Meet The Faculty

Kerry Skuderin

Conservatory Owner/Artistic Director

Ballet, Pointe/Variations, Choreographer, Dance Conditioning, Pilates, Pre-Ballet, TipToes, Tutus & Make Believe & Pilates

Mrs. Skuderin, a New York native, is a graduate of Mercyhurst College where she studied on a dance scholarship and received a BA degree in Dance with a teaching/choreography concentration. Kerry credits her training to the tutelage of Jeanne Palmer-Fornarola, Tauna Hunter, Jay Kirk, Michael Gleason & Catherine Schaeffer. As a student, Mrs. Skuderin attended intensive training workshops on scholarship with world renowned teachers at New York State Summer School of the Arts, Cincinnati Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, David Howard Dance Center and Ballet Concerto. She spent her professional performing career dancing with the Lake Erie Ballet Company, Ballet Concerto and Erie Ballet Theatre where she worked with such respected artists as Marianna Tcherkassy (American Ballet Theatre), Luis Montero, Douglas Bentz, Donlin Foreman (Martha Graham Company), Simon Ball (Boston Ballet), and Sharon Randolf (Interlochen Arts Academy). Kerry has performed leading roles in many classical and contemporary ballets. Her favorites include The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Paquita, Giselle, Coppelia and original works by Douglas Bentz, Elizabeth Nesi, Tauna Hunter, Jay Kirk and Donlin Foreman.

Mrs. Skuderin has taught in respected schools and pre-professional youth ballet companies in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and New York including NYSSSA (New York State Summer School for the Arts), an annual summer training program and performance opportunity for young, aspiring dancers in conjunction with New York Ciry Ballet faculty. In addition to teaching and performing, Kerry has made her mark upon the stage as an emerging choreographer. Her original works include Random Movements, Concerto for Five, Harmonized Chaos and Concerto. Mrs. Skuderin was invited by ballet great Melissa Hayden to perform her ballet Radiant Splendor at the Festival of North Carolina Dance.

Kerry's students have been accepted to some of the most respected schools in the country including Houston Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, School of American Ballet (SAB), The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletMet, Walnut Hill, Ballet Magnificat, Harid Conservatory, San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Cincinnati Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Mercyhurst College Summer Dance Experience. Cleveland Ballet Conservatory graduates have been accepted to nationally renowned college dance programs on scholarships to pursue degrees in dance. CBC Students have been chosen by audition to perform in Cincinnati Ballet & San Jose Ballet's productions of the Nutcracker at Playhouse Square's Allen Theatre. Roles have included Fritz, Party Children, Mice, Soldiers & Polichinelles. Mrs. Skuderin's students have been recognized at the Youth America Grand Prix, a prestigious international ballet scholarship competition. Her students were also chosen for the role of Clara in The Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Production of "The Nutcracker" at Playhouse Square. You can find Kerry's CBC Alums on scholarship with the country's leading university dance programs & professional companies.  Most recently CBC graduate Leah Ramos (2014) was hired by Ballet Pensacola and Alumna Emma VonEnck was invited to join New York City Ballet in June of 2016.

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Jenny Burnett

Dance Educator & Choreographer

Modern Dance & Creative Movement

Ms. Burnett received her BFA in Dance from the University of Akron. In addition, she studied Laban Movement Analysis as well as being a scholarship student of Murray Louse and Alwin Nikolais in New York City. She received her Masters in Education from Kent State University and has taught at various institutions, including the Wayne Center for the Arts and Kent State University. Jenny has performed with numerous choreographers and companies in Northeast Ohio, including Jennifer Keller, SAFMOD, and has performed her own works at Cleveland Public Theater. Jenny currently teaches Dance and Creative Movement classes for students Pre-K through 12th grade at Hathaway Brown School and Modern Technique at Cleveland Ballet Conservatory.

Kelly Clymer

Dance Educator, Choreographer & Rehearsal Assistant

Ballet, Pointe/Variations, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Conditioning, Pre-Ballet, Pre-School Tap, TipToes, Tutus & Make Believe & Mommy & Me.

Kelly Clymer is a native of Independence, Ohio, where she studied dance at schools throughout the Northeast Ohio region, including Ohio Dance Theatre, the Beck Center for the Arts, and finally at Cleveland Ballet Conservatory where she danced with Southwest Youth Ballet Company under the direction of Kerry Skuderin.  She participated in summer study programs including the Briansky Saratoga Ballet Program, Cincinnati Ballet's Summer Intensive, and the American Ballet Theatre Summer Program. She continued her dance education and training under Tauna Hunter at Mercyhurst University, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Dance with a Choreography Concentration and a minor in Art Therapy.  She studied Art Therapy under the direction of Robert Tavani, and has experience at Center City Arts, in affiliation with Stairways Behavioral Health, in Erie, PA.

