"Thanks to the training my daughter received at The Dance Studio during her elementary school years, she became an accomplished enough dancer to be selected for the Dance Program at the Mark Twain School for the Gifted and Talented in Brooklyn."
-- Parent of a 12-year-old
Sarah Bianco has a BS in music theory and composition from SUNY New Paltz and an MS Ed. in music education from CUNY Lehman College. She teaches vocal music at Middle School 51 here in Park Slope. She has always had a great love for musical theatre and is excited to be working with Jennifer in the musical theatre class.Sarah’s work at Middle School 51 is amazing. She is a brilliant teacher with that special gift / touch to help everyone find their voice. This is Sarah's third year with The Dance Studio.
Bridgette Birk hails from Jackson, Missouri and started tap dancing at age 4. Growing up, she added ballet, pointe and jazz to her training and performed in many different productions of The Nutcracker. She also spent 2 summers training with the Kansas City Ballet program. She received her BFA in Dance Performance from Missouri State University, where she came to love various styles of modern dance, musical theatre, hip hop, and choreography. While at Missouri State, Bridgette also worked with Inertia Dance Company and taught interpretive movement and storytelling as an outreach program to hundreds of children in the southwest Missouri area. Since moving to NYC in 2006, she has studied at numerous studios and participates in classes of various techniques and styles. Bridgette is inspired by continuously learning and practicing multiple styles of dance and sharing that love of movement with others. She is delighted to start teaching at The Dance Studio of Park Slope!
We welcome Bridgette to The Dance Studio and look forwad to an exciting year of dance with her!
Gillian Buono is 22 years old and going into her senior year at Pace University as a double major in acting and dance. She grew up on the stage in various musicals; such as, Grease, Bye Bye Birdie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and her favorite Little Shop of Horrors. She was employed with Six Flags Great Adventure for two seasons as their parade singer and dancer. Teaching has been a part of her life for quite some time, so to be a part of this studio is a huge gift! She wants to thank Jenn and the rest of the faculty for being so welcoming and is looking forward to continue this journey!
This is Gillian's second year on faculty and we are thrilled with her return to the classroom!
Sarah Garcea (subsitute and series teacher) studied Dance in Buffalo NY starting at the age of 5. She was trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and acrobats at the David DeMarie Dance Studio. While there she won numerous regional and national dance awards. She also started teaching jazz and tap to children at the Karen Kelly School of Dance. While studying ballet, modern, and jazz at the University of Buffalo she was also involved in local theatre groups, choreographing and performing in numerous plays, musicals, and dance recitals. When she came to NYC she continued her study of dance at Steps, and Broadway Dance Center. Sarah’s love for dance brought her to the Dance Studio of Park Slope in 2000 as an instructor for 5 years. She’s excited to be back teaching at the dance studio where the emphasis is on having fun and learning to dance. Sarah, a faculty member for years in the Children's and Adult Programs, brings a wonderful energy and joy to her classes.
Jim Gleba has studied and taught Martial Arts for 33 years with the last twelve years under the discipline of Hung Ga Kung Fu. Jim competed on the national level from 1996 through 2002 in forms and weapons achieving #1 ranking for consecutive years. Jim has taught His class, Total Conditioning Kickboxing since 2000 at various venues including the corporate club of Credit Suisse First Boston, Peninsula Spa, W Hotels and Park Slope Sports Club. Jim has also trained clients privately. Jim, with his dynamic teaching style, leads a serious workout, so get ready! This is Jim's seventh year at The Dance Studio.
Setsuko Maruhashi was born and raised in Japan and started her ballet training at the age of eight. After moving to NY she added jazz, tap and modern to her dance training. In 1985, she became the first Asian Rockette at Radio City and performed in numerous productions, including: The Christmas Spectaculars, The Easter Shows, Super Bowl half-time show, Late Night with David Letterman and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She also performed in musicals and industrial shows. She holds a BA in dance from Empire State College, SUNY and is a certified personal trainer and an accredited Pilates instructor. Setsuko has been a faculty member in the Adult Program since June 2000. Setsuko has brought an amazing work discipline to The Dance Studio. Her talent has no boundaries and her contribution to both our Adult and Children’s Ballet Programs, immeasurable.
