One of the biggest differences that you’ll see when your children are enrolled in dance classes at Fancy Feet Dance Studio is the quality of instructors that we have. The director of our studio puts effort into the training that each instructor receives so that the same approach and formatting are the same. Below is a list of the instructors that your child will be working with, and a little about their background. We know that you’ll be happy with each of these individuals and your experience at Fancy Feet.


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Angela D’Angelo

Angela D’Angelo started with Fancy Feet Dance Studio at the age of four. When Angela was thirteen years old she became part of Fancy Feet’s Competition Team. She studied with various choreographers and has competed in many competitions.

Throughout the years Angela has celebrated the opportunities Fancy Feet Dance Studio has brought to her, including her three performances in Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, Hershey Park, various nursing homes in the Bronx, Norwegian Cruise Line and many more. Angela loves being part of the Fancy Feet Family and cannot imagine her life without it!


Alyssa Di Maggio

Alyssa Di Maggio was born and raised in the Bronx, NY and has been a part of the Fancy Feet family for over twenty five years.  

Starting from when she was a toddler, Alyssa always had a passion for dance.  When she was nine she became a member of the Fancy Feet Dance Company.  While on the competition team she won numerous awards and had opportunities to travel with her team performing in places like Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, Hershey Park and Norwegian Cruises.  Alyssa credits her passion and love of dance to her teachers at Fancy Feet as they always inspired her to become not only the best dancer, but the best person, she could be.  When given the opportunity to minor in dance at Iona College she leaped at the opportunity knowing it would allow her expand her knowledge of the art form and further deepen her passion.

In 2012 Alyssa was honored by the Bronx Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children with the teacher of the year award.

Alyssa strives to inspire each one of her students the way she was and still is inspired at Fancy Feet.  “I couldn’t imagine my life without Fancy Feet, and I want to make sure the children I teach feel the same way.  They amaze me with their progress and I love to see them having fun.”


Denica Durr

Denica Durr, a native of northeast Ohio began dancing at the age of 8. She is a classical trained dancer and has studied at CLEVELAND CITY DANCE, THE CLEVELAND SCHOOL OF BALLET and spent two summers working with PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE. Upon being accepted to THE AILEY SCHOOL, she has recieved a certificate of dance in their two year program and spent an additional year on scholarship where she had the pleasure of working with various choreographers throughout the company. Denica has appeared on “THE DREW CAREY SHOW” has performed at CITY CENTER and helped launch a modern dance company “GRITTY CHERRIES” where she was showcased at THE JOYCE SOHO THEATRE. Denica is extremely proud to be a teacher of the FANCY FEET DANCE COMPANY and equally blessed to be a part of the FANCY FEET family, where she can share her love and passion for the art of dance.


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Amanda Durst

Amanda Durst was born and raised in Erie, PA where she began dancing at the age of three. She trained in all styles of dance and was also a member of the Long’s Performing Arts Team LLC and traveled to Disney World twice to perform. Amanda also spent a year on faculty with Long’s School of the Dance, training under Long’s co-founder Marge Long.

In 2009, Amanda graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theatre. While attending BoCo she had the privilege of studying with and attending master classes with many world renowned performing artists.  During her time in Boston, Amanda developed a dance program for a Watertown cheer leading academy, Full Out Cheer. Her Junior and Senior teams became National Champions and were invited to compete in Hawaii by the World Spirit Federation.

After graduating, Amanda moved to NYC!  She has performed regionally and toured nationally with multiple productions and companies such as; The Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Trumpet in the Land, Once Upon A Time Inc., American Family Theatre Co., and The Secret Theatre.  Amanda is also an Acting and Drama teacher that has worked with South Asian Youth Action, American Dance and Drama, and CloverPrep Academy to bring the performing arts to students across the Queens borough.  

Amanda is proud to be a member of the Fancy Feet faculty and family.


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Treasure Anne Krische

Treasure Anne Kosits has been part of Fancy Feet Dance Studio for over twenty years. Treasure began dancing at the age of two with her very first class being creative movement taught by Miss Susan herself. Treasure gradually accelerated to taking classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, pointe, and gymnastics and many more. At the age of ten, as Treasure’s love for dance grew, she auditioned and became part of the Fancy Feet Dance Company. To this day, Treasure still remains part of the Elite Senior Company here at Fancy Feet.

