Meet The Teachers!

As we kick off our 10th year, we wanted to take a few minutes to introduce you to this year’s teaching staff. We were sad to say goodbye to two teachers this past year, Miss Megan and Miss Kylie, but we are thrilled to welcome three new teachers, Miss Kathryn, Miss Sarah and Miss Amanda to the danceability family.

Fitting that in our 10th year, danceability has grown to 10 teachers!

Get to know our teachers, hear what they were up to over the summer and see what they are looking forward to this year!
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RETURNING TEACHERS:
Miss Robin & her family at Lake Placid this summer

Miss Robin & her family at Lake Placid this summer

Miss Robin Bishop, Co-Founder and Executive Director

1.) What were you up to over the summer?

I was busy being pregnant and transporting my 3 & 6 year old to their fun summer activities. I also started planning great things for danceability’s 10th Anniversary year!

2.) What are you looking forward to most this year?
Besides the birth of my third child!, I am really excited to bring back some dance numbers from the past (more on that, soon!). It should be so fun.

 
3.) It’s danceability’s 10th Anniversary year – what do you think the biggest accomplishment of danceability has been over the past ten years?
I think one big accomplishment is keeping so many dancers with us from day one – and also introducing so many new dancers to dance.

Miss Christine Dwyer, 
Co-Founder and Senior Instructor

Miss Christine D. and her son Jack at the fair this summer!

Miss Christine D. and her son Jack at the fair this summer!

1.) What were you up to over the summer?

This summer was spent with my son Jack! We started summer by celebrating his 1st birthday on June 30th. We also explored all the things Buffalo has to offer. We went to Canalside for Explore and More, had lunch at the Hatch and played in the big sandbox. We went to Bills training camp, the Erie County Fair and the Zoo! We also enjoyed visiting friends and making new ones!

2.) What are you looking forward to most this year?
This year I look forward to spending the year celebrating our 10th Anniversary! I am so proud and excited for the past 10 years and can’t wait to take a look back. It will be so much fun!!

3.) It’s danceability’s 10th anniversary year – what do you think the biggest accomplishment of danceability has been over the past ten years?
I feel the biggest accomplishment is touching so many lives! When we started I really only thought about the dancers and their immediate families, but it has been so much more than that. We have touched the lives of our volunteers, Board members, donors and extended families. And they in turn have blessed us! 

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Miss Christine A. enjoying an up close look at a dolphin this summer!

Miss Christine Antinone, Instructor

1.) What were you up to over the summer?

This summer I enjoyed spending time with family and friends. We went to concerts, comedy shows, and enjoyed Canalside. I took a vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, and we were able to enjoy the beach and sun. We celebrated many weddings of friends and family that were great fun.

2.) What are you looking forward to most this year?
I am looking forward to getting back to dance and meeting all of the dancers and volunteers I will have the opportunity to work with. I am excited to see what the 10th anniversary year will bring, and to share the new and fun dance songs I have found.

3.) It’s danceability’s 10th anniversary year – what do you think the biggest accomplishment of danceability has been over the past ten years?
The biggest accomplishment of danceability has been the ability to bring dance into the lives of every child or adult who is willing to give dance a try. No matter someone’s age, ability, or needs they are able to establish classes so each dancer can be successful. I am truly proud to be apart of such a special organization. 

Miss Lisa with her daughters

Miss Lisa with her daughters

Miss Lisa Book, Instructor

1.) What were you up to over the summer?

Over the summer, I gave birth to my second daughter!!!  We named her Natalee Marie Book!  This summer has been filled with lots of love, joy and some tears, as our two year old has had to adjust to having a new baby sister!  We have been working on a lot of projects around the house and have spent a lot of time in our pool because it has been so HOT!!!

2.) What are you looking forward to most this year?
This year, I’m most looking forward to trying out some new warm ups, stretches and combinations that I’ve been working on while on maternity leave!  I cant wait to see all of my returning dancers and I’m very excited to meet some new ones as well!!!

3.) It’s danceability’s 10th anniversary year – what do you think the biggest accomplishment of danceability has been over the past ten years?
I think danceability’s biggest accomplishment in these past 10 years has been the amazing reputation that it has built, which in turn has lead to an outstanding number of students and volunteers!!! And oh my goodness, this coming year, we have 10 teachers as well as 2 office staff!!! We have gone from a one room studio to a two room studio with a large waiting room and sometimes feel like we are bursting at the seams even in the bigger space!!! I talk to everyone I meet about danceability, and I am often surprised (even though I shouldn’t be) that many people have heard about us and have heard great things!!!  I am so PROUD to be a part of this amazing studio and to be a part of these dancers lives!

Miss Michelle P. at paint night with her friends!

Miss Michelle P. at paint night with her friends!


Miss Michelle Phillips, 
Instructor

1.) What were you up to over the summer?
I did lots of fun things this summer!  I relaxed at Long Beach in Canada with my family. My family and I went to Cleveland to see a baseball game against the Yankees (Go Yankees!). I went to the Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas concert with my friend Maggie. I went blueberry picking with my boyfriend Tony and went to a “Paint Nite” with my friends Colleen and Sarah! Plus, I taught summer dance classes at danceability! 

2.) What are you looking forward to most this year?
I’m looking forward to trying new activities with my dancers this year.  Over the summer I worked with many of our teachers and learned lots of new activities that I think my dancers will love!  I also am looking forward to seeing my dancers that I haven’t seen since our last class in May!

