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.

 



 
Natalie Knox

Natalie  is a sophomore at SUNY Geneseo with a major in psychology and minor in biology and dance. Natalie is a member of Geneseo’s Knightline Dance team, Geneseo Dance Ensemble, as well as a choreographer for Orchesis. She started her passion at the young age of 2 and has been very involved in the competition and convention world since the age of 4. Natalie is trained in Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Modern and has been a part of many award winning pieces. She has trained with many well known professionals in the industry, and at home works with her award winning studio Fusion Dance Force with training, dance rehearsals and teaching. She is excited to share her passion and love of dance with the next generation of dancers at Valley School of Dance this year. 
 
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.

   Cassandra Saroli

Cassandra is so excited to be teaching summer dance classes again at the Valley School of Dance! She has been teaching dance at Valley for multiple years in styles including tap, jazz, ballet, and creative dance. You might know her as "Miss Saroli", as she also teaches second grade at Geneseo Elementary School. Originally from Long Island, she started as an Assistant at the Valley School of Dance while attending SUNY Geneseo. She is now proud to call Geneseo her forever home. Miss Saroli is so thankful for the opportunity to not only teach children in the Geneseo community, but also help them build a love for dance!

Samantha Bruno

Samantha is a junior at SUNY Geneseo studying psychology and dance. She has been dancing for almost 17 years and her favorite styles are contemporary and ballet. Sam comes from dancing competitively at Studio 19 Dance Company in Rochester and she has been choreographing for about 6 years Sam is involved in Orchesis Dance Club and Geneseo’s Dance Ensemble. Sam is super excited to showcase her choreography at Valley School of Dance and inspire the next generation of dancers!

Jenna Arcese

Jenna Arcese is a freshman math major at SUNY Geneseo. She has been dancing for the past 10 years  in the styles of tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop and contemporary. Jenna has been dancing competitively at Articul8 in Rochester, with her favorite styles being tap and hip-hop. She has been a dance teacher and choreographer  at Articul8 for the past three years and an assistant teacher for five years prior to that. Jenna is very excited to teach the students at the Valley School of Dance this year, and share her passion for dance with them!
Kaitlyn Eck
 

Kaitlyn Eck is a freshman at SUNY Geneseo with a major in math and adolescent education. She has been dancing for 15 years in tap, ballet, hip hop, jazz, pointe, contemporary, and lyrical. Kaitlyn was a part of Legacy Dance Center’s competition team on Long Island for 10 years. She has also been  involved helping teach classes at her studio to kids aged 2-8. Kaitlyn is very excited to expand her knowledge of dance and continue training at Geneseo on Geneseo Knightline and Geneseo Dance Ensemble. She can’t wait to teach and watch her students grow at Valley School of Dance!