Through the years, Treasure traveled with Fancy Feet to numerous competitions, winning countless awards for herself and her team. She has performed with Fancy Feet in Hershey Park, as well as Walt Disney World three times, on Norwegian Cruise Line – The Spirit, and of course in recitals for over two decades. Besides her award winning dance record, Treasure has been teaching at Fancy Feet for over eight years. With the inspiration of Miss Susan and Miss Karen, Treasure is pleased to be able to share her love of dance with her students, just as she has been taught.

In 2007, Treasure had the honor of being nominated “Dance Teacher of the Year” by the Bronx Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, for her teaching excellence. Treasure finds it rewarding and heart warming to see the smile on a child’s face and the sparkle in their eye when they grasp a step or routine.

Treasure is truly blessed to be part of the Fancy Feet Dance Studio’s past, present and future!


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Danielle Lugo

Danielle Lugo has been a part of the Fancy Feet Family for over 25 years, with background skills in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, and Gymnastics.

At the age of seven, she auditioned and become a part of the Fancy Feet Dance Company. Throughout the past 20 years, she has traveled Nationwide and won countless awards with the Fancy Feet Dance Company. Danielle had the opportunity to perform in Hershey Park, Walt Disney World in ’98, ’06 and ’08, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Lincoln Center.

She has also had the privilege of dancing and working with Hip-Hop Superstar Sean “P-Diddy” Combs, Pop-Star Christina Aguilera, Pop Group Danity Kane and Choreographer to the Stars and MTV’s Making the Band, Laurie Ann Gibson. Her dance skills did not stop there, Danielle then went on to be a finalist for the NBA”s Knicks City Dancers, Boston Celtics Dancers and NHL’s New Jersey Devils Dancers.

In 2010 she was recognized not only for her hard work, dedication and passion for dance, but for her love of teaching children in the Bronx Community. The Bronx Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children awarded Danielle with the Teacher of The Year award after 10 years of teaching at Fancy Feet Dance Studio.

She loves to share her skills and passion for dance with children of all ages and hopes to continue more amazing accomplishments in the future.


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Tamika Perkins

Tamika has been dancing since the age of 9. She immersed herself in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Gymnastics where she quickly progressed. Tamika auditioned for Fancy Feet Dance Company and from the minute she was in Company she began winning Gold and Platinum awards.

She has performed at WALT DISNEY WORLD, HERSHEY PARK and on NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE and has worked with amazing choreographers. Tamika believes that the foundations in dance are very important. She feels that the discipline that dance provides are life lessons that can be used in many areas of your life.

Tamika is happy to be part of the Fancy Feet Family and hopes to inspire young dancers.


Corey Wright

Corey Wright was born in Baltimore Maryland and grew up mainly training in gymnastics. Starting dance at the age of 16 he knew the only way to catch up was to train with the best so he moved to New York right after high school. He’s completed the professional semester at Broadway Dance Center and now has just finished his 2nd season with the contemporary dance company Victory Dance Project. With his gymnastics background he loves to infuse athletic movement in his dancing.


Orit Hirsch

Orit Hirsch – Professional Tap dancer and dance teacher from Israel, studied in 2 of the biggest Tap schools in Israel under the guidance of Mandy Kol, Sharon Lavi and Zvia Brumer at Ra’anana Dance Center, and Yuval Beck at Yuval Beck Tap Studio.

Orit was a member of TEMPO group and performed in the show Time2Tap (24 dancers and live musicians at the Giv’atayim Theatre in Israel, Artistic Director: Yuval Beck) and participated in international tap festivals studying with teachers from the USA and Europe. She worked with big theaters in Israel (‘Cameri’ Theatre and ‘Habima’ Theatre) as a Tap coach for the productions of ‘Funny Girl’, ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Singing In The Rain’.

Orit has been teaching in Israel for the past 5 years and currently living and teaching in NYC (trained in Tap, Ballet and Contemporary Lyrical).


Joseph Akin

Joseph Akin, originally from Florida, has been working in NY for 6 years. He has danced for Moving current Dance Collective, kaleidoscope Dance Theatre, Dance Cat-alyst, and is currently performing with Abundance company. Before coming to NYC he toured nationally with multiple dance conventions, gaining affluence in the technical aspects of theatre and dance. In 2015 he began working with A Class Act NY where he choreographed both Urinetown the musical and Monty Python’s Spamalot, as well as being selected to direct Les Miserables.  


