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Just Dance Studio 

410 Canal P​lace

Little Falls NY 

Meet Our Instructors

 


Alicia Dodge

Owner/ Artistic Director

​Alicia Dodge always had a dream to one day own a dance studio with the passion and love that she has for the art of dance, and enrich the lives of every dancer who walks through her studio doors. in 2008, that dream came true, and Just Dance Studio was born. Alicia started dance and gymnastics at the age of 3, became a competitive gymnast by the age of 6 and went on to become a competitive dancer by the age of 8. Aside from dance and gymnastics, Alicia was a cheerleader throughout high school, and choreographed her cheer squads routines her junior and senior years, leading them to victory at local competitions. She has won many awards in her career, but her proudest moments were winning UCA All Star, and a scholarship award to NYC to study dance alongside the top choreographers and dancers in the country. She has choreographed for local cheerleading squads, and school plays as well. Alicia formed her studio's competition team in 2010 and has won excellence in choreography. She has led her team to many first place and overall high score awards including Star Studio, Ultimate Showmanship, Ultimate Entertainment, and bids to the World Dance Championships 2 years in a row. Alicia is a member of the Dance Studio Owners Association and is always attending virtual seminars, and summits to further her repertoire and continue evolving and growing with all that is current in the dance world. Alicia is excited to continue her studios success for years to come and can't wait to see what the future holds for Just Dance Studio. 

Hope Dawley

Instructor

Miss Hope is entering entering her 4th season with us, and we have loved her prescience at our studio.

She has been dancing since 1994, and is currently a special education teacher at Benton Hall Academy in Little Falls. She is married to her husband Ryan, and has an adorable daughter Paisley. Miss Hope specializes in Ballet, and is certified in Zumbini.

She started her dance training under the direction of Galle and Collins Dance Academy during her school years, and after graduating High School, she joined the Terpsichorian Dance Company at SUNY Oneonta from 2010-2013.

Hope is certified in First Aide and CPR and brings an amazing amount of exprience to Just Dance.

Anna McEvoy-Melo

Instructor

Anna McEvoy-Melo grew up in Little Falls, and began dancing at Utica Dance. She moved to New York City at 15 years old to train professionally in ballet at Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program where she was a part of the winning ensemble at Youth American Grand Prix in 2015, she performed at the Stars of Today Meet The Stars of Tomorrow Gala, and she performed with the Mikhailovsky Theatre of St. Petersburg during their US tour. Upon graduation from high school, Anna attended and graduated from Columbia University (2019) while continuing to perform professionally around New York City and at Columbia. Anna began freelancing in New York City while pursuing her Master’s degree. She has performed on well regarded stages in New York, such as the David Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and at New York Fashion Week. Having recently completed her Masters of Law from Northwestern University, Anna is currently a JD candidate at Syracuse Law School. She looks forward to continuing to dance and sharing her love for ballet in her hometown

Hannah Straney 

Adjunct Instructor 

Please welcome the talented and amazing Hannah Straney!

Hannah will be joining us as an adjunct instructor while she is back home in Little Falls for a while, before she returns to New York City as a professional dancer.

Hannah graduated cum laude from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in 2017. While studying she was gifted the Adopt-a-Dancer scholarship and had the opportunity to study a semester abroad at TNUA in Taipei, Taiwan. Since graduating she has toured with the Off Broadway show Dirty Dancing and now works with Company XIV, in Brooklyn, NY. She has performed works by Aszure Barton, Tom Weinberger, Matthew Neenan, Sidra Bell and George Balanchine. Hannah has been dancing for 14 years and is happy to return to her home town and move with Just Dance studio! 

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