Cleveland Ballet Conservatory's students have been accepted to some of the most respected dance schools in the country, chosen by audition to perform in professional ballet productions, and recognized at the Youth America Grand Prix.

Meet our Faculty

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Jazz, Contemporary, Preschool Ballet, Ballet Technique, Pre-Pointe

DANCE EDUCATOR & CHOREOGRAPHER

Alexa Pudlinksi

Jazz, Contemporary, Preschool Ballet

Dance educator & Choreographer

Brittany DiVincenzo

Ballet Technique, Pointe/Variations & Jazz/Contemporary

Dance Educator & Choreographer

Emily Borchers

Ballet Technique, Pointe/Variations & Rehearsal Assistant

Dance educator & choreographer

Heather McCoy

Ballet, Pointe/Variations, Choreography & Rehearsal Assistant

Dance educator & choreographer

Maureen Crane

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

Dance educator, choreographer & rehearsal assistant

Kelly Clymer

Modern Dance & Creative Movement

Dance Educator & Choreographer

Jenny Burnett

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

Conservatory Owner/Artistic Director

Kerry Skuderin

When I was three years old old, my my mom enrolled me in ballet classes after watching we twirl and dance around our living room.

How did you get started in dance?


I love inspiring young dancers to reach their technical and artistic goals. Some of my favorite moments are smiles of joy during class, excitement when mastering difficult steps or choreography and students moving on to chase their dreams at a college/university program or professional company.

What’s your favorite thing about teaching?

My childhood and college dance teachers were my inspiration to open a ballet school. I enjoy sharing my love & passion for ballet just as they did for me. I’m inspired to teach students technical proficiency, musicality, performance artistry and above all, a LOVE and appreciation for dance.

Who/what inspired you to teach dance?

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy home decorating and family time/vacations.

What's a fun fact about you?

• B.A. in Dance, Mercyhurst College
• New York State Summer School of the Arts
• Cincinnati Ballet
• Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
• David Howard Dance Center
• Ballet Concerto

Your personal training?

• Lake Erie Ballet Company
• Ballet Concerto
• Erie Ballet Theatre
• Favorite lead roles: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Paquita, Giselle, Coppelia
• Original works by: Douglas Bentz, Elizabeth Nesi, Tauna Hunter, Jay Kirk and Donlin Foreman

Where/what have you performed?

Conservatory Owner/Artistic Director

Kerry Skuderin

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

I was 6 years old when I began my dance training. I was painfully shy and had difficulty conversing with people. My parents thought dance class would help me make friends, as well as encourage me to express myself through dance. By the end of my first year of dance training I had fallen in love with dance.

How did you get started in dance?


I love working with young people and encouraging them to find their creative voice in dance. It is such a powerful experience to observe a student grow and develop into not only a proficient technical dancer, but a thoughtful and creative artist.

What’s your favorite thing about teaching?

My very first dance teacher, Lois Gremore, was my biggest inspiration. She was such a gifted educator and encouraged me throughout my dance education. She treated me with such great respect and had high expectations for me, which greatly influenced how I teach today. She offered me my first teaching job and continued to mentor me through my many years of teaching thereafter. My other inspiration is my students. They inspire me daily to become a better teacher.

Who/what inspired you to teach dance?

I belong to a traditional German dance group called Schuhplattler und Trachtenverein Bavaria. My husband and children also dance with the group. I currently hold the position of Zweite Vortanzerin, which means second lead female dancer. 

What's a fun fact about you?

• Gremore Dance Studio (ballet, tap, jazz, international folk dances)
• Ohio Ballet Summer School (2 summers)
• Texas Christian University Summer School
• Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab, NYC
• B.F.A. in Dance, University of Akron
• M.Ed Secondary Education, Kent State University
• Certification in Evans Modern Technique
• Certification in Level I Orff Schulwerk Music Pedagogy

Your personal training?

Classical and modern favorites have been Graduation Ball by David Lichine and Acts of Light by Martha Graham, but most of my performing career has been as a freelance performer with regional modern companies and choreographers. I have also produced and presented my own choreographic works professionally at venues such as Cleveland Public Theater.

Where/what have you performed?

Dance Educator & Choreographer

Jenny Burnett

Modern Dance & Creative Movement

My mother signed me up for dance lessons when I was just 3 years old. While growing up I realized my passion for dance and was able to continue my training throughout college and move on to dancing professionally.

How did you get started in dance?


Being a dance teacher is a truly unique experience in that I often have the opportunity to see students in class for many years. It’s awesome to witness students’ hard work pay off when they achieve their goals – whether it’s learning a new skill, finally nailing a difficult step, or perfecting choreography.

