Faculty

Jocelyn Hrzic

Jocelyn Hrzic Jocelyn Hrzic is a graduate from Point Park University with a B.A. in dance. She danced/directed for Norwegian Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean. She also danced with Maxine Sherman’s Company and Theatre West Virginia. She danced on full Scholarship at Steps on Broadway in New York City. Joci teaches master classes for Penn State University and Point Park University, as well as set choreography. She started The Gala Weekend performance at Grier School with guest teachers A.C Ciulla, Mia Price,Tracie Stanfield, Paul Abramhamson, Jon Lehrer, and Chio Yamada. This year will be hosting a choreography Festival along with the Grier Gala Workshop. Joci is in her third year running her own professional dance company called “Fluidity”. In encouraging excellence in training with performance, Joci started the “Motion- Movement for Life” Dance Competition and Convention, which will have locations this year in Pittsburgh, Altoona, Buffalo, and Long Island. Joci has been artistic director for the Grier Summer Program as well as teaching at Point Park’s international summer dance workshop and Allegheny Ballet’s Summer workshop. She has studied with Mia Micheals, Joe Lanteri, Dwight Rhoden, Wade Robson, Val Suarez, Max Stone, Tyce Diorio, Jason Parsons, as well as many others.

Renee Anderko

renee headshotRenee Anderko is from Altoona, PA. She attended Altoona Area High School and graduated in 2007 as Valedictorian. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Arts and a minor in Spanish. Renee trained with Jocelyn Labriola Hrzic since the age of eleven and was an original company member of Fluidity. Since the founding of Fluidity in 2008, she has had the honor to perform in Times Square and at the Steps Performance Lab, Jazz Dance World Congress, and the Koresh Artist Showcase. She also has performed alongside Houston Met, LehrerDance, Synthesis Dance Project, Giordano, and J. Compagnia in the Grier Gala and has worked with choreographers Jason McDole, Kiesha Lalama-White, Pascal Rioult, Jon Lehrer, and Maria Caruso.

Renee has attended the summer intensives at Bates University and Bodiography Contemporary Ballet.  Currently, she is training with Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre in New York City.

Ashley Carter

Ashley carterBoth internationally as well as in the U.S., Ashley is passionate about her work as a dancer, teacher and choreographer.  Primarily trained in New York, she has studied and worked in many different styles from ballet to lyrical, modern, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, and musical theatre.  She has had the opportunity to perform and/or choreograph at venues such as Jacob’s Pillow, Teatro Madrid, The Gerald Lynch Theater, The Barrow Street Theater, SummerStage, The Highline Ballroom, Spoke the Hub, Webster Hall and the Ailey Theatre.  Ashley is also on faculty at Peridance in New York, various schools in Mexico and Spain; and has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and Ballet Arts in New York City, Lines Dance Center in San Francisco, Tony Williams Dance Center in Boston and Round Rock Repertory in Texas.

She can be seen working alongside artists such as Ricky Martin, NeYo, Lady Sovereign, Nicki Minaj and Mila Kunis, for companies like Pilobolus, Germaul Barnes/Viewsic Expressions, Momentum Dance Company, Fendley’s Fingerprints, De Funes Dance, Moochaloo and Balasole, and for brands such as Nike, Nokia, Ursus Vodka, Microsoft, Heineken, Yahoo, and Lush Cosmetics.  She has been seen off-Broadway in shows like West Side Story and 3 to 1.  In 2008 she was invited to Madrid to teach at the Association of Dance Professionals and choreograph for Spanish recording artist Nuria Elosegui.  Recently she performed in Sia’s music video, in Central Park Summerstage, in a Boost Mobile commercial, danced in a feature film with Justin Timberlake, and is credited with choreographing independent feature film “The Ride of Tom and Valkyrie”.  She has toured with the European show “Compradores de Sueños”, premiered the Legendary Dance Project at the Museo del Barrio and has completed her fourth season of New York City’s Summerstage.

Ashley has choreographed and produced several full-length shows for her company DoubleTake Dance www.DoubleTakeDanceCo.com, and last summer was very proud of DoubleTake’s debut in the City Parks Summerstage festival as well as Carnival Choreographer’s Ball.  Additionally, last season she can be seen dancing on the Rachel Ray show, directing and choreographing a benefit for Japan and the latest commercial for Fuse TV; and travelling to the west coast, Europe and Mexico to teach contemporary workshops.

