the dance department

Connie Sweeney

Connie became the Director of The Dance Department in 2017. She is not only an owner but also a teacher. She began passing her extensive knowledge of gymnastics on to our students in our exciting new Acro classes. Her focus on form and technique keeps the dancers wanting more!

Lindsey Cleveland

Lindsey has been dancing since the age of seven. She has trained in tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet and modern dance. Lindsey is a recent graduate of Hofstra University with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Dance. She has worked with top teachers and choreographers as an Intern at Broadway Dance Center, in New York City. Lindsey has had the privilege of training with the dancers and choreographers of four professional modern dance companies through a Summer Intensive Program at NYU. Lindsey has also obtained her certification in Pilates Mat Instruction from Core Pilates, NYC.

Amillion Turner

Amillion is a recent High School graduate from South Colonie High. She began dancing at the age of 4 at JoAnne's Academy of dance, training in tap and ballet. The following year she trained at Art in Motion Dance Academy, where she took lessons for 9 years and began competing in competitions at age 11. The last few years Amillion has danced at Dance Dimensions and lastly at World of Dance to broaden her technique and ability. Amillion has competed in local and national competitions and attends many conventions and workshops annually. Her styles now span lyrical, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, ballet and tap. She has experience choreographing routines for recital and competition. Her goal is to teach the girls life lessons through their dancing, and that they are there at the studio to have fun and express themselves.

Jennifer Manino

Jennifer began her life-long love of dance at the young age of 5. Attending private schools such as Walnut Hill and later a graduate of The HARID Conservatory. Mrs. Manino also studied at renowned schools such as: The Joffrey Ballet School in NYC, Pacific Northwest Ballet, School of American Ballet and Boston Ballet. Her professional career began touring for the Broadway show Cinderella which took her to over 20 cities throughout the USA. She then joined Columbia City Ballet where she danced soloist and principle roles. After two years at CCB, she went back to NYC where she began performing for The Metropolitan Opera Ballet. During that time, she attained a degree from New York University. After eight seasons dancing with the MET, she began teaching for various schools in NJ & NY including the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. She also taught for Miami City Ballet School in Florida for 3 years. She has over eight years of teaching experience, teaching students from age 2 to adult. Jen, her husband and three energetic children live in the Saratoga area. Founder of Story Dance Studios (, she began teaching and creating her classes in September of 2018. She is excited to be joining the faculty at The Dance Department.

Erica Connell

Erica just completed her first year as a dance instructor. She started dance at the age of 2 at Cindy's Academy of Dance and at the age of 5, she began attending Elenor's School of Dance in Colonie. She has maintained her dance skills by attending continuing education tap classes and has taken adult lessons at various local studios throughout the years. Erica strives to create a fun, yet challenging environment where the dancers can grow together.