After dancing locally for many years and studying with various teachers, Stephanie is thrilled to continue sharing her love of dance with students of all ages. Because she co-owned a studio for over twenty years, Stephanie has realized the work and commitment that comes with a life of dance. Stephanie has trained intensively in all areas of dance and gymnastics, earning many awards throughout the years. The Dance Masters of America syllabus is the core of her teaching method. Several of her former students have gone on to perform on Broadway and in successful ensembles. Since her love for young children is evident, it is fitting that she is also the director of a cooperative nursery school. Stephanie looks forward to working with the students of Elite and contributing to their lives in a positive manner.
Kerri has a BFA Degree in Dance from the University at Buffalo. Her training includes tap, jazz, ballet, ballroom, modern, pointe, lyrical, hip hop and musical theater with many years of competitive dancing. She was a dance captain and choreographer for the Rochester Knightingales and Venom dance teams for two seasons. After graduating, Kerri worked as a dancer and choreographer at the Catalonia Riviera Maya in Mexico. She also spent time teaching ballroom dance in Las Vegas and performing in a Latin Ballroom show at the MGM. She has been teaching for the past ten years at various Rochester dance studios and is excited to continue her teaching career at Elite.
Chris was the director of a dance studio in the local area for more than 10 years. She has over 27 years of teaching experience in the areas of tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, and acrobatics. She attended Brockport State College and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a minor in dance. While attending college she studied with Tim Draper of Rochester City Ballet, Garth Fagan, James Payton and Suzanne Newman. She was selected to perform with members of Garth Fagan’s company while attending Brockport College. Several of her former students have gone on to pursue careers in dance in New York City, Chicago and on cruise ships. Chris has won numerous high score dance and choreography awards at local and national competitions. She has served as a judge at various dance and cheerleading competitions in New York, Canada and Florida. She has choreographed for church performances and high school plays. Chris was awarded top teacher awards at Star Systems and North American Dance Competition as well as Dance Teacher of the Year at the Rochester Invitational Competition
Liz attended Mercyhurst College with a scholarship from the dance program. While attending, she trained under Tauna Hunter, Michael Gleason, Jay Kirk and Catherine Schafer. She performed in their production of "Giselle" and appeared with the Lake Erie Ballet Company in their rendition of the "Nutcracker." Her master class instructors include David Howard and Louis Montero. Liz graduated from Brockport State College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. While attending Brockport she trained under Timothy Draper, James Payton, and Suzanne Newman. She performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in a piece choreographed by Suzanne Newman. She also performed with many dance companies on residency at the college. Liz has had extensive training in ballet, pointe, and modern dance. She has been teaching and choreographing for the past 11 years. Her students have competed and won high gold, platinum and special technique awards.
With dance training from the Georgia Ballet School, Fiona Fairrie Ballet Conservatory and the Texas Ballet Theatre, Erica has had starring roles in more than a dozen performances including The Nutcracker, Polska, iDream, Beauty and the Beast, Peter and the Wolf, Cinderella Waltz, Sleeping Beauty and more. Erica has received numerous achievements and awards including first place in the classical and contemporary senior categories at Regional Dallas in 2016. She was a finalist in the 2015 Indianapolis International Ballet Competition and came in first place in the classical and contemporary categories at a celebrity dance competition in 2017.
Ramona has 20 years of teaching experience including operating her own dance studio. Ramona is Certified by Test to Teach by Dance Masters of America. Ramona was recently honored to teach master classes for Dance Master of America, Chapter 8. She was the dynamic dance coordinator for the Love Shack/Jillians and is currently the choreographer for the Daisy Dukes Girls. Her other honors include Miss New York USA, competing for Miss USA 1997, and she is a former Buffalo Jill. Some of her students have also made the Buffalo Jills Team. Her choreography has won her several awards over the years including high score honors at local and national levels. She has also been chosen as “Top Teacher” at various dance competitions. She is sought out to judge at dance competitions, as well as pageants. In 2005 her tap students received the national honor of overall entertainment and were selected to join the Dance USA tap team to compete in Italy. Other students have gone on to perform in Las Vegas and New York City. Several dances which she choreographed and taught were selected to perform in the Finger Lakes Tap Dance Festival, founded by Andrew Nerm and the late Gregory Hines. Ramona and her students have worked with other artists including Aaron Tolson, Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Dianne “Lady Di” Walker, Dormisha Edwards, Michelle Dorrance, Rocky Mendes, and Baakari Wilder. As a performer, she was a featured dancer with the Beach Boys and guest dancer at the Mrs. America Pageant.
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