Donna Frech began her dance training at age 4 in New York and continues to study at workshops and conventions in between being the owner of 3 dance studios. Donna is a charter member of I.D.E.A. (International Dance Entrepreneurs Association), which focuses on age-appropriate movement, music and costuming.
She has studied with many well known teachers including Frank Hatchett, Finis Jhung, Germaine Salsberg, Ben and Miller, Bob Rizzo, Janice Barringer, Mary Brienza, Brian Foley, Sherry Gold, Beverly Fletcher, Anthony Ferro and at the Eglevsky Ballet School to name a few.
Donna was a student assistant for several years at the studio where she trained and was the choreographer for the East Meadow Rockettes when she was a member of the troupe in high school. Donna is past president of the Central NY Chapter of NADAA, and is currently a National Board Member and Life Member. In addition to owning the studio, Donna has choreographed numerous theater productions, including The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Guys and Dolls and The Music Man to name a few.
She has taught at conventions and workshops throughout her career and has been an adjudicator for Talent Olympics. Donna’s students have won numerous awards and titles, and many have gone on to pursue prestigious careers in dance, including teaching dance and owning their own successful dance studios. She has won choreography awards and many studio awards, including the High Energy Award, the Technique Award, and the Personality Award.
As a youngster, she performed at The World’s Fair in New York, the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, and at the New York Met’s World Series Celebration in Flushing Meadows Park in NY, under the direction of teacher Marge Williams. Donna is celebrating 44 years as a dance studio owner and has made dreams come true for thousands of children throughout her teaching career.
Kathleen Cragle began her dance training at the age of two, under her mother’s direction at the Donna Frech School of Dance. She has studied several forms of dance, including tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, modern, music theater and acrobatics. Kathleen attended many workshops and conventions with master teachers such as Anthony Bradford, Reggio “The Hoofer”, Chuck Kelly, Bob Rizzo, Joe Tremaine, Gregg Russell, Ben and Miller, Joe Lanteri, Frank Hatchett and Finis Jhung just to name a few. She has also attended Rhee Gold’s Dance Studio Life Conference.
Kathleen has been on staff at the Donna Frech School of Dance for the past 22 years. Her students’ have won numerous awards for their dance and acrobatic routines. Kathleen herself has won several dance and acrobatic awards including Teen Miss and Miss NADAA. She has also taught at the Salt City Moving Company under the direction of Susan Hughes, in Syracuse N.Y.
She is currently Treasurer/Secretary of the Central NY chapter # 60 of NADAA and has been a member for 21 years. Kathleen received her Masters Degree in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland and is a Physical Education teacher at the Oxford Primary School. She has choreographed several school musicals including the The Music Man, The Wizard of OZ, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown just to name a few. Kathleen has also been a competition judge for Talent Olympics. Kathleen is certified in First Aid and CPR.
Kristen Miller began her dance training at the age of 2, under the direction of her mother, Donna Frech. Kristen attended many master classes throughout her dance training, studying with Bob Rizzo, Frank Hatchett, Germaine Salsberg, Mary Brienza, Joe Tremaine, Gregg Russell, Ben and Miller, Joe Lanteri, and Finis Jhung to name a few. Kristen has been on staff at the Donna Frech School Of Dance for the past 19 years.
While attending SUNY Oneonta, Kristen was a member of the Oneonta State Terpsichorean Dance Company and choreographed many pieces, one of which was selected to perform for a special SUNY Oneonta President’s Breakfast. In addition to being on staff at the DFSD, Kristen has taught at the Southern Tier Academy of Dance in Binghamton, N.Y. and as a guest teacher for many National Association Of Dance and Affiliated Arts, Inc. workshops. She is now a National Board Member for NADAA.
As a choreographer and teacher, Kristen has received many awards, including choreography awards for several of her dance pieces. Her dance routines have won overall high scores at dance competitions. She has choreographed ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ and ‘Godspell’ for the Norwich Theater Company and ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’, ‘Damn Yankees’ and ‘Mary Poppins’ for the Norwich High School Musicals. In addition to being on faculty for NADAA, Kristen has been a competition judge for Talent Olympics.
Kayla Stage began her training at the Donna Frech School Of Dance where she studied Tap, Ballet Jazz, Acro, Lyrical, Modern and Hip Hop for 15 years. She has studied with many master teachers including Bob Rizzo, Frank Hatchett, Janice Barringer and Jason Worley.
She has been attending NADAA workshops and seminars for dance since she was 11 years old. She was an apprentice in the DFSD teacher training program for 4 years and was an assistant at the studio for several years. While attending SUNY Morrisville, Kayla began her teaching career at DFSD.
