FACULTY: Dance




Jessie-Emma Allinger

Jessie-Emma Allinger grew up training and performing with National title winning dance studio, The Next Jennaration. She attended SUNY Fredonia where she had the opportunity to work and dance with several professional choreographers from around the world and further her dance career. In 2012 she moved back to Ithaca and began her teaching career with The Next Jennaration. She has also given private dance lessons to kids in the community who are gearing up for college auditions or simply interested in learning the art.

When she is not teaching, Jessie is at BodyGear, the dance store located on the Ithaca Commons which she co-owns with her mother. Jessie began teaching for CSMA in early 2015. She could not be more honored to be surrounded by the many artists, dancers and teachers who make up the CSMA community.


Tina Christina-Price

Tina Christina-Price trained and performed with The School of American Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiennes, Oleg Briansky, George Mager and many other companies. She was the founding artistic director and instructor of Ballet Arts Theatre in Endicott, NY and since 2008 has been on the faculty of SUNY Broome teaching ballet technique, Pilates and Improvisation for Actors. After spending two summers training with differently abled dancers, becoming certified and performing at ImpulsTanz International Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria she authored a college level integrated dance course for people of all abilities. She enjoys traveling to Italy where she teaches classes at Associazione Tecno Studio Dance in Terni, Italy and visits her family.


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, Selenya has performed at many festivals and events, dancing in choreographed group numbers as well as performing her own solos, both choreographed and improvised. In 2015 she presented solos at the NY State Fair and at 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 husband and daughter (and cat), keeping fit, or doing some reading…or a jigsaw puzzle.


Shayna Grajo

Shayna is committed to sharing, expressing and enjoying a vitalized global culture through the practices of care for the body and soul. She is honored to be on the dance faculty at the Community School of Music and Arts, where she teaches youth and adults and also serves as administrative assistant. In addition, Shayna leads and directs the Ashtanga Vinyasa "Mysore" yoga program at The Yoga School on the Commons.

Shayna's influences and inspirations for dance hail from diverse movement offerings including modern dance, contact improvisation, butoh, partner dancing, somatics, free-form "trance" and "ecstatic" styles, and simple walking. She looks forward to further exploring pilates and barre, countertechnique, breakdancing and hip hop. Shayna holds a BA in journalism from Colorado State University and has taught lyrical dance, yoga and color guard to youth, adults and performance troupes in Northern Colorado and upstate New York.


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.


Katharyn Howd Machan

born in Woodbury, Connecticut, in 1952, is the author of 30 published collections, eight of which were selected in national competition, most recently Belly Words: Poems of Dance (Split Oak Press, 2009), When She's Asked to Think of Colors (Palettes & Quills Press, 2009), The Professor Poems (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2008), Flags (Pudding House Publications, 2007), Redwing: Voices from 1888 (FootHills Publishing, 2005), Greatest Hits (Pudding House Publications, 2004), and Sleeping with the Dead (Finishing Line Press, 2003). She has lived in Ithaca, New York, since 1975 and since that time has actively coordinated the Ithaca Community Poets’ reading and workshop series while teaching at Tompkins Cortland Community College and then Ithaca College, where she is now a professor in the Department of Writing. In 2002 she was named Tompkins County's first Poet Laureate. More than 1,300 of her poems have appeared in magazines (Yankee, The Writer, Nimrod, Runes, English Journal, The Hollins Critic, etc.) anthologies (Early Ripening: American Women's Poetry Now, The Poets' Grimm, Tribute to Orpheus: Poems about Music and Musicians, etc.) and textbooks (The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Perrine's Sound and Sense, Literature: The Human Experience, Gender Violence: Inter-disciplinary Perspectives, etc.) In 2000 Dana Gioia selected her poem "Tess Clarion: Redwing, 1888" to receive the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize from the University of Southern California, in 2001 she received the ByLine Literary Award for her poem "Les Salles du Gardon," and in 2006 her poem "Gingerbread" was awarded the Luna Negra Poetry Prize from Kent State University. She holds a B.A. in English from the College of Saint Rose, an M.A. in English literature from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in interpretation (performance studies) from Northwestern University. Every March she offers “Writing in the Garden” as artist-in-residence for the Mana Project, Inc. in Key West, FL. As poet and belly dancer (Zajal) she serves year-round on the faculty of the Community School of Music and Arts and, in summers when possible, for the Greek-island holistic Skyros Centre based in Great Britain.


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.