Meet Our Instructors


Laura Sisco

Owner, Director, Head Instructor 

Laura Sisco has been a part of the Montauk and East Hampton communities for over 20 years.  With a passion for choreography and dance, she graduated from Adelphi University with a B.F.A in Dance in 2010.  She studied under professionals such as Frank Augustyn, Leda Meredith, Aszure Barton, Darrah Carr, Nicholas Ross, Danny Grossman, and Catherine Denison-Lawrence.  She has been a dance instructor and choreographer for fourteen years.  Most recently, she directed East Hampton High School's production of RENT over the 2015-2016 school year.

Sisco founded the Creative Edge Studio in 2015 to offer more rigorous and in-depth dance training programs here on the East End of Long Island. 

While growing up in Montauk, Laura is active in the community, supporting civic and educational organizations, including the East Hampton Union Free School District, The Montauk Playhouse, NYSDEA, Montauk Public School, and the theatre-arts charity she co-founded - East End Young Arts Initiative.

In 2015 Laura was honored by Members of the Montauk Playhouse and recognized for effective leadership and services to her community.


Karen hochstedler

Triple Threat - Vocal Instructor

Karen Hochstedler enjoys bringing laughter into the learning environment. Her broad experience in teaching and coaching people of all ages, lends to her passion for developing necessary foundational skills for the creative arts. Over the past 25+ years, Karen has found a multitude of ways to participate in the world of music and theater, while raising six children.

While her own kids were young, she ran a “mobile” studio, teaching Musikgarten classes from Montauk to Bridgehampton. She also was invited to teach sessions of music and movement at the local elementary school where her kids attended. In Karen’s experience, music directing over 20 productions and many theater camps, she has had the privilege to work closely with several directors and choreographers.  Over the past two years, she and Laura Sisco collaborated for the theater productions at East Hampton High School as well as East End Young Arts productions. Now they want to provide Creative Edge Studio’s students with exciting learning opportunities, more specifically design for the musical theater interest.