Dance Company is fortunate to have mature, professional adult
Instructors who specialize in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre,
Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tumbling, Pilates, Voice, Piano, Drama and
MORE. They offer a wide background of dance, music, drama and other
expertise including competition and professional stage experiences. Each
year our instructors attend conventions and workshops to keep abreast
of current dance techniques. Our students have won numerous awards for
excellence in all types of dance and music due to the dedication of our
Mrs. Tammee LeClair, Executive Director/Dance Educator
Tammee began dancing at age three and has been teaching dance classes
since 1989. Tammee received the majority of her dance training at Dianne Lynn Dance Theatre and continues
to train at workshops and with talented professionals whenever possible,
including private lessons. Tammee has performed in countless dance shows
and competitions and has won many awards. Her dance students have received
numerous local and national awards for routines choreographed/taught by Tammee.
Tammee has been the Preschool Dance Instructor at the JCC since January of 2007
and offers weekly dance lessons at the JCC. In addition, Tammee is playing a
very active role in her daughter Madalynn’s performance career in New York City
after Madalynn was signed with Wilhelmina
Models in NYC in April 2010. They have made 30+ trips to NYC for Maddee’s
auditions and jobs in the past few years.
Tammee has performed in many musical theater productions working
as the Dance Captain for many of these shows. She choreographed for The Downstairs
Cabaret's Summer Youth Program's 1997 production A Salute to the Tony's, East Irondequoit Middle School's 2004
production Annie Junior, and Brighton
High School's JV Cheerleading Squad's award winning 2003 cheer/dance routine.
Tammee was chosen as a choreographer for the Dance Rochester! Choreographer/Composer
Concerts in 2005, 2007 & 2009. She volunteered as the Chairperson of
the Fairport Canal Days Entertainment Committee from 2004 - 2008. She has
taught numerous dance workshops for Girl Scouts, Youth to Youth, and other area
Currently she is the elected President of Dance Rochester! and
served as the chairperson for the annual DR! fundraiser Gala for three years.
She is a member of the PTSA at her daughter's elementary school and is the
Chair of the Health and Safety Committee, Co-Chair of the Cultural Arts
Committee and acted as Room Rep for her daughter's class this year. In
the fall, she will also be the leader of a 2nd grade Brownie Girl Scout
Troop. All Stars Talent was awarded the 2009 Culture and Arts Award by
the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce for the studio's & Tammee's contributions
to the community. Tammee currently lives in Pittsford with her husband
Jay and their daughter Madalynn.
Mr. John LeClair, Music Director/Vocal & Piano Instructor
John ("Jay") holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education
(grades K‐12) and a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary English Education, both
from Nazareth College of Rochester. He also trained at the Eastman School of
Music and SUNY Fredonia. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Master's license,
enabling him to drive commercial vessels at sea. He is currently a Captain and
Senior Deckhand of the Colonial Belle, which is owned and operated by his
Father and Mother‐in‐law. He worked as a bus driver of the Pittsford Central School
District from 2006‐2011, and served on the accident review board for transportation
in the district.
John directed/taught a choir and taught an Elementary General
Music class for a private Learning Center based in Webster, NY for two years.
He has studied the Suzuki Piano Method with Karen Hagberg, Ph.D at the Hagberg
Suzuki Piano Program, to continuing to build his skills and to work to merge
portions of the Suzuki Method into teaching his own students.
John served as the Music Director and MC for the Dance Rochester!
Composer/Choreographer Concert in the fall of 2007 and 2009. He was the
assistant conductor of the Nazareth College Concert Choir for two years and was
a member of the Nazareth College Chamber Choir, Concert Choir and Jazz Choir
for seven years. He served as the assistant conductor for the Irondequoit
Chorale in 2001 and was the assistant conductor for The Penfield Methodist
Church Choir from 2001‐2002. John was a member of The Publick Musik and sang on a publicity recording for this group in 2000.
performs as the primary vocalist at many weddings, special events, and church
functions. He volunteered on the Fairport Canal Days Entertainment Committee
from 2004‐2008. John was the Music/Choir Director for St Salome's Catholic
Church for two years and assisted with the music preparation of East
Irondequoit Middle School's 2004 production of Annie Junior. In addition to
teaching voice and piano lessons at AST/PDC, John is the Plumbing Department Supervisor
at the Gates Home Depot. He lives in Pittsford with his wife Tammee and daughter
Mrs. Melissa (Kofod) Muszak, Dance Instructor
Melissa is happy to spend another year with Perinton Dance Company. She recently spent two years living in New York City
employed at an integrated communications technology consulting firm. While in
NYC, Melissa studied tap at Broadway Dance Center, modern & improvisational
dance at Spoke the Hub Dancing, and restorative yoga at Area Yoga of Brooklyn,
NY. She also took courses in American Sign Language at the Sign Language Center
Prior to moving to NYC, Melissa
taught various forms of dance at All Stars Talent from 2002 through 2007. She
also taught for nearly 10 years at Dianne Lynn Dance Theatre, where she began
her own dance training & performing at the age of three. In addition to her principal dance training at
DLDT, Melissa also took summer courses in ballet at Botsford School of Dance.
