AT CK Dance Company, it is our mission to provide a safe, encouraging and professional atmosphere that promotes individual expression and development through the benefits of dance.
Not only does our staff of highly qualified professionals provide exceptional dance instruction, they also work to foster physical, mental and spiritual development; encouraging students to handle themselves in any situation with confidence and grace. All costumes, music and choreography are age appropriate and family friendly.
Chrystie Kenny Greco
Check out Chrystie’s interview with FOX23 news, as she discusses life as a Rockette and how it led her to opening CK Dance Company.
Chrystie just recently returned from New York City, where she has been performing as a Radio City Rockette Chrystie began dancing at age five and continued through high school and college competing in many regional and national dance competitions. Chrystie graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Dance, and went on to realize her childhood dream of becoming a Radio City Rockette.
As a Rockette, Chrystie had an amazing journey working under the direction of Broadway performer and original Bob Fosse dancer, Linda Haberman. She had many appearances on national television, performing on such programs as Dancing With The Stars, The Ellen Degeneres Show, NBC’s annual Rockefeller Tree Lighting, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and NBC’s Today Show. In 2011, Chrystie appeared in the Macy’s Backstage commercial starring Donald Trump, Martha Stewart, P. Diddy Combs, Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Simpson. She has had the pleasure of being part of countless print campaigns for Radio City and even found herself on the side of the NYC Greyline buses and a billboard in Times Square.Read More
Over the past twelve years, Chrystie has enjoyed working with some of the world’s most renowned directors and choreographers. She has traveled abroad with Royal Caribbean International, first as Dance Captain and performer, then Assistant Choreographer and Rehearsal Director. There she had the opportunity to work with some of the industry’s leading choreographers from companies such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and River North Chicago. She has been a guest artist, choreographer and competition adjudicator across the United States, and has observed, first hand, what the habits and developmental needs are of dancers at every stage.
Chrystie has developed a passion for encouraging and inspiring the growth that young dancers are experiencing today. As a dance teacher, her objective is to challenge the young dancers of today to push the boundaries of personal achievement in a positive way, not only influencing the best performers of tomorrow, but also encouraging and inspiring a love for the art of dance and entertainment.
Watch Chrystie, and The Rockettes, performing on Dancing With The Stars!
Meet our amazing instructors!
We’re a talented group of creative individuals interested in art, cinematography, design, music, and all niches in between.
Ms. Julia began her training in rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 6 and entered the prestigious Hungarian State Opera Ballet School at the age of 9.Read More
After training, she was invited to join the Hungarian National Ballet Company. While there, she performed throughout Europe and Russia, the works of Seregi, Bejart, Balanchine, Kylian, and the Great Russian classics Swan Lake, Nutcracker and Giselle. After leaving Hungary, Ms. Julia performed the role of Meg Giry in the Vienna Company of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. There, she had the opportunity to work with Harold Prince and Gillian Lynn. She also toured Holland with the New Years Gala Production and guest performed with the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany. She later joined the Hamburg production of CATS, covering the roles of Victoria, Sillabub, Cassandra, Rumpleteazer, Tantomile and Bombalurina. Ms. Julia has taught students of all levels and ages in Germany, Australia, Arizona and New York. Ms. Julia also studied at the Fitness Institute of Australia and currently works as a fitness instructor and personal trainer.
Ballet and Modern
Alicia started dancing with Albany Berkshire Ballet in High School and College. She started teaching dance in 1997 while pursing her Master inRead More
Physical Therapy from Russel Sage College in Troy, New York. Alicia is also a mom of 3.
Welcome To Dance, Ballet and Tap
Sarah is so excited to be joining the faculty at CK Dance Company! She began dancing at the age of three and continued to do soRead More
through college. Sarah graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.A. in Dance. She then went on to receive Masters degrees in Childhood Education and Special Education at The College of Saint Rose. She currently works as a New York State certified Special Education teacher. Having taught for eighteen dance seasons at another local studio, Sarah brings a wealth of experience and a passion for educating young students about the art of dance.
Ballet and Modern
Lisa Iannacito is an Albany-area native who began her training at the School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet with Madeline Culpo, Deirdre Duffin and Jana Fugate. After study at the Boston Ballet School andRead More
the Juilliard School, among others, she went on to receive her BFA in Dance from the Conservatory at Purchase College. She has performed with numerous ballet and modern companies, including the Albany Berkshire Ballet, and is currently a member of Lydia Johnson Dance and Riedel Dance Theater, for which she also serves as Associate Artistic Director. Ms. Iannacito is certified to teach Pilates and yoga. She has been on faculty at the New York State Summer School for the Arts, The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, The School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet, The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center, Ballet Academy East, Logrea Dance Academy and the Lydia Johnson Dance School, as well as conducting repertory workshops at the Peridance Capezio Center. Ms. Lisa is thrilled to be returning, for her 4th season, with CK Dance.
