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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 her third season with us, and we have loved her prescence 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.

Kirsten Nicholson

Instructor

Miss Kirsten is entering her 2nd season with us.

We have enjoyed what she has brought to our studio and we are excited for her to continue teaching with us.

Kirsten started dance at the age of 4 at Dance 10 studio and then later became a Just Dance Dancer since she was 9. She started cheering for Pop Warner and went on to continue cheering through High School. Aside from teaching dance, Kirsten is certified in First Aide and CPR. She now coaches the Kuyahoora Cougars Pop Warner Cheerleaders, and helped lead them to 1st place Pop Warner Regional Champions, a National Cheerleading Title in Disney in 2018, then went on to Disney again in 2019 helping them place 5th in the nation and 3rd at Globals.

Kirsten has a passion for Acrobatics and Cheerleading and we are happy to have her expertise at our studio!

Michaela Swiernik

Instructor 

This will be Michaela's first season at Just Dance. She started her dance career at 5 years old at Kelly's Academy of Dance. She participated on her high school cheer team for 3 years, and when she moved to Iowa she participated on her new high schools cheer team in her Senior Year. After taking a year off from dance due to an injury in her foot, she joined the University of Iowa Dance Club for 2 years. After transferring, she joined the Kirkwood Community College dance team. Throughout her dance career, Michaela has won many awards in both solos and groups. She specializes in Lyrical, Contemporary, and Jazz, and also has experience in Acrobatics. She will be attending HCCC in the spring to complete her second degree.

We are very excited to have Michaela join us, and can't wait to see what she brings to Just Dance!   

Josephine Berg

Instructor 

Josephine Berg is the newest instructor at Just Dance Studio and we are pleased to have her join our staff. Josephine has been a long time member of our Competiton Team and an award winning dancer in her short dance career. If you've ever seen her dance, you would never guess that she has been dancing for only 4 years. She has won many awards for her dancing, including many top score awards and special judges awards. Josephine truly shines in her acrobatic and flexibility skills. Aside from dancing, she as been a long time cheerleader and was recently awarded MVP at Herkimer High School, where she recently graduated.

She will be attending HCCC next Fall for pre-nursing and plans to transfer to a nursing school after that. Aside from teaching at our studio, she plans to continue taking classes and competing as she says, "I'm not ready to stop dancing just yet".

We are thrilled to have her join our staff and we can't wait to see what she brings to our studio.   

Hannah Straney 

Adjunct Instructor 

Please welcome the talented and amazing Hannah Straney!

Hannah will be joining us as a guest instructor for the first half of our season. She is back home in Little Falls for a while, before she returns to New York City as a professional dancer.

Hannah graduated cum claude 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!