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Faculty:


Mary Kalil

Mary Lourdes Kalil ~ Owner/Artistic Director:
Mary Lourdes has operated the Academy for the past 26 years. Prior to this, she taught at various studios throughout the area for ten years. Mary Lourdes is a graduate of Nazareth College of Rochester where she earned a B.S. degree in Fine Arts and Elementary Education. Since the age of six she has been studying dance locally as well as in Buffalo, Rochester and New York City. Mary Lourdes has taught and choreographed for a national TV show as well as national and state dance competitions.       

Mary Lourdes is a member of Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America, Professional Dance Teachers’ Association and the National Federation of Independent Business. She is licensed by A.S.C.A.P. and B.M.I.

Sheri Molanare

Sheri Molanare:
Sheri is a graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College with an A.A.S. degree in Recreation Leadership. She has been teaching dance at the Academy for over 34 years, specializing in Jazz Technique.  Sheri’s choreography has earned Regional and State Titles. Sheri is one of the Academy’s Competition Directors as well as the Coordinator of Conventions and workshops. She has attended teacher training  conventions at Radix, JumpDance and Turn It Up Dance. Sheri has supported the community through involvement with Your Neighbors Inc. (YNI) as a volunteer, two term board member and chair of the YNI Grandfriends Event. 

Amanda Thorngren

Amanda Thorngren:
Amanda is a graduate of MVCC with an A.A.S. degree in Recreation Leadership, and Utica College of Syracuse University with a B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Amanda has been dancing for 25 years. She is a past member of Mary Lourdes Competition Dance Team, winning various local, state and national level competitions. She was an assistant dance instructor for seven years. This is her 14th year as a faculty member at Mary Lourdes Academy of Dance. Amanda is one of the Academy’s competition directors. Amanda is currently working at the Presbyterian Residential Community as the Director of the Social Adult Day program and activities department.


Samantha Rocci

Samantha Rocci:
Samantha is a graduate of Utica College where she received a B.A. in Communication Arts. She started dancing at the studio at the age of 3 and became part of the competition team at 8. Samantha started working as a teacher at Mary Lourdes Academy of Dance after graduating from Proctor High School in 2007. Throughout her dancing career at the studio, she studied Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Tap, Hip-Hop and Jazz and has also taken classes with some leading teachers in the competition circuit. She was captain of the Elite Team her senior year and won various awards throughout her years as a competitive dancer. She currently is a coach for the Utica Comets “Comettes” Dance Team and works full time in advertising at the Observer Dispatch.

 Trevor Jones

Trevor Jones:
Trevor has been performing since he was a child. At 12 he joined a performing group where he was able to tour all over the country. This is where he discovered his love for dance. He intensely trained in many different styles of dance since the age of 17. At 19, he moved to California to train with the top dance studio in the nation, Just Plain Dancin’. A couple years later he was selected to participate in a 2 week summer dance intensive at the Joffrey Ballet Studio in NYC focusing on contemporary jazz. Trevor is now continuing his training locally along with auditioning and taking classes in NYC. He has been lucky enough to train with some of the top choreographers in the business including Mia Michaels, Sonya Tayeh, Dee Caspary, Erica Sobol, Mandy Moore, Larry Keigwin, Billy Bell and many more.

Rhianna Arcuri
Rhianna Arcuri:
Rhianna is a graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University where she received a B.A in Mathematics with a Risk Management/Insurance Minor. She has danced at the studio since the age of 3 and joined the competition team at age 8. Ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop are among the numerous types of dance she has studied at the studio and throughout her dance career. She was co-captain of the Elite Team her senior year and won numerous awards at competitions with her team during her competitive years. Rhianna has been teaching at the studio since 2008 after she graduated from Sauquoit Valley High School. She was a member of the Utica Comets Dance team for three years. Rhianna works full time at Paradigm Consulting, Inc. working in finance.
Meg Sterling

Julia Shove:
Julia Shove is a senior psychology major at Utica College, with minors in sociology and gender studies. She is a dancer of nineteen years and studied locally at Ballet Arts of CNY under the instruction of Delia Foley, A.R.A.D. and Melissa Larish, RAD RTS. Julia completed her Royal Academy of Dance training through the Intermediate level. As of fall 2015, she partners with the Dance and Movement Studies program at Hamilton College, where she has continued her training and performed in numerous works choreographed by faculty and guest artists. Julia has four years of teaching experience at Ballet Arts of CNY and other local studios, and she is a certified PiYo fitness instructor through BeachBody. She performed as a soloist with the Mohawk Valley Ballet for five years, returning as a guest artist since 2015 to dance the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. Her choreographic experience includes five original works and infuses aspects of balletic and contemporary movement. Julia currently holds a peer tutoring position at Utica College and operates a small photography business. She is a member of Psi Chi, acted as a psychological research assistant in fall 2017, and is now serving as a teaching assistant. Slated to complete her undergraduate studies in December 2018, she is pursuing a Master of Social Work.