Faculty

CRYSTAL FRAZIER  CHRISTINE KERBER    JON LEHRER    JOSHUA PELATZKY   JAMES A. WASHINGTON     MISHAY PETRONELLI         

JOCELYN HRZIC         ANDREA YOUNG       RENEE ANDERKO         KAYLA KOLLMAN          JOHN DAULBY

CRYSTAL FRAZIER- Judge  {MONTERREY}
Crystal FrazierCrystal Frazier is from New Jersey where she began her dance and gymnastics training at the age of 6. She received her Degree in Dance and taught several years as an Adjunct Professor at The University of the Arts. Currently she performs with “Rennie Harris Puremovement” and has made appearances in “Heaven”, “Rome and Jules”, Illadelph Legends, Middle East Tour and Dance Magazine to name a few. Performance credits include the VH-1 Fashion Awards, BET’s Comicview, the BET Awards, MTV’s Lip Service, and MTV’s Global Groove. She was the featured dancer and choreographer for Grammy Award winning artist, Jill Scott’s “Big Beautiful Tour”. She has had the opportunity to be in the swing cast for the Groovalos Show in LA, the Italy Tour with Kathy Sledge, make an appearance in the movie “Beloved” as well as the show “Monk”, and many more. Crystal’s choreography has been featured nationally and internationally for shows such as The Fringe Festival, The Garden State Dance Festival, 76ers Dance Team, The Rock School, Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts, Hip Hop Extravaganza in Bermuda, Taipei University of the Arts in Taiwan, Cruzan Dance in St. Croix, Encore Danses En Tourneau and Dance Ability in Canada, August Wilson Dance Centre Ensemble and many more. She is also an adjudicator for the Miss America Organization, DanceQuest in Canada and Director for Dancers Inc. Competition and Convention. She is the former Co-Founder of Montazh Performing Arts Company where in 2006 she received an “Art and Change” grant fromthe Leeway Foundation for “Ladies of Hip Hop”. Currently, Crystal is the Assistant Artistic Director for Rennie Harris R.H.A.W., Director of Puremovement Kidz, Assistant Artistic Director for Hope College’s Reportory Company and teaching Tap, Afro-fusion and Hip Hop at Hope College in Michigan.
 CHRISTINE KERBER – Judge  {ALTOONA}
Christine KerberChristine is a native from Columbus, Ohio. She began her professional dance career at 18, dancing with such prominent companies like Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre. Christine also guest danced for River North Dance Company and Bob Eisen Dance. While at GGJDC, Christine served as the Rehearsal Director. She taught company classes as well as Jazz, Modern, Ballet for the Gus Giordano Dance Center, Lou Conte Dance Center and Joseph Holmes School of Dance. Christine has given master classes all over the world while working in conjunction with these companies. She also worked with Joseph Holmes Dance Theatre’s, Chance To Dance program, providing dance classes to underprivileged children in the Chicago-land area. Christine departed Chicago and ventured into the cruise industry, dancing, choreographing and directing for Jean Ann Ryan Productions and RCI. Christine has been produce to be a part of the RCI entertainment family since 1998, where she continues to teach and direct.
