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 45 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 23 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 22 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 20 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 12 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 10 years.
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. Brittany has been on staff at DFSD for 2 years.
Emily began her dance training at the age of four at the Donna Frech School of Dance, studying ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater and acrobatics. During this time, she also attended NADAA workshops and seminars as well as competed in dance competitions and performed at Disney World as a DFSD company dancer.
Emily continued her dance training at SUNY Oneonta under Shannah Kane, Wendy Wade and Patrick Welsh, studying jazz, musical theater, modern and ballroom. Emily is currently studying Theater at SUNY Oneonta. During her time there she has been a member of the Terpsichorean Dance Company and choreographed for several of the SUNY Oneonta Theater Department shows, including “9 to 5 the Musical”, “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Tale of Monish”.
Emily is very excited to join the DFSD family as a teacher and share her knowledge and love of dance with her students!
Catherine grew up in Binghamton, NY studying dance since she was 5 years old. She continued her dance and theatre education at SUNY Cortland studying ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and pointe. She received her degree in Musical Theatre. Catherine most recently performed on The Wizard of Oz National Tour dancing multiple styles including pointe, jazz and contemporary. She has also traveled across the country with numerous regional theatres performing in shows like Anything Goes, A Chorus Line, Oklahoma, Hello Dolly and many more! In addition to her musical theatre shows, Catherine has also performed in the Nutcracker Ballet with companies along the east coast dancing the Corps de Ballet, as well as the Spanish soloist and Sugar Plum Fairy.
In addition to performing, Catherine has taught full time in dance studios working with recreational and competitive students in New York as well as Master Classes across the U.S. and Canada. She also works as a dance competition judge along the East Coast.
Catherine continues to study in New York City at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway working with leading professionals to stay up to date with the latest choreography and teaching techniques.