Owner/Director/Instructor of TSD
Tammy Clune is proud to be the Owner/Director of Tammy’s School of Dance in Wexford. With over 25 years of teaching experience, Tammy still loves spending time instructing children of all ages and levels.
Tammy grew up dancing in the Pittsburgh area and was a student of many professional dancers and choreographers. She attends, along with her students, annual dance conventions throughout the U.S. where she learns the latest teaching styles and techniques. Before opening this studio in 1995, Tammy started successful dance programs in the North Hills School District for over 1,000 students.
Many of the TSD students have received awards including “Studio Dancer of the Year” at Tremaine Dance Conventions in NYC, “Outstanding Performance in Jazz/Contemporary/Musical Theatre” at JUMP dance conventions and several choreography awards. Tammy’s School of Dance has been honored by the community multiple times as “North Hills Best Dance Studio of the Year” and “Best Instructor of the Year”. Because of Tammy’s experience, she is able to offer the highest quality of instruction in all areas and levels of dance. Technique, performance, stage presence and building self-esteem is our focus, not competition. Tammy is very proud to offer quality instruction with a fabulous staff and flexible schedules for busy families.
Tammy recently traveled to Las Vegas where she successfully completed the Module One Acrobatic Arts Teacher Certification Course. Acrobatic Arts is now part of the TSD Acrodance curriculum. Tammy resides in Harmony Twp. with her husband Chris and two daughters, Amber and Victoria.
Victoria discovered her love of dance when she enrolled with Tammy’s School of Dance at the age of two. She is actively involved and spends countless hours at TSD training and living her dream of teaching the younger dancers. In addition to dancing, Victoria enjoys anything to do with performing on stage. She was thrilled to be selected as 1 of 3 freshmen in the 2014 North Allegheny High School Musical, Shrek, as a lead dancer. She also was selected to perform in the 2015 NASH musical, 42nd Street as a dancer and supporting character. You may have seen Victoria in the Spring 2016 NASH musical "Cinderella" where she was a lead dancer and held the role of Dance Captain.
Victoria’s teaching experience started at age nine as a teacher’s assistant. Two years later she was running summer dance camps with the help of Miss Tammy. She taught a hip-hop after school dance program at Hosack Elementary in the North Allegheny School District, conducted numerous birthday dance party events, and is a regular substitute teacher at TSD. Her experience with teaching is a great advantage in the field of dance.
Victoria has attended many dance conventions in New York City and Pittsburgh for the past eight years, having the opportunity to train under some of the most highly respected and talented instructors in the industry. During the 2015 JUMP dance convention held in downtown Pittsburgh, she was awarded a scholarship from one of the instructors, Will Loftis (Lugnut from Teen Beach Movie 1&2) for her exceptional talent in Jazz. In addition to dancing and performing on stage, she also models costumes and dancewear for Cicci Dance Supplies, Inc. Victoria is ready to share her passion and knowledge of dance with others. She takes great pride in her position at Tammy’s School of Dance and can’t wait to begin her third season!
North Allegheny hired Victoria is 2018 to be the choreographer for the middle school musical production of The Lion King. She is back on faculty this season for the upcoming musical “ELF”
Victoria recently traveled to Las Vegas where she successfully completed the Module One Acrobatic Arts Teacher Certification Course. Acrobatic Arts is now part of the TSD Acrodance curriculum.
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 then 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. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Chloe moved to Pittsburgh, PA. Chloe is currently working on becoming certified in Pilates. She is excited to be learning new tools to help with improving her students in their strength, stability, and technique.
Kate began her dance career at 3 years old at the Hamilton School of Dance on Long Island, New York. As a student at the BOCES High School for Performing Arts, Kate started performing regularly with the school's cultural arts company, specializing in the areas of ballet, lyrical, and contemporary dance. Kate performed in numerous Long Island productions including Hofstra University's Cabaret, St. Gregory Theatre's Guys and Dolls, and the Rockville Centre Guild for the Art's Little Mary Sunshine and Damn Yankees.
Kate moved to Pittsburgh in 1998 to train at the Conservatory of Performing Arts where she earned her Bachelors in Dance and had the opportunity to study under many esteemed dance professionals including Nicholas Petrov, Ronald Tassone, Judith Leifer-Bentz and many others. Kate was able to perform at the Pittsburgh Playhouse in various productions including Cinderella, Passions of Dance, as well as, featuring her choreography in Playhouse Dance Company's Tomorrow's Choreographers.
Kate discovered her love for teaching when she became an instructor at Miss Holly's Dance Studio as it opened its doors to the Plum community in 1999 and where she remained for the following 16 years. With a recent move to the Franklin Park area with her husband, son and daughter Kate is excited to begin as a member of the TSD faculty where she hopes to continue to share her love of dance with all of her new students!
Laura Saporito expressed her love for dance at a very young age and began training in a small studio in the rural town of Bedford, Pennsylvania. There she trained in ballet, tap, and jazz under Nancy Cogan Hershberger. During high school, Laura attended summer dance programs including Philadanco (Philadelphia Dance Company) and the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet. In 2008, she became a graduate of La Roche College with a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Business Management.
At La Roche, Laura performed many classical ballets, including “Giselle,” “Swan Lake,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella,” under the artistic direction of Gerard W. Holt. With Gerard, Laura also performed countless original pieces, contemporary and classical, and performed works by Lana Novodran, Miriam Scigliano, and Gina Marie Desko. Laura also performed in La Roche’s annual spring showcases at the Byham Theater in downtown Pittsburgh as well as choreographing pieces for the annual student showcase. She continues to educate herself by regularly attending dance conventions such as JUMP, NUVO, and Tremaine.
Laura began teaching while still at Nancy Cogan’s School of Dance. Before and following her graduation from La Roche, she began substitute teaching within the dance program she studied. In 2018, Laura started her own healthy lifestyle business as a wellness coach for Beachbody and loves helping and inspiring others to live a healthy and happy life.
She has been teaching at Tammy’s since 2008. Laura always felt a calling towards teaching dance, and loves communicating her dance knowledge and experiences to her students while creating a positive and motivating atmosphere in the classroom.
She lives in McDonald, PA with her husband Jeff, twins Dexter and Sadie, youngest daughter Phoebe, and two dogs, Betsy and Luna.
Annette tarting dance at two years old, Annette Elphinstone grew up taking classes at Louise School of Dance. Later, she attended Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School (LPPACS) as a Dance major and Musical Theatre minor, where her love for performing and creating only grew. Annette graduated from LPPACS and simultaneously obtained her Associates Degree in Dance and Dance Education. During the next three years, she attended Point Park University.
Throughout her college career in Pittsburgh, she had the opportunity to grow her skills as a dancer, choreographer, performer, and overall artist. Various opportunities, including being a part of Ori Flomin's The Way Out and Pearlann Porter's Twenty Eighty-Four [circa 2017], as well as the knowledge gained from her professors (Kiesha Lalama, Mark Burrell, Doug Bentz, Mathew Pardo, Danielle Pavlik) have allowed Annette to grow her understanding of dance, art, humanity, and society as separate and cohesive elements. She consistently utilizes her experiences as tools for her own work, which includes her three consecutive pieces for Point Park University's Student Showcase as well as her self-choreographed solo for Sarah Kate Smigiel's 1934.
Once she moved to Chicago after graduation, she quickly joined the Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, performing as the Rabbit in Emily Ember’s Moon Rabbit. While in the city, Annette took classes at Visceral Dance Chicago as a work-study student and earned her Power Pilates Core Mat II certification. Now back at her hometown, Annette is excited to continue her career and grow her skills as an artist, teacher, and overall person.