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.