Jacklyn (Faust) Maietta
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Jacklyn (Faust) Maietta

Jacklyn started dancing at the age of five. A combination of her love for dance and the encouragement from her instructors made dancing more than just an “after school activity,” it became one of her passions. Throughout the years at Yanarella, Jacklyn competed in many dance competitions, participated in NADAA every summer, and was an...

Sue Iannucci
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Sue Iannucci

Sue has been dancing since she was 5 years old.  Her first dance lesson was at Yanarella School of Dance and that is where she spent all of her dancing years.  She attended many dance conventions, NADAA, Dance Caravan, and was even a guest teacher at some of those conventions. She continued her dance education...

Samantha (Snowden) Cuello
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Samantha (Snowden) Cuello

Samantha started dancing at Yanarella when she was 3 years old. Over the years she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acrobatics and Workshop sessions at the studio. During her time at Yanarella, she went to numerous competitions including NADAA and Starbound, as well as attended special sessions with the Knicks City Dancers and...

Gina Sylvester
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Gina Sylvester

Gina was welcomed into the Yanarella family (with jazz hands!) at the age of three, and is so excited to be joining the staff this year. Her studio roots run deep, as she danced in just about every class she could convince her mom to sign her up for from then, until the age of...

Megan Laurelli
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Megan Laurelli

Megan discovered her passion for dancing at the age of three and has been a proud member of the Yanarella School of Dance family ever since. She has competed in solo, duet, and group categories and taken class with various choreographers at studios in NYC such as Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. After receiving...

Mary (Sylvester) Ritter
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Mary (Sylvester) Ritter

Mary began dancing at the age of four following in her cousin Sue (Olivieri) Iannucci’s footsteps and has been teaching here for nearly 40 years. She has been on the faculty for many NADAA workshops teaching tap, ballet and jazz for all ages. While attending Siena College, Mary enjoyed performing in the theater productions both...

Angela Van Vlack
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Angela Van Vlack

Angela Van Vlack is a true Beaconite—she was born at then Highland Hospital, raised in the Beacon City School District, built a family here and continues to reside in Beacon to this day. Angela has had a unique opportunity to actively participate in and help shape the flourishing Beacon arts community over the past several...

Kayla Romine
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Kayla Romine

Native Beaconite and award-winning choreographer Kayla Romine began her dance education at Yanarella School of Dance when she was just two years old. She took lessons in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern, Acrobatics, and Baton- even taking multiples of the same classes because she just loved to dance! As a performer, Kayla has won numerous...

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Pointe

Ages: By Invitation Only Pointe work is an extension of ballet, which special shoes are worn to allow dancers to dance on the tips of their toes. Years of preparation and technique work are needed in order to prepare and strengthen the dancer for Pointe work without injury. Once a dancer is En Pointe, classes...

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Tumbling (Acrobatics)

Ages 5+ Due to COVID our tumbling class sizes have been limited- more so than our other classes. Each student will be working on their own mat. Tumbling (Acro.) is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly...