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Ducks Game Rehearsals are Underway!
Written by Joe Naftal on June 27, 2017

Our Competition Team and Ducks Company dancers are rehearsing each day for their upcoming performance at Long Island Ducks Stadium on Sunday, July 2nd.  Dance Connection has been bringing pre-game performances to Ducks Stadium for the past eight years.  The Dance Connection events at Long Island Ducks Games are always a fun night for the whole family, featuring America’s favorite pastime, delicious ballpark food, a spectacular fireworks show, and, of course, the talent of our Dance Connection dancers.


This year’s dance is choreographed by Arial Cohen with Melinda Civitella as the assistant choreographer.  The dance is inspired by the popular music, energy, and style of the 1990’s.


We’re taking it back to the 90’s this year in a fun-filled routine mixed with Billboard’s top songs from this era. The 90’s had its own style in all genres of music and dance and the teachers and dancers are having a blast putting this piece together.

Arial Cohen


With just a few rehearsals left, the choreographers and dancers are working hard to perfect the pre-game performance.  We hope to see you there on July 2nd!

Joe Naftal

Joe Naftal is the Marketing Director for Dance Connection. When not working at Dance Connection, Joe has a career as a theatrical lighting designer, assistant designer, and production manager. His experience spans the worlds of classical and contemporary theatre, musicals, ballet, modern dance, and opera. In addition to his work at Dance Connection, Joe collaborates with Dance Studio Owners across the country, is a member of the Panel of Experts, has been featured in the business section of Dance Teacher Magazine, and was on the seminar faculty for the 2016 Dance Teacher Summit in New York City. Joe holds a BFA from UNC School of the Arts and is a proud member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).