Liza Yuen was born and raised in Hong Kong. She studied ballet under ms Ng Sheung Ha, a renowned former instructor of National Ballet of China and the Hong Kong Ballet, beginning at age five. Liza was also trained under Royal British principles and was awarded distinctions for her Advanced Examinations in the Royal Academy of Dancing. She was invited to perform on local and national stages, such as Hong Kong Ballet Group and Hawaii Ballet Theater.
Liza enjoys performing as well as teaching. She teaches classical ballet and Chinese dance and participated in different styles of choreography. Liza is also a senior dance instructor in Happy Valley Chinese School, the coach of Happy Valley Dance Team, and PSU Classical Chinese Dance Team in State College, PA.
Terra started out as a competitive gymnast and complimented her training with dance classes. At age 9, she left gymnastics and began ballet and jazz dance training with the Williamsport Civic Ballet. For the next 14 years, she was part of the corps de ballet and a soloist with the Williamsport Civic Ballet Company. Terra also attended summer intensives at Ballet Theatre Pennsylvania, numerous master classes, and was offered a scholarship to Goucher College’s dance program at age 16.
Terra has instructed gymnastics since she was 15 and is a kindergarten paraprofessional at Easterly Parkway Elementary. She has been teaching beginning ballet at PASCP since fall of 2011.
Terra lives in State College with her husband Chris and their two children. Their son, Tanner, and daughter, Micah, are both competitive gymnasts, and Micah is a student at PASCP.
An accomplished Broadway dancer and teacher, Linda Bowen-Hildebrand's foray into dance began with a strong ballet foundation from the Montgomery Ballet School in Maryland, studying under such greats as Eugene Loring and El Gabriel. She became a company member at 12 and president at 16. She went on to graduate Cum Laude from Towson State University with a Bachelor of fine arts degree (in dance performance and choreography) where she gained a fervent work ethic and passion for artistic excellence.
Prior to Linda's Broadway career she had the rare honor to work with Chet Walker and the infamous Gwen Verdon in "The Fosse Project." Working closely with Ms. Verdon the show developed her love of the distinct "Fosse" style. In 1997 Linda's Broadway career began in New York City when she secured the role of Annie in the Tony award winning musical revival "Chicago." She went on to play the lead role of Roxie Hart in the production and performed with Bebe Nueworth, Brett Barrett, Alan Thicke, Jasmine Guy and Joel Grey during her two year run with the show. During this time Linda also found the time to perform, nurture and teach other young dancers to use their talents to foster artistic growth with "Project Dance," a Broadway dance company that seeks to impact culture positively through the arts as well as aid new professional dancers in achieving their performance goals. During her run in "Chicago" Linda was selected to represent the cast in several promotional appearances including an " Instyle" Magazine shoot featuring Alec Baldwin, and performances on TV shows including the Fox talk show "Vibe" hosted by Sinbad. Next, Linda procured the lead in the Tony award-winning Broadway production, "Fosse" and was thrilled to work with the celebrated Anne Reinking on original Bob Fosse choreography, further developing her expertise in the style. She not only starred in the show for two years, but once again represented "Fosse" via various interviews and performances across media platforms.
Linda's work with Hildebrand Chiropractic in the early 2000s served to further increase her awareness of the importance of heath and athleticism, including nutrition and proper spinal alignment. She built industry relationships with physical therapists, naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists, and orthopedic surgeons promoting natural lifestyles. She continues to bring her accumulated health knowledge to all of her classes, helping to create well rounded instruction.
Her teaching career continued with a move to State College, Pennsylvania where she has served for since 2011 as a ballet and jazz instructor at the prestigious Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania, teaching students not only how to properly execute steps, but how to perform with passion. In addition to teaching across multiple levels at the school, Linda has served as choreographer for its spring and fall productions. Since 2012 Linda has also taught ballet, lyrical and jazz to students of all ages and levels through "Lifted Hands," an organization that provides affordable dance lessons to the community while cultivating body awareness and a love of dance.
In 2013 Linda continued her dance education attending the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Teacher's Workshop under the tutelage of classical ballet's consummate instructor, Marcia Dale Weary where she not only studied Ms. Weary's proven techniques, but exchanged teaching methodologies with teachers from around the globe.
Lastly, while Linda is a gifted and highly experienced dancer, singer and actor, her love of performing and teaching has led her to encourage students in their own gifts and abilities to affect positive change in their lives through dance. She has inspired many with her dedication to her craft and her greatest hope is that her students will develop a deep-seated love for dance and their abilities to entertain and foster change for good through dance. Her passion for excellence is always apparent and her dedication to creating the best possible environment for her students to grow in a safe caring environment is her most important aspiration.
