Janine Comanducci - Artistic Director
She has trained with the DeLouise school of dance, Landrum school of dance, American Theatre Dance Workshop, Steffi Nosen, and a scholarship student at Steps on Broadway. Janine earned her BFA in dance and a minor in ComArts at Marymount Manhattan College. She has performed with Gray Wig productions such as the Most Happy Fella, and Guys & Dolls. She has also danced with the NBS Nets and as a Firedancer for the New York Dragons AFL team. Janine has choreographed for Swing 46 nightclub in Manhattan, Dancers at Work at MMC, the Berest Youth Dance Theatre, Dance Long Island, Queens College, and for competitive dance teams and organizations throughout New York. Janine is also a member of the Long Island Dance Consortium.
Erin Pascarella-Dance Instructor, Competition Choreographer
Received her BFA in dance from George Mason University. Graduating early from college Erin went on to perform with the Peter Pucci modern dance company. She has performed at the Joyce Theatre and has traveled all over the country. She has also worked with the choreographer, Sean Curran at Dance Space in Manhattan, and has performed as a singer/dancer in Mexico City for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and has also danced with the New York Dragons Arena Football team, where she was also a dance captain. Erin is also an aerobics instructor for the New York Sports Club.
Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards - Tap Instructor
Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards began dancing before most children even walk. By the age of three she was under the instruction of Paul and Arlene Kennedy in California and later went on to perform in Rome, Italy, at the Tip Tap Festival. From there she made her debut on Broadway at the age of 12 in the musical Black and Blue. After graduating from high school, Dormeshia became a soloist with the Jazz Tap Ensemble, making appearances in New York, Ohio, Hong Kong and Alaska. She later became a featured principal in the European tour of Black and Blue. in 1999, Dormeshia joined the cast of Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk, making her the first female performer in the show. Her film credits include dancing in the movies and 'Bamboozled,' having also lent her talent as Assistant Choreographer for the latter. She performed in the European tour of Wild Woman Blues. Most recently, Dormeshia had a principle role in After Midnight. In this role she performed at the 2014 Tony's with Hugh Jackma
Christine Russo - Dance Instructor, Competition Choreographer
Received her BFA degree in dance from Marymount Manhattan College. She has extensive training in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. Christine has over 15 years of competing experience in regional and national competitions, including the World Championships in Riesa, Germany in 1999 and 2000. Christine is formerly from Horizons Dance Center in Brooklyn.
Laura Beth Cerone-Dance Instructor, Competition Choreographer
Laura Beth began dancing at the age of 3. She has many years of serious dance training. Laura Beth was a member of the LoPresti Dance Theatre competitive dance teams. Upon graduating from H.S. Laura trained with the director of LoPresti Dance Theatre to perfect her teaching skills. Laura Beth has been a teacher at LoPresti Dance Theatre for the past 10 years. She is a 2007 graduate from St. Joseph’s College with a Bachelors degree in Business Marketing & Communications. Her competitive teams have received an number of high score and performance awards.
Karen M. Easton - Ballet Director
Trained with Madame Darvash. She studied intensely with the Burklyn Ballet Theatre, the New York State School for the arts where she studied with ballet masters such as Heather Watts, Patricia Wilde, Jurgen Schnieder, and Peter Martins. While at Darvash School, she performed in the Nutcracker and the fullâ€‘length ballet, Giselle. She attended SUNY Purchase as a ballet major; following Purchase she completed her Masters degree at St. John's University in sociology. She has been teaching ballet for the past 12 years and is the ballet director of LoPresti Dance Theatre.
Rose Marie Walsh - Ballet Instructor
Received her BA degree from the Bernard M. Baruch College, city university of New York. She received her ballet training at the school of American Ballet and the Eglevsky School of Ballet. She has performed with Fedicheva Ballet and Lumiere Ballet. She is currently teaching with the Lumiere Ballet and throughout the Long Island area.
Damaris Litterini - Dance Instructor
Damaris Litterini started dancing at the age of 10 where she took tap, jazz, and ballet. At the age of 16 she began student teaching and then went on to instruct her own classes. Damaris attended Broadway Dance Center and participated in numerous dance conventions as well as competitions. Damaris has owned and operated her own dance studio (Dance-N-Motion) for six years. At that time, she had formed a dance company that competed and won specialty awards, high scores, and platinums that went on to Nationals. For three years she was the team captain for the American Lung Association fundraiser event, “Jamin’ with the Jets.” Some of her former students are dance instructors and college dance team members.
