Faculty

photo Shelly Isler

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/INSTRUCTOR

From Elma New York, Shelly began her dance training at the young age of 3.  With over 30 years of dance training, Shelly has studied with numerous dance educators in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acro, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Modern. Her love for dance began at Dance Spectrum in Depew, NY under the direction of Patty Neal.  Shelly continued her dance education at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) receiving a BFA Degree in Dance. While at UB she performed with the Zodiaque Dance Company.  After graduating college, Shelly began dancing professionally with Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. Some of her Choreography/Directing credits with Busch Gardens Williamsburg Include; This is Oktoberfest,  Miracles (2009-2013) and Deck the Halls (2009-2013).   Directors and Choreographers Shelly has collaborated with include; Bob Penola, Minnie Madden and Phil Raybourn.  Shelly is very passionate about dance and proper dance education. She  is excited to be passing on her knowledge of and love for dance to others. 

     
photo Christie Delaney

INSTRUCTOR/ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Originally from Orchard Park New York, Christie Delaney started dancing at the age of 2 at Mary Alice’s Dance Studio. Christie graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in dance from the University at Buffalo. At UB, she was a member of Zodiaque Dance Company, director of student run show Dancer’s Workshop, tap teaching assistant, and student representative of the dance department. She has performed with Zodiaque Studio Dance Ensemble and Emerging Choreographers Showcase in addition to Zodiaque Dance Company and Dancer’s Workshop. Christie has been trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Pas de Deux, Social Dance, Improvisation, Voice, and Acting at the University at Buffalo. She has danced professionally with Spirit Productions in Le Grand Cirque and Masters of Magic in Niagara Falls, Canada and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Christie has also been the Senior Area Supervisor of Dance, Swing performer, and dance captain at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in American Jukebox, Kinetix, This is Oktoberfest, Mix It Up, Voila, Clocktoberfest and Maypole, Entwined, Fiends, Monster Stomp, Dig It Up, Night Beats, Miracles, and Deck the Halls in Williamsburg, Virginia. She has performed with Six Flags in Bugs Bunny and Friends Going Hollywood and Dead Man’s Party. She has taught at local dance studios in Buffalo, NY including Mary Alice’s Dance Studio and Dancentral and has also taught tap workshops and master classes in the Western New York area. She has choreographed locally for Opera in Williamsburg’s production of La Traviata and Il Trovatore, Show Stoppers production of Spamalot, and high school musical productions. Currently, Christie is Rehearsal Technician at Busch Gardens and is on faculty teaching with SI Dance. Dancing is Christie’s passion and she always looks forward to sharing it with everyone she can!

     
photo Denise Ridley-Johnston

INSTRUCTOR

Denise is Assistant Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment and Adjunct Instructor of Dance at the College of William & Mary. She has taught ballet and Pilates for 15 years; modern, jazz, and tap for 8 years; and holds a Pilates Mat Level I certification. Denise has taught American Style Smooth and Rhythm Ballroom for 2 years and competed professionally, with her student always placing in the top three of his flights. She has choreographed numerous showcase pieces, including Cha Chas, Rumbas, Boleros, Tangos, Foxtrots, and group modern pieces, and has danced exhibition and star/pro pieces in all 5 Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars events, with her partners taking the top place for “Best All Around” one year and second place for “Most Creative” the next. Denise’s other performing credits include various roles in EVSPA’s The Nutcracker from 2000-2008 and Siamese dancer in The King and I. She studied ballroom under Steve Kirvan and has been coached by Kimberlee Richards Burroughs, Tom Rzepnicki, Amber Reich, Michael Schultz, and Jonathan Doone. She studies modern under Leah Glenn, Lauren Morris, Denise Damon Wade, and Joan Gavaler, and ballet under Sandra Balestracci.

