Larry Cervi
Larry has been training teenagers in the Arts for 48 years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education, and a Master's in Theatre at the University of Pittsburgh. He taught English at Swissvale High School, and then Speech and Drama at Churchill Area High School for 21 years (where he also directed the school's theater productions), and at the Community College of Allegheny County Boyce Campus. He served as choreographer for two major university marching bands, and directed competitive drill teams. He founded the Larry Cervi School of Performing Arts in 1986, and the East End Kids, a professional teen song and dance ensemble, in 1990. Larry's artistic direction of high school musicals at Gateway, Riverview and West Allegheny High Schools culminated in numerous CLO Gene Kelly Award nominations. He has also directed at North Hills, Montour, and the Jewish Community Center.

With over 100 dramatic and musical productions to his credit, Larry continues to share his love of the arts with teens. He currently teaches acting at the Larry Cervi School of Performing Arts, he is the artistic director for the East End Kids, and he directs theater for East End Productions, the most recent of which was "Fame."

 

Kim Meyers Merge
Co-owner of the Larry Cervi School of Performing Arts in Monroeville, Kim is a summa cum laude graduate of Point Park University and has been teaching dance for more than 20 years. She danced on Broadway in "The Tap Dance Kid" and with many touring companies, dinner theaters and summer stock shows across the United States. Rob Marshall (director of the movies Chicago and Memoirs of a Geisha), Christian Slater, Ben Vereen, and Lynn Swann are some of the celebrities with whom she has performed. Locally, Kim has danced with the Pittsburgh CLO, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and the Pittsburgh Opera. Her energies are now directed toward teaching and choreographing.

In addition to teaching with Larry Cervi, Kim taught at the CLO Academy for 10 years, the Ellis School, and at Centerstage in New Jersey. She choreographed musicals at Gateway High School, Franklin Regional High School, and Franklin Regional Middle School. Her choreography for Gateway's "The Boyfriend" won a Gene Kelly Award which honors excellence in musical theater. Larry Cervi was Kim's teacher at Churchill Area High School. She credits his professional approach while directing musicals for instilling in her a love of the performing arts and ultimately choosing dance as her career.

 

Jennifer Probola
Co-owner of the Larry Cervi School of Performing Arts in Monroeville, Jenn began her training with Judy Brondon and Pamela Schickler at A Touch of Dance. She went on to graduate with a BA in dance from Point Park University. Jenn performed with American Entertainment, Osbourne Productions, and Latshaw Productions but her passion has always been choreography. She began her teaching career as assistant director of the dance department at Nazareth Academy in Rochester, New York. Her other teaching credits include The Dance Company, Wilkins School of Dance, Gateway High School 's competitive marching band and colorguard, Penn Trafford’s colorguard, and the East End Kids.

Her musical choreography credits include "Grease" for Valley High School, "Fame" for East End Productions, “Good News” for Central Catholic, and " Godspell " for Nazareth Academy, which earned her Rochester's "Stars of Tomorrow" award. She currently choreographs Kiski Area’s show choirs, Centerstage, and Kandescence, as well as the Franklin Regional's Pantherettes dance team who recently performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Kristen Bailey
Kristen Bailey recently graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in Dance and minor in Business Administration. She was consistently on the Dean’s List and has received numerous scholarships and awards, including the Student Research and Scholarly and Creative Achievement Grant and several Lucy Isacco Sack Scholarships. Kristen has participated in Slippery Rock Dance Theatre and Senior Synthesis for the past three years and has performed the choreography of Helen Simoneau. Kristen was an SRU Dance Theatre student assistant, philanthropy chair of Sigma Rho Delta, and a freshman mentor in the dance department. Kristen is excited to start her career as a dance teacher by instructing at three dance studios, and is thrilled to be back at her home studio, Larry Cervi School of Performing Arts.

Brittany Richard
Brittany began dancing at the age of three and has performed at dance competitions and conventions around the nation. During her years at Franklin Regional, she was a four-year squad leader of the Pantherettes Dance Team and a featured dancer in the high school musicals. She has performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Citrus Bowl Parade, at Walt Disney World and in local dance studio commercials. Brittany is a proud graduate of Ohio University where she received a B.S. in Communication Studies with a minor in Dance. She was a member of “The Movement” organization and performed in the School of Dance concerts. After teaching tap, ballet, pointe, jazz and gymnastics in the Pittsburgh area, Brittany is excited to have joined the faculty of the Larry Cervi School of Performing Arts.

Trisha McCarthy
Trish began dance at age 12 in a local dance studio. She has performed at many dance competitions and festivals including the Sons and Daughters of Italy, and the Pittsburgh Summer Dance Festival at Point State Park. Other performances include a local production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, the Pittsburgh Symphony's Tiny Tots Program at Heinz Hall, and performances with the Pittsburgh Performing Arts Theater and the Pittsburgh Community Ballet Company. Trish attended classes at LaRoche College and the Conservatory program under the direction of Kenneth Nickle, and went on to attend Point Park College as a ballet major. She earned a B.A. in Performing Arts from Point Park College. Trish has been teaching at the Larry Cervi School of Performing Arts since 1994. She has choreographed for the Burgettstown High School musical “Once Upon a Mattress” and for Pittsburgh's East End Kids. Trish also taught at Carnegie Mellon University for the Dance Alloy. She and her sister Erin founded the Burchfield Elementary School.

Rudy Hazen
Rudy Hazen started dancing professionally at the age of nine and continues to perform professionally today.  Her credits include Radio Disney Dancers, Disney's Dream Team, 42nd Street Productions, Sparks Dancer for Pittsburgh Power Professional Football Team, back-up dancer for Lil' Jon, Chubby Checker, and Sarah Marince, she also performed in CLO's "42nd Street", Carrnival's "In the Heights", was a dancer in Cedar Point Amusement Park's Luminosity and Peanut's Show, danced on a national tour with the Hello Kitty SuperCute Friends Festival and most recently took on a new challenge as an aerialist in Cedar Point's all-new Luminosity Show this past summer.  She received her BA in Dance from Point Park University and shares her love of  dance as part of the teaching faculty at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy and Larry Cervi’s School of Performing Arts. She is also on staff and judges dance nationally for Beyond the Stars Dance competition and also choreographs for several groups here in Pittsburgh.

 

Jessica Larson
Jessica started her dance training in classical ballet in Killeen, Texas at age eight, and has since danced everything from ballet, to jazz, to flamenco, and even East Indian. In high school Jessica became captain of her high school dance and drill team in Killeen, Texas and won numerous dance awards to include “Outstanding Girl” from the American Drill Team School, and “Best High Kicker”. Jessica went on to get her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance with a minor in Childhood Education from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors. Jessica has performed across the country from musical theater and concert dance, to various hip-hop basketball half-time routines with the Las Vegas Bandettes. In Pittsburgh, Jessica performed in Tony and Tina’s Wedding when it was being held at Station Square and even acted in a local Comcast commercial. Jessica has taught dance in cities across the country including Las Vegas, San Antonio, and Twin Lakes Michigan, and is excited to be a part of the Larry Cervi School of Performing Arts Faculty.

Amy McDaniel
Amy is a private vocal instructor for the Larry Cervi School of Performing Arts. She is also a vocal instructor and Artist in Residence at the Community College of Allegheny County, Boyce Campus, and she serves as the music director for Larry Cervi's East End Kids and various music ministries. A mezzo-soprano, Amy received most of her training at Duquesne University, where she studied vocal training with the late, world-renowned opera singer, Mija Novich, former head of the Vocal Department and Opera Workshop at Duquesne University.

Courtney Miller
Courtney is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in dance. She developed her love of dance at a young age at a studio in Somerset, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation from OSU she moved to Chicago where is trained at Gus Giordano and extensively at the Joel Hall Dance Center. She danced professionally with the Joel Hall Dancers in such works as Nuts and Bolts, Great White Cheddak, Y2 Day and El Gato Negro. Since moved from Chicago, Courtney has taught ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and musical theater at the Laurel Arts Dance Center and at Tammy's School of Dance. She is delighted to share her passion at the Larry Cervi School of Performing Arts and is excited to see what the future holds.

Melinda Plowman
Melinda is a graduate of Clarion State University and has done some graduate study at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She taught private piano at the Open Door Christian Academy, and she plays for various churches in the community. She is an accompanist for Kiski Area High School and Junior High School Choirs, and has accompanied Leechburg, Highlands, Apollo Ridge and St. Joseph's High School Choirs. Melinda has also been accompanist for a number of musicals including Hello Dolly, Footloose, the Wizard of Oz, and for My Fair Lady, Camelot, and Gypsy with the New Kensington Civic Theatre. She also played for the Clarion Players Hometown Variety Shows and the Clarion County Community Chorus while attending college. Melinda teaches private piano at Johnstonbaughs & Murphy's Music studio.

 

Jessica Stanley
Jessica began her classical training in Binghamton, NY, at Ballet Arts Theater, under the direction of Tina Christina Price. She furthered her training at numerous summer intensive programs including Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Ballet West, DanceAspen, and Point Park University.
Jessica received a B.A. in Dance and Communications from Mercyhurst College where she was featured in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Puck, and as a soloist in numerous contemporary works. She also performed in Balanchine’s Serenade, staged by Judith Fugate. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Jessica performed in all four of Walt Disney World’s theme parks in various parades and shows. She has danced professionally with Ohio Dance Theater and Chambersburg Ballet Theater, performing the title roles in both Cinderella and Snow White.  She also performed lead roles in The Nutcracker and Firebird. Jessica later earned a M.A. in Corporate Communication from Duquesne University and is now enjoying sharing her passion and knowledge for the arts with all of her students.  

Aimée Voegtle
Aimée has been dancing since she was seven and has been teaching in Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania for the last twenty years. She first took class and taught at the Anderson Young Ballet Theatre (AYBT) where she performed leads in such ballets as Cinderella, Coppelia, Giselle, Nutcracker, The Red Shoes, and Sleeping Beauty as well as many original works. As a company member she attended many Regional Dance America Dance Festivals. During this time she also worked with the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre as a trainee, performed in the 10th Pan American Games Opening Ceremonies as a professional dancer, and competed in several ballet competitions including the Association of Arts and Letters National Competition in Dance.

Aimée later studied dance at Ohio State University. From there she resumed teaching and performing once more with the Harrisburg Dance Conservancy and Harrisburg Dance Ensemble. Upon moving to State College she served on the faculty of the Arts Conservatory of Central Pennsylvania for six years and performed with the Ballet Theatre of Central Pennsylvania. Aimée has extensive training in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and musical theater dance and over the years has been involved in a number of theatrical productions.

Jon Zellhart
Jon Zellhart is a graduate of Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University in trumpet and vocal performance. Having studied with top teachers in both disciplines, Jon brings a unique approach to his performances and teaching. Currently the Music Director at St. John Fisher Parish in Churchill, Jon is an in demand performer of vocal and orchestral repertoire. Past performances include recitals at California University of PA, Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne Universities, tours of Europe, and performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.