Dance Arts by Regina believes in a holistic approach that respects individual strengths, while pushing all dancers to be the best they can be. The pride and sense of accomplishment that students glean when they have met or exceeded a carefully curated set of expectations are important life long lessons that have value both in and outside of a dance studio. Dance Arts by Regina seeks to inspire children to be their best selves through supportive, rigorous, and developmentally appropriate training.
"As the founder of Dance Arts, it is my sincere belief that the art of dance can transform a child. It is my intent to promote creativity and expand students’ notions of the possible through dance training, performances, and connections with the community." - Miss Regina
Dance Arts by Regina is home to the pre-professional performing group, NEW DANCE ARTISTS. Check out our performance page for more info!
About the Director: Regina Pietraroia
Regina Pietraroia brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as both a professional dancer and educator to her role as the director of Dance Arts. She grew up in Northeast Ohio, where she studied all forms of dance, was exposed to a variety of guest and master teachers, and received mentorship in teaching practices from the time she was twelve. Regina went on to train at Butler University in Indianapolis, and after college spent several years dancing and teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area. After returning to Cleveland, Regina joined Ohio Dance Theatre, where she performed a variety of classical and contemporary ballets and repertoire, including The Nutcracker, Dracula, Cinderella, The Firebird, and many more. Since her time with ODT, Regina has performed as a guest artist with Neos Dance Theatre in several of director Robert Wesner's full-length ballets, and has also worked with the City Ballet of Cleveland, North Pointe Ballet, and Cleveland Dance Exchange. She continues to participate in the area's artistic community through freelance performance - recently she premiered choreography through the Cleveland Dance Project and also performed at several community arts events.
Regina holds a Bachelor’s in Middle & Secondary Education from Butler University, as well as a Master’s in Arts Administration from The University of Akron. She also had the opportunity to attend the National Dance Institute’s Teaching Artist Training with Jacques d’Amboise in New York City to study his renowned methodology. Her extensive teaching experience includes the Berkeley Ballet Theatre, The University of Akron, the American College Dance Festival conference, and many private studios in Ohio and California. She was the Education Director for Ohio Dance Theatre, including leading their outreach program in several schools, and has also taught for GroundWorks Dance Theatre's educational programs and in the Akron After School Program. Most recently she has developed her own program, "Reach, Leap, & Learn" and led a residency in the spring of 2018 at Cleveland's Urban Community School. Regina is a sought after guest teacher, teaching master classes for the Cleveland Dance Project, JAM Dance Academy, Oil Region Ballet in Pennsylvania, among others.
From teaching ballet in after-school programs in inner-city schools, to teaching college-level ballet technique, Regina believes in challenging all students to be their physical and intellectual best in each class. She enjoys teaching and choreographing for every age and level – from nurturing a love of dance in preschoolers to refining the technique and artistry of advanced dancers.
Regina is grateful every day that she gets to live out her dreams, and hopes to inspire all of her students to do the same.
Faculty, Guest, and Master Teachers
Matthew Roberts (staff) is an Ohioan who, at the age of 10, discovered he was bilingual and his real native language was dance. After studying at the Dance Institute and University of Akron, he moved to New York looking to become more fluent and graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2013 with a BFA in Dance and concentration in Choreography. There he performed works by Lar Lubovitch, Robert Battle, Jessica Lang, Shen Wei and after graduating performed with Lustig Dance Theatre, Oakland Ballet Company, and Awakening Movement. He loves creating dances of his own to share with others and hopes to have a company of his own one day. After returning from New York he started working with Neos Dance Theatre and has been utilizing his skills as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer.
Rebecca Muellauer (staff) Becky began dancing at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since! Growing up she trained under Charlotte Braun, Patty Nowak-Briggs, and former Rockette, Melissa Edington. In high school she was a member of the internationally ranked dance team of Magnificat High School. She went on to major in dance at Loyola University Chicago. While in Chicago she was able to travel to Cuba to dance with the students at the Escuela Nacional de Arte. She also attended the American College Dance Association Central Conference 4 years in a row and even presented her own work for adjudication. In addition she also performed in annual concerts at LUC in various pieces including historic works such as La Ventana, Grieg Concierto, and Paquita. Now back in Ohio she currently works for Ballet in the City as the Executive Assistant and continues to take classes and train with Dee Hillier. Becky is very excited to be teaching at Dance Arts by Regina this year!
Celia Romanoski (staff) Started her dance training at age 3 in Lakewood under the instruction of Donna Rakerd. At the age of 12, she went on to continue her training at The School of Ohio Dance Theatre under the instruction of Denise Gula ,Nancy Brunstahl,and Janet Strukley. Celia was a member of the Ballet Cleveland Youth Company through adolescence, where she was able to perform along side the professional company of Ohio Dance Theatre in a variety of roles. She has since gone on to teach, choreograph, and perform in the Northeast Ohio area. Celia is currently working as the Assistant Director/Choreographer for the Midview High School Drama department, and dancing as an apprentice with North Pointe Ballet. She honored to be On the teaching staff of Dance Arts By Regina This Year!
Ethan Michael Lee is from Canton, Ohio where he trained at Canton Ballet for 10 years under the artistic direction of Cassandra Crowley. He currently is the artistic director of A Time to Dance Junior Company at A Time to Dance in North Canton. He has produced and directed several full length ballets, including Rapunzel, Fantasia, and Aladdin the Ballet, along with many concert style ballets. Ethan danced for six seasons with Neos Dance Theatre in Mansfield, Ohio, dancing roles in Snow White, Dracula, and various Contemporary ballets choreographed by Bobby Wesner, in addition to performing works by choreographers Joseph Morrissey, Stephanie Martinez, and Mary-Elizabeth Fenn. Ethan has judged scholarship auditions for Dance Masters of Ohio in 2015. He has studied at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Chautauqua New York, and Joffrey Ballet. Ethan has performed many lead roles for companies around the area including Erie Dance Conservatory, Akron's Dance Institute, Ballet Theater of Ohio, Dance Takes Flight in Zanesville Ohio, and Wayne Center for the Arts.