Vanessa A. Viscusi, Artistic Director, received her early training from the Academy of Dance Arts in Red Bank, NJ under the tutelage of Jennifer James Church. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in ballet from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. Vanessa has performed with ballet companies in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and was previously a teacher in the children’s division at the school in which she was trained and Saratoga City Ballet.
Siobhan Di Prima Dunham, School Director, began training in ballet at the Hollenbeck School of Dance in Albany, NY. She went on to attend the School of American Ballet for five years leading her to a professional dance career. She danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet under the direction of Melissa Hayden (principal dancer NYCB), Nevada Dance Theatre, Dublin City Ballet (Ireland), and the Berkshire Ballet Company. Siobhan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a concentration in dance from the University of Utah, as well as having an extensive undergraduate education in Art History. Her teaching career began as the director of the ballet program at Emma Willard School for Girls in Troy, NY. Since then she has taught in programs both locally and abroad. For two years she was the Interim Artistic Director of the National Museum of Dance. In addition to instructing at SCB, she is the Director of Arts Education at SPAC, where she runs a Pre-Performance Talk series for New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra during their summer residencies, and works in the outreach education division for dance and music.
Jessica Fowler, Instructor, studied with The American Dance Center in Saratoga Springs, NY under the direction and care of Madame Phyllis Latin. While in high school she performed as a member of the Phyllis Latin Dance Company, Inc. at many local venues. Jessica went on to receive a BA in Dance and a BA in Psychology from the University of Buffalo in 2006. While attending UB, Jessica performed in several school productions as well as guest performances with Buffalo City Ballet and Western New York’s Children’s Choir. In 2014 she also received her Master of Science in education (MSEd) in Childhood / Special Education from the College of Saint Rose. Jessica was on the teaching staff of The American Dance Center for over 10 years before the studio closed. Jessica began instructing at Saratoga City Ballet in February of 2016.
Miranda Danise, Instructor, has trained locally in Saratoga Springs with Madame Phyllis Latin, with whom she apprenticed before becoming a member of the staff at The American Dance Center. She has gone on to receive an Associate of the Arts Degree as well as Zumba Instructor Certification. She has attended several programs including the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA and Joffrey Ballet in NYC. Miranda was accepted into an apprenticeship with the Oklahoma City Ballet before sustaining an injury causing her to forfeit a professional dance career and pursue teaching.
Beth Fecteau, Instructor, has been a performer, dance educator, and arts administrator in the Capital District since 1985 and now serves as the Artistic Director for Nacre. She trained with The New Jersey Ballet, The Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts and is a graduate of the Performing Arts School of Philadelphia. She attended Townson State University in Townson, MD as a scholarship student in dance and graduated cum laude from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY with a BA in Visual and Performing Arts with a dance concentration.
She served as Director of Arts and Programming for the National Museum of Dance and implemented the School of Arts which is now a sustaining force for the museum. During her tenure, she had the opportunity to perform the works of American Dance Choreographers Charles Weidman, Isadora Duncan, Pearl Primus, Anna Sokolow and Donald McKayle. She curated the installation of several exhibits and administered the inductions of dance legends Frankie Manning, Arthur and Kathryn Murray, Bob Fosse, The New Dance Group and Bill T. Jones into The Hall of Fame.
Beth has served as a board member for Dance Alliance and Partners in Dance. She is currently Secretary of the Executive Board for the Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs. She is also an adjunct professor at SUNY Adirondack College and a faculty member at Saratoga City Ballet.