The mission of Crossroads Dance Academy is to provide a solid technical dance foundation, hone artistic expression, improve students general knowledge and passion for the art of dance, and promote enjoyment during classes. Crossroads teaches the main genres of dance as a foundation, adding performance opportunities to enhance the student’s education, and in the advanced classes, the groundwork of artistic expression through improvisation and choreography. Our basic goal is to enable students to technically and accurately express themselves through movement. All classes are taught by trained professionals, maintain a high level of technical and artistic emphasis, and provide enjoyment for the dancer.
We believe that our children's innocence should be revered and protected. We insist on a safe and clean atmosphere in the dance studio, the waiting room, and at performances. We allow only appropriate attire and costumes, and strictly monitor all the music that is used in practice and performance for clean lyrics and messages. You will always feel pleased with what your child is wearing and dancing to while enrolled at Crossroads Dance Academy.
Sarah DiFrischia When Miss Sarah began her dance career, she fell in love with the beauty of dance, the dedication and determination it took, and the excitement of the ever-changing art form. During grade school, Sarah danced at a local studio for 10 years. She studied Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Cecchetti, Acrobatics, and Pointe. She was a student teacher for 8 years and a member of the Competition Team for 5 years. Every year she had the privilege of taking master classes from many well-known and accomplished dancers, choreographers, and dance teachers. During high school, Sarah was a finalist in the PA Governor’s School of the Arts, was accepted and attended the PA Free Enterprise Week, and always placed high during competitions with solos as well as with her Competition Group. After graduating high school, Sarah attended Palm Beach Atlantic University. While at PBAU, Sarah had the privilege to study under Demetrius Klein, the well-known and established modern choreographer and master teacher. She studied Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Partnering, Modern, and Contemporary movement. Sarah was also the only Freshman to become a member of the prestigious Palm Beach Atlantic Dance Ensemble. While there, Sarah was chosen to dance many solo and partnering duets for the Dance Ensemble’s numerous performances. Sarah then moved to Slippery Rock and finished her education at Slippery Rock University. She continued her studies in Modern, Jazz, and Ballet, however, it was at SRU, that Sarah began structuring a solid foundation in Teaching, Improvisation, and Choreography. During her college years, Sarah taught at many local studios as well as choreographed many pieces for performances at SRU. Among her many accomplishments, Sarah is most proud of her “Top Teacher” award she received while her students competed, having her SRU acapella Tap dance “Rhythms” be picked for 3 different venues, and dancing with her (then) 4 month-old daughter, Elise, for her final Senior Synthesis performance. After graduating, Sarah continued to teach locally and hone her Teaching and Choreography skills and pursued and received dance teacher credentials and certifications through the Cecchetti Council of America and USA Gymnastics. Sarah is looking forward to the future in growing the studio and expanding the space, continuing to create the studio’s thorough curriculum, and grow the business through leadership and teacher mentoring. Most importantly, Sarah is enjoying the moments that make her life wonderful; seeing her 3 children grow, watching her dancers enjoy dancing, and being able to use her talents to praise God through dancing.
Robyn Hughes Robyn Hughes has been dancing since the young age of 2. She started teaching at the age of 14 and had choreographed her first competition group by the age of 16. After high school, she attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia as a Dance major. Robyn is a member of Dance Masters of America where she has been certified to teach all aspects of dance by written and demonstrative tests. She has attended the Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School in Buffalo New York, where she had classes by such names as Tom Ralabate, Lynn Formato, Bob Rizzo, and Judy Ann Bassing. Robyn has also attended Dance Teacher Summit, NUVO and many dance conventions where she has taken Master classes from such names as Mia Michaels, Twitch, Mandy Moore, Ray Leeper, and Travis Wall. Studying to be the best teacher she can be is one of her goals. She feels that as a teacher you should always push your students and push yourself to be the best that you can be. In her past 30+ years of teaching she has had numerous award-winning dances. She has choreographed dances that won overall award in both group and solo numbers. Some of her students have gone on to dance professionally. To name a few, one was a Rockette, many have danced on cruise lines including Disney, one is the head coach of the University of Tennessee’s National Champion dance team- Go Vols! One of her proudest moments was seeing her student, Andrew Wilson, dance on Broadway in CATS. He was also a dancer and dance captain in Disney’s Newsies, and he is in the movie! Along with all her amazing students and parents Robyn has loved throughout the years, her greatest joy is her husband of over 25 years, Charlie, and their 3 daughters; Hannah, Rachel, and Belle.
