Stephen Hadala Stephen received his early training at Allard Academy of Dance, under the direction of Bonnie Allard. Upon graduating high school in 1995, he continued his training at Marygrove College, pursuing a BFA in Dance Theatre Performance. Stephen spent summers training at The Chicago National Ballet Forum, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the School of American Ballet. In the winter of 1997, he auditioned, and was accepted as a full time student with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. By the spring of 1998, he accepted a corps de ballet position with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Stephen had a fulfilling sixteen season career with PBT. He performed numerous soloist and principle roles in the company’s eclectic repertoire. Some of his favorites include, “Elegy Boy” in Balanchine’s Serenade, “Dracula” in Ben Stevenson’s Dracula, “Stomper” in Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room, “Dr. Coppelius in Terrence S. Orr’s Coppelia, “Johnny O” in Paul Taylor’s Company B, and “Mitch” in John Neumeirer’s A Street Car Named Desire. Stephen has also performed throughout the United States, as well as in Germany, Austria, Israel, and Japan. Upon retiring from the stage in 2014, he was hired as an adjunct faculty at Marygrove College, and was promoted to full time faculty in January of 2017.
Kathryn Short has been dancing and teaching for more than 30 years. She began her training at Allard Academy of Dance, under the direction of Bonnie Allard. Upon graduating High School, Kathryn continued to study dance at Marygrove College, and later at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Kathryn is a co-owner/co-director of Great Lakes Dance Centre, and Artistic Director of the GLDC Performance Company, and Competition team. She has won numerous awards and honors for choreography, and has led the competition team to many victories. Kathryn is certified in ZUMBA, ZUMBA Gold, and a member of ZIN (ZUMBA Instructors Network).