Jennifer Alvarado Owner/Director Ballet, Hip Hop, Combo Classes, Creative Movement, Pound
Jennifer began dancing at the age of 8 and hasn't stopped since. She graduated from Hofstra University with a concentration on Ballet and Modern dance and is the recipient of several Merit Award Scholarships. She has studied with Lance Westergard, Robin Becker, Karla Wolfangle and Jolie Maffei. During her time at Hofstra, Jennifer also performed as a back up dancer for recording artist Renee Stakey. Her love of dance has led her to perform at Hunter College, Webster Hall and St. Marks Church and most recently Cascarino's and The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. Jennifer has taught dance in public and nursery schools throughout Long Island and Queens. She opened Queens Dance Project in 2006 and soon became a certified Zumba Fitness instructor and dancer and soloist in the Daniela Dance Company. In 2012 she was selected as a feature performer in a Multi-Cultural Festival in Old Bethpage and Alley Pong Park. Most recently, she became a certified Pound Fitness instructor. She enjoys sharing her love of dance with students of all ages.
Susanna Daly Acro
Susanna Daly has trained at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle as well as American Music and Dramatic Academy in NYC with a focus in children's education. She has been teaching acrobatics and dance for the past eight years in New Jersey and Westchester. Her performing credits include New Moves – Seattle, O.K. Dance Company 2012, Broadway Dance Center AIM Company.edit.
Daniela Belly Dance, Yoga
Daniela's broad dance background began with her first dance class at the age of 2. Her dance foundation came from her studies of tap, jazz and ballet at Strut Your Stuff Studio of Performing Arts, in College Point, NY, under the direction of Julie Smith-Corbett. In college, Daniela was the captain of the Dance Team at Adelphi University. After college, Daniela discovered the art of Middle Eastern Dance. She has studied bellydance under two masters in the field - Amira Mor from NY/NJ and Alyne from San Jose, CA. While she was a dancer with the Amira Mor International Talent Company, Daniela was a featured dancer in two of Amira's instructional videos - Bellydance Your Way to Cardio and Bellydance Your Way to Ecstacy. Daniela incorporates what she has learned from these teachers, as well as from various workshops and seminars into her own style of American Cabaret Bellydance. Daniela has been teaching Bellydance to students of all ages and dance backgrounds for over seven years. She is the founder and director of the professional bellydance performance ensemble, the Daniela Dance Company, and the producer of an annual student performance showcase. Visit http://www.danielabellydance.com for more info!
Flo Break Dance
John Aka Flonetik is a featured dancer in the popular break dance
company known as Full Circle as well as a known break dance crew in New
York City. He has been bboying (breakdancing) for over 5 years. His background in gymnastics and martial arts has helped him become a strong and diverse dancer. He has worked
in after-school and summer camp programs teaching dance and sports for the past 7 years. With the help of his mentors, and his own personal learning experiences, he has come up with different strategies to motivate his students.
Heather Gardner Lyrical, Contemporary
Heather Gardner is a recent graduate of the Cardozo High School dance program. It was during this time that she was chosen to expand her dance knowledge by taking classes and performing in Beijing, China at the Beijing Dance Academy. The once in a lifetime experience opened her eyes to the dance world around her. Her award winning choreography has been featured in regional dance competitions and local student showcases. She is currently attending Queensborough Commmunity College with a major in dance. She aspires to be a choreographer and loves to share her passion with her students.
John Gonzalez Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop
John Gonzalez began his dance career at the late age of 14 as a scholarship recipient to June’s School of Dance where he trained in ballet, partnering, tap, jazz, hip hop and lyrical techniques. As a student there John also received scholarships to various dance intensives and workshops like Dance America and won various titles and awards at dance competitions. His experiences and training brought him to Hofstra University on a dance scholarship. His training in dance and cheerleading helped him land a spot with the WNBA New York Liberty Torch Patrol where he performed at all Madison Square Garden Home Games as well as in television. His time in NYC briefly ended when he auditioned for Walt Disney World and landed a spot as a dancer for the shows The Lion King and High School Musical. Currently, John is a Certified Dance Instructor through Dance Educators of America and Certified Cheerleading Coach through The United States All Star Federation. As a Cheerleading Coach and Cheerleader John has won various National and International Championships being his recent International Championship win in 2013 for UCA. John also teaches dance and is the Dance Team Coach for The Brooklyn Blackout All Star Dance Team. You can catch John dancing in the Crave “Go Go” video and stepping for the Art of Stepping where he also teaches step on a professional level, nationally.
Mary-Angela Granberry Hip Hop
Mary-Angela Granberry began her dance training at the age of 7 starting with ballet and eventually expanding to the styles of jazz, modern, contemporary and hip hop. She has studied at Faubourg Ballet School (Chicago), Hubbard Street Dance Center (Chicago), Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio (L.A.), Edge Performing Arts Center (L.A.), Movement Lifestyle (L.A.), Peridance Capezio Center (NY), Monsters of Hip Hop, and most recently as a scholarship recipient at Broadway Dance Center (NY). She has had the opportunity to workshop with Mia Michaels and is currently a member of Luam's "Rock The Industry" program. Miss Granberry has had the pleasure of dancing on various platforms from concert stages such as the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, to filming various commercial work for online, print, and TV. Her credits include Beyoncé, Oprah, Inas X/Fetty Wap, Silento, Cool Uncle, AT&T, VICE Media, Sexy Hair, AVON, Lollapalooza Music Festival, Dance Chicago, APAP, and the Boston Contemporary Festival. As an educator, she has taught and assisted classes at Visceral Dance Center (Chicago), Lou Conte Dance Studio (Chicago), Mark Morris Dance Center (NY), The Ailey School - Teen Extension Program (NY), The Joffrey Summer Intensive (NY), as well as master classes throughout the Midwest and East Coast. She loves sharing her passion for dance both as an educator and performer, hoping to inspire determination, hard work and artistic expression into her students. Currently, Mary-Angela is a performer with Urban Glam Dance and is signed with talent agency, Clear Talent Group New York.
Laura Haley Tap, Lyrical, Aerial Conditioning
Laura received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Performance from Hofstra University, and is currently teaching and choreographing for studios around the country. She has toured nationally and internationally for four years with Cirque Le Masque's "Carnival" throughout Europe, South America and Asia. A seasoned tap dancer, Laura appeared in the NYC Fringe Festival in the production of Break the Floor as well as danced in a tribute to Bill Bojangles Robinson along with the most accomplished tap dancers of today. She has appeared in numerous fitness commercials, music videos and Dance Teacher Magazine fashion shows. Laura's most recent accomplishment was choreographing for a new Cirque Legacy show entitled "City Life" which premiered in Miami and went on to tour the US. In addition to performing and choreographing, Laura loves to spread her knowledge and love for dance to those her share her same passion
Melissa Mangiafreno Combo classes
Melissa started dancing at the age of 4 in Whitestone, NY. At age 13 she joined the QDP competition team where her love for dance really began to explode. She wanted do to more and began student teaching creative movement and combo classes. She is now currently attending Queens College where she is working on her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition as well as minoring in dance and psychology.