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Illustrious Alumni « The Abby Lee Dance Company

Illustrious Alumni


Semhar Ghebremichael

A 2001 Grad was attending Marymount Manhattan College in the City. But, after getting a few great gigs from Master Insructors/ Choreographers/Directors and long time associates of Abby Lee Miller’s [who remembered her from the competition and convention circuit, when she was competing as a member of the ALDC and training in dance, voice and musical theater at The Maryen Lorrain Dance Studio] she couldn’t get the itch out of her system. So Sam started to audition and just landed a spot in the chorus of the Broadway Tour of “The Lion King”!!! I guess Daddy thought Garth Fagan and Walt, himself were not half bad people to work for? Currently in rehearsal now, the show will open soon in Chicago!!!

Update: Semhar is currently vamping it out West in the comedy success Monty Python’s SPAMALOT in the gorgeous new Wynn Las Vegas Theater designed for the show.

Claire Taormina

(15 year student)

Claire Taormina – graduated from Gateway High School in June of 2002! She traveled to NYC to attend the DEA National Convention in July! And began her professional career in August! Colleague and friend, Pam Bolling – Choreographer & Director needed several dancers for the “Halloween Spooktacular” at Busch Gardens – Tampa, Florida. So Claire and fellow dancer, Jessica headed south to see their long time friend, Kristi Grachen. No sooner did they begin rehearsals for their first show – did they hear from Walt Disney World, with a contract to do the Christmas Show at The Magic Kingdom!

Update: Claire is currently working on Celebrity Cruise lines, her first show debuted in San Francisco!

Update: Claire is back on solid ground – about as American as soil gets! See her in front of the Castle in the Disney Christmas Show!

Jessica Swesey

(4 year student, formerly w/ DMA colleague)

Graduated from Latrobe High School in June of 2002! She also traveled to New York to attend the DEA National Convention in July! Attending several auditions with Claire proved to be quite successful – she too, began her professional career in August! Working with Pam Bolling from Hard Drive Entertainment has been great! The choreography in the “Halloween Spooktacular” at Busch Gardens is challenging and the troupe of talented dancers is tremendous. Jessica and Claire are having a great time in their very own Condo! These Lucky Ladies will be off for one week between shows – just enough time to work on their tans. If your in Orlando during the Holidays make sure you visit our Alumni in Walt Disney World!

Update: Congratulations to Jessica who just signed an eight month contract to work in Japan at Tokyo Disneyland!!! She will fly east on January 29th and live in the American Village. Jess is certainly fortunate to see the world and get paid well for it! Ms. Swesey is the fifth ALDC member to work in Japan!

Rachel Kreilin

(15 year student)

Like all Seniors at Penn Hills High School, Rachel is busy getting that Project English Senior Thesis finished. But, this young lady also has contracts to look over, as she decides on her first Professional Dance Job. Having already been offered positions at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA and on a Celebrity Cruise Liner out of Florida, Rachel is anxiously counting down her last days of school. She continues her daily intensive training schedule at The Maryen Lorrain Dance Studio and will competes as a member of The Abby Lee Dance Company until she leaves Pittsburgh and her amateur status.


Ashley Kacvinsky

(15 year student)

2004 Greensburg Central Catholic Graduate from North Huntington, PA is ready to make her way across the country. Miss Ashley had a great Senior summer winning the Title Miss DEA at the Dance Educators of America National Convention in New York City. This talented young lady will leave for Miami to begin rehearsals for her first job as a professional dancer. Ashley’s talent and acrobatic artistry is sure to entertain the audiences on board Royal Caribbean’s “Legends of the Sea”.

Koree Kurkowski

(15 year student)

2004 Kiski Area High School Graduate from Apollo has timed her summer just right. She will leave for Miami to begin rehearsals while her friends are heading off to college. Koree is looking forward to her professional career as a dancer on board the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Sea. Work Work Work on that tan as she visits The East & West Caribbean. Koree will take a break to stop off in Puerto Rico, Cozumel, San Juan, Curacoa, Jamaica and the Grand Caymans. Koree has been rehearsing for several weeks now, my girl has been placed in the Center and has two solo spots! Way to go!!!

Allie Meixner

(15 year student)

2004 Franklin Regional Graduate and resident of Murrysville, has decided to follow her heart and take a chance on that career in Show Business. She was offered a lucrative 8 month contract in Japan. At the last minute, Allie decided to ditch the Tokyo gig and try her luck on the great white way.

Congratulations on our very own “Girl in the Yellow Dress”! Allie will begin rehearsals for this principal dance role in the National Tour of the Broadway Show “Contact”. They are scheduled to open in January 2005 in Las Vegas and toor throughout the US, NFL Opening Commercial, MTV MUSIC AWARDS, Saturday Night Live, Toni Braxton Tour Vacation Replacement.

Bethany Flora

(6 year student)

Marissa Pampena

Marissa Pampena (15 year student)

Jennine Wedge

(13 year student)

We will soon be saying farewell to one of our 2006 graduates Bon Voyage! Jennine will be taking on her first professional job with Holland America Cruise Lines through Stiletto Entertainment. The youngest member of the 12 person dance cast, Jennine will be whisked away to live with all the beautiful people in Los Angeles for 3 weeks! From Los Angeles, Jennine will be flown directly to Fort Lauderdale which will be her home port for 6 months. With lots of bikinis, sun tan lotion, and summer clothing in hand, she will cruise throughout the Eastern Caribbean, seeing St. Thomas, the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Tortola, San Juan, and Nassau. Her final stint will be a 2- week cruise through the Panama Canal, up the California coastline to Alaska. The stage has always been her home, and the M.S. Zuiderdam will be no exception. Miss Wedge will be out to sea… her mind will be right here at the University of Pittsburgh! Jennine is taking online courses at to obtain her 4 year degree in Rehabilitation Sciences which will prepare her for a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

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