TEACHING STAFF

Tara Allison

 

Miss Tara began her dance studies in 1985 with Danc'letics, formerly Christi's School of Dance. As a student at Danc’letics Tara grew with the studio. Tara has loved and studied dance all of her life. She holds a Bachelors degree in Dance from SUNY Brockport and an Associates Degree in Business Administration . She currently works part time and also continues to follow her heart teaching at the studio. She lives in Greece with her husband and daughter. She is grateful for the many years of being a part of the “Danc’letics Family"!

 

Cindy Barry

Miss Cindy has been a part of the Danc’letics family for more than 22 years. She grew up in Rochester and has studied extensively Ballet, tap, Jazz, acro and Pointe . Throughout Cindy’s training, she has had the opportunity to train with many talented and respected dance masters. Miss Cindy training has also included dancing with Botsford Ballet and studying Dance at the respected Kent State Dance Program. 

Cindy strives for excellence in her classes but enjoys the “journey” and sharing her love of dance with her students. 

 

Danielle Driscoll

 

Miss Danielle has been a part of Danc’letics of Rochester for more than 30 years. Danielle began her years at Danc'letics as a student at age 3 and has been teaching at the studio for over 12 years. Miss Danielle was a member of the very first "Danc'letics Disney Cast" in 1995 and then returned again to perform with the studio in 1997. Since 2000, Miss Danielle has been an integral part of the Performance Group and Disney Staff. Miss Danielle is a graduate of St. John Fisher College and has taught math for the Rochester City School District since 2003. Miss Danielle lives in Greece with her husband John and two children. 

Meghan Giorgone

Miss Maggie has been part of the Danc’letics Family since 1994 and became a teacher at the studio in 2009. She graduated from The College at Brockport in 2013 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography. While studying at The College at Brockport, she had the chance to present solo choreography at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Utah. She has also presented her choreography in New York City and performed choreography in Chicago, IL and North Carolina. In her senior year, she was awarded Dance Departmental Scholar, an award only received by 1 undergraduate per major for excellence in scholarship. As a dancer at Danc’letics, Miss Maggie was able to travel and perform in Walt Disney World twice with the Disney Cast as well as New York City. Since then, she returned for a third performance in 2017 with the Danc'letics Legacy Cast. She has extensive experience in modern, ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, and hip-hop and truly enjoys teaching all genres to dancers of all ages. Her main goal in life is to inspire the desire in dancers of all ages to pursue their passions for dance. 

MaryJane Kier 

Miss MaryJane discovered her love of dance with Danc’letics of Rochester in 1989. Her passion for dance is easily spotted through the students she teaches on a weekly basis.  While in high school she has had the privilege of dancing in the 2001 and 2003 Disney Casts.   MaryJane continued her education and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Roberts Wesleyan College. She is a current member of the Danc’letics Alumni dance class and participated in the Disney 2017 Alumni Cast. MaryJane thrives on learning and sharing her knowledge of dance with the future generations that attend Danc’letics.

Shannon Markin-McMurtrie

Miss Shannon began her dancing training in 1989 as a student at Danc’letics. The experiences she had while being a two time Disney performer, and as a classroom assistant made her decision to pursue to a teaching career an easy one. Miss Shannon has been a part of the Danc’letics teaching staff since 2004. She holds a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from SUNY Brockport, and a Masters Degree in Literacy Education. In addition to her teaching studies, Miss Shannon has completed coursework at SUNY Buffalo State College and SUNY Brockport in dance. Miss Shannon continues her love of learning and development as a dancer by attending workshops and classes in New York City. Miss Shannon loves to instill the love of learning in her students, and truly enjoys seeing the growth in each and every one of her students. 

Kelsey Ott

Miss Kelsey began her dance training in 1998 as a student at Danc'letics. Throughout her time at Danc'letics she has trained in tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, hip hop, and modern. In addition, she has proudly been a 2 time member of the Danc'letics Disney cast. Outside of the dance studio Miss Kelsey is a graduate of the Isabella Graham Hart Practical Nursing Program and is currently an LPN in dermatology. Miss Kelsey has always had a love and passion for dance and as a teacher truly enjoys sharing that with all of her students today. 

