We are proudly celebrating our 52nd Season of dance excellence in WNY! David De Marie himself started DDD in Clarence Hollow in a small studio in 1968. It has since grown to be one of the most respected and well known dance schools in our area. When David left us in 1988, his partner, Leonard Castilone continued and expanded the traditions of DDD for 30 years. In 2018, upon Leonard's retirement, his niece Ashleigh was proudly given the opportunity to pursue the studio and carry on its admirable reputation in WNY. As we celebrate the 53rd year of David De Marie Dance, we proudly carry on David's legacy and pristine quality of dance education. Behind us are all of the wonderful memories...before us... we are steadfast in fulfilling his dreams for David De Marie Dance. Here's to an amazing 52nd Season!
Our mission at DDD is to instill a great love of dance, while inspiring self-confidence, discipline and respect in a nurturing environment. We provide a solid technical foundation for the developing dancer, and our goal is to give each individual dancer the tools they need to take dance as far as they dream to take it. We believe if you can dream it you can achieve it!
Our instructors are skilled at identifying the specific needs of each student. We believe in an enriching education and we recognize that every student has different aspirations as a dancer. Whether recreational or competitive, we are invested in guiding each child down the path that we feel best suits them as a dancer.
It is clear that the discipline, focus and artistic enlightenment of dance creates success in all aspects of life. Dance education contributes to the development of responsible, dedicated, determined, and creative adults in society.
At DDD, we are a family. We respect each other, support each other and work together.
"To dance together is to work together. In working together we find love. To love is to be united. We are UNITED."
~David De Marie
For over 20 years our annual recitals have been held at WNY's greatest theatre, UB's Center For The Arts. This is a proud tradition to perform at this state of the art facility. There is simply no better venue in Western New York! Our 52nd annual review will take place on Saturday, June 4th and 5th 2021. Recital tickets must be purchased at the Center for The Arts box office per their policy and are $21.00 each. From the scenery, lighting, special effects and props our show stands out every year
Kurt began his dance training at the age of three in Massachusetts. At the age of 14, as a member of the US Tap Team, he won the title of "Jr Male World Tap Champion". Professionally, Kurt has dancer with Giordano II, the second company to Giordano Dance Chicago. He performed as a Principal Dancer for the Lyric Opera of Chicago as well as a guest artist for several other Chicago dance companies. In 2010, Kurt moved to Buffalo to begin dancing with Lehrer Dance. He spent eight years with the contemporary-modern based company, touring nationally, and was promoted to Rehearsal Director. Most recently, Kurt traveled the world as a dancer for Holland America Cruise Lines. As an educator, Kurt works to help young dancers break out of the box and explore new ways of thinking about movement and artistry. We are grateful for the talents he shares with our students!
Michelle has been dancing since the age of 5. She attended The Wright State University where she earned her BFA in Dance & Theatre and had the privilege to perform on the Disney Wonder Ship. After college, Michelle was proudly offered a position at the reputable Dayton Ballet School in Ohio where she choreographed and taught master classes for 12 years. During that time, she performed as a member of Gary Geis Dance Contemporary Company and became an adjunct professor of dance at Clark State University. Michelle lives right here in Clarence with her husband and three children. She loves being a part of DDD and sharing her knowledge with her students.
Rachel started her dance journey at the young age of 3 right here at David De Marie. She studied tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop and acrobatics and was a dedicated member of the DDD national competition team for many years. While Rachel was at DDD, she furthered her training at various studios including the American Academy of Ballet, Royal Academy of Ballet, and Buffalo's Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts. Some highlights of her dance career have been attending the NYS Summer School for the Arts (NYSSSA), performing with Infinite Dance Project, performing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with her DDD teammates, and traveling to perform aerial acrobatics and flying trapeze with Club Med. DDD holds an incredibly special place in Rachel's heart and we are so proud to have her on our faculty!
