Meet our instructors:

Andrea McGraw, Owner and Artistic Director, has studied dance since the age of three and has performed in many ballets including: The Nutcracker and Coppelia. Andrea was the recipient of a Modern Excellence award at the age of nine. She studied the graded Cechetti Method of ballet as well as being a member of many overall high score competition teams winning first place overall three years in a row. Andrea has dedicated her life to the art of dance. She has more than twenty-five years experience as a professional instructor and choreographer. Included in her choreography credits are multiple prestigious Choreography Excellence awards, Most Entertaining Choreography Awards, coveted Odyssey awards and multiple Odyssey Award nominations. Andrea has been the choreographer for numerous, sold out, musical productions with the Bellwood-Antis Music Department including West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Bye Bye Birdie, Once Upon a Mattress, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Annie and Hello Dolly. Andrea has studied ballet under the internationally acclaimed Finis Jhung at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City, and also under world-renowned dance artist, Marcia Dale Weary of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Andrea also studied Active Isolated Strength Training and Flexibility with Michele Asaf of the Broadway Dance Center. Since 1995 members of the MainStreet Dance Company have won numerous titles for Top Senior Soloist, Top Senior Super Soloist, Top Production, Most Entertaining Production, Top Senior Large Groups, and Studio Sportsmanship Awards. Dancers at her studio have been awarded scholarships to study under many prestigious instructors including free classes at Broadway Dancer Center in New York City. Andrea’s School of Dance currently has alumni attending the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre year round, pre-professional school, while another was awarded a full scholarship to the dance program at University of Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

Brittany Umstead, Associate Artistic Director, trained at Andrea's School of Dance starting at the age of three. She was a loyal student for over fifteen years and studied classes such as Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Musical Theater and Hip-Hop. She competed at various competitions as a member of the MainStreet Dance Company. She has also studied with dancers from Flow 40 and acted as a Teacher's Assistant to Jocelyn Hrzic the Founder and Artistic Director of Fluidity Dance Company and the Director of Dance at Grier School, as well as an extensive list of other dance camps and competitions. She attended Bellwood-Antis High School and graduated in 2007. She attended Penn State University, where she studied Biology and Dance. She has continued to broaden her knowledge through numerous performances, competitions, and workshop opportunities which have paved the way for her teaching career. She has been teaching at Andrea's for the past 4 years and has a total of 21 years dance experience. Brittany is also the founder and director of MainStreet Dance & Fitness, which was established in 2010, and is constructed of four fitness professionals that travel across Central PA instructing various fitness classes. She specializes in teaching dance technique to all different ages and levels. Brittany returned to teach at Andrea's with hopes of implementing and developing artistic vision for others.

"The benefits of dance are endless. As an adult, I now realize the significant impact that my dance training had on my personal character and development. Dance not only teaches technical skills, but also instills self-confidence, discipline and grace. I returned to the studio to become a member of the teaching staff so that I too could be a part of the professionalism and tradition of Andrea's School of Dance."

Samantha Reynolds, Instructor, has studied dance for 16 years. Her studies include Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Lyrical, Modern, Jazz and Hip-Hop. During six of those years she was a member of Main Street Dance Company here at Andrea's School of Dance where she performed as a soloist and gained teaching experience as an assistant teacher. Samantha has many years of experience working with children of all ages. She grew up as a member of the 4-H children's club of which she is now a leader, she is a bible school teacher at her church and has experience tutoring children at her local school district. Since graduating from high school Samantha furthered her education at Clarion University and graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Graphic Design. Samantha recently completed a teacher training program with Joan Van Dyke, director or Forest Dancing and Van Dyke and Company Dance.

Andrea's School of Dance, its directors and instructors believe that year-round study is important to a young dancer. Good technique does not take the summer off!

Many of our students recently participated in our four week summer dance series studying with prestigious instructors including Valery Lantratov, Grant Chenok and EJ Ferencak. Workshops and Conventions provide the students with the opportunity to keep up with the latest dance trends and improve their technique while studying with master teachers and top choreographers. It also affords students the opportunity to make many new friends and learn new styles of dance.

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