Melissa was a competitive dancer from ages 6-18 and won many top awards at
regional and national competitions. She was a member of the ensemble and a leader dancer in many
musicals in summer drama programs and in junior high & high school. She was
highlighted as a featured dancer in each musical, including the principal dance
role of Dream Ballet Laurey in Oklahoma!
In high school, she was a member of the prestigious R-H Singers, Youth to
Youth, National Honor Society, completed many Honors and AP Courses, and
graduated in the top 10% of her class with a 4.0 GPA.
As a 2000 graduate from
SUNY Geneseo with a BA in History, Melissa was a member of the Dance Ensemble
and the Knightline Precision Dance Team/Kickline. She was also a member of the
Rochester Rhinestones, the professional dance team for the Rochester Rhinos Soccer Team,
in 2003 and 2004. Melissa
completed her second Bachelor’s degree in English literature at SUNY Brockport
in May 2011, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 3.97 GPA. She is a member of 3
honor societies, Alpha Chi (top 10% of institution), Sigma Tau Delta (English
Honor Society), and Tau Sigma (Transfer Student Honor Society). While attending SUNY
Brockport, Melissa continued her study and practice of tap with the Brockport Dance department.
2012 and 2013, pieces that Melissa
choreographed were chosen by a panel of independent judges from the UB
department to perform in the Dance Rochester Atrium Concert at City Hall
Rochester, NY. In 2013, her tap routine “Stuck Like Glue” won first
place overall in the Mini Shooting Star Group Division at the Star
Talent Competition, earning her a Top Teacher Award. Additionally, her students have
won top honors at regional and national competitions with routines that
she choreographed & taught, including many platinum and high gold and overall achievements in the past 4 years as a PDC instructor. She greatly enjoys sharing her love of dance and her talent
with students. Melissa is a very talented dancer and instructor of a great
variety of dance styles.
Ms. Allyson Buttram, Dance Instructor
As an alumna of our studio,
Allyson is very excited to teach this coming season! Her formal
training in dance began at age three; and for nine years she received
training in all genres of dance at All Stars Talent and Perinton Dance
Company. She refined her experience as a member of the competition
team, winning many awards over the years for both solo and group
Currently Allyson attends
the University at Buffalo, majoring in Dance and Physical Therapy. She
enjoys an excellent reputation within the UB Dance Department,
demonstrating strong self-discipline and a passionate dedication to her
art. Her freshman accomplishments include admission into the Zodiaque
Dance Ensemble and by special invitation a performance of the Arabian
dance in the Nutcracker Lite at the Buffalo Park Country Club.
Additionally she continues to develop her expertise by taking ballet
enrichment classes at the Draper Center for Dance Education. Allyson's
love for dance and desire for excellence motivates her to seize the
opportunities to dance in as many performances as she is able!
Allyson competed at IMTA
(International Modeling and Talent Association) in New York City in
2009, winning awards in modeling, acting, and dancing against thousands
of competitors. These awards included first place for Dance Team, which
Allyson helped choreograph; third runner up for a self-choreographed
solo dance; a tie for first place in Fashion Team; fourth runner up for
TV Beauty; and honorable mention for her monologue. Allyson signed with
HOP Models, modeling in New York Fall Fashion Week runway shows,
including a show for Project Runway's Mychael Knight.
Allyson has considerable
experience working with and teaching children and young adults. This
year she had the privilege of working as a teacher and choreographer at
the PDC summer camp and loved it! Allyson works for Barbizon as well;
teaching girls to model and act, also helping them to develop manners
and grow into professional young ladies. While in high school she
worked as an assistant dance teacher at PDC and enjoyed every second of
it! Over the past few summers she's worked as a counselor and teacher
at Camp Hunt. The camp utilized her as an inspirational speaker for
youth, guiding them with her personal insights and experiences. Formerly
she participated in Camp Agape as a camper and junior counselor;
winning the title of Miss Camp Agape as a senior camper for
demonstrating good character and leadership qualities.
