The Creative Team
Abby Lee Miller

Abby Lee is the Owner and Director of the Maryen Lorrain Dance Studio in Pittsburgh.  In May of 1995, she opened the doors to her brand new state-of-the-art facility.  Ms. Miller is also the founder and chief choreographer of The Abby Lee Dance Company.  The Year of 2010 celebrated 30 years of unparalleled competition success.  
A teacher's reputation is based solely on the success of her students! 
And successful they are; she has students appearing on Broadway, at Walt Disney World in Orlando and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, Radio City Music Hall in NYC, Detroit, Nashville, across the United States and abroad in Italy, Greece, Japan and Alaska. For every child that has gone on to dance professionally, there are a hundred more that have traveled to exciting cities, stayed in four star Hotels and won major competitions.  Thanks to her, there are another thousand that have stood a little taller, spoke a little louder and learned the value of hard work.  She truly teaches a child that Anything is Possible!  Ms. Miller is an active member of Dance Masters of PA Chapters #10 and #25, Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America.  She received a presidential appointment to the Dance Masters of America's National Executive Committee.  She acts as a consultant to several Public School Districts and is an advisor to Dancer Magazine.  She is honored to be the Past President of Dance Masters of Pennsylvania.  Abby Lee has made quite a name for herself in the dance world.  She is the teacher and a choreographer of fifty-three State & Regional Title Holders & Twenty-four National Title Winners!
Favorite Quote
"After twenty-seven years of working, I still don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody else!" 
~ Bill Cosby

 Mrs. Maryen L. Miller began dancing in 1933.  After graduating from high school her family relocated to Miami Beach, FL.  She began teaching children in 1944 and has been influencing lives ever since.  Maryen Lorrain built quite a successful reputation in Florida.  She was an active member of every major dance organization and a friend to all.  She chose to marry a boy from her childhood neighborhood, thus returning to Pittsburgh.  Maryen left behind seven thriving studios in the Miami area.  She chose to give them to her advanced students rather than sell her name.  Now - her great name can grace this building, as her expertise graces each and every class. Maryen Lorrain is a 50 year member of Dance Masters of Amerca and the Past-President of Pennsylvania Chapter #10.  Her vast knowledge of dance is an integral part of our Preschool Program    Curriculum each week.  Miss Maryen's former students have appeared on television, in commercials, in the movies and on many Broadway stages.  
They continue to work as choreographers, actors and dance instructors today. 

Maryen Lorrain Miller

 
Introducing the Creative Team:


Matt Saffron
Tap & Hip Hop Instructor/ Choreographer - National Tour  Tap Dog
Matt Saffron is a Native of Morgantown, WV and has been dancing since the age of six. He has had extensive training in tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. He won world honors as a member of the 2000 USA Tap Dance Team! Matt has been the featured dancer and Dance Captain of the West Virginia Public Theater's summer stock  productions of Guy and Dolls, Will Rogers Follies, Oklahoma, 42nd Street, Mame, Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie and A Chorus Line. Mr. Saffron has won numerous prestigious awards for performing as a tap dancer. In addition he has received Over-all High Score Honors and Cash Awards as a choreographer and teacher.  Matt had the pleasure of touring with the 10th Anniversary Tap Dogs 2006 as a dancer and musician. Recently, in Montreal, he performed as an original member of 
Tap' d Out in their premier show! 
 


Emma Neal

Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical
Born to Dance, Emma's mom is Patti Neal, owner and director of Dance Spectrum... a legendary institution in upstate New York.   Emma is trained in all phases of Dance  -  bio to come

 
James Washington
Contemporary Jazz, Hip Hop

Kerra Alexander
 

Cindy Edmonson

 
Kevin Carey
Gymnastics
Instructor
Mr. Kevin is a USAG-certified gymnastics instructor with over 25 years of coaching experience, and a former nationally ranked gymnast himself.  He lived, trained, and coached at the International Gymnastics Camp in Bartonsville, PA.  He has competed on the national championship East Stroudsburg University menís gymnastic squad in the mid 1980ís.  During this time he competed under the direction of Miles Avery the current coach of the Menís Olympic Gymnastics team. He has coached many award winning gymnasts across the country, in addition to coaching at many local gyms throughout Pennsylvania. 
ďItís a great pleasure to work with such well trained dedicated dancers".  

