Finger Lakes Ballet Academy is a traditional, classical ballet training facility in Canandaigua, New York, which provides the finest dance training for children and adults. Young people studying at the Finger Lakes Ballet Academy have the advantage of being surrounded by many exceptional local and professional artists. The faculty works to ensure a coordinated dance program to students ages four and up. Limitation on class size allows for personalized attention. Performance opportunities contribute to a well-rounded experience and a true sense of accomplishment. The Finger Lakes Ballet Academy focuses on the belief that all young people and adults benefit from having dance in their lives. Serious dance can be fun!  

Catherine Sciarratta

Finger Lakes Ballet Academy
24 Coy Street, Canandaigua NY 14424  585-396-9050
This page was last updated: 6/5/2018

Meet the Teachers

Cathy Sciarratta started dancing at age 5 under the tutelage of Sandy Stramonine, of West Walworth NY, whom she still considers her teacher. She participated in many summer dance intensive programs, including North Carolina, School of the Arts and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School. The summer with Pittsburgh led to her inclusion in their program for two and half years. Cathy then returned to New York where she taught for Sandy Stramonine and also danced with the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. After moving to Colorado she taught at the Durango Ballet Academy for two years often times working with the Aspen Ballet. After a brief sojourn in Orange County California, Cathy returned to Colorado where she purchased and ran the Durango Ballet for three years. Cathy returned to her New York state roots in 2002, teaching in Canandaigua. She opened Finger Lakes Ballet Academy in 2003.

Jaime Hull started dancing at age 4 at Dance Connection in Rochester, N.Y under the instruction of Denise Ronco. After her move to Canandaigua she began attending classes at Finger Lakes Ballet Academy in 2005. Jaime graduated from Canandaigua Academy and continued to dance, demonstrate, and teach at FLBA while attending Finger Lakes Community College where she earned her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Jaime often taught summer classes at FLBA and also choreographed local productions of Once Upon A Mattress and Bye Bye Birdie. She went on to receive a Bachelor Degree in English Literature and Middle Childhood Education from Nazareth College. After graduation, Jaime decided to return to her passion — teaching dance classes at FLBA, where she has been since 2012. Currently Jaime has completed Teachers Training School of Dance Masters of America- Level 2. She expects to return until she has completed the program and receives the Teachers Training School Diploma.  

Alisha Schneider graduated from State University of New York: The College of Brockport with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. While pursuing her degree, Alisha got the chance to study abroad in London, England at Roehampton University. Alisha has had the opportunity to work with Mariah Maloney Dance, Zelma Badu-Younge, Clyde Morgan, and many other wonderful choreographers. She has performed at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket MA, Rochester Fringe Festival, Dance New Amsterdam in NYC, Smith Opera House in Geneva NY, The Gatesinger Company at Gates Hall, and Hochstein School of Music in Rochester NY. Alisha also enjoys choreographing musicals for local high-schools and companies. Past musicals she has choreographed include Damn Yankees, Annie Get Your Gun, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, The Fantasticks, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Singing in the Rain, Once on this Island Jr., Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and The Pajama Game.