Instructors

Instructors
Diane Lobdell
Miss Diane was born and raised in Buffalo New York. She started her dance training at the early age of three. She has trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe and Contemporary with an emphasis on Ballet. Diane has been an instructor with Center Stage Dance Studio since 1982. She has also taught dance classes at the Sacred Heart Academy and tap classes at the Tonawanda Senior Center.  Her students range in age from 2 to 90. Diane has taught many competitive classes winning several top awards including choreography awards Miss Diane enjoys sharing her passion for dance with others.   Miss Diane is a certified member of Dance Educators of America.  We are proud to have her as a part our staff.
Liza Smith
Liza Smith grew up dancing and cheerleading in Buffalo since the age of four. She cheered professionally with the Buffalo Jills and the Buffalo Bombshells for nine years. Liza has also studied with Dance Educators of America and coached Little Loop Cheerleading for over ten years. She is the proud mother of four children, including triplet teenage boys. Liza and her aspiring ballerina daughter Chloe', were featured on the hit Lifetime TV show "Dance Moms" for three seasons. Liza Loves to teach and is proud of all her students. She has won several awards for her choreography and work with her competitive students both regionally and nationally.  Miss Liza is a certified member of Dance Educators of America.  We are proud to have her as a part of our staff.
Rachel Bieron
Rachel Bieron began dancing at the age of three at the Center Stage Dance Studio. She studied Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Contemporary and Hip-Hop. She received additional training from the American Academy of Ballet, Dance Educators of America.  Miss Rachel has received her BA in Dance from the University at Buffalo. Rachel has also attended workshops with the Rockette Experience, Fosse, ABT II, Doug Varone Dance Company, Jazz Dance World Congress, and Jose Limon. She has performed for L'Oreal Professional and the Miss Buffalo Pageant. Rachel is passionate about teaching and has won numerous awards both regionally and nationally for her choreography and work with her competitive students.  Miss Rachel is a certified member of Dance Educators of America.  We are proud to have her as a part of our staff.
Jocelyn Bagar
Jocelyn  has been dancing since the age of 3.  She started with Center Stage at the age of 15 and has been a valued faculty member for over 30 years.  She has experience teaching classes of all levels but our Mommy and Me classes are her favorite . She loves working with our youngest, upcoming dancers. Jocelyn has a passion for teaching and shares her devotion with her students, encouraging them to have fun through the learning experience.  CSDS is very fortunate to have a person with her expertise on faculty.  Jocelyn resides in Clarence with her two children Matthew and Miranda ( who is also a proud Center Stage dancer) .
Cheryl Fay
Cheryl Fay began dancing at the age of 3.  Miss Cheryl trained in Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical at the Michael Valentic School of Performing Arts.  Cheryl began teaching at the age of 16.   She went on to graduate from Hiram College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and a minor in Theatre.   Cheryl  judged for Summer Dance Festival for a number of years.  She found Center Stage through a recommendation from a friend in the year 2000 and she has never left.  In 2002, Cheryl began teaching at Center Stage.  Her specialty is working with our recreational classes to insure they have the most fun possible while learning to dance!   The thing she loves the most is to see beginners finish the dance year with an entertaining and organized performance and to see how proud they are of their accomplishments!  We are proud to have her as a part of our staff. 
Ashley Scott
Ashley Scott has been with Center Stage Dance Studio for over 15 years. She is well versed in all styles offered at Center Stage.  Ashley currently serves as our Hip Hop dance instructor and choreographer.  In addition to recreational hip hop instruction, Ashley teaches our Hip Hop "Crew" competitive teams.  She has successfully lead them to victory since 2014.  Her passion for the arts has allowed her to spark creativity and imagination in children as they discover new movements in class.
Debbie Molloy
Debbie Molloy is an Acro instructor at Center Stage Dance Studio.  Debbie started my dancing career at the age of 2 where she attended her mother's dance studio, Carol Joy's School of Dance.  Debbie took Tap, Jazz, Acro and Ballet. At 16 years old, she started teaching her own classes.  Debbie is now working at a few various studios in the WNY area and have had many award winning competition routines.  "I truly have a blessed career and it is my mission to inspire The Next Generation of dancers!!!!"  We are proud to have her as a part of our staff.
Sara Sade
Sara A. Sade started dancing at two and a half at The Moyer Institute of Dance in Central Pennsylvania. Sara focused mainly on Ballet technique and performance along with other genres of dance. Following high school, she attended Elmira College where she majored in Psychology and minored in dance.  Sara performed as a member of Orchesis focusing on modern dance and choreography.  She also has a Masters Degree in Counseling Education and Childhood Education from Eastern Illinois University.  Following her move to Buffalo, she began teaching Ballet Technique and Performance at other local studios for many years before happily moving to Center Stage Dance Studio in 2009.   We are proud to have her as a part of our staff.
Shanika Williams
Shanika Williams has danced with Center Stage Dance Studio since the age of 8yrs old training in several dance forms including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern and Acro.  Shanika is proud to have implemented the Hip-Hop dance classes at CSDS in the fall of 2000.  She is currently a Hip Hop and Acro dance instructor. Shanika has additional collegiate and professional training in the forms of African and Hip Hop dance.  Shanika is a proud Alumni of CSDS.  She is a dedicated dance mom and member of our Center Stage dance family. We are proud to have her as a part of our staff.
Kayley Cartwright
Kayley has been at Center Stage Dance Studio since she was 2 years old. She has trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Hip Hop. Kayley has been an assistant at the studio since she was 13, filling in as a teacher when needed and helping out with classes. While attending college at Buffalo State College Kayley continued to take dance classes fueling her passion for dance.  We are proud to have her as a part of our staff.
Ashley Rossi
Ashley was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She has been dancing and training at Center Stage since age 5. Throughout her years as a Center Stage dancer and competition team member, she has trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Acrobatics. She is currently continuing her dance training/studies as a dance major at the University at Buffalo and has been a part of Emerging Choreographer’s Showcase, Dancer’s Workshop, Zodiaque Dance Ensemble, and Zodiaque Dance Company. She currently teaches and assists with recreational and competitive classes mainly in the subjects of tap, jazz, and lyrical. Ashley’s favorite part about teaching is being able to see children express themselves through movement and find that dance is not only a hobby to them, but more of a passion. Center Stage has always been a second home to her and she cannot wait to continue sharing her knowledge and passion with her students.  We are proud to have her as a part of our staff.
Zoe Gionis
Miss Zoe has been dancing at Center Stage since she was 4 years old. She has taken years of tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, and Acro.  Zoe has trained in workshops with renowned choreographers Jill Wolins and James Washington.   She is a Psychology student a Canisius College but spends a lot of time teaching and taking dance at Center Stage and considers dance one of her passions.  She now teaches and assists many subjects to student of all ages and especially loves seeing younger children find their love for dance!   We are proud to have her as a part of our staff.
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