MEET THE STAFF

Casia Baisa -  Owner/Director/Choreographer/Instructor

 

Diane McCarty - Office Manager/Secondary Director/Studio Mom

 

Phoenix Baisa - Instructor/Choreographer

 

Andi Baker - Instructor/Choreographer

Andi Baker is from Indianapolis, IN, where she has been dancing for 30 years. She is thoroughly trained in all forms of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, hip-hop, & acrobatics. She has been teaching dance & tumbling for more than 18 years. She has performed for several NFL Colts games, the Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway Winner's Banquet, & the International Arts Festival in Indiana. Growing up she won multiple regional & national titles along with numerous scholarships, one being the distinguished Pacigic Coast Dance Fest scholarship. She trained with Mandy Moore, Robert Schultz, Sonya Tayeh, & Eddie Garcia. Andi choreographed by inviration only two shows for the 2021 London Olympics and she was a featured choreographer for the Kidz Roc show at Clay Cooper Theatre in the  summer of 2015. Andi is currently the jazz instructor for the competitive team at Infinity Dance Academy. She is a proud teacher who students have won numerous regional & national titles along with multiple choreography awards. Her ultimate passion with dance is seeing her students not only grow in the art but also seeing them use the lessons from being a dancer like hard work & dedication in their future careers after graduating.

 

Angie Montgomery - Instructor/Choreographer

Angie began tumbling & gymnastics at the age of 5 and instantly fell in love with dance just a few years later. Her training includes jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, vocal and musical theater. Throughout her years of school she competed in many regional and national competitions with her home studio. She regularly performed in and around her home town, including in performances to raise money for COTA, Children’s Organ Transplant Association. She was also a member of her high school dance team for 4 years. After graduating high school she took a break from dance and started her family.  She also enrolled in college and studied through online courses to earn her Associates Degree in Business Management.  Marriage, 3 kids, and several years later, she reconnected with dance through both of her daughters interest and participation in it and has been teaching ever since.  Angie began teaching at Infinity Dance Academy for their recreational program in 2009.  Always having a love for children and working well with all ages, made teaching a very rewarding experience. She began choreography for the competitive team in 2013.  Angie contributed to the start of the Plainfield High School Dance Team, and coached from 2013 to 2016. Angie is currently pursuing Pilates and Acrobatic Arts certifications, while currently teaching Pilates & tumbling to the Infinity’s competitive team. Teaching has been one of the most rewarding jobs Angie has had the privilege to hold. Not only does she see the studio as a safe space to truly be herself, it brings her so much happiness. It’s always a place where she can help her students grow, not only as dancers but also as compassionate, caring individuals. As a teacher she feels it’s her responsibility to be there for each dancer, to help guide them to be not only the best dancer, but the best people they can be. She loves each and every one of her students as her own, and finds the most rewarding part is the forever friendships she has made throughout the years with the dancers and fellow instructors. She loves watching the dancers grow up and go on to become the very best versions of themselves.

 

Maria Macaroni - Instructor/Choreographer

A native of the Indianapolis area, Maria began dancing in the competitive dance scene with Motivation Dance under the direction of Bruce Campbell in 2001. Her time with Motivation Dance helped prepare her for the rest of her dance career as she won many regional and national titles as well as working with choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Mia Michaels, Mark Meismer, Sonya Tayeh and many others. In 2008, Maria began studying at the Indianapolis School of Ballet under the direction of Victoria Lyras, getting the chance to perform numerous ballets by the late George Balanchine while performing many lead roles such as Dew Drop in The Nutcracker. During the summers, Maria often attended the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Program, performing original works choreographed by Carmen Rozestraten, Maurya Kerr, Keelan Whitmore and Arturo Fernandez. In 2015, Maria went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ballet Performance and Choreography along with a minor in Psychology from the University of South Carolina. As a USC student, Maria had the privilege to perform many ballets such as Serenade, Who Cares?, and Raymonda Variations alongside principle dancers of the New York City Ballet. She also danced professionally during her college career with Wideman-Davis Dance, touring the east coast. In 2018, Maria alongside some of her colleagues, performed in the American College Dance Association’s Finals competition hosted at the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. Since graduating from USC in 2019, Maria has since moved back to Indianapolis where she is pursuing a Master of Arts in Arts Administration degree at Indiana University and is graduating in December 2020. Maria has accepted a full-time position at the Indianapolis Ballet as a Development Associate and cannot wait for the upcoming season with Infinity!

