Jody C. (Houk) DeLoria began her early training at Dance Dimensions, under the direction of Susan Beckman and Chris Kastner. After high-school, she spent one year at SUNY Geneseo where she studied with Jonette Lancos and Jacqueline McCausland. Upon transferring to SUNY Brockport, she studied under José Limón Company members James Payton and Susannah Newman, received the Rose L. Strasser and Departmental Scholar Awards and went on to graduate magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance and psychology.
Prior to opening Jody B’s Studio of Dance in 2003, Jody gained teaching experience at Dance Dimensions, Hochstein School of Music & Dance and the dancentré. Over the years she has continued her dance education, attending workshops sponsored by Broadway Dance Center, Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School, The Limón Institute, and the Bill Evans Teacher Institute, to name some. Through these opportunities she has had the privilege of studying: jazz with Tom Ralabate, Sheila Barker, Joe Tremaine, and Debra Knapp, ballet with Kitty Daniels, Elizabeth Wadell and Kerry Ring, Tap with Barb Denny, Michelle Dorrance, Germaine Salsberg, and Toni Noblett, and modern with Bill Evans, Alan Danielson, Jonette Lancos and Melanie Aceto.
Jody has extensive experience teaching ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical and acrobatics. Her students and choreography have received special recognition at many regional competitions. This season, she was voted “Teacher of the Year” by her colleagues at The Invitational Talent competition. Jody appreciates the qualities that each dance form brings to create a well-rounded dancer. However, she is first to admit her partiality to both, tap and modern dance. Many of Jody’s students have gone on to continue their dance training in college dance programs and have become wonderful instructors and choreographers. Others have reveled in the rare opportunity to work for and perform in Disney World, major touring musicals, and dance companies.
In 2012, Jody joined the faculty at SUNY Geneseo where she remains an adjunct in both the Theatre and Dance, and Music departments. In 2013, she returned to study dance formally as an M.F.A. candidate. Graduate school uncovered her aptitude for combining structure with creativity. Her thesis project, a collaboration with composer Paul DeLoria, culminated in the performance of two unique works both of which were based on the same permutational structure. The contemporary work, Who am I?, and the tap work, R1E2V3O4L4V3E2S1, were choreographed on students and performed in the spring semester Geneseo Dance Ensemble concert. Jody earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in performing arts: dance from The Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Katie Keller received her early dance training at Jody B’s Studio of Dance where she studied tap, musical theatre, ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, jazz and hip-hop. She excelled in tap and musical theatre, winning numerous awards for her solos at the regional level. Katie was a member of the Penfield Dance Team in high school and competed each year at the National Dance Alliance National Championship in NYC. During her four years at SUNY Geneseo, Katie minored in Dance and performed with and choreographed for the Geneseo Dance Ensemble and Orchesis Dance Club. She was also involved in main-stage musical theatre productions at the college as well as in community theater productions. After graduating from college, Katie was selected out of thousands of candidates to join the Entertainment Department as a cast member at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. She still holds this position, traveling to and from Florida and working on a part-time basis on school breaks and over the summer. Katie performs locally with Pittsford Musicals and has choreographed for many theatre companies in the Rochester area. She also continues to further her studies as a dance educator at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC. During the summer, Katie works for the Rochester Broadway Theatre League as an Associate Choreographer and Dance Assistant to Nikki Snelson. Katie holds a degree in Mathematics Education, and is a math teacher at East Irondequoit Middle School where she also advises the Drama Club.
Lianne’s dance training encompasses a wide variety of styles including ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, and contemporary with emphasis in strength and conditioning, as well as choreography and performance techniques. She received her pre-collegiate dance training from Jody B’s Studio of Dance then continued her studies at Columbia College Chicago, graduating cum laude, in 2012, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance with a concentration in choreography. While in Chicago, Lianne continued her training taking classes and workshops from various companies and individuals such as The Seldoms, Lucky Plush Productions, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Giordano Dance Chicago, Autumn Eckman, Randy Duncan, Reggie Wilson, Peter Carpenter, Wade Robinson, Brian Friedman, and Dave Scott. In 2011, Lianne was awarded a scholarship to attend ACDFA at UW-Madison. In 2012, Lianne competed in the Jazz Dance World Congress choreography competition at Point Park University with a Chicago-based dance company. She was selected to present her choreographic work “Wishful Thinking 2.0: An Informal Fallacy” at the 2013 Going Dutch Festival in Chicago. Moving back to Rochester, Lianne is excited to be back with the Jody B’s family that instilled her love and passion for dance and teaching.
Christina first developed a passion for the rhythms of tap, in middle school when she was enrolled in dance classes at LaDanse Workshop. Since then, she has continued her tap and jazz training, taking classes with Tremaine Dance Conventions, Park Avenue Dance Company, as well as, the prestigious Broadway Dance Center in NYC. She has experience choreographing for local high school musicals such as, Cinderella and Aida. Christina holds a bachelor’s degree in education from SUNY Geneseo. Her schooling has informed her unique ability to instruct dancers of all ages, including her Wee Dance and Adult classes for which she holds a particular affection. In addition to teaching, through the past few years, Christina has assumed many of the office responsibilities at Jody B’s Studio of Dance. When she is not upstairs teaching she is in the office answering emails, working on invoices, ordering shoes or organizing costumes.
Erin Agor began her early dance training at Dance Dimensions and later, at the dancentré. Before joining the Jody B’s team, she was an instructor at the dancentré for twelve years, during which time she gained experience teaching many disciplines to dancers of all ages. Erin’s fondness and talent for musical theatre, jazz and tap choreography, originates from her experiences performing in numerous musical theatre productions. Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She and her husband reside in Webster. Their five children keep them extremely busy, but Erin continues to make time for her love of teaching dance.
Miss Gina grew up in Webster where she attended the Donna Smith School of Dance for 13 years. During this time she studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, and musical theater and attended competitions, conventions, and performed in The Nutcracker at the Eastman Theatre with the North Carolina Dance Theatre and the RPO. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from St. Bonaventure University (SBU) and a Master of Science Degree in literacy from Nazareth College. While at SBU, Gina served as president of the Dance Team and performed with the Legacy Dance Company. Prior to joining the Jody B’s family, she taught dance for nine years at Dance 22. Before giving birth to her baby son Fritz, she taught in the West Irondequoit School District for 10 years. She resides in Walworth with her son and her husband, Brian. It is a joy for Miss Gina to have the opportunity to share her love of dance with her students.
Alyssa Dibble has been dancing for fourteen years. She first trained at the dancentre, where her love and talent for dance and acrobatics was ignited. She went on to study ballet, lyrical, modern, jazz and tap as a competitive dancer at Jody B’s Studio of Dance. Alyssa served as an assistant teacher all through high school and began assuming classes of her own last summer. Alyssa is a full time student at Monroe Community College, and works part-time at Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW).