111 N Montour Street, Montoursville, PA 17754
Owner/Instructor, holds a BFA in Performing Arts from Oklahoma City University and has extensive teaching experience in all forms of dance. She has taught, choreographed and directed locally for nineteen years. Alison takes pride in teaching her students to be good people as well as successful dancers.
Before calling Montoursville, PA home Alison performed and taught in Boston, New York City, New Jersey and Chicago. Some of her credits include Nutcracker, A Chorus Line, Busch Gardens (Virginia) and Crazy For You, where she met her late husband Dean Stroop. Together their best accomplishment was their two daughters, Abby & Maggie.
Alison believes in using her time and talent to give back to our community. She has choreographed several musicals for Montoursville High School, Loyalsock High School, Student Summer Stock, and most recently CTL's Penguin Project. Working with the Penguin Project inspired her to become a certified instructor for Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Program. She is thrilled to team up with drum instructor/mentor Mike Wrench to offer the "I Can" program, a dance and rhythm class for students with disabilities.
Alison opened You Can Do It with the aim of providing quality dance education in a positive, stress free, family environment. "Our main goal is to build character through dance education." The instruction provided at You Can Do It is diverse, tasteful, genuine, and fun! Most importantly we aim to instill life skills through teamwork, leadership, confidence, loyalty and respect.
Christianne Gula (Kizzy)
Kizzy (Christianne) Gula is a graduate from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She holds her BA in Graphic Design. She is also a graduate from Barbizon Modeling and Acting School. She is a dedicated dancer in both classical and street forms of dance. She has studied forms that include Russian Pointe, Tap, Ballroom, Hip-Hop, and Musical Theatre.
She has choreographed local productions including It’s A Wonderful Life, The Wonder of Christmas, A Christmas Carol and 9 to 5.
Kizzy has been teaching locally for over 6 years. She also took a summer intensive course for teachers at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Some of her accomplishments include Dancing with Weird Al Yankovic and Dancing in two music videos for Family Force 5.
Mr. Cillo (Mike) is currently the Elementary Physical Education teacher in the Montoursville Area School District. His Masters’ degree focus was Educational Leadership. He has taught in the Public school arena for nearly 38 years and in the area of gymnastics/acro since the age of 14 (44 years). Mr. Cillo does missionary work throughout the United States and focuses much of his efforts in Haiti. He has also coached football, basketball and cross country.
Mr. Cillo had coached the Women’s Gymnastics Team at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His teams had won the Eastern Regional United States Championships and had placed 6th and 5th in the nation (Division III) two out of the three years during his time at IUP. He has been a clinician of gymnastics for thirty-eight years, with a strong background in teaching tumbling skills at every level. He has given clinics, private and semi-private lessons to cheerleading groups, dancers and aspiring gymnasts. He enjoys teaching properly motivated technique and seeing quick improvement in his students!
Mr. Cillo has given many clinics as fundraising events for teams, clubs and organizations. He had been a head coach, but mostly assistant track coach at the high school level for 32 years. He was the PHAC Track and Field Championship Meet Director as well as the District IV Track and Field Championships Associate Director. He was on the Executive Board of the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition and Chairman of the Lycoming Fitness Challenge involving 8 school districts and potentially 8,000 families. Mr. Cillo has served on the Board of Directors for the Montoursville Borough Youth Commission for over a decade.
Kristin grew up locally in the Williamsport area. She is currently an Autistic Support teacher for Blast IU 17 working in the South Williamsport School District. Kristin holds a Master’s Degree focusing in Special Education. She has been in the education field for 15 years working in Maryland, Delaware and back to her roots in Central Pennsylvania. While growing up, Kristin danced 13 years for Judy Hakes which included; tap, jazz and ballet. Throughout college, she continued the art of dance on school teams and with local dance studios. Kristin is the Founder of the local non-profit Growing Awareness, Inc. She is a mom of three. “I am excited to be a part of the You Can Do it family. Dancing has always been a passion of mine. I am so excited to share my love of dance with others”
Mike Wrench /Percussionist
To say that drumming is a big part of Mike’s life is an understatement. It is his life. Starting at a young age it was apparent that just learning drum set was not going to be enough.
Taking lessons from some of the biggest names in the industry and watching his favorite percussionist, it became a reality this was what he was meant to do.
From teaching private lessons, group classes, school settings, learning centers to corporate clinics and beyond.
“ I wanted to take the two things that I felt I was excelling at, taking care of people and being a percussionist”this was the birth of “Upbeat Outreach” A company started by Mike working with not only special needs, but mentoring and inspiring people. “It’s always about others and trying new things”
With this, it was time to once again get out of his comfort zone and pursue his teachings and talents into this dance studio.
Dancing and drumming go hand-in-hand. They showcase our emotions and give us the freedom of expressing ourselves.
Teaming up with Alison’s vision was the perfect fit.
We want to do something different, and you can expect a experience you won’t find anywhere else!