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Why Integrity Dance Dynamics?

Integrity means that you hold yourself to a higher standard, especially in terms of

moral or artistic values

As a dancer, it means you honor the movement, technique, and beauty of dance as an art form.  Integrity is both a personal trait and a skill that is developed over time, just as a dancer develops their technique and precision over time. 

At Integrity Dance Dynamics, our instructors lead our dancers by example, teaching proper technique and acting as a guide on their dancer journey with the intention of helping them foster a lifelong love and appreciation of the art of dance. 

Miss Sam, Owner/Director

Miss Sam was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, where her love of dance started early, as it seemed as if she was dancing before she was walking. She formally began her dance training at the age of three at the Hallmark Dance Studio, and she has been able to share her talents and passion across the country into her adulthood. As captain of her high school dance team, she led the troupe in performances at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, and on the Carnival Cruise Lines along the Gulf of Mexico.

In 2008, Sam was accepted into the Environmental Engineering program at SUNY-ESF, where she continued to perform as a member of Syracuse Dance Works, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2012. During school, she met her now-husband Dan, and they welcomed their baby boy Colt in 2020, who already seems to be taking after his mom’s passion for dance.

She has continued to spread the joy of dance by teaching in local studios and performing as a member of Deviant Dance Tribe and dancing with Lady Knights for the Semi-pro soccer team Silver Knights.  While working full time she has attained a Masters of Science in Engineering Management, received her professional engineering license, and has been chosen as one of Central New York Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”.

Sam loves teaching students because to her, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the look on their faces when they master a skill they’ve worked so hard on.  She loves to welcome each new dancer into the studio and provide a safe space where children can nurture and express their creative selves through the art of dance. ​

Miss Nicole, Assistant Director/Instructor

Nicole Holmes was born and raised in Camillus, New York. She started dancing at TDS CNY when she was 2. Nicole was a company dancer, taking ballet, tap, jazz and hiphop for 15 years.  She was also a member of the TDS Camillus Competition Team, competing in  Tap and Hip Hop for 4 years.

Nicole graduated from SUNY Oswego where she studied Human Resources with minors in Accounting and Psychology. During her time at Oswego, she was a member of the Del Sarte Dance Club as a dancer and choreographer. 

She choreographed multiple jazz routines and continued to dance a variety of styles such as jazz, tap, hip hop, and lyrical. Her favorite style of dance is tap!​ Nicole is thrilled to be a teacher at Integrity Dance Dynamics and share her love of dance!

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Miss Grace, Instructor

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Grace Pinkowski began her training in Syracuse, NY at the age of 5 at the Centre of Ballet and Dance Arts where she studied ballet, jazz and modern under the direction of Deborah Boughton, Sherri Campagni, and Larry Crabtree.  She continued her education here until graduation.  Beginning at the age of 12, Grace spent her summers attending intensives such as Alonzo King LINES ballet, Boston Ballet, Neglia Ballet, BalletMet, and Millenium Dance Complex.  Her summer intensives heavily influenced her dance training and also deepened her love for other styles of dance. 

Before graduating, Grace also participated in 2 years of competition dance where she won many awards and competitions.  During those years she began choreography, specifically in contemporary, musical theater, and lyrical, and won many regional and national competitions.  

In 2017 Grace continued her dance education at Broadway Dance Center in New York City.  She spent a year in their training program where her focus was ballet and contemporary before moving on to their professional semester where her focus was street styles.  While at Broadway Dance Center, she was trained and mentored under teachers and performers such as Phil Orsano, Dorit Koppel, and Yvonne-Marie Sain.  Grace had the opportunity of not only continuing her love and training for dance, but also being introduced to numerous different syltes and dance cultures - all of which heavily influenced her as an artist and teacher.  At the end of her professional semester she performed pieces choreographed by Nijawwon Matthews, Shelly Hutchinson, and Parth Sethi. 

Grace moved back to Syracuse in March of 2020.  She believes in making dance a safe place for anyone to explore their artistry, and is so excited to watch her students grow. 

Miss Mackenzie, Instructor

Mackenzie Jackson is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She is a Syracuse native and began her training with Camillus Dance Centre, located in Camillus, NY. 

 

In 2023, she received her Bachelor of Science in Dance Studies and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Leadership from Nazareth University. In 2021 Mackenzie because a member of the National Educator Dance Organization and also attended multiple American College Dance Association Conferences representing her college. 

 

Mackenzie has performed works by Jose Limon, Janice Rosario, Yoshito Sakuraba, Heather Roffe, Doug Varone & Dancers, Koresh Dance Company, Kizuna Dance, Cheryl Johnson, Nicolette Ferguson, Catherine DeAngelis Olson, Francesca Genovese, Maureen Gorman, Michelle Pritchard, Caitlin Mahon, and Heather Acomb.

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Miss Emily, Instructor

Emily is originally from a small town in western New York.  She began dancing at the age of 3 and has not stopped since!  Emily received most of her training at her home studio, Infinity Dance Academy, where she realized dancing was not just a hobby, but a passion. 

She grew up competing in various styles of dance including tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater, ballet, and hip hop.  Emily holds a BA in Linguistics, with a minor in Dance, from SUNY Oswego and an MA in Student Affairs Administration from Appalachian State University. 

During her time at Oswego, Emily was a member of Del Sarte Dance Club as a dancer and choreographer.  Fun Facts: Emily has performed in a Disney World parade, met Cyrus from So You Think You Can Dance, and made it to the Semi Final round for an NFL dance team audition. She is absolutely thrilled to be a part of Integrity Dance Dynamics and cannot wait to watch her students grow. 

Miss Lexie, Instructor

Miss Lexie grew up in Liverpool and started dancing at the age of 3. She danced competitively in the areas of tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary before she graduated from high school in 2010. She attended SUNY Oneonta where she majored in Adolescent Education and Earth Science.

 

While attending college Miss Lexie was a member of the Oneonta State Dance Team,which performed at school basketball games and competed at a national competition yearly, and was also a member of the Terpsichorean Dance Company, a student-run dance company at SUNY Oneonta. While in ‘Terps’ she danced styles including jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop.

Miss Lexie choreographed numerous dances for the company, attended yearly competition, and served as Treasurer, Secretary and eventually President of the company. After college Miss Lexie danced for the Syracuse Silver Knights before taking some time off to pursue her master’s degree. Miss Lexie is now an Earth Science teacher in the Baldwinsville CSD and is married to her husband, Zach, who she met at SUNY Oneonta. They welcomed their first baby, Owen, in 2020! Miss Lexie is looking forward to teaching dance again and getting to know all of the dancers and families at Integrity Dance Dynamics!

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Miss Kait, Instructor

Miss Kait is a recent graduate from SUNY Oswego with degrees in finance and marketing.  She is a Syracuse local and grew up dancing competitively here.  In college, she was the president of the dance club and wished to continue that passion after graduation, which led her here to us as a teacher!

Miss Taylor, Instructor

Bio Coming Soon!

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