DEBBIE ROGERS - School Director / Dance Company Founder - Dance Company & Recreational Instructor
Dance Company & Recreational Division
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.
SHARISSE ZENMON - Tiny Tot, Pre-School, Tap and Office Coordinator (bio to follow)
CARMELA YOUNG - Tiny Tot and Pre-School Level Classes (bio to follow)
KENNY SICKLES - Recreational and Dance Company Division Instructor
Kenny started dancing at 3 years old, and grew up in a dance family with his mother as his teacher. By age 5, he was winning overalls at competitions all over the area. At 9, he had the honor of being chosen to dance in the Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular, at the Grand Ole Opry, in Nashville, TN. Kenny continued to grow as a dancer, and to compete. He was awarded numerous platinum and overall awards; as well as the titles of Master and Mr dance of Pa, and runner up to Teen Mr Dance of America. Through those years, Kenny also was awarded many scholarships such as: WCDE, NYCDA, Sophisticated Productions national cash scholarship, Point Park Summer Intensive, Jump, DMP overall cash and Barth acrobatic scholarships to name a few. As a choreographer; he started out by winning awards for his hip hop dances around age 10. Kenny continued choreographing both groups and his own solos and won 4 regional and 3 national choreography awards as a teenager. Now, as a teacher, those talents continue, as he won the overall acro award at DEA regionals last year; and decided to become a member of the Pittsburgh chapter this past fall. Kenny teaches in the Pittsburgh area and continues to travel the country choreographing and teaching master classes. Most of all, he enjoys sharing his love of dance with his students through both teaching and being an adjudicator.
JULIA COXON-SALTSMAN- Dance Company Instructor, Choreographer & Recreational Division Instructor
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.
DINAH MASON - Ballet and injury prevention Instructor
Dinah Mason is a graduate of Point Park University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Dance. Her focus is in Vaganova (Russian) style ballet technique. During her time at Point Park she studied under Petrus Van Muyden, the primer danseur of the Paris Opera.
Dinah started dancing at the age of 2 and continually grew as a dancer and blossomed a love for the beautiful art form of ballet.
Dinah's performance experience is extensive, extending from the Florida Ballet to the Cleveland Ballet. She also has years of experience in theater as a dancer, singer, actress, and choreographer.
Dinah's teaching philosophy is built on encouragement and praise. Her overall goal is to infuse her love and passion for ballet into her students so they can benefit from proper technique in all dance forms.
Dinah recently began to offer Progressive Ballet Technique, which originated from Australia. This form of teaching focuses on core strength, muscle memory, turn out and many other technical elements they will need in a safe and dynamic way.