Jacki McCausland, director and owner

Jacki McCausland founded the Valley School of Dance in 1982 and serves as the school's owner and director. Over the years, she has enjoyed studying, exploring and teaching many styles of movement expression - ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, multi-cultural dances and yoga. Jacki concentrated in dance at SUNY Purchase and SUNY Geneseo, receiving a BPS in dance from Empire State University in 1976. She has taught numerous dance workshops and residency programs in public schools with grants funded by BOCES and the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts. Jacki is also a certified E-RYT 500 yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance, and has been co-owner of Shakti Yoga in Geneseo since 1990.  Jacki has been a dance faculty member at SUNY Geneseo since 1984 and she was a faculty member of the Program of Dance & Movement at the University of Rochester for 15 years.
    "Dancing is enlivening to the body, stimulating to the mind, nourishing to the heart and expanding to the spirit. May each of our dance students experience the benefits of this most joyful expression of life!”
 
Cindy McKinney, assistant director and recital coordinator

Cindy McKinney has over twenty years dance experience, has been teaching dance for over fifteen years, and is certified by New York State to teach dance.  She has studied dance at many Rochester area dance studios, SUNY Brockport, the University at Buffalo, and SUNY Geneseo.  Cindy has also taken many master dance classes, participated in countless dance competitions, and attended numerous dance conventions in New York City and Orlando, Florida.
Cindy has been teaching at Valley for ten years and is thrilled to be the Assistant Director.  It has been a privilege for her to pass on her love and knowledge of dance to her students.  Cindy has high expectations for her students and wants all of them to be the best they can be.  She believes that dance is a combination of hard work and fun.  Cindy knows all of the benefits and rewards that dance can bring to an individual, and she considers it an honor to teach it to others.
Deb French

Deb French has a minor in dance from SUNY Geneseo and a Masters degree in Dance from SUNY Brockport. She has studied Modern, Jazz, Ballet, African, Flamenco, Latin, Swing and various folk dance styles. She has taught fitness and aerobics classes and most recently has become a certified Zumba instructor. Deb has a passion for dance and movement and loves to share that passion with her students, both at SUNY Geneseo where she is a dance faculty member and Valley School of Dance.
Beverly Henke-Lofquist

In addition to teaching at the Valley School of Dance, Beverly Henke-Lofquist also teaches and supervises college-aged student clinicians in the Communicative Disorders and Sciences Program at SUNY Geneseo.  She has specialized training working with preverbal and verbal preschoolers from the Callier Center for Communication Disorders in Dallas, Texas and is certified as a Speech Language Pathologist from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.  She has studied dance and movement for most of her life, performing modern dance with the Concert Dance Company under the direction of Jane Dakak. "Miss Beverly", as her three year olds call her, has also choreographed synchronized swimming and figure skating performances with children.
 
Kaylan Ruiz

Kaylan is senior Childhood and Special Education major with a Dance concentration at SUNY Geneseo. She has been dancing for 15 years and trained at Port Jefferson Dance Academy in Port Jefferson Station New York.  She has trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip hop and tap technique. At Geneseo, she is a member of and choreographed for Orchesis, has participated in Geneseo Dance Ensemble, and is a member of the Geneseo Bhangra team. She has a passion for teaching and dance and is excited to combine both as an instructor at VSD. Last year, Kaylan was an assistant for four classes at VSD. She can't wait to teach classes of her own this year and share her passion for dance with her students.

 
Katherine Estep

Katherine is excited for her third year as a teacher at Valley School of Dance. She has been dancing for 17 years and has found a passion in teaching all styles of dance to students of all ages. She trained at Dancer's Alley in Horseheads, NY concentrating on Modern technique and Contemporary choreography. Additionally, she has trained in ballet, jazz and tap technique for 15 years. During her years at Dancer's Alley, she spent 4 years as a teaching assistant and 4 years as a teacher for  classes aged 3-18. She is now continuing her education at SUNY Geneseo as a Psychology Pre-Med Major, Dance Minor and is a part of Geneseo Orchesis and the Geneseo Bhangra team. Katherine looks forward to working with the VSD students and to sharing the love of dance with the studio throughout the year.

Sonia Bartolomeo

Sonia is a Communication Major and Dance Minor at SUNY Geneseo. She is a member of Geneseo Dance Ensemble and is the junior co-president of Orchesis. Sonia trained at the Lynch School of Ballet on Long Island concentrating in classical ballet and pointe. Additionally, she is trained in modern and contemporary styles of dance and has had past experience student teaching dancers of all levels. Sonia enjoys all forms of movement and creativity and is eager to start sharing her passion for dance and performance with the students of Valley School of Dance.




 
Emily Thamm

Emily Thamm is a sophomore at SUNY Geneseo. She is an Early Childhood Education Major, with a Dance concentration. Emily plays an active role in the Geneseo Dance community, and is a member of Knightline and Geneseo Dance Ensemble, as well as a choreographer for Orchesis. She has been training since the age of 2, and has been very involved in the competition and convention world since the age of 5. Emily has been trained in Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Modern, and Salsa. She loves all of the different styles and possibilities that dance has to offer. Emily has spent her summer training at Broadway Dance Center and Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, learning from extremely qualified instructors in various styles. Emily cannot wait to share her love of dance with next generation of dancers at Valley School this year!
Sunny Krupnicki

Sunny has been competitively dancing and training since she was six years old at Little Red Dance Studio in Rochester, New York until she graduated in 2015. She has continued dancing at SUNY Geneseo on the Knightline Dance Team, choreographing for Orchesis, and also taking dance classes at the college. She has also recently starting teaching hip hop for Jody B's dance studio in Penfield, New York. Sunny has a strong background in ballet, hip hop and jazz which are her favorite styles of dance. She loves to share her passion for dance through teaching others and also performing as well.
Alyssa Locascio

Alyssa is currently a sophomore at SUNY Geneseo. She has been dancing competitively since the age of eight years old in Wantagh, New York at Cristina’s Dance Unlimited. Alyssa has been trained in Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. Her love and passion for dance didn’t stop once she graduated high school as she has continued her dance training at SUNY Geneseo. Being a member of Knightline Dance Team and Geneseo Dance Ensemble has broadened her knowledge and excitement for dance further than she ever imagined possible. Alyssa is looking forward to sharing her love of dance this year and cannot wait to work with the dancers of Valley School of Dance. 
Kelly Teel
 

Kelly has been dancing since she was three years old at Terpsichore The Dancerschool in Monroe, New York. She was on the competition team for five years until she graduated in 2016. She has continued to dance at SUNY Geneseo on the Knightline Dance Team, as well as participates in Orchesis and the Geneseo Dance Ensemble. Her favorite styles of dance are jazz, tap, and ballet. She is so excited to teach here at Valley and share her passion for dance.

   Shannon Svitek

Shannon is a Senior at SUNY Geneseo, with a major in Sociology. She danced at the Doherty Petri School of Irish Dance for eleven years and competed throughout the United States and overseas. She is president of the Irish Dance Club at Geneseo, and choreographs dances that are performed at various events on campus. She has been teaching Irish Dance since her senior year of high school, and greatly enjoys it!