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With years of experience in the dance world, we have experienced all ends of it- dancers, teachers, and parents. We are presenting to you the result of years of listening! We want our dancers to WANT to be here! We want people to come to class to work hard and learn, and to feel good when they leave.
We want to work with your child’s (& YOUR) busy schedule- We do NOT penalize students for being involved in sports, etc. See our “make-up” policy and how your child can benefit from that.
Our instructors are the most qualified in the area including certifications through the Cecchetti Method, Acrobatic Arts, PBT (Progressing Ballet Technique), ZUMBA and other various fitness certifications, Licensed EMT’s, and over 100 years combined experience in the industry teaching all genres of dance.
We provide a very positive and fun environment at the studio and hold that very dear, we have a code of conduct and student handbook that all staff, dancers, parents, anyone who steps through our door, are required to follow to uphold the type of place we want to continue to be.
12,000 SF FACILITY
6 STUDIO ROOMS
Katie has been dancing since age 11 where she started taking Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, and Hip Hop classes. Though Katie has studied various styles, she especially enjoys Hip Hop and quickly excelled at this style. Katie has attended various dance competitions and furthered her training taking multiple workshops in NYC, primarily focusing on Theater and Hip Hop. She has been teaching for 12 years and the enjoyment of dance shines through her teaching style, leaving her dancers not only happy but also confident and eager to learn more and progress. Katie’s goal is to continue to light that fire for everyone who steps into her class. Outside of the studio, Katie is a Sleep Apnea Consultant at a Holistic Dental Practice. She spends her free time enjoying where we live by either hiking or boating. Katie wants this studio to be a pressure free zone of pure enjoyment for dancers and parents. She wants dance to be students’ happy place, a place to feel good and forget about school or jobs for anyone who attends class here. She brings a lot of energy to the dance world, not only by teaching our students, but also through her lively choreography that she brings to community events. Katie is ecstatic to take teaching into her own hands and open this studio and bring all her ideas to life!
Annie was fortunate to dance at the age of 3, and never looked back. She studied at almost every school from Plattsburgh to NYC, and learned something valuable from every teacher. She studied all genres but studied Ballet extensively along with Jazz and ten years of experience in competitive gymnastics. Some of her achievements include being in professional Nutcracker productions, winning top scores at various dance competitions, and being a member of her university dance team, “Dance Corps”, where she explored other genres of dance and choreographed. She has been teaching since 2012 and continues to take master-classes in NYC to expand on her own capabilities as well as picking up new material. She is a certified licensed instructor through Acrobatic Arts levels primary through pre-professional 3, along with PBT (Progressing Ballet Technique). She also choreographed for a local high school’s musicals. Outside of the studio she is a Real Estate Broker at her own company, SELLING ADK, and is an outdoor sports enthusiast during her free time. She emphasizes the importance of a well-rounded life, as she danced 6 days/week while being a 3-sport athlete in high school in addition to the many other things she grew up experiencing. She expects the same to be possible for any dance student and will help them to also experience as much as possible to achieve goals in dance without neglecting other interests in life. Now, she is excited to take teaching to the next level and live out one of her childhood dreams- owning a dance studio!
Caroline Behan has established her life in the art of dance as an artistic director, teacher, choreographer, dancer, and studio owner. She has over 18 years of teaching experience. Caroline is a member of the CCA. She is certified in levels I – V and received high accreditation scores on all her exam work.
Caroline’s teaching credits include, acceptance into; New York Dance Project Summer Intensives, NYSSA ballet Intensives, Joffrey ballet intensives, American Academy of Ballet, Brockport Dance programs,Marymount Manhattan Dance Program, NYCB Summer, SLK Ballet Intensive and American Ballet Theater.
Caroline has received many choreography/choreographer awards for her competitive pieces as well as over-all 1st places in solos and groups. Her most precious award was receiving the coveted the ADCC “Studio of Excellence Award” in 2019. Caroline has been honored by the opportunity to further her choreography work by participating in collaborative shows with the NYDP and hopes to continue to grow their work together.
She is blessed to have had the opportunities to choreograph speciality works for our area events like Glens Falls BID Boo to you, SPAC Winter Gala, NYCB Gala as well as producing many local Nutcrackers. She is inspired by all her students and feels that in sharing not just their passion for dance but their love is the most fulfilling part of her career. It is her hope that in the time however long, her students take away one main message – your potential is limitless – you and you alone create your own reality.
