Our Staff

"The focus on classical dance techniques brings so much sophistication and authenticity to the work we do, along with a deeper appreciation for the art of dance." - SSDC Student

Cynthia Nehr (Director) - Cynthia, a Lancaster County native, graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and a secondary concentration in ballet from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She has studied with noted dance artists including Bill T. Jones, Ann Vachon, Carla Maxwell, Nina Watt, Doug Varone, Akram Khan, Bebe Miller, Kun-Yang Lin, and Greer Reed-Jones. While in Philadelphia, she performed in both the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and Dance Boom, and danced for choreographers including Christie Newman, Keith Thompson, Marianella Boan, and Shannon Perlotto. She participated in reconstructions of classic works by Phillipo Taglioni, Doris Humphrey, Jose Limon, and Paul Taylor, and performed at the Ickle International Dance Notation Conference in 2002-2004. She also completed the Vaganova syllabus teacher training seminars in levels 1-3 and 4-6 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. Upon relocating to Pittsburgh in 2007, Cindy danced for LabCo Dance Company, MillerDance with Mary Miller, and the Staycee Pearl Dance Project. She was a guest instructor at Pittsburgh's High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and also taught at Rogers Magnet Middle School and Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School. Cindy is a founding member of NetCo Dance Company, a contemporary modern company based right here in Lancaster. In addition to dancing with NetCo Dance Company and serving as its Assistant Director, she regularly choreographs for community dance events and works as a coordinator for the Lancaster Dance Initiative's Downtown Dances.

Kylee Boaman- Kylee holds a Bachelor’s Degree is Elementary Education with a Studio Art minor from Millersville University. Kylee’s dance education started at the Lancaster School of Ballet under the direction of Carolyn Thrythall, and expanded into lengthy careers in competitive gymnastics and cheerleading. She also trained at SSDC during her high school and college years under the tutelage of Chet Zercher (ballet, jazz, and tap) and Jennifer Berlet (modern, jazz, and hip hop.) Kylee has performed locally with NetCo Dance Company, dancing in their original productions as well as in Downtown Dances and the Barbara Barden Dance Series. An accomplished visual artist and photographer, Kylee also has her own photography business, Kylee B Photography, where she does everything from family and senior portraits to weddings to fashion photography. She is very excited to be able to continue to inspire a new generation by combining her passions for the arts and education here at SSDC.

Erin Carner - Erin has been dancing for twenty-four years and teaching for seven years. After graduating from Warwick High School, she studied at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia. While attending UARTS, Erin trained in Modern, Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary under the instruction of Kim Bears-Bailey, Michael Sheridan, Zane Booker, Andrew Pap, Donald Lunsford, Suzanne Slenn and Scott Jovovich. She also had the opportunity to perform alongside the PA Ballet and the artist "Sting" at the Merriam Theatre as well as at various other university performances. After UARTS, Erin started her career as a dance instructor and choreographer. She has been teaching Modern (Horton Technique), Ballet, Contemporary and Stretch Classes. Erin also spends her time teaching Yoga inspired "StretchFlo" classes in Downtown Lancaster.

Alyson Grine - Alyson has been dancing since the age of 9, training in tap, jazz, contemporary, and ballet at Encore Productions in South Jersey. Throughout grade school and high school she competed both regionally and nationally. Alyson's performance experience includes corps and soloist roles in the Nutcracker at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, dancing in Reflections of Woodstock at Caesar's, and Andrea McArdle's Family Christmas Show at The Tropicana. Alyson studied dance at Moorpark College in Southern CA, and Stockton State College in South Jersey. She has been teaching many styles to all ages of dancers since 1999. She continues her education by reading, and taking class when she has the opportunity. In 2016 Alyson joined NetCo Dance Company here in Lancaster. Alyson is passionate about dance and honored to share her love and experience through teaching!

Alexis Sites - Lexie is currently working towards her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a STEM minor at Millersville University. She is a recent graduate of Hempfield High School, where she participated in Dance Theater all four years. While at Hempfield she also performed in the choir and orchestra. She began dancing at SSDC at the age of four, where her love for dance grew each and every year. She has training in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap and hip hop. While she is not at school, she enjoys rehearsing and performing with NetCo Dance Company as well as performing out in the community.