 

 

     
  Noelle Schatzel
INSTRUCTOR

 

Ms. Noelle began her dance training at the Chamber Ballet, under the instruction of Heidi Robitshek. During this time, she participated in cultural exchange programs to Germany with the Robitshek Dance Ensemble. She spent multiple summers training with Richmond Ballet’s summer program under full scholarship. Noelle was also awarded a dance scholarship to Butler University to purse a BFA in Dance Performance. While at Butler, Noelle was invited to join Richmond Ballet as a trainee for their 2006-2007 season and perform in the corps de ballet. Noelle had the opportunity to perform in Don Quixote, Who Cares?, Who’s it all for anyways?, Paquita in Paquita, and multiple original faculty pieces. Noelle finished her BA in Dance at Old Dominion University in 2009. In 2009, Noelle began teaching for Newport News Public Schools as a dance teacher for physical education courses, as well as helping coordinate the dance program for NNPS Summer Institute for the Arts, where she taught for three years. Noelle has been teaching dance in the private sector locally since 2009, and looks forward to bringing her love of ballet to SI Dance.

     
photo April Jubeck

 

April Jubeck grew up in Pennsylvania where she trained at her grandmother’s studio, Pauline Baker Rodgers School of Dance. She then went on to work for Walt Disney Resorts to begin her dance career. Interning at Broadway Dance Center, New York City, she was mentored by renowned teachers and choreographers Tracie Stanfield and Sheila Barker. April performed under the choreography of Sheila Barker at Broadway Dance Center’s 50th Anniversary Gala. She was also selected as an assistant teacher for the Rockette Experience at Radio City Music Hall. April has performed with Universal Studios in Orlando, FL, in the Macy’s Christmas Parade, and has her B.S in Education from Penn State University. Her passion is spreading her love of dance by teaching and choreographing.

 

     
photo Cecilia Firstenberg

OFFICE ADMINISTRATION

Cecilia has held a variety of administrative, production and back-stage jobs in the performing art world.  She is the go-to person for Shelly, Christie and the students.  She ensures that class schedules, billings and the web-site are up-to-date and help keeps parents involved in everything that SI DANCE is doing. 

     
photo Danielle Lydia Sheather

GUEST INSTRUCTOR

From Unionville Ontario Canada, began her dance training at Maxine School of Dance and the Children’s Program at the National Ballet of Canada and was awarded with: Miss Starquest Pittsburgh and DMA’s Best Overall Dancer. She At 16, received her first professional job as a backup dancer for Legends in Concert. Summa cum laude graduate from the University at Buffalo with a BFA in Dance Performance and BA in Psychology, credits included: Studiowerks, Zodiaque Dance Company, Young Choreographers Showcase, and The American College Dance Festival. She also directed the student dance company Dancer’s Workshop for 2 years. Professional credits include: Artpark (The King and I and Copacobanna), Sesame Street Live (International tour), Busch Garden Europe (Dance Captain), Dance Jam (Soloist), The International Dance Festival (Featured company member), Stiletto Entertainment/Holland America (Pas de deux dancer), Truthdance (Company Member) and Push Factor Dance Company (Company Member), New York Fashion Week (Dancer), National Commercials for Bush Gardens Europe (Dancer), Bacardi (Dancer), Chain Reaction (Contestant) and Diamante Pictures Wedding Workout DVD (Trainer).  Danielle has taught and choreographed for: Broadway Dance Center (Children and Teen Program), Stars of Tomorrow, Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts and Dance Dimensions. She is Yoga Alliance Certified and teaches yoga in NYC at: New York Yoga, The Giving Tree and New Field Yoga and Sonic Yoga.http://www.daniellelydiayoga.com/. Recently, she appeared with BalaSole Dance Company under the direction of Roberto Villaneuva at the Barishnikov Arts Center in NYC. Danielle holds various workshops in the US and Canada both in Dance and Yoga while continuing to perform.

