OUR GUEST FACULTY

Jamie Harvener

Jamie is a Lexington native and began his dance training at a private studio at the age of 10. He was later accepted into the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA) as a Contemporary Dance major. Throughout middle school and high school he was fortunate to compete for and win several regional titles (Jr, Teen, and Mr. Dance of Ohio) and was crowned “Grand National Champion” through the Dance Masters of America Organization. He was also accepted into the class of 2010 Governor’s School of the Arts program for the discipline od dance. 

Jamie continued his dance education through college by attending Western Kentucky University as a Dance Major. During his time there, he was accepted into several summer intensives with companies such as Joffrey Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Inside Chicago Dance, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. After graduating, he began choreographing and teaching in Orlando, FL. 

While in Florida he earned his certification through Dance Masters of America, and was also given the opportunity to become a judge
for Kids Artistic Review. After two years there, he moved back to his Old Kentucky Home where he has continued to grow as a choreographer and teacher. Jamie’s vision is to bring a new perspective on the importance of foundational technique training. 

Sometimes it takes hearing the same correction in a new way for the information to stick. I would also like to share the importance of continued learning, “It’s never too late to learn a new skill, or even re- learn an old one!” Proficient in many genres, Jamie finds joy in teaching all styles of dance. Jamie is excited about teaching at Arts in Action where he is able to share in his faith and love of dance.

Regina Pietraroia

Regina Pietraroia is the founder and director of Dance Arts by Regina located in North Royalton and Cleveland. She grew up in Northeast Ohio training in all styles of dance, and went on to focus on ballet at Butler University in Indianapolis. Regina later joined Ohio Dance Theatre, where she performed a variety of classical and contemporary ballets, including Cinderella Dracula, The Firebird, and The Nutcracker; among others.

She has been a guest artist with Neos Dance Theatre, City Ballet of Cleveland, North Pointe Ballet, Cleveland Dance Exchange, and Wayne Center for the Arts, dancing soloist and principal roles. She was a featured performer for the national 2019 Dance/USA Conference held in Cleveland, Ohio, and was recently selected to both perform and teach at the Ohio Dance Festival. Regina holds a Bachelor’s in Middle & Secondary Education from Butler University, as well as a Master’s in Arts Administration from The University of Akron. Her extensive teaching experience includes the Berkeley Ballet Theatre, The University of Akron, the American College Dance Festival conference, and guest teaching at many schools around the country. She loves to share the joy of dance with students and audience members.

Regina Pietraroia
Artistic Director, Dance Arts by Regina North Royalton: 10670 Royalton Road | N Royalton, OH 44133 | 440-230-9018 Cleveland/Tremont: 2431 W. 5th Street | Cleveland, OH 44113

Katie Wilber

Originally from Newport, Tennessee, Katie moved to Cleveland in January of 2014 to join Inlet Dance Theatre as an Apprentice. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre with a Dance focus and a minor in Interdisciplinary Writing and Speech from Middle Tennessee State University. While at MTSU, Katie worked with multiple guest artists, most notably Alberto del Saz, Stefanie Battan-Bland, T. Lang, and Patty Foster.

During her collegiate years, Katie traveled all over the country, cities in China, and London performing and studying dance. She spent her summers attending different intensive programs such as Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, Alambradodanza in Florence, Italy, and Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Summer Intensive in Florida.

Katie was a Company Member with Inlet for 6 years touring nationally (Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Massachusetts, Alabama, Philadelphia), and teaching educational residencies regionally. Through Inlet, she has been a lead instructor of dance education at the Newton D. Baker School of Arts and a lead instructor and choreographer of the Newton D. Baker Student Dance Ensemble for 3 years. Notably, Katie performed with Inlet at Jacob’s Pillow as part of the Inside/Out Series.

Most recently, Katie performed a leading role in the internationally renowned production of “What Do You Do With An Idea?” at the International Performing Arts for a Youth Conference in Philadelphia and the 2020 National Tour of the production before the COVID-19 shutdown. 4 years ago, Katie became the Social Media Coordinator authoring the monthly e-newsletter, “In the Current” and other social media platforms. She also serves as Costume Coordinator for the company.

Additionally, she is a subcommittee member of the Inlet PR/Marketing Committee. Katie was appointed to be the Company Dancer representative of the Capital Campaign’s Project Leadership Team 2 years ago (working toward the acquisition of a building as Inlet’s new home).

