Our Teachers will give you the training to follow your dreams

Debra Punzi 

Debra Punzi  is a teacher, choreographer and artistic director. She has helped hundreds of dancers start their careers. She has a Masters Degree in dance and her early training includes Joffrey Ballet School, Paul Haakon and Valentine Froman. She has trained as a Lincoln Center Teaching Artist. She has studied Cecchetti method, Royal Ballet School and Balachine Method.  Ms Punzi performed in Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, A Mid Summer Nights Dream, Snow White, Swan Lake, La Corsaire pas de deux, Don Quixote pas de deux, Giselle, The Nutcracker  and many orginal ballets. In the year 2000 she was named "Women of the Year" by the Town of Brookhaven.She has  worked as a Dance Competition Judge.  Her career as a choreographer she has with Bessie Schonberg and Regional Dance America National Choreography Intensive.




 Laura Rolston is an acclaimed teacher and choreographer of tap, jazz and theater dance. Known for fast and creative choreography, as well as a positive, up-beat personality. She truly wants students to leave class not only being better dancers, but also being confident, strong individuals. She is the former owner of Christopher Studio of Dance and Theater Arts in Oakdale, NY.
She has taught at Sachem North Arrowettes Kickline and June Claire School of Dance. As a child she performed in Ballet Long Island “The Nutcracker” as an adult she has performed on stage, in videos and on television. The Ballet Center is proud to have Laura join our staff.
 
Dawn Petchonka
Dawn Petchonka studied at the New York Conservatory of Dance, The Ballet Center, Lumier Ballet, and at the Eglevsky School of Ballet.  She performed with Ballet Long Island for many years in The Nutcracker,Peter and the Wolf, Cinderella and many more ballets. Her life is dedicated to ballet. Ms Petchonka has over 20 years experience teaching classical ballet and pointe.  She has performed in New York City and Long Island and is a former staff member at USDAN Center for the Performing Arts , Eglevsky Summer Ballet Intensive and American Theater Dance Workshop.


 
Robin Williams

Robin Williams started dancing at the age of 5 and hasn’t stopped dancing yet. Born in Detroit, Michigan Ms. Williams was a dancer with the Dance Theater of Harlem and is recognized as one of New York’s highly respected choreographers and dance training principals. She is credited for exposing classical dance to school children in the Harlem area. Performing abroad and throughout the United States, Ms. Williams was a principal dancer with Dancer Theatre of Harlem's Ensemble, Gallman's Dance Theatre, Nanette Bearden's Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Ballet Long Island. Her most rewarding performance to date, however, is fulfilling the dreams of young people everyday at her Uptown Dance Academy.


 
Vincent Marra 
Mr Marra is a high energy dancer and teacher. He received his first training in Ballet and Modern dance at the Nassau BOCES Long Island High School of the Arts in Syosset, New York. Continuing his studies, he attended the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance and received his BFA in May 2011. He has since danced with the Eglevs ky Ballet, the John Byrne Dance Company/David LaChapelle Dance Project, Neville Dance Theatre, the Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn, Ballet Long Island, the Brooklyn Ballet, Ballet Inc., Encounters Dance, off-broadway and other various dance projects in Manhattan.

He has performed roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Peter and the Wolf, A Mid Summer Nights Dream, Pocahontas, Sleeping Beauty and more. He is a dancer and teacher currently teaching modern, contemporary and ballet.

 Mr Marra has a great love of dance and he passes that love of dance to his students.
 
Laurie Solomon
Ms Solomon has a BA in theraputic recreation and has studied ballet for over 30 years.Her earliest training was under Debra Punzi and she currently attends weekly ballet class with Ms Punzi. She has performed with Ballet Long Island in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Snow White, Firebird, Sleeping Beauty, Pocahontas, Multicultural Celebration and many more ballets. She is an incredible staff member at The Ballet Center and aspires to pass on her love of ballet to her students.


