DeMeo Director/Instructor: Cara has been studying dance for over 28 years. She has always felt the need and want
to share her love and passion for dance with others and loves to teach! She has studied Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical and HipHop.
Cara has danced as a competitive dancer and won several top awards, some of which she is most proud of are:”Most Well
Rounded Dancer” which she had to compete as soloist in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Open and win each category to win this
title. She was honored to win choreography awards beginning at the age of 14 and other various awards. Cara has been hired to choreograph for Channel 6 for 3 seasons of their hit TV show
“CR6” and for local commercials. She has attended many dance conventions and studio seminars to keep herself updated
with the changing times. Cara has joined hands with The American Cancer Society and is the founder of “Entertaining
For A Cure” a fundraiser to raise money for the society. She is entering her 18th year directing Dance Force
and is very proud how each year the studio has grown and has continued to sculpt tiny dancers into wonderful dancers! Cara
has a laid back yet structured teaching style….having fun is always most important! When she is not teaching or choreographing
she is playing with the love of her life, her daughter Mia!
Jackie Stark has studied tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and pointe since a young child. She was a competitve dancer and won many awards.
She has been teaching at Dance Force for many years and also spends her time teaching Zumba, Yoga, Aerobics and other fitness
classes. She teaches fitness classes at Dance Force and a variety of gyms. Jackie has a new addition to her family..Emily,
a beautiful baby girl!
Therese Peck Brigham: has been with Dance
Force since 2005. She was graduated from SUNY Brockport (got to dance with Bill Evans!) with a degree in Dance and Interdisciplinary
Arts for Children with a concentration in children's dance. She has studied Tap, Ballet, Irish Steph, Jazz, Musical
Theater, and Modern. She has interned with the New York State Theater Institute, which introduced her to choreographing
for the stage. She has choreographed for several local school districts as well as Schenectady Light Opera Company.
Laura Marra: Laura began dancing at a
very young age, studying Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Gymnastics, Baton and Pointe. Laura studied dance and musical theater
at Plymouth State University, NH and received a B.A in Creative Arts Therapy. Laura continues to
keep her dance skills updated through participation in adult dance classes and a multitude of musical theater performances
through the Capital District. Laura has had extensive experience working with children and
teaching dance. Laura's classes focus on being fun and exciting while also learning all of the important technical skills
of dance and gymnastics. This is Laura's 7th year teaching at Dance Force.
started taking dance classes at age 3! She attends workshops with Wade Robson, Mia Michaels, Shane Sparks, Brian Friedman, and other NYC Workshops. Jonelle was an Albany Conquest Treasures Dancer from 2004-2008 and
also danced for the Albany Patroons. Currently she coaches Amsterdam Vibe Dance team for Collegiate baseball championship
team the Mohawks, has been
a SIENA Dance Camp Instructor since 2006 and became ZUMBA certified in 2007. Jonelle has choreographed for several
local artists and groups. This is Jonelle's 6th year teaching
at Dance Force.
Crystle Fonda:began dancing at a young age and started taking classes at Dance
Force in 2000. She studied Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, and Hip Hop with Cara and was a competitive dancer for 5 years.
Since graduating High School she has remained close with the Dance Force dancers and staff and has helped out backstage at
the Recital each year. In college she took several classes in dance, creative movement, and recreation. She graduated from
Old Dominion University with a B.S in Therapeutic Recreation and a concentration in Child Life Studies. She has an extensive
background in working with children of all ages and abilities. She currently works as a Recreational Therapist at a home for
disabled children. This is her second year teaching at Dance Force and she’s excited to become a part of its staff.
Sara Senecal: -Sara Senecal is currently in her second season
with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, the resident company of the Egg in Albany, NY. She graduated magna cum laude and phi
beta kappa from the University at Buffalo with a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Education. During her time there she was a dancer
in Zodiaque Studio Dance Ensemble and a dancer and choreographer for Emerging Choreographers' Showcase. She has studied with
various artists such as Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, Urban Bush Women, and collaborated with visual artist Saya Woolfalk as a
dancer and co-choreographer for her performance art exhibit "No Place: A Ritual of the Empathics" shown in Buffalo,
NY and New York, NY. Sara is originally from Schenectady, NY where she studied at Merritt Dance Center under Mara and
Marlene Merritt where she spent ten years competing in regional and national competitions.
Chel Marzullo: Chel has been dancing since a very young
age, some of her training as a teen was at Dance Force and became a Dance Force Grad! Chel has studied Tap, Jazz, Ballet,
Hip Hop and Lyrical. She has a wonderful personality and is amazing with children! Chel will be entering her third year teaching
at Dance Force!
Daniele Reali: Danielle is a well rounded teacher,
she has many years of experience in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical and Hip Hop. She was a competitive dancer for many years. Dance
Force is happy to welcome her!
Elena Russo: Elena is entering her first year of
teaching at Dance Force, she has been a dedicated student of Dance Force for many years. She is educated in Ballet, Jazz,
Hip Hop, Lyrical and Contemporary. Elena had an opportunity to dance with the Ellen Sinopoli Modern Dance Company in
2014. She also and was crowned Miss. Dancexplosion and has been a wonderful asset to the Dance Force Competition
Mary Caldercione: Mary has a variety of dance
training, this season she will be teaching in Amsterdam.
Trisha Roth: Trisha is a school teacher for
the Schenectady City School District. Trisha has a background in dance, gymnastics and cheerleading. She has been
a Cheerleading coach for over 10 years and will be teaching gymnastics in Amsterdam this season. Utilizing her skill
set as a school teacher and experience in the dance industry, your student will be sure to love this class.
Office Staff: Lou DeMeo, Debbi Fresoni, Lauren Devery