Kathy Holtz has been teaching dance since her high school years. Her passion and enthusiasm, garnered from over 30 years on the dance floor; as well as her training as a school counselor, sets the stage for an enriching environment for students. At Dance Me School of Dance and Charater Development, all students are encouraged to reach their potential, participate actively in their community, and challenge themselves as individual both inside and outside of the studio.
A current student at Dance Me, Miss Grace has been training in dance since the age of 6. She is a student at Niskayuna High School, and participates in lyrical, tap, jazz, hip hop, acro, contemporary, ballet, Irish and Pointe classes. Prior to becoming a teacher, she has assisted in classes and will continue to be a member of the Dance Me competition team. She has been an Irish dancer for 10 years, and loves teaching all ages. Miss Grace is excited to start her second year of teaching, and to share her love and passion for dance!
Miss Dawn (Community Coordinator)
Ms. Dawn is from Johnstown, NY and started dancing at 7 years old. She studied at Studio Dance Contemporary and was the first pointe soloist in the company. She later danced with High Performance Dance Studio until she left for college. Dawn continued her love of dance and theatre throughout college and beyond. She holds a bachelors in communication and marketing from University at Albany. The arts are firmly in her grasp as she also became a photographer and now enjoys an entire Studio worth of students to photograph while they dance! She is thrilled to be a part of the Dance Me family and give the love of dance to the next generation of dancers. She's a mom of two and brings her nurturing kindness to each class. She's always ready with a kind ear, positive re-enforcement and love of teaching to every class.
Ms. Beth has been dancing since the age of 4, primarily focused on ballet and modern dance. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Science from Russell Sage College and is a Registered Dietitian. While at Russell Sage she also minored in Dance, enriching her dance knowledge with dance history and choreography classes. She went on to receive a Master’s in Public Health from the University at Albany. In 2013, Ms. Beth began teaching ballet as part of the core classes required for competition dancers. She has taught ages 5 to 18 at varying levels of ability. She began teaching at Dance Me in 2019 as a substitute teacher and is excited to have her own classes in 2020.
Shelby is a native of Schenectady and has been dancing since the age of 3. She holds a Master's Degree in Special Education and Literacy from the University at Albany and is an Elementary School Teacher outside of Dance Me. She danced in college for the Suffolk University Dance Company and interned for Boston Ballet’s Department of Education and Community Initiatives gaining experience in the teaching of adaptive dance programming for children with diverse learning needs. She is excited to bring all of her knowledge from these experiences to her classes at Dance Me!
Miss Brianna is a native of the area, and started her dance training at the age of 2. She started with Broadway Dance Company, and then continued her dance education throughout high school at Eleanor’s School of Dance. She is trained in all styles including tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and contemporary, hip hop and acro. Her dance education did not end after high school, as she went on to receive her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Dance from Ithaca College. During her time at Ithaca, she was a member of Unbound Dance Company and On The Floor Dance Company, and choreographed many pieces for both. She is also the former president of the Ithaca College Dance Team. She also holds a MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from UAlbany. Miss Brianna is one of Dance Me's original teachers, and began teaching at Dance Me in 2015. She took on the role as Competition Director in 2017, and continues to run the competition team at Dance Me, having choreographed many award-winning numbers over the years! Brianna regularly attends dance conventions and workshops to continue to foster her dance education and promote growth in her students!
Read more about the Dance Me Team below! Welcome to Dance Me!
Miss Celine (Studio Manager)
Miss Celine is originally from South Salem, NY. As a self-proclaimed "theater kid" she got a taste for the stage at a young age. After graduating high school, she continued dancing at Emerson College as a member of Emerson Urban Dance Theater, a hip-hop and rhythm tap company. She then became the Hip Hop Director her senior year. Throughout college, she also taught jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop in Boston and Norwalk, Connecticut, and continued teaching after graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing Communications, and Psychology. She is one of Dance Me's original teachers, and began teaching at Dance Me in 2015. She then transitioned over to a full-time staff member in 2017 through various administrative positions, and has never looked back!. She currently teaches Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Tumbling, and is Dance Me's Studio Manager. She has also been involved in Dance Me's competition program for the past three years, choreographing award-winning hip hop numbers and having so much fun! Miss Celine and her husband are welcoming a baby boy to the Dance Me family this September.
