Civic Dance Centre,

The official dance school of the Scranton Civic Ballet Company

Helen Gaus

Founder & Artistic Director

Julio Alegria

Assistant Director

Megan Jagoda

Tap & Jazz Departments

Megan Jagoda has been teaching tap and jazz to the talented dancers of Scranton Civic since 2012. Megan began dancing at the age of four and over the years has studied tap and jazz extensively at Stars of Tomorrow in Forty Fort, PA, Linda Sipple Dance Center in Luzerne, PA, and Linn McDonald School of Dance in Scranton, PA. In 2004, she performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as an all-star cheerleader/dancer.

 

Megan also continued dancing at Susquehanna University in tap, jazz, and modern courses and she was a member of the SU Dance Corps for four years. She had the pleasure of teaching her peers tap and jazz from 2005-2009, performing in many dance-related workshops and activities around campus, and serving as the SUDC Vice-President in her senior year.

 

Megan earned a BA in English/Secondary Education from Susquehanna University in 2009 and has earned two Master’s degrees in Education from Wilkes University. She is an English teacher at Wallenpaupack Area High School in Hawley, PA.

 

Megan is very thankful for the opportunity to teach the students at Civic so she can instill in them her growing passion for dance practice and performance.

Catherine Healey

Contemporary & Lilliputian Departments

Catherine has been with the Civic Dance Family for 4 years. Prior to joining the staff, Catherine was trained locally since age 4 and has been teaching and choreographing for 18 years. She has taken master classes in tap, jazz and modern at Steps on Broadway and the Broadway Dance Center and master ballet classes with Catherine Kingsley of the Royal Ballet. She trained in contemporary dance with the Philadelphia Dance Company and with Kristin Degnan of Ballet Northeast while studying at Wilkes University.

Erica Muto

Lilliputian Department

Erica has been with the Civic Dance Family for two years. Prior to joining the staff, Erica was trained locally since the age of 3 and has been teaching and choreographing for 11 years. She has taken master classes in jazz and modern at Steps on Broadway and the Broadway Dance Center and master ballet classes with Catherine Kingsley of the Royal Ballet. Erica attended the University of Scranton where she studied Psychology and was a part of the Scranton Dance Team for 3 years.

Emilie Gronski

Class Assistant

Emilie has been apart of the Civic Dance Centre since the age of four. In the fall of 2017, she began serving as a class assistant with the Lilliputian Department for the Civic Dance Centre.

 

Some of the roles that Emilie has performed with the Scranton Civic Ballet Company include: Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Russian Princess in Swan Lake, Corps de Ballet in Masquerade &

The Viennese Waltz, Rag Doll, Lead Chinese, Snowflake, Flower, Arabian Corps, and Lead Spanish in the Scranton Civic Ballet Company’s annual production of The Nutcracker.

 

Each summer, Emilie has attended the Scranton Civic Ballet Company’s annual summer intensive training with numerous well known ballet masters and instructors.

Mia Zaloga

Class Assistant

Mia has been apart of the Scranton Civic Ballet Company since 2013. Recently in the fall of 2017, she has been appointed to Class Assistant for the Civic Dance Centre tap and jazz department along with guest assisting for the Lilliputian department.

 

Some of the roles that Mia has performed throughout the years include: Spanish Princess in Swan Lake, Golden Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Principal Dancer in Masquerade, Soloist in 

The Viennese Waltz, Kissing Doll, Snowflake, Flower, Spanish, Ribbon Candy, and the 

Sugar Plum Fairy in the Scranton Civic Ballet Company’s annual production of The Nutcracker.

 

In the Summer of 2014 and 2015, Mia was accepted and attended the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary’s annual 5 week summer intensives while receiving a full merit scholarship both summers. Since 2015, Mia has been a guest performer for the Mostly Opera’s annual Concert every October.

Julie has been apart of the Scranton Civic Ballet Company since December of 2015. Since then, she has been a class demonstrator with the Lilliputian Department for the Civic Dance Centre and has been appointed to Class Assistant in September of 2017.

 

Some of the roles Julie has performed with the company include: Polish Princess in Swan Lake, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Soloist in Masquerade, Corps de Ballet in Stars and Stripes, Ribbon Candy, Snowflake, Flower, Spanish Corps, Snow Queen, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Scranton Civic Ballet Company’s annual production of The Nutcracker.

 

In the summer of 2017, Julie was accepted and attended the Joffrey Ballet School’s annual summer intensive program. This past summer, 2018, Julie attended the American Ballet Theatre’s annual 5 week summer intensive program.

Julie Mazaleski

Class Assistant

Gwyn "Ginger" Cruz

Class Assistant

Robert Zaloga

Class Assistant

CONTACT US

234 Mifflin Ave, Scranton PA 18503

 

Phone: 570-343-0115

OPENING HOURS

Monday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 7:30pm

Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: 9:00am - 4:30pm​
Sunday: CLOSED

The Scranton Civic Ballet Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization