Roz started her dance career at age three (unknowingly!) taking classes in tap and jazz. By age 12 she was training in three classes a week - two in Albany for tap and jazz, and private ballet lessons under Arlene Pasiunes (member of the Radio City Rockettes touring group). Roz was involved with six years of performing in the television industry, and did numerous show tours throughout the country. She also worked two years on location with Albany Fashion Models. Her teaching began at the age of thirteen with a love for the "Performing Arts" and imparting it's impact to others; realizing that dance effects every area of one's life.
Roz attended The College of Saint Rose for early childhood education and currently holds a New York State nursing license.
Her dance curriculum involves extensive continuing education with dance conventions. One of her favorite teachers on tour being Thommie Walsh, a member of the original cast of A Chorus Line.
Roz has seen the art develop and change from students' abilities to teachers' knowledge. "One of the greatest rewards is to see how the studio that started 47 years ago has improved". At Roz's Dance Works students can experience different teachers, techniques and styles, along with a caring staff of inspiring instructors and assistants. It is her belief that you can't teach performance in a classroom only; "To learn to perform you've got to get your derriere on the stage". The year end productions combine the advancing skills of the dancers along with gala stage effects, bringing audience attendants not only from the local community, but from across the States. Many viewers are pleasantly surprised and claim "It's like a Broadway Show!" Participating dancers are from Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Ulster and Albany counties, and have traveled as far as Long Island to take weekly classes.
In the future our goal is to maintain the quality of teaching, staying on top of dance education trends so that the students and teachers get the inspiration and information they need.
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Now entering it's 47th year, Roz's Dance Works has the right formula, and it isn't a business formula - "It's a passion, a love of what we do. It's wanting the students to challenge themselves to do better and leave inspired - WE CARE"!
Now we leap in to another new and exciting dance season - our 47th!!!!!
SEE YOU ON THE DANCE FLOOR!
Miss Amanda has been with Roz's Dance Works since the age of three. She has worked by Miss Roz's side for many, many years, assisting with classes, production details and many other behind the scenes activities. She has attended many dance conventions and has studied multiple genres of dance. Amanda holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and truly enjoys working with kids of all ages.
Miss Jess has been dancing since she was three years old. Originally from Arizona, she has studied Russian Ballet, Jazz, and Tap. At age twelve her family relocated to New York and she has been with Miss Roz ever since. Jessica currently holds a New York State nursing license as well as a certification in substance abuse counseling. She loves her work both here at Roz's and as a nurse at Camphill Village in Ghent.
Miss Ali has been dancing at Roz's Dance Works since she was three years old. She has taken a variety of classes including; tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet and hip hop. Miss Ali has been competing on the hip hop competition team since 2014 and has competed in large groups, small groups and trios. She has also been assistant teaching dance classes at Roz's since 2011. She is studying childhood education in hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher in the future!
Born in Bronx, New York, Anthony grew up surrounded by dance. After winning his first D.A.R.E. talent show at age five, he knew that he had found his passion. Moving to Kingston at age fifteen, he discovered Energy Dance Company and knew immediately he wanted to be a part of their team. After auditioning and being selected, Anthony joined the team that would quickly become his second family. At Energy Dance Studio, Anthony found his home and continued to be a member for seven years, accompanying the team to events such as, "Arnold Swartz Classic", "BET Wiled Out Wednesday", "Bad Boy's Comedy Show", and opening for "ABDC" season 2. Being a part of Energy inspired Anthony to further his career in dance. Anthony has participated in dance conventions such as Movement Lifestyle and the Pulse On Tour, performing on stage at The Pulse in his second year. Anthony has also choreographed and been an instructor in studios such as Roz's Dance Works, Hudson Valley Academy of Arts and the Hudson Opera House with Operation Unite Kuumba Dance and Drum.
Welcoming Jennifer Bachar, seasoned dance instructor, choreographer, dancer, and yogi. Jennifer trained at Center Stage Dance and Theater from ages 3-18. While there she learned many styles of dance such as jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, pointe, and hip hop. She even competed at a very high level, winning many national titles with her CATS company. Jennifer went on to study at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she graduated with her associates in dance. Since graduating she has went on to train in yoga, performing with modern dance companies in NYC / Baltimore and teaching dance. Jennifer has a passion for teaching and is beyond excited to be apart of the Roz's Dance Works family!
Lindsay joined the Roz's Dance Works team five years ago. She has danced for several years with the senior competition team, and currently coaches the junior competition team. Lindsay is also an employee of Step Up 2 Dance Competition as a back stage manager. Lindsay has studied under many different hip hop choreographers at master classes, workshops and dance conventions. Her specialty is hip hop, but she also teaches basic tap, jazz and ballet.