Emily began her dance training at the age of five. She started training with Caroline Beaty when she was eight. Caroline continued to foster Emily’s love of ballet and encouraging her to try other styles of dance. Emily has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, and tap. Emily has studied and has taken student exams for Cecchetti grades I-V receiving high marks. Emily was on the competition team for Reality Dance Studio for two years before she graduated. This gave her the opportunity to not only dance competitively, but also to perform for her community at local sporting events and Boo to You. During Emily’s time as a student at Reality Dance Studio she participated in the Nutcracker performing various roles from Reed Flute Soloist, to Dew Drop, to Snow Queen. She was also given the opportunity to dance at the New York City Ballet’s Gala at SPAC. Emily was first given the chance to teach her senior year and she fell in love with being able to share her love of dance with the next generation. After graduating high school she went away to college at Bridgewater State University to study history. After a year there Emily decided it was a positive decision for her to return home transferring to SUNY Empire State University. This was a very gratifying choice as she was not only able to be closer to her family, but was able to start teaching again. Emily finds each year more rewarding than the last as she is able to learn new ways to teach, she is met with new challenges, and is able to hopefully instill a love for dance in each new class. This is Emily’s sixth year of teaching. Emily has had the opportunity to teach and choreograph for the Reality Dance Competitive Team. She had students ranging from the ages of 7-16 compete in many high scoring solos, duets,and small and large groups. Emily’s competition team pieces have won many high placement and specialty judges awards. Emily has received the Apogee Award from Starquest in the competitive division, which means her dance received the highest score in the competitive division. Emily has also received a highly-sought-after choreography award at Starquest Dance Competition.
Lucy graduated from Glens Falls High School in 2017 and is graduating from Ithaca College with her masters in Occupational Therapy in October. She danced at Glens Falls Ballet and Dance Center and continued dancing in college. During college, Lucy choreographed and taught 8 dances and performed in 10+ shows. While she performed in all styles of dances, she leaned towards choreographing jazz or contemporary style numbers. Dance has always been an important creative outlet in her life and she is so excited for this opportunity to get involved in the 518 dance community. She can’t wait to get to know you!
Brianna Daley is dedicated to the art of dance. Starting at age five, she has pursued every form of movement available to her. She started company at age eight and kept her passion through college. Her dedication to continuing education brought her to master classes in NYC as well as studying dance at SUNY Potsdam. As a graduate from the University of Maine with a BA in Studio Art, she has an invigorated sense of visual art forms. Brianna has taken part in multiple professional performance art pieces in both Maine and New York. Each performance deepens her understanding of poetic movement. Her love for her craft can be seen in the patience she extends to each student. Fostering that passion in each individual she teaches is what Brianna considers a privilege that she can pass on from her mentors to her students. When she is not at the studio, she works full time at a pre-school in Saratoga. She is sure to inspire your young dancer! We are excited to have her, check out the schedule for new class offerings with Bri!
Marisa Allen Fountain
Marisa started her dance career when she was three years old at Bolton Dance Academy, where she continued her career for 16 years. She was a part of the specialty group, giving her the opportunity to perform not only in the yearly recital but at the South Glens Falls Holiday Parade, the festival of trees, The Glens Falls Christmas tree lighting, and the Elks Club. She participated in lyrical, jazz, tap, ballet, and theater during her time at Bolton. Marisa took Modern dance classes in college with Beth Fecteau, the founder and artistic director of the Saratoga NACRE dance company. During this time she was honored to participate with the company and had a successful audition to be apart of NACRE. She acknowledges this as one of the most rewarding moments of her dance career.
Dancing has always been a passion of Marisa’s. She continues to pursue this career with The Body Barre and and share her knowledge and passion with all of their students. She is currently completing a Psychology degree through Plattsburgh State and will be starting the Master’s program in the Spring of 2022. Instructing dance will give her the opportunity to bring dance therapy to our local area.
Lisa O’Donnell Wolfe
Lisa O’Donnell Wolfe has been teaching group fitness classes for 25 years, including formats ranging from kick boxing to Bootcamp. She is also an accredited Master Health Coach working towards her Board Certification with NBHW.
