Meet our Faculty
Owner, Instructor, Choreographer
Lisa Marie is the founder and proud owner of Lisa Marie’s School of Dance! Success is not only measured by the longevity and growth of her school now in its 43rd year, but also by the recognition that she, her students, and teachers have received in competition awards. Trophies and accolades are wonderful, but she finds equal joy in helping students grow by providing lessons her students may apply to many facets of life, not just in the studio. Lisa is a Dance Masters of Pennsylvania and Dance Masters of America certified instructor and graduate of IUP with a major in Elementary Education and minor in dance. Lisa continues her education through professional workshops, conventions, seminars, master classes, and trips to NYC and Los Angeles. As a member of Professional Dance Teachers Assoc., Dance Masters and Strongland Chamber of Commerce, Lisa wears a multitude of metaphorical “hats”. She has choreographed for high school musicals, band fronts, show choirs, Brownie Troops and weddings. Her students also provide entertainment for community events, churches, and assisted living centers in order to give back and share their talent with the community.
Away from the studio, Lisa holds a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do and is involved at St. Mary’s Church, where she is a Eucharistic Minister. In addition, she is an independent counselor for families whose children are born with cleft lips and/or palates. Together with her husband, Ike, she enjoys spending time with her married children and grandchildren. She continues to count her blessings and is thankful to her immediate family and extended dance family for their support and loyalty while sharing in her lifelong dream.
Studio Manager, Instructor, Choreographer
Asti was born dancing and hasn’t stopped since. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at La Roche College, where she specialized in pediatrics. In addition to her studies, Asti was the captain of the Redhawks' dance team and upon graduating took the director/choreographer position for three years.
She currently teaches, choreographs and manages Lisa Marie’s School of Dance, where she danced competitively in tap, jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical and hip hop for 16 years. Asti also competed as a model for four years as a student and returned to modeling professionally in 2017, featured in art galleries and magazines across America. She danced professionally for the Kauffman Bagettes as well as the Macy’s Day Parade. Continuing education is very important to Asti as she ensures her teaching methods and choreography techniques are up to date by taking online workshops, acrobatic safety and technique certifications, conventions and master classes. She currently holds certifications from Le Petit Cirque Contortion Safety and Acro Dance Teachers Association (ADTA). Asti loves working with all ages and talent levels, but has a special place in her heart for the “Princess Camp'' that she created in 2018 and has become an annual event.
When she’s not at the studio, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeremy, and her two sweet sons, Lincoln and Maddex.
Meredyth is a 2003 graduate of Slippery Rock University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. During her four years at SRU, she was a part of countless stage pieces and worked with several different professional choreographers from Pittsburgh and New York City. Meredyth choreographed for the Slippery Rock University Dance Theater and choreographed as captain of the SRU dance team. Prior to her college career, she trained under Dance Masters of America president Lee Garrard, where she studied the disciplines of tap, Ceccheti ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical and acrobatics. As a dancer, she won a multitude of awards as a soloist and group performer across the tristate area. Meredyth joined the Lisa Marie's School of Dance family 20 years ago. Throughout the years, her choreography has been recognized with a myriad of competitive awards and choreographic accolades.
As a performer, Meredyth danced professionally for six years with the company, Labco, teaching community classes at Point Park University for seven years as well. She was the Director of Dance for the Slippery Rock University Arts Academy for nine years and has subbed for the SRU dance department. Meredyth has her full Dance Masters of America certification in tap, jazz, and ballet. She continues her education by participating in workshops throughout the year, always trying to stay on top of the current trends and methods, providing her students with the best quality of movement education possible.
Outside of the studio, Meredyth enjoys family time with her husband, Rich, and their three children Adelaide, Saylor, and Conor.