Jenna Palermo

Miss Jenna has been part of Danc’letics Family since she was three years old. She became a teacher at the studio in 2011. She has had the opportunity to perform in Disney world three different times in 2009, 2011 and most recently as a Legacy Dancer in 2017. She graduated with a Hospitality Management degree from Monroe Community College and now works at Rochester General Hospital. She continues to train as a student in the alumni class at the Danc’letics. She loves sharing her love of dance with her students each and every day. Watching them grow and see the smiles on their faces as they perform is truly the best feeling as a teacher. 

Tarrah Phelan

 

Miss Tarrah has been a part of the DR family for over 20 years. Through her years of study she has trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Hip/Hop and Modern Dance. Miss Tarrah has also been a proud two-time member of the Danc’letics Performance Group and Disney Cast. Tarrah is a graduate from The College at Brockport SUNY and holds both a BS in Therapeutic Recreation as well as a BS in Psychology. 

Throughout her years of study at the College at Brockport, Tarrah continued to expand her dance knowledge in the studies of Ballet, Modern, African, Movement and Self Awareness classes at Brockport College esteemed Dance Department. Tarrah truly enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with others, and finds it extremely rewarding to be able to help her student's learn and grow as dancers. 

Crystal Robinson

Miss Crystal began her love for music at a very young age when she started singing in her church choir and performing solos.  She continued to grow her vocal skills through NYSSMA Solos, Voice classes and at the Collegiate level as President of Sigma Alpha lota.  She still performs regularly through her church and as a Greece Central School District Music teacher.  Through that position she has had the opportunity to work with students on developing their musical talents from age 5 up to age 14.  She currently is the Director of the Buckman Heights Elementary Choir and the Vocal Director for Greece Athena Middle School Theatre Department. Crystal has also studied violin since she was 5 and the flute from age 8. Piano has been a very active part of her adult life and studies.  Crystal earned her Bachelors Degree in the Science of Elementary Education and Music Education from SUNY Fredonia and then completed her Masters Degree in Education at SUNY Brockport. Crystal lives in Greece with her Husband and two beautiful daughters. She has been a member of the DR family for the last 8 years as a parent of two DR Dancers and is super excited to become part of the DR staff and to have the opportunity to use her Musical talents to share her love of the arts with her Danc'letics Family! 

Samantha Thompson

Miss Samantha began dancing at the age of 3 and immediately fell in love. She was a part of the Disney Cast in 1999, 2001 and most recently the 2017 Disney Legacy cast. Throughout High school she was also an assistant at the studio. After graduating from Danc'letics in 2001, she moved to Ohio and received her bachelors in Dance Education from Lake Erie College. While in school she was dance captain for 2 years of the LEC dance team and performed with Cleveland State University.  After college Samantha continued her training with Dance Masters of America. In 2005 she began teaching at the Willoughby Fine Arts Academy and taught until 2012. She returned to New York, back to her roots in 2013. Miss Samantha loves teaching at the studio as well as being a part of the Alumni Dance class. She lives in Greece with her husband Jon and two little ballerinas Abby & Eliza. Miss Samantha is proud to be back at Danc'letics where it all began!

Laura Twigg

Miss Laura found her love of music and the arts very early on. She attended Danc’letics from the time she was 4 until 18, even returning once for an alumni class in 2012. She has taken piano lessons since the age of 9, and private voice lessons from the age of 13. Laura has performed as a soloist and in multiple select choirs all throughout her public school education.Through her musical education, Laura attended Roberts Wesleyan College for a year, before transferring to Duquesne University to finish her degree. Laura Graduated from Duquesne University in 2009 where she received her Bachelor’s degree of Science in Music Education. Complete with certification K-12 in the state of Pennsylvania. Laura worked for 2 years in New York State public schools where she taught K-12 Vocal, instrumental, general, and AP music classes. Laura also taught K-3 grade general music at Northeastern School District in Manchester Pennsylvania for the 2010-2011 school year.  While at Northeastern, she coordinated a winter concert, spring concert, and an audition based talent show for her students and rewrote music curriculum for the district. Laura is looking forward to sharing her love of music with her Danc’letics family!

Connie Wood

Miss Connie is the Administrative Assistant at Danc’letics of Rochester. Connie has been a part of the Danc'letics family for over 27 years. Connie recently retired from Rochester City School District and lives in Greece with her husband Ron. They have three children, and four beautiful grandchildren. Connie truly loves being a part of the Danc'letics Family and looks forward to meeting new people as they begin their dance education at the studio.