Meet the Staff
Miss"Stacy"Anastasia (Director)- Absolutely loves teaching dance and inspiring the students of Anastasia's Spotlight Dance! After teaching at Spotlight she decided to take on the task of becoming the studio's director. Stacy has taught dance classes and choreographed for several community plays. She has also taught dance to students of various ages for local home school groups and also choreographed local high school productions such as The Sound of Music, Music Man and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Her students have won awards at the regional “Word of Life” and “Teens Involved” competitions for lyrical and Sign Language routines. She studied dance at the Gail Bayer School of Dance and at Val Mates School of Dance where she competed in Tap. In 2007, she began judging the Erie County Fair Talent Show. She is currently attending Dance Masters of America's Teacher's Training School at the University of Buffalo, is a member of Dance Rochester and the Upstate Christian Dance Alliance. She hopes to have a positive influence not only in dance but in the lives of her students, from her three year olds to her 70 year old tap student. May God Bless You!
Miss Tara(Assistant Director)-Tara has been dancing since the age of two. She has studied many different forms such as tap, jazz, musical theatre, hip hop, Irish, ballet, modern, ballroom and her favorite hip hop. She is a graduate of SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor's in Arts for Children with a Dance Specialty. She grew up in Batavia where she took many dance classes and competed for many years and took multiple master dance workshops to help develop her dancing. She has also created and assisted in creating multiple all dance shows to help raise money for multiple charities around the area. Tara loves teaching dance and loves coming up with new and fun choreography for her students. She hopes to continue teaching dance for the rest of her life!
Miss Trish- Miss Trish loves choreographing dances to music and enjoys the relationships she builds with many of her students. She has been teaching dance for over 20 years and has studied dance at
Kim Bentley (Administrative Assistant)- Kim is the lovely lady you will see working in our office. She has many roles at the studio and she is the one who helps with all of the bookkeeping and accounting tasks that keep the dance studio running smoothly. Thank you Kim for all of your hard work and dedication.
Miss Heather- Heather has been teaching dance for over 20 years and started ballet training when she was five years old. In 1988, she became a member of the Genesee Ballet Repertoire Company where she danced in the productions of Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia. She was also the Principle dancer in the Nutcracker and performed the Nutcracker Pas de Deux. Heather attended Genesee Community College on a full talent scholarship and then attended Mercyhurst College as a dance minor in ballet and modern. She has danced in and choreographed routines for various regional and national dance competitions such as Starbound, Rising Star, Star Systems and Dance Masters of America. She helped choreograph the Nutcracker at GCC for 2 years. She has attended the Dance Masters of America's Teacher's Training School and the Christopher National Dance Teacher Seminars.
Miss Lori- Lori has been dancing for 21 years and teaching for over 15 years. In high school, she received several awards in local dance competitions. She is a 2003 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University at Buffalo with a B.A. in Dance, where she studied under many great teachers and numerous professionals such as ABT and Kirov Ballet. She also choreographed for Dancer’s Workshop, a student run organization at UB, for several years. She was President and Secretary of Tau Sigma Honor Society. She was a member of the Post Concert Dance Company at CW Post in Long Island, which performed in school concerts, nursing homes and other community events. She was a member of the Rochester Broadway Theatre Leauge, in which she participated in dance workshops with master teachers and groups such as Tapdawgs, Tom Ralabate, Cara Gargano, Jeanne Fornarola, Lynne Formato and Miss Saigon. Miss Lori is also the Director of the New Day Christian Preschool program in Greece and a cheerleading coach.
Miss Michele- Michele has been studying various dance styles for over 20 years; primarily classical ballet and modern. She has studied with famous instructors and choreographers including timothy Draper, Garth Fagan and Rebecca Morningstar. She held principle roles in local dance companies including The Morningstar Dance Company and Dance Mosaic. Michele studied dance as a minor at SUNY Brockport and performed in various faculty and student dance pieces. In addition to her technical training and performance background, Michele has taught dance at area dance studios and is an elementary and special education teacher. Her experience teaching dancers of all ages in various settings makes her effective with students in all levels of training. Michele's love for proper technique, creativity and expression is evident when she works with her students!
