Founder & Director
Melanie Boniszewski is the Owner and Director of Tonawanda Dance Arts. She began dancing at the age of three and has over 35 40 years of experience teaching dance to children. Melanie completed her teaching certification and holds a degree from Dance Masters of America (DMA) and is also a member of More Than Just Great Dancing™ (MTJGD) organization. Melanie has been recognized by MTJGD for her contributions to the dance community by receiving their Positive Action Award and is also a Certified Coach with the organization. Melanie is also a member of Dance Masters of America of Western New York. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys reading, baking and spending time with her family!
Kelsey Griffin started taking class at the age of three, and has also studied with Classical Ballet of Western New York. Kelsey received her teaching certification from Dance Masters of America’s Teachers Training School and has also attended the Dance Master’s of America Student Honors Intensive Program. Kelsey is currently a member of the DMA Western New York chapter, and has also received her Masters in Business Administration from Canisius College. Kelsey is also a Certified Coach for the More Than Just Great Dancing™ (MTJGD) organization. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys boating and playing with her french bulldog, Sir Winston!
Relationship Manager & Instructor
Whitney Zimmermann began dancing at the age of two. Whitney graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance. During her time at UB, she has participated as a member of Dancers Workshop and Zodiaque Dance Company. Whitney has received her teaching certification from Dance Masters of America’s Teachers Training School, where she was the recipient of the "Dotty McGill Scholarship" for exemplifying hard work and tenacity and having a love for teaching. Whitney is excited and to share her love of dance with her students!
Marketing/Communcations Manager & Instructor
Dana Mahoney graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Communication and was awarded the Dean’s Outstanding Senior Award. Dana has performed in and choreographed pieces for several dance concerts and attended the American College Dance Festival, and danced at an international dance festival with Evolution Dance Company in Poland! Dana also is the co-owner of Pure Barre Buffalo and is a certified barre instructor. She is excited to share her love of dance with her students!
Client Experience Coordinator & Instructor
Samantha Lapham has been dancing for many years, and has danced competitively for a number of years. During her time as a student, she trained in a variety on genres and attended different workshops and conventions to further advance her training. Sam has received her teaching certification from Dance Masters of America’s Teachers Training School. Along with teaching dance, Miss Sam also works for Wegmans Food Markets!
L.E.A.D. Program Director, Intensive Team Coordinator & Instructor
Miranda Spada graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. While there, she was a member of Zodiaque Dance Company and was Director of Dancers Workshop. Miranda has taught for Dance Educators of America’s National Finals, Dance Masters of Americas Student Honors Intensive Program, and Dance Masters of America’s Teachers Training School. Miranda is also currently a judge for Platinum National Dance Competition and is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT). Miranda is excited to be able to share her passion and love for the art form with students who are eager to learn and grow.
Client Account Coordinator, Retail Coordinator, & Instructor
Tammy Sheehan has been dancing since the age of six and continued to dance and compete at a national level for 20 years, training extensively in acrobatics. She is a graduate of Buffalo Academy Visual and Performing Arts where she received her dance degree. Tammy has volunteered her time coaching for BRLLF. Tammy enjoys watching her students grow and learn as dancers, but also build self-confidence and discipline in everyday life.
Member Experience Team & Instructor
Lauren has been dancing at Tonawanda Dance Arts for 15 years, and has danced competitively as a part of the TDA Intensive Team. Lauren has traveled all over the country dancing and has attended The Dance Awards, Broadway Dance Center in New York City, Millennium in Toronto and The Playground in LA. Lauren was one of the first members in the L.E.A.D. Program and is now pursuing her love for dance in college. Lauren is attending University at Buffalo where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a a minor in Business. She is excited to begin this new chapter in her life!
Member Experience Team & Instructor
Ginger Page started her training at the age of three and has studied at American Academy of Ballet and Royal Academy of Ballet and Dance. Ginger is currently pursuing a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing at the State University at Buffalo. Ginger has performed with the Zodiaque Dance Ensemble, Emerging Choreographers Showcase, Dancer’s Workshop, and The Language of Objects exhibit at UB Anderson Art Gallery. Ginger is excited to share her love for ballet with all of the students!
Member Experience Team & Instructor
Jenna Biondolillio began dance at age three. Jenna is currently attending Niagara County Community College, pursuing an Associates degree in Business Administration. She has completed Level I of the Dance Masters of America's Teachers Training School. In her spare time, Jenna loves to cook. Jenna is eager to share her passion for dance with all of the students!
Sharon Detweiler has been teaching dance for the past 25 years. She trained with Wayne Blatt of The School of Classical Ballet of Rochester, is a grade IV teacher member of the Cecchetti Council of America, as well as a post graduate of Dance Masters of America’s Teacher Training School. Sharon was previously the ballet director at Dance 22 and Cynergy Dance Company and has danced, taught, and judged throughout the world. She regularly trains in the Cecchetti method, and enjoys sharing her passion for dance in positive and nurturing environments!
Abby Hankinson has been dancing at Tonawanda Dance Art since the age of two, and has danced competitively as part of the TDA Intensive Team for many years. Abby has trained extensively in acrobatics, and was also part of the L.E.A.D. Program. Abby has been to many different competitions and conventions and has also attended Broadway Dance Center in NYC and Millennium Dance Complex in Toronto. Abby is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Dance at the University at Buffalo, with a minor in Business. Abby is excited to begin this next chapter of her life and share her love for dance!
Marketing & Special Events Coordinator
Ashlyn started dancing at the age of three and continued to dance through college years. She was on Tonawanda Dance Art's Intensive Team as a dancer and also took a handful of classes during her time at Niagara University. Ashlyn received her Bachelor's in Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Child Development from Niagara University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Ashlyn works full time as the Director of Care Management at a local healthcare company and is the proud mom to a two year old, who is a Tiny Tot at TDA! In her spare time, Ashlyn loves baking and early morning workouts!