The perfect team
Cindy Post, Instructor
Cindy Post has been teaching and choreographing in Rochester for over 30 years. She has experience in tap, hip hop and jazz. Her dances have consistently won top honors at regional and national dance competitions. Cindy continues to take class and learn the latest styles and techniques from teachers in LA, NYC and throughout the northeast.
Cindy gets her creativity through music. "When it sounds good, I love it" Teaching and performing are her passions.
Karen Sitter, Instructor
Karen teaches hip hop, jazz, tap and ballet and has studied from New York to Hollywood with some of the greats including Savion Glover, AC, Frank Hatchett and Jermaine Salsberg.
Karen currently choreographs for various bands in Nik Entertainment and performs with Nik and the Nice Guys. She loves sharing her creativity and passion for performing with her students.
Shannon Rodriguez, Instructor
Ms. Rodriguez received her dance training at the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education, the official school of the Rochester City Ballet. She was invited to attend Alonzo King LINES Ballet summer intensive, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Perry Mansfield summer intensive, and has attended summer intensives at both the Juilliard School and The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. Ms. Rodriguez performed alongside the Rochester City Ballet in notable roles that include Lead Spanish Chocolate in “The Nutcracker”, Daniel Gwirtzman’s “Encore”, and George Balanchine’s “Serenade”. After training, she attended the University of Arizona on scholarship where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance after just two and a half years. While at the University of Arizona, Ms. Rodriguez performed River North Dance Chicago repertoire “Evolution of a Dream”, George Balanchine’s “Rubies”, Ernie Flatt’s “Firebird”, as well as many soloist roles in works by Michael Williams and James Clouser. Ms. Rodriguez also choreographed a solo that was selected to premier at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre in 2014. Following graduation, Ms. Rodriguez returned to Rochester and is currently a Company Member with the Rochester City Ballet under the direction of David Palmer.
Kaleena Parisi, Instructor
Kaleena Parisi is a professional artist and educator. She holds a BS in Interdisciplinary Arts for Children from SUNY Brockport where she was trained in children's dance and creative dance movements and went on to educate young children throughout Rochester, NY. Kaleena has over 15 years experience in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance styles and has extensive experience in dancing on a competitive level. She has a strong passion for the arts that can be easily seen translated into her teaching style.
Sarah Del Favero, Instructor
Sarah Del Favero is thrilled to be on the Articul8 teacher team, introducing our youngest students to dance! Sarah has had a variety of movement experiences: she currently trains in a Brazilian martial art called capoeira at Com Expressao, recently became certified in Holy Yoga, and loves outdoor sports games. After graduating SUNY Brockport with degrees in Arts for Children (dance studies) and Theatre, Sarah moved into the city of Rochester where she apprenticed at Geva's Summer Academy for high school students and served a year with Americorps at School #46. Sarah's teaching experience ranges from ages 18 months - adult through teaching classes at DoodleBugs!, Irondequoit Park and Recreation, Carlson MetroCenter YMCA, and Brockport Hill Elementary School. Sarah's goal is to spark your child's creativity, develop their physical awareness, and introduce dance style beginnings in imaginative ways
Stephanie Bock, Instructor
Stephanie is delighted to be sharing her love of dance with students at Articul8! Stephanie has been dancing for more than twenty years, eight of them as part of the competitive dance team in Webster, New York. She performed as a company member and soloist of the Geneseo Dance Ensemble for four years, and is the recipient of several dance scholarships through the Dance Department at SUNY Geneseo. Graduating Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Geneseo in May 2014, Stephanie acquired her B.S. Degree in Education, through the Childhood and Special Education program with a concentration in Dance. Throughout the following year, Stephanie attended graduate school at SUNY Geneseo and attained her M.S. Degree in Education, through the Reading and Literacy program. Stephanie is a nationally certified dance instructor through Dance Masters of America in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Modern. Stephanie is also an elementary educator, working as a second grade teacher in West Irondequoit.
Julie Lamancuso, Guest Teacher and Choreographer
Julie LaMancuso is a dancer and choreographer based out of Buffalo, NY. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University at Buffalo in Dance. Julie grew up dancing not only in a competitive studio setting, but was a member of a pre-professional contemporary company, Infinity Dance Project. She has choreographed on the company for the past 5 years. Her choreography has been featured in collegiate level productions such as Dancer's Workshop, Emerging Choreographers Showcase, and Zodiaque Dance Ensemble. Julie's work Moonlight Sonata was chosen to represent the University at Buffalo's Department of Dance at the American College Dance Festival at Penn State University. She has served at the Assistant to the Director for both of the University's resident dance companies, Zodiaque Dance Ensemble and Zodiaque Dance Company. Julie is the recipient of the Amanda Occhino Endowment Scholarship of the Arts, given annually to the dance major who shows the most dedication to the program of Theatre & Dance. She has also been commissioned several times to set work on dance majors at Fredonia State University. She has been the guest choreographer for In Good Company Productions, staging and choreographing High School Musical and Once On This Island. In the summer of 2011, Julie was named America's Young Choreographer of the Year at the American Dance Awards Nationals in Boston, MA. Her contemporary routines and soloists have won numerous overall high-score and choreography awards at both regional and national competitions. This past season, Julie's choreography was a two-time recipient of the Critic's Choice Award at Onstage NY. Julie sets work at competitive studios all over WNY and New Jersey. She currently judges for the American Dance Awards across the US and Canada. Julie's favorite part of traveling to teach and choreograph is that it gives her the opportunity to help students come to realize their full potential as dancers, artists, and people.