|200 N. St. Clair St.
Ligonier, PA 15658
724 -238 - 3400
Miss Bridget graduated from Ligonier Valley High School and still resides in her
hometown. Bridget has over 30 years of performing arts experience in ballet, pointe,
tap, jazz, gymnastics, lyrical, baton, silks, creative movement, hip hop, pom pom,
cheerleading, theater and coaching modeling. Miss Burkholder has been teaching
dance in Ligonier for over 20 years. Bridget has an Associates Degree in Early
Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Enhanced Early Childhood
Education through Creative Expression from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her
students have won Diamond, Platinum, High Gold, Gold, High Silver, and Silver
awards, as well as, top ten and 1st overall placements in Regional, State and National
Dance Competitions. Miss Bridget's choreography has been awarded Best
Choreography and Most Entertaining. Her students have received scholarships to
workshops, intensives as well as Grand Finals. Starz Team students have also earned
Dancer of the Year awards. Bridget has been involved in Ligonier's Theatre
Community performing with the Hollow Tree and Valley Players, serving on the Valley
Players Artistic Board for a season. She has choreographed both plays and musicals for
the Ligonier Valley High School as well as choreographing for the Valley Players.
Student's as well as herself were auditioned and accepted to perform in Elite Dance the
Magic Parades in both Disneyland and Disneyworld. Bridget Dawn's Studio students
were in the Nationally televised Disney Parade in 2012 on ABC, a Diamond Disneyland
parade in 2015 and in 2019 performed on the Nemo Stage in Animal Kingdom as well
as in a parade down Main St. in the Magic Kingdom.
Grace began her drama experience performing in church plays and Derry High School
musicals. She has 30 years of directing students of all ages in plays and musicals. She
has been active directing at church camps, conferences and Ligonier Valley High
School. Grace is currently employed full time as an R.N. We're happy to have Miss
Grace back for her 18th season with Bridget Dawn's Studio.
BRIDGET DAWN'S STUDIO FACULTY
|BRIDGET D. BURKHOLDER - OWNER / INSTRUCTOR
|GRACE KOONTZ - RECEPTIONIST & BDS SEAMSTRESS
|CARRIE ELLIS - DANCE/ACRO INSTRUCTOR
Carrie has over 15 years of performing arts experience in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, acro,
lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, musical theatre and pom pom. While a student at
Bridget Dawn's Studio Miss Carrie was a member of the BDS Starz Team earning many
top ten and several 1st overall placements. Carrie was also a BDS student teacher and a
BDS Starz Team Co-Captain. Carrie is currently working for americorps. We're happy
to welcome Miss Carrie back for her fifth year teaching at Bridget Dawn's Studio. Her
students have won first, second and third places along with Platinum, High Gold and
Gold along with top and 1st overall placements.
|ROB BURKHOLDER - BDS GREETER
Rob began taking acro and dance with his sister when he was young, took a few years off and then
returned to dancing joining the competition team when he realized the cross benefits it was having
in sports. Becoming disabled in a car accident in 2001 hasn't stopped him from sports or dancing.
He is part of the BDS competition team and looks forward to greeting the students and their families
for his 18th season with Bridget Dawn's Studio.
|SARAH CORRIDONI - BDS ACCOUNTANT/RECEPTIONIST
Sarah has been with BDS since 2003. She works full time in Murrysville and as a mom of a 9 year
old son and 16 year old daughter. Both of her children have been involved at the studio and when
she has time she enjoys taking the adult classes. Sarah also participated as a dancer in the 2015
Disneyland Diamond Parade with BDS.
Lisa has been a part of the Bridget Dawn's Studio since 2006 when her oldest daughter began
taking classes in preschool. Fourteen years and many classes later both of daughters, 17 and 14
years old take classes at BDS. Along with being a mom Lisa works full time as a teacher at Laurel
Valley Elementary School. She has taken dance classes in junior high as well as adult samplers at
|LISA SOWERS - RECEPTIONIST
|CATHY ROLLING - BDS CLEANER
Cathy (aka Dance Nanny) has been a part of the Bridget Dawn's Studio since 2006 when her
granddaughter began taking classes in preschool. Now two of granddaughters, 17 and 14 years
old take classes at BDS. She is retired, but we are so happy she is helping us at the studio and at