Miss Amanda began taking dance lessons at the age of 4. She has been sharing her passion of dance and mentorship with her students for over 15 years. She has been technically trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Acro, Contemporary, Lyrical and has competed locally and on the national level for many years. She is a proud member of the National Dance Education Organization and continues to study dance education with famous choreographers and educators as she attends dance seminars and workshops across the country every year. She is a graduate of the Dance Masters of America’s Teacher’s Training School held at the University of Buffalo. She is certified to teach by Dance Master’s of America and is a proud member of chapter #8.
PRESCHOOL, JAZZ, TAP
Jackie is a graduate of Niagara County Community College with a degree in Applied Science. Jackie has been dancing since the age of 4. Her studies have included Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Musical Theater. Jackie is currently the dance director for Eastern Hills Wesleyan church and the Inside Out Assembly group. Jackie has also taught Kinderdance for 10 years. Jackie loves working with children of all ages and encouraging the love of dance. Jackie Lives in Clarence with her husband and two daughters. Jackie is very excited to join the Celebrity Dance community.
Karen has been teaching and choreographing for over 30 years. She grew up in Hamburg, and has studied and performed with many local teachers and groups, most notably with master teachers Ginger Burke and Tom Ralabate. Karen owned a dance studio in Hamburg, and then went on to teach and choreograph at several local studios. She has won several national competition choreography awards, and many of her students have gone on to careers in dance. Karen also had the honor of working as a Teaching Artist for the WNY Arts in Education program. She holds a BA in English and an MA in Communication, both from SUNY/Buffalo. She currently lives in Clarence Center with her three children.
Sonya Charette-Bodo has over 22 years of teaching experience in the performing arts and fitness. She owned her own studio in Fort Kent, ME for 14 1/2 years. Miss Sonya has extensive coaching and choreography experience in both the US and Canada, and most recently served as a National Dance Week Foundation ambassador for 2015/16. She was the official 10th Mountain Dance Team coach and choreographer for the IBU (International Biathlon Union) World Cup in Fort Kent in 2004, and she has been involved in other biathlon events since then. Miss Sonya has developed dance, recreation, and gymnastics programs at schools in both Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. She is a licensed Zumba instructor (including Zumba Gold and Aqua Zumba), and she is also certified as a Bender Barre None instructor. Miss Sonya and her family relocated to WNY in 2014, and she has been teaching in the Buffalo area since then.
LYRICAL, JAZZ, TAP
Christie is a performer, choreographer, director, and instructor originally from Orchard Park, NY. She started dancing at the age of 3 at Mary Alice’s Dance Studio. She then continued her training at the University at Buffalo where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance. At UB, Christie was a member of Zodiaque Dance Company, Tap Teaching Assistant, Director of Dancer’s Workshop, among many other credits. Upon graduation, Christie moved to Williamsburg, VA to be the Dance Supervisor at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. her other performing credits include Six Flags, Spirit Productions, and Darien Lake Theme Park Resort. She has choreographed productions for Opera in Williamsburg and ShowStoppers. She travels across the country and adjudicates dance competitions at the regional and national level.
James Levy Jr.
James Levy Jr is a dancer from Buffalo, NY who began dancing at the age of 17. Primary style being freestyle hip hop, choreography and teaching has been something that James has grown into over time. Making a name for himself, he as gained respect throughout his community through battling, teaching, and the positive energy he brings into everything that he does. He has taught workshops at multiple schools/studios across WNY including Verve Dance Studio, University of Buffalo, UR, and Future Dance Center. He has also battled and judged in many freestyle competitions in and out of NYS. James is very thankful for all of the opportunities dance has allowed him to be apart of, and he hopes to continue bringing a positive and uplifting nature to those around him through dance.
Adeline grew up in Williamsville, NY and began dancing at the age of four. She received her training at Celebrity Dance, where she danced for 14 years competitively in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Hip Hop. Adeline recently completed her training in Celebrity's Assistant Teacher Mentor Program and is thrilled to be able to pass her passion for dance down to a whole new generation of students. She will be attending ECC in the fall for nursing, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time, when shes not dancing of course!
Angela grew up in Clarence, NY and began dancing at the age of three. She continued dancing on the University at Buffalo Dance Team, and spent two years after with the Buffalo Bandettes, the dancers for Buffalo’s professional lacrosse team. She has studied in tap, jazz, acrobatics, ballet & pointe, lyrical, modern, hip-hop and pom, and competed on the local and national level. She is currently studying at the University at Buffalo for her Master’s degree in School Psychology and hopes to work with elementary-aged students in the future. She loves reading, baking and of course, dancing! She can’t wait to work the front desk at Celebrity Dance, and is beyond excited to meet all the families. Feel free to stop up at the desk to get to know her better!
Rachel grew up in Clarence, NY and began dancing at age 3. She started dancing at Celebrity Dance in 2011. She attended the University at Buffalo where she received her BA in Applied Mathematics. She loves dancing, drawing, skiing, and being outdoors. She also enjoys listening and playing music. One of her favorite instruments to play is the Ukulele. She loves working at the front desk at Celebrity Dance. She is always up for good conversation and cannot wait to get to know each and every one of you!
Nicole studied Theatre and dance at University at Buffalo. She has performing professionally for over 15 years both locally and regionally. Some her past credits include Evita at Tennessee Repertory Theatre. She has performed in over a dozen musicals at artpark, Copa Cabana, Full Monty, Fame, and Swing to name a few. She has worked locally for Theatres such as MusicalFare, Kavinoky and O’Connell and company. Nicole has taught Musical Theatre and Jazz and done Musical Theatre master classes for local dance studios. She has also choreographed musicals for high schools in the area. She is looking forward to working at Celebrity Dance Emporium and teaching new students the joy of dance, acting and singing.