Our History

Our Legacy & Staff

 Mrs. Gwen Pysh...in 1974 Mrs. Pysh founded Gwen's School of Champions which began as teaching local children around the community how to twirl in her parents back yard and garage.  For 40 years she grew the studio into the great success it is today.  Over the past 40 years, her students have won numerous State, Regional, Solo and Dance Twirl Championships including USA National Championships and the Beth Wilson National Choreography Award.  In 2014, following her 40th Anniversary Spring Recital, Miss Gwen & her husband retired to Florida where she teaches twirling lessons on the side.  Now full time grandparents, they are loving the special time they get to travel visiting their children and grandchildren.   

Mrs. Natalie Watt (Owner & Director)...has over 28 years of experience in Jazz, Ballet/Pointe, Tap, Modern, Contemporary/Lyrical, Hip Hop, and competitive Baton Twirling which began as a young student under the guidance of founder Gwen Pysh. Miss. Natalie attended Deer Lakes High School where she was Feature Twirler throughout her Middle and High School years and was active in her schools choir, band, and theater arts departments.  An active child and student, she studied every genre of dance and baton earning two National Dance Twirl Championships as a member and captain of our studios Senior Dance Twirl Team, and won several regional, national, and local titles as an individual throughout her twirling career. In college she gained exposure meeting and training with some of the nations top dance companies and choreographers while teaching at local studios around the Pittsburgh area. In 2011, she graduated from Point Park University, earning a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Dance with a concentration in Jazz from Point Park’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. Currently, Mrs. Watt is an active member of the National Baton Twirling Association and is a certified/licensed judge with the National Baton Twirling Judges Bureau.  She has served as a judge for many local, regional, and national contests, including the Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Contest.  Under her direction, many of her students have excelled receiving several individual and group accolades both on the competition floor, stage, and communities, including PA State, USA National Championship Titles, continuing into the college level.  She is the coach of the Knoch High School Majorettes, and was the choreographer for Knoch's musicals which received Henry Mancini Nominations for choreography in their musical productions of Anything Goes (2015), Chicago (2016), and 42nd Street (2017). She, her husband, and daughter reside in Saxonburg, PA and on July 1st, 2014 Mrs. Watt became the new Owner/Director of Gwen's School of Champions and GSC By: Natalie.  Miss Natalie currently teaches all baton classes, dance on Tuesdays, Solo/Private Lessons, and is the head coach/instructor for our Twirl Legacy Competition Team.

Miss. Stacy Arner (Baton Teacher & Assistant Coach)...began her dance and baton twirling career as a student at GSC at the age of six, and trained in Tap, Pointe/Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary/Lyrical, Hip Hop and competitive Baton Twirling.  As a student, Miss Stacy was an active member and served as a captain of the Senior Hip Hop Dance Team and the 2-time National Dance Twirl Champion Senior Dance Twirl Team. She has been recognized with several local, regional, and national titles as an individual throughout her twirling career. Miss Stacy also performed as the Feature Twirler throughout her high school career at Mars Area High School.  Miss Stacy continued her baton twirling career while attending the Pennsylvania State University, where she twirled with the Penn State Twirling Club and Penn State Elegance competitive twirling team.  Miss Stacy was elected President of the Penn State Twirling Club for three consecutive years during her college career and with her leadership Penn State Elegance continued to hold the championship title at the TIA Atlantic Coast Championships. Her other activities included judging middle and high school twirling team tryouts, organizing and leading twirling clinics for all levels, and choreographing competitive routines for Penn State Elegance. Miss Stacy graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Environmental Systems Engineering in May 2017. After graduation, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia to begin her career as an air quality consultant with ALL4.  She has recently relocated to the Pittsburgh area and is excited to share her experience with the next generation twirling students! Miss Stacy has experience competing as a baton twirler in the National Baton Twirling Association, Tournament Indoor Association, and Twirling Unlimited.  She is also a Certified Level I Coach and Level I Judge with the United States Twirling Association.  Miss Stacy teaches solo baton lessons on Wednesday evenings & is Assistant Coach of the Twirl Legacy Team.

Miss. Tiffany Seitz (Dance Teacher)...is the reigning 2019/2020 Miss Pennsylvania and graduate of Grove City College.  She has trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, modern, and lyrical for over 20 years. In 2017 she graduated from GCC with a bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship with a minor in Communication Studies and was Miss Butler County in 2018. While in college, Miss. Tiffany was actively involved in dance and musical theatre and danced in over 50 dance numbers at GCC. She choreographed for Orchesis Dance Troupe for three years while holding the position of Senior Head Choreographer of the Spring Dance Company and served as both organization's costume manager and coordinator. Miss. Tiffany served as dance captain for Oklahoma! the musical and Anything Goes the musical, being selected as a featuerd dancer in each production. During the Spring Semester, she choreographed The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley for the GCC Children's Theatre. Along with dancing, Miss. Tiffany also enjoyed serving on the Student-Faculty Review Committee, Family Weekend, Crimson and White Society, CW Society's Membership Committee President, and was an active member of the Tau Alpha Pi Theatre Honorary. Post graduation, Miss. Tiffany was selected as a dancer for the Harlem Globetrotters Halftime Show in Pittsburgh in association with Millennium Dance Complex Pittsburgh. Aside from dance, Miss. Tiffany is also a trained gymnast and served as the lead tumbling coach at the Grove City YMCA. Miss. Tiffany teaches dance on Monday and Tuesday evenings. 

Mrs. Chelsea Cirrincione (Substitute Teacher)...a 2018 graduate of Butler County Community College with an Associates of Science Degree in Photography. After graduating from BC3 she continued to grow her photography business that she has owned for five years. Miss Chelsea attended Knoch High School where she was a Majorette throughout her high school years and was Captain of the squad her senior year. She started twirling at the age of five and began twirling at GSC when she was in middle school. Miss Chelsea competed on our Senior Mixed Line Competition Dance Twirl Team throughout her last few years as a twirler and as a soloist under the coaching of Miss Natalie.  She is very thankful for the opportunity to be teaching such talented and kind hearted twirlers. Miss Chelsea and her husband are expecting their first child this fall and she is our Substitute Twirling Teacher.

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