• MaryPat Speno

    Owner &  Director

    Jazz & Ballet Teacher

    A popular, talented & energetic teacher, MaryPat has taught at SSD  since its conception. She performed in musicals for Salt City Playhouse & Syracuse Musical Theater & choreographed for the "Festival of Nations", Jamesville-Dewitt Schools, was the creator & director of the Dance Workshop Ensemble, & participated in the Baldwinsville's "Arts in School" program. MaryPat also choreographs for ice skaters & has been part of the Liz Team Skating Seminars in Lake Placid. A long-time student of Lorraine Havercroft & Gus Giordano (Chicago), she has also studied at Le Ballet Jazz, Montreal & Alvin Ailey, New York City. MaryPat serves as Artistic Director of the Syracuse Contemporary Dance Company.

  • Laurie Deyo

    Office Manager

    Modern Teacher

    Laurie has taught, choreographed & performed with SSD since 1984. She was a member of the dance faculty for Syracuse University & has a Master's degree in Dance & Dance Education from NYU where she studied Limon, Graham, & Cunningham techniques. Laurie also serves as the office manager for SSD.

  • Barbara Laneve

    Tap, Ballet & Musical Theater Teacher

    Barbara has studied ballet, musical theater, jazz, modern & tap locally and with Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Rennie Harris & Garth Fagen. She received her degree in Exercise Science & Dance at Syracuse University & has a NYS teaching certificate in Dance Education.

  • Helen Moore

    Ballet Teacher

    Along with having her Master's degree in education from Syracuse University, Helen has studied dane on Long Island at the LeRoy School of Dance & with Muriel Daks. She has also studied at Ballet Arts, New York School of Dance & Steps in Manhattan. She continues a long affiliation with SSD.

  • Brandon Jones

    Hip Hop Teacher

    Brandon has been dancing & studying hip hop, musical theater & jazz for the past 13 years. He has choreographed & taught for the Ballet Dance Center, Dance Theater of Syracuse, Dominique's Dance Creations, Say Yes to Education, Peaceful Resolution, & LeMoyne Upper Bound Summer program, & also choreographed for several SCDS concerts & has been part of the SSD faculty for ten years.

  • Elizabeth Bryson

    Ballet Teacher

    Elizabeth (Liz) trained in classical ballet in Rochester, NY under the Lonond Royal Academy of Dance curriculum. She has performed as Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen & Soldier Doll in The Nutcracker; as Marie Taglioni in Pas de Quatre; & as a member of the corps in Sleeping Beauty. She has also performed in & choreographed contemporary ballet pieces & instructed preballet in Rochester. Liz holds a Master of Art History from Syracuse University & has worked in the field of museum eduation for ten years, teaching students of all ages & backgrounds, from early childhood to older adults. 

  • Whitney Miller

    Modern Teacher

    Whitney has been dancing for over 20 years & teaching for 11. She earned a BA at SUNY Geneseo & an MS in Education at the College of St. Rose. In both locations Whitney taught , choreographed & performed with the Orchesis, Geneseo Dance Ensemble, the Young Actors Guild, Maud Baum & Company and the eba Center for Dance.

  • Jamie Gartner

     Jazz Teacher

    Jamie first trained in ballet, tap & jazz at Fitzsimmon's Dance Academy, followed by Toni Wright's Dance Studio, & performing ghrough college with the LeMoyne Student Dance Company. She dances modern & jazz with SSD & has been a member of the SCDC for the past eight years. For ten years, Jamie has choreographed the spring & summer musicals for the Syracuse City School District high schools, while also leading a dance team for Fowler & Corcoran. She has her BA in English & Adolescent Education & her MS in Literacy.

  • Rachel Prikazsky

     Ballet & Pointe Teacher

    Rachel Prikazsky started dancing at the age of three with the Town of Onondaga Dance Program. At 14, Rachel trained in ballet, pointe, musical theater, hip hop, modern & jazz at Syracuse School of Dance. She earned a BFA in dance at  SUNY Fredonia. At Fredonia, Rachel was in the SUNY Fredonia Dance Ensemble, the Jr. & Sr. Artistic Director of the Dance Ensemble, and performed & choreographed dances for the American College Dance Association. Rachel has choreographed world qualifying dances for dance competitions & choreographed for her high school’s musicals. She is also a national qualifying Irish dancer for the McDonald School of Irish dance, where she also assists with teaching.

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