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
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.


Bidalia Albanese
Bidalia Albanese is a performer, choreographer and director.  Born and raised in New York, she trained at the School of American Ballet, the High School Of Performing Arts and graduated from the Guildford School of  Acting in England.  Her directing credits include Private Wars and The Unspeakable Act which premiered at The New York Fringe Festival.  Bidalia's choreography has been seen at Guildford, Fullerton College, Wagner College, and The Hell Festival in NYC. She has performed in the UK west end, NYC (off off Broadway) and all around the States.


Dawn Petchonka
Dawn Ptechonka 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 25 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.



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 Eglevsky 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.
 In the Summer of 2014 he tourned Europe performing orginal dance works.

Laurie Solomon

Ms Solomon has a BA in Therapeutic 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 , Mahatten Youth 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.


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.


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 .

Shannon Ransom 

Began her dance training at The Ballet Center at age 3. She has taken Ballet, Pointe, Pas de deux, Tap, jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Acting Musical Theater. She attended the world famous Alvin Ailey School and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She has performed at Disney World. As a dancer in Ballet Long Island she has performed lead roles in The Nutcracker, A Mid Summer Night's Dream, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, Cinderella, Fantastic  Toy Shop and many more.  In Musical Theater she has performed in The Wizard of Oz, The Secret Garden, Christmas Carol and You're A Good Man Charlie Brown. She is excited to bring her experience and expertise to the dance classroom where she  teaches young dancers.

Madeline Samuel

Ms Samuel is a dancer with Ballet Long Island. She was awarded a scholarship to study ballet at The Ballet Center. She has performed in Swan Lake, A Mid Summer Night's Dream, The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Pas De Quatre and many more. Madeline bring a depth of maturity to each role she performs. Shehas performed in musical theater in productions of The Wizard of Oz, The Secret Garden and A Christmas Carol. This is Ms Samuel's third year teaching at The Ballet Center she believes there is nothing more gratifying than sharing the joy of dance with students.

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