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.
Vanessa - BALLET MISTRESS
Vanessa Haidar’s professional ballet career began with the Cuban National Ballet as a Company Member under the direction of Alicia Alonso (September 2003 to January 2013). Cuban National Ballet is renowned for superior strength, passion and innovation the world over. Ms. Haidar toured with the company internationally through Spain, England, Greece, France, Canada, Mexico, Egypt, Costa Rica, Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, Martinique, Guyana, Guatemala and finally the United States where she decided to settle with her husband and son. Ms. Haidar’s performances included performances of all the Classic Traditional Repertoire from Swan Lake to Paquita. She also had the opportunity to work with internationally celebrated contemporary choreographers and has performed some of the world’s most glorious new works.
While still dancing professionally in Cuba, Ms. Haidar began giving private instruction to younger dancers hoping to be accepted into the prestigious National Ballet School or National Ballet of Cuba. Ms. Haidar’s excellent abilities for instruction was immediately evident in the quality of her students and when coming to the US in 2013 she was immediately hired to teach in the Russian Academy of Ballet in Orlando, teaching ballet technique, pointe, and stretch. She then took a 2 month break from teaching to guest in San Antonio Texas where she performed with Ballet Latino de San Antonio, working with the extraordinary choreographer Jimmy Gamonet ( may 2014-july 2014).
Since then, Ms. Haidar has been in great demand as a Ballet Teacher and Private Coach throughout Florida.
-National Ballet School, Havana, Cuba(2000-2003): Graduated with a degree equivalent in Professional Ballet Performance and Instructor (2003)
-Elementary Ballet School in Havana, Cuba. (1994-2000)
Megan has been trained in all styles of dance. Her studies included ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, and musical theater dance. While a dance student growing up she was an award winning dance competitor. She attended Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, North Pittsburgh Dance Alliance, The Ambridge Performing Arts Academy, and most recently Seton Hill University, where she is a member of the Griffin Dance Team and president of the Dance Club. Megan is currently majoring in dance performance, choreography, and pedagogy at Seton Hill. Megan has performed in the Disney Christmas Parade, Jazz Pop at Lincoln Park, The Nutcracker and with Exhalations Dance Company. Megan teaches all styles and levels of dance with tap at the top of her list. Her tap skills range from musical theater to rhythm to the style of tap as seen in tap dogs.
Nicole is originally from Warren, New Jersey where she received her dance training in multiple disciplines including jazz, ballet, tap, modern, contemporary, and pointe. She is graduate of Elon University, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography as well as a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Dance Science. She has been a member of the Elon Dance Company for the last four years in addition to completing undergraduate research in the field of dance science. She has performed professionally with TERRANOVA Dance Theatre and in the NC Triad Choreography Showcase. She is joining Bodiography Contemporary Ballet as an apprentice for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. She is excited and looking forward to sharing her passion of dance with the students of DEBR.
David - MASTER BALLET INSTRUCTOR
Mr. Martinez-Coro performed with the Cuban National Ballet under the world renowned Artistic Direction of Alicia Alonso where he not only performed a full Classical Repertoire but also performed as a Principle in Laura Alonso’s personal Company. His vast repertoire includes Giselle, Don Quixote and Theme and Variations to name a few. Mr. Coro has also performed many contemporary works from national and international choreographers. While with The Cuban National Ballet, Mr. Coro toured internationally through Spain, Italy, Canada, China and finally the United States where he and his wife and son are now happy to call home. Since moving to United States, Mr. Coro has danced as a Principle guest artist with companies throughout the country and performed the Corsario pas de deux as a guest partner for the American Dance Competition. Mr. Coro performed as a soloist with the Professional CompanyBallet Latino de San Antonion under the Direction of Mayra Worthen where he put the innovative, powerful, percise ballet training of the Cuban National Ballet to the test performing contemporary works of several emerging great Choreographers including Jimmy Gamonet. He has also been giving ballet technique and partnering instruction in many of the studios and companies where he was performing.
-National Ballet School in Havana, Cuba (2001-2006): Graduated as a Professional Ballet Dancer and Teacher. -Elementary Ballet School in Matanzas, Cuba. (1997-2001)
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. 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.
VOCAL LESSONS -&-PIANO LESSONS
Kathy Crocker a life time Pittsburgh resident has trained at the Cleveland Institute of music, opera and vocal pedagogy which is specific teaching of the voice. Music education from Clarion University as well as a masters of science in communications. She has toured and sung throughout the United States and many countries. She has been teaching close to 30 years. In those 30 years she has spent teaching dancers to sing which she can proudly say more than a handful are now performing on Broadway, national tours and current students now releasing albums. She teaches all styles of music from hip hop to Broadway to opera. She also has a minor in piano at Conservatory. She will properly prepare her students for auditions, be it high school musicals, professional auditions, or college auditions for musical theater.