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Jessica Fishel

 Ballet,Silver Swans, Owner

As a dancer who began seriously studying ballet as an adult, Jessica aspired to create a studio for other adults to begin to dance, or continue to have dance be a part of their health and fitness routines.  She wanted to create a space similar to the large studios in NYC where adults with hectic and sometimes uncertain schedules could drop in and take a class when their schedules would allow.  A true believer in both the joy of self expression and the proven health benefits of dance for physical and emotional well-being, she enjoys bringing her love of this fitness and art form to adults of all ages.

Jessica has trained in classical ballet for 20 years under master teachers from both the English and Russian disciplines of ballet.  She has studied the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus, is a licensed Silver Swans teacher, and previously performed with Kozlov Dance International in NY, NJ and Aruba.  Jessica was the Director of a Royal Academy of Dance youth ballet program in White Plains prior to opening the adult only studio in her hometown of Cornwall, NY. Her dance training spans over three decades of dance in modern, jazz, tap, musical theatre, and ballet.  She is a member of Actor's Equity and SAG-AFTRA. 

Stine Moen 

Modern, Pilates, Barre, Yoga

Heralded for her creativity and positivity, Stine is an NASM Certified personal trainer who inspires and challenges clients to achieve their ultimate personal fitness goals. For 10 years and counting, Stine trains students of all ages, levels, and physical conditions through barre, dance, sculpt, and yoga methods. 

Stine completed 200-hour yoga certification, Barre certification, and sculpt and cardio teacher trainings, all perfect extensions of her experience as a professional dancer and degree in Dance and Movement Guidance from The Norwegian University College of Dance.

Stine believes that engaging the physical body with mindfulness will help develop greater self-awareness and promote optimal health for everyone. 

Cassie Mandia

 LaBlast

Cassie has been with Fred Astaire Dutchess since 2013.  She loves teaching because it allows her to share her own passion of dancing with every person who walks into the studio.  “Having a positive impact on someone’s life through dancing is the most rewarding experience.” Her favorite dance is the Foxtrot; “It’s such an expressive dance. It can be elegant, playful, and it can be sexy.  Once I hear the music, it’s up to me as a dancer to be able to express the mood of the song all while engaging and reacting to my partners every move.”

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