Harvester 56 Theater
Dance Academy Staff
BRIANA BLAIR KELLY, DIRECTOR & INSTRUCTOR
Briana Blair Kelly is a multidisciplinary artist and dance educator in Rochester, NY. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia and an MFA in Choreography and Performance from SUNY Brockport. Kelly is the Director of the Harvester 56 Theater Dance Academy where she also teaches Tap, Theater dance, Irish dance, and Contemporary. She is a substitute teacher for the Rochester City School District and The Aquinas Institute, and is a Dance Adjudicator for the Rochester Broadway Theatre League’s Stars of Tomorrow. Kelly is the choreographer for Monroe Community College, Harvester 56 Theater, and Palmyra-Macedon High School. Recent choreographic credits include: Anything Goes, On Broadway 10: Saving the Best for Last, Annie, Godspell, Playing with Potential: Expanding the Irish Dance Tradition, Cabaret, On Broadway 9: 100 years of Broadway, Reverence for Éire: Expanding the Tradition, Irish Spring, Assassins. www.brianablairkelly.com
REbecca caryk, competition Director & Instructor
A Batavia native, Becky has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She competed with Images in Dance and Fusion Dance Center before attending college at Syracuse University. There, she joined multiple dance organizations on campus, as well as working with the YMCA as an assistant dance teacher. Her work as a choreographer was seen in OrangePulse Dance Troupe's annual showcases, where she also served as a Showcase Coordinator and Artistic Director. After graduating with her B.S. in Health and Exercise Science, Becky attended the training program at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Her favorite style is contemporary and she can't wait to share all she has learned with the new students.
Tiffany Keicher, Instructor
Tiffany Keicher earned an Associates Degree from the Young American College of the Performing Arts in Corona, California. She then joined the Young American Company and family for three years; which offered her incredible opportunities to perform on many different stage all over America and Japan. Along the way, Tiffany has taught multiple performance outreach programs and workshops. She also has an extensive background in theater and vocal techniques. Tiffany is very excited to be teaching back in New York and can not wait to watch her students become the best performers they can be!
Ariana Desa Frias, instructor
Ariana is 16 years old and has been dancing since she was 2 years old. She trains in all styles but specializes in tap. She is a member of Chloe Arnold’s tap group Sole Talk and recently had the honor of performing at Radio City Music Hall with the Syncopated Ladies. She auditioned and was selected for the 2019 and 2020 NYSSMA All-State Conference treble choir and through the American Protegé competition she will perform at Carnegie Hall in May. She also auditioned and was chosen to be a Wild Apprentice, touring with the dance convention for the 2020-2021 dance season.
kayla stone, instructor
Growing up in Batavia, Kayla started dance at the age of 3 at Suzanne’s School of Dance. Here she learned ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and cheer dance. By 7, she started Irish dancing at McMahon’s School of Irish Dance. She competed at many local feiseanna along with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Oireachtas from 2013-2016 and the 2015 North American Nationals. She took a break from competitions in 2017 and began Irish dancing at Harvester 56. She performed with Roc Celtic at the Rochester Fringe Festival for 2 years. Currently, Kayla is dancing with Jamieson Irish Dance in hopes to return to competitions and she is looking forward to sharing her love for Irish Dance with others.