Meet our Teachers
Neighborhood School of Dance Teachers 2019-2020
Brittany Thierman (Stevens) is the current owner/ director of NSD. Brittany has experience teaching tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, acro dance, contemporary and modern. Brittany is Acrobatic Arts Certified, has attended the Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School as well as taking classes at studios in New York City, Toronto, ON, and Rome, Italy.
Shelley Greene has been a part of NSD since 2015. She is our assistant director of Children’s Studies. Shelley has many years of experience teaching different styles of dance including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Creative Movement, Zumba , Zumba Toning, Zumba Kids, Twinkle Twos and Senior and Group Fitness classes. Shelley has a passion for teaching and has attended the Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School.
Lisa Kranz has been dancing most of her life at her home studio in Buffalo, NY. Ms. Lisa started teaching at NSD in 2017. She has experience in many styles of dance including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern and contemporary. Ms. Lisa was a competitive dancer in her younger years.
Brie Lara started teaching at NSD in 2018. She has lots of experience in dance and choreography – she was the lead choreographer for Bye Bye Birdie (2018) and has helped choreograph with the Kiwanis Kapers show in nearby Bradford, PA. She has attended the Dance Teacher Network Convention.
Jen Pease has been a life long dancer at NSD. She started classes when she was very little with Mrs. Michelle Marks. Ms. Jen started teaching at NSD in 2017 and has attended the Dance Teacher Network Convention. Ms. Jen’s favorite style of dance is Tap. Ms. Jen has experience teaching tap, jazz, ballet, creative movement, and Zumba.
Kyleigh Peterson has been dancing at Neighborhood School of Dance for the past 8 years. She has taken Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop & Contemporary during her time. She has been a Teacher Assistant for the past 7 years and choreographed a dance for the 2018 Christmas show. She has also helped choreograph many other dances including a few duets, a dance for the Gus Macker and her Senior dance to name a few.
Brooke Thomas started dancing when she was two years old at Tonawanda Dance Arts in Tonawanda, New York. Between the ages of seven and nine, Brooke danced in a number of ballet productions with Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet. After these ballets, Brooke joined her studios competition team competing in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. Throughout Brooke’s high school career, she worked as an assistant instructor working with children from ages two through fourteen. After graduating high school, Brooke joined St. Bonaventure University’s Dance Team. She has choreographed for the last two years and is now co-coach.
Alayna Griffiths started dancing tap and jazz when she was 3 years old at Eleanor’s School of Dance in Albany NY. At 10 years old she joined The World of Dance Performing Arts School in Albany NY. Here she started on the competitive tap and jazz team as well as starting ballet. One year later she joined the hip hop competition team. It wasn’t until her final 2 years of high school that she rejoined the tap competition team. Once she came to St. Bonaventure she immediately joined the SBU Dance Team.