Born and raised in Poughkeepsie, NY, Miss Lauren attended the Galle and Collins Dance Academy for 15 years where she studied both ballet and pointe. During her time there she performed at various locations in New York including West Point and the 1991 tickertape parade in New York City that honored the veterans of the first Gulf War. As a member of the Annie Galle Dance Company, she was fortunate to be part of a performance tour that took her to Denmark and Sweden. Prior to becoming a stay at home mom to her two boys, she taught Spanish at both the junior and senior high levels. She now enjoys working as a substitute teacher at the elementary level and volunteering at her son's school. With the love of ballet always in the back of her mind, Lauren recently came back to dance and chose Dance Me's Adult Ballet to make her return. She is excited for the opportunity to put her dance knowledge and teaching skills to use.
A dancer since she was 7, Erin studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, Irish step and gymnastics in Colonie, NY. She has traveled around NY and New England competing in numerous dance competitions. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management & Leadership from The College of Saint Rose. Throughout her college years Erin performed with the Golden Knights Dance Team, while continuing to teach hip-hop, tap, jazz, lyrical and ballet to students between the ages of 3-18
Meet the Dance Me Staff
Kristin began Irish dancing at the age of 5 with Donny Golden at the Donny Golden School of Irish Dance in Mineola, NY. She began her competitive career at the age of 6 and went onto compete at the regional, national, and world levels in solo and team competitions. Throughout her solo competitive career, Kristin went on to win the Mid-Atlantic Regional Oireachtas and place within the top 50 at the World Irish Dancing Championships. Kristin has also performed with bands such as The Chieftains and Cherish the Ladies, and in venues such as Carnegie Hall. After retiring from competition, Kristin went onto become a certified Irish dance teacher, TCRG, through An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha.
Kristin holds a Bachelor's degree in Childhood and Special Education from SUNY Geneseo, as well as a Master's degree in Literacy from the University at Albany. Throughout the year, she works in Cohoes City School District as a fourth grade teacher.
Dance Me Mission Statement:
To provide an atmosphere of love, community, passion, dedication, hard-work, respect, positive experiences, and outstanding dance technique. Miss Brianna and her Teachers pledge to be devoted to mentoring each student inside and outside of the studio.
The Founding of Dance Me
At the age of 2, Miss Kathy began her dance training in her hometown of Auburn, NY. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and pointe under the instruction of Blair Pausley, Bettina Pausley, and Laura Pratt. She also was a successful competitive gymnast for 13 years. She continued her education at SUNY Geneseo where she studied psychology and sociology, and her post-graduate work earned her a Masters Degree in School Counseling from Sage Graduate School. Kathy became a Certified School Counselor in 2007. She has provided counseling services to youth in the foster care system, and served as Director of a dance program in Las Vegas, where her career in the professional dance world began. After relocating back to New York, Kathy continued her career as a dance educator.
After several years of dreaming, Kathy's vision for a dance studio of her own came to life as Dance Me was founded in 2015. Dance Me is not just a dance studio. The classes at Dance Me are positive, wholesome and fun, designed to build confidence in each student. The Dance Me Team has a passion for both dance education and positive character development. They embrace the role they serve as role models and mentors to all students, hoping to instill the same passion in them; as well as helping to shape them into successful, contributing members of our community. As of July 2020, Dance Me has shifted it's management over to Brianna Ryan, as Miss Kathy has realized a need for more family time. Miss Kathy continues as a teacher at Dance Me and the Team remains the same! Read more about the transition by CLICKING HERE!
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