Dana Borelli Pecarchik & Pamela Borelli Barsotti
As owners and artistic directors of Borelli's Dance Gallery, we are pleased to introduce you to our studio and our teaching staff.
We started by dancing in the competitive scene, and formed our own local dance group, with whom we performed at public and private events, including parades, parties, entertainment sites and local community events. In high school, we each were captain of Seton-La-Salle's dance squad, the Rebelettes. We began teaching over thirty years ago, both by our local dance studio and by giving private dance lessons out of our household garage. Our professional credits include a Bachelors of the Arts in Dance from Point Park College, and a B.A. in Business Accounting from Duquesne University. We have danced professionally in Pittsburgh as well as New York City, and even traveled as far as Germany for the arts. From there, we opened our first school in Mount Lebanon in 1991. Due to large success and need for expansion, we re-located to our current facility in Bethel Park. In truth, dance has been both our lives for as long as we can remember. We are so grateful by how far we have come, and we are even more grateful to be sharing our passion for dance with students all over the greater Pittsburgh area that are interested in dance.
Each of us have been dancing for over forty years and in business for 31 years. We bring a great deal of proficiency and technical skills to the classroom. We believe this separates us from many of the schools in Pittsburgh. Our school offers a full compliment of classes needed to immerse students in all forms of dance. Between our teaching skills at all levels and personal connections to the most proficient teachers in all disciplines of dance, we offer the best opportunities for all levels and all classes. After 31 years of business, this view and that commitment has never wavered. We remain committed and have delivered with absolute certainty on this promise to every student who has walked through our doors. The new school year looks to bring exciting changes and another year of doing what we love most - teaching and watching students perform at their highest level.
We pride ourselves in having a large, qualified and friendly staff. We strive for our students to learn to widest array of dance genres and backgrounds for the BEST dance education possible! For each member of our professional staff, dance is a part of who we are. The love of dance is instilled in us and we hope that we can awaken some of that in your child. We invite you to come join our dance family - because at Borelli's Dance Gallery, we believe that great beginnings truly last a lifetime. We are so excited to announce our 2017-2018 BDG staff.
Taylor began her dance training at age 2 at Borelli's Dance Gallery. She studied and trained in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics, hip hop, musical theater, contemporary and lyrical under the instruction of Dana Borelli Pecarchik and Pamela Borelli Barsotti. She competed for over 18 years with our competitive Company, with whom Taylor has won numerous regional and national top scores. Taylor has worked closely with many well known teachers such as Emily Shock, Billy Larson, Braham Logan Crane, Anthony Morigerato, Mitchel Federan and David Mann. She has performed for celebrities such as FRZY, Buddy Valastro, Jay Z, and Wiz Khalifa and taken numerous master classes with artists including Emma Portner, Mikey Alley, Allen Cooper and Hannah Wintrode. Taylor has also attended many dance workshops and conventions where she has received Senior Scholarships, and has traveled all over the country to dance. Since competing at the age of three, she has won many top scores, regionally and nationally. She has also won many titles including Miss Fire & Ice, Miss Superstar, and Miss Beyond the Stars for several years. In high school, Taylor was a member of the Mt. Lebanon Dance Company. For four years, Taylor danced on Heinz Field and at the Peterson Events Center with the University of Pittsburgh Dance Team. She has also traveled with the Dance Team to New York City and Daytona Beach to compete dance at National Dance Alliance. For three years, Taylor danced in the annual Pittsburgh Steelers's Rock Steelers Style Fashion Show. During the summer of 2019, Taylor made an appearance on Good Morning America and also performed her choreography for 12,000 people at the New Kids On The Block concert at PPG Paints Arena. Taylor graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Exercise Science and is pursuing her master's at Pitt in Physician Assistant Studies. Taylor is also a cheer instructor for ELITE Cheerleading Inc., where she choreographs routines and teaches cheer camps to grade school students all over the country. She has judged several middle school, high school and college dance and cheer tryouts in the area. Taylor began to teach dance at her family's studio, Borelli's Dance Gallery, at age 15 and continues to teach students of all ages. She teaches both non-competitive and company classes as well as manages and acts as a co-owner to the studio. Taylor's dedication, passion, and love of dance has contributed to her success and has inspired many dancers. Taylor is a true asset to our teaching staff.