Lisa’s ultimate goal is to provide a safe, effective, and fun class for her customers.
Brittany has been dancing since she was in 1st grade. She danced all through her elementary, middle school, and high school years at Divine Rhythms Dance studio on Long Island, NY where she grew up. After high school, Brittany attended SUNY Oswego, which is where she found her love for teaching hip hop. Brittany began teaching and choreographing hip hop for the Del Sarte Dance Club as a freshman and continued until she graduated in 2014. During her 4.5 years in Del Sarte, she successfully choreographed and arranged over 20 different hip hop pieces, including large and small groups, as well as duets and trios. Additionally, she participated as a dancer in over 40 pieces in various types of dance, including hip hop, tap, jazz, lyrical, and step/stomp. She credits her experience in Del Sarte with helping her develop as a choreographer, as she was given the freedom to be creative and figure out what worked and what didn’t as she went along. After graduating, Brittany moved to Glens Falls, NY and began teaching hip hop at Reality Dance Studio in Queensbury in the fall of 2015, where she stayed until 2020. Aside from teaching dance, Brittany works and volunteers in our local community as an EMT, and has just finished school to become an Ultrasound Technologist. When she is not working or dancing, she enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and dogs. She is excited to bring her experience and love of hip hop dance to The Body Barre!
Nikki Borie has been dancing her whole life–studying tap, jazz, ballet, and hip hop. She graduated from Siena College in 2007 with a BA in American Studies. During her time there, she was a captain of the Siena College Dance Team, performing at half-time during Siena basketball games at the Times Union Center. She was also on a competitive dance team for two years during college and was a member of the Albany Conquest (arena football) Treasures Dance Team for one summer. She completed her program at Sage Graduate School in 2009, earning a Master of Science degree in Childhood Education and Literacy. She is currently employed as a Reading Teacher at Lake George Elementary School.
Prior to joining the team at The Body Barre, Nikki’s experience as a dance teacher includes working 4 years as a summer dance camp counselor at Siena College, teaching two hip hop classes to children ages 4-8 at the Glens Falls YMCA, and one semester as an adjunct professor of modern dance at SUNY Adirondack. She also served as a dance instructor for preschool-aged students at Adirondack Repertory Dance Theatre (ARDT) for three years.
Nikki was an original member of the Body Barre Team when they opened, teaching classes including Dancergarten, “Dance, Baby”, Pre-ballet, Pre-tap, and Adult Tap. After a two-year hiatus from teaching dance, she is so excited to officially be back as an instructor at the Body Barre. Nikki was born and raised in Lake George and currently lives in Queensbury with her husband and their two children, Mia and James.
Jessica has been a group fitness enthusiast since the late 90’s. After trying every type of class available, she tried a Zumba class, fell in love, and it quickly became a passion in life as it is a natural stress reliever and it’s fun! When she’s not sweating and dancing, she is spending time with her family and friends. Jessica has a Master’s degree in Nursing and works as a Registered Nurse as her full time career. She is married and has three human children, two of which you will see frequently taking class at the studio as they are active dancers as well, must take after their mama! She is thrilled to take Zumba to the next level and share her love of it with The Body Barre, and we are excited to have her here!
Caitlyn began her dance career when she was 5 years old dancing with The Bolton Dance Academy and continued with their studio for 13 years. Caitlyn was invited to be a part of their Specialty Performance Group which focused on more in depth training to prepare for various local events,along with dancing in several numbers in their annual recitals. She trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Musical Theater. During her junior and senior year of high school,Caitlyn assisted with several classes, giving her the tools and teaching experience she wished for. Upon graduation, she focused on schooling but felt a void having to temporarily step back from dance- and is happy to return! Caitlyn received her Associates of Science at SUNY Adirondack, and is now enrolled at Castleton University majoring in the nursing program, Bachelors of Science in Nursing, with the hopes of becoming a Pediatric Registered Nurse. Caitlyn also works as a Phlebotomist when she’s not in school. She is CPR certified and Blood Borne Pathogen Certified. Caitlyn is also cuurently working on her certification for the dance arts through continuing dance online education provided by world renowned choreographers. Being able to instruct dance at The Body Barre is something Caitlyn is very excited about. She is eager and ready to share her love of dance with the students!
