The Laurel Valley Academy of Dance meets the standards of Dance Masters of America, Inc., The Cecchetti Council of
Our entire staff is certified by test to teach
Our goal is to design classes that develop proper technique in each area of dance as well as provide students the opportunity to acquire an appreciation for the art of dance in an enjoyable atmosphere. The Laurel Valley Academy of Dance offers a variety of classes to fit the needs of pre-school children through adults as well as recreational through pre-professional dancers.
The Laurel Valley Academy of Dance is in its 10th year of operation and going strong.
We are proud to offer a wide range of classes including -Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Acro, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Tiny Tumble as well as Pre School and Pre Dance Combination Classes.
Our "schedule" and "course description" pages are available to give you an introduction into our class offerings.
We offer classes for all ages, sizes, and ability levels.
The Laurel Valley Academy of Dance strives to provide every dancer with a solid education in the art of dance.
We believe that every child should dance because...
Formal Classes in Classical Ballet will help your posture, body alignment and coordination.
Jazz dance is a lot of Fun! You are free to pour yourself into each and every movement.
It is very important to learn Acrobatics & Tumbling from qualified instructors who teach proper technique and spotting.
Tap is cool (again)! There are a lot of famous "Tap Guys" - from Gene Kelly to Savion Glover. Here you will learn to make some noise!
Hip Hop is HOT! It's not just a fad anymore - it is here to stay, so why not learn to do it right? Don't be the one standing in the corner, be the "it girl or guy" at your next school dance.
We truly offer "something for everyone"! Don't wait, call now for more information.
Miss Angela Guidos
|Miss Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts with emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising from Saint Vincent College. She also has concentrations in Theatre and Marketing. While at St. Vincent she played NAIA women's soccer for the Lady Bearcats, she was part of the first club sponsored dance team and sang in the Saint Vincent College Singers. During her college years Miss Angela began to develop a name for herself by teaching dance and participating in local community theatre. She not only performed in countless musical theatre productions across the county but many of the works were her own original choreography. She was sought out for her abilities in dance training and musical theatre expertise by Greensburg Central Catholic High School where she solely choreographed shows like Annie, Oliver, Fiddler on the Roof, Once Upon a Mattress, The Music Man, Brigadoon, Godspell, The Secret Garden and most recently Children of Eden. She has also done choreography for Greater Latrobe High School, Hempfield Area High School, Apple Hill Playhouse and the Ligonier Valley Players. Miss Angela was featured in shows performed at the Palace Theatre by Apple Hill Playhouse and Greensburg Civic Theatre and she also performed under the direction of Gene Seracini at Seton Hill University in The Grass Harp. While at Seton Hill University she studied acting, theatre arts, voice and articulation and stage movement with Iva and Gene Seracini, she also studied modern dance and choreography construction with Patty Maloney. Miss Angela has studied with Frank Hatchet, Savion Glover, Judy Rice, Bob Rizzo and Judy Ann Bassing among others during master classes and conventions. She currently studies bi-monthly with master Cecchetti teacher Kathi Halbert to advance her Cecchetti training and to remain at the top and cutting edge of the dance world. Miss Angela is a graduate of Dance Masters of America's Teachers Training School. Miss Angela is a member of Dance Masters of America and is certified by test to teach. She has examined in and is certified in Tap, Jazz and Ballet. She is also a proud member the Cecchetti Council of America, the Professional Dance Teachers Association, the USA Gymnastics Federation and has her USGF National Safety Certification. As a dancer Miss Angela won numerous national titles and high score awards in both the US and Canada. Some may recognize Miss Angela as the 1994 Miss Fourth of July Queen or from her time spent working for ShowBiz International as an entertainer at Idlewild Park, but she has been teaching professionally for the last 17 years and is the areas foremost dance educator. Her mission has always been for her students to 'learn TO dance NOT just A dance' and the success of her students speaks volumes.|
Miss Ashley Masters
|Miss Ashley has been teaching for the Laurel Valley Academy of Dance since 2005. As a dance student Miss Ashley studied all forms of classical dance. She is in the advanced level at Teachers Training School with Dance Masters of America. She has examined in tap, acrobatics and jazz and is certified by test to teach through Dance Masters of America. She is also a member of DMO chapter #16. As a dancer Miss Ashley won countless special and high score awards throughout the Pennsylvania and Ohio area. In 2004 Miss Ashley was selected to perform in the NBC televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC. She has taken classes at New York City's famous Broadway Dance Center and has had the opportunity to study with many master teachers in NYC and at various dance conventions and classes. Miss Ashley takes great pride in her ongoing quest for continuing dance education. When she's not at the studio, Miss Ashley works full-time at The Palace Printer in Greensburg and enjoys spending time with her husband Chris.|
Miss Casey Miskimmin
Miss Casey began studying the art of ballet at the age of 5 under the instruction of Ballet Master, Andrew Petach. Throughout the years she trained extensively in jazz, modern, acro, ballet, pointe, musical theatre, lyrical and contemporary. During her senior year at Hempfield High School she began pursuing a professional place in the dance world starting with her acceptance to Point Park University's Pre-Professional Dance Program. The completion of this program earned her college credits in the fields of ballet and jazz.
