"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them" ~ Walt Disney

 

My story...

Dance became a part of my life beginning at the age of four.  A dance studio finally opened in my town and my mom signed me up and found that dance would be forever in my soul.  I was a quiet child and through dance and performance, I found my voice.  I continued taking tap, jazz, ballet lessons and found a new love for acrobatics.  At the age of thirteen, I ventured out of the local forum and began taking weekly classes in the heart of the theater district in Manhattan at Phil Black Studios and Douglas Wassel's school of Theater Dance.  I had the privilege of studying with some amazing masters at that time, teachers that forever sculpted my future approach as a teacher.  I pursued dance throughout high school and participated in the theater department.  My interest in dance was soon discovered by the directors and I began my roles at first as dance captain and eventually as choreographer.  I continued my education as I pursued my BA in Theater-Dance with a minor in Art History at Queens College.  While in school, I began teaching dance at a local studio, choreographing for holiday and annual performances and eventually developing a company dance program.  I ventured out and began performing as a dancer with an upcoming band in venues such as Webster Hall, and the China Club among others.  

The journey continued as I began judging for National Talent Competitions such as Onstage America, Footloose Dance, and Starpower.  After attending a dance audition, I decided that my desire for creativity and teaching was my true calling.  In the summer of 1990, Strut Your Stuff, inc first opened its doors in my then hometown of College Point, NY.  This was an extremely proud moment as I opened my first dance studio in the community where I grew up.  My students at SYS performed each Christmas for the elderly in the community, proudly marched to honor veterans in the Memorial Day Parade as well as participating in talent competitions and annual recitals.  After marriage and the birth of two beautiful children, time came to move and I found my home on Long Island.  Shortly after, I opened Strut Your Stuff of Plainview to continue my dream and bring the SYS dance approach to Nassau County.  Over the past eleven seasons, I have had the pleasure of teaching an after school dance program at local schools in Plainview and at Hebrew Academy of Nassau County.  I have since returned to judging for Starpower and Imagine Talent Competitions.  I am the proud recipient of two choreographer awards from the World Dance Championships 2016.  Currently in our 12th season in Plainview,  the dream continues as I begin to rediscover myself and find new ways to bring my passion of dance to the students of SYS.  I am so happy and privileged to have had so many wonderful people in my life through the beautiful art of dance!

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