Our Teachers

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Amanda Abel

Creative Movement, Tap, Ballet

Amanda has been part of the Dance Centre family since she was in second grade. She grew into a talented and competitive dancer, bringing many awards home to Dance Centre. While still in high school she made the transition to teaching our younger ones, and grown to be a wonderful teacher for all.

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Karen Antos


Karen began her serious ballet training under the guidance of Madame Swoboda at Ballet Russe in NYC. She went on to attend New York's High School of Performing Arts.

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Rachel Calabrese

Dance-theatre, Contemporary, Choreography

Rachel has trained with Shannon Gillen at VimVigor dance company’s winter intensive this past year, as well as with NW Dance Project in their Advanced Platform summer intensive. She continues to develop her artistry.

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Courtney Clancy

Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Adult Hip Hop, Jazz, Street Jazz, Ballet/Tap Combo; Competition Director

Courtney teaches an amazing array of classes across many styles. And as our Competition Director she is responsible for all aspects of preparing and executing our participation in dance competitions. Her energy and drive know no bounds.

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Alexis Cordella

Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Modern, Jazz

Alexis received her formative dance training from Dance Centre of the Hamptons and Manorville under the mentorship of Leigh Kestin. Alexis supplemented her training with summer study at the American Ballet Studio and by performing as a soloist in Nutcracker productions during her apprenticeship with the Dancecore Ballet Program.

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Donna DeSimone

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater

Donna has been a performing arts instructor for over 3 decades. Her credits include theater and television work, choreography, and event production. She has choreographed for several dance tours both nationally and around the world, and her work has been showcased at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Hershey Park.
Donna holds many dance competition titles, and her contributions to the art of dance have been recognized through numerous awards.

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Louis Lasser IV

Tap, Partnering, Ballet

Louis has been influenced and taught by the preeminent names in the art form. His classes focus on rhythm and sound, but are accented by the enjoyment of the movement. Technique, musicality, improvisation, and timing will be at the heart of his dance instruction. The heart stays on its beat, and we should stay on ours.

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Wendi McArdle-Sullivan

Lyrical, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Creative Movement

Wendi has been a stable presence at Dance Centre for many years. She is particularly wonderful with our younger dancers: many, many of our Dance Centre students have had their first taste of creative movement and expression in Wendy's class.

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Megan Jane McGuinness

Musical Theatre, Acting, Singing, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap

Megan is a Musical Theatre Actor, Singer, Dancer from Eastport, NY. Her experience in the arts ranges from competition dance, ballet and pointe, music and theatre. She has a BA in Musical Theatre and Dance from James Madison University and has been seen performing in professional musicals and theme parks across the country

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Bethann Mulvey

Tiny Dancers, Creative Movement, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop

Bethann specializes in teaching our youngest dancers, and they absolutely adore her. Across several disciplines of dance she has introduced many generations of young children to creative movement, and sent them on their journey of dance. 

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Jennifer Navarrete

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Movement

Jennifer has been a passionate dancer for 20 plus years, allowing her to compete and travel across the country. She has studied in tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, modern, contemporary, and ballet.

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Sawyer Newsome

Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, Improv

What I love most about teaching is the direct transfer of energy from myself to the student. I love it when the dancers in my class leave feeling like they were more than just a student, but a welcomed artist as well. It's my job to create the best environment for the students to achieve what they need from my class. No matter age or level, I always want my class to be a welcoming experience to my love for this beautiful art form.

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Marissa Rignola

Tap, Ballet, Lyrical

Marissa started dancing at 2 years old, and by age 11 she had her own dance company she ran out of her childhood home. By the age of 16 she was teaching professionally, performing in entertainment companies, choreographing for theater and more.

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Will Rivera

Jazz, Ballet, Acro

Will is a professional dancer who knows the importance of working as a team player. In ensembles, the cast members are like the wheels of a driving car, they work together to keep it moving. Being a part of a team striving towards the same result is thrilling.

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DC Next Generation: Teachers in Training

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Elizabeth Button

Liz has danced with us from a very early age, and has grown to be a standout performer in our public presentations and competitions. A natural leader, Liz has been an assistant teacher for some time and frequently substitutes for full classes.

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Cheyenne Spillett​


Cheyenne is our latest student to make the transition to a full teacher. She started at Dance Centre at age 6, and danced competitively for 10 years. Cheyenne is passionate about tap and hip hop, and was part of her varsity kickline team in high school for three years. 

Special Guest Teachers

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Laura Verrelli


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Leisa DeCarlo-Taylor

Ballet, Modern

Leisa is a New York based professional dancer, choreographer, educator, and certified Pilates instructor. She brings years of performance experience to her work at Dance Centre,  instilling a sense of professionalism and high standards in our students.

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Jeff Donato

Ballet, Tap, Jazz

Jeff started dancing at a local Long Island dance studio in 1982 at the age of seven, when he learned tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theatre.

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Siri Howard

Musical Theater, Acting, Singing, Movement

Siri is a Broadway actress, recording artist, and concert performer who began her professional career at age 10, and has continued to perform on some of the world’s most prestigious stages. Originally hailing from Westhampton, Siri began her career on Long Island, and continues working within the Hamptons community.

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Max Quinlan

Musical Theater, Acting, Singing, Movement

Max is a Broadway Resident Director, Broadway Performer, Jeff Award-Winning Chicago Actor, Casting Associate, Audition Coach, and Director based in New York City. Most recently, Max served as the Associate Director for the World Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s review, Unmasked.

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Management & Staff

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Tara Curry


Tara has been managing the books at Dance Centre since 2008 to make sure that everything is in order, everyone is paid on time, and that we will there for generations to come.

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Denise Del Vigo

Accounts Manager


Keeping the business healthy is critical to keeping our students dancing, and a dance school has remarkably complex financial issues to be managed. Denise was the driving force behind the rebirth of Dance Centre after the COVID pandemic almost knocked us down for good, and she now oversees the business side of our school.

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Laura Bott

Assistant Manager

Laura has been a calming presence in our studios for years, bringing order to the chaos of dozens of children eager to dance. It's been much calmer during the pandemic, but Laura is there for us whenever things get crazy again!