Ramona Reuter - Owner/Managing Director
Ramona has 30 years of teaching experience including operating her own dance studio at the age of 20 years old. Ramona is Certified by Test to Teach by Dance Masters of America and was honored to teach master classes for Dance Master of America, Chapter 8. She was the dynamic dance coordinator for the Love Shack/ Jillians in Rochester, NY and choreographer for the Daisy Dukes Girls also in Rochester, NY. Her prestigious honors include Miss New York USA, competing for Miss USA 1997, and she is a former NFL Cheerleader for the Buffalo Bills. Her students have also cheered for the Bufflao Bills. Her choreography has won 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 the higest "overall entertainment" award and were selected to join the USA Tap Dance tap and compete in Italy. Several dances Ramona choreographed and taught were selected to perform in the Finger Lakes Tap Dance Festival, founded by Andrew Nerm and the late Gregory Hines. Other students have gone on to perform in Las Vegas, New York City and around the world. 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 and just came back from the DC Tap Fest under the direction of Chloe Arnold. Ramona strives to give her students and studio the best possible education and training for both the recreational program and competitive program at Studio East. She is working towards a certification with YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance).
Ramona is both certified in personal training, 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.
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.
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.
Kirsten Stone- Ballet 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 to so many wonderful dancers!
Lex Davis- Instructor
Born in Syracuse, New York, Lex Davis received her training from CMC Dance Company in the styles of jazz, modern, contemporary, and hip hop. Lex was also trained by Fulbright Scholar and international choreographer Danita Emma, studying ballet, pointe, and repertory with her from ages 10-18. She graduated from Nazareth College in May 2020 with duel majors in Dance Studies and Marketing, where she has been focusing on modern and contemporary techniques, in addition to choreography.
In addition to her studies, Lex has performed in the Rochester Fringe Festival 2017-2019, including works by Nazareth College’s Associate Professor in dance Heather Roffe, Broadway actress and dancer Hettie Barnhill, and colleague Caz Lopata-Linn. She has also performed in White Wave’s 2017 DUMBO Dance Festival, the Brockport Alumni Dance Showcase in 2019, and numerous collegiate performances and dance concerts. Lex was a part of a group of students involved in learning repertoire from Koresh Dance Company, and performed the piece “Wet Stones” in February 2020 at Nazareth College. Most recently, she was an artist in collaboration with Hettie Barnhill and Robert Gertler in the creation of the film “a love letter to Brian, Lesley, and Michelle,” with the company Create A Space NOW. The film premiered at SUNY Potsdam in February 2021, was shown in the Rochester Fringe Festival 2021, and has recently been a part of numerous national and international film festivals.
Lex is very excited to start her second season with SEDC, and hopes to share her love of dance with as many students as possible!