Tom Alexander -Tom is an instructor of Jazz, Tap and Lyrical along with Judging and Choreographing nationwide for Dance Makers Inc., Southern Association of Dance Masters, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Dance Teachers United, Jazz On Tap Festival Spark Intensive. He began dancing at age 13 with Master Teacher Ray Hollingsworth and has worked with stars such as Debbie Reynolds, June Allyson, Dolly Parton, Rita Moreno, Marie Osmond, Ella Fitzgerald and Bob Hope. Tom’s beginnings on the professional stage were with Carowinds, Busch Gardens and Tokyo Disneyland theme parks. Tom also taught in Japan for Shojiku Kageki Dan and Osaka Kageki Dan dance companies, performed, co-choreographed and trained dancers for Crystal Cruises. His most recent work for Crystal Cruises was co- choreographing their newest million dollar musical entitled “Standing Room Only.” He has taught dance at Buffa’s Dance Studio Ltd. in Northern VA since 1984. Tom was featured in two articles in the Dance Studio Life Magazine July and September issues.
Theresa Crawford has over 40 years of experience teaching Classical Ballet to children. She was trained as a teacher by her aunt, Marcia Dale Weary, the founder and Artistic Director of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. While still a student, Ms. Crawford was encouraged to begin studying her aunt’s original and highly successful teaching methods. She founded and managed her own schools as well as a non-profit children’s ballet company in Michigan. Crawford was the Principal of Orlando Ballet’s largest feeder school in Orlando Florida. She was on the faculty of the Georgia Ballet where she began an Intensive program for talented young students and was also instrumental in the foundation of DanceAbility, a program for children with special needs. Crawford’s background includes 15 years on the permanent faculty of CPYB and teaching in their nationally renowned summer course continuously since 1979. Several of Ms. Crawford’s students have or are currently performing with well-known companies in Europe, Canada and the United States. She is a certified Pilates instructor specializing in Dance Pilates and studied under Anthony Rabara in Princeton, New Jersey. Ms. Crawford has been teaching mat and reformer classes since 1997. She privately coaches all levels of ballet students, and has been a guest instructor in California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Guangzhou, China. Theresa is the author of “The Ballet Garden”, a non-fiction picture book for children.
Elower-Sicilia Productions of Dance and Music is a unique studio with instructors who think only of pleasing each student with the best dance training available. The studio provides a professional staff that travels from coast to coast to continually study and bring to the studio the best and most current dance education possible.
The directors dedicate their time to make sure the dancer is developing correctly and is learning proper technique.
We offer the most current dance style with professional instructors who enforce discipline while remaining, at the same time, always positive and approachable.
The studio offers a professional staff that is well educated in the performing arts, including dance, theater and music. The studio strives to offer its students instruction and programs that are both varied and cutting edge.
ESP has three spacious studios, liberal make-up policy for missed classes, and a performing/training company.
Registration for new and current students at the Thurmont MD based Elower-Sicilia Productions (ESP) of Dance and Music, LLC. is on-going and can be accomplished on this site at the ClassesTab, or by calling the studio office at 301-271-7458, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by stopping by the studio at 15 Water Street Thurmont during studio office hours Monday – Thursday 4:00-8:00.