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Mary Naftal <h6>President & Artistic Director
Mary Naftal
President & Artistic Director

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

President & Artistic Director

Mary Naftal

President & Artistic Director

Melinda Civitella

Studio Manager

Melinda Civitella

Studio Manager

Joe Naftal

Marketing Director & Production Mgr.

Joe Naftal

Marketing Director & Production Mgr.

Donna Iaboni

Facilities Manager

Donna Iaboni

Facilities Manager

Erin Sforza

Public Relations Coordinator

Erin Sforza

Public Relations Coordinator

Colleen Riccardelli

Teacher Training Program Dir.

Colleen Riccardelli

Teacher Training Program Dir.

Brooke-Ashley Bellafiore

Dance Teacher & Social Media

Brooke-Ashley Bellafiore

Dance Teacher & Social Media

Ava Nicole Bryant

Dance Teacher

Ava Nicole Bryant

Dance Teacher

Liz Camera

Dance Teacher

Liz Camera

Dance Teacher

Emily Civitella

Dance Teacher & Music Coordinator

Emily Civitella

Dance Teacher & Music Coordinator

Stacey Chiesa

Dance Teacher

Stacey Chiesa

Dance Teacher

Jenn D’Auria

Dance Teacher

Jenn D’Auria

Dance Teacher

Michaela Darragh

Dance Teacher

Michaela Darragh

Dance Teacher

Sarah Davidman

Dance Teacher

Sarah Davidman

Dance Teacher

Victoria Flick

Dance Teacher

Victoria Flick

Dance Teacher

Gretchen Goess

Dance Teacher & Asst. Production Mgr.

Gretchen Goess

Dance Teacher & Asst. Production Mgr.

Julie Groh

Dance Teacher

Julie Groh

Dance Teacher

Cathi Murphy

Dance Teacher

Cathi Murphy

Dance Teacher

Denise Nuñez

Visual Arts Teacher

Denise Nuñez

Visual Arts Teacher

Melissa Orlick

Dance Teacher

Melissa Orlick

Dance Teacher

Billy Arco

Associate Teacher

Billy Arco

Associate Teacher

Erin Gratzer

Associate Teacher

Erin Gratzer

Associate Teacher

Ava Michels

Assistant Teacher

Ava Michels

Assistant Teacher

Rose Ryf

Executive Assistant

Rose Ryf

Executive Assistant

Megan Campisi

Office Staff

Megan Campisi

Office Staff

Jenny Diaz

Office Staff

Jenny Diaz

Office Staff

Alicia Martinez

Office Staff

Alicia Martinez

Office Staff

Ginny Mastrosimone

Office Staff

Ginny Mastrosimone

Office Staff