Instructors


Lara

Lara Ganz (Owner/Director) has studied dance for over twenty years and has been teaching for over twelve years. She has studied with some of the most important figures in the United States. She has studied many diverse techniques, such as ballet, jazz, flamenco, and various styles of modern dance including the techniques of Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, and José Limón.

Lara studied at Ballet Concerto, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Bard College. She also completed a summer intensive program with the Jose Limon Dance Company, for which she received a full scholarship.

As an attorney in Rhinebeck, Lara was inspired by her childrens’ yoga class to open Dream Studio, LLC. Through this she hopes to teach the art and love of dance to children and adults alike.

Lara teaches Ballet, Pointe, Modern and is the principal choreographer for Veritas Dance Company.


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Susan has taught dance for over 20 years including ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, tap, and jazz.  She maintains current with the ever changing dance styles and technique through constant extensive research and incorporates diverse and global influences into her teachings.  Susan believes students should have fun while being challenged to grow in a disciplined environment.  She cannot imagine ever not teaching students dance. While dancing was fun for her, teaching is her passion.

Susan teaches Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Company Ballet Class and choreographs for the Veritas Company.

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Lindsey started dancing at the age of 3 and never looked back. Lindsey has dance background in multiple genres including: ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical/ contemporary, hip hop, and modern. Her concentration in the later years of her career was in Hip Hop, where she studied with Energy Dance Group of Kingston for a few years. She has taken several intensive workshops from various professionals in the field of dance including: the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in LA, Broadway Dance Center in NYC, the late Gregory Hines and Savion Glover. She is a firm believer in the importance of teaching children the options of a healthy lifestyle by using dance as a form of expression. Lindsey strives to always bring the newest music and dance styles to the classroom.

Lindsey teaches Jazz,  Hip Hop and Lyrical.


Miriam

Miriam Mahdaviani danced for the New York City Ballet after being selected by George Balanchine to join his company.  During her dancing career, she performed in over 40 Balanchine ballets, and worked with other notable choreographers including Jerome Robbins, Lar Lubovitch, Twyla Tharp,  Jacques d’Amboise, and Peter Martins.  She has performed overseas as a featured guest artist at the Kremlin in Moscow and in cities throughout Italy.  She has also danced as a guest Principal dancer in regional productions of The Nutcracker.  On screen, she has appeared in the Dance in America series on PBS, and in NYCB’s movie of Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Ms. Mahdaviani has choreographed over 20 ballets for dance companies and colleges across the country, and her work has been seen internationally at dance festivals in Florence, Italy and Edinburgh, Scotland.  Additionally, Ms. Mahdaviani has staged Balanchine ballets for the Israel Ballet in Tel Aviv.  Since 2001, Ms. Mahdaviani has been a visiting professor of dance and choreographer at Vassar College, teaching ballet technique and pointe classes at the beginner through advanced levels.

–Teaching Advanced Technique, Ballet

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Jaimie Cranford grew up training as a competitive dancer at Brenda Cranford School of Dance in Hartsville, SC. She continued her studies in dance and acting at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC.  She has performed in Broadway Dance Center’s Student Showcase at Symphony Space, as well as performing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

— Teaching Tap B, Tap C and Tap D

Erika

Erika has been dancing for over 20 years.  She began her initial training at the Rhinebeck Dance Centre under the direction of Michele Ribble, then continued her training with Lara in Ballet and Modern at the age of 11.  Her repertoire encompasses knowledge and training in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and modern/contemporary.  Erika attended numerous summer camps to continue her ballet dance training.  She was a member of the ‘Ithaca College Dance Team’ and ‘Unbound Dance Company’ at Ithaca College.  She continues to share her knowledge and love of dance with you!

Teaching Ballet and Jazz

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Lisa started dancing at the age of 5 in Staten Island in a community art showcase coordinated by her father, Dancer/Choreographer, Bryant “Drew” Andrews,and has been nourishing her love of dance ever since.

Lisa joined her father in an endeavor to start “Unique Fitness”, a dance studio launched in 2002 geared to attract young performers of the Kingston community in which she was raised.  In 2003 Lisa and her father created the award winning Energy Dance Company in which Lisa is a primary dancer and key instructor. Energy has gone on to win numerous awards in national competitions, perform repeatedly at the Apollo in NYC and on BET as well as tour internationally, performing twice in Germany’s Youth Music Festival. In addition Lisa’s has studied at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and Debbie Allen’s Dance Academy in California.

Lisa has impressed others with her dynamic dance skills, fun and fresh choreography and passionate work with children of all ages. She is an avid believer in good mental and physical health, is loved and respected by her students and their parents and is determined to continue serving as a positive role model for youth and the community.

— Teaching Hip Hop, including Boy’s only Hip Hop.

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Erin, a native of Miami, Florida,  has danced with Ballet Theatre of Pennsylvania, The Bravo Ballet, and The Eglevsky Ballet. She has also toured all over the country with The National tour of The Phantom of The Opera as well as The Broadway show for 12 years. Trained as a full Scholaship Trainee at The Joffrey Ballet School in New York, she is now teaching ballet to kids and adults all over the NY/NJ area.  

Teaching Ballet

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Aubrey
is a graduate- SUNY Fredonia with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Aubrey has studied voice, movement and stage combat with Ted Sharon, Shakespeare with Tom Loughlin, Musical Theater Styles with Jessica Hillman-McC, voice lessons with Julie Newell and Russell Henze, Commedia dell’ Arte with Dr. James Ivey, Jazz, Modern and Ballet with Samantha Kenney and Stage Management and Musical Direction with Kenneth Green. She also has special skills in: Acting, Character & scene study, improvisation, stage management and theater practice. She has performed in many local productions at TriArts Sharon Playhouse, County Players, Backstage Productions, SUNY Fredonia Kingston, Center Stage Productions, Up In One Productions, Young Actors Guild (Staff) and in such great leading roles as: Young Frankenstein (Inga), Legally Blonde(Elle), Aida(Amneris), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Lorelei Lee), Oklahoma! (Ado Annie), The Producers (Ulla), Evita (Eva Perone), West Side Story (Anita) to mention a few.

 -Teaches Aerial Silks and Musical Theater