We are CERTIFIED in teaching Levels 1-6 for tumbling, stunting & tosses by the most prestigious company in the industry, the USASF (United States All Star Federation), as well as these certifications: AACCA Safety, CPR, & Stunt Training. We not only have a spectacular inner staff, we train every year with the nations best from across the country to bring more ideas & training from our outer circle of friends in the industry. With our wide scope of instructors we offer to our athletes top of the line choreography, the most updated skills, safe tumbling & stunting techniques, & current industry trends. Our Pride program was established in 1999, that’s a lot of competition experience.
WE ARE THE LONGEST RUNNING COMPETITIVE CHEER GYM IN THE PITTSBURGH AREA!!!
Gym Owner & Coach - chrissie bianco
Our in-house coaching staff includes this experience:
Competitive collegiate cheerleaders, dancers and gymnasts
Team USA cheer competitors
Cheer Worlds competitors
Dance Worlds competitors
Current school Teachers
Degrees in Exercise Science
Volunteer fire "woman"
All Star director & coach - Ali Bianco
As owner and coach, Chrissie has been instructing cheerleading for over 30 years. She is originally from New Kensington, PA, and has 4 children, Justin, Ali, Mitchell, and Ava, all of whom can be found working at the family business in cheer or baseball. She met her husband, Matt, while cheering at the University of Pittsburgh. After coaching and choreographing for High School competitive teams, she started the Pittsburgh Pride All Stars in 1999. With her B.S. degree in Exercise Science, it is her passion to have health and fitness built into the teams training programs. She can be found coaching all levels in the gym from 1 to 6. She currently is USASF credentialed, Safe Sport Certified, and CPR/First Aid Certified. She enjoys her new sport of golf and has 3 turtles.
Fun Fact: She loves nature and animals, especially lions, and is also a Leo. And that is why we are the Pride!
Ali Bianco has over 20 years experience in the cheer and dance industry. She competed competitively in all stars for 17 years and competed at The USASF Cheerleading and Dance Worlds for 9 years in total. Ali attended and graduated from Morehead State University, where she won UCA College Nationals in both 2015 and 2016. Ali was also selected to be a member on The US National All-Girl Team and won two gold medals in 2015 and 2016. Following graduation, Ali has coached numerous Summit and Worlds finalist teams since 2016. She is an expert in stunt technique and loves bringing the collegiate look to the all star world. Ali has also worked for international cheerleading companies, All Things Cheer and PURE Technique Camps, since she was 18. She continues to work for these organizations and has gotten to travel to countries such as Australia, Norway, Finland, Canada, and all over the US to share her knowledge in the industry, instruct camps and clinics, as well as do choreography.
Fun Fact : Coach Ali loves to roller blade
teams director & coach - JABAR CANCER
CHEER MANAGER & COACH- sema konur-minctyre
Coach Jabar has been coaching competitive cheerleading for the last 20 years! He has coached for Pop Warner, Competitive School, and All Stars. Coach Jabar has experience in all levels and ages from Mini-Collegiate divisions. He is originally from Schenectady, NY representing the 518. Outside of Coaching and cheerleading coach Jabar loves going to the beach and casino!
Fun Fact: Coach Jabar is a Special Education T.A. and he'l also Costa Rican and Jamaican!
Coach Sema is originally from Leesburg, VA and has over 20 years experience in coaching competitive youth sports. She was an athlete turned coach who not only has experience in coaching, but is a former All Star Director and Gym Owner too! She currently is USASF credentialed, Safe Sport Certified, CPR/First Aid Certified, and a former Varsity All Star Judge. She has many national titles under her belt as a former all star athlete. During her free time Coach Sema loves to cook, organize, take long hot bubble baths, and spend her free time outside in nature!
Fun Fact: Coach Sema has 5 siblings and her favorite color is orange!
ALLSTAR CHEER COACH - PAIGE LUCAS
Paige has 15 years of combined cheer and tumble experience. She cheered for her high school team that competed locally along with Turners All Stars from Johnstown, PA. After high school, Paige worked and traveled as a camp instructor for Champion Cheer Central to teach high school and middle school competition routines. Paige attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she was a part of the IUP cheerleading team for 1 year. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science in August 2015. Paige joined the Pittsburgh Pride family in February 2018 where she taught tumbling classes and has been coaching cheer at Pride from the 2018 season to present. Paige works as a medical device sales rep during the day and lives with her Fiancé Anthony and dog Princess in the city.