Ashleigh began dancing at David De Marie at the young age of three. She became a member of the DDD National Competition Team when she was ten and continued with the Team throughout high school earning various awards and recognitions. While pursuing her degree in History Education and minor in Dance at Buffalo State College, she would often substitute teach back at DDD. It was then that she discovered her love for educating young dancers and at the age of 20 she became a part time faculty member. In 2018, upon her Uncle's retirement from DDD, she was proudly given the opportunity to pursue the role as director and carry on the studio's admirable stature in WNY. Ashleigh is committed to continuing the reputation of excellence established by David De Marie with exceptional dance education and the bond of unity amongst our dance families.
Mike is from Buffalo, NY, where he received his BA in Dance and Visual Communication from the University at Buffalo. Upon graduation Michael pursued his dream of traveling and performing around the world. His performance credits include Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Seas, Walt Disney World, and Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise lines. He performed in special events and projects for Busch Gardens, Fisher Price, Disney, and numerous Las Vegas engagements. Michael was also the model for the male dancer icons that decorate Disney's Pop Century Resort in Orlando, FL. Upon returning to Buffalo Michael transitioned from dance performer to dance educator. He was invited to join the faculty at Walh Performing Arts Studios and shortly after began teaching dance at Buffalo State College. Michael was also a part-time faculty member in the Theatre & Dance department at the State University of New York at Buffalo for 5 years. He is also a faculty member of Dance Masters of America's (D.M.A), Student Honors Intensive Program (S.H.I.P.) and Teachers Training School (T.T.S). We are so excited to welcome Michael to our DDD family to share his knowledge and passion with our students.
Jeramiah danced with DDD since the young age of three and was a member of our National Team. In 2005 he placed 4th overall for Teen Male Dancer of the Year. He has won numerous awards and titles nationally under DDD. Jeramiah furthered his education at the American Academy of Ballet, NYSSA Modern School of Dance and at the Joffrey Ballet School as a member of their Trainee Program. Jeramiah is also an accomplished vocalist and has performed at Carnegie Hall, winning various competitions up to the national level. Theatrically, Jeramiah has landed lead roles in numerous musicals, and was also nominated for Outstanding Actor in a leading role through the Kenny Awards. Jeramiah loves sharing his passion for the arts with his DDD students!
Jennifer started as a competitive gymnast at Stumpf's Gymnastics Center before starting her dance career at Dancentral at age 12. There, she became classically trained in many styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and contemporary, as well as acrobatics. From then on, Jennifer realized her true passion for dance and went on to attend the University at Buffalo where she graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2013. As a student at the university, she was a member of Zodiaque Dance Company for several years, as well as took part in other departmental shows such as Dancer's Workshop. During her time in college, Jennifer also had the pleasure of performing a faculty choreographed piece at the American College Dance Festival her senior year. Shortly after graduating, Jennifer spent two years in New York City as a work study student at Broadway Dance Center, as well as dancing and acting in various areas of tv and film. Since moving back to Buffalo, Jennifer has returned to teaching and cannot wait to continue sharing her love of dance with young dancers who are eager to learn and further develop their skills.
Austin began his dance training at DDD at age three . He then became a varsity gymnast for Williamsville South High School in 7th grade. In 2010, he was awarded DANCEAMERICA's "Most Promising Performer," and years later was a runner-up for the 2014 Dancer of the Year. Austin has performed with several artists such as Jason Derulo, Charice, and NOVE. Locally he's worked with Roswell's "How Big is Your Heart" campaign, dancing in several live performances, commercials and music videos. Austin is excited to join the DDD Faculty and is committed to creating an environment where students are challenged, but most importantly, having fun in the process!
Colleen began her dance training at Steppin' Out Dance Academy in West Seneca, and went on to receive her BFA in Dance from the University at Buffalo in 2010. Upon graduating, she began dancing professionally for the former Company, Lehrer Dance. She spent 8 years with the Company, touring nationally and internationally, as well as teaching master classes all across the world. Since retiring from performing, Colleen has continued educating and choreographing at studios and universities all across WNY. Outside of the dance studio, she also instructs at a local boutique fitness facility, Barre Centric, and is certified in the Progressing Ballet Technique. Colleen is proud to be a part of the DDD family and looks forward to sharing her love of dance & passion for fitness with her students.