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20 Commercial Way
Springboro OH 45066 
937-550-4931
Pontecorvo Ballet Studios
20 Commercial Way
Springboro OH 45066
937-550-4931

Faculty

Barbara Pontecorvo,

Director, danced professionally with Houston Ballet, Chicago Ballet, Boston Repertory Ballet, Ballet Puertorequenno, and Dayton Ballet during her twenty year performing career and has taught ballet for most of that time. In addition to her primary focus at PBS, Barbara is also Director of Gem City Ballet.


Estelle Bean trained under renowned teachers Eugene Loring, Anthony Tudor, and Robert Joffrey, and brings a wealth of knowledge to PBS dancers.

Christiana Coover
began her dance training at Jeanette Popp School of Dance. She trained there for two years and then moved to Nevada with her family and found her love of ballet. She returned to Dayton and began training at Dayton Ballet. When she was 15 she attended a summer program at The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and was invited to stay and train year round. She finished high school in Pittsburgh and had the opportunity to dance roles in Balanchine's Concerto Borrocco, Nutcracker, Allegro Brilliante, Serenade and more. She also studied at BalletMet, Joffrey Ballet NY, Boston Ballet and more. She began teaching in 2000 and danced professionally with The Alabama Ballet for four years. She returned to Dayton to teach and has been a vital part of the faculty at the Dayton Dance Conservatory ever since.  She has a passion for ballet and brings something special to her students. She is very excited to begin a new chapter training dancers at Pontecorvo Ballet Studios.

Gregory Robinson received his dance training at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. His career as a performer, teacher, ballet master, and choreographer, primarily with Dayton Ballet, has spanned more than thirty years. He was named a "Dayton Gem" by the Dayton Daily News. His works have garnered critical praise and funding from regional and national arts agencies including MCACD, Culture Works, the H. Robert Magee foundation, and the NEA.

Lily Seiter  graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University. She has danced professionally with the Richmond Ballet in Virginia, and with the Merce Cunningham Trust in New York City.

Stephanie Smith danced from the age of three to thirteen in her hometown of St. Albans, WV. After  a long hiatus and graduating from college with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stephanie got married and moved to Fairfax, VA. Starting anew, she began dancing again at Russell’s School of Ballet in Fairfax, Va, where she trained for 2 years under the instruction of Jane Masciarelli and Mary Marshall. Upon returning to Morgantown, WV, Stephanie continued her training at Morgantown Dance Studio under the direction of Marylin Pipes, Lauren Slone, Jennifer Lawrence, and Daniel Karasik. She is a former member of the Morgantown Ballet Company and danced with Ballet Lafayette in Uniontown, PA. Stephanie also obtained her certification from Beverly Spell in the nationally renowned Leap ‘n Learn Program, and taught ballet at Morgantown Dance Studio and Artistry House in Morgantown, WV.

School Administrator: Olena Brownfield