Kal Leski

Kal Leski first started dancing in Colorado Springs at their local studio when they were 12. One tap class turned into years of training and a life long passion and at 18 they moved to NYC to study dance at Marymount Manhattan College with a concentration in teaching techniques. Since graduating in 2016, Kal has been teaching a variety of styles in the tristate area, choreographing and performing in NYC. They have worked with Jessica Hendrix, Al Blackstone, Bill T. Jones, Elena Comendador, Catherine Cabeen, MADBOOTS’ Austin Diaz and Jonathan Campbell, Sidra Bell, Alberto del Saz, Suzanne McHugh and BABEL’s Sarah Panayiotou to name a few. They are so excited to be teaching contemporary, musical theater, jazz and hiphop at Fancy Feet this year!


Candace Jarvis

Candace Jarvis, originally from Ontario, is a professional dancer now based in New York City. She graduated as a Certificate Student from The Ailey School in 2015, and since has gone on to perform works by several well-known choreographers in venues all across the US.

Candace performed in Alvin Ailey’s Revelations Cast of 50 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center and took part in Robert Battle’s New Directions Choreographers Lab at The Ailey School. Additionally, she performed as a featured guest artist in Exit Like An Animal for KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s 2015 Joyce Season.

Candace has a range of experience with company work, being a former member of Awaken Dance Theater—directed by Rebekka Nodhturft and currently entering her third season with Nai Ni Chen Dance Company. Furthermore, Candace has performed work under the direction of choreographers such as Amy Hall, Tracy Inman, Carlos Dos Santos, Norbert De La Cruz III, and Emily Greenwell.

While growing her performance resume, Candace continues to train in New York City and spread her knowledge and love of the arts by instructing weekly dance classes at area studios and workshops.


Molly McGee

Molly McGee was raised in New Jersey where she began dancing at the age of four. Growing up she studied, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, tap, contemporary, and pointe at a competitive level. At seventeen she moved to New York City where she attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. At AMDA, Molly studied dance, acting, and singing and graduated with a degree in Dance Theatre. After graduating, Molly traveled and performed in AATMA Performing Arts, a Bollywood based dance company that put on the show “Mystic India: The World Tour.” She has also performed in a ballet version of the Indian Film, “Devdas” and has been casted in multiple concept music videos. Molly is now a proud of Fancy Feet where she gets to share her love for dancing and performing!


 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Perez

Melissa has been dancing at Fancy Feet since the age of 3. At the age of 8 she joined The Company and danced with them until the age of 17. She danced with the Fancy Feet Dance Company at Disney World, Lincoln Center, Hershey Park, Norwegian Cruise Line and countless competitions. She has been teaching at Fancy Feet ever since. Melissa also taught dance for the Department of Education for 6 years and worked with renowned companies like Ballet Hispanico, Dreamyard, and Dancing Classrooms. Melissa is super proud to be sharing her passion of dance with so many talented dancers and working closely with the Company team as they prepare for competition.


Dava Huesca

In 2015 Dava graduated Salutatorian of the Dance Department  and won the “Desire Keras Dancer from the Heart” award. While in high school, Dava was apart of the Peridance Youth Ensemble where she was given opportunities to work with distinguished choreographers such as: Manuel Vignoulle, The Limon company, Sidra Bell, Stefanie lBatten Bland, Igal Perry, etc. Following high school, Dava graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in 2019. At SUNY Purchase she performed works by Rena Butler, Hannah Gardner, and Sidra Bell. Additionally, Dava has performed works abroad. In 2017, she worked with Maxine Doyle in Berlin, Germany, performing “Bric Brac a Baby” at Dock 11. Summer of 2018 and 2019, she was accepted into Springboard Danse Montreal and performed works by VIM VIGOR, MAZE dance company, Johannes Weiland, and Vanessa Goodman.  Her last semester in college Dava was invited to perform works by Stacyee Pearl Dance Project in Pittsburgh. Today Dava is an apprentice with the New York City based dance company
VIM VIGOR.  She has a passion for all styles of dance and loves sharing her passion with her students.


