Teaching in Butler for “Fifty Years,” she has devoted her life to dance. Lee believes that her involvement with so many organizations increases her education and keeps her refreshed and inspired. It also provides many opportunities for her students.
• National President Dance Masters of America 2002/2004
• National Past President of Dance Masters of America
• Fifty year member of Dance Masters of America & PA(since 1958)
• Dance Masters of America Presidents Award
• Dance Masters of America Member of the Year 1983
• Honorary Member of Dance Masters of California-Chapter One
• Member of the Cecchetti Council of America & PA (since 1958)
• Member of Cecchetti International
• Certified Licentiate teacher of the Cecchetti Council of America
• Chairman of the PA Cecchetti Committee
• Member of Actors Equity
• Member of Butler County Chamber of Commerce
• Member of International Tap Association
• Life member of the Butler Musical Theater Guild
• National Safety Certification by USA Gymnastics
• Tri-Director Miss Butler County/Moraine State Scholarship Program with Lucy Mudrick and Judy Hughes
• A Co-Director Esquire Players with Gordon Cavalero
• Certified Adjudicator by the National Council of America
• President of Dance Masters of PA 1968/1970
• Dance Masters of PA Spotlight Award 1991
• Authored Dance Masters of America First Pre-School Manual
• Co-director Esquire Players “Christmas Show” With Gordon Cavalero
• Choreographer, Butler County’s Junior Miss Program 1963/1975
• A founder of Miss Butler County Pageant with Joan Haley & Dr Herb Reinhard, SR University
• Graduated Teachers Training School for Dance Masters of America Kent State University & Normal School
• Established “Night of the Stars” to offer more student opportunities
• Chairwoman of Miss Dance of America Pageant – 11 Years
• Member of DMA “Ivy Hall”
Eli ‘s career started at the age of fourteen with the National Tour of Gigi. After an extensive career in Musical Theater he began his teaching career . He has owned his own Studio and Dance Company, he has instructed dance and other core courses at the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Eli recently retired from Carnegie Mellon University and The Pittsburgh CLO where he served as Director of Education. Numerous students have gone onto such esteemed schools as Julliard, Broadway, Concert Dance Companies and the movies. Eli has taught at various National Conventions and his choreography has been seen across the country.
Thirty-six year faculty member, Terri studied at Lee’s School of Dance. She is a member of the Dance Masters of America and Pennsylvania. She is certified to teach by test. She received the Dance Masters of America and Pennsylvania Scholarship to attend the Teachers Training School at Kent State University where she is a training school graduate. Terri is a member of the Cecchetti Council of America and serves as secretary for the Pennsylvania Cecchetti Committee. She attends the Cecchetti Workshops and was chosen to teach the junior students scholarship audition. She has taught the Sigel Workshop in Altoona, PA and the Summer Dance Workshop at Lee’s School of Dance.
Terri serves as Co-director of Jr. Cecchetti Ballet Company, on the staff of Miss Butler County, choreographer and dancer-MTG. She taught for the PA Committee of Cecchetti Ballet and served as DMA Junior workshop chairman for the national convention in NYC & Florida.
a native of Butler, Pennsylvania. She is currently dancing with Helen Simoneau and Nathan Trice/R I T U A L S in New York City. One of her pieces of choreography was shown at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater and featured on the front page of the NYC Metro Newspaper. Other works of Lindsay’s have been seen at St. Mark’s Church (NYC), University Settlement (NYC), Slippery Rock University and SUNY Fredonia. She has also danced with Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Collective Body/Dance Lab (contemporary ballet), Ellen Cornfield, Daniel Charon, Camille A Brown, Ayo Janeen Jackson, Twyla Tharp, Jiri Kylian, Brenda Daniels, Sean Sullivan, Steve Rooks for the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, VIA Dance Collaborative (founding member), John Jasperse and Miguel Gutierrez among others. Her Career as both a dancer and choreographer has allowed her to travel throughout the United States and through Eastern and Western Europe. Though she has a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree as a Sarah Graham Kenan Scholar from the Prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts as a Contemporary Dancer; she has also perfomed in Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s ”West Side Story” and North Shore Musical Theater’s “Victor/Victoria”. Her film credits include the lead Arabian in Robert Lindgren’s “Nutcracker”, the feature film “Across the Universe” directed by Julie Taymor and as a featured dancer in the music video “Pieces of You” by Brooklyn based band The Hot Seconds. Lindsay is excited to teach future dancers from her home town!
Moved to the area 3 years ago from New York City where he lived for almost 20 years where he performed and directed for many of those years. A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (on scholarship) and The New School, his favorite roles in New York, the title roles in “Young Abe Lincoln” and “The Great Brain”, off-Broadway. He toured Europe in the musical “Hair” as Claude. Since moving here, he has performed and directed nonstop in various productions at the Butler Little Theatre, New Castle Playhouse, Butler Musical Theatre Guild, and the Kean Theatre.
