Paige St. John is a graduate of The Ohio State University Department of Dance (Columbus, Ohio). She graduated May 2019, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) in Dance and a Minor in Developmental Psychology, having spent four years extensively focusing on performance, dance education, and composition. Prior to her collegiate dance career, Paige trained in a variety of styles – including ballet, tap, pointe, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip-hop, and musical theatre – at Miss Kristin’s Dance Studio, Absolute Dance Company, and Magnificat High School, all in the Cleveland area. Through her many years of training, she was blessed to be inspired by countless role models as she traveled with her studios and competed on the Dance Competition and Convention circuit for approximately 11 years. She now continues her work in this realm of the dance world as a Universal Dance Association (UDA, a Varsity Spirit Brand) Instructor, teaching, choreographing, and assisting dance teams of all levels and judging for regional and national competitive events throughout the season. Known to students as UDA Paige, her work as a Staff Member takes her across the nation and further into the international sector.
Paige works as a choreographer for a variety of Dance Studios and Competitive Dance Teams in the Midwest and beyond – specializing in Contemporary, Pom, Jazz, and Hip Hop. From solos to large groups, she finds joy in learning from the students that she works with throughout the season. In Fall 2018, Paige choreographed Legally Blonde: The Musical in The Ohio State University Department of Theatre – a large-scale production and her Musical Theatre choreographic debut. Her work was surely extended and grown upon as she studied at The Ohio State University and worked with countless Faculty and Students (both Undergraduate and Graduate) in the Department. In her four years, she has had the pleasure of performing in a number of Concerts – which can be found laid out in her Resume. However, some of her favorite experiences have been Dance Demark (Summer 2017) and her work with Crystal Michelle Perkins (Faculty Concert 2017) and Susan Van Pelt Petry (50th Anniversary Concert 2018) in Repertory.
Paige has returned to her roots since graduating and can now be found living and teaching in Cleveland, OH. She is proud to be a member of the coaching staff of the Magnificat High School Dance Team and Program Coordinator of the all-new Magnificat Dance Training Company. She is also Dance Faculty at Baldwin Wallace University Community Arts School – where she teaches Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Technique – and an Instructor at Dance Lakewood, teaching Advanced Contemporary and working with the Competition Teams. Her international work continues throughout the season and leads her to incredible places, but it is always a blessing to return home to these wonderful studio communities who have shown her so much love and support in her endeavors.