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Owner & Director

Heather Kronk West is the owner of Stage West.  She began training at Doris Singer dance studio at the age of three and continued on to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

At Mercyhurst University she received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in dance with a concentration in Pedagogy.  Afterwards, she performed with the Lake Erie Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

Her over 20 years of teaching and choreography experience include, The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Point Park University and The Civic Light Opera Academy.  For 15 years she has successfully owned and operated B.C. Dance Academy, along with aiding the musical theatre department there, before expanding to include Stage West which opened in 2016.

Along with teaching dance, Heather has a loving husband and two children.


SAM beckas

Teacher & Choreographer

Sam Beckas began dancing at three years old. With desires to be a ballerina, she began studying at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre around age 8, under the instruction of Heather Kronk. In her time at PBT, Sam participated in The Nutcracker for three years, and this experience remains one of her fondest memories to this day. 


Sam soon decided to explore other dance opportunities including musical theater instruction at CLO and then moved on to competitive dance at DancExplosion Arts Center. In her three years of competing, she learned that your biggest competitor is yourself and the most important thing is to have fun and believe in yourself. 


Following in Ms. Heather’s footsteps, Sam attended college at Mercyhurst University and took a break from dance, though she never lost her love for it. After graduation Sam taught at Stage West Performing Arts Center for one year before relocating for a job. Now, back at Stage West, Sam is excited to continue working with the students and challenging them as dancers and  young women.

VICTORIA kohlmann

Teacher & Choreographer


DANIELLE crivelli

Guest Teacher & Choreographer


LEANNE nagle

Social Media Manager


LINDSAY courteau

Fundraising & Event Manager


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