Christine Kerber

 CMKChristine M. Kerber is a director and choreographer, who has worked with the cruise entertainment industry during the height of the industry’s growth. Christine has developed invaluable skills and expertise during her tenure with the industry’s leading entertainment team at Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Her problem solving skills, communication skills, and keen artistic insight has earned
her a reputation for being a reliable and creative director. In her youth, Christine spent a majority of her time as a state placed competitive gymnast competing
in all four events; and as repertoire dancer, performing with several civic companies in Columbus, Ohio. She was a National Foundation of Arts Awardee in 1987 in dance and was recognized in the Who’s Who Among High School Students in 1987. Following her true passion, Christine became an accomplished concert dancer with several renowned Chicago based dance companies and served as the Rehearsal Director for the Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago Company. Christine also enjoyed the privilege of performing in the first World Jazz Dance Congress in Chicago with the Giordano Jazz Dance Company. She is a jazz master teacher and teaches internationally Christine directs “Tango Buenos Aires” with Two Funny Guys Enterprise. To prepare herself for the project, Christine studied tango in Buenos Aires with world renowned dancer and instructor, Hector Falcon. She has also had the opportunity to cha-cha and assist the Emmy nominated, Louis Van Amstel during the creation of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s, “Ballroom Fever.” Christine had the great pleasure to take the stage again at the 2009 Jazz Dance Congress in
Chicago, Illinois with Sherry Zunker’s, The Mature Dance Project. In November 2010, Royal Caribbean joined the Broadway family of “CHICAGO.” Christine had the great privilege to work the Broadway directorial team for this historic collaboration. She is one of resident directors at Royal Caribbean responsible for maintaining the Broadway show’s integrity onboard the Allure of the Seas. Christine recently conceived her first original production, “Cafe’ Del Amor” for the Azamara Journey in which she also directed and choreographed. The Journey earned an “Over-all Best Entertainment” in 2012 from Cruise Critics UK. Christine’s most recent adventure has earned her certification for BeMoved, the latest dance fitness movement. Pursuing her love and joy for dancing, Christine continues to study Argentine tango, ballroom and latin social dances

VANESSA MARTÍNEZ DE BAÑOS

A26Vanessa is recognized as a contemporary-jazz and tap dancer, teacher and choreographer. Co-director of DoubleTake Dance www.doubletakedanceco.com and resident choreographer for the Spanish musical theatre production company Tela-Katola: “I Love You, You’re Perfect …Now Change” and “Tick Tick…BOOM!”.  Currently she dances for DoubleTake Dance (SummerStage; Ailey Theater; Carnival, Webster Hall; Dixon Place, Teatro la Tea in NYC or Teatro Madrid, Sala Triángulo in Spain), Ikada, & De Funes Dance. Other companies: BalaSole Dance, Burnt Sugar, J.T Lotus Dance Co., Acrodance S.L., Bemoved. She´s had the pleasure to work for choreographers such as Germaul Barnes, Ryan Beck, Guillém Alonso, Eva Sánchez, Sheila Barker, Alan Onickel and Lynn Schwab (Tap City -Symphony Space).  Featured dancer in “Rabi Thakur: A ballet on the Life of Rabindranath Tagore”     (NJPAC); Momentum Dance Theater: “The jazz Hip Hop Nutcracker” (Washington D.C , “Where Dreams Become Reality” (NYC) and “Compradores de Sueños” (Madrid). Other shows include The Little Opera Theater of  NY´s “Mitridate” and “LOVEartJAPAN” Benefit show for Japan (NYC). She has performed as a dancer, model or actress for international brands and commercials with L´OREAL, El Pais newspaper, NYRoadRunners, Ursus Vodka, KDDance, Lush Cosmetics/Gorilla Perfumes, channel Tele5, Fuse TV, X-Box/Kinect event in Times Square with NeYo and Lady Sovereign. Film credits include “The Ryde of Tom & Valkyrie”, & “Friends With Benefits” with Justin Timberlake (IMDB 2011). Though primarily trained in NY, Vanessa was honoured with a scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Culture.  Vanessa teaches in the US (Peridance, Dance Wave in NYC, Lines in San Francisco, Round Rock Repertory in Austin…) Spain and México.

Alan Obuzor

Alan HeadshotOriginally from Pittsburgh, Alan Obuzor began dancing at the age of nine. Two years later he attended Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, where in 1998 he was a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Foundation Dance Honorarium. Alan received a contract to join PBT’s professional company at the age of 17. During his seven years in PBT’s Company, Alan danced a wide array of ballets ranging from classical to neoclassical to contemporary, which included principal and soloist roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Symphony in C, Carmina Burana and Divertimento 15. In that time he also worked with many world renowned figures in dance, and was selected to originate soloist roles in new works by choreographers Dwight Rhoden, Derek Dean, Matjash Mrozewski and Jiabin Pan. Alan began teaching in 2002; from 2007-2012 Alan was on the faculty of PBTS as one of the primary Pre-Professional Division teachers and choreographers. In the fall of 2012 Alan joined the teaching faculty of Pittsburgh Youth Ballet. Alan choreographed his first work in 2002 on himself and a fellow dancer. Since that time he has choreographed over 55 new works for Texture Contemporary Ballet, PBT, PBTS, New Ballet Ensemble, Harvard Ballet Company, Point Park University, Dancers’ Trust, Canton Ballet, Creative and Performing Arts High School and various independent projects. In 2011 Alan won first place in the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters Dance/Choreography competition. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of Texture Contemporary Ballet which was created in 2011. Most recently, Alan was honored by dance magazine by being named one of the “Top 25 to Watch” in 2013.

Joshua Pelatzky

JoshuaJoshua 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.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: