Makenzie Dascenzo

Owner/Artistic Director

 

Makenzie began dancing at the age of three and hasn’t stopped since! Originally from Canton, Ohio she has trained in every form of dance. She is extremely passionate about the arts and has been a professional dancer for the past seven years. She moved to New York City at the young age of 18 to pursue her dreams of becoming a professional dancer. Makenzie trained in the Broadway Dance Center Professional Program where she studied all areas of dance in performing. This included taking classes from some of the best choreographers in the industry. She then joined a contemporary company started by Cat Cogliandro where her love and passion for dance only grew! Also while in New York, Makenzie appeared on So You Think You Can Dance, performed on Good Morning America, was a runway dancer for New York Fashion Week, and performed for Broadway Underground.

 

After all of her success in New York, Makenzie went on to fulfill another life long dream of working for Disney Cruise Lines as a Main Stage dancer. This gave her experience in working in a theatre and what it takes to perform on one of the most prestigious cruise lines. After two contracts with Disney Cruise Lines, Makenzie went on to continue her career with the Walt Disney World company in Orlando, Florida. Makenzie performed many different roles during her time at Disney, but she spent most of her days performing in "Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire" on the castle stage at the Magic Kingdom. She was a performer in many shows and parades for the past two years and loved every second of it!

 

Now, Makenzie has decided to hang up her performing shoes and pass it along. She wants to teach and above all inspire young dancers. She hopes to encourage positivity and self confidence in dancers! Makenzie is passionate about her message, “If you work hard and set goals for yourself it is guaranteed that all of your dreams will come true!”

Isabella Pete

Dance Instructor

Isabella, an Ohio native, started training in all styles of dance at the age of three. She went on to study dance at NYU Tisch School of the Arts from 2017-2019, and is continuing her education at Kent State University as a biochemistry major. During her senior year of high school, Isabella was named a 2017 YoungArts Finalist in Choreography and a 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She most recently performed as an ensemble dancer in the off-broadway production of Oklahoma! at St. Anne’s Warehouse in New York City. Isabella is looking forward to joining the New Focus family!

Sara Spizzichini

Instructor/Assistant Artistic Director

Sara Spizzichini, a native of Massillon, Ohio, is a graduate of Point Park University having received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Prior to her college career, she trained under the artistic direction of Ms. Jeanne Mahaffey, Inna Stabrova, and Mitchel Federan. In 2012, she graduated from the Jackson School of the Performing Arts through which she helped to establish a dance program for students with special needs. She has spent four consecutive summers training at prestigious intensives such as Parsons Dance and Paul Taylor American Modern Dance. Her professional credits include performing with The Blanket, Courdance, and 2018’s premiere of “The Missing Peace” with Shana Simmon’s Dance! She has also had the privilege of performing alongside renowned concert dance companies such as NYC’s Parsons Dance and Pittsburgh’s own Attack Theatre. Sara thrives off of performing and teaching while continually looking for new ways to challenge herself both physically and artistically.

Monica Dascenzo

Dance Instructor

Monica has been in the dance world for nearly her entire life! After graduating from The University of Akron, with degrees in Dance & Business Management she returned to her hometown of Warren, Ohio to open a dance studio named “All That Jazz with Monica”. Her studio was her pride and joy staying opened for 8 years. Moving to Canton, Ohio in 1996 led her to be an instructor  at Center Stage Dance Studio. There she led numerous competition groups and won many regional & national titles. Monica has judged for VIP, KAR, Rising Star, and StarQuest.

 

Monica has been a dance instructor for The Jackson School for the Arts for the last five years. She teaches all genres of dance but loves tap and jazz the most! Recently, she formed the Edge Dance Company at Jackson High School. She was the musical choreographer for JHS performance of Beauty and the Beast.  

 

Throughout every stage of her life she has totally loved teaching dance. Her passion and dedication to the art has been passed on to each student she encounters. Monica resides in Jackson Township with her husband John, daughter Makenzie, and son Drew. Although her dance career has been extremely fulfilling throughout her life, assisting her daughter Makenzie at New Focus Dance Academy will be one of her proudest moments yet!

Allison Brewer 

Ballet Instructor

Allison Brewer has been teaching ballet for the last 7 years.  Her training began at Canton Ballet when she was 3, has been doing ballet for the last 29 years, and has been doing pointe for the last 21 years. In 2006 she was accepted into the Canton Ballet Company where she had the honor of dancing many prominent roles and the privilege of working with Laura Alonso both at Canton Ballet as well as traveling to Cuba to train. In Cuba she also had the opportunity to work with Laura’s son Ivan Monreal Alonso, Hector F. Abrantes, Lourdes Alvarez Trigueiro, and her father, Fernando Alonso. Those trips were the most transformative experiences in her dance training and artistry. In addition she competed at the Paris International Ballet Competition, won the classical division of YAGP at the Chicago Regionals and took 3rd place at the YAGP Nationals in New York.  She was accepted and awarded scholarships to summer intensives with School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet and several other prestigious programs. While attending RDA events with Canton Ballet Allison was also selected to receive scholarships from them as well. Her professional experience performing includes dancing with San Francisco Ballet, Virginia Ballet Theatre, Centro Pro Danza and had the opportunity to train down in Australia with Gelsey Kirkland. In addition to teaching ballet and pointe, She is also AAM1 certified with Acrobatic Arts to teach Acro, has a Progressing Ballet Technique teacher certification and is Nutritious Life Certified. Allison is currently enrolled in a program through Rhythm Works Integrative Dance to become a certified Instructor which will allow her to teach classes specifically designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Disorder and other learning differences and special needs. 

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