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 also member of the DMA Western New York. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys reading, baking and spending time with her family!
Founder & Director
Kelsey Boniszewski 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!
Whitney Zimmermann began dancing at the age of two. Whitney is currently attending the University at Buffalo where she is pursuing 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!
Relationship Manager & Instructor
Dana Bojarski began dancing at the age of five. She 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 even danced at an international dance festival with Evolution Dance Company in Poland! Dana is also an Adjunct Dance Professor at UB and a certified Pure Barre instructor, and is excited to share her love of dance with her students!
Marketing/Communcations Manager & 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!
Studio 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. 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.
Intensive Team Coordinator, L.E.A.D Program Director & 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!
Instructor & Member Experience Team
Elizabeth Hudson began dancing at the age of four. Elizabeth is currently attending Medaille College, pursuing a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. She one day plans to earn her Masters in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting. Elizabeth also works at Creative Play Learning Center as an Infant Teacher Assistant. Elizabeth can't wait to work with all of Tonawanda Dance Arts awesome clients!
Member Experience Team
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!
Madison Dixon graduated from the University at Buffalo with Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Communication. While there, she was a member of the Zodiaque Dance Company, Emerging Choreographers Showcase, Dancers Workshop, as well as the Director of Senior Showcase. Madison also stage managed many of the departmental dance shows and choreographed for Emerging Choreographers Showcase and the Infinity Pre-Professional Dance Project. Madison is also a certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor and very excited to share her passion with the students!
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!
Member Experience Team & Instructor
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!
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.
Chelsea Crane began dancing at the age of four. She graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Psychology, as well as a minor in Health and Wellness. Chelsea has taught in local dance studios, after school programs, and fitness center and most recently received a Master in Social Work. Chelsea loves the art of dance and smiles at the opportunity to share it with students!
Kira Bacon started dancing at the age of two and trained at BalletMet and Columbus Dance Theater. Kira is a former professional dancer at the Canadian Pacific Ballet, and has taught ballroom and ballet for the past several years. Kira has a degree in Cognitive Science from the University at Buffalo, and is also involved in research on cognitive disorders at UB's Department of Nuclear Medicine. Kira is excited to share her passion for ballet with her students!
Kelsey Martin began dancing career at the age of two, studying at Dance Spectrum, Karyn Kelly Dance Studio, and the American Academy of Ballet. Kelsey has traveled across the country for regional and national competitions and has studied under a variety of industry-leading professionals. Kelsey is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood and Special Education at Daemen College. Kelsey is looking forward to sharing her passion of dance!
Emily Thomas began dancing at the age of seven at David Demarie Dance Studio. Emily has performed with the pre-professional dance program Infinity Dance Co. during her dance training, and has also worked a dancer and performer with Foxy Entertainment Co. Emily has a degree in Radiologic Technology and works at Excelsior Orthopedics as an X-ray Technologist. Emily loves sharing her passion of dance with others and hopes to share that with her students!