Tammy Clune is proud to be the Owner/Director of Tammy’s School of Dance in Wexford. With over 30 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 has 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. 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 has also been a regular substitute teacher at TSD. Her experience with teaching ages 3-18 is a great advantage in the field of dance.
In addition to dancing, Victoria enjoys anything to do with performing on stage. She performed in all 4 North Allegheny Musicals during High School and was selected as the Dance Captain during her Junior and Senior years. Since graduating from NA in 2017, Victoria has been actively involved in the district’s Middle School Musical program. She has had the opportunity to choreograph shows such as The Lion King Jr, Elf the Musical and is currently working on High School Musical Jr.
Along with her musical theatre performances, Victoria was selected to perform with Millennium Dance Complex for the Harlem Globetrotters Halftime Show as well as take part in a music video choreographed and directed by Point Park University graduates.
Victoria values every second she gets to work alongside her mom and mentor Tammy. When she is not in the studio teaching or learning, Victoria continues her education through in-person and online dance courses. She is currently certified in Acrobatic Arts Training, NDEO Pedagogy and Content Knowledge of Dance, and Developmental Domains in Dance.
Victoria has attended many dance conventions in New York City and Pittsburgh over the past decade, having the opportunity to train under some of the most highly respected and talented instructors in the industry. She has been even awarded scholarships from instructors for her exceptional talent in Jazz and Jazz Fusion. In addition to dancing and performing on stage, she also modeled costumes and dancewear for Cicci Dance Supplies, Inc. Victoria is more than 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 5th season!
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 Elphinstone grew up taking classes at her local dance studio, 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 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 to earn a BA in Dance as well as a minor in Sports, Arts, and Entertainment Management.
After graduating, she has had the opportunity to dance and perform in Chicago with Chicago Danzetheatre Ensemble, Columbus for the Columbus Arts Festival, and Pittsburgh with MURRDance.
Now back in Pittsburgh, Annette is excited to be back teaching dance for her third year with TSD!
Catherine Elser has been dancing since the age of three, starting her training under Joan Van Dyke and Company of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Performing in classical repertoires such as the Nutcracker, Gisselle, and The Red Poppy amongst other performances with the Mahoning Valley Ballet and Van Dyke and Company gave her a deep appreciation for the arts and it’s history. Passionate about the not only dance, but the visual arts, she furthered her training at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania receiving her B.A. in dance, B.F.A. in art and an art history minor. While at S.R.U. she performed in the fall and winter concerts, attended an ACDA regional conference, choreographed a work that made it into a fall concert, and was awarded the first Dance Technology Award by the dance department.
Catherine’s love of creating has led her to pursue teaching of dance and she has done so for ten years with in various studio settings. This has granted her the opportunity to choreograph for original ballets for the Mahoning Valley Ballet and Van Dyke and Company as well as various competition dances for other studios.
Creating doesn’t stop at choreography and lesson plans for Catherine, she has been awarded three residencies throughout her artistic career for her wildlife art. These residencies include John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in 2019, Petrified Forest National Park in 2020, and Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in 2021. In these settings, she has been able to focus on her scultpural work while living with in the parks, and leaves behind a piece for each park.
Sharing the arts through teaching is one of Catherine’s passions and she loves to connect art, art history and dance where she can and looks forward to bringing her unique experiences to the TSD family.
Miss Shannon began formal dance lessons at the age of 3 at a studio in Titusville, Pa. She found her love of teaching at the age of 15 when asked to instruct cheerleading at the local YWCA. Throughout her teenage years, she continued to study dance at a small studio called Titusville Dance Conservatory and participated in summer programs put on by Dafmarc Ballet of Erie, PA. During this time, Shannon studied French, Vaganova, and Cicchetti styles of ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, and contemporary dance.
Shannon continued her dance studies at LaRoche University, where she earned her BA in performing arts with a concentration in the Vaganova method of ballet with a minor in psychology. While at LaRoche, she participated in an independent study of pedagogy, the science of teaching dance, with Nicholas Petrov. She had the privilege of learning from Kenneth Nickel, Sara Everhart, Mary Cunckleman-Chippan, Claudia Morris, Beth Robertshaw, and Gerard Holt. Her repertoire included The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Giselle, Pas De Quatre (as Fanny Cerrito), and Reign de Egypt, an original by Gerard Holt (as Cleopatra).
After graduation in 2002, Shannon began her career in dance instruction at Michelle's Dance Center. At Michelle's, she specialized in the ballet program for competitive and non-competitive students and choreographed pieces for national competitions. Since then, she has instructed at several studios in the region, including The Dancen' Place, North Pittsburgh Dance Academy, and North Pittsburgh Dance Alliance. Shannon has taught ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, tumbling, and contemporary dance forms. Many of her students went on to collect Gold, Hi-Gold, and Platinum awards for their talents.
Shannon resides in Cranberry Twp with her husband, two kids, and two dogs. She is ecstatic to join the studio family and start molding young minds in the art of dance.