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 childen, Abby & Mason.
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.
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.
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”
Rebecca started dancing locally at the age of seven. She has studied ballet, lyrical, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, beginner gymnastics and musical theater throughout her dance career. She has also taken fitness classes in pilates, yoga, zumba and barre. At the age of thirteen, she went through a “teacher in training” program with Alison Stroop and has been instructing dance classes ever since. She held the role of Children’s Dance Program Director for several years until a move took her out of state. Rebecca taught at Fit To Dance Studio in Mullica Hill, New Jersey for three years and is returning to PA this year to teach at You Can Do It Dance and Fitness. Rebecca holds a teaching degree in Early Childhood Education from Lock Haven University and was a Pre-K Counts teacher for seven years at a local school district. During her undergraduate studies, she took a dance integration course and attended a dance teacher summit in NYC. She also supervised “Princess Dance Camp” for many summers. She will be completing the M.Ed. program at Penn State in Curriculum and Instruction emphasis in Children’s Literature this year and is part of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She currently specializes in teaching children’s dance at a foundational level, including creative movement, ballet, tap, jazz and more. Rebecca is looking forward to continuing her career with You Can Do It, sharing a love of dance with her students in a community oriented environment.
Maddie is an Emergency Management graduate from The Pennsylvania College of Technology. Originally from Buffalo, NY. She has 15 years of dance experience with 7 years in the Williamsport area training directly with Dean and Alison Stroop. She danced competitively for 12 years. Training included but not limited to; tap, jazz, and ballet. She also has experience teaching youth dance classes. In high school, she participated and performed in local theater productions.“I am thankful to be a part of the You Can Do It family! I grew up loving and learning the art of dance. My time off to grow my professional career has prepared me to return to what I truly love!”
Kailey started dancing at three years old and has never stopped loving it. Over the years she practiced ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical/ contemporary. " I am grateful to have the opportunity to share the beautiful art of dance with so many others!" In addition to dance Kailey is currently a swimming teacher, lifeguard, and lifeguard instructor at the Eastern Lycoming YMCA. When she is not dancing or in the pool she is working on earning a K-12 teaching certification at Lycoming College. She is excited to part of the YCDI team!
Mr 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!
111 N Montour Street, Montoursville, PA 17754