     
photo Jaymez Anderson

GUEST INSTRUCTOR

Jaymez originally from MD/ Washington DC, began his dance training after receiving a scholarship from St. Mary’s Ballet. During training he was asked to dance and performed with the professional company for 2 yrs before attending George Mason University under scholarship for a B.F.A. in dance. While at George Mason and after he has choreographer on many professional companies/dance school and competition teams. Before moving to Williamsburg Jaymez trained with City Dance Ensemble, Washington Ballet, West Virginia Dance Company, Mark Morris, Doug Varone, Susan Shields and more.. He recently performed with Charleston Ballet and West Virginia Dance Company. He also has an extensive background in musical theatre. Jaymez currently performs at Busch Gardens-Williamsburg. For more info onhttp://jaymezanderson.com/

     
photo Ailsa Firstenberg

GUEST INSTRUCTOR

Ailsa is attending Marymount Manhatten College in  New York, majoring in Dance and Media.  She was enrolled with the Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts for 10 years, and appeared in numerous CAPA-sponsored productions, including eight seasons of The Nutcracker and musical productions, The Wizard of Oz, Music Man, Annie and Roar of the Greasepaint, Smell of the Crowd. Ailsa has been dancing under the tutelage of Shelly Isler since 2004 and recently joined the SI Dance Company, participating in dance showcases, competitions and ensemble pieces. She loves to learn, teach and is a budding choreographer. She also continues to pursue performing opportunities and is a cast member in Showstoppers Productions' annual holiday shows, their recent staging of Spamalot and Virginia Regional Ballet’s productions of The Nutcracker as well as being featured in SI Dance competition numbers. 

     
photo Frederick Deocampo Mayor

GUEST INSTRUCTOR

Frederick Deocampo Mayor, aka "Fredd", has been known to be a timid and soft-spoken person, however, when the music starts he is everything other than that description. Virginia Beach raised the well-rounded dancer who began his journey dancing for the first time at the Batangas Association of Tidewater's Induction Ball in 2001. From this event forward Fredd's passion for dance and to learn choreography grew at an alarming pace. He later joined YFAMD in 2005, which was his first experience in a dance crew. He continued to perform at festivals, Pageants, Fundraisers and Parades, and began to train officially at workshops in various cities and in his home. Fredd's ability soared when he joined CREWcial juniors in 09 and then moved up to "CREWcial seniors", CREWcial as of now. Leadership was inevitable for this young man and he soon lead the Urban Inspiration Dance Company, UIDC, with other fellow CREWcial members, and has taught several workshops around the DMV area, KODACHROME being one of many. Fredd Mayor is an extremely passionate and driven dancer who puts forth a great deal of energy into God given gift, and this translates through every eight count.

     
photo Marcus Maloney

GUEST INSTRUCTOR

Marcus started Irish dancing at five years ofage with the O’Shea Irish Dance School in competitive career he went on to winfive Leinster titles, the Great Britain title and North American title beforeretiring in 2004, ranking Second at the All-Ireland and World Championships.Marcus gained his Irish Dance Teachers Exam (TCRG) in 2004 and currentlyteaches and assists at workshops worldwide. Since graduating from TrinityCollege Dublin in 2004 with an honours degree in Business and Economics, Marcushas been performing full-time. Highlights include Lord of the Dance, BuschGardens and multiple years with Riverdance. In 2010 Marcus was thechoreographer and Assistant Director of Celtic Fyre at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg,USA.

     
photo Elliott Keller

GUEST INSTRUCTOR

Originally from Rochester, NY, Elliott is a recent graduate from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Outside of school, he trained with the Limon Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Parsons Dance Company, the Joffrey Ballet School's Jazz and Contemporary Dance program, and the New York State Summer School of the Arts. Elliott has performed with the Zodiaque Dance Company, HT Chen & Dancers, and Melanie Aceto Contemporary Dance at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. He has been a master teacher and guest choreographer for Infinity Dance Project and numerous workshops and studios throughout New York State. Elliott has recently moved to Virginia to dance at Busch Gardens in the Christmas Town show "Miracles," and he is very excited to be here!