Meet Our Instructors


Renee Nicholson

Renée K. Nicholson’s training background in ballet includes study at Interlochen Arts Academy, the Pre-Professional Program at Milwaukee Ballet and elsewhere. She has performed with various professional ballet companies, however, her performing career was cut short when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Renée is an American Ballet Theatre (ABT®) Certified Teacher, who successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level Seven and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Her certification received financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Renée also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Creative Writing, and has been recognized by national publications as well as the Pushcart Prizes for her writing about dance. She teaches for both the Dance Program and the Multidisciplinary Studies program at WVU.




Miss Cara

Cara has been dancing since the age of 7 at Tracy's Dance Company and Pizazz Dance Academy. She was a member of the MHS Show Choir while in high school and danced competitively for 7 years. She has taken numerous classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She has also danced at several different conventions and teacher training schools such as Rhee Gold's Project Motivate, Stars of Tomorrow, and Dance Teacher Magazine's Summer Conference. Cara has taken class from Judy Rice, Mia Michaels, Avi Miller and Ofer Ben. She has completed Grade I of Dance Masters of America Teacher's Training School. Cara is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.


Julie began her dance training at the age of 8 at Stage 7 Studio in Fairmont. She went on to become an assistant instructor, then a lead instructor. In 2000, she began her career with Pizazz Dance Academy (then Tracy’s Dance Company), where she taught ballet, pointe, jazz, tap and lyrical. She was the previous owner’s “right hand”, helping her take care of much of the administrative work, while also teaching dozens of classes. She was also instrumental in developing the Pizazz Competition Team, of which her own daughter is now a member! Julie had three years of Dance Masters of America training, and attended yearly classes at Broadway Dance Center and Dance Teacher Conferences in New York City. She attended WVU, and was the coach for Junior Orchesis at Morgantown High School as well. In 2009, Julie decided to take a break from Pizazz to focus on raising her family. She now has three kids, ages 9, 7 and 5. We’re thrilled to have her back on our team, welcome back Julie! 




Caitlin Burton began her dance training in her home state of Virginia. At the age of 11 she started her commute to North Carolina to attend Visions Dance Academy. As a versatile performer in many genres of dance including Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, and Hip Hop, she competed in many competitions and was recognized as a performer both in top awards and convention accolades. Caitlin was honored to be recognized as one of the youngest dancers to be accepted into Virginia School of the Arts, where she trained under the direction of Turner Perrow. While in high school she had the privilege to work with many main-stream choreographers, including Dee Caspary, Brooke Pierotti, Sonya Tayeh and Mandy Moore. She attended Virginia Tech as an Interior Design Major and was an executive and lead choreographer for the Dance Company of Virginia Tech. Currently Caitlin works in both Virginia and West Virginia teaching technique, contemporary style, and choreography to competitive students at multiple studios. Many of her students are nationally recognized with top overall awards and Caitlin herself has won top choreography awards consistently at multiple national competitions. Her work has also been featured on the websites of the Hall of Fame and League of Champions dance competitions.  Caitlin has also worked as a competition judge and adjudicator for several top competitions in the industry for the past 5 years.  She has acted as a mentor to her dancers and feels privileged to have lead multiple dancers into professional careers and prestigious dance programs at NYU and the University of the Arts.




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Lauren began dancing at the age of 3 in Frederick, MD. She trained for 6+ years at Dancin' Time Studios in Hagerstown, MD in ballet, tap, jazz, flamenco, hip hop, lyrical, pointe and jazz then finished her senior year of high school dance training at Elite Feet Dance Company in Frederick, MD. She started assisting dance classes at age 13 and by 17 she began teaching. She also attended dance conventions such as the Pulse and Monsters of Hip Hop for many years to train from the top choreographers. When Lauren graduated high school in 2009 she moved to New York City after being accepted into the Pushing Progress Company's Training Program. She had intensive training in Ballet, Contemporary, Pilates, and Gyro kinesis in the program from Calen Kurka, Chris Hale & many well-known guest instructors. While living in the city Lauren also trained at Broadway Dance Center in other styles such as Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz and more. After completing her one year training program with Pushing Progress Lauren decided to go to college to major in Communication Studies and minor in dance at WVU. While attending college Lauren continued to travel to NYC for classes, went to weekend long dance conventions, taught hip hop at CTA in Morgantown and in summer 2013 taught for the WVU Young Dance Academy camp. She has a strong passion for dance and is very excited to be a part of our staff!



Ricky Rogers

Ricky began dancing at the age of 4 and began competing at the age of 5. He has trained in all genres of dance including ballet, tap, modern, lyrical, contemporary, and hip-hop. Ricky began his competitive career with Rosalene Kenneth and finished at Elite Dance by Damian. He has won numerous overall high scores, titles, and dance scholarships from various competitions and conventions during his years as a competitive dancer. Ricky has trained privately with some of the top professionals in the business including Broadway’s Rachelle Rak, the Bolshoi Ballet’s Mansur Kamaletdinov, and Matt Saffron from Tap Dogs. Professionally, Ricky has appeared as a featured dancer in a Goosebumps movie and several music videos, including a role as Michael Jackson in a video for rapper Redman. Currently, Ricky is pursuing a dance major at West Virginia University where he received a full scholarship for football. Ricky’s unique story of being a dancing football player was featured in a piece by WVU titled Project Me: Ricky Rogers the Performer and was picked up by the Huffington Post. Ricky is excited to join our staff and share his passion for dance.







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