SheLor Staff

Lori Portman-Lewis, Owner and Director of ShéLor School of Dance

Miss Lori

Lori Portman-Lewis, Owner and Director of ShéLor School of Dance for twenty-two years, is a member of Physical Mind Institute and certified to teach the Pilates Method through Power House Pilates and Physical Mind Institute.  She is also a member of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), where she pursues her classical ballet training and ensures her students the ability to certify in their ballet syllabus at graduating levels.  She is a member of Dance Educators of America (DEA), a national organization of dance.  Lori has studied extensively with world renowned teachers and performers; Debbie Dee, Mignon Furman, Gus Giordano, Frank Hatchett, David Howard, Luigi, Dame Antoinette Sibley, Charles Stanley, Joe Tremaine and Gwen Verdon.  She is certified through the Fred Astaire Performing Arts to teach Tap from beginning to advanced levels and studied extensively in Miami Florida with master teachers.  Lori’s dance students have participated in many dance competitions and received high honors and special awards along with numerous ballet certifications.  Lori has contributed to many community events; as choreographer for the Community Theatre Guilds and has served as judge for dance related activities.  She was a former co-captain for the Butler High School Sequinettes 1975-76.  Lori has been a Registered Nurse for 25 years and works at Hospice Services, VNA of Western PA.  Lori resides in the area with her husband, Reverend James Lewis, their daughter Lucy and three stepchildren, Michael, Hadie and Eric Lewis.  

Miss Shannan

Shannan Dorcy, Principal Dance and Acrobatics Instructor, for 20 years at ShéLor School of Dance.  She is a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood Development, and holds a Minor in Dance.  Shannan is an award winning dance competitor; certified in the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) ballet syllabus and Fred Astaire Performing Arts (FAPA), Tap certification.  She has served as a local judge for dance related pageants and was a former co-captain of the Butler High School Sequinettes.  Shannan has studied with renowned dance masters and participated in a 2-week residency at SRU with Nina Martin, a  master teacher of choreography and improvisational dance.

Shannan has also had the opportunity to participate in the SRU Research Symposium dealing with improvisational dance.  Most recently, Shannan attended the Gus Giordano Jazz Congress in Chicago and the International Royal Academy of Dance Summer Teachers Program in Maryland where she completed studies in music as it relates to movement, graded syllabus and intermediate work in classical ballet.  Shannan resides with her husband, Curt and their baby boy, Colin.

Miss Kristen

Kristen Mason, Principal Dance Instructor, is a veteran student of SheLor School of Dance of sixteen years and a Principal Dance Instructor for 15 years.  Kristen is an award winning dance competitor and has certified in the Royal Academy of Dance Summer Program at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. where she completed certification; She was chosen for the Doug Elkins Dance Company while attending Slippery Rock University in 2000 and was a member of the SRU Dance Theater.  She has performed at the American College Dance Festival and the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.  Kristen studied Tap in New York City and participated in “Rock Tap”, where she performed in an off-Broadway show, “Break the Floor” in 2002.  Kristen was honored at SRU with the “Outstanding Dance Minor Award” 2001-2002.  She also received the “Young Choreographer’s Award at the American Dance Awards Competition for student's Tap entry at competition.  Kristen completed her MS Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh.  She is employed at Shadyside Hospital as a Cardiopulmonary Rehab Specialist.  Kristen resides with her husband, Tom. 

Miss Sara

 Sara McLafferty, Principal Dance and Acrobatics Instructor, is a veteran student of SheLor School of Dance, and has been a Principal Dance Instructor for 5 years.  She began lessons at SheLor at the age of four and has been dancing for over 19 years.  Throughout her years at the studio, Sara has had extensive study of the ballet syllabus Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) where she was certified in many levels.  She also was an award winning group dance and solo dance competitor receiving high honors.  Sara is a certified Zumba instructor.
Sara is a recent graduate of La Roche College in Pittsburgh where she received a Bachelors of Science degree in Interior Design and a Minor in Dance Performance.  At La Roche, Sara performed many classical works under artistic director Gerard W. Hold, including "Giselle", "Swan Lake Act II", "Sleeping Beauty", "Paquita" and "Cinderella".  Sara also has danced many original pieces, both contemporary and classical, choreographed by Lana Novodran, Miriam Scigliano and Gina Marie Desko.  Sara also performed in La Roche's annual spring showcases at the Byham Theater in downtown Pittsburgh.  SheLor welcomes Sara to the dance staff

Miss Jodi

Jodi Baxley, Principal Dance and Acrobatics Instructor, is a veteran-student of ShéLor School of Dance and has been a Principal Dance and Acrobatic Instructor for 17 years.  Jodi has extensive studies in Dance and Gymnastics.    She is an award winning dance competitor and holds certifications in ballet studies from the Royal Academy of Dance Summer Teacher's Program.  She also has studied dance with numerous master teachers throughout the years and holds certifications in Tap through the Fred Astaire Performing Arts (FAPA).  She is a Registered Nurse and works at St. Johns Specialty Care Center.  Jodi resides with her husband, John and son, Dillon Jay. 

Miss Rochelle

Rochelle Graham, Principal Dance Instructor,  is a veteran student of ShéLor School of Dance of fourteen years and a Principal Dance Instructor of 14 years.  Rochelle is an award winning dance competitor and has certified with the Royal Academy of Dance while a student at Slippery Rock University.  She is a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a Major in Social Work and a Minor in Psychology. 

Miss Danielle

Danielle Smith, Principal Dance Instructor, studied as a student of SheLor School of Dance for 14 years.  She is an accomplished dance performer and competitor.  A past Sequinette of Butler Senior High School.  She is a graduate of Grove City College with a Bachelor degree in Communications.  She has been a staff member at SheLor since 2006. 

Miss Ashleigh

Ashleigh Machak, Dance Instructor, studied as a student of SheLor School of Dance for 14 years.  She was a member of dance competition, competed as a group member adn soloist receiving awards of excellence.  Additionally she certified in the Royal Academy of Dance classical ballet training.  Miss Ashleigh joined SheLor's staff in 2015. 

Miss Lisa

Lisa McCandless, Office Manager, has been the Studio Manager at SheLor School of Dance for the last 14 years.  She is greatly appreciated for the extended responsibility she assumes in more than her office duties.  She brings a wealth of experience from  raising a daughter in the dance arena.  Lisa resides with her husband, Robert, two daughters Rachel and Sara, and son, Jacob.