When you think of a children’s dance class, the first thing that may come to mind are children smiling, moving, and laughing. If you have a shy or reserved little one at home, enrolling them in a dance class is a wonderful way to boost their self confidence and creativity. At Fancy Feet Dance Studio, we’re proud to be a leading provider of children’s dance classes in Allerton, Crosby, Fleetw…Read More
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.
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 herr, 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 DelVecchio 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, 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.
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.
Abri danced professional for more then 8 years with 6 years of teaching experience in the Big Apple NYC. He holds several degrees from the Association of International Dance Teaches (AIDT) as well as a degree of Industrial Psychology BA from the University of South Africa (UNISA). Abri is a huge supporter and fan of the organization Dancers LOVE Dogs by the wonderful once in a million Brigitte Reeve Taylor.
Abri has studied Jazz,Tap, Ballet, HipHop & Theatre with the famous choreographers and teachers of Broadway Dance Center NYC – Ginger Cox, Debbie Wilson, Sheila Barker, Ray Hesselink, Jared Grimes, Dorit Koppel, Q & Jim Cooney. Last but not the least Abri has studied with the legend Brigitte Reeve Taylor (AIDT Board) Contemporary, Modern & Horton where he also trained and did his Teacher Qualifications with Brigitte Reeve Taylor, Karen Rossouw, Daphne Boje, Marzanne Smith & Kerry Domoney Williams in SA. Abri has worked with Ray Hesselink choreographer for Billy Elliot. He has also worked with MTV star Kristy Morgan choreographing her wedding Flashmob in the heart of NYC – Times Square and danced for the Angelica Cats Rescue for the one and only Allen Degeneres. He also worked for the Korean Popstar Miae Kim.
Abri has taught dance and conditioning in NYC at Fancy Feet as well as Forest Hills Ballet Arts, Man in Motion, Wyckhoff School of Dance, In Motion NY, Bounce & Flip, Kuie Luck Enrichment Center, JKM Fitness, Third Street Music School, Miae’s Dance Center, Clay Fitness & Spa and more where he was on regular staff as well as doing spectacular master classes. In South Africa Abri has taught at Bfn Dance Center as well as choreographing the Stoffberg Revue Musicals in Johannesburg for the past three years flying down from NYC. He taught all ages from 18 months through adults and choreographing every year for their big recitals and company work.
Nicole Kadar, graduated magna cum-laude with a B.S. in dance while also studying early childhood education and business at Skidmore College. Nicole has worked with choreographers Robert Battle, Camille A. Brown, Nicole Corea, Teresa Fellion, Ruben Graciani, Erica Pujic, and Jenny Rocha as well as directors Samantha Shay of Hopelandic Theatre Co. and Greg Taubman of Extant Arts Co. Nicole performs professionally as a freelance dancer and currently works with the Matthew Westerby Company. Nicole has taught at the National Museum of Dance’s School of the Arts, Saratoga High School, Saratoga City Ballet, and Waterbury Arts’ Magnet School. In addition toteaching at Fancy Feet she also teaches for the Junior Division Program at the Ailey School.
Treasure Anne Kosits
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!
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.
Carin Moscicki is a modern dancer originally from Binghamton, New York. She began dancing at four years old and has studied ballet, tap, jazz, Irish, African and modern. She holds a BFA in dance and graduated with honors from the State University of New York at Brockport. Carin still dabbles in choreography, performs, and is currently dancing for Maria Colaco Dance Company.
Before moving to New York, Carin was an assistant director/ choreographer at World of Dance in North Carolina. She has recently begun to learn the art of rhythmic gymnastics, after teaching all styles of dance for over ten years. Carin loves teaching at Fancy Feet Dance Studio, and is excited to share her love of dance with all of her students.
Mariana Ranz is originally from Santa Cruz, Bolivia. She began her training under the direction of Gryssel Berlioz. Later she joined and performed with Compañia de Danza Bellart. At the age of 18, Ms. Ranz relocated to the United States to pursue her higher education studies. She attended the University of California, Irvine and graduated with a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Psychology and Social Behaviors.
Ms. Ranz is an ABT Certified Teacher in Primary through Level Seven and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum and finished her Masters degree in Dance Education with emphasis in American Ballet Theater Ballet Pedagogy from New York University.
As part of her career development, Ms. Ranz traveled to Uganda in 2014 where she had the opportunity to collaborate with Ugandan dance teachers and co-taught a few classes. In addition, she was recently in Bolivia where she held several master classes and prepared a professional development workshop for dance educators.