Shayla Pringle is a 2012 graduate of Lincoln Park Performing Arts, where she was a dance major during her four years of high school. Shayla began her dance training at age 3 at her mother’s studio, she studied and trained in ballet, tap, jazz, acrobat, pointe, hip hop, contemporary and lyrical under the instruction of Regina Pringle, Sean Burke, Matt Saffron and Ed Phelan. Shayla also has taken master classes from many well known master teachers such as the late Gus Giordano, Debbi Dee, Mia Micheals, Tokyo, Travis Wall are just to name a few. At age 5, Shayla began classes at workshops and conventions where she has won many scholarships throughout the years. In 2012, she won the Senior Elite Dancer at West Coast Dance Explosion. Shayla began competing at regional and national dance competitions also at age 5 and has won many top scores and titles. She also won the 2012 titles of National Miss Dance USA, Miss Hype, Miss StarQuest and Miss Revolution. She has performed in Point Park University’s Three10Moment Show. Shayla was chosen to train and perform with the Versatile Dance Company under the direction of Mitchel Federan. In 2013, Shayla had the opportunity to perform as a dancer with artist Richard Walters in his three concerts in Cleveland and Philadelphia. She has been assisting Intrigue Dance Intensive since the age of 15. Shayla will be traveling with Intrique Dance Intensive as a faculty member on 2015-2016 Tour. She will also be teaching classes and doing choreography for studios throughout the states. Shayla is one of the main teachers/choreographer at her mother’s studio Reach For The Stars Dance Studio. During the past 2 years at RFTS competitions, Shayla won 35 choreography awards. Shayla is part of the Millennium Dance Complex Pittsburgh’s faculty where she teaches Contemporary, Jazz Funk, and Movement Fusion classes weekly. In February 2016, Shayla had the opportunity to choreograph two pieces in Millennium Dance Complex Pittsburgh choreographers Showcase “Ascendance.” This past summer, she performed in L.A.’s Choreographers Carnival Show and Millennium L.A. “The Experience” Showcase. She has also competed in World of Dance Chicago and World of Dance Finals in L.A. Shayla has recently choreographed and performed in the Harlem Globetrotters Half Time Show at Consol Energy Center two years in a row. Shayla’s love, passion and talent for the art of dance is truly inspiring for all dancers.
Rachel Kozlowski began dancing at the age of 3. She has been a competitive dancer for over 15 years, winning for regional and national titles. She was a member of the Borelli's Dance Gallery competitive team following her time as a cruise ship entertainment dancer. Rachel now has two beautiful daughters, Paisley and McKinley, who dance at the studio. Rachel can be seen working in the office, and she also teaches both recreational and company classes. We are very lucky to have her.
Madison is a former BDG student, who was a member of BDG's Competition Team for over 15 years. She pursued her dance education under the direction of Dana Borelli Pecarchik and Pamela Borelli Barsotti. She has worked with choreographers such as Emily Shock, Sean Burke, David Mann, and Ed Phelan. During her time on the team, she won numerous regional and national awards over the years. Maddie graduated Bethel Park High School, where she was a Bethel Park cheerleader for both game day and competition. Maddie then went on to go to Slippery Rock University, where she continued her cheer education as a member of their team. Maddie is now a student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There, Maddie is studying Business. In addition, Maddie is member of Duquesne University Cheer Team. Throughout the week, Maddie likes to come back to Borelli's Dance Gallery where she does a little bit of everything! She teaches competitive and non competitive classes at BDG with students a various ages. Maddie is also known to run BDG's summer camps- including Princess Camp, Superhero Camp, and Dance & Cheer Gymnastics camp. Maddie is excited to be on our BDG staff team and is looking forward to teaching our students all of the different things there is to love about dance! And, of course, all the while doing so at BDG- her second home!
