Meet Our Staff!
Amanda Bassett: (Owner/Director/Instructor)
Amanda received her B.F.A degree in Dance/Ballet at Point Park University under the direction of Susan Stowe. She has performed for many choreographers such as: Kiesha Lalama, Peter Merz, Gina Patterson, Francesca Harper, Megan Doyle, and also had the honor of performing Balanchine’s version of the Raymonda Variations. Amanda performed at City Center as a YAGP NYC Finalist. She has performed all over NYC including Carnegie Hall for choreographer Bill Hastings, and at Central Park for choreographer Ofelia De Mola and Yellow House Productions, and was a Lead Company Member with Community Dance Project NYC from 2011 to 2016. She has performed at Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, 92nd St. Y, Peridance, Steps on Broadway, Dance Teachers Summit, DNA, Dixon Place, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Bridge for Dance, and more. Amanda is the Co-Founder of AGile Dance Collective, which is a dance company based in NYC and Westchester County. With the company she has choreographed several pieces of work that have been showcased throughout Manhattan and Westchester. Amanda has been teaching dance for over 10 years, and along the way has taught many notable students such as Hillary & Bill Clinton’s granddaughter (Charlotte Mezvinsky), Jimmy Fallon’s Daughter (Winnie Fallon), Alec Baldwin’s Daughter (Carmen Baldwin), and Martha Stewart’s Granddaughter (Jude Stewart). Amanda has also created and implemented a complete ballet curriculum for all ages 2-18. Amanda is honored to take all her years of training, performing, teaching and dedicate it all to On My Toes Dance Academy as the owner and studio director!
Cynthia Alonzo: (Elite Team/Ballet/Tap)
Cynthia originally from Dutchess County, NY has been dancing for over 20 years. A 2013 graduate from Manhattanvile College, Cynthia received her Bachelor’s degree in Dance & Theater (concentration in Dance). In 2016 she was accepted into, and completed Broadway Dance Center’s prestigious Professional Semester. Cynthia has trained with some of the best in the business and has performed at such venues as Madison Square Garden, New York City Center, Walt Disney World, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Her choreography has been featured during pre-game and half-time for the New York Knicks, New York Liberty and the Brooklyn Nets. Cynthia is grateful for the opportunity to continue growing as an artist, and to share her knowledge and experiences with all of her students.
Shar Adrias (Hip Hop)
Shar Adrias has trained in commercial street jazz(Hip-Hop) for 19 years. She grew up in the world of choreography performing for The View, Sephora, and Ludacris, and choreographing/performing for Ryan Leslie and Jenn Cuneta. Later she discovered her passion for freestyle, and more specifically- Waacking. She is now a primary sub for Princess Lockerooo at Peridance in Manhattan. Waacking transformed Shar’s perspective on dance entirely and how she teaches her classes. In this class, we will explore how to express who we are through choreography and free movement.
Cassie DeNisco: (Social Media Manager/ Junior Crew/Petite Team/Tumble)
Miss Cassie began dancing at the young age of 18 months, as soon as she could walk, at On My Toes Dance Academy. Throughout her years of dancing, she has trained in various styles such as ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop. She was also invited to be a member of OMT’s first ever Dance Company as well as participated in her high school’s dance team. Miss Cassie’s
love of dance evolved into a love for teaching dance and sharing her passion with students when she was asked to be an assistant teacher at only 13. In addition to dance, Miss Cassie participated in competitive cheerleading for over 10 years on an All-Star team. Through cheer, she received extensive training in tumbling and gymnastics. Miss Cassie brings this knowledge of strength, flexibility and tumble she learned from cheerleading to the dance classes she instructs. Miss Cassie continues to train and take classes as much as she’s able to locally and in New York City. She has now been teaching dance for over 5 years and has loved every minute of it. Miss Cassie’s passion for dance stemmed from her experience at On My Toes where the atmosphere is welcoming and inclusive for all dancers. She is now excited to be able to provide that same experience for other dancers and share her love of dance here at OMT.
Alison Otto Walsh
Alison Otto Walsh: (Ballet)
Being the youngest of seven siblings who all danced professionally, I started ballet at my mother’s school at the age of 3.When ready, my training continued at SAB and ABT and I was fortunate to be able to perform in both companies while being a student in the school. My professional career had me performing throughout the tri-state area while still being able to teach and choreograph for Ballet Atlantic Academy. Throughout my 23 year career I have choreographed and stage many ballets from full lenghts to neo claisscal pieces and class recitals.In 2008, I changed my career path and joined IASTE Local 764 wardrobe union. I am currently still an active member. I work for NYCB, ABT, The Rockettes and have swung on various Broadway shows.Since the pandemic, I had a child and am now looking to get back into teaching , so that I can havethe flexibility of being with my daughter througout the day.I believe that being genuine and nurturing, along with being driven and having a profefesional demeanor, is an essential combination for teachers in the ever changing field of Performing Arts.Working with people from diverse backgrounds has provided me with a deep understanding and awareness of differences in individuals .
Micki Bless: (Jazz/Tap/Jumps&Turns/ Crew)
Micki began her dance training at the age of 6 at Dance Works in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. After graduating high school, she attended the Fordham University/Alvin Ailey American Dance School’s BFA program. During a hiatus from college, Micki was a featured dancer and magician’s assistant for The Bart Rockett Magic Show in Branson, Missouri. Micki completed her BFA at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia, California. Immediately following her time at CalArts, she produced and choreographed, along with other CalArts alumni, shows in both Studio City, California and Edinburgh, Scotland. Micki has performed for various industrials and independent projects in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. In 2019 Micki was invited to perform in “Oceans of Violet” A Tribute to Prince, a charity fundraiser event in Portland, Maine to benefit the Recovery Community. Micki continues to dance and perform with the band Rubix Kube: the Ultimate 80s tribute band, across the country and internationally. She believes passionately in teaching dance to the younger generation and has been doing so for over 20 years.