Kailey Schlott began dancing at the age of 5 and continued pursuing her passion for dance for 15 years after. She studied each genre of dance at the Marya Kennett Ballet Theatre which included ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop & modern. Kailey entered into the Dance Company at age 13. She has attended the American Academy of Ballet, as well as studied under master teachers at NYC’s Broadway Dance Center. She has danced with Brian Loftus, Olga Dvorovenko, Nailah Bellinger, Jean Wenzel, Kelly Peters of Brickhouse NYC, Chio, Bev Brown & Bill Hastings. Being well versed in all genres she continued her studies at Dean College School of Dance where she became the Captain of the elite Dean College Hip Hop Dance Team. After years of teaching and choreography opportunities she then followed her dreams and opened her own studio Northeast Dance Movement in Florida, NY in 2012 where she directed 16 productions and 3 competition team levels. Kailey is honored and privileged to be able to do what she loves and excited to see what lies ahead for the new studio!
Miss Vallet has been teaching ballet to young students for over 50 years. Ms. Vallet was born in France. She studied with The Paris Opera Ballet and joined their traveling ballet company at the age of 18. After moving to the states, she started working with Marya Kennett in Goshen, NY. She started teaching for Joanne Thompson Ray in 1998 and then for Miss Danielle. Miss Vallet is a highly respected ballet teacher and pushes her students to be their very best. She instills discipline while being encouraging and supportive. Miss Vallet plays a vital role in the production and choreography of the Nutcracker and other classical ballet pieces. She has also coached and arraigned classical variations for the Youth American Grand Prix ballet competition.
Stephanie Powers is a ballet and jazz teacher from Monroe, NY. Stephanie’s passion for dance started at the age of two, and continued to grow as she studied dance at Marya Kennett’s Dance School. She taught ballet for many years after graduating high school. “I love dancing and believe it is the best form of expressing yourself. I love teaching technique and working on flexibility to strengthen dancers to become their best.”
Lisa Annicaro began her dance education at the age of 5. She studied hip hop, acro, ballet, and tap while also participating in competitive gymnastics and cheerleading for many years. She continued onto collegiate level competitions. Post college, Lisa began instructing hip hop and Zumba at Fly Dance Fitness and LA Fitness while she resided in Sarasota, Florida. Lisa moved back to the area continuing her studies at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. Lisa is super excited to bring her dance style and expertise to the Thrive dancers!
Miss Abby is former student of Miss Danielle and Ms. Vallet. She has graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in Musical Theater and Dance. At BU she starred as Clara in "Jazz Nutcracker" and was also seen as Olga in "Bells are Ringing" and Patty in "Sweet Charity." Miss Abby has studied with the American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet School, and she often takes class at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Miss Abby has been teaching since she was 15 and she is extremely dedicated to furthering her own education as well as the education of her students.
Kaycee Wright started studying dance at the age of three in Orange County, New York and has continued to do so for the past 20 years. A natural performer and competitor, Kaycee has performed and competed in many events throughout the years. Some including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Pearl Harbor Hawaii, Disney World and many more! Kaycee has also obtained IMDb credit from web series Spirit Hunters-The Series and Level5Cheer. After high school, she continued sharing her love of dance with students down south and has choreographed the Mrs. North Carolina International Pageant, and Sister Act The Musical for early college students. She has graduated from Craven Community College with an Associates in Arts, and is a Certified Personal Trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine. Kaycee is also an Active Training Coach for Range Movement.
Danielle Adamo began dancing at the age of 5 as a student of Joanne Thompson Ray and Claude Vallet. Danielle was a member of the Joanne's Dance Studio senior company and student taught since the age of 12. She graduated from Hofstra University where she studied Business Marketing and Dance. She has also studied at numerous dance and theatre schools in the NYC area including: American Theatre Dance Workshop, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Camp Broadway, and more. At ADTW, she studied under former Alberta Ballet Director, Ali Pourfarrokh. She continues to expand her repertoire by attending master classes and workshops with industry leading teachers and choreographers. Danielle is certified in the Progressing Ballet Technique in levels Junior, Senior, and Advanced. In 2020, Danielle completed the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries' Dancer Wellness and Injury Prevention program through NYU Langone Health. Danielle is the former artistic director of New Generation Dance in Blooming Grove, NY where she directed yearly spring and winter productions.
