjudicates for Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America, American Dance Awards (USA and Canada), and North American Dance Championships. Heather also served as tap and jazz adjudicator for International Dance Organization, USA qualifying rounds.
Heather attended a seminar for the International Dance Organization (IDO). There successfully tested in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern to be licensed to adjudicate internationally for IDO.
Heather choreographs all over the tri-state area. She created numerous works on her former youth company “Visionz In Motion”, which performed at Art All Night and Beauty & Bravery a charity fashion show event. Past credits include Coleman/Fleetwood Dealer conference, Fiddlesticks with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Celebrate the Seasons parade in Pittsburgh, Kennywood’s Holiday Lights Event, and assistant to Andy Blankenbuehler Bells Are Ringing at Civic Light Opera. Heather received many awards from major dance organizations including “The Diamond Award” for outstanding choreography for her jazz work Black Coffee. Her tap work, “Sing & Swing” was featured in Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Connections show.
Most recently, Heather was on faculty for both Dance Educators of America & American Dance Awards national summer events where she taught jazz, tap, contemporary, & musical theater classes & also judged. She also teaches tap at Carnegie Mellon University for their Pre-College Summer Program.
Her newest endeavor is an exclusive tap dance club & youth company, “Generation Sole Pittsburgh”.
Brooke began her dance training at the age of 2, studying many genres including tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, etc. She began her competitive dance career at the age of 4, collecting top scores regionally and nationally along the way. Brooke has received the highest scoring "Break the Ice" award, along with the highest 13 and over score at the Fire & Ice National Dance Competition. She has worked with many well known choreographers such as Billy Larson, Emily Shock, David Mann, Hannah Wintrode, and Braham Logan Crane. Brooke has worked aside teachers as an assistant for 5 years before leading her own classes. Brooke is currently continuing her education majoring in Speech Pathology and Audiology.
Taylor Robinson is a native of Pittsburgh and grew up dancing in the suburbs of our great steel city. He went on to graduate from Point Park University with a BFA in Jazz dance. He appeared in many performances choreographed by the Point Park staff including Kiesha Lalama's 'The Bench' and original works by Ron Tassone, Garfield Lemonius, and Nicholas Petrov. Taylor was also fortunate enough to be cast by guest choreographers during his education in pieces such as 'Journey' by Randy Duncan, 'Enemy Behind the Gates' by Christopher Huggins, and 'Rush Hour' by Robert Battle to name a few. Some of his professional credits include work with local company Texture Contemporary Ballet and a performance of 'In the Heights' with Carnivale Theatrics. He was a Mainstage Performer aboard The Disney Dream Cruise Ship and performed various roles on the Walt Disney Theater stage. You may have also spotted him in an episode of Lifetime's 'Dance Moms' and new series 'The Outsiders'. Taylor is currently enjoying the thrills of instruction and choreography at several studios and performing arts charter schools. He considers his greatest achievement to be instilling the love of dance and theater in children and young adults as well as guiding them on a journey towards a professional performing career.
Shannon has been teaching gymnastics, dance, and cheerleading for 22 years. She holds a BA in Psychology and
Minor in Dance from Slippery Rock University and is USASF certified to teach level 1-5 tumbling. Shannon danced competitively from age 7-18 and then went on to be a member of Slippery Rock's nationally ranked cheerleading team, where she was Captain for 2 years. While growing up and during her college time, Shannon was a member of the semi-professional singing and dance group JAM KIDS, performed on the Gateway Clipper opening for the Vogues and much more, performed in the Pro-bowl halftime show in 1998, taught the Pro-bowl halftime routine in 2002, won UCA Partner stunt National college championship for Slippery Rock University in 2003 (aired on ESPN), and won COA partner stunt National title in 2003. And as an adult, Shannon even competed at The Cheerleading Worlds in 2009 and 2011!
Jalyn has been involved in the competitive dance world for 23 years; dancing, teaching, and choreographing in all styles of dance including jazz, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, and hip hop. She participated in both dance team and studio competition team in high school. Then, she went on to become the captain of the University of Louisville dance team, claiming 3 national dance titles! After she graduated, she moved to Los Angeles where she took classes from top choreographers, auditioning, and teaching. She currently is the assistant coach for Peters Township Dance Team, a Hip Hop Coach for Pittsburgh Pride All Stars, and she choreographs for different teams/studios across the country.