Beth Fecteau, Artistic Director
Beth Fecteau has been a performer, dance educator, and arts administrator in the Capital District since 1985 and now serves as Artistic Director for Nacre Dance Group. She trained with The New Jersey Ballet, The Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts and is a graduate of the Performing Arts School of Philadelphia. She attended Towson State University in Towson, MD as a scholarship student in dance and graduated cum laude from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY with a B.A. in Visual and Performing Arts with a dance concentration. She is currently working towards her graduate certificate in Arts Administration through the drama department at the University of Connecticut.
She has performed with New Jersey Ballet, Towson Dance Ensemble, Margaret Wagner and Dancers, Maude Baum and Company and The Isadora Duncan Dance Institute. She served as a teaching artist for the Capital Region Center for Arts in Education through SUNY Albany.
After her reign as co-director of Youth Ballet Company and School in Clifton Park, she served as Director of Arts and Programming for The National Museum of Dance and implemented the School of the Arts which now is a sustaining force for the museum. During her tenure, she had the opportunity to perform the works of American Dance Choreographers Charles Weidman, Isadora Duncan, Pearl Primus, Anna Sokolow and Donald McKayle. She created the children’s exhibit ChoreoMotion at the Museum and has overseen the installation of several exhibits. She administered the inductions of dance legends Frankie Manning, Arthur and Kathryn Murray, Bob Fosse, The New Dance Group and Bill T. Jones into The Hall of Fame.
Currently, Beth serves on the Board of Directors for Universal Preservation Hall and Saratoga Artsfest. She also serves as Artistic Director for Saratoga City Ballet.
Lauren Crispino grew up in the Capital Region and trained at Creative Dance Arts in a variety styles of dance. She went to SUNY Geneseo to receive her bachelor's degree in Childhood & Special Education with a concentration in dance then to St. Rose to receiver her master in Educational Psychology. At Geneseo, she was a very active member in the dance department as a dancer, choreographer, and student director. She was on Geneseo Dance Team, Geneseo Dance Ensemble, and Orchesis. During her four years, she had the opportunity to perform at American College Dance Festival and work with many well-known choreographers & companies. Currently, Lauren is a special education teacher at East Greenbush School District, teaches dance at Art in Motion Dance Academy, and a member of Nacre Dance Company.
Loni grew up in Clifton Park, New York, and graduated from Shenendehowa High School. She enjoys volunteering, recruiting volunteers, and fundraising for Habitat for Humanity. She is also a modern dancer and has been dancing in the Capital Region since childhood. Her dance background has come full circle over the past few years, as she now works on the Nacre Dance Group Board of Directors.
Loni is an Investment and Planning Analyst at Atlas Private Wealth Management. Prior to joining Atlas, Loni worked for Bullard, McLeod & Associates, Inc, a financial planning and investment management firm in Albany, New York. She was responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with both clients and custodians. The scope of her duties included, but was not limited to, preparing new client on-boarding, initiating asset transfers, and coordinating client billing.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in communication sciences from the State University of New York College at Oneonta, concentrating in human behavioral studies in organizational communication.
Meghan McGrath started dance training at the age of four with the Youth Ballet Company in Clifton Park, NY. She continued to dance while at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Meghan received her bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College, where she majored in Sociology with a focus in Business. She has served as the Executive Director of several organizations including the Lark Street Business Improvement District, where she planned community events for 100 - 80,000 people. Meghan has worked as an Association Manager at Capitol Hill Management Services for several non-profit since 2014.
Danielle Selby (BFA SUNY Brockport) is a performer, teacher and choreographer from Albany, NY. Her choreography has been performed at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, Michigan Youth Arts Festival, RAD Fest, Built on Stilts, Detroit Dance Race,The House of Blues in New Orleans, Judson Church and others. Danielle returned to New York after living in Michigan for several years, where she created work for Velocity (formerly Happendance professional company), Dance Lansing and for her own company SelbyDance. Now she is a member of Nacre Dance Company assisting in setting classic works on high school students in the inaugural season of Empire State Youth Dance Ensemble, a program of Nacre.
Dani Tremblay, Graphic Designer
Growing up, Danielle was always on the move. She danced ballet, modern and hip-hop and practiced karate, a pairing that became lifelong passions. Today she holds her 4th degree black belt in U.S. Budokai Karate and helps coach her dojo’s tournament team. And she continues to dance, performing with Nacre Dance Group, where she is also a board member.
In addition to dance and karate, Danielle shares her passion for fitness through personal training. She became an AFAA certified personal trainer and a Bootcamp Challenge Certified Trainer in 2016 and teaches several weekly fitness classes throughout the Capital Region and received her NASM personal trainer certification in 2019.
When she’s not breaking a sweat, Danielle is a Community Relations Specialist and Senior Designer at Price Chopper/Market 32, as well as runs a freelance graphic design business, Dtrembs Designs. She holds a BFA in graphic design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In her free time, she likes eating tacos and keeping up a yoga practice.
Teresa began dancing, as many dancers do, at a young age, but it wasn’t until she met Beth Fecteau that she truly understood what being a dancer meant. Teresa began dancing with Beth in 1989 and when Beth started her own school in 1991, she followed her to continue her training. During her time at Youth Dance Company, Teresa danced in numerous repertory concerts in both featured and corps roles. She also danced many parts in the company’s productions of the The Nutcracker including the lead roles of Ribbon Candy and the Snow Queen which were her favorites. While performing Teresa became an instructor at the school teaching creative dance for young children and ballet technique. Later she assisted Beth with rehearsals for The Nutcracker. Currently, Teresa is a Kindergarten teacher at St. Madeleine Sophie School in Schenectady, NY. She has a B.S. degree in Dance from SUNY Brockport and a M.S. degree in Elementary Education from Sage Graduate School. Teresa holds a New York State permanent teacher certificate for grades PreK-6. She also serves as rehearsal mistress for Saratoga City Ballet’s Nutcracker with Beth.