SUSAN GILLIS KRUMAN
Susan Gillis received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from the University of Utah and a Master of Education degree from the University of Pittsburgh. While in New York City she danced with Virginia Laidlaw Dance Theater and the Shoestring Dance Ensemble. Former director and dancer with the Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, Susan has been producing her choreography independently and in collaboration with dancer/choreographer Judy Steel for the past 30 years. She has been the recipient of several choreography and video grants from the PA Council On the Arts, the Pittsburgh Dance Council, the Howard Heinz Foundation and the Pittsburgh Foundation. Her choreography has been seen on Public Television and her article "Developing Skills in Dance" was published in Focus on Dance XII, a 1992 National Dance Association publication. More recently she has developed the "Arts Education Project" which offers multisensory teaching seminars on the history of dance and has created "The Early Moderns" a multi-media CD-ROM on early modern dance history from 1880-1935. Susan's dance history tutorial can be found on the Web at: The Early Modern Tutorial. She is also the 2006 PA State Teacher of the Year for Dance/University level, the 2008 Eastern District Association Teacher of the Year for Dance/University level and her chapter on Introduction to Dance was recently published in "Diversity Across the Curriculum" (May 2007) by Jossey-Bass/Ankor Press.
Olivia is a Senior Marketing Major and Dance Minor. She grew up in Montgomery Village, Maryland and has been dancing since age 10 at Dawn Crafton Dance Connection. She has been in PDE since Freshman year as a choreographer and dancer. She has also choreographed for Pitt Theatre department, Millennium Dance Complex PGH, Howard Blume Tap and Exhalations Dance Theatre. You can check out her choreography at:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcfmHIBKcp0ffE14FknpPZg !
Abby Dillaha is a Senior majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology with a minor in Dance. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Philosophy with her thesis in Cognitive Psychology. She started dancing at three years old and continued until she was 13. In high school, Abby was on the Plymouth High School Pompon team and was captain her senior year. She is so grateful to be able to keep dance as a part of her life in college. Abby has so much love for PDE and all of the friends she has made through the organization. She is also a member of the Blue and Gold Society on campus. Hail to Pitt and Hail to PDE!!
Grace is a senior majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Dance. She is also a candidate for the Bachelor of Philosophy degree with a thesis in neurology. From the age of 4, Grace started her dance journey at Ignite Dance Studios in Brunswick, OH. She danced competitively and served as captain of the senior elite team. In addition, Grace has been trained in Chinese folk dance and has performed at numerous cultural events around the Cleveland area and the state of Ohio. She is grateful for all the amazing friends and memories she has made through the organization, and truly believes that PDE is the best club on campus. Hail to PDE!
Megan Clement is a Junior majoring in Sociology with a minor in Dance. She hails from Barrington, Illinois and is loving her time here at the University of Pittsburgh! Megan began dancing at a local ballet studio at age 4. In high school, she has worked with members from the Giordano Jazz Dance Company as well as a local contemporary/modern company called Nomi Dance Company. Megan was ecstatic upon learning and joining PDE her freshman year and is grateful for all of the dance opportunities that PDE has to offer!
Emily is a senior majoring in Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Science, and minoring in Nonfiction Writing. She is also heavily involved in sustainability initiatives on Pitt's campus through Thriftsburgh, PittServes, and the SOOS. She has been dancing since age 3, and has had the pleasure of teaching many other children throughout her career, both in Pittsburgh and at home in Cleveland. She credits PDE for introducing her to multiple roommates and best buddies, and facilitating some of her favorite memories at Pitt. Hail to PDE!
Julia is a junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Dance. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and began dancing at a local studio when she was five. Julia was also on her high school dance team for four years. PDE was the first club Julia joined at Pitt! She couldn't be happier with the friends she has made at PDE all while continuing her love for dance.