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20 Commercial Way
Springboro OH 45066 
Pontecorvo Ballet Studios
20 Commercial Way
Springboro OH 45066


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.

Michelle Goodman earned a BFA in dance from Wright State University and graduated high school from the Interlochen Arts Academy.  She has performed professionally with Walt Disney Productions, the Dayton Opera, the Sorg and Whitewater Opera companies, and La Comedia Dinner Theatre.  She has taught at PBS since 1992 and at Wright State University since 1994, where she is a faculty associate.

Karen Hochwalt began her dancing career with the Louisville Ballet during high school. She attended North Carolina School for the Arts and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from CCM University of Cincinnati. She was a soloist with the Cincinnati Ballet Co. She later taught with Jon Rodriguez School of Ballet and is currently Adjunct Faculty with Stivers School for the Arts.

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.

Erin Wheeler began dancing at the age of five and studied under Barbara Pontecorvo. After graduation from Ball State University in 2002 (Bachelor's Degree in Dance Performance and minor in Dance Education), she started her professional career in Los Angeles.  Wheeler has performed onstage with Neil Young, appeared on MTV and with a contemporary dance company in Hollywood.  She is currently an artist in residence for the Centerville High School Dance Program. When she's not dancing or teaching, she's at home with her two daughters, Emaline and Everly.

School Administrator: Kaylie Thompson


Faculty member Michelle Goodman and student aide with Creative Movement students