About DeStella Dance Centre
Meet Our Faculty:
Alexis Rae DeSabatine:
Owner and Director, Miss Alexis a 2013 Point Park University Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. She began her passion of dancing at age 2 1/2, under the direction of Christine Haynick. By the age of 10, Alexis began dancing competitively in the Pittsburgh and Ohio area. As a young dancer, Alexis was trained in Cecchetti Ballet. She passed her exams in grades one, two, three, and four. Throughout her teen years, she attended numerous conventions and workshops with inspiring choreographers - Mia Micheals, Travis Wall, Tabitha and Napoleon, Mandy Moore, Sonya, Dee Caspary, and more.
By the time Alexis reached high school, dancing was more than just a hobby. She began training intensively 6 days week pre-professionally at Point Park University, competitively at Studio G Dance Centre, and taking private ballet and pointe classes off of the greatest mentor ever, Mr. Tom O’Steen.
After graduating from Franklin Regional in 2009, Alexis attended Point Park University majoring in dance with a minor degree in business. While in college, Miss Alexis began teaching at several local dance studios as well as performing with Madhouse Productions, Latshaw Productions, and more. Once graduating in 2013, Alexis became more passionate about teaching and choreographing rather than performing. In the summer of 2013 she opened her dream “DeStella Dance Centre.”
Currently, Miss Alexis is in her sixth year of business and is the head director of the DDC Competitive Company. She has been teaching dance for over 10 years. Miss Alexis is also a proud member of Dance Educators of America. Miss Alexis teaches and choreographs every style of dance to all ages in both competitive and recreational classes.
Over the past 6 years, the DDC competitive company has traveled to local and national competitions winning Miss Alexis’s choreography numerous awards - overall high scores, special awards, choreography, technique, costumes, and entertainment. Several of the DDC company dancers have won regional and national title awards, they have been recognized by talent scouts, and have won several scholarships at conventions and competitions.
Miss Alexis’s most memorable and proud memories as a teacher, choreographer, and studio owner is attending the “ SDA World Dance Championship,” in Meadowlands, New Jersey in August of 2016 and 2019. Along with winning the prestigious “Primetime Presidential Cup.” This year her favorite memory is attending “The Power of Dance,” and donating all entry fees and awards to “Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,” for one of her own company kids - Kyla Cerminiara who is a type 1 diabetic.
A 2009 graduate of Slippery Rock University with a BA in Dance, Katie was an active member of the Dance Express Dance Team and Rock Dance Company. She was also chosen to represent SRU at the American College Dance Festival and perform repertory work with River North Chicago Dance Co. and Doug Varone.
After college, Katie toured the US with The Latshaw Pops Orchestra for 6 years as a featured dancer and later as their choreographer. Katie is currently Assistant Director/ choreographer of Larry Cervi's East End Kids and has been the choreographer for Gateway High School’s Musical for the past 4 years. She has also choreographed locally for Penn-Trafford High School and The University of Pittsburgh.
Katie is also an independent costume designer/seamstress for her company, Katie Kat Designs, and has made award- winning costumes for various local competitive dance studios, Slippery Rock University, Point Park University, Latshaw Productions, East End Kids, Gateway High School Marching Band/ Winter guard and Baldwin High School Marching Band
Caroline Kerestes has been dancing since the age of four. She is primarily trained in tap, jazz, modern, and pom poms. In sixth grade, she became a student helper at her dance studio. She continued for nine years to help students ranging from preschool to middle school, until she became a teacher at DeStella Dance Centre. Caroline graduated from Seton Hill University with a degree in Elementary and Special Education in 2016. She is currently attending Point Park University for her Master's degree in Secondary Special Education.
Caroline has been teaching at DeStella Dance Centre for the last five years and enjoys spreading her passion of dance with her students.
Laura Kerestes has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, and modern. By the time Laura was in high school, she knew dancing was more than a hobby. She discovered she loved teaching and decided she wanted to earn a minor in dance. When Laura was 14 years old, she became a student instructor for a variety of classes. During her senior year of high school, Laura danced at DeStella Dance Centre. During her dance career, Laura has danced in the halftime show for The Harlem Globetrotters, was a featured dancer in both Norwin Theatre Company’s productions of 42nd Street & Anything Goes, and was a cast member of Seton Hill University’s Dance Spectrum. Laura is a recent 2019 Seton Hill University graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Special Education, and a Minor in Dance. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Middle Level Education.
Brittany Klofta started dancing when she was 11 years old at Donna's School of Dance. In 2012 Brittany started dancing for Alexis at D’Star dance studio and then continued to dance for Alexis when she opened DeStella Dance Centre. Brittany was a member of the company team and attended multiple competitions winning many overall high scores. During her senior year of high school Brittany started a dance team at Greensburg Salem High School and was the captain of the team. Brittany Graduated from Greensburg Salem High School in 2014 and continued her education at Marywood University to study art therapy. During her time at Marywood, Brittany auditioned for the pre professional dance company, Dance Elane. Brittany was offered a position in the company and preformed multiple ballets with the company at local theaters. Also, during college, Brittany pledged to the sorority, Alpha Sigma Psi, where she was an officer for 2 years. Brittany traveled abroad to Paris in 2017 to study art and European culture with an art class. In 2018, Brittany graduated from Marywood University with Sigma Cum Lade. Brittany is now perusing her master’s degree in art therapy at Seton Hill University and is currently working at Wesley Family Services as a therapeutic support staff and does behavioral therapy with children on the autism spectrum. She plans to graduate from Seton Hill in 2021 with her master’s in art therapy and then take her licensure exam to become a licensed art therapist to then help others.