Ms. Tubbs began her studies locally at Laurel Ballet and then went on to study and perform with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The American Dance Ensemble, and several regional ballet companies.She studied with world renowned masters including Asaf Messime, Richard Katon, and Edward Van Muden. By the age of 20, Ms. Tubbs was teaching and choreographing professionally and creating works for many local companies. In the late 1980's, she received a grant from the Pittsburgh Dance Council with which she produced her first contemporary work titled Revoltade. Since that time, Ms. Tubbs has crafted original choreography for six classic ballets, created over two dozen original ballets as well as countless contemporary works. Judy Rae Tubbs continues to educate herself in the quality instruction and presentation of ballet.
Modern dance teacher extraordinaire Nichole Waughaman-Slavin brings visceral energy and excitement to contemporary dance for our students. From classical to folk to live drumming, class with Ms. Nichole is NEVER dull!
Christy, a 2020 graduate of Duquesne University received her ballet training from Judy Rae Tubbs for 10 years. Since then, she has spent the past four years as a professional folk dancer with the Tamburitzans, while earning a degree in corporate communications and a certificate in business administration. With the Tamburitzans, she has performed on 10 national tours, covering more than 35 different states. In addition to performing, Christy has choreographed specialized performances for the ensemble, and taught classes in ballet fundamentals and folk. Christy is excited to return to her home with Judy, and to help coach and broaden the skills of the Westmoreland Ballet Company dancers.
Maggie passionately seeks to help others find that spark, burning off the layers that keep us from connecting to ourselves and others. At her very center, this Pittsburgh native is a true educator who fell in love with yoga as an inflexible 13 year old ballerina. She went on to earn her master’s degree, teach in Fairfax County Public Schools, and later become a volunteering stay-at-home mom to her 3 girls.
She leads strong, balanced classes that lead students of all ages to find their own practice, strength, and peace. Maggie focuses heavily on breathing and stretching techniques through fun movement and play, empowering students to love themselves, others and yoga! Maggie can be found teaching regularly in the heated Yoga Flow Pittsburgh studios as well as her own events around town called Maggie Black Yoga N'at. These are held at breweries, restaurants, and coffee shops etc. She continues to volunteer daily, enterprising to found The Westmoreland Ballet Company.
Our Level 4 and 5 students loved having Haylie Kromer and Courtney Carbone in residence this fall!