Tiffany's School of Dance & Performing Arts Center

 

1351 E. Genesee St.   Skaneateles, NY  13152    &    1127 Grand Ave. Syracuse, NY 13215

315.706.8706    info@tsdpac.com

 

 

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Our Instructors

-A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, & touches a heart!

Tiffany Mayer
Owner/Director/Instructor
Corinne Price-Schmidt
Assistant Director/Instructor

Tiffany’s dance experience started at the age of 3 where she danced at Pat Haggerty School of Dance.  She studied dance through high school and into college. Disciplines of focus were ballet, jazz, contemporary, and tap.   Competitively she travelled to some of the top competitions and conventions in the country, including intensives with Rafael Grigorian.  In college she ran the IUP Dance Company and took it from a small group to one that attracted the top dancers in western PA.   During her time at IUP the focus for Tiffany was teaching and working with children to help them realize their own potential.  Having been mentored by two amazing dance teachers she saw her true passion for dance.  After teaching and creating choreography at mulitiple studios throughout Pennsylvania and New York she was finally able to start her own studio.  Gazella Dance Studio was started in the summer of 2010 and it's a dream that has become realized.  Working with students of all ages and helping them not only to become a better dancer but to nurture and develop self-confidence in ones self is the true reward.    

 

Danya Wikowski-Eades
Instructor

Corinne began dancing at the Munson Williams Proctor Dance Institute. In high school she applied her dance background to cheerleading and high school musicals. After graduating, she went on to the State University of New York at Cortland College where she co-founded Danceworks. By her sophmore year at SUNY Cortland she had quickly asserted herself as a game changer in the program, her hunger and commitment catapulted Danceworks from a club that met occassionally to SUNY Cortland's highly acclaimed and energetic dance team that performs at athletic and university events, as well as regional and national competitions. Corinne served as the Danceworks Club Sport President as well as choreographed and performed for Danceworks for 4 years. Since graduating, Corinne has attended numerous NY Knicks City Dancers and NY Jet Flight Crew choreography camps to advance her passion for Hip Hop and Jazz Funk. With Bachelor and Master degrees in Health Education and Wellness Promotion she is a Health Educator at Baldwinsville H.S. who enjoys making time to teach dance to her high school students during Wellness Days and Physical Education classes. Seasonally, Corinne loves continuing to dance and explore street styles in NYC studios.  Since joining the team at Gazella Dance Studio, Corinne has immersed herself into the brilliant lives of her students as their Hip Hop teacher. Corinne thrives for opportunities to introduce the many exploratory avenues of Hip Hop to her students and more importantly to ignite a passionate flame within them. With a drive to help provide a rich multi-faceted program at TSDPAC, both recreationally and competitively, Corinne is thrilled to work aside Tiffany as her Assistant Director.

Mike Kurfis
Tumbling Coach

Mike's gymnastics experience started at the age of 5 where he was taught gymnastics at Empire Eagles gymnastics and dance center in Auburn. He competed competitively for the team up until the age of 13 until his coach retired from the sport. Mike switched gyms and competed for West Side gymnastics school in Syracuse where he reached level 10. He started coaching recreational gymnastics at the age of 15 for West Side. After retiring from the sport he started coaching a team at Fingerlakes gymnastics and dance in Auburn where he was mentored by the former Junior Olympic coach for USA gymnastics. From there he took time off from coaching to pursue his college education in another field. Mike returned to the sport and realized his passion was for teaching and coaching gymnastics. From then on he has furthered his knowledge of the sport by taking classes and going to clinics that were taught by the best elite coaches in the sport of gymnastics in our country.  Mike has coached State, Regional Champions and National qualifiers and currently is coaching at GC2 gymnastics in East Syracuse. Working with athletes of all ages and helping them reach there full potential has been his life long passion and is excited about joining the Tiffany's School of Dance. 

