About Us

History

 

Staff

Michelle Hanbury, Head Instructor

Michelle began studying dance at the age of 5.  She studied various forms of dance including jazz, tap, modern, ballet, point and lyrical. She began her journey as a dance teacher at age 12, where she instructed children ages 3-11. While attending Carrick High School, Michelle was a member of their competing indoor and outdoor colorguard team as well as the independent colorgurad team “Dark Horizons”. While she was a member of both teams she was featured on rifle, sabre and movement. While Michelle was in her senior year at Carrick High School she had the opportunity to design and choreograph their competitive color guard team for the Raider Marching Band and the indoor winterguard.  Along with Carrick High School, Michelle instructed the colorgurad and winterguard at Elizabeth Forward High School.  She continued to teach dance as well.  Michelle is married and is the mother of 3 beautiful children.  She has been the head instructor for CoMotion Dance team since 2006.  With much hard work and dedication Michelle has helped to grow the organization from one team to several teams ranging in both age and skill set. For the past four years, Michelle has served as the Vice President for the Region 8 Tournament of Bands/Tournament Indoor Association organization. She is a Recruiter for Aerotek which is a skilled trade staffing company.  Michelle is extremely grateful for the opportunity to coach these amazing young people but more than her love for teaching she is proud to be a mentor and role model for all whom she comes in contact with.

Shawn Gugliuzza, Coach

 Shawna Gugliuzza began studying dance at the age of 8 at Ann Shade Dance in Carrick. There is where her love of dance started as she studied various forms of dance, including jazz, lyrical, tap, ballet, and gymnastics. At the age of 12, Shawna joined the South Brook Middle School Dance Team, competing in TOB Chapter 8. At the start of high school, Shawna joined CoMotion Dance Team as an inaugural member where she continued to compete until reaching the age limit. After graduating high school, and while still dancing for CoMotion, Shawna took on the role of Assistant Instructor, where her passion for teaching began.

Shawna is a proud graduate of Carrick High School and a recipient of The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship. After high school, she attended Slippery Rock University for 2 years before transferring to and graduating from Penn State Greater Allegheny with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology while continuing to dance and instruct for CoMotion. Shawna currently serves as Programs Associate for Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. and is a founding member of Promise Legacy, the Alumni Association of The Pittsburgh Promise where she is Chair of the Events Committee. She is in her tenth year as an instructor for CoMotion and is excited to start her first year as Head Instructor of the Regional A Dance Team.

Shawna is a proud dog mom to Tig and Quinn and lives a busy, full life with them and her fiancé, Ian.

As an Instructor, Shawna feels fortunate to interact with such special young people and loves being there for some of the best times of their lives.

Allison Meade, Coach

Allison began studying dance at the age of 8 at Creative Dance and Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, PA. She studied various forms of dance including jazz, tap, pointe, acro, hip hop; specializing in contemporary and modern. She has spent 14 years competing locally and nationally winning numerous top awards. Allison is a proud graduate of Robert Morris University with a Bachelors degree in Public Relations where she was also a part of their competitive dance team for three years. She is employed by the Pittsburgh Public Schools Board of Education and is now in her sixth season coaching and choreographing the Carrick varsity cheerleading team.  Allison joined CoMotion in 2015 and found her love for teaching dance in 2016.  Allison is a full time mom to her baby boy Greyson and will be getting married in Fall of 2020. Her love and passion for the art of dance is equal to the love she has for her students.