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Our Instructors

Gena Scriva Esposito: Owner

Gena Scriva

Gena Scriva Esposito is the Director of Scriva's Dance Studio and G&P Performing Arts.

Her professional dance career began at age 15 after joining Equity and Screen Actors Guild.

Gena landed her first job in a Funny Thing Happened of the Way to the Forum, starring Sonny Bono and was then featured in Seventeen Magazine. She continued to tour with summer stock theatre throughout high school and danced with the Terri Morretti Dance Company.

She then moved to New York to pursue her dream. After being in New York for only six days, Gena landed a principal job in the Broadway national tour of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas choreographed by Tommy Tune.

Gena continued to dance in New York for ten years landing Broadway national tours, off Broadway, soap operas, movies of the week and over 20 national commercials. She has been written up in the New York Times entertainment section as one of New York's brightest new stars. Gena then moved to L.A. continuing her career in film and television.

Gena has studied with Andrea Sabatier, Rossalyn Kenneth, Carol Knight, Mansur Maurice, Mansur Kamaletdinov, and Mario Melodia, to name a few.

Gena is a member of Dance Educators of America. Teaching children has always been her passion.


Abigail Zorich: Instructor

Abigail Zorich

Abbey is a graduate of Robert Morris University. She danced competitively in college on the university's team. She began dancing, just like the tots, at the age of 2 and has earned years of dance experience in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hip-hop. She was trained by Paula Scriva Jersey and was a competitive dancer throughout her training. She also studied dance at Sewickley Performing Arts Camp.  Abbey, now, works as a dance teacher and choreographer at Sewickley Academy Performing Arts Camp. Teaching dance is something that she loves to do, and she can't wait to share her passion for the art with you!


 

Elizabeth Troxler: Ballet Instructor, Summer Intensives

Elizabeth Troxler

Elizabeth Troxler, A.R.A.D., was trained in Western Pennsylvania by Paula Scriva Jersey, during which time she achieved the title of Dance Masters of PA Teen Miss Dance 1993 and 1st runner up to Dance Educators of America Miss Dance 1995.

She continued on to dance professionally with The Illinois Ballet and The Peoria Ballet where she performed roles such as the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, soloist roles in Swan Lake, Les Sylphide, and Ballet Etudes, and as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. Elizabeth then traveled to Panama to dance as a guest artist with the Nacional Ballet de Panama as a soloist in Don Quixote and once again as the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty. Elizabeth was on the faculty as the resident tap and jazz teacher at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, and for four years she was the program coordinator and on the ballet faculty of Northern Arizona University's Preparatory School for the Performing Arts. While in Arizona, she was coached by Maureen Price through the three year Teacher Certification of the Royal Academy of Dance.

Elizabeth is now a registered teacher of the R.A.D. and has entered over 300 students for both the Children's and Vocational R.A.D. Exams. Elizabeth has created a number of children's ballets such as The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg, Stellar Science, and The Snow Queen. In 2001, Elizabeth was the only person in the United States to receive the distinguished Solo Seal Award of the R.A.D. Elizabeth's students have continued on to perform in companies such as the Nevada Ballet Theater, New York Theater Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Elements, San Diego Ballet and on and off Broadway Shows. Elizabeth currently resides in Spring Lake, NJ where she runs Health & Wellness—an internet business--and travels around North America as a guest teacher, choreographer, and dancer for various dance schools and ballet companies. She has recently been appointed a Practical Teaching Supervisor for the Royal Academy of Dance in London to travel and train teachers around the United States.