Kimberly Eckerson has had a life-long passion for ballet and began dancing at the age of four. She studied at Garden State Ballet, entered the Youth Company at age seven, and began performing annually in the company’s Nutcracker. She danced both corps de ballet and lead roles, including Snow Lead, Dew Drop, and Sugar Plum. With the GSB Youth Company, Kim also performed at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJPAC alongside American Repertory Ballet, and at various schools and public venues throughout NJ. She later branched out to study other styles of dance including modern, jazz, tap, theatre, and basic ballroom styles. She studied theatre at Bergen County Academies (AVPA) and danced in their productions of Guys & Dolls, Les Miserables, Pippin, and Urinetown. Kim went on to graduate from Indiana University with a B.S. in Arts Management and a Minor in Dance and Psychology. She has taught at various summer programs including Newark Symphony Hall’s Summer Performing Arts Academy and IU’s Pre-College Ballet Program, has taught at Infinite Motion Performing Arts Academy and their GSS programs, and subbed at various studios throughout NJ. She also interned with ABT, choreographed for their Make A Ballet Program, and was a counselor for both their NY and California Summer Intensives. Kim currently manages at Capezio (Center Stage Wyckoff location), and is very excited to be joining the team at Thrive Dance Company!
Jaclyn Silvestri began studying hip hop and ballet at the age of 7. Since then, Jaclyn has studied multiple other dances, such as Tap, Modern, Jazz and Musical Theatre. Jaclyn graduated from DeSales University in 2016 with a Bachelors in Communication and a Minor in Sport Management, but had continued to study dance throughout that time. She has volunteered her time choreographing several dance routines for local cheerleading teams and has been awarded the Outstanding Contributor Award. Jaclyn is looking forward to creating a fun and challenging environment for our dancers.
Chrissy Maher is an acro instructor who started her dance and gymnastics training at Marya Kennett Dance Centre and Kennett's School of Gymnastics at the age of 3. At Kennett's, Chrissy was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and hip-hop as well as a competitive gymnast. While at Le Moyne College (Syracuse, NY), Chrissy continued her love for dance through the Le Moyne Student Dance Company and Le Moyne Dance Team. By the end of her four years, Chrissy became President and choreographer for the company and Head Choreographer of the team. Her favorite styles to perform are modern and hip-hop, and loved choreographing intricate modern pieces with acro elements. She loves watching her students grow in every class, and hopes each student leaves confident in themselves and their new skills!
Danielle Pechette-Graham is a gymnastics/acrobatics coach with decades of experience. She began her journey as a competitive gymnast. At the age of 13, while she was still training herself, her coaching career began. She started with assisting the beginner classes and quickly moved on to more advanced classes as her coaching skills developed and improved. By the time she was 16 she was already the assistant coach for the lower level team girls, many of whom went on to become her team mates. During her college years she became the head coach for North Shore Gymnastics in college point. Her passion for coaching led her to branch out beyond the world of gymnastics when she was offered the opportunity to teach acrobatics at Landrum School of Dance. This led to numerous opportunities to teach acrobatics to dancers and cheerleaders alike. Danielle is excited to bring her knowledge and experience to Thrive Dance Company.
Alyssa has been dancing since the age of 3. She began her career in Allentown, Pa., where she was trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, hip hop and musical theater. She has attended both regional and national competitions. She was a member of her high school dance team performing at all major school events, and became captain her senior year. She was awarded the Arts Ovation Award in high school for her excellence in dance and was able to train at the college level in ballet and jazz. When in college at SUNY Cortland, she was a member of Cortland Danceworks, the hip hop dance team performing during halftime of sporting events, as well as attending UDA regional competitions. She held the position of Captain/Vice President her junior and senior year. She also continued her ballet training with the Theater Department at SUNY Cortland. After graduating, she has continued to dance and teach while attending graduate school. She has obtained a M.S. in General Psychology and is currently working towards a M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Mercy College
Alex Marrero participated in applied music, master classes, and piano literature with Vladimir Feltsman. Mr. Alex completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music History from SUNY - The College at New Paltz. He also studied Music History at the Juilliard School of Music. Mr. Alex earned his Master of Arts Degree in Music Education and a Certificate of Completion from the Leadership Institute at Teachers College of Columbia University. He also has a Certificate of Insurance as a Private Educator. Mr. Alex was the pianist for the Orange County Youth Symphony and a conductor for the Southern Hudson Valley Youth Symphony before being appointed as Executive Director of Rockland Youth Orchestra. On January 22nd in 2020, he was chosen to be the Chair of the Committee on Cultural Inclusion for the College Music Society. Mr. Alex was the Piano Instructor at Joanne's Dance Studio and New Generation Dance before becoming the Piano Instructor for Thrive