Andrea McGraw, Owner and Artistic Director, has studied dance since the age of three. Her award-winning talent was recognized early in her career when, at the age of nine, she received a Modern Excellence award. Her dance studies continued as she explored a diverse portfolio of styles including the graded Cechetti Method of ballet, as well as being amember of a highly successful competitive team. She has devoted more than thirty-five years to her craft as a professional instructor and choreographer. Included in her choreography credits are numerous prestigious Choreography Excellence Awards, Most Entertaining Choreography Awards, the coveted Odyssey Awards and multiple Odyssey nominations. Adding to her vast experience, Andrea studied with 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. Alumni of Andrea's School of Dance are prepared to dance at a collegiate level and ultimately as a professional dancer if they so desire. Since opening her dance school, Andrea has fostered a culture of acceptance for every student no matter their dance abilities. She continues to share her love of dance while pursuing a life-long passion of helping students believe in themselves and to reach their full potential. Her instruction and guidance in teamwork and dedication remains with her students for a lifetime.
Jocelyn Hrzic, Choreographer/Instructor, has been the Director of Dance at the Grier School for more than 20 years, which also includes the Grier Dance Summer Intensive Program. Jocelyn created the Grier Gala 15 years ago and enjoys presenting artists and companies such as Lars Lubovitch, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Koresh Dance Company, BareDance, Qui Danse, Giordano Company, Ate9, DanceWorks Chicago, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Rennie Harris PureMovement, and many more. She is also the founder of Motion Dance Competition and Convention. Jocelyn danced professionally with Maxine Sherman Company, Theatre West Virginia, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean. She was a dance major at Point Park University and on full scholarship at Steps on Broadway. Her choreography has been selected at Reverb, Jazz Dance World Congress, Dancing Under The Stars Festival, and Steps Lab. She also has taught at Point Park International Summer Intensive, National High School Dance Festival, Rock West School, In-Motion Bermuda, Millennium Dance Complex, The Koresh School, Whirlwind Summer Intensive, Slippery Rock University, Koresh Artist Showcase, Maries School (Monterrey, Mexico), DanceForce and Flash Dance (Mexico City). Mrs. Hrzic was also the Executive Director of August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble and Agent for Lehrer Dance.
Logan Reihart, Instructor, studied dance for sixteen years. She trained at Andrea's School of Dance for six years focusing on the study of Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, and Musical Theater. Throughout this time, she competed as a member of the MainStreet Dance Company and performed in duos, trios, and as a soloist. Her dance resume includes classes with faculty from Flow 40, Valery Lantratov, DIAVOLO Dance Company, and Colin Heininger as well as numerous workshops and conventions. Logan holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Penn State University along with a minor in dance. At Penn State she studied Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and Dance History with Elisha Clark Halpin, Donna Dunmire, A. Kikora Franklin, and Megan Moore. During her instruction at Andrea's School of Dance she choreographed for the MainStreet Dance Company, taught classes and summer camps, and acted as a teaching assistant to Jocelyn Hrzic, the Director of Dance at Grier School. With the MSDC competition team, her dances have received top scores, special judges awards, most entertaining performance awards, and choreography awards. Logan returned to Andrea's studio in 2015 to pass on her knowledge of performance anatomy and to continue sharing her passion for dance with the next generation.
Samantha Simmons, Choreographer/Instructor, has studied dance for nineteen years. Her resume includes a diverse repertoire of study in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Lyrical, Modern, Jazz and Hip-Hop. Throughout her student career she was a six-year member of the award-winning MainStreet Dance Company here at Andrea’s School of Dance. Throughout this time she performed as a soloist and gained teaching experience as an assistant teacher. Samantha thoroughly enjoys working with children of all ages which is most evident in the smiles of her students. She has developed a warm and welcoming class environment. She works with each student to develop strong dance technique with an emphasis on building confidence. Samantha grew up as a member of the 4-H children’s club, is a bible-school teacher at her church and has experience tutoring children at her local school district. Following high school graduation, Samantha furthered her education at Clarion University and graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Graphic Design.
Bailey Campbell has been studying dance for over 20 years and has been an instructor and choreographer for the past six. She is an alumnus of Andrea’s School of Dance, the MainStreet Dance Company, and Slippery Rock University where she minored in dance. At Slippery Rock, she studied under numerous instructors including Ursula Payne, Lindsay Viatori, and Teena Custer. She participated in Slippery Rock University Dance Theater, performing in Fall and Winter Concerts, as well as Senior Synthesis and 60x60 Concerts. As a lifelong student, Bailey evolves and develops her love of dance by taking classes at fireWALL Dance Theater in Pittsburgh. At competitions, her dances have received top scores and special judges awards. She returned to the studio as a guest instructor and choreographer in 2018 to share her passion, work ethic, and love of dance with each student she works with.
Colin Heininger, Guest Choreographer/Instructor is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher based in New York City. He is currently a dancer and the company coordinator for Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. Originally from Hollidaysburg, PA and an alum of Andrea's School of Dance, Colin graduated as an Honors Scholar with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he was named the Valedictorian of the School of Dance and received a full tuition scholarship. As a dancer he has performed works by Sharon Eyal, Ohad Naharin, johannes weiland, Robert Battle, Netta Yerushalmy, Andrea Miller, Helen Simoneau, Beth Gill, Sidra Bell, Norbert de la Cruz III, Adam Barruch, Yin Yue, Yoshito Sakuraba, Alice Klock, Jae Man Joo, and Igal Perry. In addition, Colin attended the Jacob's Pillow Contemporary program and Springboard Danse Montreal. Outside of the company, Colin choreographs and premieres his own work, teaches on faculty at the School of Peridance, and is a professional math tutor.
Erin Maceno, Guest Choreographer/Instructor, has been studying dance for more than eighteen years and has been sharing her passion for dance as an instructor for several years. Erin is an alumnus of Andrea's School of Dance and the MainStreet Dance Company. Upon graduating high school, Erin continued her education at Pennsylvania State University where she studied Agribusiness Management. Her dance experience includes study with instructors from Flow 40, Motion Dance Convention, as well as an extensive list of dance camps and conventions. Erin returned as an instructor so that she could share her love for the art of dance while fostering an interest in many forms of movement and individual artistic expression. Under her instruction she continues with the long-standing tradition at Andrea's School of Dance to inspire each student to be the best that they can be.
Courtney Pier, Guest Instructor, began her dance journey at Andrea’s School of Dance, where she danced for fourteen years, eight of which were in the award-winning MainStreet Dance Company. She graduated from Slippery Rock University with a BS in Recreational Therapy and minors in Dance Pedagogy and Psychology. At Slippery Rock, she had the pleasure of taking courses with Jennifer Keller, Melissa Teodoro, Jesse Factor, Lindsay Viatori, Ursula Payne, Christy Funsch, and Sara Caplan in topics including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Improvisation, Composition, Laban Movement Analysis, Creative Dance for Children, and Dance History. She also obtained her RYT-200 Yoga Teacher Registration under Linda Meacci during her time in college. She currently works at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center in Cleveland, OH as a recreation therapist working with veterans on a memory care unit to improve their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional well-being. Courtney returned as a guest instructor to encourage students to find their passion and emotion for dance no matter their ability.