Meet the Instructors
Amy Guglielmo is an author, teacher, and award-winning painter and printmaker from Plattsburgh, NY. She studied art at Plattsburgh State, Colorado College and The Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico.
She is co-author of the popular Touch the Art children’s series and teaches arts-in-education programs in schools throughout the North Country. She is also a co-founder of Outside Art: Plattsburgh Public Art Project, the organization bringing murals to downtown Plattsburgh.
Amy loves cheese, Barbie dolls, and water sports - just so long as she doesn’t have to get her hair wet ;)See Classes
Meet Rebecca Conklin!
In addition to teaching classes at the Strand Center for the Arts, Rebecca Conklin spends her days as a high school art teacher at AuSable Valley Central School District. She has been teaching art for 16 years, and enjoys sharing her passion to create with others.
While her specialty skill is pottery, she also enjoys creating in other media, including watercolor and oils.See Classes
This is Ali!
Ali moved to Plattsburgh in 2014 to pursue her childhood dream of being an Art Teacher. She teaches at the Plattsburgh High School during the school year, and here at the Strand Center for the Arts on the weekends and during summer!
Ali's mission is to share and pass on her love and passion for art and the simple beauty life has to offer.See Classes
It's Ceramics instructor Jerry Seguin's turn to tell us a little about himself. Read on...
"I’ve spent most of my life in this lovely North Country and have been inspired by the great outdoors, its people, and its natural wonders. There is no better time spent than hiking the Adirondacks, canoeing on its lakes or skiing its trails. Working in clay is my passion and I love spreading that passion with others. I also like to paint and do printmaking. I was fortunate to be able to teach art in area schools for nearly 40 years where every day was an art adventure.
Now retired from public schools, I still enjoy teaching and doing workshops. I love to travel to see my family and friends and of course to be inspired by the sights and culture of different places. One of my favorite destinations lately is Colorado and the four corners area where I hike, float down the rivers and do pottery."See Classes
Say hello to Heather!
Heather’s professional dance career spans over two decades. Her performing credits include: Walt Disney World, the National Basketball Association-Madison Square Garden with the Knicks City Dancers, Radio City Music Hall with the New York Liberty and a handful of recording artists and variety shows. You may recognize some of the names from her TV credits, too! They include HBO’s “Sex and the City”, Fox and Friends, CBS Sports and Late Night with David Letterman.
Her notable choreography credits include the Knicks City Dancers, Knicks City Kids, Westchester Knicks Dancers, Jerry Seinfeld’s “Bee” movie and NBC’s “30 Rock” with Tina Fey. Heather has worked with and choreographed children since the year 2000 and opened Plattsburgh's Center Stage Dance Studio in 2011.See Classes
This is Danielle Erb!
Born right here in Plattsburgh New York, Danielle started dancing when she was just three years old! Her mother owned and operated a dance studio where Danielle learned technique in ballet, modern, jazz, and Latin dance.
In high school she started training under instructor Philip Cole in Montreal (focusing on his Graham and African influenced Jazz technique) and at Guibbord's School of Dance (focusing on Cecchetti ballet technique). Danielle then went on to study Music Theater Dance at the University at Buffalo with a concentration in Dance Education and Choreography for three years – which included a residency under choreographer Bill T. Jones. Her work "Jingo" was featured at the University at Buffalo's Student Dance Choreographers' Showcase in 2004. After three years, Danielle transferred to Fordham University in New York City - where she studied at Alvin Ailey Studios and took part in a work-study program at Steps On Broadway.
She has studied a variety of dance techniques including Graham, Horton, African, Latin, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Ballet. After graduating from Fordham in 2007 with a degree in English Literature, Danielle moved to Boston where she studied at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, as well as taught and choreographed professionally for various community programs and musical productions around the Boston area.
Danielle moved back to Plattsburgh in 2012 to raise her family, and has been teaching classes and workshops at various locations including Guibord’s North Country School of Ballet, Center Stage, here at the Strand Center for the Arts, ROTA Gallery, Lifelong Fitness Center, Center Stage Dance School, and Paul Smith's College.See Classes