Ms. Ranz currently teaches at several private and public schools and is excited to have joined the Fancy Feet Dance Studio family.
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.
Antonio Cangiano is a currently member of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company where he has been touring Nationally and internationally. During his journey in the United States Mr Cangiano has worked with Long Island Ballet Theatre, Dardo Galletto Dance, NS Danza and the Martha Graham 2 Company where he was featured in so many lead roles in Martha Graham’ s Master pieces. In 2014 Mr. Antonio made his first appearance in he Italian international Dance Festival dancing an Homage to Luigi, the pioneer of the first Jazz dance technique, by Dianna Folio. In 2016 he was selected to dance at the Martha Graham Dance Company 90th Anniversary Season in front of thousands of people at the New York City Center.
Before moving to the United States Mr. Cangiano was already a professional dancer, performing for so many productions such as “Flor” The Musical, “Sangue Vivo” among others. He was also one of the dancer that was touring around all Italy with the acclaimed argentine Pop-Star Lali Esposito.
In 2012 he joined the Acsi Ballet Dance Company where he was featuring so many key roles being an inspiration for the artistic director Dino Carano. In 2013 he danced at the Danse Encore Festival in Toronto, Canada where he won the Gold Medal. In 2016 he was a guest artist for Acsi Ballet at “Premio Positano”. Born in Naples, Italy, Antonio began his dance training, having been awarded scholarships. in the following dance academies: Officina delle Arti (Cesenatico), Ateneo Danza (Forlì) under the direction of Stefania Sansavini and Agorà Coaching Project (Reggio Emilia). He graduated in Naples under the tutelage of Dino Carano ( Director of Acsi Ballet Company) in ballet and modern dance. During his career Antonio has been awarded in so many dance competition with the first prize such as Gran Prix (Naples), Premio DOC (Naples), Premio Città di Riccione , Danza in Fiera (Florence), Expression (Florence) ,Premio Città di Sorrento, AJD (Villapiana), Danse Encore (Canada) , Danza Europa ( Ravenna). In 2017 he has beet awarded us “RISING STAR” in an Italian International Dance Festival in NYC.
In 2014 Mr. Cangiano was assigned the first prize by Antonio Fini at the AJD Alto Ionio Dance Festival where, Virginie Mecene, the director of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, gave him a scholarship for the Graham Professional Training Program as well as a contract to join the Martha Graham 2 Company in New York City. Mr Antonio is also a member of the New Jersey City University (NJCU) for the musical theatre department and he is a guest teacher in so many schools in Italy for American modern dance.
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.
Noelle Duggins started dancing at Fancy Feet at the age of three. At five years old she auditioned for and made it into the Fancy Feet Dance Company. She performed in Walt Disney World twice, and at Lincoln Center. Noelle has competed Regionally and Nationally and is an award winning dancer. Each summer she volunteers her time to work at the Fancy Feet Performing Arts Camp. Noelle is excited to continue her journey with the Fancy Feet family and hopes her passion for dance inspires all of her students. Noelle loves teaching and being a part of the Fancy Feet Family.
Jordann Lettera started dancing at Fancy Feet at just three years old. At the age of ten, she auditioned for the Fancy Feet Dance Company. Being in Company, Jordann got to live out her dream of being a competitive dancer. She also had the privilege of Dancing in Walt Disney World at eleven years old and Lincoln Center at fourteen. Jordan is a National Dance Champion and an Elite soloist. She has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Gymnastics.
Jordann later then went on to audition and study dance and musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy ( AMDA) at the same time taking classes at Broadway Dance Center.
Jordan began teaching children four years ago and has taught Zumba at Equinox fitness facilities for the past three years. Now, with that same passion for dance that she’s had since she was three, she is excited to bring her love for dance back to the studio that started it all!
Noah Gouldsmith is a native of Kansas City, MO and is currently based in New York City. His professional career has taken him all over the world dancing and teaching. Noah has been a featured dancer in production shows for Princess Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Spirit Productions/Dublin Worldwide Tours and Odyssey Dance Theatre. Noah originated the “Tybalt” track in Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of dance’s “Romeo and Juliet,” for which he also toured Europe. Noah danced in the 1st National Tour of “Flashdance The Musical” and also danced in Radio City’s “New York Spectacular” choreographed and directed by Mia Michaels. He recently performed on SNL with Jimmy Fallon and is currently playing Romeo in “Disney’s Newsies” at Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA Noah lives for art and prides himself on constantly continuing to learn and grow.
