RockIt Dance Studio by Chrissy aspires to foster the dance creativity and individuality in each and every one of its students from toddlers through adulthood, beginners through advanced. Our goal is to provide you with a unique schedule of classes in an effort to build your skills and develop a progression of dance technique that will help you meet your highest expectations. The learning approach and overall environment at RockIt stresses the importance of teamwork, kindness, dedication, attendance and positivity. Thank you for choosing RockIt! It is our privilege to bring dance into your lives.
Miss Chrissy and Miss Kelly have been best friends since grade school. They grew up dancing at Shade Sisters together since they were very young children. They have practiced and performed side-by-side in countless dance shows and events. As they grew they became teachers who worked extraordinarily well together, complementing each other's different and similar talents. They were bridesmaids at each other's weddings. Later they celebrated the birth of their own children, which eventually led to them teaching one another's children dance, gym and/or baton. They were known as the "Dynamic Dancing Duo," and as they always hoped this day may come they are so pleased to launch the dance company RockIt! Watching our kids grow up and follow in our footsteps to be both close friends and dance teammates has been one of life's greatest joys! For if you choose to take an adventure why not go with your best friend! Chrissy and Kelly would like to thank Shade Sisters Dance Studio for the excellent training, experience and other lifelong treasures it has provided. Many of those treasures also will be a part of the team at RockIt, first and foremost in it's teaching staff. RockIt is pleased to announce that lifelong friend and wonderful teacher Miss Jill and the very talented Miss Emily will be "jumping on board" at RockIt, and for that we couldn't be happier!
Christina (D'Andrea) Pollice
Owner of RockIt Dance Studio By Chrissy, she has been dancing since age 3 at Shade Sisters Dance Studio. This year marks her 23rd year of teaching dance and 36 years of being a part of the Shade Sisters company, where she has served as an administrative associate in addition to dance instructor. She proudly celebrates the anniversary of having piloted a mommy/daddy and toddler dance program for 11 years this year. Chrissy has specialized in making dance a wonderful part of the lives of children through adults, and although she has an excellent reputation for working with younger students, she also teaches at intermediate and advanced levels. Chrissy earned both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. She and her husband, Nick, of eighteen years proudly have three children ranging in age from pre-teen to five. Their daughter and sons all dance at RockIt. Chrissy is thankful for two things each and every day 1) That she has the love and support of an extraordinary group of family, friends, staff and community and 2) That her daily job is her dream come true. Loving dance and hoping to pass it on to others is the reason why RockIt came to be. Chrissy feels that there is no greater gift than the joy of observing students progress given excellent teaching of technique, but also all the while having fun and truly enjoying the choreography that they are learning in a healthy, professional and rewarding environment. Her hope is that you too will Jump on Board at RockIt, so that your Dance Dreams can Soar!
Chrissy thanks her Mom and Dad for all the years of supporting her dance dreams when she was young and as she now opens RockIt Dance Studio by Chrissy!
Kelly Cochenour began dancing at the age of four and has been teaching dance, baton and gymnastics for over 24 years. She previously worked as studio manager, administrative associate and teacher at Shade Sisters Dance Studio. She has a long history of working with children as both a dance teacher and preschool teacher, and earned her Bachelor's Degree from Duquesne University. Her specialties in dance are tap and baton, as well as working with beginner level through advanced. Kelly's background also includes 9 years in accounting for a major banking corporation which has led to priding herself on excellent customer service and organizational skills to create a highly efficient dance studio. Kelly has been married to Bill for 13 years and together they have two daughters who both are dancers at RockIt.
Jill Gudenburr began dancing at the age of 4, and has been teaching dance, baton and gymnastics for over 30 years. She previously worked as technical director, administrative associate, and dance instructor at Shade Sisters Dance Studio, she had been a part of this studio for 49 years. She has a long history of working with children as both a dance teacher as well as previously being a Sunday/Bible school teacher. She is a deacon and currently serves on the session at her church. She graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business. Further her resume includes having worked in the finance field for 12 years before raising her 3 children. Jill celebrates 33 years of marriage to her husband Doug and their adult daughter dances at RockIt. Their sons studied and enjoyed gymnastics for many years which they agree has assisted in their endeavors in sports performance. The Gudenburr Family is more than happy to help in any way that they can to make RockIt a success. Don't be surprised to see them helping at our shows!!
Emily Duffner has been dancing since she was three years old. She began her dancing journey at Shade Sisters Dance Studio taking tap, jazz, ballet, modern, pointe and musical theatre for fifteen years. She then graduated and began dancing for Mary Miller Dance Company and Knot Dance focusing on modern/ballet fusion, and aerial silks. In addition to her notable repertoire Emily is beginning her certification in Power/Vinyasa Yoga. Emily has an Associate's Degree in Business Management and a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. She graduated from Robert Morris University of Pittsburgh in April of 2017. Emily expressed "I am ecstatic to become part of the RockIt Dance Team and pass on my love of dance with others!" RockIt is so pleased to welcome Miss Emily to our teaching staff.
Laurie Pritchard has been dancing since age 2 and has been teaching dance (ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop), and gymnastics for over 20 years. Laurie expressed that "she had the great privilege of taking and teaching classes at Shade Sisters Dance Studio and Ann Shade Dance and Fitness alongside the best teachers in dance!" Laurie is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University and received a BA in Elementary and Special Education. Laurie has taught in many school settings since receiving her teaching licenses and she currently teaches third grade at Wilkins Primary in the Woodland Hills School District. Laurie expressed that she comes from a big family that has been a big part of her dancing and gymnastics background. Her mom, 4 brothers, and 1 younger sister have been a part of the Shade Sisters Studio and Ann Shade Dance studios taking dance and/or gymnastics classes. In addition to dance and gymnastics, Laurie is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and has taught classes throughout the past 15 years to students from 5 years old to adult. She will celebrate completing her 6th Half Marathon in May 2017 and looks forward to many more! As Laurie starts her journey with RockIt Dance Studio, she will be planning her wedding to her fiancé, Bob, with the help of her 3 fur babies, Mia, Max, and Edison! Laurie shared that "she looks forward to many exciting years of dancing and gymnastics with all the wonderful students at RockIt!"
Davey Douylliez was born and raised in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. He and Marcy currently live in Southpointe, Washington County. Davey started dancing at a very young age with his mother and other family members. During the height of the Disco Era, Davey competed locally and regionally in various dance competitions. His most prestigious win was in New York at what then was the 747 Club. Davey took a little hiatus from dancing while raising his family and returned 9 years ago to a passion he never forgot. Davey most recently has won the "Dancing with the Stars" competition two years in a row, that supports the Alzheimer’s Association. His core dances are West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Cha Cha, Hustle, Rumba, Salsa, Foxtrot and Viennese Waltz. Davey's resume further includes teaching ballroom dance at a professional school and notably he is the owner and CEO of his own heating and air conditioning company.
Marcy Salandra moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when she was 12. She has been a professional hair stylist for over 30 years. Marcy danced Freestyle 3 days a week from the age 14 until meeting Davey 8 years ago. Davey taught Marcy how to dance the Cha Cha, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Hustle and Rumba.
As a couple they continue to grow in dance by participating in weekend workshops within the Pittsburgh area. RockIt is pleased to welcome the introduction of Couples Dance Classes at the studio. Welcome Davey and Marcy!!!