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!

Lauren Kent

Lauren grew up dancing locally at Merritt's Dance Center under the instruction of Marlene and Mara Merritt. Lauren studied with esteemed dancers such as Charles Kelley, Patsy Swayze and Frank Hatchett at Gus Guiordano's Jazz World Congress, Peter Chu, and Tom Ralabate of University at Buffalo. Lauren took residency for the summers of '01, '02, and '03 with the Ajkun Ballet Theater under the instruction of Chiara and Leonard Ajkun. Lauren is Dance Masters of America certified, by test, to teach Tap, Jazz, and Ballet. After continuing education at Skidmore College, Lauren became the owner and creative director at The Dance Department in Clifton Park. Mrs. Lauren places the upmost importance on continuing the Dance Masters of America focus on dance education with her own students, as well as emphasizing the love and fun of the art of dance.

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.

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 variou local studios throughout the years. Erica strives to create a fun, yet challenging environment where the dancers can grow together.