Fun Fact: She enjoys spending time with family and friends, a casual glass of red wine, and long walks on the beach.
ALLSTAR CHEER COACH - jena baldwin
ALLSTAR CHEER COACH - danielle crossey
Coach Dani is originally from Harrison City, PA. She was a competitive cheerleader in high school when she fell in love with the sport. She has been coaching for 3 years at Pittsburgh Pride. When she's not coaching she loves to hike with her dog, Roxy.
Fun Fact: Coach Dani loves to snowboard!
Born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, Jena has been involved in the world of All-Star Cheerleadering since she was 11 years old. She's coached all levels and ages. Over the last 12 years Coach Jena coached for two different programs, Pennsylvania Storm and Pittsburgh Pride. She's so blessed to be able to work with so many great kids and happy to have found a home at Pride.
Her hobbies include home improvement and reading.
Fun Fact: Jena has 2 title belts in MMA and used to be a cage fighter! She also has a pet snake
ALLSTAR CHEER COACH - taylor johnson
ALLSTAR CHEER COACH - Kaitlyn Haley
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Coach Taylor has been coaching allstars for the past 6 years. Taylor was a competitive all star athlete growing up. She has competed at The Cheerleading Worlds 3 times , placing top 10 each time! Coach Taylor is a graduate from Slippery Rock University where she also competed on their competitive cheer team. She also worked for UCA coaching camps and clinics for high school athletes! Taylor teaches ninth grade emotional and behavioral support. Her favorite hobbies are working out, singing karaoke, drinking coffee, and binge watching T.V
Fun Fact: Coach Taylor plays ultimate frisbee.
I am originally from Kingston, NY. I have a total of 4 years coaching. I cheered for about 16 years. I competed at Worlds twice and coached at Summit once! I received Coach's Award and Leadership Awards as an athlete throughout my all star and collegiate years. In my free time, that is not cheer related, I like to hike with my puppy!
Fun Fact: Coach Kaitlyn can play 4 instruments
ALL STAR CHEER COACH - Lauren Waiter
Lauren has been involved in all-star cheer as an athlete and then coach for almost 20 years. She cheered at HotCheer for 9 years and began coaching there in 2013. Lauren has coached athletes youth-senior age in levels 1-6 over the past 7 years at HotCheer and also spent 3 years as the head coach at Serra Catholic High School. Lauren is SafeSport certified, CPR and Concussion trained, and is credentialed in levels 1-6. Lauren currently works as a Gift Officer for Duquesne University and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron. She is also currently working on her Master’s in Organizational Leadership at Duquesne.
Fun Fact: Lauren enjoys boating, crafting, working out, and spending time with her dog, Boomer.
ALL STAR CHEER COACH - Joiya dusi
Joiya cheered for 5 years, starting in 8th grade then through high school on her competitive high school team at Lakeridge High School in Oregon. She coached the junior and youth programs there for two years after graduating. This is her first year coaching all star and she's most excited to learn new techniques and to work with such dedicated and talented young athletes. Joiya is pursuing a bachelors in Political Science and a minor in Psychology and she hopes to go to law school one day.
Fun Facts: She enjoys working out, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.
tumble coach - Mistydae junko
Coach Misty has been coaching tumbling/gymnastics for 28 year! This is her 7th year coaching tumbling and private lessons at Pittsburgh Pride All-Stars. Coach Misty has spent many years coaching USAG and High School Gymnastics teams in both Ohio & PA. She also spent several years coaching 9th/JV Cheer and youth cheerleading.
As a certified PIAA/WPIAL Gymnastics Official, shes's also enjoyed judging high school and middle school gymnastics competitions for the past 17 years. Her teaching degree was earned from the University of Akron and for the last 21 years she's been teaching high school Health & PE at Moon High School. Coach Misty's hobbies include spending time with her husband and two children. When she's not at the gym you can probably find her cheering on her husband and son at the USC Football games!
Fun Fact: Coach Misty is fortunate to share the love of tumbling with her daughter, Bryn! She has cheered for Pride for the past 9 seasons!
tumble coach - SHERRI BAYER
Coach Sherri Bayer has been in gymnastics as a competitor, now a coach, since the age of 8. She has enjoyed gymnastics as a professional being involved with choreography and competitions. Coach Sherri has been coaching gymnastics since the age of 19! She is a mother of 3 and knows the challenges facing today's parents and the joys of seeing the hard work of our children pay off. Her hobbies include spending time with her family and giving back to her community!
