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Dance Teachers

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Jenna

Jenna has taught a variety of classes including creative movement, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and competitive classes. 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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Maribeth

Maribeth grew up in Phelps and graduated from Midlakes in 2004. She is passionate about dance, education, and 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!

 

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 traveled 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.

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Nikole

Nikole was born and raised in Geneva, 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. 

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Jessica

Jessica 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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Cobey

Cobey began his life in dance in the town of Wolcott at East Avenue Dance Company at the age of 12, gradually working his way into more and more styles of dance to broaden his horizons, eventually training in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Tap. 

 

After high school graduation, he eventually pursued dance throughout his two years of college in Onondaga community college, and began to help teach and continue his passion, eventually landing a main teaching position back in his hometown where he taught for a year. He relocated to Phelps where he continued to share his passion with the younger generation of students, teaching Hip-Hop, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary and Lyrical, as well as many other classes!

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Jules

Jules is an alumni of The Florida Ballet where she studied and received her American Ballet Theatre training certification. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance at Jacksonville University, where worked with many renowned guest artists including Jennifer Archibald, Jon Lehrer, Eric Rivera, Amy Miller, and Susan Dodge. Her work has been chosen to represent Jacksonville University at The American College Dance Association and was chosen to be presented in the Contemporary Dance Choreography Festival. After reviewing her work, she was also chosen to set a new work as an Emerging Choreographer for Sarasota Contemporary Dance. Jules has continued to explore her movement practice and was previously a professional dancer with Jacksonville Dance Theatre. She continues to grow by receiving her Progressing Ballet Technique certification and is in the process of receiving her 200hr Yoga and Trauma-informed Yoga certification. She has been teaching and choreographing dance for several years now and is heavily involved with outreach and growing the dance community.

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MacKenzie 

MacKenzie grew up in Waterloo, NY and trained for 13 years at Dimensions in DANCE in Geneva, NY. She also danced and choreographed for the Dare2Dance club while attending Nazareth College from 2016-2018. She has dance training in the following styles: Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Precision Kick Line. 
 

MacKenzie holds bachelor’s degrees in communication sciences and Disorders and Occupational Science and her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Keuka College in May of 2023.

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Ayasha

Ayasha 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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Courtni

​Courtni is trained in many styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip-hop. She started dance at the age of 2 at Dance With Me Arts Academy in Newark. Courtni also danced competitively for 6 years. She is currently a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania studying Interior Design and Dance and is a member of the IUP dance team.

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Emily

Emily has been dancing for 19 years and is trained in many styles including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. Emily has choreographed and co-directed many full-length ballets including The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, The Ugly Duckling, and Cinderella. Emily is a rising senior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She is majoring in Media and Society with a double minor in Dance and Chemistry. She is a member of Kinetic Dance Collective and is serving as the secretary this coming year.

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Heather

Heather has taught dance since 1997, in Virginia, New York and Tennessee.  She started dancing when she was three and has never stopped! Heather has studied with the NY Ballet Academy, Hampton Ballet and the Virginia Ballet. She has also worked as the Artistic Director and Choreographer for the Thomas Nelson College Dance Team in Hampton, Virginia, where she with a degree in fine arts and minored in dance. Previously she spent 4 years as the Cultural Dance Instructor for the East Tennessee Chinese School. Currently Heather teaches students ages 2-adult, ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and ballroom. She continues to educate herself in the dance field through seminars and workshops and is a member of the National Dance Educators Organization and is certified by ISTD (International Standards for teachers of dance).  

 

Heather is also a certified Group Exercise and Personal trainer. She is certified in Group Exercise through the YMCA of USA, ACE Foundations of group Exercise, ACE Integrated Fitness and is currently working on the AFAA certification. She also holds certifications in PiYo live, Cize live, Yoga (through FiTour), and Core and Conditioning (through FiTour). Heather also holds the certification in Strength and Conditioning (personal Training) from the YMCA of USA and ACE Foundation of Strength and Conditioning. She has also completed several CEC through ACE, NETA, FiTour, and AFAA. Heather has developed her own programs for Group Exercise for Senior Chair Yoga, Senior Stretch and Strengthen, Body Sculpt class, Ballet Barre, and Kickboxing Ballet. In 2018, Heather became certified in Nutrition through ISSA.

 

Recently, Heather has been working on a master's degree to specialize in Youth Mental Health in Education. Heather has worked with children in special education program in the school district as well as trained in how to teach dance to children with Autism, learning disabilities, and visual/ hearing impairments. 

 

 

 

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Mary

Mary is a Dance Educator with a passion for health and wellness. She is currently residing in Geneva, New York—where she was born and raised—and is so excited for the opportunity to work with new students at PCC Dance Studio. She began her studio training in Ballet, Tap and Jazz at the age of three. Her formal training took place at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she found her love for Modern dance technique and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a concentration in Performance and Choreography, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Society. Post-Graduation, Mary has further developed her pedagogy as a teacher and choreographer while working with studios in the area, teaching an abundance of genres and levels of classes including Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Acrobatics. Mary has been an N.C.C.P.T Certified Yoga Instructor since 2019 and continues to teach and practice regularly. She hopes to bring something new to the community and pass on her passion for dance to her students!

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Bryna

Bryna is a dance artist and educator excited to be teaching at PCC Dance Studio for the summer! A Geneva native, she trained at Studio for the Performing Arts in Newark, NY, studying ballet, pointe, tap, and modern. In 2022 she earned Bachelors of Arts degrees in Dance and History from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. At HWS she enjoyed serving as Co-President and choreographing for Kinetic Dance Collective. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Dance at Sarah Lawerence College in Bronxville, NY where she is training with renowned NYC-based artists Jodi Melnick, John Jasperse, and Beth Gil. Bryna's favorite style to teach and perform is West African, but modern is a close second! 

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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!

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Nate

Nate is a Midlakes graduate and has participated in all-star cheer for 8 seasons and was nationally ranked in 2021. Nate has a true passion for tumbling and cheer he can’t wait to teach tumbling at PCC.

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