Teachers

Rebecca Laird
Director, Core Class Teacher

Rebecca is an woman after God's heart who seeks to bless and minister to others through everything she does.  She is a graduate of Elim Bible Institute (1994), and holds credentials with Elim Fellowship as a Licensed Minister.  

Growing up, Rebecca studied piano, voice, and gymnastics, and participated in her school marching band in Canada, twirling flags in the colour guard.  She always dreamed of studying ballet or figure skating, but didn't have the opportunity.  As a young adult, the Lord began training her as a dancer for Him which opened doors for her to dance in worship, participate in the praise dance team at Harvest Christian Church in Detroit, MI, and eventually choreograph a Christmas show at Shiloh in Cumberland, VA.  


Here in Arcade, she first developed the Worship Dance ministry team at P.C.F. and led workshops and dance teams for seven years before God called her and her husband to begin Grace School of Dance (with the help of Melinda Adams) in 2008.  They have brought excellence in technical training to the tri-county area, and continue to expand by forming the new non-profit organization, Grace Worship Arts, Inc, offering music, theater and arts training of all kinds. 

Rebecca has studied classical ballet under professional and semi-professional teachers, such as Sarah Badger and Alexis Gaetano.  She continues to expand her training whenever possible, and always seeks out master classes with Christian professionals such as Ballet Magnificat and P.U.S.H. Physical Theater.  She also studies pointe under Carolyn Fisher. 

She lives in the country near Delevan with her husband, Pastor Scott (Pioneer Christian Fellowship
), and her three sons, who often lend their talents to serve the Grace Worship Arts ministry.  She enjoys photography, music, gardening, her pets (including her egg-laying hens), and making homemade bread.  



Carolyn Fisher
Core Class Teacher

Carolyn lives in Franklinville, NY with her husband Jeff.  Her hobbies include: dancing, singing, sailing, gardening, playing games, and enjoying her bunny Bennington.

Carolyn began her training at Terry Fyke Dance Studio at the age of five, and continued there through high school, and also taught there. During this time, she studied ballet (including pointe), jazz, hip-hop, creative worship, modern, lyrical, tap, and Irish dancing. She taught ballet, tap, and jazz. She was also a member of the Senior and Earthen Vessels dance teams.


In college, she studied ballet and pointe for two years at Sandy Charles Pointe by Pointe studio, worked as a sub, cleaned and taught a jazz/hip-hop class.


At Houghton Movement and Arts Center, during her senior college year, she continued to study ballet and pointe while teaching Dance Fitness, Ballet I/II, and Jazz/Hip-hop I/II.  She has also taught college classes with Houghton College in Beginning Ballet and Beginning Jazz for physical education requirements.  In all the classes she has taught, she developed her own curriculum and choreographed combinations and dances.


Recently, Miss Carolyn has also danced with two companies - In His Steps, the resident ballet company of Seneca School of Performing Arts, and Genesee Dance Theatre, led by Sarah Badger (H.M.A.C. and Neglia Ballet), and continues her dance education and teaching at STEPS Studio: Houghton.


Carolyn is a gifted and highly trained dancer who has taught with Grace for several years. This year she is acting as a Core Class Teacher, helping to develop curriculum and oversee the technical training of Sapphire (Mondays) and Emerald students, as well as teaching our Praise Jam (Jazz/Hip-hop) and Intermediate/Advanced Tap classes.  Carolyn is available for Private Lessons.



Doreen Schenk
Diamonds Teacher

Doreen Schenk has a life-long passion for dance and teaching.  She grew up dancing at Lura Jean School of Dance in Corfu, NY where her mom was the dance teacher. She enjoyed Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Baton.  Doreen spent a lot of time at the dance studio even when she wasn’t taking lessons and as she got older she helped teach the “Baby Class” as Miss Lura Jean used to call them.

She is the wife of Kurtis, who works for Edelweiss Farms in Freedom, and is the mother of six children.  She has homeschooled them for thirteen years.  Along with her children and husband, Doreen has a small farm where they raise sheep, pigs, chickens and rabbits.  She uses the fiber (wool) from her sheep to make yarn and other wool craft items. Her favorite part of the fiber business is dyeing wool into beautiful colors.


Doreen serves the Grace Worship Arts ministry team as the Diamonds, Tiny Tap, and Jr. Tap teacher this year, where she will introduce our youngest dancers to the beauty and enjoyment of dancing for the Lord. So that Doreen can tie all her loves together she will may think of herself as “The Dancing Shepherdess – I dance to feed the soul, I teach to feed the sheep”. 




Cindy Zeis
Worship Ministry Leader

Cindy is a beautiful person whose intimate relationship with the Lord is shown though her dance.  

As a child and teenager Cindy twirled Baton with the Twin-Tonettes in Tonawanda, NY and with Clarence Central School Jr. and Sr. High marching band.  Her experience with baton twirling led her to twirling flags in worship at her home church, My Father’s House, in Elma, NY.  Cindy holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked at various Pre-Schools and Daycare Centers in the WNY area.  Also, she ran a Family Day Care in her home for 7 yrs.  She enjoys teaching children and has been a Sunday School Teacher for over 20 years. 


She has studied worship and Hebrew dance under Janene Staffone at Healing Waters Dance in Buffalo, and continues to be a part of the performing arts ministries there as a member of The Great Sea Dance Network.  Cindy also leads the dance ministry at her church which has members from 8 yrs. old to adults.


She has danced in our Spring Performances for the past two years; in 2014 with Healing Waters and in 2015 with the Ladies worship Dance team from Pioneer Christian Fellowship.


Cindy serves on our teaching team to help with the Worship facet of our program, teaching the children to connect with the Lord through the art of dance.  She will lead prayer times, choreograph Scripture in Motion pieces for our Amethysts, and oversee a student-led group prayer / worship / Bible study group time with our Sapphire (teen) students.  She is a wife and mother of 2 beautiful daughters, one of which dances with Grace Worship Arts.  She enjoys music and sings on the Worship Team at My Father’s House. 


Amy Hackett
Women's Worship Dance Leader


Amy is a vibrant, hard-working woman after God's heart, who has given of her leadership and artistic talents to the Grace ministry for the past several years.  She has led our women's worship dance teams, intermediate level classes, and has choreographed and danced in several of our shows.  
As a young girl, Amy studied dance for several years in Arcade.  She participated in tap and acrobatics as well as field hockey, soccer, basketball, track and gymnastics.  

As an adult, Amy studies classical ballet including pointe, in both private lessons and group classes with professional and semi-professional dancers.  She has been blessed with a variety of instructors and leads a disciplined life regularly training in Pilates and workouts based in ballet.


This year, Amy will lead our Sapphires and Amethysts in conditioning and center work on Wednesday evenings.  She is the mother of two beautiful daughters, Sabina and Hannah Mogavero, and works as a professional mental health counselor with Christian Counseling Ministries of Western New York and Child and Adolescent Treatment Services.  She enjoys kayaking, walking, and fine art.

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