JON LEHRER – Judge  {ALTOONA}

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Jon Lehrer, who was raised in Queens, New York, took his very first dance class at age 19 on a dare. While attending the University at Buffalo, Jon began dating a dancer, and after he teased her about how easy it was to get an A in a dance class, she dared him to take a beginning level modern class. Jon took the class, got an A, and knew he had found his true calling in life. Jon continued his training at the University at Buffalo, and two years later was asked to join the University’s Zodiaque Dance Company. In the summer of 1994, Jon received a scholarship to study at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, training with such esteemed faculty as Carolyn Adams, Danny Buraczeski, Gail Gilbert, Margie Gillis, Danny Grossman, and Mark Morris. Jon Lehrer has his B.F.A. in dance from the University at Buffalo. Jon acquired his first professional position as a company member with the John Passafiume Dancers in NYC, followed by being hired by the internationally acclaimed Erick Hawkins Dance Company in 1995 and for the next year toured the world with one of the most influential artists of modern dance. After 6 months performing in the Vegas-style show, Jon wanted to get back into concert dance, and was hired for Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago  hired and began dancing with the world’s most acclaimed jazz dance company in May 1997.  He was promoted to Associate Director and having the duties of Resident Choreographer and Tour Manager.  Jon has choreographed for several dance companies in Chicago and around the world including; Thodos Dance Chicago, Instruments of Movement, Momenta Dance Theatre, Louisiana Dance Theatre, Le Jazz Groupe from Monterrey, Mexico, and Kannon Dance of St. Petersburg, Russia. Jon has also set his choreography on many University dance companies including the University at Buffalo, University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Nevada Reno, East Central University, Northern Illinois University, and Hope College.  In 2007, Jon Lehrer established his own company, LehrerDance which has grown to an international success. The company is an inspiring and innovative professional dance company based in Buffalo, NY.
JOSHUA PELATZKY – Judge  {ALTOONA & MONTERREY}
Joshua Joshua Pelatzky, originally from California, received most of his training in Dallas, Texas, beginning with Irish Step dancing then moving into other forms. At 15, he was asked to join the Bruce Wood Modern Dance Company as an apprentice before becoming a company member the following season. He continued his training at the Alvin Ailey School, Broadway Theatre Project and Ballet Magnificat.
He has performed in musicals such as The Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and was offered a swing role in the first National Tour of ‘CATS’ at 16. Joshua has also been seen in industrials for Bob Mackie, J.C. Penney, L’Oreal and the Designers Institute Foundation Fighting AIDS. He staged an industrial for Diesel in the south of Italy, for which he also performed in. He made an appearance in Opera Pacific’s ‘Aida’ in Orange County, simultaneously serving as assistant choreographer.  Joshua was featured on Style.com/Vogue  in their ‘Model Challenge’ series. He has assisted Michèle Assaf in many endeavors, one of the latest being the Learning Channel’s Medical Miracles featuring Phineas Newborn and the Tezero Live @ DVD series, where he was a featured dancer as well. Joshua has performed pieces of many choreographers, some of the more popular at the moment being Mandy Moore, Desmond Richardson, Wes Veldink, Margie Gilis and Bruno Collinet. Recently he was seen in the MTV VMA’s performing choreography by Travis Wall.  And was a featured performer in Terry Beeman’s ‘Mental Head Circus.’  Joshua just got back from Australia where he was a cast member of Debbie Allen’s ‘Freeze Frame.’
Joshua has received many awards for choreography including Choreographer of the Year and Young Choreographer of the Year. He has been featured in several showcases internationally including Carnival, Broadway Underground, Sirens After Dark, Botega, World Dance Movement and Broadway a Tropea. Joshua choreographed and danced in the Darwin Deez’ music video ‘DNA’ which landed him a nomination for a UK Music Video Award. He has also been commissioned to set site specific work for art gallery openings. He has taught contemporary and street jazz throughout Japan, Canada, France, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Holland, Spain and Isreal. Joshua is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and at The EDGE in Los Angeles.  Also follow him around the world at World Dance Movement.
JAMES WASHINGTON – Judge  {MONTERREY}
James WashingtonJames Washington, a native of Rochester, NY, began his dance training at Dance 22.  He graduated cum laude from the Conservatory at Point Park University, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in dance. James has worked with and performed pieces by Robert Battle, David Parsons, Christopher Huggins, Kyle Abraham, Camille A. Brown, Sidra Bell, Peter Chu, and many others.  James was ranked Top Five at the 2012 International Choreography Competition at Giordano Jazz Dance World Congress. His choreography credits also include: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The Grier School, Slippery Rock University, Cleveland School of the Arts, Houston Met Too Youth Company, and Abby Lee Dance Company (Dance Moms, Lifetime). James was the 2013 male recipient of the “Brazzy Award,” given for outstanding achievement in the field of dance. James was a founding member of the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble (“Top 25 to Watch” in 2012, Dance Magazine) under the direction of Greer Reed in Pittsburgh, PA. He has also performed as a guest artist with The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company in Houston, TX and is currently performing with Michael Susten and Co in New York City. Finally, James joined the creative team of “The Bench: Journey into Love” as the rehearsal and staging director alongside creator Keisha Lalama. The show is in the stages of pre-production for national commercial audiences.
