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Artistic Director

A popular, talented and energetic teacher, Mary Pat has taught at the Syracuse School of Dance since its inception. In addition to numerous performances in musicals for Salt City Playhouse and Syracuse Musical Theatre, she has choreographed for the "Festival of Nations" and Jamesville-DeWitt High School; was the creator and director of the Dance Workshop Ensemble; and has participated in the Baldwinsville School District "Arts in School" program. Mary Pat also choreographs for ice skaters and has been part of the Litz Team Skating Seminars held locally and at the Olympic Center 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 serve as Artistic Director of the Syracuse Contemporary Dance Company.


Louise has taught at the Syracuse School of Dance for many years and is a member of the Syracuse Contemporary Dance Company. She also studied Ballet and Jazz at the New York State Ballet Association where she studied Ballet with Trinette Singleton (Joffrey Ballet), Glenn Gilmour (National Ballet of Canada), and Jazz with Eva VonGencsy (Les Grandes Ballets Canadiens). She will teach Ballet, Jazz and Modern.


Barbara has studied in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, ballroom, flamenco, hip hop, and  musical theater locally since she was a child with  Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Rennie Harris and Garth Fagen..  She was a Dance major at SUNY Brockport and received her Undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and Dance as well as her Masters of Science at Syracuse University.  She recently completed all of the requirements for the New York State Teaching Certification in Dance Education.


Derek started tap dancing when he was 4 years old with Linda Goebel in Rochester NY, and spent one year dancing at Clark Academy of Performing Arts in Buffalo NY with Mathew Clark before he moved to Syracuse where he danced at SSD and then ESDC. He has also studied with tap masters Michelle Dorrance, Dianne (Lady Di) Walker, Samuel Weber, and Nico Rubio at various tap festivals. Derek focuses on technique, rhythmicity and artistry with his students.


Tiffany has been dancing since the age of 5. She studied ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, and musical theater. She has toured across the U.S. performing and has studied dance in New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. She has taught and performed locally as well. Her local experience included dancing with Syracuse School of Dance and the Syracuse Contemporary Dance Company for the past 10 years. Tiffany attended Columbia College of Missouri and holds a BS in Accounting.

Administrative Director

Patty received her BA degree in Elementary Education while studying dance at Potsdam State College, and completed her graduate studies at Syracuse University. She has studied with Lorraine Havercroft locally; Alvin Ailey, New York City, and the New York State Ballet Association Teacher Training in Cecchetti Method, as well as Pointe Repertoire, Children's Training and Jazz. Patty has taught Ballet, Pointe and Jazz since 1978 and has been the director of the Syracuse School of Dance since 1983. She is a principal dancer and choreographer for the Syracuse Contemporary Dance Company and has performed and choreographed for local theatre groups including Syracuse Opera, The Talent Co., Salt City Playhouse, Clay Town Players and Camillus Musicals. She will be teaching Ballet.


Caitlin studied dance and choreographed in Syracuse under the guidance of Kathleen Rathbun and Caroline Brackett. She graduated cum laude with a BFA in dance performance from Adelphi University in 2009. She has performed works by Martha Graham, Dahlia Corella, Jennifer Muller and Marius Petipa as well as ballets including Swan Lake, Dracula, The Sleeping Beauty” and “The Nutcracker.” Since returning to Syracuse she has taught dance at Syracuse Children's Theater and Redhouse Theater and has performed and choreographed for Syracuse Contemporary Dance Company. She will be teaching Ballet at SSD.


Laurie returns to the Syracuse School of Dance this year and will teach Modern. She has taught, choreographed, and performed with the School and the Syracuse Contemporary Dance Company since 1984. She was dance faculty with Syracuse University for 15 years and has a Master's in Dance and Dance Education from NYU.


Brandon Jones has been dancing and studying Hip Hop, Musical Theater and Jazz for the past 11 years.  He has choreographed and taught for the Ballet and Dance Center, Dance Theater of Syracuse, and Dominique’s Dance Creations, Say Yes to Education, Peaceful Resolution and Lemoyne Upward Bound Summer program.


Helen received her Masters Degree in Education from Syracuse University. She has studied dance all her life including Ballet Arts, New York School of Ballet and S.T.E.P.S. and locally. She dances with and has choreographed for the Syracuse Contemporary Dance Company. Helen continues a long teaching affiliation with the School and will be teaching Ballet.



Registration for fall Classes now being accepted!

Beginning level students welcome.
Great Classes in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, and Jazz.

We offer beginning through advanced classes for adults in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Hip Hop. We offer childrens beginner classes in Ballet, Creative Movement, Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theatre & intermediate through advanced classes in Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, &Musical Theatre.

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September 3 Registration 5-7pm, Placement class: 7pm

September 8 Classes Begin

October (TBA) Auditions for "Winter Celebration"

November 26-30 Thanksgiving Vacation