Directors

Abby Slater, Founder & Artistic Director

Abby Slater began dance performance in 1985 and choreography in 1998.   She graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a degree in Media Communications and a minor in dance and dance production. Abby was a member of the University Dance Company, coordinator and head teacher of the Community Dance Program and taught adult ballroom and children's dance classes in all styles.  She is a former member of Pennsylvania Dance Vision's Repertory Ensemble.
 

In addition to her passion to choreograph, Abby began practicing and fell in love with yoga in 2003.   She received her 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training certificate in 2010 and recently received her 500-hr certification from the Always-At-Aum Yoga School in New York and is registered with Yoga Alliance (YA).
 

Abby is the Founder & Artistic Director of Symmetry Dance Company and was a guest choreographer for the East Stroudsburg University Dance Company for over 15 years.  She has choreographed and directed the Arts Alive Program at the Newton Ransom Elementary school in addition to various school programs in the region. Abby holds additional certifications with Yoga Ed™., allowing her to bring yoga into public schools and train classroom teachers to bring yoga tools into the classroom.  She is a certified PILOXING Instructor and is also certified with Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and is a Basic Level 1 Zumba instructor. In Basic level 1 the four basic rhythms are (merengue, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton). In addition to other classes taught by her instructors, Abby teaches Yoga, Cardio Kickboxing and Dance at Symmetry. 

Blythe Alexander, Director of the Children's Program

Blythe Alexander began her dance career at age 5 at Northeast Theatre Dance Academy under the direction of Lisa Becker Padula, studying ballet, tap and jazz techniques. She has also studied under Kathi Jo Hubner at NTDA and Alexi Ramov and Jimmy Sutton at Tiffany Falls Performing Arts Center. 


Blythe joined Symmetry Dance Company in 2013 and joined the staff as an instructor in 2014. She partnered with Abby in 2017 and become the Director of the Children’s program. She is the oldest of six children and has an intense love of dance, so it was the perfect fit. She mainly teaches tap and jazz technique at Symmetry, along with the Creative Movement class. Tap has always been her favorite type of dance. 


Blythe attended The University of Scranton for both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biochemistry, along with an MBA in Marketing and Operations Management. Besides teaching dance, she works as a Quality Engineer and Manager of Product Compliance.

Staff

Janel Naro

Janel Naro is both a choreographer and instructor for Symmetry Dance Company’s Apprentice, Junior, and Senior Companies in Contemporary, Jazz, and Hip Hop. She has been with the company since fall of 2014. 


Janel graduated from Wilkes University in December 2014 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Dance. She began her dance career while in college, studying Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Fosse, Tap, and Composition under the direction of Kristen Deanna-Boonin, Broadway’s Lynne Mariani, Sean Harris, and Kris Cross. She had the honor of being teacher’s assistant under Lynne in Modern Dance. 


While in college, Janel performed in numerous productions for Wilkes University’s Theatre, Dance, and Music Departments. She studied acting, voice, theatre history, stage make up, special effects make up, design, painting, lighting, sound, and carpentry. Before college, Janel studied acting at the former The Northeast Theatre’s Griffin Theatre Conservatory in Scranton under Mary Ethel Schmidt. Just last year Janel was invited to choreograph a piece for East Stroudsburg’s Dance Concert. 

Toni-Ann Triolo

Toni-Ann Triolo has been dancing since 1996. She was a competition dance in Long Island, NY while also attending Long Island High School of Arts. She began teaching a variety of dance genres at the age of 16. She recently graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a BA in Dance where she honed her skills as a teacher, choreographer, and performer. Upon graduating she moved to Manhattan to perform. She studied with Antonio Brown(Bill T. Jones Company), David Parsons Modern Dance Company, and Trisha Brown Dance Company. She absolutely loves to perform and teach. She recently joined the  Symmetry Dance Company and currently teaches Hip-Hop. 

Ashley Tomko

Ashley Tomko is a 2002 graduate from Northeast Theatre Dance Academy under the direction of Lisa Becker Padula and became a teacher on staff in 2007. She has studied with Kathi Jo Hubner at NTDA as well as Alexi Ramov and Jimmy Sutton at Tiffany Falls Performing Arts Center. Ashley participated in master classes with Savion Glover, Dorothy Wasserman, Mary Ann Strilka, the cast of 42nd Street, among others. She was a chorus member for "Chicago" at the Diva Theatre and for "The Broadway Cinderella" performed at the Manhattan Center NYC. She was also a member of the "Red Rocket" Dance Team. Ashley is currently a member of the Symmetry Dance Company since 2012 and joined the staff last year as the tap instructor. 

Carlie Craven

Carlie Craven began her dance training in ballet, tap, and jazz at age 6 at Cristina Sohns-Williams Studio of Dance under the artistic direction of Jennifer and Cristina Sohns. She later continued her training in tap and jazz under artistic director Gina Aldrich at the Moosic Youth Center School of Dance. While in college at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Carlie was reintroduced to ballet and furthered her study of it with Carine Puckett at Firethorn Dance Academy. Carlie joined Symmetry Dance Company in 2014 and joined the staff as a ballet/contemporary instructor this past year, working with the studio's Junior Company. During the day, Carlie works as a physician assistant in Internal Medicine at Physician's Health Alliance in Scranton

Michele Drazdowski

Michele Wieckowski began her dance training in ballet and jazz at the age of 6 at the Moosic Youth Center School of Dance under the artistic direction of Gina Aldrich.  In 1999 Michele turned her full attention to focus on Ballet and Modern while attending Civic Ballet Company under the artistic direction of Helen Gaus.  Her most favorite moments always included those while performing in the annual Nutcracker.  During her high school years she also partook in cheerleading where during her senior year she was awarded “feature dancer”

In 2006-2013 she performed with the Julie Ardito School of Dance in Old Forge, PA.  Also, in 2010 and 2011 she was the coach for Holy Rosary JV cheerleaders and in 2013 she became a part of the Symmetry Dance Company.