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Dance & Theatre

Movement is life!

Discover and develop coordination, self-confidence and grace… all while having fun. From ballet to hip-hop, the professional choreographers and performing artists at CSMA offer classes for everyone, from beginners to advanced.

It’s never too early (or too late) to start.

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Dance + Theatre Instruction Faculty

Daraisi Marte

Daraisi Marte

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...

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Holly Adams

Holly Adams

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.

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Doreen Kelly Alsen

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.

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Elizabeth Livesay

Elizabeth Livesay

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.

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Amanda Moretti

Amanda Moretti

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.

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Jaclyn Smith

Jaclyn Smith

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...

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