Miss Casey is a Slippery Rock University graduate where she majored in English Literature and minored in Dance. She performed for Slippery Rock Dance Theater during her time at SRU. In May 2007 she graduated Cum-Laude with her Bachelor of Arts degree. In May of 2009 she graduated Summa Cum-Laude from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her Master of Science in Education; specialization Secondary English.
Currently Miss Casey resides Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a substitute teacher and tutor in addition to teaching at Laurel Valley Academy of Dance.
The advice Casey would like to offer is for anyone who is currently enrolled in dance, or would like to experience the art for the first time, comes from her most memorable teacher at Slippery Rock, Mr. Thom Cobb (T.C.):
Nothing is unattainable, you just have to have the desire and motivation to reach your goals.
TAP - LVAD provides a comprehensive study of American tap dancing which emphasizes terminology as well as proper technique. Students will develop a sense of timing and learn exercises necessary to tap with clarity, speed and style.
JAZZ - Jazz is America's 'True Folk Dance'. All classes utilize age-appropriate movements and encompass a wide variety of styles including Luigi-based Broadway jazz, hip hop, theatre jazz, lyrical and contemporary. Previous and/or concurrent ballet study is strongly recommended.
BALLET - Ballet is the foundation for all western dance forms and is strongly recommended for all dancers at the academy. Ballet students develop proper body placement, alignment, flexibility, and technique. Strong ballet technique may be required for admission to advanced level classes in addition, ballet terminology and technique is used for most tap, jazz, acro, modern and lyrical classes.
POINTE - Training on pointe begins only after the student has established strong comprehensive basic technique. Only the director may permit a student to begin pointe training.
ACROBATICS - Acrobatics classes include floor exercise, tricks, and tumbling. Classes develop flexibility, strength and coordination helpful in all forms of dance.
LYRICAL - Lyrical is an expressive from of dance that incorporates elements of modern, ballet and jazz techniques. Lyrical dances are an expression of the music which creates free style movement and interpretation of a story. Concurrent ballet study is required.
PRESCHOOL - This class is divided into equal segments of ballet and tap. These classes are designed to teach counting, coordination, rhythm and creative movement as well as classical ballet and tap terminology and technique. All dancers must be completely potty-trained.
TINY TUMBLE - Tumbling for the preschooler teaches and improves gross motor movement, coordination, balance and agility. Focus on fundamental gymnastic and acrobatic skills to build strength and flexibility.
MODERN - Focus on practices that work balance, momentum and individual expression. Ballet study is strongly recommended.
HIP HOP - This high energy, athletic, popular dance style originated on the streets in the late 80's with break dancing. This is a great class for Beginners, Juniors and Teens. There are NO rules - just fun, funky moves to the latest hot tunes.
Laurel Valley Academy of Dance
START OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT!
Follow our studio policies to ensure your child's safety and progress!
Tuition is due by the 10th of each month. No exceptions.
A late fee of $10 will be charged if the monthly tuition is not paid by the 10th of each month. If your account becomes two months delinquent, your child will not be permitted to attend further classes until the account is brought current including all late fees. Cash payments will receive a receipt. All Checks must be made payable to Laurel Valley Academy of Dance or LVAD.
