Athena Furioni is a graduate from Johnson State College, who earned her B.A. in Musical Theater, with a minor in dance. Athena has been studio taught, has taken master classes, and has performed over twenty-two shows in her career. The most recent show she was in was the musical Nine, as well as a production of Miss Gia. Athena has studied ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, improvisation composition, acrobatics, hip-hop, jazz. tap, and of course musical theater style. Athena choreographed the musical Nine as her senior project, and has choreographed many dances during her college career to the present. Athena holds the belief that dance is a remarkable art form that allows us to communicate with our bodies, and tell stories that aren't always easy to do so with words. Dance is a lifestyle and its extraordinary. Athena is excited to return for her third year teaching at EYDC.
Liz is returning for her fifth year teaching at EYDC where she started dancing at the age of five. She continued dancing at EYDC and began teaching when she was in high school. After her first journey with EYDC, she attended Keene State College to study dance and management where she trained in a modern dance program. Her artistry was showcased at a choreography showcase, an evening in dance, and the academic excellence conference. Beyond these achievements Liz also danced in Keene's hip-hop dance team who competed at numerous UDA regional college dance team competitions and the UDA college dance team national championship in Orlando, Florida. Following her success in college, Liz both danced and worked as a rehearsal director for Bryce Dance Company. While with the company, Liz performed in a site specific piece at Dance Festival Vermont entitled, "Lonesome Bend", got the opportunity to pair with artist Alisa Dworsky to create a dance installation entitled "Over and Under" at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and danced as a solo artist with a piece entitled "aLter" which was featured at the Southern Vermont Dance Festival. With her return to EYDC as a teacher, Liz has performed with EYDC staff for the past three years at local dance competitions where they have received several judges awards for their work including the Bette Mosse Technique Award. Liz is proud to lead her students to regional and national titles, category wins, overall high scores, and most recently consecutive choreography awards and the Director's Choice Award. Liz is excited to continue teaching and choreographing for EYDC for many years to come.
Courtney is returning for her third year teaching at EYDC. Courtney's dance career started when she was four at Electric Youth. To continue to find her love for dance and performance she became a cheerleader as well. Courtney previously coached the Richford Jr. Sr. High School Varsity Dance Team for three years. She is excited to be returning for her third year at EYDC with her dance family she has created there. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys spending time with her son, Barrett and relaxing. She is looking forward for the new dance season and working with her students for her third year at EYDC.
Samantha Corvino will be returning for her seventh season at EYDC. Originally from Albany, NY, she moved to Northern Vermont to accept a teaching position at Enosburg Falls Middle School and found her home at the studio. She graduated from Slippery Rock University with her Masters in Secondary Education on Mathematics, BS in Mathematics, BA in Dance, and a Double Minor in Statistics and Public Health. Samantha danced and competed through her youth and teen years and was a five-year active member of the SRU Dance Theatre and Jazz/Tap Ensemble as both a choreographer and dancer. In the past year, she competed a modern solo with EYDC studio and received a Platinum Plus award and the Judge's Special Award "Dynamic Performance" at the prestigious, Regional Starquest Dance Competition. As an EYDC faculty member, she continues to inspire the passion for dance in her students by continuing to compete at local competitions. In addition, Samantha's choreography has been recognized earning her over half a dozen choreography awards over the last few years.
Liliana was born in Colchester, Vermont and moved to Massachusetts where she started dancing at the age of two. Starting competitions at age twelve, she became more involved by traveling with The Dance Prism's company in The Nutcracker and doing American Academy pf Ballet Training and testing each year. Liliana has studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and hip-hop, but mainly has won awards for her self-choreographed contemporary routines. In high school, Liliana was hired as an actor for haunted houses, and was picked to dance with Eddie Moss in Michael Jackson's Ghosts tribute performance at Canobie Lake Park: "Screeemfest:. Today, Lily is a member of the Orchesis Dance Company while she studies Nutrition and Food sciences while minoring in dance at the University of Vermont. She has discovered her love of teaching and working with kids, and is very excited to return to EYDC for her second year.
Aislyn is returning for her third year teaching at EYDC.