MISHAY PETRONELL- Judge    {MONTERREY}
petronelli_mishayMishay Petronelli is an accomplished dancer, teacher and choreographer based in New York City. Mishay is a principal dancer with Dana Foglia Dance, the cutting-edge contemporary/hip hop company. She was a long-time performer and featured soloist in Jared Grimes’ Broadway Underground, NYC and was also a featured performer in Rhapsody James’s show, Siren Assassins. A “compellingly dramatic and athletic”, diverse, multiform dancer, (BOSTON GLOBE) Mishay has danced for a wide variety of artists including Jonte’, Janes Addiction, Kanye West (on SNL), Olivia and Arie, Icona Pop and in videos for Whitney Houston, Darwin Deez, Nikki Williams, and Madonna. Other credits include performing at Jacob’s Pillow with Dorrance Dance, performing for the Uganda Arts Outreach Dance Benefit, being a featured choreographer and performer for Creations by Nuri Productions, dancing on MTV’s Run’s House, performing for the Nike Blast event in Stockholm, Sweden, dancing in a Verizon Promo Commercial, dancing on America’s Got Talent Season 8 and assisted Wes Veldink on the spring 2013 Joe Fresh Commericial to name a few. Mishay also works in and around the fashion world and has performed for Sephora’s Fashion’s Night Out, assisted Jermaine Browne on the premiere of his dance clothing line with designer Dominic Louis, has appeared in a Converse Print campaign with Luam and was featured in articles of Dance Spirit Magazine. A passionate teacher, Mishay is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, has been on faculty at World Dance Movement/Italy, has taught at numerous National Conventions and choreographs for award winning studios and arts organizations throughout the country. Mishay was selected to be the first featured choreographer for the Pulse on Tour, choreographing the opening number for their 2012 NYC summer Gala. Most recently, Mishay assisted Dana Foglia on Beyonce’s “Mrs. Carter” World Tour and performed a parody music video with Miley Cyrus on SNL.
JOCELYN HRZIC – Director
Joci hrzicCreator/Artistic Director of the Grier Gala Performance/Workshop. She danced professionally with Maxine Sherman’s Company in NYC. She also danced with Theatre West Virginia where they were asked to perform at The White House. She was Dance Captain/Line Captain for
Norwegian Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean. She is Head of Dance for The Grier Summer Dance Intensive, as well as teaching for Point Park University International Summer Program, and Allegheny Ballet Company Summer Program. She taught a master class for ACDFA held at Penn State University’s campus. She graduated from Point Park with a BA in Dance and also studied on full scholarship at the renowned Steps on Broadway in NYC. Joci teaches master classes and choreographs for Penn State University, Muhlenberg University, La Roche College and Allegheny Ballet Company. Joci was selected as a finalist for the Dancing Under the Stars Festival in Palm Desert, CA and also as a finalist for Jazz Dance World Congress Choreography Festival in Chicago. Recently Joci was selected again as a finalist for Jazz Dance World Congress Choreography Festival. Joci has been the Director of Dance for the Grier School for twelve years.
