Staff

Heather Haskins: Artistic Director

Heather began dancing at the age of seven at Filippetti's Acadamy of Dance in Horseheads, NY. Throughout her teens, Heather choreographed solos and group numbers, as well as performed in stage productions at Horseheads High school - earning her the Elmira Little Theatre Outstanding Performer Award in 2002.  

In 2004, Heather began teaching, under Amy Bush, at Dancer’s Alley in both Horseheads and Corning. In 2006, she graduated from Elmira College with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Musical Theatre. During her time at Elmira College, Heather helped choreograph and run the student organization, Orchesis Dance Group, which held two shows every year.  

Heather continues to perform onstage in numerous productions in the local area as well as professionally. She also continues to learn more every year by taking classes from several professional dancers, including SYTYCD stars Tyce Diorio and Lauren Gottlieb, Disney Choreographer Nancy O’Mera, and Hip Hop Star Barry Youngblood. Heather has also attended classes at STEPS and Broadways Dance Center in New York City.

In 2010, Heather opened Stage Door Performing Arts Center. Miss Heather is excited to be able to do what she loves everyday and share it with all of her students. What could be better than that?!

Deanna Burt

Deanna began dancing at the age of two at Dance Experience in Horseheads, NY. Deanna has trained with numerous professional instructors since the age of 12, consisting of Bob Rizzo, Barry Youngblood, Susie Vitale, Tony Vitale, Jerry Rose, and many more. At the age of 18, after winning multiple Regional and National dance competitions, Deanna traveled across the United States as a Caravan Kid with Hoctor Dance.

Deanna BurtDeanna has since graduated from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences with a concentration in Athletic Training, and a minor in Pyschology. While attending Colby-Sawyer, she was a Member and Choreographer of the Dance Club. Deanna's roles consisted of Head Choreographer, Vice President, and President. In that time she was awarded "Club Member of the Year" in 2002.

Deanna began instructing dance at the age of sixteen. She began teaching for Glen Rhythm and Tumble from 1999-2001. After graduating from College she began teaching at Leslie School of Dance where she taught from 2006 though 2013, acting as a choreographer for the New Heights Dance Theatre's "Nutcracker In Motion". Deanna is currently a choreographer for the Southern Tier All-Stars Junior and Senior Hip Hop groups. She was able to start an after-school Hip-Hop program for the Southside Youth Center in 2009 in Elmira, NY, as well beginning a Creative Movement Program for a local day-care in Elmira, NY.

Deanna is proud to say that she continues her education in all disciplines of dance by attending multiple National Dance Instructor Conventions each year. Deanna is also SDPAC's Competition Team co-coordinator and co-choreographer.

Laurie Morton

Laurie Morton

Laurie has been dancing since the age of 11 after her interest in Gymnastics waned and her passion for dance took over. At the age of 17, she began teaching at her alma mater, University Performing Arts Centre in Orlando, Florida, with a concentration in acrobatics, lyrical and jazz. After graduating from the University of South Florida, Laurie continued her training in New York City under Sheila Barker and Frank Hatchett at Broadway Dance Center. Here she was a principle assistant to Ms. Barker from 2003-2007. Upon returning to Florida she took over the Competitive Performing Company at UPAC until 2010 where she enjoyed much success and remains a guest Choreographer. Laurie now lives in Corning where she and her husband own a restaurant. She is very excited to be a part of the Stage Door family, and is looking forward to working with the area’s most wonderful students and faculty.

Courtney McMinds

Courtney McMindsCourtney began dancing at the age of 3 at Glen Rhythm and Tumbling in Watkins Glen, NY and then continued at Leslie School of Dance also in Watkins Glen, NY. She studied tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern, musical theater, and Acro. She also participated on competition teams and performance teams with Leslie School of Dance. Courtney has since graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelor of Science Degree with certifications in Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities. In addition to teaching at Stage Door Performing Arts Center since 2015, she has also been an teaching dance locally since 2014, and instructed at an after school dance program at Watkins Glen Elementary School.

Colleen Donovan

Colleen has been dancing for well over 10 years. She started her dance career in competitive dance while living in Utah, and began dancing here in New York at Dancer's Alley. She recently graduated from Niagara University with a degree in Early Childhood/Childhood education, with a minor in dance. At Niagara she was able to deepen her studies in ballet, jazz, tap and musical theater. 

Colleen DonovanColleen has studied all types of dance, although her favorite is routed in musical theater (thanks to Miss. Heather). She has taught for stage door sporadically since the beginning, however is more then excited to begin having her own classes this upcoming dance year. As a previous student of Miss. Heather's she is so excited to finally be teaching alongside her. She looks forward to a great dance year!






Rachel Skavina - Bio Coming Soon

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