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Cara DeMeo Director/Instructor: Cara has been studying dance for over 31 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. Rhee Gold Seminars are what she likes to attend on a regular basis. She constantly trys to incorporate the daners in local events and charities whenever possible, Dance Force has hosted many events for AIDS, Cancer Society, Humane Society and many others. 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 19th 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 over 10 years and also spends her time teaching Zumba, Yoga, Aerobics and other fitness classes. She teaches fitness classes at Dance Force and at variety of gyms. Jackie is a wonderful mom of two! 









Therese Peck Brigham: has been with Dance Force since 2005.  She was graduated from SUNY Brockport, where she danced with Clyde Morgan, Bill Evansand Wallie Wulfgruber. She has 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 NYS Theater Institute, which introduced her to choreographing for the stage.  She has choreographed for several local school districts as well as several local theatre companies. She holds a M.S. in Childhood and Special Education. 










Laura Marra: Laura began dancing at a very young age, studying Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Gymnastics, Baton and Pointe. Laura studied dance and musicaltheater 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 8th 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 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 7th year teaching at Dance Force. 










Sara Senecal: -Sara Senecal is currently in her sixth season with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, the resident company of the Egg in Albany,

NY. as a professional modern dancer. Through work with the company Sara teaches in a variety of schools around the capital region, bringing creative

movement to children of all ages. Along w ESDC Sara has danced w Claire Jacob-Zysman and Dancers as well as performing her own choreography

at various showcases. 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 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! She attended a workshop in

NYC with the Rockettes after highschool and participated on her college dance team. Chel will be entering her fourth year teaching at Dance Force!















Daniele Reali: Danielle started danceing at the age of 3 and competiting at the age of 6. She has many years of experience in Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop

Modern, Lyrical and Ballet. Danielle graduated from LeMoyne College in Syracuse in 2013 where she was a member of the LeMoyne

Student Dance Company. She choreographed for 3 years and was named head choreographer her senior year. Danielle is currently

an Analyst at the Golub Corp in Schdy. She is excited to share her love and passion for dance in her 2nd year teaching at Dance Force! 














Elena Russo: Elena is entering her second 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 was crowned Miss. Dancexplosion and has been a wonderful asset to the Dance Force Competition Team. 














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 for her 2nd season.  Utilizing her skill set as a school teacher and experience in the

dance industry, your student will be sure to love this class.
















 Nikki McGinnis: Nikki is entering her second season teaching at Dance Force. She has extensive dance and gymnastics experience.