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Chelsy began her dance career at a very young age. Being the daughter of two division 1 gymnastics and full-time coaches, movement was in her blood. Chelsy began flipping in diapers, and started ballet and tap at the tender age of 2. Her passion for dance excelled her to pointe and jazz, along with her love for performing on stage.
Her classical dance training throughout her childhood and teen years paved the way for a competitive gymnastics career. Adding competitive cheerleading during high school gave her the experience competitions and performance. At SUNY Cortland, she was a varsity gymnastics team member and became a member of the Danceworks competitive team. After an injury her freshman year, she was able to solely focus on dance career and her passion and love were ignited again with the introduction of hip hop style and competitions.
Performing for hundreds in a football stadium, along with competing, were two new aspects of dance for Chelsy that paved the way for her future years. Throughout college, she became the dance instructor for YMCA gymnastics camps and began choreographing floor routines for gymnasts. Along with her past experience in teaching gymnastics and coaching cheerleading in her younger years, she was able to perfect her gift of choreography and her ability to instruct students in all forms of dance.
Even with a career as a dental hygienist, Chelsy was still able to teach for the past several years in various styles of dance from hip hop and acro to ballet and jazz. Chelsy hopes to bring the joy of dancing to students of all ages and all levels. Whether a dancer aspires to be on Broadway, win titles competitively, or just enjoy moving while making some friends, Chelsy wants to share her passion and hopes to inspire others the way dance inspires her.
Instructor & Competition Choreograhper
Danielle began her dancing career at the young age of two and a half. For years she studied ballet, tap and jazz. Shortly after she added a few years of competitive cheerleading in addition to her dancing, winning the title of "Miss Dance" two years in a row. Her passion for ballet grew stronger each year so she decided to further her study predominately in ballet. At age 11 she became a company member of The Warwick Ballet Theatre under Lucinda Henry, where classical ballet and pointe became the focal point of her dancing amongst training in other styles such as jazz, modern and fosse.
She attended summer intensive programs including Briansky Ballet in Saratoga NY and throughout the years attended various master classes.
After graduating Danielle decided to pursue her career in cosmetology, but her passion for dance continued. She remained taking classes whenever she could and became teaching at a recreational/ competitive dance studio in Orange County NY. Where she taught ballet, jazz and lyrical and choreographed several solos, duo/trios and small group pieces for competitive dancers for five years.
Danielle is beyond excited for this new chapter of her dance career. "I am honored to be working for such a determined and motivational woman such as Chelsy. She pushes me to want to be the best dancer and teacher that I can be. Her passion for dance is contagious. I am truly looking forward to teaching and dancing with these incredible students and hopefully furthering their passion and careers in dance!"
Daryn’s love for dance began at age two when she was enrolled in kinderdance. The following year she took her first ballet class and has had a passion for dance ever since. She studied ballet, pointe, tap and jazz at a local studio for fifteen years. Daryn graduated from SUNY New Paltz where she was a member of the New Paltz Dance Team for four years. During her junior and senior year, she had the privilege of being the Dance Team’s co-captain. She choreographed numerous jazz and lyrical dances throughout the year for campus events, basketball games and the team’s annual performance.
Daryn is thrilled to be teaching and to share her love of dance with her students. As a teacher, she encourages technique, creativity and most of all, a positive environment. A successful class is one where her students leave smiling and feeling good about themselves and their progress.
Instructor & Competition Choreographer
Lizzie started dancing at the young age of 3. She quickly found a deep appreciation for ballet. She tried other sports, but no other activity gave her the same type of joy and discipline that dance did. As she continued through to her early teens she started to focus more on jazz. She performed at multiple iconic venues such as Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. She also improved her dance education by shadowing several teachers in various styles throughout her childhood. Lizzie's love for the children carried beyond the classroom where she began babysitting for some of the students she taught. hTis combination helped her learn not only how to take care of kids, but also how to educate them. Lizzie continued her dance career to the highest level in her studio. She took every style they offered but as she got older, she focused mainly on contemporary. Facing several different injuries throughout her dancing, her work ethic was strengthened due to circumstances beyond her control. "Learning under the instruction of Miss. Sam, Miss. Danielle, and Miss. Chelsy has given me a well rounded dance education." Lizzie began her teaching with primarily ballet and tap, however has experience in all styles for kid all ages. Even while studying at SUNY Orange as a nursing major, Lizzie’s passion for dance has not stopped. She has taken several master classes under professional dancers, and is always eager to learn more. Lizzie is excited for the year to come, and all the opportunities it will bring for her students grow as dancers.
Stephany DePaula began dancing at the age of 14 where she was accepted into a company dance program, where she trained in all styles of dance and was able to graduate from high school to go straight into training to become a dance teacher at the same studio she trained as a student. She has been teaching as a recreational and competition teacher since 2012 and has been a regional and national Dance Xplosion Competition Tour winning choreographer for the last 3 years focusing in hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, and acrobatics. She has worked back stage at the world famous Lincoln Center in New York City and has performed as a back up dancer for local Hudson Valley artist for 2 years and looks forward to teaching new students every year and helping them advance in all areas of dance.
After graduating from Dean College with a BA in dance, Danielle was accepted into Broadway Dance Center’s professional semester. While there, she studied and performed with professional choreographers and teachers from throughout the country. Danielle worked professionally in dance theater productions and a ballet/contemporary company in Boston and New York City . Realizing how important it is for students to have a quality education in this art form , Danielle decided to teach and share her passion and knowledge with students at D'Antono dance academy and is excited to watch the students grow and learn !
Instructor & Competition Choreographer
Gianna began dancing at the age of 2. She grew up performing and competing at various dance competitions throughout the tri-state area. She has formally trained under big names such as SYTYCD’s Howard Johnson, Broadway Dancer/Singer/Actress Kierstyn Sharrow, and more. In the past, she’s performed in annual showcases and recitals, as well as in holiday parades, halftime shows, events at local schools, charity auctions/fundraisers, etc. She’s also danced with the Moscow Ballet Company in multiple performances of The Nutcracker. Gianna has won multiple awards, not only for her dancing, but also for her choreography. She is a member of the dance team at her college and is also continuing to pursue her degree in Communications, with minors in Art, Music, and Theatre. Gianna continues to take classes with choreographers such as Travis Wall, Ian Eastwood, Brian Friedman, etc. Gianna loves learning new techniques to bring to her students. She loves the art of dance and instilling great dance technique, passion and movement quality into all of the dancers that she works with.