Nina Scattaregia, Artistic Director & Owner
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Nina received her early training from Jerry Abbott/Dance Arts. She graduated from Point Park University, with a B. A. in Dance and minor in Psychology. Nina choreographed and taught dance for over 10 years in Pittsburgh including the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Canevin High School, Chatham College Summer Arts, and The Dance Center for Jean Gedeon, now Pittsburgh Youth Ballet. In 1992, she relocated to Buckhannon and is married to Dr. Frank Scattaregia and has one son, Jason. Nina opened The Dance Factory in 1994 and founded the Augusta Youth Ballet Company, a non-profit performance ensemble in 1998. Nina has been an Adjunct Dance Instructor at West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1993 to 2005 in the Dept. of Musical Theatre and Dance from 1993 to May, 2015 teaching ballet, jazz, modern, tap, choreography/improvisation and dance repertory classes. For several of those years, she coordinated the Dance Minor program and the Wesleyan Winter Dance Festival.
During her early years in Buckhannon, Nina choreographed for Buckhannon Community Theater the shows Camelot, Oklahoma, Lil' Abner and Fiddler on the Roof. For West Virginia Wesleyan College she choreographed Working, The Apple Tree, The 1940’s Radio Hour and recently Little Shop of Horrors. For the Augusta Youth Ballet Company she has choreographed and staged the full production of The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Coppelia and other classical ballet excerpts. She has also created many repertory original works that were performed by her students at the West Virginia State Dance Festival; giving The Dance Factory and Augusta Youth Ballet Company state-wide recognition. She was recognized by the Buckhannon Chamber of Commerce and awarded the Athena Award recipient for 2003 and received the Dream Maker Award from the Women’s Commission in 2005 for her work in teaching dance and mentoring students. Nina served as the Chair Woman for Dance West Virginia, a state-wide organization, and coordinated the Dance West Virginia Fall Festival for several years which provides training and scholarship opportunities in dance.
Nina is the only Certified Somatic Movement Educator© in the state of WV. From 2003 to 2006, Nina trained in somatic studies at the School of Body Mind Centering© in Northhampton, Massachusetts for the Somatic Movement Education program. Through Nina's somatic based work, she is able to provide unique methods to work with dancers specializing in dynamic alignment and the body mind/connection. She also works with adults, athletes and children with special needs with movement awareness and repatterning while finding joy and ease in movement. In summer 2015, Nina begins training in the Franklin Method Teacher Training Level 1 in New York City.
In February 2016, she was certified as a Franklin Method Level 1 Teacher. The Franklin Method combines functional anatomy, imagery and positive thinking to create change in mind & body. She is also the first Franklin Method teacher in WV.
Nina is a member of Dance West Virginia, Dance Teacher Web and ISMETA, International Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist Association.
Now in her 22nd year of teaching, The Dance Factory, is host to the second generation of dancers. The original byline of the studio was "where dancers are made." Nina is proud to state "The Dance Factory & Gym Zone.....where extraordinary dancers and gymnasts are made!"