Instructors

Becky Sanzotti

Becky Sanzotti is the executive director of the Butler School of Dance. She has been choreographing and teaching dance for more than 30 years. Throughout that time, she has been extensively involved in Butler County’s arts education scene.

Becky is the former president of Dance Masters of Pennsylvania. She received her certification to teach Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Acrobatics from Dance Masters of America, and is a certified examiner for both organizations. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in dance from Point Park University and is a graduate of Kent State University’s renowned Teacher’s Training School. Becky is also a member of the Cecchetti Council of America, from which she holds a teacher’s level Grade IV certification.

Shadoe Brandt began his dance training in the Butler area and later received his degree in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University. He has performed in numerous musicals, national tours, and a dancer with the American Spirit Dance Company. Shadoe has also made appearances on ‘All My Children’ and ‘Law and Order SVU’.  BSD is thrilled to have Shadoe as our advanced tap instructor!

Meagan Casey has been teaching recreational and competitive dance and gymnastics for the past 18 years.  She graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in English and professional writing and minor in dance.  She is a professional member of the Dance Masters of Pennsylvania and certified to teach.  She is also USA Gymnastics Safety Certified.  Meagan is excited to join the BSD family.

Sonja Gable is excited to be back with Miss Becky as the hip-hop instructor at BSD.  She is a graduate of Slippery Rock University.  Currently, she is an apprentice with Attack Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA.

Joseph “Kid Cuba” Llaneza has been living and practicing hip hop culture and its trademark popping, locking, and breaking dance moves for more than 18 years. His past credits include work with the Boys & Girls Club of America and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. For eight years, Joseph ran the hip hop program at Camp Woodward, the world’s largest action sports camp. Cuba is a guest instructor and will offer special workshops and classes throughout the year.

Color photograph of Meredyth Casey and her child

Meredyth Pribis earned her bachelor of arts degree in dance from Slippery Rock University in 2003. A member of Pittsburgh-based modern dance company Labco from 2003 to 2009, Meredyth has full Dance Masters of America certification in Tap, Ballet, and Jazz. She has taught dance for more than seven years.