The Dance Center of Queensbury

Official School Of the Adirondack Ballet Theater

Professional Faculty

A team working together to provide every individual with the best quality dance education.
With a combined Total 60+ Years Teaching Experience

Diane L. LaBruzzo

(Owner, Artistic Director, Dance Center of Queensbury and Adirondack Ballet Theater) received her BS degree in Dance Education and Performance from the State University of New York at Brockport. After graduation she joined the faculty of The Dance Center of Queensbury, under the direction of Barbara Tebeau, as a teacher and choreographer. She received her teacher’s certifications from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in the Vaganova Method of Ballet/Pointe training, in Levels A and B. She is the Artistic Director, President of the Board of Directors, 2001 to present of The Adirondack Ballet Theater. Upon the retirement of Barbara Tebeau she continues the philosophy of the Dance Center of Queensbury both as part owner, 1999 through 2007 and sole owner, 2008 to present in addition to Artistic Director of The Dance Center of Queensbury. Over the past sixteen years she has transitioned the school from its original location in Queensbury to downtown Glens Falls. She has written several grants for the Adirondack Ballet Theater receiving substantial funding from NYSCA and LARAC. Her Movement in Music Program designed for kindergarten education, was one of a very selective few receiving full funding from LARAC. During her course of teaching, students have been accepted to renowned summer intensive programs, performed with New York City Ballet at SPAC, pursued careers in dance at college, teaching and professional levels. Diane is trained in tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and ballet. She has trained in workshops with renowned master teachers Debbie Dee, Al Gilbert, Gus Giordano, Frank Hatchett, Bob Rizzo and Cathy Roe. She continues her dance education with renowned teachers at Broadway Dance Center in addition to many workshops in the northeast. She has choreographed original works in tap, jazz, lyrical, modern and ballet for Dance Center of Queensbury Showcase Performances, Adirondack Ballet Theater Performances and regional competitions, where dancers have received many first-place platinum, high gold and gold awards in various competitions throughout the northeast. Many students with high scores in solo, duet and group work have qualified for National competitions. She is an active member of ARCC, LARAC and Dance Alliance.

Alexandra (Allie) Bullard

is a Dance Center of Queensbury alumni and graduated from Glens Falls High School in 2013. She has studied different styles such as Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Hip Hop. She performed with the Adirondack Ballet Theatre in The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast. She attended Keuka College where she performed and competed with the Keuka College Dance Team for four years. Allie graduated in May 2017 receiving a Bachelor of Science in American Sign Language- English Interpreting. Allie currently works at the Dance Center of Queensbury teaching tap, jazz, and ballet. She is in her second year as Ambassador Director choreographing for performances such as the Globetrotters Pre-Game Show, Boo to You and regional competitions. Allie has also choreographed variations for Adirondack Ballet Theater’s performances of The Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz and Swan Lake. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing through St. Joseph’s University.

Melissa George-DerGurahian

born in Morristown, New Jersey started dancing at age 5. Her and her parents moved to Glens Falls when she was 11 and continued her dance training at The Dance Center of Queensbury under Barbara Tebeau. She started training with Barbara at the age of 11 and trained with her until age 18. She is trained in Cecchetti, RAD and Russian techniques. She was part of Adirondack Ballet Theater for six years, performing roles such as Harlequin Doll (original dancer/creator), Snow Queen, and Dew Drop Fairy. Melissa has returned home in previous years to perform “The Sugar Plum Fairy” for the dance school she holds so close to her heart. Melissa received her BFA in Dance Performance from the Boston Conservatory in 2004, performing works by Lar Lubovitch, Jose Limon and Martha Graham. She trained with some of the best teachers/dancers at the Conservatory. Yasuko and Emi Tokunaga (Martha Graham Dance Company), Jennifer Scanlon (Limon Dance Company), Sandy Stone (Paul Taylor Dance Company) Donna Silva (Joffrey Ballet) to name a few. Over the courses of the summer, she trained with The Limon Dance Company, David Parsons Dance Company, and Ballet Hispanico. She began her professional career right out of college with The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. Ellen’s company is based and resides at The Egg in Albany, NY. Among having many roles, in 2007, Ellen choreographed a solo called “The Walk” on her. This was her first solo with the dance company. She collaborated with fellow ESDC dancers on Obsequi, a multimedia art event held in Albany’s historic St. Joseph’s Church. After 10 years Melissa retired from The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company to pursue teaching dance at The Dance Center of Queensbury, Choreographer/Rehearsal Director for Adirondack Ballet Theater, and received her certification in GYROTONIC®. She currently teaches Master Classes and holds private lessons for those looking to improve their technique. She is also the creator and founder of the Adult Program at The Dance Center of Queensbury. Melissa has presented her own piece at The Arts Center in Troy and has performed with Claire Jacob-Zysman and Dancers since 2012.

