DEBBIE ROGERS - School Director / Dance Company Founder - Dance Company & Recreational Instructor
Mrs. Rogers has been teaching dance since the young age of 15 when she was asked to take on her first local choreography job for the Broadway hit musical "Cabaret." From there her interest and involvement grew with local theater as she danced in and choreographed many shows throughout the area such as "Guys & Doll's,", "The King and I,", "The Pajama Game,", "South Pacific," Damn Yankees," and "Gypsy" just to name a few. Her training began with a local studio with Tom O'Steen. As her love of dance grew she spent every day and every weekend training. She was the first student in the Penn Hills School District at the time to receive special permission for early release to attend Point Park's Dance Program where she spent 4 years, 5-6 days a week in the pre-professional program earning college credit. This was an exciting time for Mrs. Rogers as well as for Pittsburgh as the newly formed Pittsburgh Ballet Theater was just created under the direction of Nicolas Petrov in which Mrs. Rogers was honored to be a part of. In addition to a busy dance schedule, Mrs. Rogers managed to fit in Musical Theater classes, acting classes, voice lessons and still perform in events in Western PA. Her summers were spent living and training in New York City under the direction of some of the worlds notable dance / theater all time greats! After attending Point Park University majoring in dance, her love of teaching was greater than her need to perform, thus Rogers School of Dance opened
JULIA COXON-SALTSMAN Dance Company Chief Choreographer & Dance Company Director
Julia is a well-versed, esteemed dance professional and choreographer. Beginning her dance career at the early age of 3, she began studying all genres of dance, and became a very successful competitive dancer, winning many local and National overall high score and title awards. As a part of the PBT professional company, Julia performed in various roles in George Balanchines “The Nutcracker”. Many of her summers as a pre-teen and early teenager were spent training at pre-pro ballet schools & Point Park University, where she was awarded talent scholarships. At the age of only 16, Julia launched her professional career at Busch Gardens Virginia, performing in “American Jukebox”. One year later, Julia signed with the BLOC Talent Agency and was cast in many music videos, industrials, performed with B.J. Crosby, the Dupres, Celebrity Tournament, Ballet of the Arts, and danced alongside hip hop artists including P. Diddy and Lil Kim. While living in New York City, Julia continued her dance training at Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway, appearing in choreography reels, training videos with Jazz Icon Frank Hatchet and Debbie Wilson, in addition to many outside performances. Prior to moving back to home town of Pittsburgh, PA, Julia went on tour with Nick Cannon.
After returning from tour, Julia modeled for Cricket Mobile, Choreographed for and Danced in Special Events hosted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, appeared in several movies and performed in various industrials events with Mosser casting. She has taught and choreographed at many dance studios as well as at Point Park University. Julia’s unique style and singular choreography concepts has enabled her students to win many special entertainment, choreography and performance awards as well as regional and national overall victories. Julia is a judge for many competitions both on a regional and national level. In addition to judging, she is also a national choreographer. While having a full bio of accomplishments herself, her proudest achievements include the thousands of dollars in talent scholarships that her students have received over the years, her students professional performance accomplishments and being able to instill the love of dance to all those whom she teaches.
In addition to our regular staff, Dancers Edge by Rogers offers in house master classes with guest instructors for a more private and intimate class for our dancers.
Brendon Glover -Dance Company & Recreational Dance Instructor: Brendan Glover has spent 28 years in the world of dance. He was trained at the Rosalene Kenneth Profession school of dance and at the age of 19 began performing and teaching professionally. He has studied all forms of dance and booked his first tour, "Vavoom" under the creative direction of Rachelle Rak. Since then, has worked with numerous modern, post modern and ballet companies including MillerDance, Murrdance and the Oil Region Ballet company. He also has had opportunities choreographing for music videos and competions. His broad areas of teaching include, ballet, tap, jazz, acro, gym and hip hop. He is very excited to be a part of a new and wonderful season with Dancers Edge by Rogers.
ALEXIS BOMER - Company Instructor & Recreational Dance Instructor
Alexis Bomer is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor currently residing in the Pittsburgh area. She is trained in many dance styles including ballet/pointe, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip-hop, musical theatre, modern, burlesque, and acrobatics. Alexis grew up in the competition circuit studying at Impact Dance Center and Millennium Dance Complex Pittsburgh where she received the best training in Pittsburgh from a diverse and highly qualified staff. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, Alexis also studied at the Joffrey Ballet School for both the ballet and jazz/contemporary summer intensives on elite scholarship. She started working professionally at age 15 with Mid-Atlantic Contemporary Ballet company under the direction of Gerard Holt, was a member of Millennium Dance Complex’s company program, and is currently a member of Firewall Dance Theatre as well as a freelance dancer/choreographer. Alexis has had the privilege of dancing under many choreographers in various performances including “Stroking it’s Ego,” “Eff.Ul.Gents.,” “The Millennium Experience,” “One,” LA Choreographers’ Carnival, and “World of Dance” to name a few. Her choreography has been featured in Texture Ballet’s “WIP: Choreography Showcase,” Rae Production’s “Ascendance,” The Andy Warhol Museum’s “Sound Series,” won Intrigue Dance Intensive’s young choreographers competition, and is a sought-out choreographer for dancers and studios in the Pittsburgh area. Along with dancing and choreography, Alexis has also found a passion for teaching all ages, levels, and styles. She has taught at many competition studios and currently teaches at Millennium Dance Complex Pittsburgh as a part of the MDC Kids program and as a weekly drop-in class instructor. Alexis hopes to continue growing as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She’s happy to now be a part of the Rodger’s family and can’t wait to help the students grow!