Dance & Theatre
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Dance + Theatre Classes for Kids, Teens, and Adults
Beginning Tap$184.00 ($138.00 w/membership) Age: Teens / Adults Instructor: Liz Livesay
Belly Dance$184.00 ($138.00 w/membership) Age: 18 + / Adults Instructor: June Seaney
From Page to Stage*registration closed* ($155.00 w/membership) Age: 18+ / Adults Instructor: Ayala Shaked
Intermediate Tap$184.00 ($138.00 w/membership) Age: Teens / Adults Instructor: Liz Livesay
Modern Dance for Adults$213.00 ($160.00 w/membership) Age: 15+ / Adults Instructor: Amanda Moretti
Physical Theater*registration closed* ($207.00 w/membership) Age: 13 to 18 Instructor: Ayala Shaked
Dance + Theatre Instruction Faculty
June Seaney is a professional Middle Eastern Oriental (Belly Dance) and Romani (Gypsy) Dance Instructor, Performer, Choreographer and Historian. June is an instructor and performer of Turkish Oryantal (Belly Dance) and Egyptian Raqs Sharqi as well as Romani Dances...
Ayala Shaked is an experienced theater teacher, performer, and entrepreneur. Ayala's teaching experience includes teaching theater formally at the high school level for a decade. Alongside her teaching, Ayala initiated and led a unique program within her community – a...
Clara Nieto (Cuba 1994) is a professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher of traditional and contemporary Cuban Popular Dances.
Sarah Plotkin is an educator, theater-maker and cultural worker. She collaborates with community artists, professional artists, and young people to bridge divides and inspire joyful community-building. She has worked as a freelance director and teaching artist in...
Daraisi Marte is a Hip-Hop Dance and Culture Anthropologist. She studied and trained at H+ | The Hip Hop Dance Conservatory from 2014-2020 where she provided pre-professional training to youth and has been teaching/ choreographing for over 14 years. Most of her work...
A professional performer, playwright, mask maker, and teaching artist for the past 25 years, Holly Adams’ work as an artist in residence for schools and universities links academic and arts curricula, and centers on arts-based academic curriculum. Holly taught in Connecticut’s “Fame School” before moving to Tompkins County and has been an artist in residence for over 14 years of NYSCA’s arts programs.
Doreen Kelly Alsen
Doreen Kelly Alsen has been a CSMA faculty member since 1985 and is the proud owner of a varied and extremely checkered musical past. She graduated magna cum laude from Barrington College with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and followed that up with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College. She studied conducting with Alfred Smith, Frank Marinaccio, and Larry Doebler. Her voice teachers include Rosamund Wadsworth, Ed Doucette, Carol McAmis, Gary Race, and Peter Sicilian, as well as master classes in Vienna, Austria with Kammersängerin Sena Jurinac.
B.A. Theater, Cornell University. Studied dance for 27 years. Has performed and choreographed locally for the Hangar Theater, Kitchen Theatre, Firehouse Theatre, and Cornell Savoyards. 20 years of teaching experience. Currently on the dance faculty at Ithaca College.
Amanda Moretti earned a B.A. in Dance Movement Studies from the Naropa Institute and continued her modern dance and ballet studies for two years at York University in Toronto. She lived in Montreal for twelve years as a freelance dancer, teaching improvisation and performing her own work.
Jaclyn Smith has studied and taught classic and contemporary ballet, modern, and lyrical jazz. She majored in dance and minored in psychology and history before receiving her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Somehow she managed to squeeze in a side...