WALH PERFORMING ARTS STUDIOS
PROUDLY INTRODUCES OUR 2013-2014 FACULTY:
Walh Performing Arts Studios takes pride in our ability to offer the finest teachers for your children’s classes. Our esteemed faculty is comprised of college-educated professionals with extensive teaching experience as well as national and international performance credits. We bring first hand performing experience directly from the stage to the classroom.
David Walh earned his BA in Musical Theatre and Communication from the University at Buffalo and continued advanced studies in acting and voice in NYC. He has performed leading roles in several U.S. National Tours and regional theatres throughout the country, including the Burt Reynolds Theatre in Florida. Credits include Jesus in Godspell, Bob Cratchitt in A Christmas Carol, Charlie in Brigadoon, Tom Sawyer in Big River, Adam in Children of Eden, a one-man show at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, independent films, commercials, and CD recordings. David was lead vocalist and emcee at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA for three years. David is currently a cantor at St. John Vianney Church.
Katie Walh earned her BFA in Dance Performance & Theatre Arts from the University at Buffalo. She is certified to teach through Dance Masters of America. Katie created curriculum for a pioneering dance program at the Milton Hershey School, where she taught for two years. Her students have won numerous awards and scholarships, and can be seen at local theatres including T.O.Y. and the Lancaster Opera House. Katie is a former Miss Dance of New York and danced with the Zodiaque Dance Company. She has performed throughout the U.S. in regional theatre productions, independent films, television shows, and commercials.
Cara Koselny is a graduate of the University at Buffalo with a BFA in Dance Performance. She recently finished her Masters Degree in Elementary Education. Cara has traveled all over the world dancing professionally and has performed in Japan, Singapore, and Guam. While she was dancing on Holland America Cruise Line, she saw Hawaii, Mexico, and Alaska. Cara was also a Las Vegas performer in Bally’s Jubilee. Cara’s teaching experience is extensive, and she has been an integral part of Walh Studios’ success for many years.
Debbie Dalessandro earned her BA and MA in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia and is currently a vocal music teacher at West Seneca East Elementary School. She is an accomplished music director of many regional theatre productions as well as children’s performances at venues such as Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo Bisons Games, local churches, and for WNED-TV. Debbie has taught vocal technique and musical theatre classes with Walh Studios for eight years.
has been teaching dance in Western New York for many years. She earned her BS in Biology and Psychology from Canisius College in Buffalo and completed her professional studies at D'Youville College in Physician Assistant Studies. She currently practices as a Physician Assistant at Orchard Park Pediatrics and Yound Adult Medicine. She also lectures for the D'Youville College Physician Assistant Program. Annie enjoys spreading the love of song and dance to her students. Many students have enjoyed their time at Walh Studios' Summer Princess and American Girl Camps under the driection of Annie. When not working, Annie is the proud mother of three daughters and two sons, which includes 2 sets of fraternal twins.
Susan Kriz earned her BA and MA degrees in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia. She has performed as a pianist, cellist, and singer in many musical settings. Susan has taught strings, piano, and voice in the Williamsville schools, Sacred Heart Academy, and at West Seneca West Middle School. Susan also has a private piano studio and is a music director at St. Vincent DePaul Church. Susan has taught vocal technique and musical theatre with Walh Studios for seven years.
Michael Lambert earned his BFA in Dance Performance and Visual Communication from the University at Buffalo. He is a former Mr. Dance of New York, and danced with the Zodiaque Dance Company. While a student, Michael attended the Chautauqua Institute and the Giacobbe Ballet Academy in New Orleans on full scholarship. Professionally, Michael has danced around the world including Walt Disney World, Royal Carribean Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Tokyo Disneyland, and for the last five years in Las Vegas. Michael has taught for the University at Buffalo’s Summer Dance Program, and has been an invited guest choreographer for the Zodiaque Dance Company. Michael recently returned to Buffalo, his home town and we are thrilled that he has joined Walh Studios’ faculty.
Jodi Kowalski earned her BFA in Dance from the University at Buffalo, where she danced with the Zodiaque Dance Company. She then spent three years touring the US with Sesame Street Live. Jodi has taught classes at the University at Buffalo and choreographed for the Zodiaque Studio Dance Ensemble. She has been teaching dance throughout Western NY for many years. Many of her students have gone on to successful careers in the arts.
Jill Squitieri DeMarie studied dance at New York's American Ballet Theatre, the Joffrey Ballet, Melissa Hayden & David Howard Studios, Luigi's Jazz Center, the University at Buffalo, and Michigan State University. Jill is certified in the Cecchetti method of ballet. She has choreographed and performed in local theatres throughout the area. Jill has also shared her love of ballet with ice skaters, gymnasts, and children with Down's Syndrome.
Michele Storto received her BA Degree in Theatre Arts/English from Niagara University. She taught acting at Voices Music and Arts Studio in Scottsdale Arizona, where she also directed many student showcases. At the Cocopah Middle School in Arizona, Michele was the director of the drama club which hosted a comedy improv night called "CHIPS". She also taught theatre at Chaparral High School and recently directing the play "Holes" at the Homestead Playhouse in Scottsdale, Arizona. Michele is thrilled to return home to WNY and join the faculty at Walh Studios.
And Master Class Teacher/Choreographer:
Jon Lehrer earned his BFA in Dance from the University at Buffalo. Jon got his start in many local Summerfare! Productions and as a dancer with the Zodiaque Dance Company. While a student, Jon trained on full scholarship at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Joffrey Ballet School, Broadway Dance Center, and Peridance. Professionally, Jon has become a world-renowned Director, Choreographer, and Performer with the Gus Giordano Dance Company. After 11 years with the world’s foremost jazz dance company, Jon has moved back to Buffalo to begin his own professional dance company to be based in Buffalo, LehrerDance. Jon is also on the Advisory Board of Dance Spirit Magazine. He was recently interviewed and photographed for the cover story of Dance Teacher Now Magazine, November issue. Walh Studios warmly welcomes Jon to our faculty, and we are excited for our students to take advantage of the opportunity to work with this world class professional!
For more infornation regarding Jon Lehrer, please visit: www.lehrerdance.org