Miss Crisanna-Miss Crisanna has been dancing for over 10 years and has competed with Spotlight's Competition Team and Christian Dance Troupe-Reflections. She has won numerous awards for her solo and group performances as well as for some of her choreography. Crisanna was selected through audition to join a Syracuse based dance company Light of the World and danced with them for 2 years in many settings venues. Crisanna has be under the training of Ballet Magnificant!, a professional Christian Ballet Company and recently attained her Dance Masters Certification in dance as well as acrobatics certification. Crisanna has also performed with the Moscow Ballet for 2 years, as well as at various community and charity events. She is an active member at the Father's House where she teaches a bible study, participates in dance performances, and is very active with youth. While most of her training has been at Spotlight, she continues her studies through local workshops with guest teachers and classes at Broadway Dance Center when she can. This is Crisanna's fifth year teaching at Spotlight. Her warm, caring attitude and passion for dance is loved by both the parents and students here.
Miss Amanda has been dancing for over 16 years, 10 of which has been at Spotlight. She has competed with Spotlights Competition team for numerous years and performed with the Spotlights Christian dance troop-Reflections. Amanda has also performed with the Moscow ballet and held an internship with Churchville-Chilis dance department. Amanda was also apart of the Rochester Rhinettes, which is the professional dance team that performs at the Rochester Rhinos Soccer games. Amanda has taught ballet, pre-dance, jazz and tap at the studio as well as working in the office. Amanda is currently attending St. John Fisher for a bachelors in accounting.
Miss Erin- Miss Erin has been dancing for most of her life. She has competed with Intensive Competition Team and is now our Jazz/Funk and Zumba teacher.
Miss Pam- Pam has been dancing at Spotlight since it first opened in 2003. She choreographs our fun and entertaining Parent Number every year, which is always a big hit at the recital. Last year, she even competed a Modern solo in the adult category and won a Gold for her outstanding performance!
Miss Caity- This is Miss Caity's second year teaching at Spotlight. She was originally a guest teacher at our Extreme Dance Camp and was instantly loved by the students here. She has a strong ballet background and has trained at Draper Center, Center Stage Dance Studio, Louvre Performance Ensemble and the Orlando City Ballet. She is currently a student at Nazareth College majoring in Social Work.
Miss Jackie- Jackie has been teaching dance for 8 years. She was a beloved teacher at Anastasia's Spotlight Dance for 5 years and has since moved to Niagara Falls. She is the choreographer and founder of Destiny In Motion Dance Team out of Niagara Falls, New York, and has earned High Silver, Gold, and Platinum scores on pieces of her choreography. She also teaches and choreographs for a song-and-dance troupe. Jackie is the resident choreographer of the Niagara Wheatfield Senior High School Musicals and has choreographed for Edward Town Middle School Musicals as well. Jackie also produced the Destiny In Motion Dance Showcase 2008 featuring much of her choreography. Inside the classroom, she was a dance assistant for 5 years with the Lewiston Dance Center in Lewiston, NY. Jackie has experience teaching Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical/ Contemporary, Modern, Hiphop, and Musical Theatre. She has received dance training from such schools and individuals as Rachel Novelli, Kathy Abondanza, and Patti Hewitt of the Lewiston Dance Center, Adell Hoover of Adell’s School of Dance, Gracie Schupp of Miss Bev’s Dance Studio and Adell’s School of Dance, Janet Dunstan of Janet Dunstan’s Dance Academy, Courtney World, Marianne Reilly, and Bill Evans of SUNY Brockport, and several workshops and classes at Niagara Community College: Tanzen Dance Company, Niagara Dance Centre, Niagara University, Buffalo State College, and The Broadway Dance Center. She is a graduate from the College at Brockport where she has a dual major in Dance and Journalism. She will be one of our guest teachers this summer at our Extreme Dance Camp.
Trent Jeffords - Trent is a former Ballroom dance teacher of Spotlight Dance who currently lives in NYC and works as a performer for Carnival Cruise Lines. He is a talented actor, singer, and dancer who will be a guest teacher this summer at our Extreme Dance Camp.
Nicole Banard - Nicole is also a former dance teacher at Anastasia's Spotlight Dance. She is away at college pursuing a career as a Chiropractor, however she will be one of our guest teachers this summer.
Michelle Presler-Michelle is currently a member of the Rochester City Ballet. She has a BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona and has trained with the Orlando Ballet and the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education. She will be one of our guest teachers this summer.
Topher Holt- Topher is a member of PUSH Musical Theater. He will be teaching Capoera Dance at our Extreme Dance Camp this summer.