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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.

Diana Yohe: Ballet and Contemporary Instructor

Diana Yohe

Diana is originally from Willoughby, OH and currently works in her second season as Corps de Ballet member with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

She began her training at Spotlight Dance Center receiving scholarships from many dance conventions including: JUMP, NYCDA, Tremaine's DOTY finalist and LADM'S Magic Performer finalist. From there she began focusing more on ballet under the direction of Courtney Laves at Cleveland City Dance and spent a year at Joffrey Ballet's trainee program before coming to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Graduate Program in 2012. In addition, she completed summer intensives at Juilliard, Cincinnati Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet.

Jacob Bononcini: Ballet Instructor

Jacob Bonocini

Jacob is a native of San Antonio, TX and started taking dance classes in high school under the direction of Jacqueline Aguirre. After high school he was invited to join the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, performing in various ballets and Regional Dance America Conferences. He then went to dance with Alamo Arts Ballet Theatre under Julie Simpson and also studied at Ballet Austin. Jacob was then invited to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School on full scholarship for the Graduate Program. While at PBT School he danced in Etudes, Giselle Peasant dance, and works by Alan Obuzor. Jacob also performed with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in Terrence Orr's productions of The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.

Jacob has been a Guest Artist with the New Castle Regional Ballet and also has taught at local Pittsburgh dance schools.

Abigail Zorich: Instructor

Abigail Zorich

Abbey is a 2015 graduate of Beaver Area High School and is currently enrolled at Robert Morris University as a Media Arts Major. She has also studied dance at the Sewickley Summer Performing Arts Camp.

She has 15 years of dance experience in ballet, tap, jazz, conptemporary, lyrical, and hip-hop, and she has 11 years in competitive dancing.

Abbey is currently on the Robert Morris Colonial Elite, the university's competitive dance team.


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.


Elise Gillum: Ballet Instructor

Elise Gillum

Elise was raised in San Jose, California and started training in dance at age 4. When she was 11, she decided to pursue ballet as a career. She went on to study at Ballet San Jose School, and then on to the San Francisco Ballet School, where she had the opportunity to perform with the company and school in several productions, such as: 'The Nutcracker' as young Clara, 'Western Symphony', and 'Don Quixote'. From there, she went on to train at City Ballet School SF, under the direction of Galina Alexandrova, and studied the Vaganova method. While at City Ballet SF, she had the opportunity to travel to Russia with her classmates and study for a week at the Bolshoi Ballet School. Her professional experience includes performing with Ballet San Jose, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Grand Rapids Ballet. In 2017 she attended the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's Teacher's Training workshop.