 
Kasey Flath  

Ms Flath has studied dance for over 10 years. She has been awarded many scholarships to study dance. Her studies have been at The Ballet Center, The Joffery Ballet School and The Rockette Experience. She is a beautiful classical ballet dancer. She performs with Ballet Long Island in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Pocahontas and many other ballets. Kasey loves to work with children and her passion is to get everyone to dance.





Nora Goodman    
Nora has studied classical ballet, modern and Irish Step dance. Ms Goodman has recieved many scholarships to study ballet. She has studied at The Ballet Center, Corvino Ballet and Next Generation Ballet in Tampa , Flordia. She is a teacher who is energetic, positive, and gives specific feedback to each student, not just general comments. She has performed lead roles with Ballet Long Island in many ballets including The Nutcracker, Snow White, Pas de Quatre, Swan Lake, Pocahontas, Firebird, A Mid Summer Nights Dream and many more. In addition to dancing, Nora plays the piano and sings. 
 
Micheal Seaman
    
Mr Seaman began his training under Olga Vazar and the studied at the Eglevsky Ballet School, Broadway Dance Center and The Ballet Center. He has studied classical ballet, tap , jazz, and gymnastics. He has over 25 years experience as a teacher. He has dance professionally in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Firebird, Snow White, Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty and other works.


 
David Moreno
        
Mr Moreno began his early training The National Ballet of Panama. In New York he has trained at Broadway Dance Center, Joffery Ballet School and Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. He has performed with Ballet Long Island,New Jersey Ballet, Nanette Bearden's Contemporary Dance Theater. He has performed at the world renowed "Andy Williams Show" at the sophisticated Moon River Theater.  David Moreno is one of the most knowledgeable, fun, artistic and serious minded teachers a student would want to know. If you want to learn to dance then Mr Moreno is your guide.
 
Sarah Goodman
Sarah Goodman has studied ballet and modern dance. She has performed with Ballet Long Island as the lead role in Pocahontas, the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, and many roles in Cinderella, Snow White, Swan Lake, Pas de Quatre, Romeo and Juliet. She is a talented dancer and a joy to watch on stage.She was hand picked to worked as an assistant teacher for two years under Debra Punzi, Artistic Director, The Ballet Center. She is a teacher who loves to pass her passion for dance to her students.

Theresa Randolph

Theresa's passion for dance started at a young age. She has studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop and contemporary. She has been awarded scholarships to study dance at The Ballet Center. She is a serious teacher who is ready to share her knoweldge and enthusiam for dance with her students. Theresa performs Praise Dance at her church. She has performed with Ballet Long Island in Pocahontas, Cinderella, and other works.

Ayoe Kelly  
Ms Kelly received a dance degree from University of Hartford, Hartt School Dance Division. She studied classical ballet, Graham, and Limon techniques, as well as exploring composition and improvisation. Before attending the University of Hartford she studied at the Long Island High School for the Arts, The Joffrey Ballet School, The Eglevsky ballet summer intensive,The American Academy of Ballet, Ohman School of Ballet, The Parsons Dance Company summer intensive, The Mark Morris Dance Group, Ballet Hispanico ,The Limon Dance Company and The Bartholin Seminar.  She has performed with Ballet Long Island as Tea from China in The Nutcracker. Ms Kelly has a vast knowledge of dance which she shares with her students.

Catalina Diaz

Ms Diaz has studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop. She has been awarded scholarships to study dance. She has attended Ballet Boot Camp. She has performed with Ballet Long Island in Cinderella, Snow White, The Nutcracker, A Mid Summer Night's Dream, Fantastic Toyshop,  Pocahontas, Swan Lake and other works.  Ms Diaz is a dancer of great beauty and grace. She has been dancing all her life and developed a love of teaching early in her teens. Ms Diaz's classroom is  a positive environment where students can grow.  She hopes to share all the benefits of dance with each and every student .

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