Faculty

photo Shelly Isler

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/INSTRUCTOR

From Elma New York, Shelly began her dance training at the young age of 3.  With over 30 years of dance training, Shelly has studied with numerous dance educators in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acro, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Modern. Her love for dance began at Dance Spectrum in Depew, NY under the direction of Patty Neal.  Shelly continued her dance education at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) receiving a BFA Degree in Dance. While at UB she performed with the Zodiaque Dance Company.  After graduating college, Shelly began dancing professionally with Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. Some of her Choreography/Directing credits with Busch Gardens Williamsburg Include; This is Oktoberfest,  Miracles (2009-2013) and Deck the Halls (2009-2013).   Directors and Choreographers Shelly has collaborated with include; Bob Penola, Minnie Madden and Phil Raybourn.  Shelly is very passionate about dance and proper dance education. She  is excited to be passing on her knowledge of and love for dance to others. 

     
  Noelle Schatzel

INSTRUCTOR

Ms. Noelle began her dance training at the Chamber Ballet, under the instruction of Heidi Robitshek. During this time, she participated in cultural exchange programs to Germany with the Robitshek Dance Ensemble. She spent multiple summers training with Richmond Ballet’s summer program under full scholarship. Noelle was also awarded a dance scholarship to Butler University to purse a BFA in Dance Performance. While at Butler, Noelle was invited to join Richmond Ballet as a trainee for their 2006-2007 season and perform in the corps de ballet. Noelle had the opportunity to perform in Don Quixote, Who Cares?, Who’s it all for anyways?, Paquita in Paquita, and multiple original faculty pieces. Noelle finished her BA in Dance at Old Dominion University in 2009. In 2009, Noelle began teaching for Newport News Public Schools as a dance teacher for physical education courses, as well as helping coordinate the dance program for NNPS Summer Institute for the Arts, where she taught for three years. Noelle has been teaching dance in the private sector locally since 2009, and looks forward to bringing her love of ballet to SI Dance.

     
photo Heather Booysen

INSTRUCTOR/PHOTOGRAPHER

Heather started her dance training in the suburbs of Chicago where she trained with Julie Cartier, Pam Johnson-Tannis, Arian Dolan, and Sandra Scaletta. During high school, she continued her training at Gus Giordano’s with John Leher. In 2004, she graduated from The State University of New York at Buffalo with her BFA in Dance. There she trained under the direction of Tom Ralabate, William Thomas, Tressa Crehan, Jeanne Fornarolla, as well as numerous artists in residency. She was a member of Zodiaque Studio Dance Ensemble for three years, as well as performed and choreographed in Dancer’s Workshop and Young Choreographers, as well as additional special programs. After college, Heather performed for three years as a Production Dance for Carnival Cruise Lines. She then spent two years as a member of The Cartier Collective and teaching in at various Chicago dance studios before moving to Virginia. Heather started teaching at the age of 16, and has since worked with students from 2 years old through adults.  She spent the last six years teaching in Williamsburg, VA and working with the dancers of SI Dance as a substitute and photographer.  She is excited to join the SI Dance family this year.  

     
  Cierra Fossiano

Cierra Fossiano has been dancing for 18 years and started teaching 3 years ago.  She has taught children from preschool to high school here in Williamsburg as well as overseas. She started a dance program in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where she taught ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap & hiphop. Cierra recently moved back to the area after her husband retired from the navy and starting teaching at Si Dance! She is super excited to be teaching at an amazing school and is excited to meet everyone!

     
photo Cecilia Firstenberg

OFFICE ADMINISTRATION

Cecilia has held a variety of administrative, production and back-stage jobs in the performing art world.  She is the go-to person for Shelly, Christie and the students.  She ensures that class schedules, billings and the web-site are up-to-date and help keeps parents involved in everything that SI DANCE is doing. 

     
photo Christie Delaney

GUEST TEACHER/CHOREOGRAPHER

Originally from Orchard Park New York, Christie Delaney started dancing at the age of 2 at Mary Alice’s Dance Studio. Christie graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in dance from the University at Buffalo. At UB, she was a member of Zodiaque Dance Company, director of student run show Dancer’s Workshop, tap teaching assistant, and student representative of the dance department. She has performed with Zodiaque Studio Dance Ensemble and Emerging Choreographers Showcase in addition to Zodiaque Dance Company and Dancer’s Workshop. Christie has been trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Pas de Deux, Social Dance, Improvisation, Voice, and Acting at the University at Buffalo. She has danced professionally with Spirit Productions in Le Grand Cirque and Masters of Magic in Niagara Falls, Canada and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Christie has also been the Senior Area Supervisor of Dance, Swing performer, and dance captain at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in American Jukebox, Kinetix, This is Oktoberfest, Mix It Up, Voila, Clocktoberfest and Maypole, Entwined, Fiends, Monster Stomp, Dig It Up, Night Beats, Miracles, and Deck the Halls in Williamsburg, Virginia. She has performed with Six Flags in Bugs Bunny and Friends Going Hollywood and Dead Man’s Party. She has taught at local dance studios in Buffalo, NY including Mary Alice’s Dance Studio and Dancentral and has also taught tap workshops and master classes in the Western New York area. She has choreographed locally for Opera in Williamsburg’s production of La Traviata and Il Trovatore, Show Stoppers production of Spamalot, and high school musical productions. Currently, Christie is Rehearsal Technician at Busch Gardens and is on faculty teaching with SI Dance. Dancing is Christie’s passion and she always looks forward to sharing it with everyone she can!

     
  Rotita Cunningham
     
  Maggie Feurer
     
  Samuel Holley