Allyson was very active in
her high school productions in the RH Spotlight Theatre, performing as
lead dancer for four years. She performed in Beauty and the Beast and
West Side Story-receiving special recognition for "outstanding stage
presence" for her role in West Side Story from the Rochester Broadway
Theatre League (RBTL). She also served as Dance Captain in Chicago and
Xanadu-with RH winning "Best Dance Ensemble" for Chicago from RBTL.
Allyson was also on the RH varsity gymnastics team for four years in
high school, serving as Captain her senior year. She won the Monroe
county-wide Sunnie DeLucas Memorial Award in recognition of her positive
and encouraging attitude in the sport of gymnastics.
Allyson feels proud and blessed to be a teacher at PDC!
Ms. Breanna Conte, Dance Instructor
Breanna began her dance training at age eight at Donna F. Smith Studio of Dance, where
she studied ballet, lyrical, tap, and jazz. After several years, she also
joined and helped win five world championships with the Bishop Kearney
Performance Ensemble and Winterguard, where dance was taught by Ginny Winter
and Jamie Leverett of the Draper Center for Dance Education.
high school, Breanna received dance scholarships to Virginia Intermont College,
where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance. While there, she
performed in numerous concerts with the VI Dance Company and taught
Modern/Ballet I classes. She was president of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, and
had the privilege of being one of a few chosen to take a master class with
Edward Villella of the Miami City Ballet.
has continued adult classes at the Draper Center for Dance Education, among
others, while working at a local department store. She is very excited to come
back to the Perinton Dance Company team for her second year and looks forward
to sharing her knowledge, skills, and love of dance to educate and inspire the
Ms. Elisabeth Martin, Dance Instructor
Martin is a native of Bloomington, Indiana. She started her training
in 1996 in the Indiana University Pre-College Ballet Program under the
direction of Doricha Sales. She attended high school at the Walnut Hill
School in Natick, Mass., studying with Michael Owen, Samuel Kurkjian,
and Kathy Kozul. Her summer studies have included the Interlochen Art
Camp, Blue Lake Ballet Ensemble, Walnut Hill School, and The Joffrey
Midwest Workshop under John Magnus and Judy Rice.
In her time at IU, she has performed in a variety of productions, including Agnes De Mille's Rodeo, Balanchine's Serenade and Rubies, Dwight Rhoden's Dear Frédéric, as Lead Snowflake, Lead Spanish and Lead Mirliton in The Nutcracker, and as a soloist in Balanchine's Who Cares?.
She placed in the Bloomington Chapter of the National Society of Arts
and Letters competition in 2010 and 2012. She graduated with a Bachelor
of Science in Ballet Performance with an Outside Field in Exercise
Science and a Minor in Mathematics.
Ms. Martin just completed
her first year dancing with the Rochester City Ballet, during which she
performed the roles of Italian soloist, Mirliton soloist, Snow, and
Flower corps in The Nutcracker. She danced in RCB's Cityscapes, and performed in Bill Evans new piece For Tim, and Balanchice's Serenade. She also performed with the company in their recent debut at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in July 2013.
Ms. Amy Dana, Dance Instructor
Amy has been dancing for the past 7 years, she has been trained
in many styles, including ballet, jazz, hip hop, musical theater, and lyrical.
She now is on the varsity dance team at Nazareth College. At Nazareth
College, Amy is in the Doctorate program for Physical Therapy with a minor in
psychology. She has been recognized on the Deans List every semester.
Amy has been a gymnast since she was 5 years old, and competed
in the all-around division with the varsity team all four years in high
school, serving as captain her senior year. Amy had the honor of representing
her team in the All County and Sectionals competitions multiple years. She has
also won several awards, including the Coaches Award in 2011, the Sunnie DeLucas
Memorial Award, and was recognized as a Scholar Athlete all four
In high school, Amy also enjoyed participating in the musical productions.
She was a featured dancer in Beauty and the Beast, West Side Story, and Chicago. With the cast, she participated in Stars of Tomorrow Competitions and
won many awards, including Best Overall Production and Best Dance Ensemble.
Mr. Michael Peter Deeb, Dance Intensive Guest Instructor
Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Michael
began his dance training at the age of 5 after following his cousin to a local
dance studio. While attending the University at Buffalo, he earned his BFA in
Dance with honors as the Student Representative for the department, and was the
recipient of the Amanda Occhino Scholarship and the Stanley Travis Memorial
Scholarship. At UB, Michael was a member of the Zodiaque Dance Company, and
choreographed for Zodiaque Studio Dance Ensemble, Young Choreographers Showcase,
and Dancers Workshop, in addition to choreographing for various dance studios
and high school musicals in the Buffalo area.