Kim Hunt has been happily married for the last 22 years and has 3 children
ages 20, 19, and 15. Her first experiences with children started with babysitting at 13 years old, and she now
has 25 years of daycare and preschool teaching experience. Before starting this position, she was
the director of a daycare for several years and is currently teaching 3 year olds at the Center
For Early Learning. She has a CDA in preschool and is CPR and First Aid trained. She continues
to take classes to stay current in young children’s education. Kim loves working with children and
helping them learn and grow. Being able to watch these amazing young people learn to express
themselves through dance, physically and emotionally, is something that she is really looking
Native to the area, Hannah began dancing at the age of 3 with the Tim McGuire dance company in downtown Glens Falls. Ballet was a requirement, but that’s where it all started for her. She fell in love with the stage during her first performance in the annual company Nutcracker, and was hooked ever since. Progressing from background and group rolls such as the gifted Harlequin dolls, and Mother Gingers Polichinelles to the solo rolls of Clara, Arabian, and Dew Drop Fairy, she danced in 10 different casting years of the show. During the twelve years with the company, Hannah also learned various other styles of dance besides Ballet including Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, Broadway Theater, Tap and Irish Step. Experience in these styles has lead her to meet and learn from incredible performers along the way from various companies across the continent, and gives her the ability to fuse styles of dance together for an independent style. With the experience she had, Hannah then was a part of a competitive dance team that formed out of her class, and competed and performed around the region. Later, joining the specialty team and company of Bolton Dance Academy for two years before graduating high school. Hannah also belonged to the YMCA competitive gymnastics program through level 5, as well as a competitive cheerleading team.
After a much to long hiatus, Hannah has been able to dance again with the Adult Team at The Body Barre, and is inspired and eager to teach. Choreographing routines and performances has always come naturally to her, as she was always encouraged to choreograph practice combinations, which would lead to being solo performances in the yearly recitals. Music also takes up a large portion of her heart, with Hannah being a pianist and a percussionist. With this knowledge, she looks forward to expanding students knowledge of rhythm, which will help them in any aspect of dance. She is now certified in Acrobatic Arts Part 1 (Levels Primary-6) and their Preschool program, bringing the best standards of training to our students.
Hannah extends her passions outside of the studio by owning her own garden care, landscaping and lawn boutique, cuddling her fur babies, and making noise (music) any way she can. She is starting a project to read neuron signals in plants a certain way to where they produce sound, then wants to produce them into ‘songs’ to be able to dance to them. Hannah is ready to be inspired by these students passions that are similar and different to her own, and can’t wait to share her love and knowledge with any and every dancer!
Tyanne started instructing with Miss. Annie in 2019. She has been involved with gymnastics for 18+ years and coached both locally and in Nebraska for all age groups. She joined The Body Barre originally for the Adult Dance Team, and then started coming to the acro classes to enhance the program and co teach all levels. Having Tyanne on board has allowed for more eyes in the room for safety, more spotting, and more expertise to progress the students!
Since Jackie began dancing at the age of 13, she has always recognized the magic in what dance brings to lives. After focusing on her successful career as a Secretary of a NYS, CA Cooperative and entrepreneur, Jackie joined The Body Barre and has been a part of the adult dance team for 4 years. Jackie has been assisting in our HH program for 2 years and loves watching our students grow and improve. Jackie is CPR certified and continues studying dance, taking as many online course certifications and classes as possible. Jackie is honored to be a part of this studio and everything it stands for.
Noelle is a wife & mother. She discovered later in life that the best medicine for her chronic back pain and depressed feelings is exercise. And even later discovered that good nutrition helps too 🙂
Why does she love group fitness classes so much? Noelle loved team sports in her youth and continues to thrive off the energy of others when training. The team spirit of motivation, accountability and encouragement is essential for sustainability. Group fitness classes provide the fun needed to stick with it for 25 years!
Favorite quote: “None of us are as strong as all of us.”
Certifications: Les Mills BODYCOMBAT (2008), CXWorx (2011), RPM (2012), GRIT (2015), BODYFLOW (2017), TONE (2018), Pound Fit (2019), SH1FT (2023). Culinary Medicine (2019). Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician (2020).