Cailyn Gordon

Cailyn began her dance education at age 2 and continues her studies in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz and Acrobatics at the Dance Center of Queensbury. Cailyn is a member of the Adirondack Ballet Theater where she has performed in The Nutcracker (Clara, Vividienne Doll, Spanish Soloist, Russian, Chinese, Reed Flute, Reed Flute Attendant in addition to Snow and Flowers Corps), Swan Lake (Bluebird Soloist), Wizard of Oz (Lion), Beauty and the Beast (Chip), Peter and the Wolf (Pond, Huntsman). Cailyn is a member of DCQ’s Ambassador Program for six years, and participates in dance competitions receiving many first-place award recognitions and local events. She was accepted by audition and attended the American Academy of Ballet this past summer. She was selected by audition and will be her second year performing in the Moscow’s Ballet Nutcracker Ballet. In addition to a rigorous dance schedule, Cailyn was a Teacher’s Assistant for 2 years and is in her first year as a member of The Dance Center’s staff, teaching Stretch and Strengthening.

Allison (Alli) Harris

has been training with The Dance Center of Queensbury since the age of 3 training in various genres of dance such as Ballet/Pointe, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern and different styles of Jazz. Alli was a member of the Adirondack Ballet Theater where she has performed in The Nutcracker (Clara, Kissing Doll, Spanish Soloist, Arabian Princess, Dew Drop and Snow Queen), Sleeping Beauty (Carabosse, Diamond Fairy), Peter and the Wolf (Peter), The Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch) and most recently Swan Lake (Princess Odile). Alli was a member of DCQ’s Ambassador Program for five years, whose members participate in dance competitions and local events. In addition to a rigorous dance schedule, Alli was a Teacher Assistant for 3 years and is in her second year as a member of The Dance Center’s staff, teaching Hip Hop. Alli is a graduate of Queensbury High School where she was a part of the music program for many years and participated in the Queensbury High School Orchestra where she played the Cello and Bass. She will continue her education at SUNY Adirondack in the fall.

Teagan Jarvis

Teagan studies in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics and Hip Hop at the Dance Center of Queensbury. Teagan is a member of the Adirondack Ballet Theater where she has performed in The Nutcracker (Harlequinn Doll, Clara Attendant, Candy Cane, Russian, Chinese, Reed Flute, Reed Flute Attendant in addition to Snow and Flowers Corps), Swan Lake (Cardinal Soloist), Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), Beauty and the Beast (Babette), Peter and the Wolf (Pond, Huntsman). Teagan is a member of DCQ’s Ambassador Program for five years, and participates in dance competitions receiving many first-place award recognitions and local events. In addition to a rigorous dance schedule, Teagan was a Teacher’s Assistant for 2 years and is in her first year as a member of The Dance Center’s staff, teaching Acrobatics and assisting in the advanced level of acrobatics.

