Nadine Medina
Owner, Instructor, Choreographer

Nadine Medina, Owner of Troy Dance Factory and Artistic Director of Synergia Dance Project, has over 20 years of experience teaching and choreographing. She completed the 3-day certified and accredited "Pulse Teacher Workshop" in New York City with industry icons Dave Scott, Wade Robson, Tyce Diorio, Desmond Richardson, Robert Hoffman, and many others. Nadine has attended class at Millennium Dance Complex in LA, and more recently studied with Teddy Forance through an interactive class she offers through Troy Dance Factory. She had the honor of completing the 2-day "Artist Development" Intensive with Galen Hooks and was recently recognized in The Alt Weekly's "Best of 2018" reader's poll as Best Choreographer and Best Dancer, as well as TDF being named Best Dance Studio. More recently, she was recognized as a "Capital Region Creatives Under 40". Music video choreography credits include working for Half Waif, Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, Northern Faces, Girl Blue, Zan & The Winter Folk, Camtron 5000 and Mirk. Nadine was the dance columnist for Collaborative Magazine, and her Season 1 show for Synergia Dance Project, named “Dark Blue Sea”, was  picked up by the prestigious venue Proctors in Schenectady, NY. Currently, she is undertaking a one-month virtual intensive under the direction of Kyle Hanagami. She continues to be humbled and inspired by her peers, and is excited to share her passion for the art form.

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Dorrie Boice

DORRIE BOICE
Instructor, Choreographer

Dorothy Boice (more commonly known as Dorrie), has been teaching dance in the styles of Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, and Lindy Hop since 2008.  Transformed from being a recreational activity to an emotional outlet, dancing became a huge part of Dorrie's life. Partnered dancing in particular opened her eyes to the importance of learning communication through physical connection and using dance to have a conversation, she strives to demonstrate this with every genre she teaches. Dorrie continues to expand on her own experiences through programs like CLI studios, workshops/classes at Broadway Dance Center, and various dance events throughout the country. Knowledge of dance technique and keeping current is incredibly important to her and she is devoted to sharing what she learns with her students.

Sydney Kurzejeski
Student Teacher

Sydney Kurzejeski has been dancing at Troy Dance Factory since 2012, where she has connected with the art form and grown into her passion throughout the years. During her time at TDF she found a love for tap and hip hop, but has taken a variety of classes and continues to expand as she is introduced to new styles of dance. Sydney's found liveliness in spreading joy through dance and she uses her high energy and goofiness to share the beauty and depth of dance with others. We are beyond thrilled that she is joining our team after all these years of watching her grow and evolve not only in dance, but also as a wonderful human, teacher, and friend.

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Rachel Oehlkers
Instructor

Rachel has been dancing since 2004. She grew up in Tennessee and attended classes at Dance South Performing Arts for 13 years. During this time she took classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and modern, and was a member of the youth company for 9 years. Ballet, especially pointe work, is her favorite, with tap being a very close second. In 2017, Rachel moved to Troy to study chemical engineering at RPI. During her time at RPI, Rachel has been learning ballroom dance as a member of the RPI Ballroom Club and Team. For Rachel, dancing is a lot of fun, brings a lot of joy, and has the added bonus of being exercise and a great stress relief. She is very excited to be able to share her love of ballet with others through teaching!

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Remi Ioffe
Student Teacher

Remi Ioffe is a local dancer and choreographer who has been dancing for the past 8 years. She has studied hip-hop, tap, lyrical, jazz, and ballet and was the youngest choreographer at the 2019 “So You Think You Can Choreograph Junior” competition. She was also a choreographer for the Musical "Fun Home" for a local theatre. When she is not busy dancing, she can be found painting faces at birthday parties and farmers markets in the capital region. Remi is very excited to be making her teaching debut at Troy Dance Factory.

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RAYA IOFFE
Instructor

Raya started formally dancing 25 years ago. She studied Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, and more and has been dancing with Troy Dance Factory for over 8 years. Raya is particularly passionate about Improv and feels as if it has been a whole body therapy for her. It combines movement and emotional freedom, and provides a creative outlet and community. She enjoyed using improv as a tool for developing choreography for TDF's annual Choreo Ball and first dance company, of which she was a choreographer an co-founder, Retold Dance.
When not dancing or driving her children to dance, she is doing healing work.