Our Teachers

Our Teachers / Instructors are what makes our dance school the amazing place that it is. Our teachers all have a long history of dancing and a strong passion for it. It is our hope that their passion will inspire greatness in our students.

Janell Timmany


Janell is a graduate of Russell Sage College, where she studied Ballet, Modern, History of Ballet, and Women in Dance, in addition to receiving a degree in Psychology.

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Annabelle Liu

Annabelle is a junior at Bethlehem Central High School. This is her 12th year dancing, 7th year on the competition team, and has assisted for 3 years. Annabelle has taken classes in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. She is very excited to begin her first year of teaching!

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Larissa Engel-Flores

Larissa is a freshman in college at HVCC. She’s been dancing for six years at The Dance Experience and has been a member of the competition team for three years. Her favorite style of dance is hip-hop!

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Audrey Evans

Ms Audrey

Audrey can attest to the fact you’re never too old to start dance classes! Beginning with an adult tap class many years ago, her dance experience expanded to include ballet, jazz and modern. It strengthened by attending dance workshops, conventions and seminars over the years.

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Madelyn Gatchell

Madelyn is in 9th grade at Bethlehem Central High School. This is her 8th year of dance and her 6th year on the competition team. She is excited to begin her first year teaching after many years of assisting!

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Nicole Hoffman

Nicole Hoffman has been a competitive dancer for 25 years specializing in all forms of studio dance including ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, hip-hop and musical theatre. In the past, she has had the privilege of performing in professional venues such as for the Boston Celtics.

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Abby Klein

Abby is excited to be starting her 12th year at the The Dance Experience, as well as starting her 8th year on the competition team. Abby takes classes in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and lyrical. Abby has been assisting for 5 years and is very excited to start teaching this year.

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Anna Krupa

Anna is a freshman at The College of Saint Rose studying speech pathology. She has been dancing for 11 years studying hip hop, lyrical, ballet, and jazz. This is Anna’s third year teaching after three years of assisting.

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Alyssa Marion

Alyssa has been a part of the TDE family since its inaugural year in 1996. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in advertising from Boston University. While at BU, Alyssa danced for the national championship-winning BU Dance Team.

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Jessica Marsello

Jessica Marsello is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo where she was a member of the Dance Ensemble and Orchesis, in addition to majoring in Childhood Education with Special Education and completing a concentration in Theatre. After graduating in 2011, she returned to the capital region to attend The College of Saint Rose. Jessica grew up dancing in Schenectady and danced competitively until she graduated high school. She had the opportunity to dance in places including the Bahamas, Universal Studios, and Canada. Since then, she has had experience teaching dancers from ages 3 through adult. Jessica currently works as a Special Education teacher. She is very excited to be joining the TDE family!

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Allison Grant

Allison is beginning her 14th year at The Dance Experience and 1st year as a teacher after many years of assisting! Allison has taken classes in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, and hip hop. In addition to dancing, Allison enjoys swimming, kayaking and spending time with her dogs!

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Michele O’Neill

Michele O’Neil is a student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at The Sage Graduate Schools. She has studied various genres of dance for the last 22 years, the basis of her training coming from The Southern Tier Academy of Dance in Binghamton, NY.

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Lauren Sheffer

Lauren is a graduate of Bethlehem Central High School, Siena College, and Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Ms. Lauren has danced since the age of three and has taught classes at The Dance Experience for many years!

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Emily Zemsky

Emily Zemsky is a junior at Bethlehem Central High School. She has been dancing for 13 years at The Dance Experience. She is excited to begin her first year teaching after assisting for a number of years!

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