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern
Whitney Wilson is a dance graduate of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She has also studied at the Central Academy of Drama inRead More
Beijing, China, and a former Company Member with Harvard Ballet and guest artist with Albany Berkshire Ballet. In the fall she will attend graduate school at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire in England. Over the years, Whitney has performed with New York City Ballet, Moscow Ballet, and other ballet companies as well as the National Tour of the Wizard of Oz. Whitney’s training and performing experiences include ballet, jazz, tap, modern, acro, and other genres of dance. She is a certified yoga instructor and is currently pursuing her dance certification with the Royal Academy of Dance.
Ballet, Tap and Jazz
Lisa is excited to come aboard an amazing group of talented dance instructors at CK Dance Company. Lisa began her dancing journey at age five and has kept the joy of it alive, ever since.Read More
Her mom said, “When she put those first pair of tap shoes on, she never looked back.” Lisa grew up dancing through her child hood and onto high school. She enjoyed Tap and Jazz but found her love for Ballet. Lisa discovered her future while competing in local dance competitions, working in the dance office and becoming a teacher’s assistant. She helped at local dance camps during the summer months while also venturing into choreography. Lisa choreographed her High School musicals at Scotia Glenville; “South Pacific” and “Damn Yankees.” She then auditioned for and held a lead role in “Don’t Drink the Water.” Lisa went on to achieve an Associates in the Arts degree. While at Dean College, Lisa was able to learn and perform with legends from our dance world; in a showcase with Maurice Hines, AC Ciulla, Derek Grant and Jay T. Jenkins. She also learned and worked with the founder of The Dean Dance School, Joan Palladino. She focused on her love of Ballet and believes it is a foundation of all forms of dance. Lisa also enjoyed her time working in the Office of the President, at Dean. Seeing the ins and outs and being the eyes behind the desk at the college. She grew tremendously at Dean College and will forever be grateful for those who guided her through. After graduating, Lisa came home and immediately started teaching classes at a local dance school and she was able to choreograph for the competition team. At a local competition, Lisa won a choreographer’s award titled “Perfect Lines” and her girls took home first place for her piece, “All that Jazz.” Lisa auditioned and joined the “Ice Mice Dance Team” where she danced for the River Rats, hockey team for two years while teaching. She taught dance for eight years up until having her second child. Lisa took a step away from teaching while raising her two children, Dylan and Olivia. When she’s not at the studio, you can find her designing flowers and spreading joy with them. She is excited to accept the opportunity to be back on the dance floor.
Carla Wasbes is excited to be joining the teaching staff at CK Dance Company. She has been teaching Hip Hop and Jazz in various studios throughout theRead More
Capitol District since 2000. She was the dance team coach for the Albany Conquest Treasures and the Albany Patroon Emeralds for many years before becoming the Hip Hop teacher in the dance department at Union College in 2007 where she continues to teach. Carla is a physical therapist who brings her understanding of proper warm up, technique, and injury prevention to all of her classes. She is a 200 hour certified yoga teacher primarily for vinyasa-flow. She and her husband have 3 young children who are eager to create and learn. It was their encouragement and excitement to dance that has brought Carla back to teaching recreational Hip Hop for kids!
Welcome To Dance, Ballet, Tap and Jazz
Kendal Price was born in Seattle, Washington in July of 1995. She has one brother who is 9 years younger than her.
She lived in Seattle, Washington for the first 16 years of her life, before moving to Albany, New York. At the age of three, her parents put her into her first ballet class which is when she fell in love with dancing. As Kendal got older she added more and more dance classes to her schedule. In second grade her attendance at Reflections School of Dance in Mill Creek, Washington began. The next year Kendal joined their Performance Dance Company. With this company she performed at community events all over the Seattle area for the next 6 years. Performances took place at events such as Lights of Christmas, church services, parades, other community events. During Kendal’s sophomore year of high school she danced at PacWest Performing Aerts Center. The summer before her junior year in high school, she moved to Albany, New York. Kendal begin dancing at CK Dance Company when it opened in January of 2012. Here she dances and assists. She taught her first pre-school classes in February of 2013. Kendal has been trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Liturgical, Modern, and Irish dance. Kendal will pursue her dream of becoming an early childhood teacher in September 2013 by attending The College of Saint Rose to get a dual degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education.
Communications and Operations Manager
A dance enthusiast, Jerry has been with the CK Dance Company family from the beginning. As the mother of a dancer,
she has had many experiences in the dance industry. She is a certified kid yoga and pilates teacher and has taught adult physical fitness classes for over 20 years. Her passion for dance and her knowledge of child development and K-16 education, make her a wonderful asset.