Lauren Peart is a true Brooklyn girl and Dance Studio of Park Slope alum. She started dancing at age two and didn’t leave the Dance Studio until she graduated from high school. While attending the studio, she studied ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and gymnastics. She has trained under the watchful eye of both Jennifer and Shevaun. Lauren returned to us in the fall of 2011 after studying Criminal Justice at The Pennsylvania State University. She has been the receptionist and substitute teacher for the last two years and is now expanding to the role of instructor. She is excited about her new role and ready to share with your children all she has learned. Her greatest hopes for the new school year are that your children fall in love with the Dance Studio just like she did. So happy to have Lauren join The Dance Studio faculty. She has been a leader and inspiring dancer to hundreds of students throughout her time with the Studio!
Christine Fancoise Scheibl is from Vienna, Austria and came to New York in 1993 to study dance at “Dance Theatre of Harlem”. On completion of the Professional Dance Training Program, she performed and toured with the Company throughout the United States, as well as participated in many Outreach Programs bringing the art of dance to communities. After the birth of her daughter in 2000, Christine attended the Swedish Institute for Massage Therapy and received an Associates Degree in Occupational Studies. She is a licensed Massage Therapist and experienced dance teacher who has continuously taught dance to all ages since 2002. This is Christine’s seventh year with us. Her teaching excellence and the relationship she has with students of all ages, especially the gift she has with the very young is amazing.
Shevaun Smythe Hiler is a native of NYC and a Dance Studio of Park Slope alum. She continued her training at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and went on to receive a BA in Dance/ Performance at Roger Williams University. There she was awarded a performance scholarship and was selected to present her choreography at the Kennedy Center’s National Gala. Shevaun dances with Rocha Dance Theater and is currently cast as one of Rocha’s “Painted Ladies”, performing regularly at Galapagos Art Space and Mo Pikins’ House of Satisfaction. Shevaun has also danced in off off Broadway extravaganzas “Shirley at the Tropicana” and “Fishbowl” under the direction of Chris Henry. As well as a dancer, She is an ACE certified personal trainer with a specialty in pre and post-natal fitness. She is proud to be part of the same studio that instilled in her passion to dance and perform and treasures all the little movers in the making. She believes in the special tradition of this unique institution. Shevaun has her own "little mover", daughter Demi, who is now running and leaping throughout The Dance Studio. This Fall, a new little mover will join Shevaun's family as she is epecting the next little dancer! What can I say about this incredible performer/teacher that I’ve known since she was one of those “little movers in the making”. She conveys her passion for dance so clearly that her students absorb it, make it their own and then share it through performance.
Jennifer Kliegel from Jefferson City, Missouri. I didn’t start dancing as a child; it was later, in high school, where I was blessed to have some of the most influential people of my life as dance & theatre teachers. With academic and dance scholarships I headed off to Stephens College, MO. This is where my true training as a dancer began . . . It’s Never Too Late! Though I am trained in all dance disciplines, including ballet and modern, I consider myself a jazz, tap, musical theatre baby, performing in and choreographing over twenty different book musical productions - across the U.S. and abroad. I have choreographed for elementary, middle schools, high schools, colleges, community theatres, dance studios, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, National Touring Companies and Ireland’s Montfort Singers. I am very proud to be choreographer for Brooklyn's MS 51's Vocal Department's performance chorus and Show Choir, right here in Park Slope! I have danced my way onto soap operas, commercials, “Saturday Night Live” and 1st company with “Dance Theatre Dayton”. All of my experiences have helped me when wearing the many hats of teacher, owner and director of this Studio. I walked through the doors of The Dance Studio in 1981, as a student. I immediately started teaching and became partner in 1989 - sole owner since 1998. My greatest joy in life comes from my family back home, my “kids in fur coats” Clancey (my boxer) & Delta Blue (my mini lab) and the smiles & hugs I get from your kids each day when I walk into the Studio. What defines my life is teaching and I love it. In December 2013 I will celebrate my 32nd Anniversary at The Dance Studio. I’m grateful to be here, as a small business owner - serving this community and proud of the job that we all, collaboratively do at The Dance Studio to make it one of a kind and simply the best!