Candy began her dance training at the age of two. Her training consisted of Ballet,Tap,Jazz,Lyrical Contemporary and Gymnastics. By the age of fifteen she was student teaching and managing her own classes under the supervision of studio Owner Alicia Gastgaber . Throughout her high school career she performed in school plays and was apart of the drama club . After Graduating she knew that this was her passion and began training and receiving certifications in Zumba , AFFA group fitness, NASM sports Medicine and Personal Training . Candy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kean University and is currently attending for her Masters in Sports Medicine. She choreographed several pieces in college under the insruction of Robert Martinez and was part of the Kean University Dance team KDT,and enjoyed working with dancers dedicating themselves to the arts. At the age of 16 she fell in love with Acrobatic Arts and has trained at Stebz,Lava Love, Big Apple Circus and is a certified USAIG Coach specializing in Artistic and Rythmic gymnastics. She is the Artistic Director/Founder of Outside the Box Gymnastics and has been teaching and Choreographing for the past 14 years.She is constantly striving to improve her skills through classes at Broadway Dance Center , Peridance, and Aerial Arts in New York City and master classes. Her vision is to fusion all genres of dance with Acrobatics and create beautiful stories through each movement.
Candy brings a wealth of experience and education to her classroom. Always striving to learn more and be the student, Candy is continually looking for opportunities to take classes. She feels it is important to continue to get in the classroom as a student in order to better serve as an instructor. Students enjoy a fun atmosphere while learning vocabulary and technique in her classes. Combining her experience working with children and her knowledge of dance, Candy provides a structured and enjoyable atmosphere for dance education. She teaches recreational and Company classes . Candy is currently teaching at several dance studios throughout the Tri-State area.
Candice Segarra graduated from Manhattanville College in 2014 with a B.A. in Dance and Theatre and a minor in Communications on a performing arts scholarship. She has studied and performed many styles of dance and performing arts since 3 years old including; ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, street jazz, musical theatre, modern, contemporary, salsa, acting for the stage & camera and more. Before college, she attended a performing arts magnet high school in Connecticut.
While in college, Candice studied and performed works by Peter Pucci, Marta Renzi, Ben Munisteri, Ann Marie Deangelo, and Andre Kisselev, as well as held roles in many department theatre productions. Candice was an active choreographer for the Dance department’s seasonal concerts and a Captain and choreographer for the college’s hip hop crew. She has danced on tour with Marta Renzi & Co. at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and has performed in the Table of Silence 9/11 project, the xyz nyc series at The Tank, Dance Astoria, RAW Artists, Peridance Faculty Student Showcase, Amalgamate Dance Company’s 6th Guest Artist Showcase, Barton Booth, Why, Why, Always at Abrons Arts Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, Disney World, New York City Center and more. Candice has also trained and performed in Italy with Amalgamate Dance Company/DAMAGEDANCE’s BREAKOUT summer program. She currently dances with Double Up Dance Company: Team LEGGOO, and freelance dances with various entertainment companies, choreographers and in music videos for recording artists. Candice has been teaching a wide variety of dance styles to ages 2-18 for three years. She also freelances in social media marketing, email marketing and graphic design for dance studios, dance companies and artists. Outside of work, Candice maintains her creativity through her project-based collective of artists, Segarra Dance Theatre Projects, where they focus on bringing awareness of the arts to the people through a multitude of performing art forms. She loves working with the kids at Fancy Feet
Raven McRae a New York City native, began her dance training at the age of ten and never stop dancing since. She attended LaGuardia Arts otherwise known as the “Fame school”. After Graduating she sparked of her dance career as a member of Ballet Hispanic II. She later performed internationally and dancing in venues such as the Joyce Theatre and Lincoln Center. Soon after she made her Broadway debut in Motown the musical which sparked her love for musical theatre. She then worked on Broadway workshops/labs with renown choreographers such as Camille Brown, Josh Prince, Serio Trujillo, And Marcelo Gomez. Raven later became an original cast member of Broadway’s first Cirque du Soleil Musical “Paramour”. She was interviewed on the New York Times with an article entitled “Catching The Ferry to Broadway “; in honor of being the only New Yorker in the cast of Paramour. She also interviewed for Dance Spirit Magazine for “The Dirt” where she gave behind the scene info on the creation of a Cirque show. She is excited to be part of the Fancy Feet Family!
