Tracey Alvanas, Co-founder
Tracey has been studying dance for over 25 years. As a company member Ms. Alvanas performed in many regional and national competitions throughout the country including Boston, New York and Washington D.C., earning many awards. Tracey also danced at Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom as part of the Magic Music Days Program in Orlando, Florida.
Ms. Alvanas is a graduate of the Dance Master of America's Teachers Training school at Kent State University in Kent Ohio. After completing their three year program Tracey received her National and Regional Dance Certification from Dance Masters of America (DMA) and is board certified by DMA Chapter #5.
Tracey has been enthusiastically teaching dance for over 20 years, teaching ages from two through adult. Tracey’s students have won numerous awards, medals and have gone on to do great things. She continues to further her knowledge in the art of dance.
Tracey is excited to share her love of dance with each and every student that walks through the doors. Ms. Alvanas resides in Portsmouth, RI, with her husband, Eric, and three young children, Alexis, Andrew and Matthew.
Leslie Zeile, Co-founder
Leslie Zeile, originally from South Jersey, began her dance training at the tender age of four with Mary Sissom and Dorothy Riegert.
By the time she was fourteen, Leslie was training as an apprentice with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company. She has studied many mediums of dance including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz and modern. Her performing career has included performances in television, theatre, nightclubs and touring with the USO.
For the past 20 years Leslie has been teaching in the southern New England area. She has also taught at the Newport Ballet Academy and conducted master classes in ballet throughout the area. She is a board certified member of Dance Masters of America (DMA) and Dance Educators of America. Her students have garnered many high score awards and titles throughout the New England area as well as nationally. Many of her former students have gone on to continue their education in dance, graduating from colleges with degrees in dance. Many are now performing professionally in venues such as cruise ships, dance companies and national and European tours.
Leslie believes that good technique is the foundation of dance education and she strives to teach this to her students. She teaches them to work on perfecting their technique and then applying it to the performance experience.
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Kathryn has been studing the art of dance for 15 years. Early training started at Steppin Out Dance Studio. She concluded her pre-college dance experience at Stage Door Dance,Inc taking part in the performance program. Pursuing her love of dance, Kathryn moved to New York City in 2008 to continue her training at Long Island University, Brooklyn.
Through her four years in the Big Apple, she trained with many influential choreographers and dancers in modern dance world. She studied Ballet, Yoga, Pilates, choreography, improvisation, and modern techniques including Horton, Graham, contemporary and release. Her teachers include former members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Donald Byrd/ the Group, Martha Graham Dance Company, and Ballet Nacional de cuba. She has performed works choreographed by Robert Battle (current artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Ronald K.Brown, Donald Byrd, Brian Harlan Brooks, and Christal Brown.
Kathyrn's most memorable moment of her career thus far has been her involvement with the dance company Nathan Trice/Rituals. In 2011 she was hand picked by the artistic director to perform in his company's annual concert. After graduating from Long Island University, Brooklyn in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance, Kathryn has returned to Massachusetts and started teaching here at Stage Door Dance where her love and appreciation of dance began.
Born and raised in Portsmouth, RI , Blake began her dance training at age two. She studied at Stage Door Dance, Inc. under the direction of Leslie Zeile and Tracey Alvanas. After graduating in 2011 at Portsmouth High School, Blake decided to continue her dance career. Currently, Blake lives in New York City where she is attending Marymount Manhattan College as a Sophomore BFA dance major concentrating in modern dance, under the direction of Katie Langan.
Blake has been trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe ,African, and various styles of modern dance such as Graham, Horton, Nikolais, and O'Donnel. She has worked with many dance protegees such as Earl Mosley, Anthon Ferro, Tami Stronach, Nacy Lushington, Lynn Glaube, Lone Larson, Peter Kyle, Kristina Berger, Milton Myers, and Elena Commendador. She has also attended a few summer dance intensives to further her training, such as Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts and Mark Morris's Summer Intensive. In July 2013 Blake will be traveling to San Francisco, California to study with the Israeli company, Batsheva in the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance Summer Intensive.
Blake comes back to Stage Door Dance to choreograph routines for the company and teach master classes. After graduating Blake Allan hopes to become a company member of a modern dance company where she will be able to travel the globe sharing and expressing her passion to dance.
Kayla grew up in the small town of Tiverton, RI. She began training in dance at the age of two at Steppin’ Out Dance Studio then transitioned to Stage Door Dance of Portsmouth, RI under the wing of Tracey Alvanas and Leslie Zeile. During Kayla’s middle school and high school years, she competed regionally and nationally with Stage Door Dance, bringing home many memorable awards.
After graduating Tiverton High School in 2011, Kayla chose to pursue a career following her passion, dance. This took her to Philadelphia, PA to study dance at The University of the Arts where she continues to train currently in Ballet, Modern (Horton, Release and Graham technique) Jazz, Tap, Partnering, Hip-Hop, Ariel, Pilates, and Yoga. At UArts, Kayla had the opportunity to study with many well-known choreographers/dancers such as: Douglas Becker, Sidra Bell, Katie Swords Thurman, Kim Bears-Bailey, Molly Misgalla, Ashley Sheldon, Alfred Dove, Jennifer Binford Johnson, and Michael Sheridan to name a few.
Kayla studied at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts two summers in a row. She also teaches master classes and creates choreography for Stage Door Dance over the summers. This summer (2014), Kayla will reside in Philadelphia to complete an internship with the dance company, Philadanco. After graduation, Kayla has plans to continue her education to receive her Masters in Dance Therapy to continue to share and help others with her love of dance. Kayla hopes to go on tour one day as a modern company dancer, or concert dancer and continue to spread her love for dance with many others.