Jennine Wedge (Alum)
 All Genres of Dance
, Acrobatics & Gymnastics

R
ay  Interior
Hip Hop 


Gianna Martello (Alum)
 All Genres of Dance and Acrobatics
Jessica  Ice (Alum)
 All Genres of Dance
and Acrobatics

Miranda Maleski (Alum)
 All Genres of Dance
and Acrobatics


Eileen Grace - Reynolds
Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Rockette Experience, Musical Theater
Eileen Grace Noden grew up in Murrysville, PA she attended Franklin Regional High School, and won the Miss Dance 
of PA Title for PA Chpt #10.  During her Senior Year she attended Point Park University as an incoming Freshman. 
After squeezing 4 years of college in by the age of  20 to receive her BA in dance, she began traveling back and forth 
on the old People's Express Airlines to audition in NYC. It didn't take long before her Dad called the Miller's home to 
let them know she would be late to teach at the studio on Monday because she had captured a spot in the 
1st National EquityTour of 42nd Street! 
Eileen has appeared on Broadway in The Will Rogers Follies (original cast member and dance captain), 
42nd Street, and in the international tour of My One and Only (with Tommy Tune). 
Her television credits include the Grammy Awards, the Tony Awards, One Life to Live, the Today Show, 
Good Morning America, Macyís Parade, Christmas at Rockefeller Center, the Kennedy Center Honors,
 the Late Show with David Letterman, and Oprah. 
Graceís choreography credits include, On Your Toes, Guys and Dolls, My One and Only (IRNE Award), 
Crazy for You (IRNE Award), The Will Rogers Follies (IRNE Award), Cabaret, Anything Goes, 42nd Street, 
Annie Get Your Gun (starring Andrea McArdle), Fiddler on the Roof, and the World Cup Opening Ceremonies.
She is currently a director/choreographer for Radio City Music Hall, where she performed 
as the center Rockette in both casts for eight years. 
She is the artistic director for the Nationwide Rockette Summer Intensive Program.
 She also choreographed the Rockette appearances on Jay Leno, Donnie and Marie, Oprah, 
the Columbus Day Parade, and the Today Show. 
She was honored at Point Park as a Distinguished Alum in 2003 and inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame in Buffalo, NY.


Paul Reynolds
Acting, Stage Combat, Acting for Dancers, Musical Theater
PAUL IS A PROUD MEMBER OF SAG/AFTRA/AEA
FILM CREDITS: 
DADDY DAY CARE w/ Eddie Murphy, WHITE OF WINTER, STRIPTEASE w/ Demi Moore, A SCHIZO'S LOVE STORY         
TV CREDITS: 
GEORGE LOPEZ, GOOD MORNING MIAMI THE STONES, DAN FINNERTY, NORM, GENERAL HOSPITAL, HANG TIME, USA HIGH            
STAGE CREDITS: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES,  SOUND OF MUSIC,  CRAZY FOR YOU, WEST SIDE STORY, OKLAHOMA!,  BILOXI BLUES,  GUYS AND DOLLS,  FIFTH OF JULY,  DAMN YANKEES                                    Some favorite roles for Paul include Action in West Side Story, Will Parker in Oklahoma!, and Monsieur Darque in  Beauty And The Beast. 
TRAINING: 
University of Miami / B.F.A. Theater,  Audition/Film Technique w/ David Preston (LA), Acting w/ Gene Frankel Studios (NY), Stuart Rogers (LA)  

Jenna Bartholme

Contemporary, Jazz Funk, Lyrical, Ballet

Miss Bartholme,  is a native of Clarkston, Michigan, and a third-year student pursuing a bachelor of arts degree at 
Point Park University
with a concentration in jazz dance. She fell in love with dance at the age of two,  
her raw talent and intensive training have created many performing opportunities including solo work  with the 
prestigious Lakes Area Civic Ballet.  Through her DMA background Jenna has earned numerous titles, as well as 
regional and national high score awards  as a competition kid! At age 17, she was the youngest one out of ten people 
awarded a full scholarship for the summer "Dance with the Force" program at the EDGE in Los Angeles, California
She has been fortunate enough to work with many well-known teachers and choreographers in the professional world.  Currently, Jenna works with the dance convention MOVE, and is most recognized around the country 
as Kevin "Tokyo' Inouye's bubbly blonde assistant!



