Director of Children's Programming, Instructor
Alicia started her career as a gymnast in Pittsburgh at the age of 5. She competed in gymnastics until the age of 10 when she realized that the dance piece of gymnastics was the component that she loved. She began dancing at a local Pittsburgh dance studio where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and tumbling. After a few years, she transferred to the Sewickley School of Performing Arts where she continued her dance studies along with the performing arts. She studied under Karen Prunzik, a lead cast member of New York’s original performance of 42nd Street. She also studied under Billy Hartung, cast member of the movie, Chicago, for a summer performing arts program. She was selected to study ballet for a summer intensive program at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and also participated in many New York City workshops for ballet and tap. In addition to studying at the Sewickley School, she taught or assisted with many of the classes for beginning students.
Alicia attended Ohio University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Modern Dance, including the Horton, Graham and Cunningham styles of dance. She completed her student teaching assignments in an integrated preschool program in Athens, Ohio and also in a second grade classroom in the Hampton School District located in the Northern area of Pittsburgh, PA. Following her college graduation, she moved to Arizona for several years where she taught second or third grade for the Higley Unified School District. She returned to Ohio when she got married and started her family. She has spent the last few years raising her two children and working on her Master’s Degree in Education.
Although Alicia enjoyed her time spent educating students in the academic classroom setting, she is excited to be teaching and engaging students through the study of dance at HCBallet. She loves sharing her passion for creating and performing movement with the community and hopes to inspire a love of the arts in the youngest of performers.