JoAnn was involved in sports and athletics all through high school. While in college studying Athletic Training, she took up running and added weight training to her routine. After college, her focus was on starting a family. As a wife and mom she lost track of taking care of herself. After her youngest was born she decided that in order to be the best wife and mother she could be, she needed to pay more attention to her health. She found her way to an indoor cycling class. She discovered she loved the group atmosphere almost as much as she loved the exercise! Using the energy and support of the group to help power her through each workout helped her to stay committed. Soon enough she got certified to teach indoor cycling. From there she added certifications in several Les Mills programs, Pound Fitness and went on to become a Certified Nutrition Coach as well as a Certified Personal Trainer.
Certifications: Les Mills GRIT (2017), Les Mills TONE (2018), Les Mills BODYCOMBAT (2018), Les Mills RPM (2019), Pound Fit (2020), Les Mills BODYFLOW (2021), NASM-CNC (2020), NASM-CPT (2021), SH1FT (2023).
Brie has always gravitated around fitness. Her mom was a cycle instructor in the 90s and she worked in gyms during both high school and college. After the birth of her second child, she fell back in love with group classes with PoundFit, which began her fitness instructor journey as her first certification. She was AFAA certified for 6 years and has both Schwinn and Keiser cycle certs as well as Barre Above and has been teaching fitness classes for nearly a decade. She loves to run and has completed several marathons and ultra marathons with her furthest distance being a 100K (with a few bonus miles because she got lost). When she’s not running or getting lost in the woods, she and her husband are chasing after 3 kids and 2 dogs (who think they are people). Brie loves to ski, stand up paddle board, hike, and is learning to mountain bike.
Stephen was born and raised in Glens Falls, NY where he attended the Adirondack Reperatory Dance Theatre under the direction of Pamara Perry. While staying local, he attended the New York State Summer School for the Arts ballet program for 6 years under the wing of Olga Kostritsky and Damien Woetzel. In 2002 Stephen was accepted on scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. There he was trained by the likes of Peter Martins, Peter Boal, Nikolai Hubbe, Violette Verdy, and Sean Lavery. In the summer of 2004 Stephen was accepted as a student at the Miami City Ballet School summer intensive where he had the opportunity to perform the principal in George Balanchine’s ‘Theme and Variations’. Stephen was subsequently asked, by artistic director Edward Villela, to join the company as an apprentice.From 2004 to 2011 Stephen had a vast experience of performing masterworks from George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, John Kranko, Anthony Tudor, and Trey McIntyre, both in Miami and on tour across the United States.
In 2011 Stephen made a move to Canada to join Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, and was promoted to the rank of soloist after 3 years in the company. There he had the opportunity to perform masterworks by choreographers like Jean-Christoph Maillot, Mats Ek, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Stephan Thoss and many other works under the neoclassical and contemporary genres. While with Les Grands, Stephen was taken on the road often and has made his mark in theaters throughout France, Spain, Germany, Israel, China, Serbia, and Macedonia, as well as national tours throughout Canada.
Danielle Farley Donnelly
Danielle began her yoga practice after 20 years of performance dancing. Casual adult dance classes were not easy to find throughout college years, but yoga was much more accessible. This led Danielle to study Social Sciences at the University of Buffalo with an internship in Universal Design Yoga. During her studies, she learned the importance of finding balance, which inspired her to teach others. Danielle subscribes to the belief that anyone has the ability to take a yoga class with universal design in mind.
Danielle found a much needed lightness through her yoga training during a very dark time in her life. After the passing of her father in 2018, she was inspired and enlightened in finding a balance in the light and dark. She is certified in Vinyasa, Hatha, and also specializes in Yin Yoga. As a dancer, Yin Yoga became very important to balancing the high intensity classes.
The goal of Danielle’s class is to connect one’s body movements to their breath, as well as safely exploring the limits within the body. Learning to honor and cherish our bodies, and that everyone and every day is unique.
Liz is new to our team to join “The Biker Barre” as a cycling instructor and we are looking forward to her great energy!
From Liz: “I am self admittedly uncoordinated, unathletic, and accident prone. I used to dread working out, and first only really did it to help recover from multiple knee injuries. Shortly after my second child was born I became a stay home mom, working out in a group setting helped me to be social and really kept me feeling like a person, not just a mom. Even though I can’t ride a bike, spin has always been my go to cardio, and I am so excited to share the fun with others. Please be advised: I love to sing, and I don’t let the fact I can’t carry a tune in a bucket stop me!”