Instructors

Siri Heasley

Siri Heasley, the owner, operator, and chief instructor of Siri’s School of the Performing Arts, originates from Great Britain.  Siri grew up in Bristol where she graduated from Colston Girls High School in 1989.  She studied Ballet at the prestigious Elmhurst Ballet School in London, and received her National Diploma for Professional Dance and Musical Theatre at the Performer’s Dance College, also in London, in 1992.

Siri has appeared professionally in numerous venues in the West End of London and around the U.K. She was the featured singer and dancer in shows directed by Paul Stone at the London Palladium.  She starred as Rizzo in “Grease” at the Llandudno Theatre and played the Fairy in “Jack and the Beanstalk” at the Plymouth Theatre Royal.  She performed as a Backing Vocalist for Michael Ball at the Guernsey Theatre and served as Assistant Choreographer for “Cinderella” at the Woking Theatre Royal.  She also appeared in “The Mikado” at the Thameside Theatre and performed in the Ensemble of the “Holiday Inn 75th Anniversary Show” at the Royal Albert Hall.

Later, Siri performed in shows for Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise Lines where she was the Female Guest Entertainer, starring in the ship’s production shows and in her own cabaret.  Some highlights include Sally in “Cabaret”, Evita in “Evita”,  Christine in “Phantom of the Opera”, and Esther in “Meet Me in St. Louis.”  She also performed in the Ensembles of “42nd Street” and “Brigadoon.”

Siri has recorded in the famous Abbey Road Studio in London, and in 1997, recorded her first solo album, “This Dream”, at Audiomation (now Anything Audio) in Pittsburgh, PA.

Stephanie Frey Anderson

Stephanie Frey Anderson is a professional dance artist in the Pittsburgh area.  Her passion for teaching has inspired her completion of a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from Smith College, where as a teaching fellow, she taught the college undergraduates numerous genres of dance including ballet, jazz, latin jazz, and hip hop.  Stephanie has also taught classes at the American College Dance Festival and held Master classes at local universities, studios and high schools.  Stephanie has a B.S. in Exercise Science with a second major in Dance from Slippery Rock University.  Throughout her education, she worked with renowned choreographers including, David Dorfman, Terese Freedman, Jim Coleman, Brenda Divelbliss, Camille Brown, Helanius Wilkins, Mark Dendy, John Daygar for Lar Lubovitch, Ursula Payne, and Nora Ambrosio.  Currently, she is a company member of Continuum Dance Theatre, resident company of EVOLVE productions.  She has also performed with KNOTDance and the Staycee Pearl Dance Project.  Her own choreography has been showcased in numerous student shows as well as performances at the American College Dance Festival, Dance New Amsterdam in New York City, as well as EVOLVE productions’ shows in Pittsburgh.

 

Victoria Lynn McWilliams

Victoria McWilliams is 23 years old, and a graduate of Point Park University where
she earned her BFA degree-studying dance. Previous to attending school she trained
at the Tempe Dance Academy in Phoenix Arizona, there she studied many styles of
dance including, ballet, contemporary, point, jazz, tap, and acrobatics. Prior to
school Victoria also trained and competed as a level 10 gymnast. Since starting her
studies at Point Park University she has had the opportunity to perform in many
works by various artists including, Dwight Rhoden, Ronen Koresh, Christopher
Huggins, Garfield Lemonius, Ron Tassone, and more. At school she also had the
opportunity to choreograph a work in Point Parks annual Student Choreography
Project. Victoria has trained at summer intensive programs such as Alonzo King
Lines Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Dance Italia. Victoria has danced as
a company member with Texture Contemporary Ballet Company in Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania from 2015-2016. After graduating from Point Park, Victoria spent a
year in Chicago Illinois dancing in project based shows that included works by
Alanzo king Lines ballet dancer James Gowan. Victoria has now returned to
Pittsburgh to pursue starting up her own project based company in the city.

 

KC Krason

KC Krason is a professional dance artist and choreographer from the greater Pittsburgh area. She started her dance training at the Pine Tree Performing Arts Studio twenty-two years ago, and has grown to dance with the Pittsburgh Poison All-Stars, the Academy Theatre, and other private events throughout western Pennsylvania. Her formation of technique was solidified by her first pointe teacher, Alan Obuzor, who founded, runs, and choreographs for Texture Contemporary Ballet. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Managerial Economics with a minor in Dance and Movement Studies from Allegheny College in 2015. There she studied and choreographed works in the styles of ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, and improvisation. KC also served as the Modern Department’s first Teacher’s Assistant under the renowned James Reedy, a second generation Erick Hawkins company member. Since then, she has worked for Allegheny College’s gifted and talented program for Dance Studies, Allegro Dance Arts of Meadville, PA, and the Performing Arts Academy with Darin of Oil City, PA.

Jan Negri

Born and raised in Allegheny County, where she attended and graduated from Moon High School.  While attending Moon she developed an interest in Speech and Drama.  This continued through her college years where she attended Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, KY from 1971-1975.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching certification in Drama/Speech and English.

While at Kentucky Wesleyan she trained under the late Leo Burmeister who has appeared in many movies such as “The Abyss” and “The Last Temptation of Christ” and performed in the role of Thenardier in the original Broadway cast of “Les Miserables.” Also while at KWC she toured the midwest with their college production of “Shakuntala.”  She appeared in “Faust” and “JB” while also working backstage as well as on stage in many other productions there.

Shayne Cameron

Shayne was born in raised in Butler County. She comes to us with over 18 years of dance and teaching experience.  She started her dance career at a local studio where she studied and danced competitively in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, and Modern. She went on to study and perform with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre; her highlights include multiple performances in The Nutcracker and A Midsummer  Night’s Dream. She taught locally while obtaining her MS in Exercise Physiology.  She continued to teach dance while she worked in Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. Shayne believes strength training, stretching and flexibility are key to injury prevention for dancers. She is excited to join our team. She strives to help students reach their fullest potential and is always eager to share her passion and knowledge.  
                                                                                                  

Chloe Cornelius

Chloe grew up in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. She studied dance at a local studio where she joined their competitive dance company. She trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip Hop.
She went on to study Modern dance at George Mason University. While at George Mason, Chloe had the privilege of working with many renowned artists, such as, Susan Shields, Christopher d’Amboise, Kelly Crandall d’Amboise, James Lepore, Dan Joyce, Karen Reedy, and many others. One of the highlights of her college career was being able to co-choreograph and perform in a piece premiered at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Chloe moved to Pittsburgh, PA and is very excited to join the dance community here.

Cassidy Negri

Cassidy Negri is a native of Zelienople, Pennsylvania, and received her early training at Siri’s School of the Performing Arts. From her sophomore year in high school until graduation, Cassidy was given the opportunity to be one of the first members of Seneca Valley’s Academy of Choice Dance Program. Cassidy Negri is a senior at Slippery Rock University studying towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance and a minor in Adapted Physical Activity.
Throughout her time at Slippery Rock, Cassidy performs in various student showcases, faculty works, and has the privilege of being a member of Rock Dance Company. Rock Dance Company performs educational dance programs for local preschool and elementary students, senior populations, charitable and community events. She has worked with renowned choreographers including, Ursula Payne, Nora Ambrosio, Ballet Philippines, Kumu Lanakila, Oceana Dance Theatre, Jennifer Keller, Attack Theatre, Chrisala Brown and Thom Cobb. Her own choreography has been showcased in Slippery Rock’s Dance Theatre. Upon the completion of her degree this spring, Cassidy plans to attend graduate school for further studies in Adapted Physical Activity and Dance.