Her choreography has been presented in the Mercyhurst Dancers' productions of Raw Edges XII and XIV.  She has also studied with noted professionals Carter Alexander, Melissa Bowman, Thom Clower, Vivi Flindt, Bruce Marks, Rasta Thomas, Trey McIntyre, and Diego Salterini.  More recently, she has been fortunate to work with choreographers Ashley Carter, Ginger Cox, Terrence Green, Shawn Rawls, David Rousseve, Ted Thomas, and Michael Uthoff. Kelly is in her third season as a company member with the Dancing Wheels Company and School.  In addition to dancing for the company, she has taught classes for students with disabilities and worked as the art teacher for the school's Youth Arts Camp in the summers of 2013 and 2014.

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Maureen Crane

Dance Educator & Choreographer

Ballet, Pointe/Variations, Choreography & Rehearsal Assistant

Maureen Crane graduated from Mercyhurst College with a Master's Degree in Special Education. She is currently employed by the Lakewood City Schools as an Intervention Speciatist. Maureen also completed a B.A. in Dance with a Dance/Movement Therapy minor from Mercyhurst College. Maureen was trained in classical ballet, modern and jazz technique by Tauna Hunter, Jay Kirk, Mark Schneider, Michael Gleason, Christopher Tabor, Christina Maria, Catherine Schaeffer and Mark Santillano.

During her tenure at Mercyhurst she performed a variety of roles in classical and contemporary works including, Coppelia, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Nutcracker and a multitude of original choreography works. While attending graduate classes, Maureen has the unique opportunity to design and implement a program named "Dance with Me" which exposed children with multiple handicaps to music and creative movement.

Funding for this program was provided through a grant courtesy of the Erie Arts Foundation and the Lake Erie Ballet. Also, during this time, Maureen served as the assistant to the Director of the Mercyhurst College Dance Department Director, Tauna Hunter. In this role, she assisted in auditioning and recruiting dance students as well as teaching college level ballet and pointe technique classes.

Heather McCoy

Dance Educator & Choreographer

Ballet Technique, Pointe/Variations & Rehearsal Assistant

Heather began her formal classical training when she was 7 years old with mother in Long Island, NY. She has also trained with teachers such as Nancy Hervey, Jill Landrith at Nancy Hervey School of Ballet; Evee Lynn at Broadway Dance Center in NYC; Mark and Melisssa Roxey, Cherie Noble and Patricia Brown at the Mill Ballet School and Peff Modelski and Nancy Bielski both at Steps on Broadway in NYC. She attended summer programs at the Joffrey Ballet School, Kirov Academy of Ballet and the School of the Hartford Ballet, all on full scholarship.

Heather has danced professioinally around the country and abroad. She has performed with Classical and Contemporary Ballet companies including the Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita, the Roxey Ballet Company, Terra Fima Ballet Theatre, Sally Schuiling Dance, Pennsylvania Ballet and the Christopher Caines Dance Company. She has danced soloist and principal roles in ballets including: Coppelia, Paquita, The Nutcracker, La Sylphide and Cinderella among many other original works such as Washington Ballet Artisitc Director Septime Weber's And So It Goes, where she was personally coached by Mr. Weber.

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Kathryn O'Connell

Dance Educator & Choreographer

Ballet Technique & Pointe/Variations

Ballet instructor, Kathryn O'Connell, received her extensive training from Andre Eglevsky at The Eglevsky School of Ballet. She also studied at The Joffrey Ballet School, The Harkness Ballet School, The American Ballet Theater School, Ballet Arts Studio (Carnegie Hall), The Nuebert Ballet, The Hartford Ballet and The Orlando Ballet. The passion she has for the art of dance has led her to teach, choreograph, lecture, guest teach for summer workshops and judge dance competitions.

Kathryn has danced with such companies as The Eglevsky Ballet, The Hartford Ballet, The Dance Repertory Company, and The Orlando Ballet (N.Y.). Kathryn has owned and directed her own school as well as acted as the Artistic Director for The Central Ohio Dance Academy. Kathryn was invited to be a guest teacher and choreographer with The Eglevsky Ballet Summer Intensive program.  For the past seven years, Kathryn has been a faculty member at Foothills Dance Conservatory and The Centre for the Performing Arts in South Carolina. It is here that she was responsible for training young dancers the art of ballet, introducing the joy of ballet to new students, and staging and choreographing a new Nutcracker for the Conservatory.

Students trained by Kathryn have gone on to dance professionally and have been accepted into many prestigious schools around the country including, The Kirov Academy, Julliard, The Joffrey Ballet, Harid Conservatory, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Carolina Ballet Theatre, and Jilliana.

Kathryn is excited to join the faculty at The Cleveland Ballet Conservatory for her 3nd year and is looking forward to a wonderful year of ballet.

Melissa Radivoj

Dance Educator & Choreographer

Jazz, Contemporary & Rehearsal Assistant

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Scali Riggs

Dance Educator

Ballet Technique, Beginning Pointe & Pointe/Variations

Scali Riggs is originally from Marietta, Ohio.  She began her training at the Schrader Youth Ballet Company under the direction of Velma Schrader.  Through Schrader's, she had the opportunity to work closely with Duncan Noble, Nina Danilova, and other notable guest teachers.  Ms. Riggs attended Mercyhurst University under the direction of Tauna Hunter, where she received a B.A. in Dance with concentrations in Performance and Pedagogy, and a minor in Philosophy.  During her time at Mercyhurst, Ms. Riggs performed with The Mercyhurst Dancers as well as the Lake Erie Ballet Company.  After graduation, Ms. Riggs danced professionally with The Atlanta Festival Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, and Manassas Ballet Theatre.  Throughout her career, Ms. Riggs has had the opportunity to dance principal roles in Swan Lake, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Raymonda, Carmen, and Frankenstein, as well as soloist roles in The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast.  Recently, Ms. Riggs returned to Ohio to pursue a J.D. at Case Western Reserve University.

Emily Schwarting

Dance Educator

Ballet Technique, Pointe/Variations & Jazz/Contemporary

Emily Schwarting is a native of Syracuse, New York. She began her training at Center of Ballet and Dance Arts directed Deborah Boughton. Here she performed in various classical ballets such as Raymonda, Stars and Strips, Pas De Quatre, Coppélia, Paquita. She was also able to perform in The Nutcracker with North Carolina School of the Arts. Ms. Schwarting then continued to Mercyhurst University under the direction of Tauna Hunter where she received a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Biology. She performed with The Mercyhust Dancers in various genres including the classical ballet A Mid Summers Night Dream. Ms. Schwarting has attended Hofstra, NYSSSA, and Boston Ballet summer dance intensives. She has partook in master classes which include such notables as Paul Taylor Dance Company: Taylor II, Les Ballet Jazz De Montréal, Jon Lehrer, Jin Xing, and Trevor Stones. In addition to ballet, she is trained in modern, contemporary, jazz, Broadway jazz, tap and hip-hop. After graduation Ms. Schwarting accepted a position at Dancing Wheels School & Company as an apprentice as well as a job dancing from the Cleveland Cavaliers. She is excited to be a part of CBC for her second season.  Through her experiences Ms. Schwarting aspires to be a leader in the dance field in and outside of the studio.

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Erin Sobecks

Dance Educator & Choreographer

Pre-Ballet, Pre-School Tap, Mommy & Me, TipToes, Tutus & Make Believe & Fairytale Ballet Adventures

Erin (Sullivan) Sobecks is a native of New York where she studied the Vaganova method of ballet under the direction of Phylis Marmen and Robin Deet. She was accepted into The New School of Ballet's Student Company Ballet Workshop at the age of thirteen and toured throughout the Albany, N.Y. tri-city area and Saratoga.

She continued her dance education at Myers Ballet School in Schenectady, NY under the direction of Ballet Mistress, Darlene Meyers, formerly of the Pennsylvania Ballet.

At seventeen she was accepted into Jacob's Pillow world renowned Jazz Workshop and spent the summer training under Lynn Simonson, internationally respected educator of jazz dance & creator of Simonson Technique, Sara Neece former Ballet Mistress of the Frankfurt Ballet, Ann Reinking, "A Chorus Line" and "All that Jazz", Gene Foote, the famous Broadway dancer, and members of Hubbard Street Dance Company.

Erin danced with The Northeast Ballet Company under the Artistic Direction of New York City Ballet's principle dancer, Peter Frame. As a soloist with the Northeast Ballet Company, Erin had the privilege of appearing in productions starring NYCB greats, Jock Soto, Merrill Ashley, Kyra Nichols and Darci Kistler.

She has appeared on the televised 'WRGB's Melodies of Christmas' and in performances at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga.

Erin performed in West Side Story with the Albany Park Playhouse and in subsequent years gained experience in Arts Administration at Park Playhouse in her position as Company Manager. Erin has taught ballet, pointe, jazz and tap at the Joan Alund School of Dance (Troy, NY), The New School of Ballet of Schenectady (NY), The Guilderland Ballet (Albany, NY), Meyers School of Dance (Schenectady, NY), and Jete (Breckville, OH).

Erin is thrilled to join the teaching staff at Cleveland Ballet Conservatory for her 4th year where her daughter Juliana is a student and to have the opportunity to share the countless gifts and joys of a dance education with a new generation of beautiful young ballerinas.

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