Teachers
photo Chrisie Santoni

Creator/Director

Hello and welcome! A few things about me and Dancing Bears Music.....I started Dancing Bears Music in 2006. I'm a graduate of Monmouth University with a BA in Psychology and Communications. I'm a full-time musician. The music for our classes are original songs written by myself and Craig Smith. Two of these songs, "Clams In The Mud" and "On The Farm", are played on Sirius XM's "Kids Place Live" station. I have tremendous gratitude for all of the families we bring Dancing Bears Music to, our teachers, and all of the great people at the locations we work in. I'm happy to be able to bring the joy of music and movement to people of all ages!

 

     
photo Erica Schneider

Music Therapy - Elizabethtown College

Erica has been a Dancing Bears Music teacher for 8 years. Her education includes a BS degree in Music Therapy from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. She enjoys working with children of all ages and abilities and learns something new from the children during each and every class. "Watching the kids gain confidence and become comfortable with the music and instruments we use each week is so enjoyable. I love coming to class as much as the kids do!"

     
photo Marcy Zieve

Theater & Dance -- Ithaca College

Ithaca College - Communications/Theater & Dance

Marcy is absolutely thrilled to be joining the Dancing Bears Music team! She studied Theater and Dance at Ithaca College. After graduation, Marcy enjoyed a career as a performer. Credits include the national tour of South Pacific and sailing the seas as an entertainer for Holland America Line, as well as numerous musicals. She transitioned into teaching and has taught creative movement, music, and dance at studios in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Marcy is passionate about animals, books and yoga and is the proud mama of two beautiful children, Mia and Matthew.