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

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 senior at Bethlehem Central High School. This is her 13th year dancing, 8th year on the competition team, and has assisted for 4 years. Annabelle has taken classes in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop. She is excited for her second year of teaching and is looking forward to a great year of dance.

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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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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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Shay Roberts

Shay is a junior at Bethlehem Central High School. This is her 12th year dancing at TDE, her 8th year on the competition team, and she previously assisted for 5 years. Shay has taken ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. She is very excited to teach for the first time! When she is not dancing, Shay enjoys being an officer for Best Buddies, playing viola in orchestra, running for the JV girls cross country team, and being in the school musical.

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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 Krupa is a junior at The College of Saint Rose studying Speech Pathology. She hopes to end up working as a speech pathologist at an Elementary school. Anna has been a part of TDE for 13 years. She has studied hip hop, lyrical, jazz and ballet. This will be Anna’s 5th year teaching at TDE. Anna loves working with kids and being able to share the love of dance through her choreography. She is very excited to start another year at The Dance Experience!

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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 15th year at The Dance Experience and 2nd 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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Robin Gifford

Robin Gifford has devoted her life to dance and the study of the art. She began Ballet lessons at age four with former Rockette Agnes Reeves. Robin continued her dance studies, adding Jazz, Tap and Modern. During High School, she spent a summer at the legendary Jacob’s Pillow, studying with Lila York, Susan McGuire and Alvin McDuffie, and a semester as an intern for the New York State Theatre Institute. She was also a teaching assistant at State University of New York at Buffalo and the State University of New York of Albany, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts.

Her love of dance has been passed on to many students during years of teaching for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Dance Club, College of Saint Rose, EBA, Albany Dance and Fitness, Robin’s Academy of Dance, The National Museum of Dance, and the Dance Experience and has recently taught a class for The Northeast Ballet Company. Her choreography has appeared at EBA’s Brave New Dances, the Choreographer’s Asylum, EMPAC at RPI, Capital Rep’s production of Time Warner Cable’s Miss/ter Television Pageant, the Tisch Dance Festival, Dance Plus 27, Soundance Studio Theater in Brooklyn, the New York State ARC Convention at the Crowne Plaza in Albany, and the Troy Music Hall. She also teaches Adaptive Dance and Theater for Schenectady ARC.

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