FACULTY: Dance




Emily Healy

Emily Healy studied ballet and modern dance at Ithaca College, and performed for 3 years with the Ithaca Ballet Company and On The Floor Dance Company. After graduating she became a certified yoga teacher, and her movement interests expanded to include improvisational dance, partner acrobatics, and aerial arts. She now teaches modern dance at Cornell University and Circus Culture, and vinyasa yoga at Yoga Farm in Lansing. Emily loves to combine philosophies and practices of various movement disciplines in each of her classes, and to encourage students to discover the innate intelligence of their bodies.



Amanda Moretti

Amanda Moretti earned a B.A. in Dance Movement Studies from the Naropa Institute and continued her modern dance and ballet studies for two years at York University in Toronto. She lived in Montreal for twelve years as a freelance dancer, teaching improvisation and performing her own work. She danced with choreographers Martha Carter, Catrina Von Radecki, Lisa McLellen and Andrew Harwood. Amanda has lived in Ithaca since 2001, teaching both ballet and modern dance at CSMA  and ballet to children at Ithaca Ballet. In recent years, she choreographed “1931” and “Social Dance” for Ithaca Ballet’s Winter Dance Modern Series. In 2014, she directed and choreographed a full length Butoh piece, “Homage to Federico Garcia Lorca,” shown at the first Fringe Festival of Ithaca.



Susan Hoskins

Susan Hoskins (Selenya) has been belly dancing since 2013, when she first took a class at CSMA with "Zajal." She had reluctantly decided that it was time to move on from athletic pursuits such as volleyball and aikido, and find an activity gentler on the knees and back. Since then, Middle Eastern music and dance have become an essential means of self‐expression and she has progressed rapidly and joyfully through classes, workshops, DVDs, and many exuberant hours of practice. As a member of the Mirage Belly Dance Troupe of Ithaca, and the Syracuse Area Bellydancers Association, Selenya has performed choreographed group numbers and individual solos at many venues, festivals and events, including the NY State Fair and Rakkasah East, an internationally famous Middle Eastern festival. When not dancing, Susan is probably working at her day job (Controller in the finance department of Kendal at Ithaca), spending time with her family, keeping fit, practicing the doumbek (a Middle Eastern hand drum), or doing some reading.



Shayna Grajo

Shayna Grajo is a licensed massage therapist, certified yoga instructor and dance instructor in Ithaca.  Her dance teaching is based in modern dance and draws influence from contact improvisation and partner dancing, as well as recent influence from swimming and martial arts practice.  Shayna has been teaching youth and adults in troupes, schools and group classes since 2005 in Colorado and upstate New York.  She is honored to serve the beloved Community School of Music and Arts, further her body-mind movement practice, and help support the artistic and energetic lives of her community. 



Elizabeth Livesay

B.A. Theater, Cornell University. Studied dance for 27 years. Has performed and choreographed locally for the Hangar Theater, Kitchen Theatre, Firehouse Theatre and Cornell Savoyards. 20 years teaching experience. Currently on the dance faculty at Ithaca College.

 

Indira White

Indira White holds a B.A. of Science from Ithaca College. She has choreographed and preformed in various dance ensembles at Ithaca College in varying styles including Latin rhythms, ballet and modern dance. Young Dancemakers Company '05 alum, NYC, performing choreography by Alice Teirstein, Sean Curran, Merce Cunningham and Alvin Ailey. Indira has taught, performed and choreographed (ballet, Latin rhythms, jazz, modern dance) for Midwest Academy of Dance in  Davenport Iowa  and performed The Nutcracker with Ballet Quad Cities in Moline Illinois. She has also locally taught dance for the Hangar Theater and CSMA in modern, lyrical, and hip hop styles. Performed and worked with local choreographer Kathy Lucas in Steel Club Tango contemporary piece.


Harmony Malone

Harmony Malone, an Ithaca native and self-taught dancer, graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelors in Therapeutic Recreation with specialties in theater and dance. Harmony has been choreographing dances in the Ithaca community since she was 12 years old teaching Hip Hop fitness/expression and contemporary dance to people of all ages. She has choreographed and taught Hip Hop as well as contemporary dance to children aged 4-8 for Beverly J. Martin's A-Plus Program, the creator of the B.U. Dance Squad of the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, the head choreographer and Co-Director of Southside Community Center's - Community Unity Music Education Program (CUMEP) since 2008, and has even been a movement specialist here at our very own CSMA for the Arts All Around You summer program over the course of 4 years. Ms. Harmony recently joined us in taking on the role of Hip Hop instructor here at CSMA, and in addition to that she created a performing dance group that's open to the community known as UNITED!



Miranda Strichartz

B.A., Cornell University, MA in English, SUNY Albany. Danced with the Ithaca Concert Dance Company. Studied at Dance Circle. Has taught ballet to children and adults for more than 10 years.