Randi started dancing at the age of three, and since then has yet to stop. She enjoys teaching her students all forms of dance. Randi danced competitively in jazz, hip-hop, ballet, lyrical, ballet and pointe. In high school, she was the captain of the high school dance team. From high school she went on to the University of Pittsburgh where she joined the dance team and enjoyed four years as a member. In 2008 Randi graduated from Pitt and since has loved her time working at Borelli's. Randi loves to dance and enjoys working with others that share the same passion as she does.
Kristal started dancing at the age of 2 at Rosalene Kenneth Dance studio, studying under Rosalene Kenneth, Rachelle Rak and her mother, Donna DeMark. She competed in many regional and national competitions. She danced professionally in and around Pittsburgh with Brockett Productions. Kristal was co-captain of the Crusettes, the dance team at Canevin Catholic High School. She graduated from the Univeristy of Pittsburgh with a degree in Psychology. Kristal has three children, the youngest being Claudia who is a member of Borellis competitive company. She has over 15 years of teaching experience and specializes in gymnastics. We are happy to have her on our team!
Kristen began dancing at age of three years old under the direction of Dana Borelli Pecarchik and Pamela Borelli Barsotti. For 16 years, she competed with BDG on their Competitive Team, winning regional and national titles. She has worked closely with world renowned dancers such as Emily Shock, David Mann, Anthony Morigerato, Billy Larson, Hannah Wintrode and more. In 2017, she was crowned Dancer of the Year. In high school, Kristen was captain of the Chartiers Valley Dance Troupe under the direction of Cathy Jenkins. Kristen was also part of the Charters Valley Drill Team and Majorettes for four years. When she wasn't dancing herself, she assisted evening dance classes at BDG. In 2017, Kristen won 1st Senior Solo for her self choreography. Kristen is now starting her college career at Slippery Rock University where she will be studying Physical Therapy and majoring in Exercise Science. Kristen is excited to come back to BDG during the school year to take classes, compete with the team, and substitute teach for both competitive and non competitive classes.
Nicki fell in love with dance at age 4 when she first began taking classes. By age 10, she chose to get involved in competitive dancing, which she pursued for 10 years. Nicki was a member of Borelli's competitive dance team for several years, winning many regional and national awards with the team and making some of her fondest memories. After high school, Nicki continued to assistant teach recreational classes while getting a degree in cosmetology and working full time in retail management. Since then, Nicki got married in 2012 and became a stay at home mom to her daughter, Mia, who is currently dancing at Borelli's. Nicki is ecstatic to be apart of the Borelli's team again teaching recreational classes.
Austin began dancing at 11 years old. He is a former BDG student, who was a member of BDG’s Competition team for 4 years under the direction of Dana Borelli Pecarchik and Pamela Borelli Barsotti. He has worked with choreographers such as Emily Shock, Sean Burke, and Ed Phelan. During his time on the team, he has won numerous regional, national, and title awards over the years including Mr. Headliner and Mr. Fire & Ice. He teaches competitive and non competitive classes at BDG with students of various ages. Austin is very excited to be back with all the BDG staff and students!
Erin started dancing at the age of 7 at the Karen Tobias Dance Studio and immediately fell in love. She danced competitively with the Karen Tobias Dance Company for 10 years. Her Dance Company won numerous awards and had the amazing opportunity to tour Greece performing in Athens as well as being the entertainment on a cruise ship through the mediterranean sea. Erin danced throughout high school and graduated the teachers training program at her studio. She has been teaching ever since. Erin loves sharing her passion for dance with her students. She teaches tap, ballet, jazz and blocks and bands. Erin is a mother of 4 and her 3 daughters take classes at BDG. She resides with her husband and family in Baldwin.
