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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.

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-  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- 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!



Jules Bouchard- Instructor
Jules is an alumni of The Florida Ballet where she studied and received her American Ballet Theatre training certification. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance at Jacksonville University, where worked with many renowned guest artists including Jennifer Archibald, Jon Lehrer, Eric Rivera, Amy Miller, and Susan Dodge. Her work has been chosen to represent Jacksonville University at The American College Dance Association and was chosen to be presented in the Contemporary Dance Choreography Festival. After reviewing her work, she was also chosen to set a new work as an Emerging Choreographer for Sarasota Contemporary Dance. Jules has continued to explore her movement practice and was previously a professional dancer with Jacksonville Dance Theatre. She has been teaching and choreographing dance for several years now and is heavily involved with outreach and growing the dance community.

Morgan Hughes-Instructor

In her early dance years, Morgan received a variety of training in Upstate New York to gain well-rounded experience in hip hop, tap, ballet, contemporary, modern, and jazz. Morgan was even a student of Ramona's for nearly ten years. After spending the majority of her childhood dancing competitively, Morgan then went on to complete a dance minor at Nazareth University, where she received additional training in modern and ballet. While at Nazareth, Morgan was also on the dance team and was named captain her senior year. While she was a captain, Morgan was able to gain significant choreographic experience, choreographing approximately 10 routines that year, including a piece the team competed at UDA Nationals in Orlando, Florida in January 2023. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in May 2023 and is currently earning her Master’s in Occupational Therapy, often teaching after days in classes or the hospital. She is excited to be back at Studio East for another year, and she is looking forward to further her passion for dance alongside her wonderful students! 

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Melissa Muszak-Instructor
Melissa has been teaching and choreographing for 25 years. She specializes in acro/tumbling as well as several other forms of dance. The very first class that Melissa ever taught was an acro class! She has experience with two different dance teams, one in college at Geneseo, and the Rochester Rhinestons (the former dance team for the Rochester Rhinos). Additionally, Melissa was a cheerleader and gymnast in high school. Melissa has taught at five local studios--most recentrly at Ruckus Dance Alliance as the primary acro, tap, and pre-school teacher, as well as DK Dance as a tumbling instructor. She looks forward to continuing to teach at Studio East!

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