 

Danya's early training began at the Lorraine Havercroft School of Dance and The Center of Ballet and Dance Arts,director Deborah Boughton, in Syracuse, NY. She continued her training at Boston Ballet, Ballet West, Madame Darvash, Martha Graham and as a Merritt Scholarship student at Alvin Ailey's. Danya has danced professionally in Texas, Connecticut and North Carolina, as well as in T.V. and Film.  She graduated from The Hartford Ballet's Teacher Training Program, and continued her teaching training at the National Ballet School of Canada. Danya has worked with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra as the Children's Rehearsal Mistress for the North Carolina Dance Theatre's production of The Nutcracker (1999-2007) and continues to choreograph for the SSO on various projects for their Education and Family Series. In previous seasons this included Colors in Motion, The Polar Express, All Star Muscians, The Holiday Pops and the SSO’s Halloween Spooktacular.   Most recently she

choreographed for an upcoming movie directed by Scott Coffrey, starring Emma Roberts and John Cusack. Danya has been adjuct staff at Syracuse University in the Musical Theatre department,  Ballet and Modern instructor for ODI under Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchel, and for Syracuse School of Dance (1998-2006),under Mary Pat D'Angelo. She's been on staff at the Ballet and Dance Center since it's inception in 2008.  She is excited to be on staff and to work with Tiffany and the talented dancers at Tiffany's School of Dance.

Annie Rotko began her dance career at the early age of 2 in Auburn, NY at the Sonja Ward School of Dance.  There she learned tap, jazz, and ballet. As the years progressed, at the young age of 14, she became a dance instructor. While still a student at Sonja Ward, Annie became involved with acting and modeling at Barbizon. In the summer of 2004, Annie competed at a competition held in New York City/LA known as IMTA (International Model & Talent Association). There she won a medal for best comedic actress, and also danced for the talent portion. She auditioned with 1,500 other dancers and made the top 5. Competing in front of more than 5,000 people, she was awarded 2nd place. Her time at IMTA led her to meet with several agencies, including one she signed on with a year later. She was given many opportunities which included auditioning for films such as, Confessions of a Shopaholic.  Annie started cheerleading at the age of 3 and was a flyer until she was 18. In 2010 while at a UCA Cheer Camp, Annie received an acclamation as an All-American.  During the summer of 2012, before her senior year of high school, Annie decided to further her dance education and joined the Gazella Dance Studio performing at the competition level. Once her senior year came to a close, Annie was offered an apprenticeship in the Applied Study Program with Sean McLeod and the New York Institute of Dance and Education. There she studies the basic dance techniques as well as McLeod Technique and RMF (Reinforced Motor Function).  Her time in the Applied Study Program allowed her to dance and teach around the globe including places like Venice, Italy. Annie continues to further her dance education, and is working her way up to becoming a Professional Dancer.
She is so excited to be reuniting with everyone at TSDPAC and be sharing her passion with others.

Annie Rotko
Instructor
Julia Ebner
Instructor

Julia was bit by the theatre bug as a small child.  She studied dance at a variety of Central New York studios finding a mentor and teacher in Cathy Strong.  After receiving a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Syracuse University and a Masters of Music in Opera from Binghamton University, Ms. Ebner went on to perform with the Virginia Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Charleston Chamber Opera, Syracuse Opera, Oswego Opera, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Opera North, Tri-Cities Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Winter Opera St. Louis, Bel Cantanti Opera, Opera San Antonio,  Opera in the Heights, and the Florida Grand Opera.   She has had the previlage of working with a variety of choreographers and directors including Sean Curran, Dorothy  Danner, Paul Curran, and Renaud Doucet. In addition to her performance career, she is a dedicated educator in the performing arts and has taught dance at the CNY Academy of Dance Arts, and the Jean Stelter Dance Studio,  The Arts Company as well as starting a dance program for beginning adults at the Tri-Cities Opera.  She was the musical director, and acting teacher for The Arts Company in Faison, North Carolina, where she directed productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” and “The Wiz.”    Julia has also choreographed dance scenes for opera productions including “Romeo et Juliette” and “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” for the Tri-Cities Opera.   As a music teacher, Julia has held her own private voice studio as well as teaching at Mount Olive College, Cortland University and Binghamton University.  She currently teaches dance at Always Dancing, and Celebration Dance and is an instructor of Pilates and Barre at Bodhi Barre in Syracuse.  Julia is thrilled to share her love of movement, and musical theatre with TSDPAC. 

 

Bradley Benjamin
Instructor

A 2001 SHS grad, Bradley began her professional performing career at the age of 18 when she was hand-picked by Tony Award winning choreographer Susan Stroman to play a featured role in the Broadway Revival of Oklahoma! Since then, Bradley has had the unique opportunity to work with many prominent Broadway choreographers on productions such as the 1st National Tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Las Vegas and Hollywood Bowl productions of Hairspray, Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the world-premier of Leap of Faith starring Brooke Shields, the pre-Broadway workshop of Brigadoon, and multiple productions for Sacramento Music Circus, LA Opera, and the Reprise Theatre Company. On TV, Bradley has appeared on The Today Show, Late Show with David Letterman, The Tony Awards, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. Bradley received her dance training at the Center of Ballet & Dance Arts under the direction of Deborah Boughton and she attended prestigious summer programs at The Juilliard School, NYSSSA, Hartford Ballet, and The American Theatre Dance Workshop. Bradley has a B.A. in Performing Arts from the Saint Mary’s College LEAP program.

Gretchen Martino
Instructor

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Sarah Cox
Instructor
Nikki Schwarz
Administrative Assistant/Instructor

Marlee hails from Liverpool, NY where she grew up studying dance at Tawn Marie's Dance Centre. Throughout her competition years, she won numerous titles and first place awards competing across New York State. Upon high school graduation, Marlee opted to pursue her passion for dance at the collegiate level and attended the University at Buffalo, earning a B.F.A. in dance. While studying at UB, Marlee was cast as a dancer in Zodiaque Dance Company and performed with the company for 3 years. She also choreographed for numerous faculty and student run shows and was even selected to showcase her choreography at the American College Dance Festival at the University of Massachusetts in 2013. Marlee is the founding director of UB's Senior Showcase, a performance opportunity that allows graduating seniors the opportunity to perform in front of talent agents at the end of their senior year. Since graduating, Marlee has been teaching and choreographing across Central New York, earning choreography awards at competitions such as Starpower, Nexstar, Hall of Fame, and United States Tournament of Dance. In her spare time, Marlee enjoys crafting, upcycling furniture, and spending time with her husband and family.

Marlee Sroka
Instructor
Kelli Carsten
Instructor

Kelli’s dance training began at the age of 3-her love of dance started the instant she stepped foot in the dance studio for the first time.  Her dance training primarily includes classical ballet technique, pointe, and partnering at Light of the World Ballet School under the direction of Ashley Rollinson, The Ballet and Dance Center under the instruction of Danya Wikowski-Eades and Karen Menter, and SUNY Cortland Department of Performing Arts under the direction of Cynthia Halpin.  Additional training includes modern, tap, jazz, creative movement, scottish highland, body conditioning,  and Stott pilates.  She has participated in master classes with ACB Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and a dance residency with Mel Tomlinson of NYC Ballet.  She has danced as soloist and had lead roles in various ballets which include, Les Sylphides, Paquita, Living Hope, The Crown, and Freedom, as well as performed for various venues and community events across the Central New York area including CRAVE Fest, Symphor!a, Holiday House, and Evening of Dance.  Currently Kelli is pursuing a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at SUNY Cortland.  With over 18 years of dance training and recent teaching in the Central New York area, she is excited to share her enthusiasm for dance with the students and is honored to join the staff at Tiffany's School of Dance.