Mervin “Acharo” Smith

Mervin Acharo Smith, fondly known as Acharo, has been training, performance, teaching, choreography and ministry for the last 20 years. He began at age 18 with his local dance church troupe (Anointed Jubilee; 96’) in Nassau, Bahamas. A year later (97’), his formal training began at Virtue Dance Academy (VIDA) under the artistic direction of Marilyn T. Deveaux. At VIDA, his technical and artistic skillset began to shine garnering him major roles in the school’s annual production – The Seed of The Woman (98’-99’) and Beauty and The King (99’-2000). In 2000, he along with the VIDA’s performance troupe, visited New York for a 5 Day Dance Tour; it was then that Acharo knew that dance would be the purpose-catalyst for his life. He furthered his training at Eurythmics Dance Studios (Bahamas) under the direction of Lawrence and Gabriella Carroll. This awarded him his first professional dance job in a cabaret show – Magical Voyage. 2001, he returned to New York to study at The Ailey School (Independent Study Program) for a semester; then he returned to Nassau in 2002 and began teaching at his local dance school and while developing other dance works within his community. He choreographed, directed and produced the first of many productions under the theme “My Tribute” (2001); a dedication performance to God for unveiling to him the gift of dance. 2004-2005, he returned to The Ailey School to participate in yet another Independent Study Program to refresh and advance his skills. Upon completion, he returned to The Bahamas and founded and artistically directed– West Wing Dance Conservatory (WWDC). He began to cultivate gifted and talented dancers across the island. Under the school’s umbrella, Community Dance and Arts- In-Education programs were established. The
school gain national prominence when he entered them in the country’s prestige National Arts Festival where the school won an extraordinary seven 1st place awards within the seven categories that it registered for. The school also captured the coveted Most Outstanding Dance School as well as The Hubert Farrington Choreographer of Excellence Award for 2008 for this achievement. In 2005, Acharo went on to establish a performance company– Bahamian Dance Theatre Company (BDTC). BDTC, like WWDC, began to rise to national prominence. With little resources and heart, Acharo was able to round up a troupe of the country’s finest dance artist, producing nine concert seasons spanning from 2009 to 2012, coveting another immaculate victory with the National Arts Festival (Twelve 1st and Two 2nd place awards from 14 entries; The Most Outstanding Dance Company of The Bahamas 2010). In 2012, Smith dissolved his work in Nassau and moved to New York. He returned to further is education at a collegiate level and gain even greater depth as a dance artist and industrialist. He enrolled in Lehman College since 2012 as dance major, while garnering work with local dance schools and companies. Since his arrival, he’s coveted three City Counsel Citations for his work in the arts, local school awards for his teaching and leadership roles displayed as well as taking on lead roles in company’s seasonal/annual performances. Adding to his repertoire, he has developed a dance series called MAD: Movers & Dancers (Bronx); Co-Found & Direct- Expansion Series (Brooklyn), Kingdom Institute of Dance & Ministry and presently, Acharo Smith’s Repertoire Dance Initiative. His programs are inspired to cater to the physical, artistic and mental development of dancers young and seasoned –novice and professional; as well as provide access to the arts, while mentoring the minds of the participants. Acharo is a former member and contributing choreographer of Dance Ministry Institute (DMI) under the artistic director of Robert Evans and a seasonal performer with PurElements: An Evolution in Dance. He’s also a former resident instructor and choreographer for AbunDance Academy of The Arts and Layla’s Dance; and presently The Gloria Eve School of Dance and Music. Recently, he has conducted a Winter Dance Workshop in Nassau, Bahamas. Acharo is delighted to be sharing in Fancy Feet’s fiscal and production 2020 season.

Alex Schmidt

Alex Schmidt’s pursuit of dance began from an early age in Tampa, FL. She spent her high school years attending Next Generation Ballet’s trainee program under the direction of Peter Stark and Ivonne Lemus. During her senior year of high school, Alex moved to San Francisco where she graduated from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program in 2017. Alex currently lives in New York City where she is co-founder and performing artist in TWO IN SEVEN BILLION, and a dance artist in Michiyaya Dance. Alex graduated from University of Florida in May of 2020, with degrees in Criminology, Psychology and Sociology. Alex has taught kids through an after school dance program in New Jersey, and taught professionals through various other platforms with her collaborator Jessica.


