Marianne Dalton - Guest Ballet Instructor
Marianne comes to us with over 20 years teaching experience in the Rochester, Syracuse, and Buffalo areas. During her professional career, Marianne was a dancer with Empire State Ballet, Boston Repertory Ballet, and Boston Ballet II. Currently an adjunct lecturer at U of R, Nazareth College, and SUNY at Brockport, she is a former faculty member of the Draper Center for Dance Education as well as a guest teacher at many studios located throughout New York State.
AJ Deneka - Guest Jazz Instructor
AJ has been dancing, modeling, and choreographing all over the globe since the tender age of 10. His extensive training expands to both the east and west coasts, at such studios as The Edge Performing Arts Center, Broadway Dance Center, Gus Giordano, and has assisted and trained with the likes of Joe Tremaine, Liz Imperio, Doug Caldwell and Bt. Andrij has worked with such artists as Kylie Minogue, Marc Anthony, Stevie Wonder, Gregory Hines, and Selena Gomez. Some of his credits include the MTV Movie Awards, The TV Land Awards, Wella, Nike, International Dance Festival, The Winter Olympics, American Choreography Awards, Jazz Dance World Congress, Coca Cola, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, LA Fashion Apparel Magazine, and has toured the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Mexico with "Instincts Live Media Dance Company”. Currently he is a guest teacher at F.I.T. in Manhattan, and at studios/colleges all over the US and Canada. Andrij recently graduated from "The Fashion Institute of Technology" in Manhattan and plans on someday working as a stylist. “Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.”
Lindsey Miller - Guest Contemporary/Hip-Hop Choreographer/Instructor
Lindsey is a choreographer, dance instructor and fitness professional based in Upstate New York. She has over 20 years of experience in the dance and fitness industries working alongside top choreographers and fitness professionals in Los Angeles and New York. As a dancer she has appeared in television, film, live shows, music videos and fitness videos. Lindsey is the owner of Lindsey Miller Fitness (@lindseymillerfitness), providing small group and one-on-one personal training, dance, fitness and yoga throughout the Los Angeles area and in New York. She is a trainer for Dailyburn.com, a Master Trainer for Barre Above and Director of Master Trainer Education for PlyoJam Cardio Dance Fitness and creator of The Remedy for optimized dance and sport performance. She has presented at IDEA World Fitness and has taught in the Junior Program at Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles. As a personal trainer, yoga instructor and motivator, she is committed to providing fun, innovative and scientifically effective programming that promotes a healthy body as well as a healthy mind.
Melanie Kaisen - Guest Instructor
Melanie has been dancing for over 10 years and is a rising senior in the University at Buffalo’s BFA dance program. In addition to her collegiate path, Melanie has trained with various companies and programs including Gus Giordano Dance School in Chicago, Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center’s Pre-Professional Summer Study programs in New York City, the Commercial Dance Intensive in Atlanta, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, among others. Melanie has worked with artists such as Nick Hagelin and Francesca Maria in music videos, as well as took part in productions of Starring Buffalo’s Little Shop of Horrors and A Christmas Carol. Melanie is so excited to share her love and passion for dance with Studio East Dance Company!
Kirsten Stone - Guest Choreographer/Instructor
Kirsten received her early training from the Draper Center for Dance Education in upstate New York. While training she had the opportunity to take part in a variety of performances with the Rochester City Ballet under the direction of Artistic Director Jamey Leverett. She went on to earn a B.F.A. in Dance at the University of Arizona on scholarship, where she had the opportunity to work with many renowned teachers and choreographers. While attending the University of Arizona, Kirsten had the opportunity to choreograph various works, which were featured in shows at the University. After college Kirsten moved to New York City where she danced and assisted at the renowned Steps on Broadway. Kirsten went on to choreograph works for New York City Jazz Choreography Enterprise and Inaside Dance Works in Chicago. While living in Los Angeles Kirsten taught at IDA Hollywood and Millennium Dance Complex OC. Kirsten is happy to be back in the Rochester area teaching dance!
Ellie Sanna - Guest Contemporary Choreographer
Ellie Sanna has lived and worked in the New York City Dance Industry for the past 7 years. She has taught and choreographed for studios throughout Connecticut, New Jersey, New York State, and North Carolina, alongside substitute teaching at Peridance Capezio Center in NYC. Ellie has worked for Hall of Fame Dance Challenge for 7 Seasons and taught master classes in Las Vegas at their Nationals. Additionally, she’s most recently worked as a Producer for Sonya Tayeh and Emma Portner with New York City Center’s, Fall for Dance programming, collaborating with music artist Moses Sumney. Ellie has also worked as a casting director and manager for dance artists in Los Angeles, London, and Germany, on fashion shows with Burberry, Valentino, and music artists such as Dua Lipa, Miguel, and Sabrina Carpenter to name a few. Ellie’s passion has always been to support the Dance Arts in any and every capacity and has utilized her education and training to work from a Performer to a Stage Manager, Agent, Production Manager, and Company Manager alongside her continuous work and passion for teaching and choreography.