Daniela is a ballet, tap, and gymnastics teacher at Fancy Feet Dance Studio. She is new to teaching at Fancy Feet, but is certainly not new to our family. Daniela grew up in Fancy Feet, taking classes since the age of three, starting with Creative Movement, just like many of our little dancers. Once becoming a teenager, Daniela began to take more responsibility at the studio by becoming a teacher’s assistant. She helped many teachers in the classrooms of ballet dancers, tap dancers, jazz dancers, hip hop dancers, and gymnasts. After completing her training, Daniela is now teacher at Fancy Feet. Daniela feels that the studio should not only a place for young boys and girls to work hard and have fun, but to also feel loved and adored by all who are here.
Ada Cacciatore is a dancer, performer and teacher from Italy. She began her professional dance training at National Academy of Dance in Rome, where she received her B.A. She attended several summer intensives including, Random Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theater and Nederlands Dans Theater at The Place in London and she was also selected to participate in Alonzo King Lines Ballet Summer Intensive. She continued her study at The Ailey school and completed her Independent Study Program. Ms. Cacciatore has performed works by many choreographers including Zarko Prebil, Max Luna lll, Donald Byrd, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Amaury Lebrun, Lakay Worrell, Sidra Bell, Kevin A. Joseph, Nicola Iervasi, Kevin Albert and Stefanie Batten Bland. She worked as a choreographer/teacher at Asbcompany under the direction of Sônia Melo. In 2016 she joined Amalgamate Dance Company as a Production/Company Intern, Universo Católico as Assistant Casting Director.
She is a proud AGMA member, recently she joined the cast of Nativity: Birth of a King a production by Dance Ministry Institute at Gerald W. Lynch Theater
Ada is a new teacher at Fancy Feet and she loves to share her passion and knowledge with Fancy Feet family.
Lillian Katz has been dancing for more than sixteen years, training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip hop, precision, acrobatics, and musical theatre. Originally from Ithaca NY, she moved to NYC to further her training at both Steps on Broadway and Peridance Capezio center, and has been working here as a freelance performer and teacher ever since. She has been teaching and choreographing dance for over nine years everywhere from NYC and the surrounding areas to Costa Rica. Lillian holds a bachelors degree in dance and biology from Mount Holyoke College where she received awards for her choreography and performance, as well s a Master of Arts in Teaching from Smith College. Lillian has a true passion for teaching children, and values the role of dance and art in her students’ lives, and its importance in child development – she is so excited to be joining the Fancy Feet family this year!
Krystal Wray is a versatile professional dancer and choreographer. She has been on her journey for 20+ years taking classes and workshops throughout the tri-state area and Los Angeles, and has competed along the East Coast from Niagara Falls to Virginia Beach.
In 1996, she was a part of A+ Models Future Stars where she worked and auditioned in New York City.
As a classically trained technical artist and choreographer, Krystal has trained and taught in various performing art forms including Dance (Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Break, Musical Theater, Social, Ballroom, Belly, Latin, Heels), Gymnastics, Vocal (Range: Alto to Soprano, Genres: Pop, Rock, R&B), and Acting (Theater, Film).
Krystal’s passion and love for the Arts is as strong today as when she began. She has a vivacious attitude, which extends throughout her work and onto her students. Her vibrant personality and genuine smile truly brings light to every room.
She has completed her stay with New Jersey Music and Dance Company where she took part in several productions and live events, such as, “Viva Vegas, Baby” and the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Concert and Festival”.
Krystal has and continues teaching classes and workshops in dance, gymnastics, theater and beginner piano for ages 3 to Adults. She is very passionate in her craft and takes every chance to share her talents in the Arts with generations to come.
Over the last 10+ years Krystal has also been Associate Producer of several Productions in New Jersey including “Storywood”, & “Back to the Future
Since then, Krystal was a background actress on the well-known Featured Film Lucky N#mber with Method Man, “American Girl” at the 2013 VMAs
for Epic Records Bonnie McKee, dancer in the 2014 NBA Playoff Flashmob, dancer for Cam’Ron at the 2015 Dipset Reunion, in recording artist Ciara’s
“Got Me Good” music video release with Sony Records, “Our Time” music video for women’s rights movement, along with performances in the Alvin
Ailey Citigroup Theater.
Born in Imperial Beach, California, Katrina Muffley received her classical ballet training at the Ballet Conservatory of Chula Vista under the direction of Paz Soriano. Originally trained under the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D) Syllabus as well as the Imperial Society of Dance Teachers (I.S.D.T) from London, England, Katrina has completed all R.A.D and I.S.T.D exams with high distinction.
In the Spring 2012, Katrina graduated from the University of California Irvine with her BFA in Dance, specializing in Performance, and BA in Psychology and Social Behavior. She moved to New York in the Fall of 2012, and since then has been teaching, dancing, and performing with Mike Esperanza’s New York based BARE Dance Company and Philadelphia based Choreographer, Megan Flynn.
She is very excited to be apart of the Fancy Feet community, and is truly blessed to have a loving family who support, motivate, and inspire her life’s endeavors, passions, and dreams.
Originally from Florida, Katie Johnson began her dance training at Orlando Ballet and moved to New York City on scholarship to The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center where she was trained by Judith Jamison and Robert Battle. She continued her studies in Miami at New World School Of The Arts where she was given the opportunity to perform and tour with Vitolio Jeune in 2012. In 2014 She moved to Washington D.C. and was invited to tour with Deviated Theatre performing “Creature” under the direction of Kimmie and Enoch Chan. Touring with Creature she made her way back to New York City where she met Joshua Yarbrough the director of Broken Box Dance Company. In 2016 she was offered a principal role in the company performing and competing in choreography competitions such as White Wave and Dance place. Since then Katie has been choreographing for local studios and spreading knowledge and love for dance.
Victoria Manoli is originally from Arcata, California. She began her creative journey as a competitive rhythmic gymnast at the age of 8 gaining skills in acro and equipment handling. The culmination of Victoria’s career as a gymnast was competing in the Junior Olympics. She then transitioned into competitive and concert dance by joining No Limits Dance Academy and Trillium Dance for the remainder of her high school career. Her inspiring years as a competitive dancer led her to pursue a career in dance at San Francisco State University. While living in San Francisco, she taught at several dance studios including Geary Dance Studio and Alonzo King Lines Dance Center. Victoria is currently pursuing a performance dance career full time in New York City.
Molly Griffin is a dancer with a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School. She is currently a performer in Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More and DRPP. She has performed with Liz Gerring Dance Company, Company XIV, Keigwin + Company, Pussy Riot, and The Metropolitan Opera where she danced works by Itzik Galili and Hofesh Shechter. While performing Molly has also been teaching for over 10 years. Molly is thrilled to be joining the Fancy Feet teaching staff.
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).
Annelise Baker was born and raised in Newton, MA. She started dancing in middle school and trained in all styles with the Boston Youth Moves Company at Jeanette Neil Dance Studio. She also spent summers training at Alvin Ailey and Jacob’s Pillow Intensives.
In 2014, Annelise Baker graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Theater from Northwestern University, where she minored in dance and English, and received a certificate in Musical Theater performance. She moved to NYC from Chicago, IL about two years ago. She has performed at both the Metropolitan Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago under the direction of Susan Stroman. She has also performed in many regional musical theater productions. Last summer, she co-choreographed a production of West Side Story at the Priscilla Beach Theater. She has been teaching jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop, lyrical, and tap at New Canaan Dance Academy, and assistant teaching at STEPS on Broadway, for the past two years and is thrilled to join the faculty at Fancy Feet this year!
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.
Kallie Leski first started dancing in Colorado Springs at her local studio when she was 12. One tap class turned into years of training and a life long passion and at 18 she moved to NYC to study dance at Marymount Manhattan College with a concentration in teaching techniques. Since graduating in 2016, Kallie has been teaching a variety of styles in the tristate area, choreographing and performing in NYC. She has 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. She is so excited to be teaching contemporary, musical theater, jazz and hiphop at Fancy Feet this year!
Hope is a ballet dancer, instructor and choreographer. Born in Taiwan, she studied with Chiou-O Chiang and completed summer intensives with Ballet West, Martha Graham School, and Royal Danish Ballet. She graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts with a Fine Arts degree in Dance and Dance Education. Upon graduation she performed with several dance companies internationally before moving to New York City. Since then she has performed with New York Theatre Ballet, Ballet des Amerique, Ballet Deviare, Upstate NY Ballet, and Lydia Johnson Dance Company among others. Currently she is a company member with Jersey City Ballet and Ballet for Young Audiences.
