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Rebecca Hanley--Studio Owner and Director

Miss Rebecca grew up in the Catskills and started dancing at a young age locally. Rebecca’s dance training includes many styles of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, modern, and lyrical. She has performed at a number of dance competitions, annual productions, and shows throughout the community.

 

Rebecca has taken three years of dance classes and dance history in high school and attended competition workshops during that time. She has participated in classes from professional Broadway faculty/choreographers including Ashlee Dawson, Bobby Clark, and Thom Lake. Rebecca has also completed the Broadway Dance Center’s teacher workshop in NYC and completed many college dance classes throughout her time at SUNY Oneonta. Rebecca taught ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and tumbling for a number of years before opening the doors at CDM.

 

Rebecca graduated from Downsville Central School and has her bachelors degree in Child and Family Studies from SUNY Oneonta. She is was previously the Director/Lead Teacher of the YMCA Jumpstart Preschool program and After School program at Walton. 

Rebecca is First Aid and CPR certified. She holds her Barre Above, and, Zumbini/Zumbini for school licenses, as well as being certified in SPARK Early Childhood and School Aged curriculum. 

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Quinnlyn Wright--Teacher and Creative Director

Miss Quinn grew up in the Catskills and started dancing at age 3. Quinnlyn’s dance training includes ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and modern. She has performed at many annual productions, community events, and competitions growing up. 

 

Quinn not only danced at CDM in high school, but was a teacher assistant for many years before graduating. She was then hired as a teacher and has brought her talent and a smile to every class.

 

After recently moving back into the area, Miss Quinn is excited to begin teaching again. She will be teaching in many classes including ballet, jazz, inspired movement, and private lessons.

 

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Madison Serra--Teacher

Madison Serra was born in Long Island and began dancing at the age of 4 at TJE Dance Force. At the age of 8 she moved with her family to Walton and began dancing at CDM in 6th grade. Madison's dance training includes ballet, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, and tumbling. She was also a member of the CDM competition team for 4 years where she has represented CDM in receiving many high awards for her solos. 

Miss Madi began volunteering her time at CDM at the age of 14 in many classes and has learned the way of the dance classroom from our established teachers. She is grateful to have been given the opportunity to give back to other dancers, what has been given to her. 

Madi is a Walton Central School graduated and is currently a full time student at SUNY Delhi.

Miss Madi teaches many of our younger students including creative movement, tumbling, and hip-hop classes.

 

Joy Garrett--Teacher

Mrs. Garrett (Ms. Joy) was born and raised in Virginia where she began dancing at the age of 3.  Upon high school graduation she attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she received a BFA in Dance and Choreography. She started Joy's School of Dance, Inc. in 1989 teaching Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern and, choreographing for the JSOD Jewel Competition team. 

 

Additionally she has choreographed numerous musicals for high schools and churches and is a member of Dance Educators of America. Several of her students have furthered their career and dance in numerous companies in Richmond, VA and New York City.

 

Miss. Joy teaches our higher level ballet and pointe classes. 

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Erin Jones--Teacher

Miss Erin grew up in Walton and her love for dance began at a very young age under the instruction at CEDS. She is educated in a variety of styles including tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and ballet. Erin performed at many annual productions and competitions, and was a dance teacher assistant before graduating high school. 

 

More recently Erin has choreographed for the Walton High School musical performances since 2016. 

 

Erin recently graduated from SUNY Delhi and is now a local RN. She is excited to continue her love for dance alongside her career. 

 

Miss Erin teaches our musical theater and tap classes, along with some private lessons.

 

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Carli--Substitute Teacher

Carli grew up in the Catskills and started dancing locally at age 4. Her dance training includes lyrical, modern, tap, jazz, and ballet. She has performed in many annual productions and competitions growing up.

 

Miss Carli graduated from Downsville Central School and has her bachelors degree in Business Administration from Elmira College. During her time at Elmira she was a member and Vice President of the dance team, and a member of the dance club, Orchesis. She choreographed for and performed at many community events, basketball games, and productions.

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