Instructor, ABT Certified, ABT Affiliate
Alice Schonbek holds an MA in Dance Performance from the Tisch School/Gallatin Division of NYU. While living in New York, she studied at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, where she was a merit scholar, and also was a scholarship student at Steps on Broadway. Ms. Schonbek studied and danced with Modern Dance legends Bertram Ross, Pearl Lang, and Joyce Trisler among others. While at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, she danced with Warren Spears and Friends and the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble. Ms. Schonbek moved to Plattsburgh in 1983 and began teaching at SUNY Plattsburgh and Guibord’s North Country School of Ballet in addition to studying and performing in Montreal. She was a founding member of the North Country Ballet Ensemble and is currently the Artistic Director.
Ms. Schonbek has been on the staff of the Lake Placid School of Ballet since 2007. Alice is an ABT Certified teacher in Levels Primary through 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum and is an ABT Affiliate. Her other artistic and community affiliations incude the board of the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts/Strand Theater, and the board of Rebecca Kelly Ballet.
Instructor: Hip Hop, Jazz and Tap
Emily Brown started dancing when she was 4 years old in Western New York. She was a competition dancer for more than 10 years. During that time, she was a member of an award winning competition dance team. She has attended dance conventions with notable teachers including Kent Boyd, Travis Wall, and Mark Biz Burke. She has also assisted established choreographers such as Ade Obayomi and Nick Gonzalez. Ms. Brown attended Canisius College in Buffalo, NY where she studied (Hotel & Restaurant) Management, and graduated in 2015. While in college she was a restaurant manager and waitress as well as a dance teacher. Her strengths are Early Childhood Dance Education and the Hip-Hop Style.
Brooke Bushnell Toohey
Instructor: Pre-Primary, Primary A & B, Level 1A & 1B, Teen Ballet
Brooke Toohey studied Ballet, Tap and Tumbling starting at the age of 3. By the time she was 10, she had chosen to focus on Rhythmic Gymnastics. Brooke was on the USA Rhythmic Gymnastics National Team from the ages 17-23. She went to 2 World University Games and 2 World Championships representing the US. Ms. Toohey's training included daily Ballet and Pilates Class. After she retired in 1995, and while she was head coach of the Rhythmic Academy of Marin Team, she continued her dance training at Roco Dance of Mill Valley, where she studied Ballet, Modern and Hip Hop, and performed with the resident dance company. Brooke has continued to work with dancers in Pilates. She is a US judge in Rhythmic Gymnastics and is the Future Stars Coordinator for the US Rhythmic Program. She works at the national level at Rhythmic Gymnastic camps held at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid NY, where dance training is part of the daily training
Instructor: Adult Tap and Jazz
James Coleman has been deeply involved with theater and dance for more than 50 years having studied from numerous sources to include Gregory and Maurice Hines, Danny Daniels and The Tap Dance Kid. He describes his approach to teaching dance as one that involves explosive rhythms, razor-edge timing, percussive jazz phrasing, and polished performance technique as he takes pride in his many students who now work professionally in theater, dance, television and the movies. Although he takes the art of dance performance seriously he likes to assure his students that the classroom atmosphere will always remain relaxed and fun. Since relocating to the North Country in 2015 he has directed four plays for the Upper Jay Art Center. His musical pursuits include singing and playing the tenor ukulele in a duo act called Jim & Dave.