Syracuse School of Dance

2018-19 Season

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The Faculty

MARY PAT SPENO, Owner & Artistic Director A popular, talented and energetic teacher, Mary Pat has taught at the SSD since its conception. She performed in musicals for Salt City Playhouse and Syracuse Musical Theatre and choreographed for the “Festival of Nations”, Jamesville-Dewitt Schools, wasthe creator and director of the Dance Workshop Ensemble; and participated in the Baldwinsville’s Arts in School program. Mary Pat also choreographs for ice skaters and has been part of the Litz Team Skating Seminars in Lake Placid. A long-time student of Lorraine Havercroft and Gus Giordano (Chicago), Mary Pat has also studied at Le Ballet Jazz, Montreal, and Alvin Ailey, New York City. She will teach Jazz and Ballet, and serves as Artistic Director of the Syracuse Contemporary Dance Company.



Laurie has taught, choreographed and performed with SSD since 1984. She was dance faculty for Syracuse University and has a Masters degree in Dance and Dance Education from NYU where she studied Limon, Graham and Cunningham techniques. Laurie will also serve as the new office manager for SSD.



 Along with having her masters' degree in education from Syracuse University, Helen has studied dance on Long Island at the LeRoy School of Dance and with Muriel Daks. She has also studied at Ballet Arts, New York School of Dance and Steps in Manhattan. She continues a long affiliation with SSD.



Whitney has been dancing for over 20 years and teaching for 11. She earned a BA at SUNY Geneseo and an MS in Education at the College of St. Rose. In both locations she taught, choreographed and performed with the Orchesis, Geneseo Dance Ensemble, the Young Actors Guild, Maud Baum & Company and the eba Center for Dance.


 Barbara has studied ballet, musical theater, jazz, modern, and tap locally and with Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Rennie Harris and Garth Fagen. She received her degree in Exercise Science and Dance at Syracuse University and has a New York State Teaching Certificate in Dance Education.



Joan has studied at the SSD for over 35 years and is a long time member of SCDC. She has performed with the Syracuse Opera, Puente Flamenco and various local companies. Joan has a Masters in Education and has taught and choreographed with the public school setting as well as SSD.



Christina began her extensive dance training at the center of Ballet and Dance Arts, with Deborah Boughton, in ballet, jazz, and modern. She graduated from Syracuse University, where she was involved in the DanceWorks program, and had the opportunity to learn from and work with Laurie DeyoChristina has been teaching dance for several years at a variety of places including Syracuse University and Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse. She has been the Spring Musical choreographer at CBA for over twenty years staging a variety of shows including 42nd Street, Guys and Dolls, Footloose, and A Chorus Line.



Ms. Prieto began dancing at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts where she danced and performed everything from ballet, jazz, and modern dance. She has performed with the Las Vegas Youth Ballet Company and danced as both a soloist and corps member in several classical pieces such as Paquita, Swan Lake, Giselle, and The Nutcracker. After graduating from Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, she went to Loyola University Chicago where she studied exercise science and dance.


Brandon has been dancing and studying Hip Hop, Musical Theater and Jazz for the past 12 years. He has choreographed and taught for the Ballet and Dance Center, Dance Theater of Syracuse, Dominiques Dance Creations, Say Yes to Education, Peaceful Resolution and Lemoyne Upward Bound Summer program.





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