Cara 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!
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.
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.
Jonelle Cislo 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
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.
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
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!
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 Team.
Mary Caldercione: Mary has a variety of dance training, this season she will
be teaching in Amsterdam.
Trisha Roth: Trisha
has a background in dance, gymnastics and cheerleading. She has been a Cheerleading coach for many years and will be
teaching gymnastics in Amsterdam this season.