It's an exciting year for Borelli's Dance Gallery -- they've made quite a few additions to the family.
It was announced during the summer before the start of the 27th season that former student Nick Falcone will be returning to BDG. Nick Falcone is a driven, passionate and energetic individual, who at a young age, developed an infatuation for dance and the performing arts. Commencing in an all boys’ tumbling class, to scoring numerous competition high score and title awards, Falcone knew he wanted to continue pursuing dance with the aspiration of one day, making it his career. Though he lived to perform and entertain, it was his duration at Slippery Rock University where he gained a respect and love for dance composition and the teaching of dance technique. Upon earning his Bachelor of Arts in Dance from SRU, Nick spent the next 11 years developing his craft. Some of his most stellar achievements include, but not limited to: Dance Coordinator/Instructor/Adjunct Professor at The Seton Hill University Dance Academy and Co – Founder/Artistic Director/Principle Choreographer at Dancers by Design, LLC. At Seton Hill, he taught the history of tap dance and technique, as well as constructed and implemented curriculum for stretch/strengthen/condition class. The past 4 years at Dancers by Design were spent training and developing students’ skills in technique and choreography, helping them to reach great heights (like himself) securing numerous competition high score and title awards. Most significantly, it was his commitment and dedication to DBD that earned the studio the reputation of, “Supreme Studio!” Currently, Nick is excited to have rejoined the Borelli family and is eager to see what this season has in store!
The next announcement was the addition of Shayla Pringle to the Borelli's staff. In high school, Shayla was an assistant to a teacher of the studio. Shayla 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.
But now BDG has added even more to their staff team:
Sara Spizzichini, a native of Massillon, Ohio, is a graduate of Point Park University having received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Prior to her college career, she trained under the artistic direction of Ms. Jeanne Mahaffey, Inna Stabrova, and Mitchel Federan. In 2012, she graduated from the Jackson School of the Performing Arts. She has spent four consecutive summers performing with Versatile Dance Company (a non-profit organization). She has also had the privilege of performing alongside renowned concert dance companies such as NYC’s Parsons Dance and Pittsburgh’s own Attack Theatre and The Blanket! Sara thrives off of performing and teaching while continually looking for new ways to challenge herself both physically and artistically. She is more than thrilled to be a part of the wonderful faculty at Borelli’s Dance Gallery!
Gabrielle Henry began her dance training at the age of 3, under the instruction of Jean Gedeon at the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company and School in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. She performed in many famous works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robins and many more. Over the years, she has attended New York City Ballet Saratoga, (Seasonal) Kirov/Universal Ballet Company, Chautauqua School of Fine & Performing Arts, American Ballet Theater, Point Park University, Bodiography Center for Movement, the American Dance Festival and most recently Vivid Ballet summer intensives. She then continued her training at Slippery Rock University in ballet, jazz, modern and hip-hop with Nola Nolen-Holland, Ursula Payne, Teena Custer and Nora Ambrosio. At SRU she was a student director for the SRU Dance Theatre and Senior Synthesis Concerts and the event coordinator of Sigma Rho Delta. She performed in the 60x60, Faculty and Guest Artist, SRU Dance Theatre, Senior Synthesis, and Independent Concerts as well as the repertory works of Nora Ambrosio and Helen Simoneau. She has also choreographed works for the Laban Movement Analysis, 60x60, SRU Dance Theatre and Senior Synthesis Concerts. She received her BA in Dance from Slippery Rock University in May 2016. This past year she danced with Vivid Ballet as a trainee under the instruction of Elizabeth McMillan. With Vivid Ballet she performed at many venues throughout New England, Pennsylvania and New York. She also took master classes with Steve Rooks, Lars Nelson and Silas Farley. Throughout the year she taught at the Dance Center of Old Lyme, Rhythmic Force Dance Studio, Greater Hartford Dance Academy and Backstage Academy of Dance in a variety of styles. She looks forward to moving back to Pittsburgh and continuing her career.
Emily is a BDG alum that just graduated from Xavier University with a degree in finance. She danced and competed at Borelli's for 15 years until going off to college in Cincinnati. At Xavier, she was a part of the dance team all four years. She was captain her senior year and led the team to place 7th in Division 1 Hip Hop at NDA Collegiate Nationals. For the past three summers, Emily has been an NDA Instructor, traveling the country teaching dance camps to middle school, high school, and college dance teams. She is very excited to be back teaching at Borelli's, her second home.
It looks like BDG has a lot in store for their students this year. Look out, Pittsburgh, it's going to be a good year for Borelli's Dance Gallery.