Faculty/Guest Teachers


Our team provides professional dance training in Rochester, NY

Our Mission

Our studio's mission is to provide you with the best dance training in all areas of dance that we offer. We promote and provide a positive, fun-filled and exciting atmosphere where "kids" of all ages come to Spins to learn and have a blast!



began her dance training and performing arts career at the age of seven. Her many credits include: "Miss New York State 1980-81", and winning the talent award in the Miss America Pageant for her tap dancing. Cheryl was given the name "Figure Tapper" for her unique SPINS and fast feet, which led to over 100 first place awards. By the age of 13, she was crowned Model of the year.

Success led her to New York, where she made several TV appearances on shows such as Another World and Search for Tomorrow. Cheryl has done numerous industrials, print ads and commercials, including work for Chrysler, Haagen Dazs Ice Cream, Coca Cola, Kodak, Xerox, Rochester Telephone and business magazines. Cheryl performed her own show on Broadway called "Flanagan On Broadway",and in 1985 she toured with "The First National Touring Company of 42nd Street". During her career in New York, she worked and trained with New York's finest performers, such as the late Gregory Hines, Maurice Hines, Mercedes Ellington, Henry Letang, Phil Black, Frank Hatchett, Bob Audy and others.

Cheryl has also taught for The "Rochester Broadway Theatre League's" Education Department for "Thoroughly Modern Millie Project" at the Auditorium Theatre . She has also been invited to choreograph shows for Monroe Country Club and Irondequoit Country Club's "MIXED GREEN'S" gala's.

Cheryl still enjoys her love for the arts, theater and TV. She was chosen for the "Amazing Spiderman 2" filmed here in Rochester which premiered in theaters May 2014.


Kimreturns to Spins after touring with Up With People "Roads" show as a lead dancer. She has over fourteen years of dance experience in tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop and swing. Kim has studied with Frank Hatchett of the Broadway Dance Center in New York and has also helped choreograph several local community productions including Webster High School's "West Side Story", "Annie", 2004 production of "Footloose", 2005 production of "Suessical", and 2006 "The Wiz".  She is choreographer for Webster Show Choir for over 10 years.
Kim's most recent choreography in "Will Rogers Follies" took home "Over-All" award for Best Musical at the 2007 "Stars Of Tomorrow" awards show at The Auditorium Theater. Kim  teaches Kiddie, Jr. Level 1 and Teen competition classes. She also teaches recreational classes, ages 3 through adult, including competition adult tap and jazz.



Shannon is a former 16 year performance veteran of Cheryl's. She is a graduate of SUNY Brockport, where she studied dance and business and was a member of the competition dance team. Her love for dance and choreography has brought her back for her 14th year of dance instruction. Some of Shannon's successes include top overall awards and a choreography awards at local dance competitions, choreographing and modeling for Barbara Dell production fashion shows, choreographing Penfield High School's Broadway Under The Stars and The Pajama Game, as well as being a contestant in the Miss Great Rochester Pageant. Shannon continues to study new material through teacher workshops and dance conventions. For more details, check out Miss Shannon's website: www.Miss-Shannon.com.

Shannon instructs many of our competition levels , specializing in Tap and Broadway, and teaches recreational classes ages 5 thru Teen.

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Gina was born and raised in Rochester! She was part of the dance and musical theatre community at a young age. Gina has been dancing for 24 years and has been professionally dancing for 6 years. After high school she was one of the 16 students accepted into Hofstra University's Bachelor of Fine Arts Convervatory for Musical Theatre. After graduating she was asked to join Disney as a performer on Disney Cruise Line. She stayed with Disney Cruise Line as a musical theatre performer and the dance captain from 2012-2015. There she choreographed, ran rehearsals and performed! On her down time she loves spending time with friends and family!


Tatum started her dance career at Spins Dance Studio when she was just 2 years old, and has continued her development through various outlets. She studied dance at the College at Brockport taking classes from Clyde Morgan, Sankofa’s African Dance Company Director, and BioDance Dance Company’s Courtney World. Tatum was a dual major at The College at Brockport and earned her Bachelors of Science in Interpersonal Communications and Health Science Studies. During her time at Brockport she also danced on the Brockport Dance Team, as well as the Competition Dance Team and competed at the 2014 UDA Collegiate Nationals in Massachusetts. During her time on the dance team she served as both the treasurer and president. She volunteered at the Villa of Hope her junior and senior year instructing teen hip hop classes for the Villa Youth Recreational Program. Tatum is a NETA Certified group exercise instructor and taught Cardio Dance and PiYo classes at Brockport's Campus Recreation facility for three years! Tatum currently dances on the Rochester Rattler’s Professional Dance Team, performing at the Major League Lacrosse home games. She is very excited to return to Spins as a recreational hip hop teacher. 



is a graduate of the University of Buffalo, earning her BFA in Dance, where she studied under Tom Relabate, Lynne Kurdziel-Formato, William Thomas and Jeanne Fornarola, to name a few.