 

Carly Herring - Instructor/Choreographer

Carly has been dancing since age 3 and has had extensive dance training in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. She has won many scholarships and awards through the years and has danced under the instruction of many nationally renowned choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Sonya Tayeh, David Moore and a variety of others. She has performed in "The Nutcracker" at the Murat Theatre, performed in "Oliver" as part of the Hendricks Civic Theatre, and danced at Radio City Music Hall in New York City as part of a JUMP scholarship. Throughout her many years of dance, Carly has had the opportunity to dance around the country in many other venues. Carly also worked as a paid dancer for the WNBA Fever Inferno Hip Hop Dance Team for three years. She graduated from IUPUI’s Herron School of Art and Design in 2015, with a degree in Visual Communication Design. In addition to working full-time as the Creative Designer for the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI, she teaches so that she can “pay forward” her love of dance and bring her knowledge and experience to others who also enjoy expressing themselves through dance. In her years as a teacher, she has won many choreography awards and contributed to many special awards earned by her students. As a dance instructor and choreographer, she feels her job is to inspire, to give dancers the tools they need to be successful at whatever level of dance they wish to achieve, to push dancers to their limits with discipline, fun, and most importantly, love! She not only teaches but cares about her students and fellow teachers.

 

Alyssa Hartsock - Instructor/Choreographer

Alyssa Hartsock was born and raised in Avon, Indiana, a small suburb west of Indianapolis. She started dancing at the young age of 3 and quickly fell in love with the performing arts. She often combined her passion for dance, her love of song, and her thirst for the stage to excel within the industry. Alyssa holds numerous state and national championships having competed with the Avon Black and Gold Dance Team, The Avon Gold Marching Band, and Infinity Dance Academy. However, one of her fondest memories was dancing as part of the
2012 Olympic festivities in London, England. Alyssa graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy Musical Theater Conservatory Program in New York City in May of 2018. She went on to study with renowned choreographers such as Tony Coppola, Johanna Sapakie, and Don Bellamy at the Theater Arts Preparatory School in Las Vegas. She is currently represented by Go 2 Talent Agency, Inc. and aspires to perform on the Broadway stage one day. For more information on Alyssa, go to www.alyssahartsock.com.

Stephanie Mannina - Instructor/Choreographer

Stephanie is originally from Alexandria, Louisiana where she began her dance career at the age of 7. She was a member of Ballet Alexandria and Cenla Academy of Performing Arts for 15 years. Through her career she has studied with dance educators from all over the world and guest teachers from the Michigan Classic Ballet, the Milwaukee Ballet, the Nashville Ballet, the Dayton Ballet, and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. She has participated in numerous workshops including all of Ballet Alexandria’s training programs, L.A. Hip-Hop programs in Hollywood, and the IV USA International Ballet School in Jackson, Mississippi. Stephanie has had the opportunity to perform in such Ballets as the Nutcracker as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Gisselle, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Peter and the Wolf, The Nutcracker Doll, Reeds, SnowFlakes, Waltz of the Flowers, La Sylphide, Swan Lake, and Quatre. Stephanie has also mentored Pageant contestants in their talents, including Hailey Jordan, who became Miss Indiana in 2017. Upon moving to the Indianapolis area she continued her teaching career with American Dance Studio located in Mooresville, and as well as Speedway. Stephanie is now a primary Ballet instructor at Infinity Dance Academy, for the Competitive Team currently made up of over 60 dancers.

 

Cailyn Swearingen - Pre-Company Instructor

 

 

Allison Wittenbring - Lead Recreational Instructor