No refunds or credits will be given due to absenteeism and no refunds will be granted if a student leaves the studio in the middle of the month.
Regular Attendance is a must. Each student is important to the progress of the entire class. Students who finish the year with PERFECT ATTENDANCE will receive a TROPHY at the recital as part of the grande finale. In order to obtain PERFECT ATTENDANCE the student may not miss more than two days of dance class all year.
You will be notified by email if your class needs to be re-scheduled for any reason. (Ie: weather condition, illness, etc.) Please indicate on your dancer registration form a current and frequently checked email address. If an email address is not available please indicate a phone number where a message should be left. When in doubt about weather conditions an announcement will be placed on the studio answering machine by 3:00pm that day.
Because excess noise is a distraction to the students and the teacher, the dance room will be limited to students taking class. Parents are not permitted to watch a class in progress. Children not taking class will not be permitted in the dance room.
Your Children are a Reflection of You ~
Good Manners and Proper Etiquette are always expected.
Dance is the most beautiful of all the arts -
and dancers, the most beautiful of all the artists.
The Laurel Valley Academy of Dance wants to create beauty on the inside, too!
We want all our students to have an enjoyable and educational dance experience. We will treat you and your children with courtesy and respect. We expect our students to show the same attitude toward their teachers and fellow dancers. We request that your children observe the following simple rules:
* Pay Attention to your teacher - Don't talk with your friends during class! It disrupts the whole class and makes it difficult for the teacher to communicate with the students. Meet your friends before or after class for social fun.
* Food or drinks are permitted in the LOBBY ONLY. Be careful - spills ruin the floors and food attracts bugs. You may have snacks in the LOBBY, but please dispose of your trash properly. There are breaks for water during shoe changes. Leave water bottles in the LOBBY.
* Do not pull up on or hang from the Ballet Barres. They can be pulled from the wall or you can get stuck in them. Barres are for balance and support.
*Come prepared to dance - attire, grooming, attitude, ambition, energy!
Reasonable rules and standards are provided to promote self-discipline. Students should arrive at the school with sufficient time to change into dance shoes to begin class on time. Students who arrive 10 minutes after the scheduled class time are welcome to observe the class; however, they will not be permitted to participate unless there is an extenuating circumstance. If students need to leave before the end of the class, they should notify the teacher before class begins. Students may not leave the classroom without first receiving permission from the teacher. As employees of the Laurel Valley Academy of Dance, teachers have the responsibility to see that their class is under control, and they have the authority to dismiss any student who will not cooperate and is a disruption to the rest of the class.
We try to place students in the best, most challenging and appropriate class. Sometimes the teacher will determine that a student needs placement in a more advanced or less advanced class. This is not done without careful consideration. Class placement does not depend on the number of years the student has taken or the student's age. Remember you are paying us to teach your child to dance. You entrusted your children with us because we know what is best for them concerning their dance education. Children are our business. We are the experts, defining each dancer by their work ethic, potential, ability to comprehend quickly, natural bodylines and maturity in applying corrections. Each child should aspire to be in the next level!
Girls - BLACK leotard. NO SKIRTS. Pink or Suntan tights (stirrup, footed or convertible). NO BARE LEGS! Pink tights are mandatory for all ballet classes. Appropriate shoes per class. Warm-ups must be removed after warm-up section of the class is complete.
Boys - T-Shirts (tucked in) jazz pants, warm-up pants or shorts. NO JEANS and PANTLEGS MUST BE OFF FLOOR! Appropriate shoes per class.
Hair - All hair must be up off the back of your neck and slicked away from the face in either a pony tail or bun
Jewelry - NO JEWELRY is allowed for safety reasons. Necklaces can break, rings can fly off and earring backs fall. (Have you ever stepped on an earring post in your bare feet?)
DO NOT wear dance shoes outside. Wearing dance shoes outside ruins the sole and also tracks dirt, oil and gravel into the studio, causing damage to the customized dance floors.
Laurel Valley Academy of Dance
Premier PreSchool Program
- Leotards may NOT have tutus or skirts of any kind attached to them.
- Please DO NOT purchase tutus and/or skirts to wear over leotards. Dancers will NOT be permitted to wear them.