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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 17th 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.

Nicole Healey: started lessons with Cara in 1993, and started dancing at Dance Force in 1999. Nicole was a competitive dancer for 3 years. She has studied Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet and Hip Hop with Cara and has recently taken class from Shane sparks, Wade Robson, Brian Friedman, Mia Michaels, and Laurie Ann Gibson. Nicole has taught at Dance Force since 2006. She has backup danced for the Kast, a local music group and participates in hiphop groups; Chaos and Limited Edition. Nicole has gotten awards for her choreography and currently takes class at Broadway Dance Center and conventions like The Pulse to stay updated.!

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.

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 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.

 

Megan Kramer: A new member of the Dance Force Staff! Megan has extensive dance training and will be a wonderful asset to our school! So excited to have her!!

 

 

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 second year teaching at Dance Force 2!

Office Staff: Lou DeMeo, Debbi Fresoni, Lauren Devery

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