Owner, Creative Director, Instructor
Miss Julie has been teaching dance for over 20 years throughout New York. Miss Julie grew up in Horseheads, NY and danced there with The Dance Experience. She also had the opportunity to dance at yearly summer camps with renowned choreographer Bob Rizzo. Miss Julie then gained experience teaching at The Dance Experience, Elmira Gymnastics Club, Let’s Dance, and Dancer’s Alley.
She graduated with a BS in Education from SUNY Fredonia in 2003. While at Fredonia, Julie was voted President of the SUNY Fredonia Dance Team, choreographed for the Orchesis spring dance concerts and taught at Dynamics Unlimited Gymnastics. Miss Julie graduated From SUNY Brockport in 2006 with a MS in Education with a concentration in Arts for Children. While at SUNY Brockport Miss Julie taught creative movement classes with the Greece School District and SUNY Brockport as well as other local dance studios in the Rochester area including Studio 19 and most recently Platinum Dance Company. Julie also danced professionally with the Rochester Knightingales Dance Team. She is a certified teacher and currently teaches English as a New Language at Mary McLeod Bethune School 45 in Rochester.
Early Childhood Dance Program Coordinator
Miss Courtney has been teaching dance for 15 years throughout New York and Pennsylvania. She grew up in Lockport, NY where she began her dance teaching career at OnStage Dance Studio. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2007 from SUNY Brockport with dual majors in psychology and biology and a minor in dance. She graduated with a Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Drexel Univeristy in Philadelphia, PA. While in Philly, she had the opportunity to dance with Koresh Dance Studio and Symmetry Dance Wellness.
Miss Courtney then went on to get another Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Utica College. She has since taught dance to children of all ages and abilities. She has taught in Albany, North Tonawanda, and Buffalo, NY. She has also taught at several Rochester Dance Studios including Dance 22, and Ashford Dance Company. She especially likes teaching the “babies” and ballet and will be teaching our youngest dancers.
Miss Alanna (Uh-Lahn-Uh) Ackert is a native of Rochester, NY, and a Graduate of SUNY, The College at Brockport receiving two Bachelors Degrees in both Dance and Recreational Therapy. While at Brockport, she was elected Captain of the Dance Team for the 2015-2016 season.
Miss Alanna spent fifteen years studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Musical Theater, among other styles, at the Marilyn Schneider School of Dance. She spent nine of those years dancing competitively, and has won numerous awards and scholarships at both the regional and national level.
After completing college, Miss Alanna performed with Emily Copeland Dance in Kingston, NY, and has also enjoyed teaching her own classes. She loves working with children of all abilities in many different capacities, and is excited for an awesome year of dance!
Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Tammi Colombo has made Rochester, NY her new home! Tammi received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre with a Minor in Dance Performance from Southern Utah University in 2017 where she took on such roles as Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible), Mini Marquez (RENT), Marcy Park (The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee), among many others.
While in Utah, Tammi wore many hats at the Neil Simon Festival as an Actor (Philia in 'A Funny Thing...Forum', Brooke/Vicki in 'Noises Off'), Stage Manager (Broadway Bound, Biloxi Blues, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Star-Spangled Girl), and Company Manager. She also appeared at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Henry V (Soldier/Boy),The Three Musketeers (Elise, Sister, Ensemble), and The Punch and Judy Puppet Show (Punch Puppeteer). Since moving to Rochester in 2018, Tammi has had the pleasure of performing as Alice in 'You Can't Take it with You', dancing in 'The Bodyguard', and throwing punches in ‘Man of La Mancha’. Tammi served as an instructor for the 2019-2020 season at Rochester Conservatory of Dance teaching ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theatre for ages 7-Adult.
Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, she was fortunate enough to choreograph for the OFC Creations ROC Summer Experience (Aladdin Jr., Willy Wonka Jr., and Sound of Music) with mask and face shield in tow.
Miss Amanda Turk started her training at Dance Dimensions by Susan in 2003, studying Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. She competed regionally and nationally with solos and group dances, as well as performing in yearly recitals. Miss Amanda began studying at Hochstein School of Music and Dance in 2009, where she discovered her love for classical ballet and pointe technique. In 2013, Miss Amanda won the Hochstein Dance Student Scholarship and became part of the Senior Performance Ensemble.
After high school, she performed a few shows with One Dance Company, including “The Spectral Carnival” in 2014 hosted by The Yards Art Collective. Miss Amanda directed the dance performance for “The Spectral Carnival” in 2015, and the following year in 2016. She also performed in Flower City Ballet’s rendition of “The Nutcracker” in 2015, as well as in their adaptation of “Carnival of the Animals”, and a modern production titled “The Shell” in May of 2018. Most recently she performed in Rochester Conservatory of Dance's Modern Ensemble show in February 2020 called "Elements of Light".
Miss Amanda started teaching at Rochester Conservatory of Dance in the fall of 2015, specializing in Acro, Hip Hop, and Tap. Since then, she has branched out to teach other styles, including jazz, ballet, and contemporary. Miss Amanda is very excited to continue her teaching career at Universal Movement & Dance!
When she's not dancing, Miss Amanda works for the Greece Central School District in their elementary level integrated autism program. She hopes to continue working in the children's education and development field.
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