Hope is a highly dedicated ballet teacher with over ten years experience teaching classical ballet to children, teens and adults. She is certified in the following teaching methods: Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) Teachers Workshop 2017, American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum Pre-Primary to Level III, Progressing Ballet Technique Teachers Certification and 200 Hours Teaching Certificate for YOGA ALLIANCE® RYT®. She is an enthusiastic teacher who currently teaches throughout the tri-state area and relishes the opportunity to introduce ballet to anyone who wants to learn more about it. Her other interests include gardening, traveling and volunteering at animal sanctuaries in Upstate New York.
Amber Lyons is originally from Madison, Alabama where she began her dance training at the age of six. Through grade school, she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical at North Alabama Dance Center. She has competed in Co. Dance and Dance Masters of America Competition where she achieved several 1st Place, Platinum, and Gold Awards. She has also trained in stage acting and theatre throughout high school.
After grade school, Amber attended the University of North Alabama where she was a member of the “Lionettes”, the precision dance line of the University of North Alabama Marching Band. Throughout college, she performed at during the football game halftime shows, university events, and the Bands of America National Competition. She also worked as an on-campus yoga instructed.
After she graduated with her degree in Fashion Merchanding, she immediately moved to New York City to pursue her two passions: fashion and dance! She went on to work as a wardrobe stylist. She has performed as an actress and dancer in Off-Broadway shows and is a part of the work-study program at Broadway Dance Center.
She continues to audition and dance throughout NYC with a strong focus on theatre and commercial jazz.
Meredith Yuhas is a native of Charleston, SC, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Dance/Movement Therapy at Sarah Lawrence College. Yuhas holds a Bachelor of Art in Dance and Psychology with a minor in Non-Profit Leadership from Columbia College, SC. She has studied modern, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, contact improvisation, and aerial dance forms across the U.S. In college, Yuhas presented twelve fully formed main stage pieces and represented Columbia College at National Honor Conferences in Chicago, IL, Seattle, WA, and Atlanta, GA presenting research on dance and mindfulness. Yuhas has performed with professional companies through the South East including Annex Dance Company, Revolve Aerial Dance, The Power Company Collaborative, and now manages her own SC based dance company Yuhas & Dancers. Additionally, Yuhas is a Registered Yoga Instructor teaching in gym, school, and studio settings. Yuhas is thrilled to join the Fancy Feet family for her first year.
Marina Donderis, is the founder and artistic director of Marina Donderis Dance Company. She trained at the Dance Conservatory of Valencia, Spain and Institut del Teatre de Barcelona. She holds a Degree in Ballet and Bachelor in Choreography and Interpretation accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Education. She has taught ballet, modern dance, creative dance, choreography and stretching techniques along with Pilates, yoga, in schools and conservatories, such as the Dance Conservatory of Valencia, University of Performing Arts, Altea, Spain, the VEO Foundation, Valencia. She has also taught in New York at Logrea Dance School and Scarsdale Ballet Studio.
Donderis has danced in the Ballet del Teatro del Liceo de Barcelona with Monserrat Caballe, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreas, as well as in the Spanish National Dance Company under the direction of Victor Ullate, Maria De Avila, Maya Pliesteskaya and Nacho Duato. An avid innovator, Donderis investigated fusion of modern dance and classical Indian dance in Bangalore, India, which resulted in her first work” Danza Cíclica de los Totems.” As a choreographer and dancer she has collaborated with film director Manuel Palacios in several video dance projects, one of which, “La Habitación Desnuda” (the first Spanish video dance filmed in High Definition Format), received the “Special Press Award –La Stampa” at Il Coreografo Elettronico Festival in Naples, Italy and the “Astrolabium Award for Music and Dance” at the International Electronic Film Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. Donderis’ choreographies have been shown in international festivals and museums, such as the Fall Festival, Madrid, Madrid en Danza, Reina Sofia National Art Museum, Dance Festival of Valencia, Museo Valenciano de la Ilustración , Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland, II Biennale of Art, Valencia, Spain.
In New York City She studied choreography and dance teaching at Peridance Center, Movement Research and at the Harkness Foundation at the 92nd Street Y. She collaborated with the Spanish fashion designer Elena Bajo, the New York performance duo Praxis and sculptor Ulrich Ruckriem in the fashion/dance/performance show “Shadows of Reality”. She has also worked with Ellen Robins at the Dance Theater Workshop as assistance.
Marina Donderis is excited to be part of the Fancy Feet faculty.
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.