Christiana Bitonti

Director & Owner

"Never forget why you started"

COMING SOON

Connor Bermingham

Teaching Artist

Connor Bermingham is a graduate of Pace School of Performing Arts in NYC where he received his BFA in Commercial Dance. Most recently, Connor performed in All Shook Up at the Westchester Broadway Theatre and toured internationally as a lead dancer on Azamara Club Cruises. He also was a member of Broadway Dance Lab in NYC where he worked with professionals curating new works for Broadway musicals. Connor had the privilege of dancing with Misty Copeland in front of the National Symphony Orchestra for Leonard Bernstein’s centennial tribute. His choreography has been featured in the prestigious Young Choreographer’s Festival in NYC. He was also seen on the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance, where he made it to the top 20 stage boys. Connor has trained on scholarship at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Joffrey Ballet and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Favorite stage credits include: Bob Fosse's: Sing Sing Sing, Jerome Robbins: Billion Dollar Baby, Tyler Peck and Robbie Fairchild's: Moments, Mia Michaels:

Warren Curtis

Teaching Artist

"Be authentic"

Warren’s career as a performer has included the Broadway 1st National Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, numerous companies of West Side Story, 42nd Street, and A Chorus Line.  Regional credits include North Shore Music Theatre, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Maltz-Jupiter Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, Opera North, The Fulton Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre, and The Cape Playhouse.  Off-Broadway, he originated roles in Hazel Flagg at Theatre Row, The Reluctant Royal at the National Opera Company, and The Poisons for the International Fringe Festival.  He has also performed in numerous concerts and industrials for ABC Daytime and Mac.​He received his dance training as a scholarship student at Steps in New York City, studying under Peff Modelski, Michael Vernon, Tony Stevens, Charles Goddertz, and Derick Grant, among others. His teaching philosophy is to impart a solid technical foundation in order to give students the capability of full artistic expression.  Emphasis is placed on correct alignment, proper use of turn-out, principle of forward motion, movement efficiency, musicality, and oppositional energy.  Warren is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Rochelle Martin

Teaching Artist

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body." 

 Ms. Martin trained at the Joffrey Ballet School and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She also privately trained with Trutti Gasparinetti for many years. Ms. Martin has worked and trained with artists such as Micheal Leon Thomas, Carl Pariess, Cara Gargano,Cheryl Beatty, Svetlana Caton, Venti Petrov and many more. She had the pleasure to perform at The West Point Military Academy for one of their Military balls. She also performed in the debut of Dear Nadezhda by Venti Petrov in New York City.  She had the pleasure to be the assistant to Catherine Turocy of the New York Baroque Dance Company on the "Four Rivers" project. She also had the honor to perform Cara Gargano’s “Mahler’s Pas de deux” at Symphony Space in New York City.  Ms. Martin has been with Peconic Ballet since 2011 where she has danced numerous leading roles. Ms. Martin also performed and choreographed numerous musicals at Broadhollow.  Ms. Martin has her BFA in dance studies from LIU Post ( CW Post Long Island University). She has been invited back to choreograph and substitute ballet classes. She has taught the Ballet Class for the Tilles Dance Conference since 2016.  She also teaches ballet and choreographs for the Students Honor Institute at LIU Post also. Ms. Martin is a member of The National Dance Education Organization. She is currently pursuing her masters in exercise physiology.

Michael Matthew Sakelos

Teaching Artist

 Michael Matthew Sakelos is a native of NYC, who’s life’s passion is teaching and preforming. Professionally his most recent credits include: The First National tour of Escape to Margaritaville, The Hot Shoe Shuffle and On The Town.  He also partnered with Misty Copeland at the Wolf Trap Theater. Other notable credits include: The SAK's 5th Avenue televised window reveal for Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids, Bob Fosse's: Sing Sing Sing, The Eddie Money Revival Tour, Royal Caribbean cruise line and a Major lazer Music Video. Michael is represented by MSA agency and is a proud alumni of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. Michael holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Pace University’s Commercial Dance Program where he studied Performance, Technique, Choreography and Pedagogy.  

Johnnier Fenner

Teaching Artist 

 

"Dance is a story… So what’s yours?"

 Ms. Fenner started teaching dance in 2012 at her First Baptist Church of Deer Park  and became the Director of Dance Fellowship and Ministry. She travelled to numerous churches choreographing plays and performances for Youth Revivals and other mainstream church events. She received an award from the NAACP for characterization through dance for all of her hard work. In 2017 Ms. Fenner also taught various classes at Dance Express of Long Island for competitive and recreational students. Her competition team won many awards and recognition for her choreography style & technique. She attended Long Island High School of the Arts where she studied dance education, jazz, tap, hiphop, modern, contemporary, african, musical theatre and ballet. In 2016 she graduated LIHSA (syosset) and continued her career at Nassau community college BA dance program and the Long Island University for the BFA Dance program where she further studied dance and performed for multiple showcases for the Post Concert Dance Company. Her specialties are Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and African. Ms. Fenner is currently in school finish her degree in education. Dance is a story… So What’s yours?

Angela Selvaggio

Teaching Artist

Ms. Selvaggio has been part of the gymnastics scene for over 35 years. She has won numerous competitions over the years and her strengths include floor, vault and trampoline.  Directly after high school, she began coaching at Debbie's Gym, Nastics, and Gold Medal Gymnastics. Ms. Selvaggio started devising a curriculum for dance studios that infused Acro with dance.  In addition to her Acro training, Ms. Selvaggio is a special education teacher at Bridgehampton Elementary School.  

L'aura Vakar Bagdziunas

Teaching Artist

"Practice like you've never won, Perform like you've never lost."

L’aura earned her B.F.A. in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College and is a graduate of Long Island High School for the Arts. She studied under the direction of Broadway stars: Elizabeth Parkinson, Scott Wise, Mary Ann Lamb and numerous others. She has performed in works by Jeff Shade, Larry Keigwin, Mark Morris, Pascal Rioult, Twyla Tharp and Cherice Barton. She has performed at the prestigious Long Wharf a theater in Connecticut and is the lead choreographer for CPSM at Queens College. L’aura holds a CTE in Dance from New York State and is currently an instructor in the Dance Department at Long Island High School for the Arts. 

Christie Vozniak

Teaching Artist

 As an educator, Christie began as a guest faculty member for The Callanwolde School of Fine Arts in Atlanta, Ga, where she had the experience developing curriculums in precision jazz and adult ballet for a variety of age groups, abilities, and learning styles. She has deep affinity for making success in dance accessible to all, assisting dancers individually to bridge gaps in their training and skills through private lessons within the Callanwolde School of Dance. It was here she began incorporating mindset coaching into her teaching technique to help identify the connection between limiting beliefs and performance. Upon moving to New York, she trained under a full scholarship with The National Dance Institute, founded by New York City Ballet’s Jacques d’Amboise in their unique pedagogy for inspiring excellence for all children through dance. She later volunteered with the NDI DREAM (Dancers Realize Excellence through Arts and Movement), which pairs dancers with disabilities with an equally matched abled peer in unique partnerships. 

Josie McSwane

Teaching Artist

"Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire."

"Josie McSwane is a New York based Dancer, Choreographer, Actor and Singer. She earned her BFA in Dance Studies from Long Island Post University and received her certification as an instructor for the Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® Technique. Miss McSwane spent some time in Los Angeles where she focused on her hip-hop training and performed as a backup dancer for singer/songwriter Abrina. She had the opportunity to perform with the Martha Graham Dance company through a residency led by associate dance director, Susan Kikuchi. Ms. McSwane performed as a member of, formerly known, Broadhollow Theatre Company, and choreographed for some of their children’s theatre productions. In addition to Ms. McSwane’s dance training, she has trained in various acting methods such as Stanislovsky, Meisner and Strasberg and has acted in and directed numerous short plays as well as acting in short films. Miss McSwane values the diverse level of training she has received, and encourages others to immerse themselves in all styles of dance training. 

Claire van Bever

Teaching Artist

Claire van Bever is a New York based performer and teacher. Originally from Portland, OR she trained at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre, The Rock School for Dance Education and the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. Claire started her career with American Repertory Ballet where she had the privilege of performing at City Center and Jacob’s Pillow, and dancing the works of Kirk Peterson, Patrick Corbin and Gerald Arpino. After moving to New York, Claire graduated summa cum laude from The New School with a BA in Liberal Arts and began freelancing in the city. She has worked with Jillian Peña, Robert Longbottom and Alice Gosti. Claire recently returned from the World Tour of the Phantom of the Opera.