Christine Schmidt

Christine’s love for dance began from a young age in Tampa, Florida. She started dancing at the age of three and grew up training in every style. In high school, she attended Next Generation Ballet’s trainee program under the direction of Peter Stark and Ivonne Lemus. After graduating from high school, Christine moved on to attend the University of Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. Throughout her experience here, Christine assisted professional choreographers in summer dance intensive SWAMP Dance Fest alongside Trent D. Williams, Jr, Keith Thompson, and Mark Haim. She also had the opportunity to perform in MOD Dance Ensemble, where she traveled weekly to attend workshops and perform at other colleges. During her time at the University of Florida, she spent her summers performing as well as teaching dance and fitness. After graduating, Christine moved to New York City to further pursue her dreams of working as a professional dancer. She recently became an ACE certified personal trainer to connect her love for dance with her equal love for health and fitness. Christine cannot wait to share her passion for dance with everyone at Fancy Feet! 


Cordelia Vohnout

Cordelia Vohnout began dancing at Fancy Feet at the age of two in Mommy and
Me, and she has been dancing ever since. She became a member of the Fancy Feet
Company at the age of 10. As a member of Fancy Feet’s award winning competition team
she has received scholarships to the Sheer Talent ballet intensive, performed at Walt
Disney World, as well as competing in high scoring routines at the national level in
Foxwoods, Connecticut. Cordelia has performed locally for children who were ill, at
Montefiore Children’s Hospital, and multiple times at the St. Theresa’s Feast. Dancing at
Fancy Feet has inspired a life-long love of dance for Cordelia, who is currently studying
for her BA in Dance at Lehman College. Cordelia has been an assistant at Fancy Feet for
the past six years and she is excited to begin teaching her own classes this fall.

Sierra Bell

Sierra Bell is from the Bronx and isn’t a stranger to Fancy Feet. She has been a part of the Fancy Feet Family since she was four years old. At a young age, she had a strong passion for dance. She accelerated in classes like ballet, tap and jazz. At the age of twelve, she auditioned to become apart of the Fancy Feet Dance Company.  Since then, she has attended many competitions and workshops. As Sierra got older, she took on the responsibility of being a teacher’s assistant. Sierra is now a teacher here at Fancy Feet and is ready to be a role model and share her passion for dance with all the kids here at Fancy Feet.


Sidnie Thomas

Sidnie Thomas has attended Fancy Feet Dance Studio since she was 4 years old. She also attends The Denzel Washington School of the Arts and majors in dance. She trains in all forms of dance, but especially enjoys contemporary and jazz. In 2014 Sidnie joined the Fancy Feet Dance Studio Company Team and has competed in many dance competitions in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Some of the competitions include Sheer Talent, Jump Dance, and Nuvo.  Sidnie has competed in the Sheer Talent Nationals twice. Sidnie performed as a soloist at NAACP ACTSO competition and won a bronze medal. She has also attended many intensive programs, summer 2017 and 2019 she attended The Harlem School of the Arts summer dance intensive. Summer 2018 she attended Dance Theater of Harlem’s summer dance intensive as well. Sidnie has been assisting since she was 12 and teaching at Fancy Feet since she was 15. She loves to teach and is excited to grown and learn at Fancy Feet!


Chelsea Freeman

Chelsea was born and raised in Yonkers, NY and grew up training at Youth Theatre Interactions, and pre-professional programs at The Ailey School, and Ballet Hispanico. She received her bachelors in dance from the University of Maryland, College Park and moved back home where she’s danced professionally ever since.
She was a Knicks City Dancer where she performed every night at Madison Square Garden, the world’s most famous arena. More recently, she played the role of “Ethel” in Memphis: The Musical at Gateway Theatre in Long Island and prior to that she was a Production Dancer for Norwegian Cruise Line. She has appeared in music videos and commercials and worked with Jennifer Lopez, Run DMC, Cee Lo Green, Ian Eastwood, Brian Friedman, and Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
Additionally, Chelsea has performed on the Harry Connick, Jr. show and on Ellen where she met and performed with former First Lady Michelle Obama. When she’s not dancing, Chelsea is also a fitness model and can be seen in various fitness apps, workout videos, and other fitness/social platforms.
Chelsea holds a Masters Degree in Marketing and Advertising and uses her degree everyday as the General Manager of one of the top franchises of 2020, named by Entrepreneur Magazine. She also serves on the board of directors for two performing arts non-profit organizations in New York. However, nothing excites her more than teaching and sharing her love for dance to the next generation! @freemisschels on all social media.

Mitch Kilby

Mitch Kilby is a native of Newcastle, Australia. He began his training at
the Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy in Australia, and in 2006 was accepted to the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, where he subsequently earned a full scholarship. In 2006,
Mitch took a position with New York Theatre Ballet, where he was an ensemble member and later a principal dancer for 12 years. He performed such roles as the Devil in “3 Virgins and a Devil,”
Dancing Master and Step Sister in “Cinderella,”, the Lion in “Carnival of the
Animals”, Catalabet in “Sleeping Beauty,” as well as Spanish dancer, Snow King, Mouse King, Chinese dancer, and Drosselmeyer in the “Nutcracker”.
Mr. Kilby has danced works by Agnes DeMille, Mathew Neenan, Sir Fredrick Ashton, Jose Limón, and Merce Cunningham, among others.
Mitch has had the pleasure of playing both the Grinch and Charlie Brown for the New York
City Pops at Carnegie Hall. He performed with The Paris Opera and the Theatre of Nations’ production of
‘Miss Julie’ at the Lincoln Center Festival. In 2015 he joined Ballet Grandiva for their Japan tour. In 2019, Mr. Kilby was cast in the Park Avenue Armory’s production of “The Lehman Trilogy” directed by Sam Mendez.
Mitch has served on the faculty at The Ridgefield School of Dance, Woodbury Ballet, Complexity Dance Center, and Contemporary South Dance Company. He is currently an Instructor at Kick Dance Studios, Defying Gravity, The Mae Mae Dance, and Fancy Feet Dance Studio.
Mitch has trained dancers for the Connecticut Classic, and YAGP. He
has also coached partners for pas de deux work. Mr. Mitch loves to work with children and has a upbeat and positive teaching style. He understands how dancers perform, and provides technical skills while
instilling a love for the art form.

Marissa Maffiolini

Marissa grew up dancing in Connecticut and went on to graduate from Dean College with her BA in Dance. She’s performed various works throughout the country with dance companies including The Rogue Dancers, Wandering Movers, and Aries in Flight. Marissa has also performed in musicals at various regional theaters. Some favorite stage credits include Chicago, Singin in the Rain, Anything Goes, and Cabaret. Passing on her love of dance to the next generation brings her great joy and she loves watching her students learn and grow!

Ariana Andretta

Born and raised in New York City, Ariana grew up surrounded by movement. She was instilled with the special gift of dance and an appreciation for a theatrical space early on. Ariana’s intention now as a multi-hyphenate professional is to celebrate community through storytelling with the goal of making theatre an equitable space.
While Ariana wears many creative hats, she also earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts (summa cum laude) from SUNY New Paltz, where a dear mentor, Joe Langworth, introduced her to the craft of choreography.  As a performer, Ariana has worked with Joe regionally on MARY POPPINS (Potsdam Music Theatre),   joined Jena VanElslander’s TSQ Project as an ensemble member,  and danced with various creatives including: Al Blackstone, Billy Griffin,  Richard Pierlon, Sarah Burke, & Ljuba Castot.
Ariana produces her own choreographic works in hope of sparking joy, empathy, and communication through movement. She was honored to present “The Conscious Club” for Jazz Choreography Enterprises’ 2021 Jazz Dance Project. As a recent recipient of the DCA Premier Grant, Ariana will be sharing her first full length production of her own work entitled, “Love & Other Stories,” which will premier in September 2021 in NYC.

Ally Peter

Originally from the Greater Philadelphia area, Miss Ally Peter began dancing when she was 3 years old and has never looked back. Ally received her B.A. in Communications and Dance from Marymount Manhattan College, where she graduated summa cum laude with honors. She has a strong foundation in ballet, tap, jazz, theatre, contemporary, and hip hop, and has had the privilege to train with Al Blackstone, Chaz Wolcott, Ray Hesselink, Lane Napper, James Kinney, Richard Hinds, Suzanne Goldman, and Billy Griffin, among others. She grew up dancing competitively, receiving multiple convention scholarships throughout the years, and recently toured with Groove National Dance Competition as a stage manager. She’s appeared at Ailey Citigroup Theater in “Truth” by Juan Rodriguez, and most recently, in “The Will Rogers Follies” at Music Mountain Theatre.

Miss Ally began teaching dance right out of high school, after years of developing her love for teaching as a student teacher. As a teacher, she enjoys helping young dancers develop their artistic voices, and she is thrilled to be a part of the Fancy Feet family!