Lydia Anthony Lydia Anthony has been involved with dance and performing for most of her life. Throughout her youth, she gained experience in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Cecchetti, Acrobatics, Pointe, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, and Musical Theater. She enjoyed using her skills in a variety of competitions, pageants, talent shows, and musicals. After high school, Lydia studied Dance at East Tennessee State University. She had the opportunity to choreograph and perform in multiple numbers for the department’s spring showcase. While at ETSU, she was privileged to study under wonderful staff members including Jennifer Kintner, the director of Mountain Movers Modern Dance Company. After moving home to Pennsylvania and joining the staff of Crossroads Dance Academy, Lydia was blessed to continue to share her love of dance with others. She furthered her education and obtained her A.A.S. degree in Business Management from BC3. Lydia was also trained in hand-balancing at New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro, Vermont. With safety as a top priority, Lydia is a member of USA Gymnastics and she is a certified Emergency Medical Responder through the American Red Cross. Using her knowledge in both business and dance, she enjoys instructing in the classrooms and connecting with the families that are a part of the studio. She enjoys improving student’s technique, creating new choreography, and providing a safe and enjoyable dance experience. She finds it rewarding to teach and choreograph for all ages in an uplifting environment. Her passion is to encourage her students in their education, creativity, and character development as they grow into young adults.
Lurena Stewart Lurena Stewart graduated from Freeport Senior High School and is currently a student at Grove City College majoring in Biology/Health. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and twirling baton since the age of 5. Lurena began dancing at the Butler Center for the Performing Arts and has had a passion for dance for the past 16 years of her life. Dance has always been a wonderful outlet and major part of Lurena’s daily schedule. Through her years of dance training she has gained experience in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, cecchetti, pointe, contemporary, and lyrical genres. She has also competed in many dance competitions, taken part in summer dance intensives, and participated in cecchetti companies and auditions – winning multiple scholarship awards. Baton is also a huge part of Lurena’s life, as she was the feature twirler for her high school for 3 years and has been on a competition team since age 8. Lurena began her baton training at Gwen’s School of Champions where she competed on the Young American team. Through this competition team Lurena has been lucky enough to compete at the National baton competition multiple times and has received 7 National Championship titles for solo and group events. Lurena is excited to share what she has learned from her years of dance and baton experience. She is looking forward to a great year of not only teaching but also learning from her students.
Belle Hughes Belle Hughes has been dancing at Crossroads Dance Academy since it opened. She has been a member of the Performance Company since 4th grade and one of her favorite performances was for the Harlem Globe Trotters game in Youngstown, Ohio. While traveling to gain dance education experience, she has taken classes from world renown teachers such as Travis Wall, Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore and Twitch. Belle also attended a Musical Theater camp at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Since her competition days began, Belle has held numerous titles such as Miss Showbiz and Miss PrimeTime and National Miss Showbiz. In 2019 she earned her first choreography award for her solo “Amazing Grace”. Belle is very involved in multiple organizations through Grove City High School. She has been a member of the student council and is currently the secretary of her class. She is also a member of the dance line and show choir where she has performed in many different games, shows, parades, events, and competitions. Being in musicals have become a huge passion for Belle. She held the role of Victoria (white cat) in the Grove City production of CATS. She also held the role of Ali in Mamma Mia. In 2017, Belle attended the Arts International showcase in Orlando where she was a finalist for her dance solo. This incredible experience opened the door for her to become a model for A Wish Come True dance catalog. Sharing her love and passion for dance through teaching is an exciting opportunity for Belle. She can’t wait to see the young dancers grow in both skill and confidence.
Hannah Azarian Hannah Azarian started dancing at 2 years old. She gained experience in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Acro, Baton, Hip Hop, Cecchetti, Pointe, and Lyrical. Throughout her dance journey she competed at numerous dance competitions, attended dance conventions, participated in summer intensives, tested in Cecchetti, was a Teacher's Assistant, and traveled to many dance events with her Mom. In High School she decided to participate in other school activities but once her Mom started to teach at Crossroads Dance Academy she realized she missed dance and then joined the Adult Tap Class they offered where she fell in love with Tap all over again. She graduated from Slippery Rock University with a bachelor's degree in Hospitality and Event Management. After graduation she moved to Orlando, Florida to work at Walt Disney World as a Vacation Planner with the Disney College Program. Once her internship ended, she was offered a Professional Internship as a Guest Relations Hostess where she worked full time after the internship ended. While working at Disney, she met her husband and they moved to Grove City to be closer to family. During her time at Disney she learned how much she loved customer service and making relationships with the guests so she is so excited to be joining the Crossroads family and to be working alongside her Mom and sister, Robyn & Belle.