What’s your favorite thing about teaching?

I have had many amazing teachers that have inspired me over the years. I love that I am able to share my passion for dance by teaching young dancers, and I am continuously inspired by my students!

Who/what inspired you to teach dance?

• Mercyhurst University, B.A. in Dance (Choreography Concentration)
• Cleveland Ballet Conservatory
• Cleveland Dance Theater
• Michelle’s Dancing Connection
• American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive
• Cincinnati Ballet Summer Intensive
• Briansky Saratoga Summer Intensive

Your personal training?

• The Dancing Wheels Company - Various repertoire as a company dancer (2012-2017)
• Cleveland Public Theatre’s - Pandemonium (2013, 2014, 2015)
• Mercyhurst University - Les Patineurs & Les Sylphides
• Mercyhurst University – Don Giovanni (opera)
• Pennsylvania Ballet - The Nutcracker

Where/what have you performed?

Dance Educator, Choreographer & Rehearsal Assistant

Kelly
Clymer

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

How did you get started in dance?


I started dance classes when I was 3 years old, which was my mom’s decision, she thought it would be a great way to get some energy out and make some friends.

What’s your favorite thing about teaching?

There are many things I love about being a ballet instructor! Being witness to students overcoming challenges and finding success is my favorite part of teaching. 

Who/what inspired you to teach dance?

I was a teaching assistant and rehearsal mistress as a teenager, sharing my love and knowledge of ballet technique with younger students was something I thoroughly enjoyed. These opportunities sparked my lifelong passion for teaching.

In college, I studied dance/movement therapy and created a program named “Dance with Me” for students with special needs which introduced them to movement and music. 

What's a fun fact about you?

• Amy Tyler
• John Worrell
• Vincent Orlando
• Sheryl-Marie Dunnaway
• Tauna Hunter
• Michael Gleason
• Jay Kirk
• Mark Schneider
• Chris Tabor
• Catherine Schaeffer
• Mark Santillano

Your personal training?

• Harbor Ballet Theatre
• Ballet Long Island
• Mercyhurst College Dance Department
• Lake Erie Ballet

Where/what have you performed?

Dance Educator & Choreographer

Maureen
Crane

Ballet, Pointe/Variations, Choreography & Rehearsal Assistant

My mother was a ballet dancer and then owned a school. I’ve been surrounded by dance since I was born. I spent most of my childhood in a dance studio, first as the very young daughter of a studio owner and then as a student at her school.

How did you get started in dance?


I love when I can see that a student has taken the time to listen and implement their corrections, even if it’s the tiniest of improvements. 

What’s your favorite thing about teaching?

I’ve always known my mother as a ballet teacher and I’ve spent countless hours observing and/or taking her classes as a child, so she was my first inspiration to become a teacher, which I began doing at age 16. As an older dancer, I was inspired to give my students what helped me the most. Chérie Noble was an integral part of instilling certain training techniques which helped me become a stronger and more well-rounded dancer. I strive to continue to pass on her incredible tools to my students.

Who/what inspired you to teach dance?

I’ve been a florist for over 20 years and I’ve owned the wedding and event floral company, Fair Rarity Flowers for the past 8 years.

What's a fun fact about you?

• Kathryn O’Connell, Long Island, NY
• Joffrey Ballet, NYC
• Kirov Academy, Washington, DC
• Evee Lynn and Nancy Bielski, NYC
• Nancy Hervey and Jill Landrith, Wichita, KS
• School of the Hartford Ballet, Hartford, CT
• Mark Roxey, Melissa Roxey, Chérie Noble, Marjorie Mussman, Patricia Brown, NJ
• Evee Lynn, Nancy Bielski, Peff Modelski, NYC

Your personal training?

• Various roles in many performances of The Nutcracker
• Soloist roles in the full-length productions of Paquita, La Sylphide, Coppelia, and Cinderella
• A 50 performance Nutcracker season as a corps de ballet dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet
• Dancespace Project at St Mark’s Church, NYC
• Multiple Forsythe-inspired works performed with Stuart Loungway’s Terra Firma Dance Theatre, NY + NJ
• Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland
• Philly Fringe Festival, Philadelphia

Where/what have you performed?

Dance Educator & Choreographer

Heather
McCoy

Ballet Technique, Pointe/Variations & Rehearsal Assistant

I started dancing at the age of 5. My cousin began dancing at an amazing dance studio in our area and encouraged me to start when I was old enough. I went to the first class and never stopped.

How did you get started in dance?


