Troy Patrick is a senior at Point Park University pursuing a degree in Musical Theatre with a minor in dance and is a graduate of the dance program of Butler Tech School of the Arts. He was the choreographer of The Path They Take in DCPs 2017 winter concert. He has been dancing for The Space Upstairs, under direction of Pearl Ann Porter for three years now. In that time he has been apart of The Pillow Projects and The Invisible Jazz Labs in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon. He has also performed in shows with Pittsburgh Musical Theatre and Laurel Ballet Theatre of Greensburg. 

Lauren Gerlowski

Kristin LeBeau graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance, magna cum laude, with Distinction in Dance from The Ohio State University. She has taught dance and movement for Point Park University’s International Summer Dance Program, Dance Alloy Theatre, Civic Light Opera, Attack Theatre, the Winchester Thurston School, Carnegie Mellon’s International Dalcroze Eurhythmics Workshops, and as an adjunct professor at Seton Hill University. She has been a guest artist at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Music, Duquesne University, California University of PA and Waynesburg University. Kristin has conducted outreach programs for school students in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York City. Along with Attack Theatre, she has advised Pittsburgh area teachers how to incorporate dance and movement into their school curriculum. Most recently, Kristin implemented a music and movement program for Preschool and Kindergarten students at Westminster Nursery School.

Kristin’s performance experience includes work with Attack Theatre, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Kristina Isabelle Dance and in the works of choreographers in New York, Philadelphia, Ohio and Pittsburgh. Her own choreography has been presented locally, as well as, in Philadelphia and New Jersey. Kristin is a native of Pittsburgh and, along with her husband, is happy to now be raising their three children in her hometown. 

Nadine Troetschel graduated from Point Park University with a BA in modern dance. She started dancing with Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh in high school after being introduced to the instructors at a summer intensive program at Point Park.  Her experiences with Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh resulted in an understanding and appreciation of the art form of dance, which then led her on to pursue dancing in college. Throughout Nadine’s college years she studied with many educators which expanded her knowledge with her dancing. Nadine also became a certified Pilates instructor through Power Pilates, certified in spinning and TRX. Nadine is excited to share her knowledge with the young dancers at Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh.


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Additional Faculty and Guest Artist Bios will include-

Gretchen Lewis

Sarah Kate Smigiel

Amanda Aiello

Valerie Gigliotti​​

Dan Karasik


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Lauren Gerlowski is from The Woodlands, TX where she studied dance at Boni’s Dance and Performing Arts Studio. During her last two years of high school, Lauren pursued dance seriously by attending the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, as a Jazz and Contemporary Trainee. Currently, Lauren is pursuing her BFA in Dance (with a Modern concentration) and BA in Global Cultural Studies at Point Park University. She has been privileged to have performed in works by Jason McDole, Shana Simmons, Joanna Numata, Alan Sener, Mia Michaels, Karole Armitage, and Troy Powell among others. In 2014, she was invited to the United Nations to attend a conference and award ceremony for her dance on film piece, We’re Your Voice, Venezuela. Lauren’s film won first in her category, and she was titled a National Peacemaker.  She hopes to show and enlighten young dancers why dance as an art is important to our society, and how it can be used as a universal language to create unity. 

Nadine Troetschel

Sarah began her training in Ohio at the Ashland Regional Ballet where she performed many principal roles and served as Ballet Mistress.  She also studied at the Ohio Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, Washington Ballet, and attended numerous Regional Dance America Festivals.  Sarah received her B.A. in dance with a concentration in ballet from Point Park University, where she graduated magna cum laude and received the Pittsburgh Ballet Guild Scholarship.  For over a decade, Sarah has been an adjunct faculty member of Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts where she teaches ballet.  She also teaches ballet and pointe at Pittsburgh Musical Theater, and each summer she joins the amazing faculty of Carnegie Mellon’s Pre College Drama Program.  Sarah has been seen performing many prominent roles, and has most recently performed with H2O Contemporary Dance.   Sarah has staged several classical variations, and her original choreography has been seen throughout the area.  Sarah has recently started branching out into acting and modeling, and can currently be seen in a UPMC commercial.  Sarah is thrilled to be teaching at the Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh where she can share her love of dance with so many wonderful students!

Founder & Co-Artistic Director 
The Pillow Projects / The Space Upstairs 

Pearlann Porter is an American improvisational performing artist, visual-conductor, physical-poet and experimental filmmaker, Pearlann is a passionate instigator of new ideas in dance and an investigator of physical expression. Her medium is improvisational postjazz movement. Her canvases are Pittsburgh and Paris.

Pearlann is the Founding Artistic Director of The Pillow Project, one-half of The Ellipses Condition, and the Founding Director of The Space Upstairs, where she is a full-time Resident Artist and the regular host/creator of the long-running Second Saturdays jazz-happenings. She holds a BFA in Dance from Point Park University where she has been on dance faculty for 14 years. She has held artist residencies and/or created original work for The Dance Alloy, August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, University of Southern Mississippi, Slippery Rock University, Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh, Point Park University, LABCO Dance and TEDxGrandviewAve. Pearlann was named one of Dance Magazine's 25 To Watch in 2010, Pittsburgh Post Gazette's Best in Dance (2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014), Pittsburgh Magazine's Best of the 'Burgh (2013), and has been three-times nominated for the Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Award. 

Pearlann currently lives in Pittsburgh and is writing a book on physical-jazz and her postjazz methodology with her partner/collaborator John Lambert.Type your paragraph here.

Pearlann Porter

Kristin LeBeau

Dana LaSota

Ernest Tolentino

Sarah Everhart

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With over  25 years of experience in performing, teaching , choreographing and living LaSota empowers individuals in rereleasing the body and mind to create with purpose. In turn producing the ultimate performing experience. As a young dancer, Dana LaSota lived and performed in New York City—working and touring with Stephen Petronio Company, Luis Lara, Jeremy Nelson, Anahi Galante Dance Theater and others. She also studied and worked with Klein Studios, Dance Space and Movement Research. A native of Pittsburgh, Dana  worked, choreographed and performed with LABCO Dance, Pittsburgh Opera, the Dance Alloy and numerous local artists. LaSota received her Master's of Science in Developmental Movement and Motor Control & Learning from the University of Pittsburgh and continued on with the University as a faculty member from 1999 to 2003. Dana was co-founder of LABCO Dance. During LABCO’s 12 years, she  choreographed, performed and taught for the company as well as served on its Board of Directors. LaSota is  founder and conduit for the Pittsburgh Dance Network.  Dana, now a mother of four children, continues to find time to teach and choreograph while working with a variety of populations through movement.

Troy Patrick