Fun Fact: Coach Sherri is a volunteer firefighter at the Peters Township Fire Department.
Coach Rachel is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She was a competitive gymnast while in High School and College. She been coaching gymnastics and tumbling for the past 25+ years! Her favorite hobby is any type of exercise.
Fun Fact: She loves to run do yoga, and strength train.
tumble coach - rachael coda
ALL STAR CHEER COACH - Kaitlyn Conti
Kaitlyn is originally from Northern Virginia but lives in Morgantown, West Virginia. She has been cheering for 10 years, and the past two years I have been on Purple Reign and Royalty! She is a recent graduate from West Virginia University and she cannot wait to start coaching at Pride!!
tumble coach - Jamie irvin
Coach Jamie grew up in a suburb outside of Chicago. She was a competitive gymnast for 18 years and received a full scholarship for gymnastics to the University of Pittsburgh! While at Pitt, Coach Jamie obtained her Masters in Elementary Education. She has been coaching gymnastics and tumbling for many years! Coach Jamie lives in Upper St Clair and has three children; twins Avery an Teddi (9) and Cole (6).
Her hobbies include working out and staying active!
Fun Fact: She loves to run Marathons with her girlfriends!
tumble coach - Jackie Malley
Coach Jackie has been involved in gymnastics since she was a child. She attended The University of Pittsburgh on a four-year gymnastics scholarship! She graduated Pitt with her Bachelor's/Master's degree in Health & Physical Education. Coach Jackie has an extensive gymnastics coaching background which includes coaching at Woodward Gymnastics Camp, The International Gymnastics Camp, and 15 years being the director and head coach for Gemini Gymnastics in Baldwin, PA. She currently lives in Peters Township with her husband and son. She been teaching for the past 20 years for Bethel Park School District and currently teaches 11th-grade Health at Bethel Park High School! Her hobbies included mountain biking, weight lifting, snow skiing, water skiing, and reading.
Fun Fact: Coach Jackie has run 7 marathons including Columbus, Philly, Pittsburgh (3x), Alaska, and Boston
HIP - HOP DIRECTOR & COACH - DOMINIQUE SCHUSTER
DANCE MANAGER & COACH - jalyn williams
Dominique was born in Baltimore, MD and moved to Pittsburgh when she was just a baby. She has been coaching for 17 years. Coach Dominique's experience includes coaching High School cheer with her mother before they started the dance team at Peters Township High School. Her hobbies include arts & crafts, she loves using her Cricut!
Fun Fact: She had a Spanish exchange student for a year when she was a junior in High School. She got to visit her a few time in Spain too!
hip - hop coach - Jennifer BIANCO
Jalyn has been involved in the competitive dance world for 15+ years; dancing, teaching, and choreographing in all styles of dance including jazz, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, and hip hop. She participated in both dance team and studio competition team in high school. Then, she went on to dance at the University of Louisville, claiming 3 national dance titles, won her WBFF Fitness Pro Card, and graduated with a degree in Exercise Science. She travels to studios across the country as a choreographer and master class teacher. She specializes in dance conditioning and technical training across the Pittsburgh area at Pride, Studio 412 in South Park, and FitHouse in Peters Township.
Fun Fact: Coach Jalyn and Coach Ali are roommates!
This is Coach Jen's first year coaching at Pride, and she currently coaches the small mini hip hop team! Coach Jen has been involved in dance and cheer her whole life. She took lessons (dance and gymnastics) from elementary school through college. She was a cheerleader in both high school (Trinity, Washington, PA) and college (Penn State). After college, Coach Jen worked for CCC ( Collegiate Cheerleading Company which is now Champion Cheer Central) for 3 years. She was on the Dance team of a semi professional football team called the Pittsburg Colts for 1 year. Coach Jen was also the head varsity cheerleading coach at Peters Township high school for 3 years. She has 3 children who keep her very busy! Her hobbies include CrossFit, baking, crafting, and spending time with her family!
Fun Fact: Coach Jen can dead-lift 200 lbs!
hip - hop coach - jordan aiello
Coach Jordan has been coaching hip hop for two seasons now at Pride! She is from Peters Township! Her favorite hobby outside of coaching is dancing! and she dances for her university's dance team
Fun Fact: Coach Jordan has 4 dogs!