Peter Merz
Ballet - Partnering - Men's Class
Peter began his dance training at the Schwartz School of Dance in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio, the official school of the Dayton Ballet.  Subsequently, he danced with the Dayton Ballet, The Louisville Ballet, and later with the Cincinnati Ballet, performing works by twentieth-century masters such as Eugene Loring, Ages de Mille, Paul Taylor, and George Balanchine. Ballets choreographed by Mr. Merz have been danced all over the US and in Europe, and he has taught at schools around the country.  He holds a B.F.A. in Theatrical Design and Production from the University of Cincinnati.  Before joining the faculty at Point Park University, Mr. Merz served as the Artistic Administrator for the USA International Ballet Competition if Jackson, MS.  He has also served on grant review panels for the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Cynthia K. Ridler 
Ballet Mistress - Variations - Pointe 
Cynthia was born in Anchorage, AL, and brought up in Salt Lake City, UT, where she studied extensively with the renowned Willam F. Christensen.  As a student, Ms. Ridler received scholarships to train with Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Aspen Summer Dance School and the Harid Conservatory.  After attending the University of Utah on the Christensen Scholarship for Ballet, she joined the company of Ballet West and later the Cincinnati Ballet.  Throughout her career, Ms. Ridler was privileged to perform for and work with such great contemporary choreographers as Paul Taylor, Val Caniparoli, John Neumier, Mauricio Wainrot, and Kirk Petersen.  Her classical repertoire includes Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Giselle, Paquita and Raymonda.  Ms. Ridler also had the opportunity to perform many of Balanchineís great works such as Theme and Variations, Who Cares?, Concerto Barroco, Symphony in C, Agon, The Four Temperaments, Scotch Symphony and Divertimento #15.  Upon retiring, Ms. Ridler began to teach ballet full time while also completing a degree in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati.  She and her daughter Lucy recently relocated to Pittsburgh from Jackson, MS, where she owned her own ballet studio and served as ballet mistress for the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, to be with her husband, Peter LeBreton Merz.  She is currently on the adjunct faculty at Point Park University.


Christine Ice
Business Manager
Melissa Zeigler
Receptionist/ Marketing
Kim Martello
The TightSpot/ The Dressing Room

 
Jerry Ross 
Tap Tech, Musical Theater, Acro/ Gym
Mr. Ross comes to us from the faculty of the prestigious Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. He is part of the amazing Musical Theater Program where he teaches dance movement to singers and actors. He is known for his innovative concepts in choreography in both local and regional productions. Jerry is always prepared to step on stage to perform when duty calls. Over the years, he has been featured in musicals receiving rave reviews. Never one to be a starving artist, Jerry is a pharmacist by trade with a degree from Duquesne.

Jennifer Snyder Zeitler 
Tap, Ballet/ Pointe, Jazz, Acrobatics, Gymnastics, Stage stunts = 
web, silks, combat, aeriel work

Jennifer was our first Miss Dance of  PA, 1992.  She was trained in all genres of dance at The Maryen Lorrain Dance Studio, and as a thriving member of The Abby Lee Dance Company, she went on to dance professionally for 12 years. Jenniferís first job was dancing at Busch Gardens, from there it was a rapid succession of famous theme parks and luxury cruise ships, as near as Hershey Park and as far as Europe. She has been to four continents and every one of our United States, with long stints in Nashville, TN and Branson, MO.  Dance has literally taken her around the world. She is a multi-faceted performer who can do a lot more than danceÖ she has been trained on the Spanish Web, Taiko Drums, Trick Roping, Adagio Work and Flying with Foy. Upon retiring from the spotlight, Miss Jen is now a Mrs. and the very proud mom of Zachary! We are glad to have Jennifer back at the studio where she brings years of experience and expertise!