Nikki’s love of the arts was sparked when she started dance at age 4. She began singing at 7, playing flute at 9 and discovered the joy of musical theatre in high school in Massachusetts, where she grew up. Nikki went on to Ithaca College to study Vocal Performance. Of her many roles during those years, her favorite was Eva Peron in ‘Evita’. Nikki not only performed, but she also taught voice, flute and theatre. After graduating, she moved to NYC to continue her pursuit of a life in the arts. Nikki performed with professional vocal groups such as the Early Music Foundation of NY and Definitely Dickens Holiday Carolers appearing at venues such as Escada 5th Avenue and Grand Central Station for a Skype Promotion. She premiered in a pirate musical called ‘Twin Treasures’ at The Strand Theatre in NJ. Nikki appeared in cabaret shows both in Chicago IL and in her own one-woman show ‘14 Faces’ at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre in NYC’s Greenwich Village. Her album ‘Use What You Got’ was recorded at Lofish Productions in NYC. In more recent years, Nikki’s performed with professional groups around the CNY area. She sang with the R&B band, Solstice, appearing at a variety of venues and events including Ithacafest. She currently sings with The Honey Child Soul Quintet, bringing multicultural music to schools, churches, benefits and other events. The group was a recipient of an IPEI Grant to launch the Music for Unity and Social Change Project. They’ve appeared at many venues including The Kitchen Theatre and The State Theatre of Ithaca. Nikki also performed as a lead in a musical called ‘One October Midnight’, which originated at the Merry-Go-Round’s ‘Pitch’ Series and then held its world premier at the Auburn Public Theatre. Nikki’s passion extends into the wellness field and she also teaches about meditation and self care. 

Kristie King
Instructor

Kristie’s love of dance started at the age of 5 when she put on her first pair of tap shoes.  From that moment on her passion of dance and performing arts continued to grow.  She started training at the age of 5 and continue studying dance throughout high school.  Her training focused on Tap, Jazz, and eventually expanded to Musical Theatre.   She then migrated from student to teacher when in her senior year of high school she was asked to Choreograph the school musical.   Kristie has choreographed a total of ten musicals at the Marcellus School District.  These musicals include “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Footloose”, “Annie”, “Seussical the Musical”, and “Pippin”.    She also teaches Musical Theatre dance classes at Marcellus School District for all age groups.  Story telling through the art of dance is something that she is truly passionate about and she whole heartedly believes that when a student can transform into a completely different character on stage and in front of a live audience, they can do anything that this life has in store for them.  Kristie is thrilled be joining the staff and be given the opportunity to work with the talented performers at Tiffany’s School of Dance and Performing Arts Center.

Danya Wikowski-Eades
Instructor

Danya's early training began at the Lorraine Havercroft School of Dance and The Center of Ballet and Dance Arts -director Deborah Boughton, in Syracuse, NY.  She continued her training at Boston Ballet, Ballet West, and in NYC with Madame Darvash, Martha Graham and as a Merritt Scholarship student at The Alvin Ailey School. As a dancer she has danced professionally in Texas, Connecticut and North Carolina, as well as in T.V. and Film.  She graduated from The Hartford Ballet's Teacher Training Program and continued her teaching training at the National Ballet School of Canada. As a choreographer Danya has worked with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, as the Children's Rehearsal Mistress for the North Carolina Dance Theatre's production of The Nutcracker (1999-2007) and continues to choreograph for the SSO on various projects for their Education and Family Series. In previous seasons this included Colors in Motion, The Polar Express, All Star Muscians, The Holiday Pops and the SSO’s Halloween Spooktacular.   Danya has also choreographed For Musical Theatre and for Film, most recently for Adult World; a movie directed by Scott Coffrey, starring Emma Roberts and John Cusack. As a teacher Danya is well saught after by studios and dancers alike. Because of her keen eye for detail and her passion and ability to train and develop young dancers she is a local favorite.  Localy Danya has been on staff at Syracuse University in the Musical Theatre department,  for ODI under Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchel, for Syracuse School of Dance (1998-2006) under Mary Pat D’Angelo, on was on staff at the Ballet and Dance Center since it's inception in 2008-2014.  Danya is also apart of Redhouse Arts Center, as a building lead, where she supports and supervises a team of teacing artists teaching in the SCSD. We are thrilled to have Danya return to TSDAD as we grow and to develope our Ballet program.