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Amy Woodside

Owner/Operator/Instructor

Miss Amy has been teaching dance for 38 years. Her years of extensive training include 18 years at The Maurice and Andrea Sabatier School of Dance, 4 years at the Melodia Performing Arts Center, 6 years at The Pittsburgh CLO, and 4 years at the Desoto Dance Academy. She danced professionally for the promotion of WAMO radio station. She has choreographed musicals for Penn State and local high schools; as well as the Musical Theater Guild of Butler.

Miss Amy loves sharing her passion with her students and helps them overcome their challenges on and off the dance floor. She's also a kindergarten teacher at Penn Christian Academy.

Fun Fact: She loves to ride her bicycle!

Judy Pelusi

Instructor

Following years of teaching dance for other instructors, Miss Judy became owner, director, and principal dance instructor for nearly 35 years at DeSoto Dance and Karate, DeSoto, TX.  Recently, she retired and returned to Butler, PA.  Students under her tutelage learned ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics, from the beginner to the professional level. Miss Judy claims that her greatest rewards and honors were when young students from her early teaching years would later bring their own children to "Mrs. Pelusi" to learn dance - and sometimes, themselves rejoin classes as adults!  Her own training includes that from Andrea's School of Dance (Pittsburgh, PA), Butler University (Indianapolis, IN), American Ballet Theatre, and Luiji's Jazz (NYC, NY), Buster Cooper, and Ozsoy School of Ballet (Dallas/Duncanville, TX).  Her notable performances include Sugar Plum Fairy and Spanish Dancer (Nutcracker Ballet), Pas de Deux (Stars and Stripes Ballet), as well as parts from Rosamunde, Les Sylphides, and a key performer in the Dallas Senior Follies.
Fun Fact:  Miss Judy loves hiking in the woods!

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Caitlin Fitzgerald

Instructor

Miss Caitlin is the acrobatics teacher at Saxonburg and assists classes in Oakmont. She began training with Miss Amy at age 2 and has been assisting/teaching dance since the age of 17. She has been performing in student and professional production musicals for 15 years;
including being cast in the core dance group in a professional production of Newsies. She also was
assistant choreographer for 2 musicals. Miss Caitlin has been competing in Cologuard with Top
Hats since the age of 12. She is currently helping to rebuild the Cologuard program at Deer Lakes High School.
Fun fact: She loves dogs!

Our Teachers: Dance Company
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