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Mary Naftal <h6>President & Artistic Director
Mary Naftal
Presidenta y directora artística

Mary Naftal has been teaching students of all ages for over 40 years and holds a degree in Education with specializations in Early Childhood Education and Dance from Long Island University. In addition to her role at Dance Connection, Mary is the founder of the Penny Prima® brand, Artistic Director of the Making Wishes Grow Performance Initiative, and has coached studio owners from across the country on teacher training, early childhood programs, and studio ownership.

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Mary Naftal

Presidenta y directora artística

Mary Naftal

Presidenta y directora artística

Melinda Civitella

Gerente de estudio

Melinda Civitella

Gerente de estudio

Joe Naftal

Director de Marketing y Producción

Joe Naftal

Director de Marketing y Producción

Donna Iaboni

Gerente de las instalaciones

Donna Iaboni

Gerente de las instalaciones

Colleen Riccardelli

Teacher Training Program Dir.

Colleen Riccardelli

Teacher Training Program Dir.

Ginny Mastrosimone

Customer Service & Ops Coordinator

Ginny Mastrosimone

Customer Service & Ops Coordinator

Erin Sforza

Coordinadora de relaciones publicas

Erin Sforza

Coordinadora de relaciones publicas

Jennifer Kranenberg

Enrollment Coordinator

Jennifer Kranenberg

Enrollment Coordinator

Markus McGee

Social Media Coordinator

Markus McGee

Social Media Coordinator

Ava Nicole Bryant

Profesora de baile

Ava Nicole Bryant

Profesora de baile

Liz Camera

Profesora de baile

Liz Camera

Profesora de baile

Emily Civitella

Dance Teacher & Music Coordinator

Emily Civitella

Dance Teacher & Music Coordinator

Stacey Chiesa

Profesora de baile

Stacey Chiesa

Profesora de baile

Gabriella D’Arienzo

Profesora de baile

Gabby was born and raised on Long Island and started dancing at two years old. She was trained in all styles of dance, but her favorite styles to perform and choreograph are Jazz, Musical Theatre, Hip-hop, and Contemporary. She attended Sacred Heart University, where she graduated with a Business Management degree and Dance Minor. There she was a dedicated member and choreographer of the school’s dance ensemble. Pieces she choreographed for the program’s shows are ‘Welcome to the Moulin Rouge’, ‘Tina’, and ‘Diamonds Are Invincible.’ She is now pursuing her dreams of teaching the next generation of dancers.

Gabriella D’Arienzo

Profesora de baile

Gabby was born and raised on Long Island and started dancing at two years old. She was trained in all styles of dance, but her favorite styles to perform and choreograph are Jazz, Musical Theatre, Hip-hop, and Contemporary. She attended Sacred Heart University, where she graduated with a Business Management degree and Dance Minor. There she was a dedicated member and choreographer of the school’s dance ensemble. Pieces she choreographed for the program’s shows are ‘Welcome to the Moulin Rouge’, ‘Tina’, and ‘Diamonds Are Invincible.’ She is now pursuing her dreams of teaching the next generation of dancers.

Jenn D’Auria

Profesora de baile

Jenn D’Auria

Profesora de baile

Michaela Darragh

Profesora de baile

Michaela Darragh

Profesora de baile

Sarah Davidman

Profesora de baile

Sarah Davidman

Profesora de baile

Sheila Doyle

Profesora de baile

Sheila Doyle

Profesora de baile

Gretchen Goess

Dance Teacher & Asst. Production Mgr.

Gretchen Goess

Dance Teacher & Asst. Production Mgr.

Julie Groh

Profesora de baile

Julie Groh

Profesora de baile

Sam Gut

Profesora de baile

Biography coming soon.

Sam Gut

Profesora de baile

Biography coming soon.

Melissa Kinnear

Profesora de baile

Melissa has been a student at Dance Connection for 14 years. She has also been in the Teaching Training Program for 4 years. She loves to play tennis and teach it too! She wants to help young children to grow as dancers and to teach them how amazing dance is and the places it can take them. Over the years she has studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical and Dance Enrichment. She has also been in the Recital Company and on the Competition Team for many years.

Melissa Kinnear

Profesora de baile

Melissa has been a student at Dance Connection for 14 years. She has also been in the Teaching Training Program for 4 years. She loves to play tennis and teach it too! She wants to help young children to grow as dancers and to teach them how amazing dance is and the places it can take them. Over the years she has studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical and Dance Enrichment. She has also been in the Recital Company and on the Competition Team for many years.

Cathi Murphy

Profesora de baile

Cathi Murphy

Profesora de baile

Denise Nuñez

Profesora de artes visuales

Denise Nuñez

Profesora de artes visuales

Melissa Orlick

Profesora de baile

Melissa Orlick

Profesora de baile

Victoria Rossano

Profesora de baile

Victoria Rossano

Profesora de baile

Brooke-Ashley Reyes

Profesora de baile

Brooke-Ashley Reyes

Profesora de baile

Annette Siguenza

Profesora de baile

Annette has taught dance and drama in the five boroughs of N.Y.C. for 47 years. After moving to Long Island in 2021, she took a short hiatus and is now extremely happy to join the faculty at Dance Connection. Annette has trained recreational, competitive and theatrical dancers from preschool age through adult and has experience teaching dancers with special learning abilities. Annette is looking forward to this new chapter in her dance career.

Annette Siguenza

Profesora de baile

Annette has taught dance and drama in the five boroughs of N.Y.C. for 47 years. After moving to Long Island in 2021, she took a short hiatus and is now extremely happy to join the faculty at Dance Connection. Annette has trained recreational, competitive and theatrical dancers from preschool age through adult and has experience teaching dancers with special learning abilities. Annette is looking forward to this new chapter in her dance career.

Dejia Solomon

Profesora de baile

Dejia has been dancing at Dance Connection for fourteen years and has been teaching for seven. Dejia continues to study ballet, jazz, pointe, and tap. She loves sharing her love for dance with younger students. When not at dance she enjoys cheering, participating in her schools marching band, and hanging out with friends.

Dejia Solomon

Profesora de baile

Dejia has been dancing at Dance Connection for fourteen years and has been teaching for seven. Dejia continues to study ballet, jazz, pointe, and tap. She loves sharing her love for dance with younger students. When not at dance she enjoys cheering, participating in her schools marching band, and hanging out with friends.

Kristen Wallace

Profesora de baile

Kristen Wallace

Profesora de baile

Billy Arco

Profesor asociado

Billy Arco

Profesor asociado

Diane Gendron

Profesor asociado

Diane Gendron

Profesor asociado

Erin Gratzer

Profesor asociado

Erin Gratzer

Profesor asociado

Jeanna Diaz

Profesor asistente

Jeanna has been apart of Dance Connection since she was 5 years old. She has danced on the competitive team, as well as performed with Dance Connection for 7 years. During this time, she has also been a part of the Teacher Training Program. Dance has become a part of her life that she is most passionate about. Dancing has helped her evolve, mature and grow in more ways than one. She would love to continue and share her knowledge of dance, that Dance Connection has taught her, to our current and future dancers.

Jeanna Diaz

Profesor asistente

Jeanna has been apart of Dance Connection since she was 5 years old. She has danced on the competitive team, as well as performed with Dance Connection for 7 years. During this time, she has also been a part of the Teacher Training Program. Dance has become a part of her life that she is most passionate about. Dancing has helped her evolve, mature and grow in more ways than one. She would love to continue and share her knowledge of dance, that Dance Connection has taught her, to our current and future dancers.

Rose Ryf

Asistente ejecutiva

Rose Ryf

Asistente ejecutiva

Brenna Skinnon

Directora de escena

Brenna Skinnon

Directora de escena

Megan Campisi

Social Media Associate

Megan Campisi

Social Media Associate

Jenny Diaz

Personal de oficina

Jenny Diaz

Personal de oficina

Alicia Martinez

Personal de oficina

Alicia Martinez

Personal de oficina

Ava Michels

Personal de oficina

Ava Michels

Personal de oficina

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