Kara has been dancing since the age of 4. She has been competing regionally and nationally for over 10 years, winning national titles with her dance teams. Kara was a member of the Borelli's competitive team. She attended Slippery Rock University where she studied Elementary Education/ Early Childhood Education/ Special Ed. Kara now resides in the South Hills area. At BDG, Kara both teaches recreational classes and works in the office. Kara has a beautiful little girl, Mia, who is a member of the BDG competitive company. We love having Kara at the studio!
Lauren Donnelly is a hip hop teacher at Borelli’s Dance Gallery. She began dancing at the age of two and continued her training at Marie Lynn School of Dance for 15 years. Lauren was captain of the dance team at Seton-LaSalle High school and continued her dance education at the college level at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. While at Allegheny, she was president of the student-run dance organization and captain of the dance team. After graduating college, Lauren trained at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City and began dancing professionally there with a hip hop dance troupe. Lauren has thoroughly enjoyed teaching the students at Borelli’s for the past 15 years.
Miss Sharon holds a B.S. in Elementary/Special Education from Slippery Rock University. Sharon has been a part of the Borelli's Dance family for 26 years. She has previous training in jazz, gymnastics and cheerleading. Sharon continued dancing through college and also danced professionally for 10 years with the Steel City Angels and Physical Attraction dance group. Sharon was the Bethel Park High School Varsity Cheerleading coach for 13 years and has judged dozens of cheerleading and dance team tryouts. She is also a certified aerobics instructor. She teaches gymnastics classes at the studio as well as working in the office. Sharon also is the Stage Manager at our annual recitals. She currently is a teacher for the South Park School District. She is also a mother of four, all whom have danced at Borelli's and resides with her husband and family in Bethel Park. She is a wonderful asset to our dance family.
Elaine Maria Martinez Coro
Elaine Martinez was born and raised in Matanzas, Cuba. She received her training from the Vocational School of Art in Matanzas, Cuba, and the National Ballet School in Havana, Cuba, where she thrived as a student while also earning the respect of classmates and professors with her perseverance, work ethic, and talent. She danced a year in the National Ballet of Cuba under the direction of Alicia Alonso, where she had the opportunity to share the stage with great figures of the international ballet world such as Maximiliano Guerra, Julio Boca, Natalia Osipova, Vladimir Vasiliev, Tamara Rojo, and Carlos Acosta, to name a few. In 2007, Elaine made the life-changing decision to leave the company, her family, and her country. She was able to continue with their professional careers when she joined the Columbia Classical Ballet, under the direction of Radenko Pavlovich and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre under the direction of Terrence Orr. She has been teaching full time in the Pittsburgh area for the last 4 years, as well as averaging approximately fourteen shows a year as guest artist with different ballet schools and companies throughout the United States. Elaine has developed a great passion for teaching Ballet, and embraces her memories both as a student and a professional dancer to bring excellent experiences for her students to every class. Her goal is to have every student remember her as someone who gave her all to help them become better dancers, and to fill their minds with great memories like the ones she has about her stellar Cuban professors.
Dana began dancing at the age of 3 at the Rosalene Kenneth Dance Studio. She danced here for 10 years under the instruction of many talented teachers such as Rosalene Kenneth, Rachelle Rak, Dana Borelli Pecarchik and Pam Borelli Barsotti. Over the years, she danced competitively winning many regional awards with her dance team. Dana danced throughout high school and went on to graduate from Ohio University with a degree in Health Services Administration. Dana has enjoyed being a stay at home mom to her two beautiful children. Her daughter, Natalie, has danced for Borelli’s for 5 years and has been dancing competitively as a member of their company for 3 years now. Most recently, Dana has been teaching preschool tumbling and is excited to join the Borelli’s Dance Gallery staff as a preschool combo class instructor.
Bethany brings an expertise in early childhood education and a love of the arts. She trained at various dance centers and performing arts schools during her childhood, such as the Broadway Center for Performing Arts, State Theatre, Ballet LaFayette, West Virginia University, and many more. She has a degree in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Point Park University, also holding a minor in Education and several certificates in Dance, Theatre, Early Childhood Education, and Music. She also served as student choreographer and music director for the performance company during her time at college. Bethany holds several awards and distinguishments in early childhood education with focus in creative movement and music. Bethany resides in the south hills with her husband and children, and nurtures a love for the arts in them as well.
Wes Slater is a Pittsburgh native with a primary yoga background, who brings his athleticism and strength and conditioning techniques to our dancers. He trains with our dancers one on one and in group settings in our in-house gymnastics facility. Our dancers train with Wes to learn standing acrobatics and running tumbling. He has experience in several different sports and has collaborated with many sorts of athletes. Wes attended Upper St. Clair High School and then went on to pursue a bachelor's degree in business at Dayton University in Ohio. He then graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and currently works at Slater Funeral Home. Wes is excited to bring his yoga and sports experience to our dancers and provide them with a well-rounded dance education at BDG!
Izumi Presberry is a Pittsburgh native who started his training at Abby Lee Dance Company before becoming a Company member at Borelli’s Dance Gallery. He then sought to hone his craft in New York after starting his professional tap dance career at 12 years old. Izumi has performed with and trained under world-renowned tap professionals such as Savion Glover, Jason Samuel Smith, and Chloe Arnolds. He will attend Pitt law this fall and is excited to share his knowledge with Borelli’s Dance Gallery.
Lori has been part of Borelli's since it's opening in 1991. Lori has 45 years of dance experience and 30 years of teaching all levels of tap, ballet and jazz. Lori performed on "Dance Fever" with Denny Terio. She also danced professionally in and around the tri-state area for over 20 years. Lori Received a B.A. at Duquesne University in 1985 and a J.D. at Duquesne University School Of Law in 1988. We are so fortunate to have such a talented and experienced individual as part of our team here at Borell's Dance Gallery.
Elaina Sutula, of Brookfield, Connecticut, graduated magna cum laude from Mercyhurst University with a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Pre-Nutrition Studies in May 2016. Under direction of dance chair Tauna Hunter, she performed works including Flower Festival in Genzano, Pas de Quatre, Bruce Marks’s La Fille Mal Gardée, contemporary choreography by Rick McCullough and Hannah Baumgarten, and the title role in Melissa Bobick’s production of Little Match Girl. She received additional training during summer programs at The Nutmeg Conservatory, Ballet Austin, and Tulsa Ballet. Elaina spent four years in Minnesota dancing professionally with St Paul Ballet and Ballet Co.Laboratory, where she worked with choreographers including Zoé Henrot, Joseph Morrissey, Peter Davison, and Kinsun Chan. Elaina is an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She is currently a resident dancer with Texture Contemporary Ballet.
Emily has been dancing since the age of 3. Emily began her training with Dana Borelli Pecarchik and Pamela Borelli Barsotti in 1991 when the studio first opened. Emily danced both recreationally and competitively with BDG. Emily received her musical theatre and ballet training at the Center For Theatre Arts under the instruction of Mary Ann Irwin and former New York City Rockette, Renee Irwin. Emily is a graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School and was Captain of the Rockette dance auxiliary her Junior and Senior year. During her time at Mt. Lebanon High School, Emily studied danced under the instruction of CeCe Kapron and Maddie Tieman. While Emily attended California University of Pennsylvania she was a member of their dance team. During her college and post college years, Emily taught dance for Judy Collins at Judy’s School of Dance Arts. Emily was also a dance team coach for five years at a local high school where she choreographed the half time shows. Her training her allowed her to perform at Walt Disney World and The Gator Bowl and to also train with professional NYC Rockettes. Emily has six children, two of which are students on the BDG competition team.