ANDREA YOUNG – Administrative Assistant
Andrea YoungAndrea Young is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Arts with a concentration in Dance. Miss Young is also a graduate  of Smeal College of Business where she received her Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain and Information Systems. During her time at Penn State, Andrea received Penn State’s Most Valuable Dancer and the Outstanding Senior Award. She also had her choreography adjudicated at American College Dance Festival Association. Since graduating, Miss Young has worked at The Grier School for 6 years in Tyrone, PA where she has taught all forms and levels.  Teaching and performing all over the world is a dream of hers where she has been blessed to already start that dream.  Andrea has traveled to Suriname, South America and Monterrery, Mexico in pursuit of that dream.  Andrea was a proud founding member of Fluidity Dance Company under the direction of Jocelyn Hrzic and worked with August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble first as an apprentice and then as a guest dancer.  Andrea has had the privilege of dancing in the works of the very talented Pascal Rioult, Jason McDole, Jon Lehrer, Kiesha Lalama, Kyle Abraham, Antonio Brown, Terence Greene, Maria Caruso, Christopher Huggins and Sidra Bell. She has performed at Chicago’s Jazz Dance World Congress, Pittsburgh’s Jazz Dance World Festival, California’s Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival, and NYC’s Project Live in association with Project Dance to name a few.  Andrea also enjoys working the behind the scenes and has done so as Managing Director of  August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble.  Miss Young is currently working as LehrerDance’s Touring Manager for A&J Agency. 
RENEE ANDERKO – Administrative Assistant
 Renee AnderkoRenee Anderko, born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, attended Altoona Area High School and graduated in 2007 as Valedictorian of her class. She proceeded to also graduate from the Pennsylvania State University as Valedictorian in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Arts and a minor in Spanish. After receiving her degree, she moved to New York City and spent one year training with Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre. Currently, she is working for Shen Wei Dance Arts and New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble as a Development and Administrative Associate.
 
KAYLA KOLLMAN – Merchandising Director
Kayla Headshot 2Kayla Kollman from State College, PA has been dancing since the age of 3.  Her training began at Centre Dance under Nicole Swope. She was a member of Avid Dance Productions, which traveled to various dance competitions and workshops in the northeastern U.S. to train with renowned choreographers. Through these competitions and workshops, Kayla was awarded numerous scholarships and awards including participation at Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles and World Dance Movement in Italy.  Her extensive training and experience led to her selection as a member of the Penn State Lionettes’ Dance Team in 2008-09. She currently teaches dance and choreographs for local dance studios.  Kayla was honored to be a member of Fluidity Dance Company from 2009 to 2012.  As a company member of Fluidity, she has danced at Project Dance and Steps Performance Lab in New York City, Grier Gala, Motion Performance and Koresh Artist Showcase in Philadelphia as well as numerous local events. She was awarded a scholarship for the professional summer intensive program with the Houston Met. Dance Co. in June 2010 and June 2012.  She also was presented a scholarship to attend classes at Broadway Dance Center by Tracie Stanfield of Synthesis Dance Project.   She graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management.  Kayla trained and danced with the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble in Pittsburgh, Pa. She currently is teaching in the Pittsburgh Area as a guest artist for the Propel Charter Schools.
 
JOHN DAULBY – Stage Manager
John DaulbyJohn has always had a passion for dance. He began his training in ballet, hip hop and jazz at a very young age at multiple dance schools on the east coast. After graduating high school, John attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he performed works of Roni Koresh, Augeste Bournonville, and Brian Sanders. At UArts, he also got the opportunity to perform with the Ira Brind School of Theatre Arts in their production of On Your Toes, choreographed by Scott Jovovich. John graduated in May of 2012 with a BFA in Dance Performance and awards in creativity and outstanding service to the school of dance. After graduation, John started traveling all over the country choreographing for numerous dance studios and dance teams. John’s choreography was selected to participate in the New York Jazz Choreography Project and was a finalist in the 2012 Jazz Dance World Congress Choreography Competition. Just recently, John became a member of the distinguished Dance Masters of America organization. He currently adjudicates for the ‘I Love Dance’ dance competition and MCs for the All American Talent Awards. Throughout the school year, John works at The Grier School for girls where he is a full time faculty member educating students from all over the world in Tyrone, Pa. He also spends his fall, winter, and spring months working at Centre Dance in State College, Pa choreographing and educating students of aviD Dance productions. Over the summer John is the Head of Dance at Camp Pillsbury, an elite summer camp held in Owatonna, Minnesota.
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