Since college, Michael has traveled the world dancing and performing! Some
of his favorite credits include recent Broadway National Tours of A Chorus
Line (Mike, directed by Baayork Lee) and Young Frankenstein (Swing).
Regional favorites include A Chorus Line (Mike) at New Bedford Festival
Theatre, The Wizard of Oz at Northern Stage, Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat and Beauty and the Beast at Artpark, and the
Writers' Guild Awards with Kristen Schaal in NYC. Other credits include
Celebrity Cruises, Six Flags, Buffalo's Theatre of Youth, Buffalo Contemporary
Dance Company, the Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet, ArtScope, and Music Is Art
Live. Michael Continues to study with and demonstrate for Broadway veteran Jeff
Shade in NYC, and is represented there by McDonald Selznick Associates.
Michael's Musical Theatre class combines classic jazz stype with the
technical, athletic, and contemporary movement found on today's Broadway stages.
Class begins with a stretching and conditioning warmup, moving into progressions
across the floor designed to vary in tempo, space, and dynamics. Throughout
class, Michael will provide valuable advice, giving tips and tricks on how
dancers can really stand out in an audition setting. Class continues with a
combination in contemporary Broadway style exploring performance quality,
personal expression, technique, and dynamics. Students will leave class with an
understanding of contemporary musical theatre technique, and feeling inspired to
take their dancing to the next level!
Mrs. Elizabeth (Figura) Jensen, Summer Camp Zumba Fitness® Instructor
began dancing at the age of 5 and has been instructing since she was
16. Elizabeth attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges where she
studied Arts and Education, with a focus on dance and movement, and
earned her Bachelor degree and Elementary Education teaching
certification. She was a choreographer for Koshare Student Dance
Collective and served as the president for three years.
While pursuing her Master Degree in Elementary
Education, Elizabeth created an after-school dance program for the
Geneva School District. From 2004 to 2007, Elizabeth was the
choreographer for Penn Yan Academy's Drama Club and her students were
nominated for Best Student Dance Ensemble for Honk!, Fame, and Kiss Me, Kate
by Rochester Broadway Theatre League's Stars of Tomorrow. While
teaching fifth grade in Liverpool, Elizabeth choreographed the sixth
grade musicals. She also taught Modern, Tap, and Musical Theatre at
Dance 22 for three years.
Elizabeth fell in love with Zumba Fitness® after her first class and
became a certified instructor in 2012. In August 2012, she became an
instructor at Bounce Aerobics and loves providing participants with a
fun, high-energy calorie burn, that feels more like a dance party than a
workout! Elizabeth recently became a certified Hip Hop Hustle™
instructor and will be adding this to her evenings soon.
Elizabeth is currently the Math Department Chair at Rochester Prep
Middle School and has been teaching for a total of 7 years. She has
enjoyed the opportunity to bring dance to her students by choreographing
for school performances and teaching a Zumba® class for her fifth and
sixth grade girls.
Class description for
Zumba Fitness® : "Ditch the workout and join the party!" Zumba combines
Latin and Hip Hop music with easy to follow dance steps to create a
dynamic, high-energy fitness experience. By just dancing , you'll be
burning calories, toning muscle AND having fun!
Mr. Ed Keegan, Summer Camp Drum Instructor
Ed Keegan (AKA "Drummer Ed") is the owner of Rhythm Connect, a
music store like no other in Fairport, NY specializing in drums and
percussion. Since he was 16 years old, Ed has wanted to have a drum
store. His vision for Rhythm Connect became a reality on July 10, 2010
with the help of a dedicated group of family and friends. For Ed, Rhythm
Connect is more than a business, it is a way of life and he has
dedicated his life to helping others learn, work, and live in rhythm.
Ed began drumming in the 4th grade school
band, and learned to play drum set by watching others, and practicing on
stacks of books arranged on his desk at home. Eventually he upgraded to
a used drum set that he worked odd jobs to help pay for. From that
point on, drums became a passion and have been a significant part of his
life ever since.
Ed is a professional drummer/percussionist and rhythm facilitator
with over 20 years experience. He holds a BA and MA in the area of
communication, is a graduate of the U.S. Army School of Music, and
served as a drummer/percussionist with the 82nd. Airborne Division
Band. He is a teaching artist with Young Audiences of Rochester, NY,
and is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS). He also
has advanced training in rhythm facilitation with Arthur Hull (pioneer
in group rhythm facilitation), Jim Boneau (rhythm facilitator and
Corporate trainer), Dr. Barry Bittman & Christine Stevens (Health
Rhythms co-founders and facilitators). Ed is a warm and energizing
facilitator who has the ability to simultaneously engage participants
and put them at ease.
