JADIS ARMBRUSTER has ballroom danced for 12 years, training in International Style competition dances with Arthur Murray dance studios in the full suite of both Standard and Latin dances. She has taught adult beginner and intermediate classes in all popular styles, and her teaching experience ranges from private lessons with individuals or couples to group classes with upwards of 90 students. Her experience telling stories through dance led her to develop an interest in choreography, leading her to choreograph and perform in ballroom dance showcases and as part of a spotlight couple. She is always eager to share her passion for ballroom dance, and her favorite dances are the Swing, Tango, Viennese Waltz and Cha-Cha.
EVELYN BALASSANIAN started dancing at age 8. By age 12 she was training in Russia and at 14 she was performing as a soloist with major European dancers, teachers and choreographers: George Balanchine in Serenade; John Butler in Scheherazade; Morris Bejar; Robert DuWarren; Robert; and Inga Urazgildier. In the U.S. she joined the Dance Theatre of Long Island with artistic director and international choreographer, Ali Pourfarrokh. For 15 years she taught and choreographed ballet at the Long Island School of Dance and Berest School of Dance. She continues to teach and dance with the American Theatre Dance and Eglevsky Ballet.
MEGAN CLANCY who began dancing and performing at age 3, comes from a professional performing family. She attended the Professional Performing Arts High School, Manhattan and studied Dance, Theatre Arts at City College of New York; Musical Theatre, Dance and Vocal at the Professional Performing Arts School; Vocal and Dance at the Harlem School of the Arts; Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theatre at the Broadway Dance Center. Megan has worked with The Harlem Repertory Theatre and has taught Ballet, Jazz and Modern Dance at the 92nd street Y; Harkness Dance Center; and the Israel Center for Conservative Judaism. She is the Co-Choreographer for The City College of New York productions. In addition to bringing joy and confidence to her dance students at Gold Coast Arts Center’s School for the Arts, she is also a teaching artist working with its Out Reach/Art Reach program, teaching Musical Theatre. Since 2018 she is heading a very successful COMPETITION DANCE DIVISION.
AMANDA MONTONI has danced since the age of 2 years old, marking last year her 21st year in the dancing world. She has been trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Modern and Lyrical. Dancing has always been one of her passions and since the age of 12, and that passion has branched out to musical theatre. She not only has been performing in the theatre world, but has been given the great opportunity to choreograph musicals in high schools and community theatre for the past five years. She currently runs a theatre group in Jamaica Estates, Queens and proudly stands as one of its co-founders. Also in the past five years, she has been teaching children between the ages of 3 and 13 the art of Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Acrobatics. She has found that she loves teaching dance and will continue to do so for a long time.
JENNIFER STATHES has been dancing since the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since. She holds a bachelors degree from Queens College in dance with a minor in business and holds a masters degree in elementary education. She is a full time teacher for the NYC DOE. She was a member of her high school and college dance teams. She was captain of a rhythmics team in high school as well. She has taught jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop to children ages 2-adult. In addition to dancing Jennifer also teaches Zumba fitness to children and adults.
CINDI REITMAN began singing and dancing at an early age. At age nine she received a scholarship to study with Dance Theater of Harlem. Later she was accepted and graduated NYC HS of Performing Arts with a degree in a Dance. A lover of all styles of dance she continued extensive training in jazz , ballet , modern, theater dance & Latin ballroom. She trained at Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Phil Black Studio, Broadway Dance Center, Dancesport and various studios though out NYC. Cindi taught and choreographed for John Harms Performing Arts School, AMDA (Summer Dance Intensive) programs, The Studio Dance Theater, Pied Piper Children’s Theatre of NYC, Judge StarPower International Dance Competitions. Professional dancer/singer performed US & Europe in national tours, TV Specials, concerts & film. Currently, Cindi is a performance coach for aspiring dancers and singers. She has a Visual & Performing Arts degree in Dance & Photography and is currently an active member of AEA, SAG, AFTRA.
RAYMOND “SPEX” ABBIW is a gifted dancer, performer, choreographer, and artist who has emerged and established himself as a creative force within the hip hop/street dance community. A New York City born native has served as a vanguard for the preservation of the history and evolution of the art form of hip hop dance for a remarkable 20 years and has collaborated with several of hip hop’s pioneers and innovators among dance, music, and theater. He graduated New York’s acclaimed Art School of Design and received an initial introduction to the hip hop at the height of its explosion in 1988, which ignited his enthusiasm and lifelong commitment to hip hop dance and culture forging himself onto an astonishing career that led him to collaborations with notable artists such as pop star, Mariah Carey, and hip hop performers ,Lauryn Hill and Wyclef John just to name a few. Spex’s standout ability and performances that led him to international tours throughout Japan and Europe as a featured dancer and highly soughtafter teacher. In 2002, Spex would further his evolving artistic abilities by making his acting debut in Off Broadway’s , highly acclaimed, hip hop musical, Full Circle’s Productions Soular’d Power as a featured performer, dancer and actor. Spex is a founding owner of the House Dance Conference and continued to emerge as an acclaimed dance instructor in New York’s Broadway Dance Center This standout performer, dancer, and choreographer continues to set his sights on the development of highly innovative works that relate to an ever evolving audience the power of urban dance and culture.
LAURA PORCELLI has been dancing since the age of 9, studying Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip hop, and Latin Dance. Laura taught at the University of Dayton’s student-run dance organization, ‘Life Itself Dance’. In 2015 she reinstated the club’s tap classes and in 2016 she taught Ballroom dance. She also led several Latin dance workshops through the University’s Multicultural Office. Her love of performance has branched into musical theatre, as she was a part of a theatre troupe for the last 5 years that performed charity shows for Equitas Health. She was an active member in the troupe as well as being involved in the production team. She served as Director for the troupe’s 10 year Anniversary show. Laura has taught ages 3-23 and believes it is never too late to start, as long as you have fun anyone can learn to dance.
ALEXANDRA HART began dancing at age 3. She attended Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens as a dance major, where she received formal training in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance. In high school, Alexandra worked with celebrated guest choreographers and attend performances from world-renowned companies, thus expanding her dance vocabulary. She graduated from Fordham University with a major in Economics, and now works in the Development department at New York City Ballet in Lincoln Center. Alexandra has been teaching students in preschool through high school for more than ten years and enjoys sharing her passion for dance with the next generation.
JESSICA MUDZINSKI With over 15 years experience in the dance industry, Jessica is just as passionate as ever about teaching and choreographing. She specializes in teaching ballet, pointe, acrobatics, gymnastics, lyrical, contemporary and jazz. Jessica has taught at The Dance Zone, North Shore Gymnastics, Good Times Gymnastics Park City,Performer’s Edge Dance Academy and American Dance & Drama Studio