Artistry House is owned and staffed by master teachers. Whether you are looking for dance, performing arts, or fitness instruction, our highly qualified staff looks forward to working with you.
Jennifer Lawrence, PhD.
As the owner and artistic director of Artistry House, Jennifer has more than fifteen years of experience teaching dance and fitness, including Ballet, Pointe, Pre-Pointe, Jazz, Leap 'N Learn, Conditioning, Phusia, and Stretch & Strengthen. She began her training at Annabel Timms School of Ballet in Bridgeport, WV where she studied ballet, pointe, and jazz under Annabel Timms, Marcy Mossburg, and Cindy Timms-Pulice. Jennifer has served as faculty at Annabel Timms School of Ballet, Morgantown Dance Studio, and The Ballet Studio Lafayette in Lafayette, Louisiana, which is owned and operated by Beverly Spell creator of the nationally renowned Leap 'N Learn early childhood program. During the 2009-2010 dance season, Jennifer founded the Morgantown Youth Ballet Company, a junior division of the Morgantown Ballet Company, and served as artistic director of both companies from September 2010 through June 2013. She has also directed and choreographed productions of The Sleeping Beauty, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and The Butterfly Lovers.
Jennifer also holds a PhD in French Language and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, where she worked as a graduate teaching fellow during her coursework. She taught as adjunct faculty at West Virginia University and served simultaneously as coordinator of the graduate teaching assistants and adjunct faculty in French and the director of the beginning and intermediate French language program. She currently serves as adjunct faculty for Southern New Hampshire University's College of Online and Continuing Education and for West Virginia University.
Andrea Gilreath began her dance studies in ballet, jazz and tap at the age of five at Regina’s Studio of Dance in Charleston, WV. She next studied under Kim Pauley at the school of the Charleston Ballet where she performed and apprenticed throughout high school. Andrea attended West Virginia University and took a break from dancing to focus on music until she was referred to Morgantown Dance where she resumed ballet and found a new love…modern dance. Andrea was an original member of Alchemy Dance Project (Morgantown’s only semi-professional modern dance company) and has performed locally in many Alchemy and Morgantown Dance productions including Momotaro, Snow White, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, The Snow Queen, Romeo & Juliet and more. Andrea continues to dance with Morgantown Dance and has been a member of The Morgantown Ballet Company since it’s inception in 2008. In 2010 Andrea became certified in the nationally renowned Leap ‘n Learn early childhood pre-ballet dance program and has been teaching 2.5 to 6 yr. olds at Morgantown Dance Studio for four years.
Liz Rossi trained with Berle Davis & Jayne Zaban in California (Stanley Kahn & Joe Tremaine technique) and received a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan’s prestigious Musical Theatre Program. ★ Out of college, she worked as an intern to Susan Stroman on the original Broadway production of big, the musical. ★ Around the country she directed and/or choreographed such musicals as: Crazy for You; 42nd Street; Fiddler on the Roof; Annie Warbucks; Pippin; Guys and Dolls; West Side Story (4 times!;) Mame; Camelot; The Wizard of Oz; Once on this Island; Godspell; The Full Monty, Little Shop of Horrors; Oliver, Annie, Christmas Carol…and many more. ★ Performing credits include: "Small Purple Panda" on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, “Elmo/Small Understudy” with the Sesame Street Live international tour, various character roles with West Virginia Public Theatre such as the tap dancing "Jennyanydots" in Cats (twice,) “Shirley & Old Woman track” in The Producers, “Female Authority Figure track” in Hairspray, and “Aunt Em” in The Wizard of Oz. ★ Ms. Rossi has over twenty years experience teaching tap, jazz, musical theatre styles, and ballet for studios, theatre companies and theatre camps and working as a Musical Theatre coach, readying students for auditions and professional careers in New York. She also taught music for four years at the Morgantown Learning Academy, a Pre-K through eighth grade private school. ★ Trained in the nationally renowned Leap ’N Learn™ program, she created the Tap ’N Learn™ syllabus for Beverly Spell, sold to hundreds of teachers around the world, which is now being reworked and transformed into Happy Tappers, a teacher training program. She has written a CD as a companion to her tap program and continues to write songs and musicals with her writing partner Matthew Smedal.
Emma Sherfinski’s dance journey began at age 3 at Kehl School of Dance in Madison, Wisconsin. At age 10 she joined the competition tap and jazz teams at Kehl and began attending numerous dance competitions and conventions. In the summer of 2011, Emma relocated to Morgantown and began her training at Morgantown Dance Studio. At Morgantown Dance she trained under Liz Chang, Wendy Kalasky, Daniel Karasik, Jennifer Lawrence, Ashley Manzo, Marilyn Pipes, Robert Steele, and Desiree Witt. She has performed in numerous Morgantown Dance productions including The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Romeo and Juliet, the Snow Queen. She joined the Morgantown Ballet Company in 2011 and has been performing with them ever since. Besides dancing on stage, Emma has always had a love for helping and teaching young dancers. She began assisting dance classes at age 12 in Madison, Wisconsin and has continued in Morgantown with the renowned Leap ‘N Learn program. Besides dance, Emma loves cooking, her two pugs, and science, and is very excited to be attending WVU beginning in the Fall of 2015. She will be studying Biology and hopes to eventually go to medical school and study Pathology.
Stacey Romano graduated summa cum laude from Radford University in 2010 with a BS in dance education. She has had extensive training in ballet, jazz, and modern, and has participated in numerous workshops and intensives at Dance Alloy Theater, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Point Park University, WV Governor's School for the Arts, American College Dance Festival, and West Virginia Dance Festival. She was an apprentice for the Kitchen Sink Dance Company, under the direction of Michael McGowan, and danced as a company member with d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks, a modern dance company based in Radford, VA. After graduating college, Stacey briefly served as the artistic director at Momentum Center for the Arts in Clarksburg, WV and taught at studios throughout north central WV. Stacey has spent the last 6 years in Baltimore, MD performing as a company member with Full Circle Dance Company as well as teaching dance at numerous studios and public schools in Maryland. She is extremely excited to be back in her home state sharing her passion for dance with others!