MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

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Chelsy D'Antono
Owner &
Artistic Director 

Chelsy began her dance career at a very young age, as she began taking classes at the tender age of two. Her love for performing on stage and her passion for dance helped her to excel as she began her pointe and jazz classes soon after. Her classical dance training helped her not only excel on the dance floor, but also as a successful competitive gymnast, as well as a member of the Minisink Valley competitive cheerleading team. Chelsy continued her gymnastics career at SUNY Cortland, where she also was a member of the Danceworks competitive dance team. 

Whether it was performing at the football game or in college dance competitions, Chelsy loved the various aspects of dance competition and became a teacher at YMCA gymnastics camps. She also began choreographing floor routines for gymnasts as well as competitive dancers and has enjoyed doing it ever since. 

Chelsy has been active in the competitive dance scene in Orange County for over 10 years, and has been a studio owner now for 5 years. DDA has competed in various regional and national competitions over the last 5 years, earning numerous top 3 finishes for solo, duo, trio, small group, and large group numbers, as well as a national championship dance in the 2021 competitive season. Whether a dancer aspires to some day make it to Broadway, win competitions while in school, or take classes recreationally, Chelsy hopes to share her passion and love of dance with every student.

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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 an intricate part of their education recreationally and competitively.

Danielle Alifano
Instructor & Competition Choreographer

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. 

Daryn Arielle
Instructor & Competition Choreographer
Danielle Little
 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!"

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Jasmine McBride
Instructor

Jasmine began dancing at the age of 5 with Teresa Oscher in Brandon Florida, has danced in central Tampa, and finished out her training in Buford, Georgia.
Jasmine has trained steadfastly in Jazz, Ballet, Tumbling, Modern, and Contemporary, gaining experience from every studio she stepped foot in. Jasmine settled her college education in the Medical Field but quickly found her way back to the Dance arts upon graduation. Jasmine has developed dance programs for after school programs within 
Lawrenceville, Georgia area and has found great success introducing the fundamentals of dance to suburban communities outside of Atlanta. She has set pieces for The Atlanta Dance and Music Academy, Atlanta City Dance Assemble, TADA, Catch The Beat Dance Academy, North Georgia Dance Academy, Georgia Dance Unlimited, Heather Wayne’s Dance School, and solos for competitions such as KAR. Jasmine has had the privilege of teaching dancers of all ages and levels and encourages her students to seek confidence and commitment for themselves within the studio and outside
the studio.