Westchester County's Premiere Dance Academy


Kelly Burke-Fitzpatrick (Owner and Artistic Director):

Kelly Burke-Fitzpatrick, Artistic Director of WDA, has been and remains to be the driving force behind the success of the studio. Her dream of opening her own studio was first realized in 1997 in Harrison, NY, after her final public, solo performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The studio grew quickly in both size and reputation and was expanded years later with the help of a larger space at our current location in Mount Kisco, NY. Kelly has been able to combine her years of extensive professional training – including the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theater – and her love of teaching, to create a unique experience in dance education for all of her students. Additionally, her personal experience and pervasive success in the competition industry has played a pivotal role in the consistent accomplishments of the WDA Troupe. Kelly has also been recognized with countless awards for her celebrated choreography and role as a dance educator.


Daniella Cavaleri (Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Musical Theater):

Daniella Cavaleri has been teaching and choreographing for WDA since its inception in 1997. She has trained extensively in all styles of dance and her performance credits include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Fosse (International/National Tour), Rolling Stones Tour, benefits such as Nothin Like a Dame, and industrials for Walmart, Viacom, and SONY, among others. She has additionally performed with companies such as Mia Michael’s R.A.W., Notario Dance Company, Morgan Scott Ballet, and American Dance Company. Her professional credits and training have contributed immensely to her success with the WDA Troupe and has led to numerous recognitions for her choreography and for her students. She consistently sets high standards for all of her students, pushing them to test their limits and eventually reaching their goals.


                                        Derrick Yanford (Contempoary)

Derrick began his formal training in a local studio in his home town Southwick, Ma.  After futhering his dance education at New York University"s Tisch School of Arts, Derrick began his professional career with Ballet Hispanico of New York, Battleworks Dance Company, The joffrey Concert Dancers, Nothern Connecticut BalletKoresh Dance Company, and Ash Contemporary.  His performance credits include the first national tour of "Footloose and " A Few Good Men Dancin...", the European Tours of "Evita" and "West Side Story", Walt Disney World and Radio City Music Hall's "Christmas Spectacular" as well as the world premiere of the Opera "Le Cid" starring Placido Domingo. Derrick brings both his incredible teaching ability and creative choreography to the westchester Dance Academy


Chris Hale-Lyrical, Contemporary

Chris Hale Associate Director/Training Program Director :pushing progress a company/a workshop, and is currently on faculty at Broadway Dance Center NYC. Professional credits include KTU’s Miracle on 34th Street, where he performed with such recording artists as Mary J. Blige, Deborah Cox, Tamia, Gloria Gaynor, and Michael Jackson. In 2002, he had the pleasure of performing with international singing sensation Anastasia at the FIFA World Cup Final Draw in Busan, Korea. Television credits include HBO’s “Sex and the City” playing opposite Kim Catrall. Most recently, he, along with fellow instructor Calen Kurka, released an instructional video for the Live At BDC series entitled, “Floorwork with Calen Kurka and Chris Hale.” As a choreographer, he continues to create work that pushes the boundaries of contemporary dance and hopefully brings it to the mainstream in a way that is accessible to everyone. His more than four years experience with the GYROTONIC® methodology has hugely influenced his teaching and brought a heightened awareness to his own dancing. Chris is very excited to add GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® methodologies to his teaching. Chris is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® TeacherTraining Intensive in Primary through level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.


Prince Riley (Hip Hop):

Prince Hairston joined the WDA faculty in 2005 facilitating the introduction of hip-hop instruction to the studio.  His professional credits include MTV Awards, a Nike industrial, and the Apollo Theater, among others, and he has worked with such esteemed choreographers as Rhapsody and Jermaine Brown.  He has a unique ability to translate this experience to his students, which has made his classes some of the most consistently popular since he joined the WDA faculty.




Grace Buckley (Ballet , Lyrical, and Jazz):

A recent graduate of Colgate University, Grace Buckley returns to teach at WDA with a distinctive combination of extensive training, college education, and love of teaching. Having trained and competed under the guidance of the WDA faculty, she has been the recipient of numerous regional and national titles and scholarships from prestigious organizations across the country.





                                                  Suzi Taylor  ( GUEST TEACHER - LYRICAL, BALLET, JAZZ

An internationally recognized master teacher and choreographer, Suzi has been training professional and aspiring young dancers for the past 20 years.  She is Westchester Dance Academy's primary guest teacher and has worked with Kelly for many years. Combining her talents as dancer, teacher, and choreographer, she has been invited to teach and perform at many National Dance Festivals in Rio De Janiero, at the esteemed Theater An Der Wein School in Vienna, at ABT star Julio Bocca's school for Ballet in Argentina in Buenos Aires, in numerous workshops throughout Italy, Japan, France and Canada. and has set works on companies in Scotland, Israel, Italy, and Brazil. She has been a faculty member at four of the biggest NYC schools, currently for the last 20 years at Steps on Broadway. Suzi is so.ught after to teach and lecture at universities, schools, and organizations across the country


                        Rachele Kreling (tap-jazz and contemporary)

Rachel is originally from Pittsburg,PA.  She began traveling the world performing at the age of 18.  She was featured adage dancer in Japan with Tokyo Disney and performed for a cruise line throughout northern Europe as a featured dancer, adage partner,and aerialist. Rachel is a former Regional Outstanding Dancer, many times over, for NYCDA and continues teaching for their "Ready Set Dance" program.  She rcently performed at the Joyce Theater in NYC with "revolution and will tour with the show in spring 2009.  Rachel is a tremendous teacher, respected by all here at The Dance Academy.   





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