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Danceability is always interested in talking to community-minded professionals who are excited to contribute to the danceability program.

Currently, we are looking for members with backgrounds including, but not limited to, insurance, dance / theater, and the medical profession.

If you are interested, please fill out the Contact Us form on our website.

Founders

Robin Bishop

Robin Bishop, LMSW - Co-Founder, Senior Instructor

Robin has enjoyed the art of dance for her entire life, including dance education, choreography - both collegiate and professional, as well as numerous appearances in local musical theater. Her 15 minutes of fame came when she was chosen as a member of the 2000 Buffalo Jills squad. Most enjoyable for her has been the past 13 years during which she has shared her love of dance and movement teaching individuals with disabilities the art of dance.

Along with her diverse dance background she proudly carries two bachelor's degrees; Bachelor's in Dance and a Bachelor's in Mental Health, and is also a Licensed Master in Social Work from the Univeristy at Buffalo. Furthermore, she has completed her training in Dance Movement Therapy from Kinections. Robin is a DisneyWorld fanatic, Shutterfly scrapbooker and loves So You Think You Can Dance. Robin has worked all over WNY at many area charities, including, Catholic Charities, Renaissance Campus, Hospice & Women & Children's Hospital. She is also blessed to be a wife, as well as a mother to her daughter, Hazel and her son, Jacob.

Robin looks forward each and every day to creating a unique dance experience for each and every individual and their family at danceability.

Christine Dwyer

Christine Dwyer - Co-Founder, Senior Instructor

Christine has truly enjoyed teaching and working with individuals with disabilities for the past 15 years. It was these amazing experiences that led her to co-found danceability, because she believed that all individuals should enjoy the art of dance and its many benefits. She carries two bachelor's degrees; Bachelor's in Special Education and a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Canisius College and also has a Master's in Reading Education from Canisius.

She has a dance background that includes 20 years of competitive dance, and 13 years of teaching dance to individuals with special needs. Having been a track and field athlete in both high school and college she has volunteered as a track and field coach for Special Olympics. While she did not take the invitation to compete, she was invited to participate in the American Ninja Warrior competition. Her experience with Special Olympics, her own fitness endeavors and her love of athletics and fitness lead her to start the Fitness Frenzy program.

Christine has 15 years of teaching experience as a special education teacher in both the elementary and high school setting. She currently co-teaches 11th grade English at Kenmore West high school.

Christine is a new mom to baby Jack and can’t wait to begin her family life with her husband Sean and son Jack. She also looks forward to dancing with all her students this year teaching the joys of tap, jazz, ballet, and aerobics.

Instructors

Elissa Webster

Elissa Webster

Elissa’s journey with danceability began as an intern through the University at Buffalo’s Master of Social Work program. After the close of her internship, she decided that her work there was not done! She returned as a volunteer and is now  excited to share her passion for dance and for working with children and adults with disabilities as a teacher.

Elissa began dancing at the age of three and participated in numerous styles including; tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, hip hop, acro and modern. In college, she was part of the Brockport Emeralds Dance Team as well as their competition team.  As a licensed MSW, she currently works for Community Services for the Developmentally disabled. She also has experience with individuals with disabilities from working as a counselor at Cradle Beach Camp.

Elissa is very eager to take the lead and to strive to create a wonderful classroom atmosphere as she has witnessed from each danceability teacher.

Lisa Book

Lisa Book

Lisa began dancing at the age of five and quickly fell in love with self-expression through movement. She attended Performing Arts as a dance major where she studied ballet, pointe, modern, African dance and creative movement.

With a love of movement in mind, Lisa wanted to gain a more scientific knowledge of human movement so she decided to attend the University at Buffalo to study Physical Therapy, where she earned her doctorate. She has been working with Kaleida as a PT as well as teaching anatomy and physiology at ECC. While at UB, a professor led her to volunteer with danceability by recommending the organization. She volunteered for three years before beginning to teach.

She has loved every minute at danceability and is greatly looking forward to many, many years to come!!

Christine Antinone

Christine Antinone

Christine began her dance training at the age of five and continued all through her college years.

While pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology from St. John Fisher College, Christine became the Fisher dance team president and lead choreographer. She also taught dance for 3 years at a community dance studio and was the co-director of the summer performance camp program.

Christine went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. While there, she volunteered with the Music in Motion ballet program in Washington, DC for children with disabilities. That is where she discovered by combining her love of dance with her background in physical therapy she can help all children learn to dance.

Christine is excited to begin teaching at danceability, and to share her love of dance with all of her students!

Kayleigh Terranova

Kayleigh Terranova

Kayleigh has been a volunteer with danceability for 4 years. Kayleigh began dancing at age 3, taking ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and pointe classes for 15 years. She was also a member of her studio’s dance competition team for 6 years, with tap being her favorite solo to compete. Kayleigh has a strong passion for danceability’s mission, and is excited to combine that passion with her love of dance as a teacher this year!

Kayleigh graduated from St. John Fisher College with a bachelor’s degree in communications and currently works as an Account Executive in Resource Development at United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. Kayleigh has also been a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County for 5 years and mentors high school students through Leadership Buffalo’s Youth Leadership Program. She sits on the Board of Directors of Homespace, an agency that supports at-risk young women to achieve independence two generations at a time, and the Young Non-Profit Professionals Network of Greater Buffalo.

Kayleigh was a 30 Under 30 recipient in 2012 and is one of the 2015-2016 Spotlight Professionals for Buffalo Niagara 360. Kayleigh is passionate about giving back to her community and believes danceability is the perfect place to do so!

Michele Phillips

Michelle Phillips

Michelle's experience with danceability started the summer of 2009 when she decided to volunteer. She loved volunteering so much that she happily agreed to become a teacher in 2015. Michelle has had a love for dance ever since she was a young girl. She began taking dance classes when she was 5 and practiced ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and hip hop. She took classes for 20 years!

Michelle graduated from Buffalo State with her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education. She currently continues her education at Buffalo State to earn her Master's Degree. She is excited to have a long term teaching job in a 15:1:1 special education classroom in the Ken-Ton School District this year!

Michelle is also the secretary for the Board of Directors for the Tourette Association of America: Greater New York State. As a member of the board she organizes events for individuals with Tourette's, and also organizes and facilitates a Tourette's support group for children and teens.

Coming to dance class each week puts a huge smile on Michelle's face, and she can't wait for another exciting year working with her dancers at danceability!

Kylie Bett

Kathryn Miner

Katy started dancing when she was just three years old. She is from Rochester, NY. Her favorite style of dance is tap, but is also trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and some hip-hop and pointe.

She currently attends Daemen College to study early childhood and special education with emphasis on math. Her passion for teaching started when she was in high school where she was given the opportunity to shadow and teach in a second grade classroom.

She looks forward to continuing her dance experience at Danceability by combining her knowledge of teaching, creativity, and enjoyment of working with students!

Kylie Bett

Amanda Sanbelmo

Amanda Sanbelmo has been dancing since she was 18 months old and started at Center Stage Dance Studio.

She has competed in many local and national dance competitions. She attended the State University of New York at Fredonia where she received her bachelors degree in Psychology and Dance in the spring of 2016.

While at Fredonia she was a part of the Orchesis Dance Company, the Fredonia Dance Ensemble, and attended ACDA where she performed in the Gala with her fellow Fredonia dancers.

Amanda has experience teaching many styles including jazz, ballet, and lyrical and is looking forward to sharing her love of dance with danceability and their students!

Kylie Bett

Sarah Redman

Sarah is currently going into her fourth year at Buffalo State College, studying Exceptional Education. She plans on pursuing her education there for her Master’s Degree and (fingers crossed) her Doctorate in Exceptional Education.

Sarah has danced at the Donna Scott School of Dance for the past 11 years. She has studied all kinds of dance, with tap being her favorite. She has won numerous awards for her tap duets and solos at local competitions.

Sarah loves being outside. She enjoys camping, kayaking, and hanging with her friends and family. She loves dogs! She has a 10 year old Shih-Tzu named Grommet whom she loves dearly and has a soft-spot for French Bulldogs.

She hopes to one day adopt a Frenchie. She is also obsessed with Disney, her favorite princess is Cinderella. She looks forward to joining the danceability family!

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