Katie retired from being an Inlet Company Member in 2020, but still serves the organization through her administrative roles. Outside of Inlet, Katie teaches various dance techniques at Ignite Dance Studio in Brunswick, OH. Honored to be able to show her love of Christ through the arts, Katie loves sharing her faith and spreading hope to her students and colleagues.

Katie would like to thank all those who have helped her along the way, and especially for the support from her husband, Sean, her family back home, and her house full of furry friends (Cybil, Hurley, Beerus, Desmo, Barry, and Norman)!

Brian Murphy

Brian has been a professional dancer since 1992 with acclaimed dance companies throughout the United States. He started his professional career with the Ohio Ballet and has been a member of Verb Ballets, GroundWorks Dancetheater, Cleveland San Jose Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Richmond Ballet, BalletMet, and New Orleans Delta Ensemble, among others.
 
Brian has served as a part-time faculty member at The University of Akron and tours as a master teacher. His training began at an early age with Miss Nan Klinger at Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet where he gained excellence in dance technique, industry knowledge, and the work ethic that has propelled him into major roles and travels around the world as a performer and choreographer.
 
As Artistic Director at Wayne Center for the Arts, Brian has increased student vocabulary and skill, grown the contemporary program, and launched performance partnerships.

Jerry Rose

Dancer, teacher and choreographer, Jerry Rose was named to the NARB list of outstanding Choreographers in 1983. He has appeard as a guest artist, lecturer, and artist-in0residence for numerous companies and universities throughout the country. 

Director of the Beckley Dance Theatre School, his students now appear in movies, T.V., and Broadway Musicals as well as 16 different dance companies including the famed New York City Ballet. Well known in the outdoor summer theatre circuit he has choreographed the dance sequences for the Hatfields and McCoys, Honey In The Rock, and Young Ade Lincoln; shows whose total attendance has exceeded the one million mark. 

Rose devotes much of his time to arts development in West Virginia. Having served as dance editor for the West Virginia Arts News, originator of the West Virginia Ballet Festival, and was named to the West Virginia Arts and Humanities Commission by Gov. John D. Rockefeller IV. A Dance Caravan faculty member of 12 years he appeared in the movie “Dirty Dancing” staring Patrick Swayze in 1986 and was invited by the Russian government in 1994 to participate in a cultural exchange with artists from the Moscow region.

He returned in 1995 to St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Surgut in Siberia. In addition to his duties in West Virginia he appears regularly in New York, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, and Chicago as Balletmaster and Choreographer for the “Stars of Tomorrow.”

Heather Rose Zickefoose

Heather Rose Zickefoose has been the Ballet Mistress of Dance Theatre School, in Beckley, WV, for the last 34 years.

She was a high school student at North Carolina School of the Arts, and danced with the Gainesville Ballet, while attending Brenau College on a ballet scholarship. Heather studied dance at Ohio State University, earned a BA in dance from West Virginia University, and studied the Vaganova Method under the tutelage of Jurgen Schneider. She was a ballet and pointe teacher at Cedar Lakes Fine Arts Dance Camp and WV Fine Arts Dance Camp for many years.

Michael Crawford

Michael Crawford is from Takoma Park, Maryland. He began dancing with prestigious schools, including the Maryland Youth Ballet and Kirov Academy, with summer intensives at The Rock School and San Francisco Ballet on full scholarships. In his senior year, he was accepted into the Kennedy Center’s Master Class Series, where he trained and performed with top international companies.

Mr. Crawford then moved on to the Washington Ballet where, in their top training program, he performed with the company under the direction of Septime Webre. Upon graduation, he went on to study and perform in the Professional Division of The Pacific Northwest Ballet under the direction of Kent Stowell and Francia Russell. After Pacific Northwest Ballet, he danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jose Mateo Ballet, Ballet Memphis, American Repertory Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, and Oakland Ballet. At these companies, he performed several ballets as a principal artist.

He has been privileged to work alongside top productions, such as “Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Show Boat, and other musical performances at The Kennedy Center, as well as touring many other international stages. He has also worked as a principal guesting with The Washington National Opera, Adam Miller Dance Project, Kinetic Dance Works, TranscenDance Group, Brooklyn Ballet, and Ballet Neo. 