While at UB she was part of Dancers' Workshop, Young Choreographers Showcase, Studio Works Dance Ensemble and Zodiaque Dance Company. Jennifer was a featured dancer in many shows and productions including: Paramount Studios Convention Show, Disneyland Convention Center, National Senior Sports Classic Opening Ceremonies, Boyne Highlands Dinner Theatre and The Young Americans.

Currently, Jennifer teaches throughout the Rochester area, instilling her passion for dance to all students. She is extremely proud to be a part of the Spins Faculty! Jennifer is the head of our Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary competition performance department. When she is not teaching, "Miss Jen" loves to spend time with family and friends.



The Head of our Ballet Department, is a graduate of the Enidd Knapp Botsford School of Dance, where she performed as a principal dancer and faculty member. She has been teaching ballet in the Rochester area to students of all ages for over 20 years. Her training includes teachers from and performing with members of: Ballet Russe, Boston Ballet Co., English National Ballet, New York City Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Alvin Ailey Dance Co. and American Ballet Theatre.

She has completed teachers courses with Jurgen Schneider (coach to Mikhail Baryshnikov) in the Vaganova syllabus. Pamela was head of the dance department at the Gymnastics Training Center for eleven years and continues as ballet consultant to present. She is the choreographer for "Sing Out" Company of Rochester. 
Ms. Scherer Hin has studied various ballet techniques, adapting them to her style of teaching.

Shannon Rodriguez
Ms. Rodriquez received her dance training at the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education, the offical school of the Rochester City Ballet. She was invited to attend Alonzo King LINES Ballet summer intensive, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Perry Mansfield summer intensive, and has attended summer intensives at both the Juilliard School and The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. Ms. Rodriguez performed alongside the Rochester City Ballet in notable roles that include Lead Spanish Chocolate in "The Nutcracker", Daniel Gwirtzman's "Encore" and George Balanchine's "Serenade". After training, she attended the University of Arizona on scholarship where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance after just two and a half years. While at the University of Arizona, Ms. Rodriguez performed River North Dance Chicago repertoire "Evolution of a Dream", George Balanchine's "Rubies", Ernie Flatt's "Firebird", as well as many soloist roles in works by Michael Williams and James Clouser. Ms. Rodriguez also choreographed a solo that was selected to premier at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre in 2014. Following graduation, Ms. Rodriguez returned to Rochester and will start the 2015-2016 season as a Company Member with the Rochester City Ballet.


Sarah is an alumni of Spins, where she danced for 12 years. She is a Penfield High School graduate who obtained her bachelor's degree at SUNY Brockport in Arts for Children and Dance; she also received her master's degree in Early Childhood Education and Inclusive education from Nazareth College. While at Brockport Sarah was the captain of the dance team and performed with the Sankofa dance ensemble. In the fall of 2008 she studied abroad in London, England teaching physical education. Sarah returned to Rochester and has spent the last 7 years teaching dance and music at Thomas Jefferson High School, directing  the Kindergarten program at The JCC, and teaching 4th grade in West Irondequoit. She was a member of The ROC City Diamonds Dance Company for 3 years, and was a guest choreographer for the Sing Out Company for the past 10 years.  Sarah is currently substitute teaching in the Rochester area and directs the Penfield Recreation Summer Camp Program. Sarah teaches competition level Lyrical, Broadway, Hip Hop classes,  as well as recreational pre-school through adult:  Tap, jazz, Broadway, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip Hop.



Caitlin Schwartz obtained her early training from the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education in upstate New York. Under the direction of Artistic Director Jamey Leverett, she took part in a variety of performances with the Rochester City Ballet during her training. She went on to receive a B.F.A. in Dance at the University of Arizona on scholarship. There she had the opportunity to work with many renowned teachers and choreographers such as Ann Reinking, Gary Christ, and many members part of the Balanchine Trust. After college Caitlin moved to New York City where she performed and assisted at the renowned Steps on Broadway. Caitlin is now about to begin her third year as a member of the Rochester City Ballet under the direction of Artistic Director David Palmer.



Spins welcomes Kelsey White! Kelsey grew up in Rochester studying ballet at Draper Center for Dance Education. She attended summer programs at the Juilliard School and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Kelsey continued her training at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music on scholarship. While at IU, she performed in many renowned works by Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, and Josh Bergasse, along with being featured in many ballet productions. Kelsey graduated with a BS in ballet and a BA in math. She has just completed her second year with Rochester City Ballet.

Kelsey will be teaching level 3/4 ballet technique class Fridays from 3 until 4:30

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