My favorite thing about teaching is being able to share the knowledge that was passed down to me to all of them. I love being able to watch the students grow, become amazing well rounded people, interact in a creative space with them, learn from them, and help them understand dance. 

What’s your favorite thing about teaching?

While in college the dance department would put on certain performances for children to attend. After the performances so performers would go to the lobby to meet the students and during this time you would be able to see the children's eyes light up. They had questions about your shoes, costumes, what dance moves you could do, and what dance moves they could show you. This was when I knew that I wanted to teach, inspire those that had dreams of being a dancer, and be able to guide dancers down a successful path. 

Who/what inspired you to teach dance?

I traveled to China to dance professionally as a part of the NBA 5v5 games the summer of 2018.

What's a fun fact about you?

• Center of Ballet & Dance Arts- Syracuse
• Diane's Dancers- Elbridge
• NYSSSA Summer Dance Program
• Hofstra Summer Dance Program
• Taylor 2 Company Dance Intensive
• Mercyhurst University 
• Dancing Wheels Company
• Cleveland Cavaliers

Your personal training?

• Classical & Neo-Classical Repertoire at CBDA, Mercyhurst, Dancing Wheels
• Contemporary & Modern Repertoire at CBDA, Mercyhurst, Dancing Wheels
• Commercial Jazz: Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland & China. Danced with people such as Flo Rida, Machine Gun Kelly, B.O.B, Montell Jordan, Biz Markie, and Tiffany. 
• Workshops/Residences: Hofsta, American Dance Theatre, Boston Ballet, NYSSSA, Paul Taylor 2, Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal, John Lehrer

Where/what have you performed?

Dance Educator & Choreographer

Emily
Borchers

Ballet Technique, Pointe/Variations & Jazz/Contemporary

How did you get started in dance?


When I was younger I would always groove to the music playing and Alexa told me about her dance teacher starting her own business so I joined Kerry’s first group of students.

What’s your favorite thing about teaching?

My favorite thing about teaching dance is hearing the students say they love my class and being able to give everything I know for them to grow as a dancer.

Who/what inspired you to teach dance?

Having the opportunity to teach at the studio I grew up at made me really want to do it. Knowing that Kerry is the reason why I have all the technique and experience I do to this day and being able to give it back to the students.

I love being out in Nature, Hiking

What's a fun fact about you?

•  From 7-14 years old training at Cleveland Ballet Conservatory
•  Gladiators dance team for 2 years 

Your personal training?

• Cincinnati Ballet’s "The Nutcracker"
• Pennsylvania Ballet’s "The Nutcracker"
• American Ballet Theatre’s production of "Le Corsaire"

Where/what have you performed?

DANCE EDUCATOR & CHOREOGRAPHER

Brittany DiVincenzo

Jazz, Contemporary, Preschool Ballet

My parents enrolled me into a ballet class at the early age of three. At a very young age my parents saw how consumed I was with dance. They knew they had to do everything they could to keep me dancing and performing. There was no stopping my drive and passion for dancing.

How did you get started in dance?


It’s hard to beat the feeling of walking into a studio full of excitement and smiles from all my dancers. Knowing I get to share my passion and knowledge is something I hold very special to my heart. 

What’s your favorite thing about teaching?

I was inspired to be the best teacher I could be by all of my amazing teachers, instructors and coaches throughout my 22 years of dancing. I would not be the person I am today without their guidance and inspirational motivation.

Who/what inspired you to teach dance?

I have two fun facts about myself. The first one being, I was CBC's very first student. My second is I also share a true passion for caring for sick people. I am currently in nursing school along with working at the Cleveland Clinic as a nurse assistant.

What's a fun fact about you?

• Trained in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Hip-hop and Contemporary
• Trained at Cleveland Ballet Conservatory for 8 years
• Attended summer dance intensives
• Dance/theater workshops at the Playhouse square
• Competed in competitive dance for 2 years
• Invited to Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders workshops
• Danced professionally for AHL, NBA and MLB for 4 years

Your personal training?

I have performed with the Southwest Youth Ballet Company under the direction of Kerry. Also, during my time dancing at CBC I performed the lead role in our Alice In Wonderland & Peter Pan productions. I’ve performed with the Cincinnati Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet productions of the Nutcracker at Playhouse Square. I’ve also danced with the dance teams for the Lake Erie Monsters, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, and Cleveland Indians.

Where/what have you performed?

Began my first year in 2019

How long have you been with CBC?

DANCE EDUCATOR & CHOREOGRAPHER

Alexa Pudlinksi

Jazz, Contemporary, Preschool Ballet, Ballet Technique, Pre-Pointe