Alyssa Dinka

Born and raised in Venice, Florida, Alyssa Dinka now calls New York City home. She graduated from Pace University with a BFA in Commercial Dance and has since performed professionally at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg VA. Equipped with hard work, laughter, and an immense love for dance, Dinka is eager to be a part of making dreams become realities. In her spare time, she produces, creates, and shares daily dance videos on Instagram. It’s something new each and every day, and she has done this for nearly 500 days and counting. Alyssa has a passion for children, teaching, and giving back to future generations and cannot wait to see you in the studio at Fancy Feet!

Riley O’Rourke

Riley O’Rourke is excited to be joining the Fancy Feet Studio Team as a Queens based dance educator, choreographer, and performer. After graduating from the Virginia Commonwealth University Dance and Choreography program, Riley moved to NY to study aerialism, fitness instruction, and Nonprofit Management. Riley recently choreographed for Thin Air Theater Company, and has worked as a dance teacher and choreographer at Stagedoor Manor, Mark Morris Dance Center, The Pulse Performing Arts Center, and Creatively Wild Dance Center. Riley has performed on Season 6 of America’s Got Talent and The View, with Doug Varone’s Company at the 92nd Street Y, as well as Off-Broadway in Rabbit’s Foot. Her dance company credits include Reaction Dance Company, At The Brink Dance Company, Segarra Dance Theater Projects, and Vanessa Long Dance Company. Her theatrical performance credits include Nellie in South Pacific, Maria in West Side Story, and Demeter in CATS at various Virginia theater companies.

Billy Cohen

Billy Cohen, hailing from outside Boston, started his hip hop training at the young age of six at Joanne Langione Dance Center with his identical twin brother, and continued his training in ballet and modern at Hofstra University while receiving a B.S. Degree in Dance Education.  This training at Hofstra gave him the opportunity to work with artists such as Fredrick Earl Mosley, Doug Varone, David Parker, Heather Waldon, Ellie Kusner, Bill Young, and Barbara Angeline, as well as train with Hofstra’s most notable Dance Department alumni, Larry Keigwin, on scholarship. Billy also created two works that represented Hofstra at American Collegiate Dance Association Conferences, and co-choreographed his own fully-produced evening dance show, “jux•ta•po•si•tion”. Outside of school, he continued his training with Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester and at Generation IV, learning and performing choreography from Teddy Forance, Devin Jamieson, Derek Mitchell, Emily Greenwell, Candace Brown, Jeff Lapes, Noel Bajades, Jonny Forance, and Emma Portner.  Billy has had opportunities to teach, set, and perform choreography for multiple studios and showcases in NYC, including Broadway Dance Center’s Training Program, Peridance’s Apex Faculty showcase, Mark Morris Dance Festival, and the NYC Comedy in Dance Festival. His choreography was included in a segment of MTV’s Episode 2 of “Lit!” sponsored by Beats by Dre, and was the director of Peridance Capezio Center’s iReP crew.  Since signing to Bloc Talent agency, Billy has worked with  J Balvin and Bad Bunny for the MTV VMAS, Reebok, was casted as a Principal Dancer in the season 2 of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, choreographed by Marguerite Derricks, and more!   With his pursuit in Education, Billy Cohen hopes to have continuous success in the dance industry, and to someday be a college professor doing what he loves best: creating, performing, and sharing his knowledge of dance to the next upcoming generation of artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katarina Smith

Raised in Tampa, Fl. Katarina began her dance training at the age of 10 and immediately fell in
love with dance. When Katarina was 14 she began training at Next Generation Ballet and Blake
High School, specializing in ballet, modern, contemporary and jazz until graduating high school
in 2016. Katarina graduated from Fordham University and The Ailey School in 2020 and is currently a freelance dancer and teaching artist in NYC. Katarina has performed works by Nijowwon Matthews, Bradley Shelver, Chuck Wilts, Janice Rosario, and Carlos Desantos. Katarina has taught workshops around the world; in places such as Guatemala, Columbia, Mexico and in the United States. Katarina realized her passion for social work in the arts on her first trip with JUNTOS in which she taught dance to many latinx communities in 2018, after this Katarina went on to complete her capstone project of creating a curriculum to then teach to students abroad. Now, Katarina performs with project-based companies and instructs both pilates and dance classes in New York City.