Kaelyn Gray

October 20 – October 21


Kaelyn has been a teacher for 16 years, both at her home school near Cincinnati Oh, and traveling all across the United States and Canada as a a guest artist and instructor. Focusing on all styles of dance, she is a sought-after teacher and adjudicator who loves to bring her unique teaching style to kids all over the country!
Her professional career began at age 18, as a featured performer in Cedar Pointe's groundbreaking tap/drum show "Krash Boom Bang!" , a first for theme parks. Soon after, she was the youngest choreographer/creative director for Paramount's Kings Island and King's Dominion, creating a show named "Pulse" which toured for over 3 years.
Between teaching and starting a family, she auditioned on a whim for Season 3 of SYTYCD, and landed in the top 24 females in Las Vegas. Upon returning, doors began opening and her career as a guest teacher/adjudicator began! She adjudicates for various competitions and conventions. 
In 2009, she had a chance meeting with Christopher Erk, a touring member of Tap Dogs and Performance Artist, who decided to take her under his wing and accept her into his new company "Tap Factor", located in Dayton, Oh. Under Chris's direction and vigorous training, an newly inspired tap dancer emerged and blossomed. From there, Kaelyn has never looked back!
In 2011, Kaelyn and her partner, NYC hoofer Parker Hall, founded ProtoTap, a tap company focused on expanding, progressing, and preserving our art form. Through community outreach, classes and workshops, they strive to provide quality education to kids and seasoned tappers all over the country! Now, ProtoTap is thrilled to have 15 junior members that train alongside them. 
The summer of 2013, Kaelyn was asked to be a guest instructor for LA Tap Experience, held in Los Angeles. Under the direction of mentor Gregg Russell, who Kaelyn has assisted in the past, she had the privilege of teaching alongside Maud Arnold, Sarah Reich, Angela Carter, Ryan Lohoff, and Gregg himself. The week ended with a show at LA Theatre, featuring Tap Sounds Underground, the widely successful tap company founded by Gregg Russell. 
In Fall 2014, Kaelyn became a new faculty member of "Tap the Map", a traveling tap workshop started by Danny Wallace and Anthony Russo, joining other artists such as Jumanne Taylor, Christopher Erk, Lisa LaTouche, and Jason Luks. Look for a Tap the Map near you!! 
In 2015, Kaelyn joined the Faculty of BellaMoxi Dance Convention as the Tap Educator, an opportunity to share her talents with kids all over the United States! Check out a BellaMoxi Convention near you!! (www.bellamoxidance.com) 
Her students have gone on to college dance programs, film and television, cruise ships, and major theme parks. In 2010, a tap student was awarded a Silver Medal in the Young Arts program, one of the most highly accredited programs in existence for artistic students in high school. Kaelyn has been a recipient of numerous nationally-recognized choreography awards, high score awards, and many students achieved Titles under her direction. 
Summer of 2014, Tap Dance Tutorials aka "#BRINGTAPTOTHEPEOPLE" was born. After years of the universe whispering, Kaelyn decided it was the right time to launch her first series of unique classwork and material, and make it available to tappers and teachers all over the world. Within 2 weeks, and thousands of downloads, she knew she had found a wonderful way to share her passion! Now reaching over a half a million downloads in over 55 countries, #BringTapToThePeople has become a staple in many tap programs! 
Kaelyn will also be an educator the summer of 2017 at The DanceLife Retreat Center, presenting her #BringTap program to teachers and attendees from all over the United States! Come join her and educators from all disciplines at this incredible event and retreat for Dance Teachers! 
Currently Kaelyn is teaching at her home school, traveling the country as a sought-after choreographer and teacher, teaching tap on the brand new BellaMoxi Dance Convention Tour, directing ProtoTap, and focusing on #bringingtaptothepeople through Tap Dance Tutorials! 




A Day of Ballet with Candy Costa Aguilera

Tuesday, July 31 at 10 AM - 4 PM


Candy Costa Aguilera,
Professional Ballerina and Ballet Instructor for 17 years, was born in the City of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, where her Ballet training started at the age of 5 years old.
During the training at her teen age, she attended to International Contests as a ballerina and as a Choreographer in Cuba. She danced roles like Kitry from Don’t Quixote, Le Corsaire, Esmerald, Diana and Acteon. After her graduation, she worked in the Professional Company as a Principal Ballerina and Artistic Director in the City of Santiago de Cuba for 7 years before entering as a Principal Dancer at Nacional Ballet of Cuba, dancing principal roles as the Queen of Willis in Giselle along with other contemporaries. In 2009, Candy relocated in Syracuse NY and worked as a Ballet Instructor in different studios all over Upstate New York. Candy also has danced with Syracuse City Symphony at the Carrier Theater in 2009 at the Frida Khalo Opera.
Candy has been working with intermediate and Advance classes since 2009 improving the student’s technique.



Upstate danceshop 2018-2019

Rhonda's FooteWorks

Wonder. Learn. Grow. 

Physical Location: The Franklin Building

50 Public Square, Downtown Watertown, NY

315-767-3978

Rhonda's FooteWorks has a long history of guest artists and artists in residence. We are very pleased to announce the following in house artists for our upcoming season. NOTE: these events are for registered students of our studio and invited guests only. 

Josh Nitkin

December 15 – December 16


Josh is a dance teacher/studio owner/choreographer from Toronto, ON. He has been dancing for nearly 30 years. Josh has judged over 50 competitions and festivals in the last few years including Carolina Dance Masters Chapter 15, Great Lakes Regional Dance Masters, Pennsylvania Dance Masters, South Texas Association of Dance Teachers (DMA Chapter 3). American Dance Awards, Canadian National Dance Competition, DX AmeriCup and Nationals, ShowTime Promotions, BreakThru Dance Challenge, Luv 2 Dance, Star Catchers as well as various festivals across Canada and the United States just to name a few. He has trained in Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Adagio.