Symphony Dance welcomes students of all ages, sizes, and talents
At Symphony, we strive for excellence but accept the fact that not everyone is perfect. We welcome dancers of all levels and abilities into our studio family with open arms and see everyone as individual stars.
Katrina, the studio owner, didn't always have positive experiences as a young dancer. This is something that we want to change for the future generation of dancers and for the students that will become our children, friends, and success stories. Symphony Dance aims to never limit dreams, to find a way for our students, to support, to promote, to adequately build and prepare our dancers, and to embrace whatever their goals or hopes are in dance and in life.
"Miss Katrina" Kaplin
Owner, Director, Lead Instructor
Miss Katrina is a Dance Masters of America Certified teacher of all core dance subjects, Certified Clogging Instructor, & an award winning choreographer. She also has training in multiple styles of dance, modeling, pageants, various instruments and forms of music, and in acting. She grew up in South Carolina, but relocated to the Rochester area in 2012 to be closer to family. She has been in a dance class since she was 2; on competitive teams; part of dance companies; coach for numerous teams; a paid performer; on television specials; in a dance store commercial, a movie, and a television show pilot. She was also part of a group asked to represent the United States in an International Folk Festival in Brazil in 2018.Miss Katrina enjoys taking care of people, teaching, and promoting health so much that she is also a School Nurse and Health teacher with a BSN & MALS--concentration in "teaching the whole child." She loves to see people enjoying good music, having fun, being healthy and happy, & of course--dancing. Her number one goal is to share the love of dance with everyone she is around.
Mackenzie "Mackie" Wood
Mackie has extensive theatre experience on stage and off with numerous local theatre companies, and has served as a past Secretary on the Gatesinger Board of Directors. She has been a part of over 25 local theatre productions (youth & adult) as lead; featured or named role; cast; assistant director; and stage manager (/theatre queen). She also has experience in childcare. Mackie has been a part of the Symphony Dance Family as a student since the 2016-2017 season and started working in the office in Summer 2021. She works as an inspection tech during the day and is a cat and plant Mom. When she is not in a show; part of the director team of a show; at the dance studio; or supporting/watching performing artists, she finds ways to enjoy other forms of creativity, art, and expression including knitting, painting, and being an advocate.
"Miss Kathy" Rudyj-Coon
Miss Kathy started dancing at 6 years old, has been teaching dance for over 50 years, and is also a Dance Masters of America Member. She owned a well known dance studio in Webster for over 25 years and has previous students who are now or who have been dance teachers, in professional dance companies around the world, on Broadway, & as finalists on So You Think You Can Dance. Being a mother of two children (who were/are both dancers), she is fully aware of the uniqueness of each and every child and aims to assist each student individually throughout their training.