Dance Teachers

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Jenna

Jenna has been teaching at the Phelps Dance Academy since the start of the 2016 season. She has taught a variety of classes through the program including creative movement, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical. She has been dancing for 20+ years and has trained as a competitive dancer at Stages Dance Academy in Buffalo, New York. Jenna was also a coach of the Keuka College Dance Team from 2014-2016. During the day, she is an occupational therapist working with school-aged kids. She is excited to share her passion for dance with the surrounding community!

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Mary

A native of Rochester NY, Mary Cole started dancing at the age of  8.  Her training began at Michelle Buschner’s Dance School; then she moved on to Dance Dimension and Boriquen Dance Theatre.  Mary has been involved in a variety of different dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, lyrical, Puerto Rican folkloric, and Latin contemporary.  Suny Purchase is where she graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Sociology.  Mary has opened up for several R&B Artists at the Auditorium Theatre and other locations.  She has taught dance in Rochester, Yonkers, NY, and Rochelle, NY.  Mary has been a dance instructor at Phelps Community Center since 2017.

 

Mary also has another passion, and that is Acting.  She has been involved in musicals and plays in the Rochester and Downstate New York area.  She has directed several Productions and Shows in Rochester NY.  Mary Cole is currently the director of Phelps Community Center Star Theatre Program.  

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Maribeth

Maribeth Beniamino started teaching for Phelps Dance Academy at the Phelps Community Center in 2018. She grew up in Phelps and graduated from Midlakes in 2004. She is passionate about dance, education, working with children and is full of small-town pride! She was hooked on dance from her very first class at the age of 3! Currently, she lives in Newark with her husband and is a stay-at-home mom to her two amazing daughters, ages 6 and 3 (who also love to dance!). 

 

Maribeth spent 15 years as a dancer and an assistant as an advanced student with The Studio for the Performing Arts in Newark where she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Pointe, although her favorite has always been Ballet! She has been a dancer and soloist in dozens of ballet productions including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Giselle and travelled to many local festivals and dance competitions. She also studied Ballet and African Dance and Drumming at SUNY Brockport and studied French at L'Institut de Touraine in Tours, France. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom she worked for 8 years as a Teacher's Assistant for Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES working with students with disabilities and ran a home daycare for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

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Nikole

Nikole was born and raised in Geneva, NY, where she began her dance education at the age of four. In addition to formal dance training, she took part in several theatre productions with the Geneva Youth Theatre Guild and was a member of the Geneva High School Drama Club. Nikole's deep appreciation for the arts continued to grow through her participation as a member of the Spirit Works theatre group, and various local singing choirs. A graduate of Geneva High, Nikole continued her education at SUNY Potsdam where she received a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. While at Potsdam, she continued to advance her dance and musical theatre knowledge by taking several courses through the Department of Theatre and Dance. 
Nikole, a mother of two, enjoys seeing the love of dance and theatre through her daughters’ eyes, and cannot wait to watch this love grow within her students. Nikole has brought her extensive background and fondness for the performing arts to the Phelps Community Center where she is a Dance Instructor at PCC Dance Studio, and the Assistant Director of our PCC Star Theatre Program. As Assistant Theatre Director, she has helped plan and facilitate several workshops and performances. Nikole is excited to continue sharing her admiration for the arts with the community.

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Cobey

Cobey is the newest addition to the PCC Dance team. He recently moved to Clifton Springs and has fallen in love with the area. He enjoys exploring Clifton with his girlfriend and their foxhound mix rescue dog, named Terk. Originally Cobey is from a small town named Wolcott, where he participated in dance competitions and trained in all forms of dance. Cobey cannot wait to share his passion with others. He is excited to teach all genres of dance and is thrilled to teach several new and exciting classes for adults and children at PCC Dance Studio.

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Ayasha

Ayasha joins the PCC Dance team with a wealth of knowledge in several genres of dance. She has trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, and Bollywood to name a few. Along with her vast experience in dance, she has a deep passion for her full-time job, where she works with adults with developmental disabilities. She has worked for OPWDD-FLDDSO for over ten years managing group homes. Ayasha has taught several inclusive dance classes for children and adults with developmental disabilities. She cannot wait to bring all her knowledge to PCC Dance Studio which is now offering all-inclusive dance classes in our handicap-accessible studio for children K-12 and adults. Ayasha has passed on her fondness of dance to her daughter and hopes to pass it on to the community. She is excited to share her passion for dance with everyone and wishes to enrich the lives of those with developmental disabilities who attend her class.

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Keziah

PCC Dance Studio Instructor Keziah Shaw started her dance training at the age of five.  Keziah has a deep love for dance and has trained in ballet, tap, Jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hip-hop.  Her favorite genre of dance is contemporary. She enjoys mixing her passion for dance with her love of theatre during this expressive and interpretive style of dance.  Keziah continues her dance education to provide her students with well-rounded training in technique and musicality. She has competed in several dance competitions and continues to compete.  She looks forward to working with PCC Dancers to help them grow and develop their love of dance.

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Jessica

Jessica Taylor has a deep passion for dance. She started dancing at the age of 6. Jessica has training in many genres such as tap, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical, and contemporary. She is a graduate of Midlakes High School, while in school she was a dance teacher assistant for several years. She is excited to continue working at PCC Dance Studio as an instructor and cannot wait to continue to help students grow and become the best dancer they can be. 

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Brandi

She is a former gymnast and dancer with 10 and 20 years of experience respectively.  She loves dance and can’t wait to return to it. She is currently a tumbling and all-star cheer coach. She has been coaching all ages for 9 years. Her passion is focusing on tumbling technique for level 1 through 3 with a work smarter not harder motto.  Building a solid foundation for lower levels is crucial to all higher-level tumbling. She looks forward to bringing tumbling and Acro to PCC Dance Studio.

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Crystal

Is a Midlakes graduate and USASF certified cheer and tumble coach. She started coaching in 2004 and has experience with youth leagues, middle/high school teams and all-star cheerleading, as well as specializing in Level 1 & 2 tumbling.  She is thrilled to bring this opportunity to her hometown!