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.
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.
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.
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 School and 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.
Alexandra (Allie) Bullard
Allie is a Dance Center of Queensbury alumni and graduated from Glens Falls High School in 2013. She started dancing at the age of three, and in her 23 years of training, she has studied different styles such as Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Hip Hop. Allie has performed with the Adirondack Ballet Theatre in The Nutcracker as Reed Flute Soloist and Chinese, Alice in Wonderland as a Tweedle, Sleeping Beauty as Little Red Riding Hood, and Beauty and the Beast as The Prince. After graduating, Allie attended Keuka College where she performed, choreographed, and competed with the Keuka College Dance Team for four years. Allie graduated from Keuka in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in American Sign Language- English Interpreting. She returned to the Dance Center of Queensbury to teach tap, jazz, and ballet. She also continued her involvement in The Adirondack Ballet Theatre, now as a choreographer, staging variations for The Nutcracker, The Wizard of Oz, Swan Lake, and Coppelia. In 2017, Allie took on the role as Ambassador Director, choreographing for performances such as the Globetrotters Pre-Game Show, Boo to You and regional competitions. Through this program, Allie developed a passion for competitive dance and founded Dynamic Dance Works, where she has choreographed award-winning routines that have been performed at competitions, local fundraisers, and The Adirondack Wine and Food Festival. Allie now holds a Master’s degree in Special Education and works as a preschool Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Allie continues to explore the competition dance world as the director and choreographer for Dynamic Dance Works.
Cailyn, a graduating senior from Queensbury High School, began her dance education at age 2 and continues her studies in Ballet, Pointe, Tap and Jazz at the Dance Center of Queensbury. Cailyn is a member of the Adirondack Ballet Theater where she has performed in The Nutcracker (Snow Queen, Dew Drop, Clara, Vividienne Doll, Spanish Soloist, Spanish Duet, Russian, Chinese, Reed Flute, Reed Flute Attendant, Shepherdess, Mother Angel 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), Coppelia as Coppelia and the Wicked Land of Oz (Galinda, Glinda the Good Witch). In addition to performing with the Adirondack Ballet Theater she choregraphs and rehearses for the company. Cailyn is a member of DCQ’s Ambassador Program, (Dynamic Dance Works, a competitive dance team) for several years, participating in local events and dance competitions receiving many first-place and special award recognitions. She was accepted by audition and attended the American Academy of Ballet. She was selected by audition and performed for three years in the Moscow’s Ballet Nutcracker Ballet. In addition to a rigorous dance schedule, Cailyn has completed the Teacher’s Assistant Program and is in her fourth year as a member of The Dance Center’s staff, teaching Children’s Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She continues to spread the joy of dance and mentor young aspiring dancers.
Teagan, a graduating senior from Warrensburg, 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 (Arabian Soloist, Russian Soloist, Harlequinn Doll, Clara Attendant, Candy Cane, Russian, Chinese, Reed Flute, Reed Flute Attendant, Shepherdess 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), Coppelia (Young Franz, Swanhilda’s Friend, Dance of the Hours), and the Wicked Land of Oz (Madame Morrible, Cowardly Lion, Yellow Brick Road and Over the Rainbow). In addition to performing with the Adirondack Ballet Theater she choreographs and rehearses for the company. Teagan is a member of DCQ’s Ambassador Program (Dynamic Dance Works, a competitive dance team) for several years, participating in local events and dance competitions receiving many first-place award recognitions. In addition to a rigorous dance schedule, Teagan completed the Teacher’s Assistant Program at the Dance Center of Queensbury and has taught all levels of acrobatics, she continues as a member of The Dance Center’s staff, teaching Hip Hop to children of all ages.
Olivia, a 2022 DCQ/ABT Alumni, a graduate from Glens Falls High School, began her dance education at an early age and continues her studies in Ballet, Pointe, Tap and Jazz. Olivia was a member of the Adirondack Ballet Theater where she performed in The Nutcracker (Snow Queen, Dew Drop, Clara, Kissing Doll, Spanish Soloist, Spanish Duet, Russian, Chinese, Reed Flute, Reed Flute Attendant, Shepherdess in addition to Snow and Flowers Corps.). Swan Lake (Moth Soloist), Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Beauty and the Beast (Briar Rose), Peter and the Wolf (White Swan, Huntsman), Coppelia as Swanhilda and the Wicked Land of Oz (Elphaba, The Wicked Witch of the West). Olivia continues to choreograph and rehearse ABT productions. Olivia was a member of DCQ’s Ambassador Program, (Dynamic Dance Works, a competitive dance team) for several years, participating in local events and dance competitions receiving many first-place and special award recognitions. She is a choreographer/teacher for Dynamic Dance Works. She has auditioned and been accepted to renown summer intensive programs and was selected by audition and performed in the Moscow’s Ballet Nutcracker Ballet and Ellen Sinopoli’s Kids Dance Project at the Egg. In addition to a rigorous dance schedule, Olivia completed the DCQ Teacher’s Assistant Program and joins The Dance Center’s staff, teaching Jazz II with Victoria Wood. While attending High School, she completed higher education classes at HVCC, she will continue her higher education at Hudson Valley Community College where she will receive her associates degree in 2023. She continues to spread the joy of dance and mentor young aspiring dancers both at the school and company.
Victoria is a graduate of Lake George High School and SUNY Adirondack. Victoria studies in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz 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, Black Swan), Wizard of Oz (Emerald Queen, Snowflake Soloist), Beauty and the Beast (Enchantress, Fairy of Beauty), Peter and the Wolf (Caterpillar). Victoria, ABT/DCQ alumni choreographs and rehearses for Adirondack Ballet Theater’s productions. Victoria was a member of DCQ’s Ambassador Program for five years, receiving many first-place award recognitions and performed in many local events. She is the Assistant Director, Co-Founder and choreographer for Dynamic Dance Works. Victoria completed the Dance Center of Queensbury Teacher’s Assistant Program and has taught all levels of dance education at the school. She will be teaching the Jazz II program along with assistant Olivia Moon this 2022-2023 season. She continues to share her passion in dance to dancers of all ages.