Kim McAlpine

Kim discovered what would become a lifelong love for dance at age six, studying ballet, tap, and jazz throughout childhood, developing a passion for the rhythms of tap dance, in particular. While attending the College of St. Rose for Studio Art and Communications, Kim continued to dance, training with Maude Baum and Company in Albany, and taking various master dance classes at Steps on Broadway in New York City. After college, she began teaching some tap and ballet classes while studying ballroom and Irish dance.

Kim was the Managing Director and head of the tap program, teaching and choreographing at the Glens Falls Ballet and Dance Center, a position she held for 25 years. Along with all levels of tap, she teaches creative movement, beginner jazz, and adult classes. Additionally, Kim has taught for many years as a summer dance instructor in conjunction with the Queensbury Parks and Recreation Department, and has taught tap and rhythm for SUNY Adirondack’s Summer Enrichment program.

“Miss Kim” enjoys teaching all ages, spreading joy through music and movement, and believes dance should be made accessible to all.

David Otto

David began his training at School of American Ballet at the age of eight. He graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1979, and joined the New York City Ballet the same year as an apprentice. Taken into the Corps de Ballet in 1980, David began working with such notable choreographers as George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins and Twyla Tharp. He became a soloist in 1986. David danced in several Dance in America programs for PBS. He also appeared in print ads and television commercials throughout his career.

David left the New York City Ballet to open his own studio at Albany Dance Institute in 1990. He created the Capital Ballet Company in 1993. In 2005, David became the Artistic Director of the Saratoga Ballet Academy. He has choreographed numerous ballets, including a full length Nutcracker, and has taught and lectured at several colleges and universities, most recently at Skidmore College. David has guest taught at schools and dance studios throughout the Capital District, including three years at the Glens Falls Ballet and Dance Center. David is also the owner and Artistic Director of Danceworks of Troy.

Laura (Wood) VanDien

Laura is a 37-year-old mother of three who began my dancing experience at the age of three. I have been trained in Cecchetti and Russian methods of ballet/pointe, jazz and tap with stage performances. I attended Hudson Falls central schools then went on to further my education with a bachelor of science in biology from St. Lawrence University. I co-own my family farm with my parents, where we board horses, give riding lessons and train horses as well. During my college education, I attended ballet class to the 400 level and was responsible for choreographing several stage performances for the University. I also belonged to intramural dance for the University and was responsible for choreographing tap and jazz routines as well. As an adult I am still pursuing my love of dance by attending adult classes at the Dance Center of Queensbury. Learning new methods such as Modern, and continuing my education in ballet and tap.

Victoria Wood

Victoria is a graduate of Lake George High School. She is currently in her second year working on her Associate’s Degree at SUNY Adirondack. Victoria studies in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics and Hip Hop at the Dance Center of Queensbury. Victoria was a member of the Adirondack Ballet Theater where she has performed in The Nutcracker (Kissing Doll, Spanish, Arabian, Reed Flute Soloist, Mother Angel Soloist in addition to Snow and Flowers Corps), Swan Lake (Queen), Wizard of Oz (Emerald Queen, Snowflake Soloist), Beauty and the Beast (Enchantress, Fairy of Beauty), Peter and the Wolf (Caterpillar). Victoria was a member of DCQ’s Ambassador Program for five years, and continues to participate in dance competitions receiving many first-place award recognitions and local events. In addition to a rigorous dance schedule, Victoria was a Teacher’s Assistant for 2 years and is in her second year as a member of The Dance Center’s staff, teaching Children’s Ballet and Tap. Victoria, ABT/DCQ alumni currently performs in ABT productions and is the Assistant Director of the Ambassador Program for the 2019-2020 Season where she also performs with the ambassador dancers.

Faculty Assistants

Grace Barber, Karleigh Gordon, Olivia Moon, Ally Sheffield

Guest Artists

Jane LaBombard (Gymnastic Coach and Teacher - Aerials Gymnastics) 

Leonel Linares (NYC Performing Artist- Staten Island Ballet Company)