3.) It’s danceability’s 10th anniversary year – what do you think the biggest accomplishment of danceability has been over the past ten years?
I think the biggest accomplishment of danceability over the last 10 years is giving people with disabilities, young and old the chance to make friends, exercise, and try new things, and become empowered. There are more and more organizations for people with disabilities, but I feel that danceability is different because we are a family. Our dancers and their families make amazing friendships, some of which have lasted about as long as danceability has been open!  I love hearing about our dancers going to each other’s birthday parties or going places together.  Wonderful friendships and memories are made at danceability!

Miss Kayleigh Terranova, Instructor

Miss Kayleigh and her husband in Iceland!

Miss Kayleigh and her husband in Iceland!

1.) What were you up to over the summer?
This summer I’ve been busy with lots of traveling!  I spent time in Charleston, Rhode Island and New York City, but my favorite place I went was Iceland!  My husband, sister and two of our friends spent a week exploring the country, trying the food and immersing ourselves in their culture.  It truly was the trip of a lifetime and a place I highly recommend visiting! 

2.) What are you looking forward to most this year?
I am really looking forward to being reunited with my classes from last year, and meeting my new classes for this year!  I am excited to watch my dancers grow and learn new things while having fun at the same time!

3.) It’s danceability’s 10th anniversary year – what do you think the biggest accomplishment of danceability has been over the past ten years?
I think it is incredible how much danceability has grown over the past 10 years.  We really are a family, and wouldn’t be anything without our volunteers and dancers; those who have been with danceability since the beginning and those who have joined along the way!
Miss Elissa with danceability volunteer and her Dad, Paul) at a concert this summer!

Miss Elissa with danceability volunteer and her Dad, Paul) at a concert this summer!

Miss Elissa Webster, Instructor

1.) What were you up to over the summer?
Worked and relaxed!


2.) What are you looking forward to most this year?
New memories!

3.) It’s danceability’s 10th anniversary year – what do you think the biggest accomplishment of danceability has been over the past ten years?
Danceability’s family has grown, ( in dancers and volunteers) and it continues to grow because of the creation of a joyous, positive and welcoming atmosphere for all! 

 

 

 

INTRODUCING OUR NEW TEACHERS:

Miss Kathryn Miner, Instructor

1.) Give us your quick bio so our dancers, families and volunteers can get to know you!

Miss Kathryn over the summer when she participated as an alumnus at her old dance studio!

Miss Kathryn over the summer when she participated as an alumnus at her old dance studio!

My name is Kathryn Miner, Katy for short and I have been dancing since I was 3 years old with tap being my favorite! I am a childhood special education major at Daemen College with my area of study in mathematics! 

2.) Why did you apply to be a danceability teacher?
I applied for this job as a teacher for two reasons: my passion for dance and my desire to continue my career as a dancer! Not only will I be dancing, I will be teaching and be able to learn what is like to teach my own classes, choreograph my own dances, and gain experience working with children and adults with special needs. 
3.) What are you most looking forward to this year?
I am looking forward to seeing my choreography coming to life. Throughout my dance career I subbed for other teachers, co-taught, and assisted teachers but the classes were never fully mine. With that being said, I am so excited to apply my knowledge and love of dance 

Miss Sarah Redman, Instructor

Miss Sarah (left) hiking in Akron Falls with some friends this summer!

Miss Sarah (left) hiking in Akron Falls with some friends this summer!

1.) Give us your quick bio so our dancers, families and volunteers can get to know you!
I am currently in my 4th year at Buffalo State College for my Bachelor’s Degree in Exceptional Education Grades 1-6 (dual certification).
I love tap dancing, going camping with my family, and I have an obsession with Disney World (especially Cinderella).

2.) Why did you apply to be a danceability teacher?
I applied for the teaching job because I had such an awesome experience when I volunteered over the summer when I was in high school! By volunteering at danceability, it made me realize what I wanted to major in in college. I love everything about the studio!
3.) What are you looking forward to this year?
I have a few things that I am looking forward to this year. The first is that I am looking forward to having the most fun, and amazing experiences teaching all of my students and being able to teach them the love of dance. The second, I am looking forward to graduating in May with my Bachelor’s Degree!

 

Miss Amanda Sanbelmo, Instructor

1.) Give us your quick bio so our dancers, families and volunteers can get to know you!
I started dancing when I was 18 months old and have been dancing ever since. I have been trained in many Styles including tap, jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop, and lyrical. I graduated this past

Miss Amanda took a class this summer at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC!

Miss Amanda took a class this summer at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC!

May from SUNY Fredonia with a degree in psychology and dance and was part of the Fredonia Dance Ensemble while in college.

2.) Why did you apply to be a danceability teacher?
I applied to be a danceability teacher so I could share my love and passion for dance with others. I strongly believe that dance brings people together and allows people to grow in so many areas in life and I wanted to be able to give what dance has given me to others!

3.) What are you looking forward to this year?
This year I think I am most looking forward to building relationships with my students and being a part of the danceability family! 

 


Our teaching staff is looking forward to getting to know all their dancers this year and can’t wait to welcome them to the studio next week!
One other new face to danceability is Miss Beth Hess. Miss Beth will be our Evening Office Assistant and will be there to answer any questions our parents, families, staff and volunteers have. She will also be taking tuition payments and keeping everyone updated on the latest happenings at danceability!

Here’s to a great 10th dance year at danceability!

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