Kayla has been a part of many DFSD award winning competition groups and has danced several times in Disney as a DFSD company dancer. Kayla’s love and dedication for dance shows through her teaching and she enjoys working with children of all ages. Kayla has been an instructor at DFSD for 11 years.
Breanne began her dance training at the age of 4, under the direction of Donna Frech, where she completed 10 years of training. Within those 10 years she attended many master classes with, Savon Glover, Bob Rizzo, and others while in attendance of NADAA workshops. She then continued her training with the Amber Perkins School of the Arts. While with Amber Perkins School of the Arts Breanne began instructing several dance classes.
In 1999 she went on to college to minor in dance at SUNY Brockport where she studied several different forms of dance including, Modern, Tap, Irish, African and Ballet. While at SUNY Brockport Breanne studied with various artist, Clyde Morgan, Garth Fagan, Eddie Murphy and The Limón Dance Company to name a few. Breanne traveled locally with SANKOFA (an African Dance and drum ensemble) as well as with Eddie Murphy’s Irish Dance Company.
In her free time she was the captain of the SUNY Brockport Dance Team for both the football and basketball seasons. After completely her school Breanne has continued to teach on the recreational level at a community center in Brockport NY. Breanne is very excited to be a part of the Donna Frech School of dance family and sharing her knowledge and love for dance with the students. Breanne has been on staff at DFSD for 9 years.
Shelly Bluy began her dance training at the age of two, at the Donna Frech School of Dance. She studied several forms of dance, including tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, modern, and acrobatics. Shelly attended workshops and conventions with master teachers such as Anthony Bradford, Bob Rizzo, Bethany Hooks, Katherine Sullivan and Frank Hatchett, just to name a few.
Shelly previously taught at the Leslie School of Dance, where her students’ won numerous awards for their dance, and acrobatic routines. Shelly herself has won several dance and acrobatic awards, including Teen Miss NADAA in 2009. Shelly received her Masters degree from Binghamton University in Literacy Education and is a special education teacher at Sherburne Earlville Elementary School. Shelly’s love and dedication for dance shows through her teaching, and she enjoys working with children of all ages.
Brittany Hayes began her dance training at the age of four, at the Donna Frech School of Dance. She studied many forms of dance in her 14 years at Donna’s, including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, acrobatics, and musical theatre. She also attended several workshops and conventions with master instructors such as Bob Rizzo, Frank Hatchett, Bethany Hooks, Anthony Bradford, and Katherine Sullivan.
Brittany attended Elmira College where she participated in the Orchesis Dance Group on campus as both a dancer and later, a choreographer. She was Senator during her sophomore year and was President of Orchesis her Junior and Senior year. During these three years she choreographed several dances and produced two shows a year. Brittany also choreographed for the Elmira College Theatre for two years, which included “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” in 2013 and “The Wedding Singer” in 2014. Brittany received her Master’s degree from Mercyhurst University, Erie PA, in Applied Behavioral Analysis and is a behavioral specialist for Springbrook. Brittany’s love and dedication for dance shows through her teaching and she loves working with children of all ages.
Audra grew up in Auburn, Massachusetts training and competing in dance at Charlotte Klein Dance Center and the Putnam Dance Center, owned by her mother, where she also began teaching at the age of 15. She is a 2009 graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City where she studied dance and musical theatre for two years in the integrated program.
After graduating, Audra concentrated more on her ballet training and performed with the Boston Dance Company in the Nutcracker for two years as both a corps member and soloist. While continuing to teach at competitive studios in Massachusetts and Connecticut and take lessons in Boston, Audra has had the opportunity to perform with the contemporary company Boston Community Dance Project and with several regional theatre companies around Boston for the past ten years.
Her most recent performances include A Chorus Line, Carousel, and Anything Goes with Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston. Audra is excited and honored to join Donna Frech School of Dance this year!
Gabby Blenis has over 10 years of dance training with Donna Frech School of Dance. She studied many forms of dance through the years, including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, and musical theatre. She also attended several workshops and conventions with master instructors and participated in many competitions.
Gabby attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY where she participated in the Orchesis Dance Club as a dancer and choreographer. She later became a member or the Executive Board, where she served as Treasurer. Gabby was involved in organizing for the Orchesis Club to go to an intercollegiate dance competition, where she brought choreographed pieces of her own and danced in several others. Gabby received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 2016 and is a Registered Nurse. She is also attending school to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Gabby loves dancing, choreographing, and simply being with her dance family.