Ramona Reuter - Owner/Managing Director
Ramona has 25 years of teaching experience including operating her own dance studio. Ramona is Certified by Test to Teach by Dance Masters of America. Ramona was honored to teach master classes for Dance Master of America, Chapter 8. She was the dynamic dance coordinator for the Love Shack/ Jillians and choreographer for the Daisy Dukes Girls. Her prestigious honors include Miss New York USA, competing for Miss USA 1997, and she is a former Buffalo Jill. 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, Chloe Arnold and Baakari Wilder. As a performer, she was a featured dancer with the Beach Boys and guest dancer at the Mrs. America Pageant. You may have seen her featured in Oxygen Magazine as the “future of fitness" or on the cover of Rochester Healthy Living.
Ramona continues to attend master classes throughout NY and surrounding areas. She is excited about bringing TapFit to Studio East and becoming a YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance) certified member.
Ramona is both certified in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) and is a Dance Masters of America (DMA) certified teacher.
Vikkie Bach - Owner/Managing Director
Vikkie started dancing at the age of 2. She has taken instruction from Broadway Dance Center in NYC, Garth Fagan, as well as the late Timothy Draper. She has over 25 years of teaching experience at several local dance studios, including operating her own dance studio for five years. As a performer she was in The Bob of Sesame Street Show and The Atlanta Ballet Company’s rendition of The Nutcracker. She was the head choreographer for the Mrs. NY America Pageant and The Monroe County Fair Kids. Her choreography has won several awards over the years including high score honors and several special judges’ awards. Some of her former students have gone on to dance in NYC and teach at other dance studios as well. In addition, Vikkie has judged several dance competitions in NYS and Monroe County Fair Talent Shows. Vikkie also competed in pre-teen and teen pageants and won the title of Miss Rochester Western NY Pre-Teen. She has modeled for Barbizon, Champion Sports, John Robert Powers, Fisher Price, and Kodak.
Vikkie holds a BS in Business Management.
Meaghan Piccarreto - Instructor
Meaghan grew up dancing at a local studio, where she was part of the competition dance team until her graduation. During that time she worked as a teacher's assistant, substitute dance teacher and eventually began teaching groups and solos both at the recreational and competitive levels. Her dance resume also includes traveling to multiple day care centers in Monroe and Wayne counties to teach tap, ballet, and jazz to children ages 2-12 years old. While pursuing her NYS teaching certification at Nazareth College, she continued to work in the dance world in various capacities, including solo choreography, assisting with choreography for local high school dance and cheerleading teams, and working as a judge's assistant at area dance competitions. Meaghan holds her BS and MS in Arts Education from Nazareth College and has spent the last 15 years as a high school visual art teacher in the area, where she currently still teaches. During this time she has choreographed for a high school dance team and coached high school JV cheerleading. In these various capacities, Meaghan has also gained experience with coordinating fundraising, marketing, and administrative duties.
Margaret Rickel - Ballet Instructor
Maggie was born in Syracuse, NY. Shortly after moving to Rochester, NY at age 5, she began training at Little Red Dance Studio. She then spent her high school years training at Draper Center for Dance Education, school of the Rochester City Ballet, under direction of Jamey Leverett. After graduating high school in 2015, Maggie moved to Sarasota, FL to study with the Margaret Barbierie Conservatory of the Sarasota Ballet. A year later Maggie was offered a professional contract back in Rochester with the New York State Ballet, where she spent two and a half years under contract. In the fall of 2019 she began dancing professionally with Rochester City Ballet, where she is still currently under contract. She is looking forward to continuing to share all she has learned and is still learning everyday in the studio.
Kaitlyn Owens - Instructor
Kaitlyn attended SUNY at Brockport for 2 years where she was a BFA dance major. She graduated in 2016 from School of the Arts where she completed grades 7th through 12th as a dance major. Starting dance at age 2, Kaitlyn has now been dancing for over 20 years. She has attended many local dance competitions in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse and has received many awards. In 2012 Kaitlyn was in a dance performance with Perry Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in NYC. She was invited there by a former special guest dance instructor from NYC. Kaitlyn has dedication, determination and a love for teaching dance. She is very excited to continue with Miss Ramona who was one of her teachers.
Morgan Hughes - Instructor
Morgan started dancing at the age of four, and was a student of Ramona's for nearly ten years. After spending the majority of her childhood dancing competitively, Morgan is now pursuing an Occupational Therapy degree at Nazareth College, where she is also minoring in Dance. Once she earns her masters in Occupational Therapy, Morgan is hoping that dance will continue to be a part of her life for many years to come, and she is striving to one day integrate Dance into Occupational Therapy practice. She is excited to be a part of the Studio East family, and she is looking forward to furthering her passion for dance alongside her students.
Youri Spindler- Ballet Instructor
Youri Spindler is a dynamic classical ballet dancer based in Rochester, NY. He began his training under Diane Lewis at the Hochstein School of Dance and continued his studies at the Draper Center for Dance Education, Nutmeg Conservatory, and Next Generation Ballet. He joined the Rochester City Ballet in 2013 where he performed in many ballets including George Balanchine’s Serenade, The Nutcracker, Jeff Tyzik’s Images, Cinderella, and The Ugly Duckling. In 2016, he became one of the first American dancers to train in post-Revolution Cuba with Laura Alonso at Centro ProDanza, and performed with Ballet Laura Alonso in Havana. In 2017, he joined the New York State Ballet. Notable NYSB appearances include The Marriage of Figaro (Figaro), The Nutcracker (Russian Soloist, Arabian Soloist), Alice in Wonderland (Mad Hatter), Romeo and Juliet (Paris), Dracula (Arthur Holmwood), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), Grand Pas de Deux from Paquita, and soloist roles in Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem, and Gershwin and Gatsby. Youri’s teaching style is influenced by the Cuban method, which emphasizes athleticism, precision footwork, alignment and control.
Claudia Swinson- Instructor
Claudia Swinson recently graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. She cuurrently has a full time position as a Quality Engineer at L3Harris Technologies. Even though she went to school for Engineering, she has always had a love for dance. Claudia started dancing at the age of 3 andher home studio is Deborah MacKay School of Dance. At DMSOD, she studied a variety of styles, but her favorites were (and still are) tap, jazz, and hip hop! After dancing for so many years, she began to realize she had an interest in teaching and choreographing as well! She began teaching at DMSOD for a little bit of her high school career and during summer sessions throughout her time in college. However that wasn’t enough, she wanted to keep learning and teaching! She decided to join a student run dance organization called Life Itself Dance at the University of Dayton, which allowed her to grow as a dancer and teacher. During her time in the club she was an Intermediate and Advanced Jazz teacher, and had the pleasure of being the President of the organization for a period of time. Following her graduation, she wanted to continue to teach and choreograph and she is very excited to start my position at Studio East Dance Company!