Ed currently lives in Fairport, NY (outside of Rochester) with his
wife Karen of more than 20 years, his daughters Rebekah and Sarah, and
their dog Bongo. He loves to laugh, run, read, write, and spend time
with family, friends, and colleagues. He is the drummer/percussionist
with the band Lester Funk and at Mosaic Church.
Mr. Andrij ("A.J.") Deneka, Guest Choreographer
Andrij "A.J." Deneka, originally from Buffalo, NY, is a dance
educator, choreographer, and performer. He has years of extensive training in many styles of dance on both the East coast, and
West coast scene. Andrij has worked with such artists as Kylie
Minogue, Marc Anthony, Stevie Wonder, Mary Mary, Gregory Hines, Donnie
Osmond, and Selena Gomez.
A.J. has many television, live
performances, and music video credits to his name. Some of these
credits are the MTV Movie Awards, The TV Land Awards, Jackass 2, Wella
Hair, NIKE, International Dance Festival, The Winter Olympics,
American Choreography Awards, Jazz Dance World Congress, Coca Cola,
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, LA Fashion Apparel Magazine, and has
toured the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Mexico with "Instincts Live Media
Over his years of
dance he has assisted many well known dance instructors such as Liz
Imperio, Joe Tremaine, Doug Caldwell, Charles Klapow, and Desiree
Robbins. Currently Andrij is really focusing on instilling
excellent education, and the love for dance to our younger generation.
He is on faculty at many dance studios in NY, and is a guest
choreographer/teacher at JMR Broadway Dance Center in Seoul Korea, and
The Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan.
Mr. Deneka choreographed PDC's 2012 Hip Hop Senior Competition Team routine.
Mr. Jon Lehrer, Guest Dance Instructor
Lehrer, who was raised in Queens, NY, is the Founder and Artistic
Director of LehrerDance. Jon took his very first dance class at age 19
on a dare while attending the University at Buffalo. After only two
years of training, Jon was asked to join the University's Zodiaque Dance
Company. In the summer of 1994, Jon received a scholarship to study at
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, training with such esteemed faculty as
Carolyn Adams, Danny Buraczeski, Gail Gilbert, Margie Gillis, Danny
Grossman, and Mark Morris.
As a professional, Jon has danced
with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Paul Sanasardo, John Passafiume
Dancers, in Merv Griffin's "Funderful" in Atlantic City, NJ, and the
Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. In May 1997, Jon was hired
by Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, and after three years, was promoted to
Rehearsal Director and then given the position of Associate Director two
years later. During his ten years with Giordano, Jon choreographed
seven original works on the company that received rave reviews all
around the world.
Jon has choreographed for several
dance companies in Chicago and around the world including; Thodos Dance
Chicago, Instruments of Movement, Momenta Dance Theatre, Configuration
dance Theatre, Louisiana Dance Theatre, Le Jazz Groupe from Monterrey,
Mexico, and Kannon Dance of St. Petersburg, Russia. Jon's choreography
can also be seen on numerous Universities around the country including
University at Buffalo, University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of
Nevada Reno, East Central University, Northern Illinois University,
Oakland University, and Hope College. In 2002, Jon was one of four
Chicago choreographers selected to participate in the first ever Dance
Chicago Choreography Project, sponsored by the Chicago Community Trust
and Sara Lee, and was selected to participate again in 2004. Through the
Project, Jon set an original work on dancers from the Joffrey Ballet.
Jon teaches master classes
throughout the U.S. and around the world, is on the faculty of the Jazz
Dance World Congress, Dance Masters of America, Dance Teacher Summer
Conference, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, and is a
guest artist at numerous colleges around the country. In 2003, Jon had
the honor of receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award from the
University at Buffalo's Zodiaque Dance Company for his accomplishments
as a dancer and choreographer. Jon is on the Advisory Board of Dance
Spirit Magazine, was featured on the November 2007 cover of Dance
Teacher Magazine, and has appeared in Dance Magazine numerous times.
In July 2007, Jon moved to Buffalo,
New York, to begin his much anticipated professional dance company -
LehrerDance. The company showcases his unique choreography and
definitive style. Jon's extensive background in both the modern and
jazz dance idioms fosters choreography that is organic, artistic,
accessible and often humorous, reflecting life experience and the human
condition. In its short history, LehrerDance has received international
recognition and kept audiences on the edge of their seats from coast to
coast with their trademark athletic style.
Jon offered monthly group and private Master Classes at All Stars Talent starting August of 2008 and at PDC starting January of 2009.