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“The teachers at Dance Workshop taught me to do what you love, work passionately towards your goals and never give up. Thanks to all the teachers, but especially to Miss Shari, for helping me realize dreams really can come true.”

 
  Monica Lavin,
2002 Graduate
 
Meet Our Staff
Teachers affect eternity, one can never tell where their influence ends
Shari Opfermann
Owner and Director
Shari holds her B.A. in Dance from Point Park University. During her college years, she had the opportunity to travel internationally performing with a dance company. Although performing was fun, Shari's true love is to teach and choreograph. Shari has had the opportunity to teach master classes in Jazz and Lyrical at the Garrett County Dance Camp, instruct at Slippery Rock University. She is an award winning choreographer who has developed an outstanding competing dance company, the Super Stars, as well as a performing company, the ShiningStars. She has had the privilege of having several of her students chosen as PA Title winners for the Dance Masters of America organization. Shari was also the choreographer for Upper St. Clair High School musicals for 8 years. For the last 23 years, she has owned and operated one of the finest studios in the area. Her philosophy of "Dancing for a Difference™" inspires her students and reinforces her belief that each person can make a difference in someone else's life. In 2008, the step was taken to incorporate Dancing for A Difference™ as a non-profit organization to facilitate the growth of the fundraising efforts that were being undertaken. As of 2014, over $95,000 has been raised and donated to organizations such as Children's Hospital, Make A Wish, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Autism Speaks, Juvenile Diabetes and more. Shari is also a Zumba instructor, completing certifications in Zumba, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning and Zumba for Kids. In 2010, she received AFAA certification from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and is also certified to teach Kick-boxing. Shari is blessed with the ability to teach and inspire her students to always do their personal best while maintaining a healthy lifestyle!
Cathy Lavin
Cathy has served as Studio Administrator since 2000, but she has been associated with the studio from the earliest days. Her daughters were students of Miss Shari's for 15 years. Cathy retired from a senior management position with a Pittsburgh software company in 2000, after a 24 year career. Since then, she has been able to blend her management experience with her love of the art of dance. Cathy is responsible for correspondence with the students and parents, marketing programs, website content, and developing new projects, such as the "Have A Heart", "Gifts Of Dance" and "Unity In Community" benefits programs.
Sandra Nunley
A graduate of Point Park College, Sandra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. She has grown up with a true love of dance, starting in her early years as a member of an award winning competitive group under Shari's direction. During her years at Point Park, she had the opportunity to participate in ballet and modern productions at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. And Sandra has never stopped learning. She regularly attends classes and workshops to further her skills in dance techniques and teaching methods. Her innovative choreography has earned her several awards at local and national competitions. With 20 years of teaching experience, she is excited to work with students of all ages, sharing her love of the art and motivating them to do their best!
Nikki Daley
As a young member of a competing and performing group, Nikki has had the thrill associated with working hard and performing well. Her time dancing with Sandra and Shari while growing up inspired her to want to share what she learned with other dancers. She is an energetic and exciting teacher of all age groups and all dance disciplines, but tap is her passion. She has passed her love of dance on to her son, Zack, who is a 2011 graduate of the Dance Workshop Super Stars. He is also the former Junior Mister Dance of Pennsylvania 2005!
Launda Waterman
Gymnastics has been her life! She is very accomplished in this field and has been able to use her skill and talents to teach and inspire confidence in her students. Launda was a member of competing teams during her high school years. She is USAG Safety Certified and has won numerous awards for choreography for her group and solo acrobatic routines. Being honored at the many local and national competitions doesn't thrill her as much as watching her students master that difficult move that they have been working on. She encourages the students to work hard and keep trying while still making it fun for them. Launda is a certified Zumba instructor and has her AFAA certification from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She is also certified to teach Kick-boxing.
Janet Wilkes
Ms. Janet received her B.A. in Dance from Point Park College with a concentration in Jazz and Ballet. Prior to attending Point Park, she attended the Pittsburgh High School for Performing Arts (CAPA). She also had the opportunity to study with the Civic Light Opera and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. In addition to her expertise in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, and modern, Ms. Janet also has trained and taught gymnastics. She has been teaching since 1997, and has received many awards for her choreography. Janet has also inspired her daughter, Ashlyn, who is a member of the Dance Workshop Super Stars.
Megan Kamberis
Megan is a 2001 graduate of Point Park University with her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. In addition to her training at Point Park, she also apprenticed at Dance Alloy. Her performance experience spans 12 years and includes everything from University Showcases, to Musicals, to Contemporary Ballet, to Dance Teams. Megan has 12 years of teaching experience in a studio environment, instructing all levels from Pre-School to the advanced student. Megan is also the coach of the Upper St Clair Hip Hop Team.
Christina Liebert Boone
Christina grew up at the studio as an award winning member of the Super Stars. She trained in all disciplines of dance, Zumba, and was especially accomplished in acro-dance. Christina graduated from Penn State with a degree in Elementary Education and is currently teaching in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District. While attending college, she was the captain of the nationally recognized Lady Pantherettes Dance Team. Through her leadership, they advanced to the highest national placement in the history of the team. We are excited to have Christina on staff teaching hip hop and other dance styles. She also received her Zumba training in 2011.
Katie Boyle
After 15 years of dance education at Dance Workshop by Shari, Katie went on to Point Park University to receive her bachelor's degree in Dance. She graduated in 2009 and then spent 5 years performing on Royal Caribbean cruise ships travelling around the world. She also stayed actively involved with the studio between cruises teaching dance and acro classes. As a trained Zumba instructor, you can find Katie conducting Zumba classes, teaching dance and acro, or producing award winning choreography for the studio. We are excited to have Katie back full time.

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