Leslie Anderson-Braswell’s love for dance began at the three years of age, and became her ultimate life’s journey at the age of twelve when she joined the children cast of the newly forming Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, under the direction of choreographer Nicholas Petrov in 1969. In 1971, Leslie became one of the youngest members of the corps de ballet, training under renowned ballet masters / choreographers such as Edward Caton, Vitale Fokine, Leonide Massine, Fredrick Franklin, and many others, dancing in a variety of renowned classical ballets for three seasons. During the summer of 1972, Leslie was encouraged by teachers / resident principal dancers of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Kenneth Johnson and Patricia Kleckovic. to spend the summer at Arthur Mitchell’s newly forming Dance Theater of Harlem in New York, which she did, and immediately, her goal was to one day return as a dancer for Arthur Mitchell’s African-American ballet company. In 1973, Leslie auditioned for John Cranko, director and choreographer extraordinare of the Stuttgart Ballet, and was accepted into the exclusive pre-professional Stuttgart Ballet School, in Stuttgart, West Germany. While in Stuttgart, Leslie performed with the Stuttgart State Opera, in addition to the assigned roles with the Stuttgart Ballet School and Company. In 1975, Leslie auditioned, and was invited to join the Geneva Ballet, in Geneva Switzerland, by artistic director Patricia Neary, former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet; however, Leslie longed to return to the United States to work with Arthur Mitchell, the first Black principal dancer of George Balanchine’s, New York City Ballet, who is founder and director of the internationally acclaimed Dance Theater of Harlem in New York City. With Ms. Neary’s assistance, the audition was arranged, and Leslie was asked to join Dance Theater of Harlem in 1975. Prior to arriving in New York, Leslie underwent foot surgery, at home in Pittsburgh, for an injury that occurred in Stuttgart. Upon returning to New York as a member of The Dance Theater of Harlem, Leslie performed, touring extensively throughout America and Europe. Unfortunately, the results of the previous surgery were unfavorable, which led Leslie to make a decision to leave Dance Theater of Harlem, and professional ballet, much earlier than anticipated. Leslie returned home, beginning the most amazing journey of her life; teaching, imparting the wealth of knowledge and experience accumulated through the magnificent opportunities she experienced early in her life, to a multitude of exceptionally talented students that, she feels very blessed, have crossed her path. In 1979, Leslie was the first dance teacher hired to teach ballet at the newly forming, Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, in Homewood, the neighborhood where she grew up, and has spent the last 31 years doing so, where she has inspired a generation of aspiring dancers. Equally prominent teaching credits include Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Academy of Musical Theater, where Leslie taught for 16 years with Buddy Thompson, with whom she shares a kinship and bond, nurtured in the early years of the high school, to inspire excellence and greatness in every serious student of dance that crossed their paths, which is a shared on-going commitment. As a result of working together at the Academy, many former students have reached the pinnacle of success in dance. Throughout the years, Leslie has been a guest teacher for professional companies throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. She has been commissioned for choreography for northeastern performing arts groups, as well as an episode of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood. She was a recipient of a choreography fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Heinz Endowment, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Ohio Council on the Arts. In 1986 Leslie was awarded an Outstanding Distinguished Teacher Award, presented at the White House by President Ronald Reagan. She was honored with an Outstanding Woman of America Award in 1982, and, Outstanding Artist Award from the Pittsburgh’s Greater Legacy Council, in celebration of African-American Artists.
Amy Kroner moved to the Butler area in 1991. Her career as a music educator began with the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, where she taught music to students in a variety of Special Education settings. Amy was also employed by the Butler Area School District as an Elementary Vocal Music Instructor. In addition to teaching, Amy has a degree in Music Therapy and has worked with chemically dependant teens and in psychiatric, geriatric, and oncology facilities.
A Butler native, Megan trained at Lee’s School of Dance where she participated in Cecchetti Ballet Company, competitive groups and solos, and PA Governor’s School for the Arts and various summer intensives, as well as served as a student teacher. Upon graduation, she moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to complete a degree in Modern Dance at the University of Utah. While there, Megan had the opportunity to perform in both student and guest artist works, choreograph her own works, and produce and direct multiple evening-length concerts, accomplishments which earned her recognition as a member in the Modern Dance Department’s Orchesis Honors Society. As a teacher, Megan has been a teaching artist in Utah public schools as a contemporary dance instructor for high school students and as a creative movement instructor for elementary school students. She also had the honor to be a featured performer and teaching leader in the “Listening to the Earth” project in Salt Lake City, a program designed to build classroom communities through self expression and creative movement. Now, being back in Butler, Megan is excited to teach the students of the Butler Center for the Performing Arts!
Martin joined our staff twenty years ago as a gymnastic instructor. He lettered two years as a ButlerHigh Gymnast and competed on the Varsity Team. Martin is National Safety Certified by USAGymnastics. He has been a gymnast since the age of ten. Martin is presently employed full-time by Blue Star Imports, a division of American Eagle Outfitters in Cranberry.