Shannon McConnell

Shannon is the owner, director, and primary instructor of Inspirational Movement Dance.  She has been dancing for over 30 years and carries a degree in Dance and Performance studies from Roger Williams University.  She has performed pieces choreographed by Puala Josa-Jones, Heidi Latsky, Isadora Duncan, May O'Donnell and many more.  Shannon performed with Nacre Dance and Beth Fecteau from 2009-2011.  As well as a performer she is a choreographer and has choreographed numerous award winning pieces.  Shannon loves the art of dance, she loves to express herself through movement, to tell a story or paint an emotion with dance.  Shannon wants to pass along her love for dance to students of all ages.  Please come and move along with her on her dance journey.

Mary Bond

Mary has been dancing for over 20 years.  She has performed in numerous award winning pieces as a competition dancer both locally and nationally.  Mary has a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work.  She has been working with children for the past ten years fostering their hearts and souls.  Mary loves working with children helping them become expressive and comfortable with their emotions not only in a classroom or office but in the dance studio as well.  Come meet Miss Mary!

Amanda Smith

Amanda has been dancing for over the past 20 years. She has been trained in numerous styles of dance.  She has competed award winning pieces both locally and nationally. Amanda went to SUNY Oneonta to get her B.S. in Apparel and Textiles and is currently working on her M.S. in Nutrition. While at Oneonta Amanda was a member of Oneonta's Terpsichorean Dance Company, “Terps”, a student run dance team. Amanda’s love for dance has always been her favorite creative outlet. She hopes to share her passion with students of all ages and allow them to express and share their story through dance.

Sarajane Leary

As a lifelong dancer and movement enthusiast, Sarajane studied and performed locally with NACRE Dance, Dance Eclectic, YDC, Berkshire Ballet and Maude Baum & Co as well as performed in local theater with NYSTI, Park Playhouse, Steamer 10 and many others.  She was fortunate enough to train in NYC at Marymount Manhattan College and with the renowned Martha Graham Dance Company as well as perform pieces by dance greats Isadora Duncan, Anna Sokolow, and Doris Humphrey.  She was introduced to Pilates at a young age and always found it to be a great way to keep her body aligned and to help her recover from myriad dance and work related injuries. She completed her Beginner/Intermediate Mat Certification in 2014 as a fun way to keep fit and help others feel good in their bodies.  In 2015, after 13 years in a corporate position in Real Estate Management, she left to complete her Comprehensive Apparatus and Advanced Series Certification and subsequently opened her own studio, Sarajane Leary Pilates which is located in Albany, NY.  She is thrilled to be teaching dance again and can’t wait to share her love of dance and movement with her students.

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