Our Professional Dance Instructors

We are thrilled to offer dance classes taught by our growing team of dance professionals.

 Katrina Cady
Miss Kat received her undergraduate degree from the Education Department at Susquehanna University and her graduate degree from the Health Sciences and Human Performance Department at Ithaca College. She began her dancing career at the age of five on Long Island, NY, with fifteen years of experience in ballet, lyrical, pointe, jazz, tap, and acro. She continued her dance career through instructing at the Lewisburg Dance Conservatory where she taught and choreographed multiple classes ranging from pre-ballet to advanced tap and all styles and levels in between. She also worked as a teacher’s assistant for the tap, jazz and ballet dance courses offered at Susquehanna University. Also during her undergraduate studies, Katrina worked as the Dance Specialist at the YMCA, choreographing three shows throughout the summer with students ages 5-17, as well as offered various adult dance and fitness classes throughout the school year. In addition, Miss Kat implemented, directed, and choreographed her own after school program, “Music and Movement”, for students grades K-2 at the Selinsgrove Elementary School.

 During her graduate studies, Katrina continued her dancing career through teaching at the Leslie School of Dance in Watkins Glen and Elmira Heights, working with students ages 3 - 65. She continues to teach a variety of styles including tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, acro, jazz/acro, and jazz/tap-on-pointe. In addition, she worked as a choreographer for the Dance Intensity Competition Team and for the New Heights Dance Theater "Nutcracker in Motion" production. She aspires to continue to share her knowledge and passion for dance.

Kaylee Hassen
Miss Kaylee has been dancing since she was 4 years old with Leslie's School of Dance.  She has taken ballet, pre pointe, pointe, tap, lyrical and jazz on pointe.  She is currently taking advanced tap, ballet & pointe classes.  Miss Kaylee has coached gymnastics, warrior and dance for Elmira Gymnastics Club.  Miss Kaylee will be working closely with Miss Kat this year as a teaching assistant.  

The teacher assistant (TA) will act similarly to a student teacher in the school system.  Miss Kat will be the overall instructor for the class, providing instructional support to both the students as well as the TA. Miss Kat will be the primary teacher for the first few months, with the TA acting as a helper and learning the structure/routine of the class. The TA will slowly begin to take over teaching the class (with Miss Kat continuing to provide assistance to both the students as well as the TA) until they have demonstrated competency with teaching the class in its entirety. Once Miss Kat deems that the TA is "ready to take over", she will begin to come to class every other week to make sure the students are receiving adequate instruction and continuing to increase their skills, while allowing for the TA to have the opportunity to teach on her own. By the end of the year (when the TA is completely comfortable as the primary teacher), Miss Kat will come to classes once a month to continue to monitor skills/choreography.

Kati Lewis
Miss Kati began dancing when she was 3 years old ,started competing when she was 5 years old and started assistant teaching when she was 12 years old. Right after graduating high school she began teaching her own classes at Heather Bennett's dancing to the rythym. She has also taught at Leslie's school of dance. When Mrs. Kati lived in Florida for a year she was on the College of Central Florida's dance team that she also choreographed routines for and she auditioned for Busch Gardens and Disney. Her styles include tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, Irish, musical theatre, lyrical, modern, clogging and pointe.

 Quiana Lynch
Miss Quiana has been dancing for 13 years and this is her 5th year as a dance teacher. She has taken ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop and more. Miss Quiana has taught at Dancers Alley & Elmira Gymnastics Club and also teaches gymnastics. Miss Quiana speicalizes in teaching preschool dance classes. 

Connor Reilly
Connor began dancing at the age of 7 and has been a student at Dancer’s Alley Studio for 11 years. He has been a dance teacher for 3 years at Dancer’s Alley, and this is his second year teaching at EDC. His teaching background includes: Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Jazz, and Ballet. 

  Lauren Reilly
Miss Lauren began dancing at the age of 3 and has been dancing for a total of 20 years. She has taught dance at Dancer’s Alley and Elmira Gymnastics Club. Her dance background includes Madame Helena, Dance Experience, and Dancers Alley.