Carla is a professional dancer, choreographer and actress, who currently teaches dance for the Erie School District. She holds a BA in Dance from Point Park University, and an MFA in Performance and Dance Education, from the The Ohio State University. Carla is the Artistic Director of her solo performance company, SheWorks Dance Theatre and a rostered Teaching Artist for the PA Council of the Arts, Arts in Education Program. Carla has been teaching for over 20 years with special emphasis in Jazz, Modern, and Hip Hop. She is also the Director of L.I.F.E. thru Dance; a free dance program for kids ages 9-18, based at the Downtown YMCA. Carla incorporates traditional modern techniques with her own style of release, Jazz and Neo-soul to create contemporary movement. Carla is thrilled to be returning to Mercyhurst University for another great summer of dance.