While signed with New York Model Management, Mr. Crawford had the honor to internationally campaign. He has walked in several seasons of NYC Fashion Week. He also appeared in the feature film “Step Up” and can be seen on television in ABC’s production of “Forever.”

Michael is also an award-winning teacher and choreographer. He has been teaching and choreographing nationally and internationally for 10 years. He has coached many prize-winning students for competitions, such as Youth America Grand Prix, NYC Dance Alliance, and Showstoppers Dance Competition. He has taught at many studios including Broadway Dance Center, Metropolitan School of the Arts, Princeton Ballet, and many, many more.

Leah Copley Summers

Leah Copley Summers has taught ballet for the past 30 years. Leah studied with Dr. Mary Marcuzzi, along with many others as she attended pre-professional programs. 

Leah graduated Cum Laud with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education at Marshall University in 1991. After receiving her degree, Leah began her career as a ballet teacher, choreographer, and artistic director, with the River Cities Dance Company. 

She served as director for thirteen years working with both Marshall University and Shawnee State University to provide arts to the area community. Leah also worked as adjunct faculty at Marshall University and served on the faculty of the WV Governor’s School for the Arts during her time in the Tri-state area. 

After moving to Cary, North Carolina Leah continued her career with the Cary Ballet Conservatory for 8 years where she worked as full-time faculty creating original story ballets and concert pieces. Moving to Lexington, KY Leah worked with the Bluegrass Youth Ballet and later became the founding director of the LDF Ballet Academy.

Leah’s greatest achievement has been the success of her students. Leah’s students have gone on to study at prestigious arts school and continued on to careers as professional dancers, teachers and choreographers. 

Lisa

Lisa began dancing at the age of 4 under the tutelage of Jerry Rose at Beckley Dance Theatre. Through the years, she rose up in the ranks of the school and performed roles such as Clara and Snow Queen in the Nutcracker. She received modern and ballet scholarships from the WV Dance Festival from instructors such as Katrina Killian and Shane O’Hara, and was also the first recipient of the Friends of WV Division of Culture and History scholarship. Lisa spent her summers at Richmond Ballet and earned a spot at the WV Governor’s School of the Arts.

Lisa has been an instructor, choreographer, and resident artist for Beckley Dance Theatre since 2003. The summer of 2005 she toured with Hoctor’s Dance Caravan as a coordinator and performer. She lives in Beckley with her husband and 4 children and is very excited to be coming back to Arts in Action.

Robert Royce

Mr. Royce began his ballet training at Greensboro Ballet in Greensboro, NC at the age of ten. He continued to study at the North Carolina School of the Arts under numerous teachers including Gyula Pandi, Mellissa Hayden and Duncan Noble. During the summers away from NCSA, Mr. Royce attended summer intensives at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet and School of American Ballet. At the age of sixteen Robert moved to New York to study under Richard Rapp and Stanley Williams at School of American Ballet.

Mr. Royce danced professionally for Cincinnati Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Ballet Theater of Maryland and the newly formed BalletFleming. During his career Robert has performed principal and soloist roles in Nutcracker, Serenade, Dracula, Spring Waters Pas de Deux, Tommy, along with many others.

Mr. Royce has served as Ballet Master and a staff teacher for Alabama Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, BalletFleming and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. Robert has been training and coaching professional and student dancers for the past 20 years and has worked on many classical ballets including Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet and Graduation Ball. He has students who are currently dancing for a number of professional companies across the country . As a choreographer, Robert has received the 2001 Viewer’s Choice Award in the Scotsman for his Cinderella at the Edinburg Fringe Festival and a four-star review for The Little Mermaid in 2011, both with Burklyn Ballet Theater. 

Mr. Royce has many ballets that he has created for numerous companies. These ballets include Carmina Burana, Dracula and Marriage of Figaro, to mention a few. 

Ella Blackwell

My name is Ella Blackwell and I am a current West Virginia University Dance Major as well as a member of the WVU Hip Hop Dance Team.

I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to perform in the 2019 Ascendance Showcase in Pittsburgh and danced in the opening act of a Kevin Gates Concert in Morgantown, WV.

Currently, I work as an instructor at two local competition studios in Morgantown. My favorite thing in the world is getting to share creative movement in a class environment where we can all learn from each other.