Kayla McCloskey began training at Allegheny Ballet Company at eight years old. She has attended programs at American Ballet Theatre, The School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet training with renowned teachers and choreographers.
She attended college at American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City majoring in Musical Theatre.
She was offered a teaching position at Allegheny Ballet Company working closely with Artistic Director Connor Kilian Weigand. She assisted setting The Nutcracker and choreographed new works for the company: Rodeo, Firebird, “Glass Pieces”, “Something for Cat”, and “Concerto in F”. In 2017 she was offered a teaching position at the Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania. She has choreographed musicals such as The Music Man (P&J Productions), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (SCCT), and Chess (FUSE Productions). She has performed: Demeter in Cats, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Susan the Silent in Finian’s Rainbow, and Zaneeta in The Music Man. Along with dancing in Chess, It’s Been Fifty Year Today: A Tribute to the Beatles, and with Boundless Bodies Contemporary Ballet.
Kayla is also currently a Co-Artistic Director of Boundless Bodies Contemporary Ballet with Connor Kilian Weigand, Brandon Porter, and Chivas Merchant-Buckman along with a teacher here at PASCP.
Vicky is an experienced instructor in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre and African dance, and enjoys all styles of dance. She received her initial training from the St. Thomas School of Dance, and was a member of the Ballet Theatre of the Virgin Islands, in her hometown of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Vicky went on to graduate from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts - Dance Emphasis, focusing specifically on anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and teaching dance. She performed with the Contemporary Dance Company, Orchesis, and toured Israel with the Dance Collective.
Vicky has taught at the University of the Virgin Islands, the Pennsylvania State University, Lock Haven University and Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania (PASCP). She is thrilled to be teaching and choreographing for PASCP! Vicky resides in Centre Hall with her husband Jim and their two daughters, Maria and Sophie. Vicky and Jim own vjmStudios, a photography studio located in Boalsburg, PA.
Heather Sustersic loves to dance and support the arts. Trained in 17 different dance styles from classical ballet to International Samba, Heather came home to ballet at PASCP as a faculty member in September, 2013, where she passes on her enthusiasm for artistic movement and love for ballet to the studio’s youngest dancers.
At the age of five, Heather took her first ballet, tap and jazz class at the Jeanette School of Dance in Glen Burnie, MD. Two years later, Heather deepened her studies with rigorous Cecchetti ballet instruction under the tutelage of Barbara Hottel Willis and Julia Barrett at the Carter School of Dance (CSD) in Severna Park, MD. In addition to ballet technique, Heather trained in jazz, tap and modern at CSD for ten years and also performed a classical Spanish solo choreographed by Susan Wincek. In 2000, Heather received the coveted Gertrude E. White Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Dance from CSD.
As a member of the International Thespian Society, Heather served as program editor, house manager and dance captain for a variety of productions and also performed as a dancer and chorus member in Hello, Dolly!, Anything Goes, and Carousel at Old Mill Senior High School in Millersville, MD. Heather also has 12 years of classical piano training, in addition to some flute and violin training.
Heather and her husband, John, studied ballroom dancing with Penn State’s Intercollegiate Competition team for five years. As Competition Team Captain and Instruction Coordinator for the Ballroom Dance Club, Heather taught beginner ballroom dance to team members, college students, and community members. She and her husband coordinated Penn State’s first intercollegiate ballroom dance competition, the Keystone Classic, involving 19 universities and the World Champions of Standard Dancing. Her primary technical training was in the international styles of waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, jive, cha cha, rhumba, and samba, under the instruction of Christopher Hawkins and Hazel Newberry, Terry and Rozanna Sweeney, Robert and Jolene Nickel, and Darryl Maggio. Heather also studied salsa, hustle, and swing dance through the Ballroom Dance Club and Swing Dance Club at Penn State.
In 2011, Heather resumed her ballet studies at PASCP, adding the Vaganova technique to her dance repertoire.
Heather currently serves as Artistic Director for Relevétions, the liturgical dance group at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. In this capacity, Heather coordinates, choreographs, and participates in an average of four liturgical dance offerings per year with dancers ranging in age from four to adult.
When she is not dancing or teaching at PASCP, Heather enjoys serving as a wife and mother, gardening, arranging flowers, playing music with her family, and serving as a structural engineering faculty member in Penn State’s Architectural Engineering Department. She is working toward her doctoral degree in structural engineering.
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