President, Artistic Director
Mary Naftal has been teaching dance to students of all ages for over 40 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with Specializations in Early Childhood Education and Dance. Mary’s dedicated work as an educator has been recognized by Dance Studio Life Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and an Islip Small Business Award. Before founding Dance Connection, Mary worked as a substitute school teacher and as the corporate Training Administrator for Empire of NY Bank. In addition to her work at the studio, Mary is the President/Founder of the Penny Prima brand of products and classes, the Artistic Director of the Making Wishes Grow Performance Initiative, and has taught seminars for studio owners across the country. Mary is a proud member of Dance Educators of America, the National Dance Education Organization, the New York State Dance Education Association, and the Suffolk County Women’s Business Enterprise Coalition.