Shannon Walsh - Dance Instructor & Competition Choreographer
Shannon received her dance training from LoPresti Dance Theatre before graduating with a BA in Musical Theatre from Manhattanville College, where she was captain of the competitive dance team and worked with choreographers from Peter Pucci dance company and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Shannon has toured nationally and internationally with Angelina Ballerina the Musical! and performed in theme parks with RWS and Associates. Other favorite credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Brigadoon, and Anything Goes. Shannon was also chosen for the Summer Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center, where she worked with teachers and choreographers of current Broadway shows in New York City. Most recently, Shannon, spent the past year on a world tour performing in The Wizard Of Oz. Monica Lessard - Dance Instructor and Competition Choreographer
Monica is a New Hampshire native trained classically in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus. She is a 2007 graduate of Point Park University's (Pittsburgh, PA) world-renowned Conservatory of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Monica was a frequent performer with the Playhouse Dance Company at the Conservatory, training and performing under the direction of Doug Bentz, Judith Leifer-Bentz, Susan Stowe, Nicolas Petrov, Jay Kirk, Ron Tassone and Keisha Lalama-White. She moved to New York City in 2009. Some of her performing credits in NYC have included a featured extra role in the movie "Dark Horse" (2012), the part of Tellulah in the off Broadway musical "The Lovely Wilds" with GK Productions (2013), and a starring dance role in a music video for the Italian based singer/songwriter TESS (2014.) She is also a current member of the NYC based dance company MachineHDance (machineHdance.com.) Monica shares her love of dance on a daily basis teaching children and young adults all over the tri-state area.
Jeevan Thomas - Dance Instructor
Jeevan has been dancing since he was three years old. He has been trained in the art form of Bharatanatyam from his teacher and mother, Manju Thomas. As Jeevan grew older, so did his love for dance. His desire to learn other styles and dance forms transformed from passion into obsession. He now excels in hip hop, breakdancing, Bollywood and Bhangra. He is also currently one of the main choreographers and team members of The Wanted Ashiqz, an accomplished dance troupe of trained, all-male Bollywood dancers from the New York area, who seamlessly fuse Bollywood and hip-hop dance styles. Jeevan and his team have won many competitions such as Best Of the Best 5 in 2009, Bollywood America in 2010, Kollaboration NY in 2011, and placed 2nd at World Of Dance in New York in May 2011 and May 2012 and 4th in May 2014. He and his team have also been featured on the hit show So You Think You Can Dance in 2014. Jeevan has choreographed two nationally winning hip hop teams, The Sachem East Varsity Arrowettes and the St. Joseph's College Dance Team. Under his guidance, the two teams have placed at The National Dance Alliance and Reach for the Beach Competition, respectively. He hopes to take his ability as a dancer, and coach, to the next level and showcase his talent, as well as spread his love for dance, with his teams to mainstream America.
Jenise Scanlon - Dance Instructor
Jenise Scanlon has been teaching dance for 18 years. She has taught a wide range of dance styles including lyrical, jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet and gymnastics. She has also choreographed and co-directed the Theater Company at the Elementary School at which she taught. Jenise studied dance at Hunter College while receiving a B.A. in Elementary Education. She also holds an M.S. in Early Childhood and Special Education. Jenise began studying dance at a local studio in Brooklyn, NY. She has also studied at the accredited Broadway Dance Center in New York City and took part in their Internship Affiliate Program. Jenise has attended numerous dance workshops and seminars throughout the city which have helped to give her a well rounded dance education.
Jessica Snyder - Dance Instructor
Jessica Snyder Hambley began her classical ballet training at the age of 5 with The Ohman School of Ballet under the direction of Mr. Frank Ohman, a former soloist with New York City Ballet. Her serious modern dance training began in college where she was accepted into the Newcomb Dance Company of Tulane University. After graduating with a BS in Psychology and a Dance Minor, she continued her training throughout New York City expanding her repertoire to include Jazz, Theater Dance, Tap, Hip Hop and Contemporary. Jessica has performed regionally with multiple contemporary companies including Mad Cap, as well as with The New York Dance Theatre. She has choreographed on professional dancers for varying events and on students who need audition pieces for college admissions. Jessica has been teaching regularly for almost 15 years. Her modern classes include Graham, Horton and Limon techniques and her classical ballet classes are taught in the Balanchine tradition.
Kay Parsley - Acrobatics Instructor
Kay has been a gymnastics teacher for 8 years and an acro instructor for 3. She trained in gymnastics most of her life at artistic gymnastics and has competed in many county and state level competitions. She has also led many girls to win state competitions. She studied at suffolk county community
college in health and fitness. She has also coached at Spins Gymnastics Center.
Michael Cowie - Competition Choreographer
has studied with acclaimed hip-hop artists such as Glenn Douglas Packard, Mr.Wiggles, Poppin’ Pete, Ant Boogie (Anthony Rue), Luam, Tight Eyez, Bboy Crumbs, Mr.Freeze, and Bev Brown. He has performed on stage in concert for Hip-Hop/R&B Duo Smilez and Southstar. He has performed on stage at the World Center Marriot for Fashion Rock Week. He has also choreographed music videos for a nationally syndicated television show in Korea.
Sarabeth Cook - Competition Choreographer
Sarahbeth began her training at LoPresti Dance Theatre studying all genres of dance. She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance (Teaching Concentration). While studying for her bachelor’s, Sarahbeth begin her professional dance career as a member of the New York Knicks City Dancers. She spent 5 seasons dancing for the NBA’s professional dance team and has performed overseas in Taiwan, India, and the Philippines. She has also made appearances on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, E!’s The Dance Scene, as well as had the opportunity to perform with numerous recording artists such as Q-Tip, Kat Deluna, Kevin Rudolph, Jason Derulo, and more. Sarahbeth is currently signed with McDonald Selznick Associates where she continues to feed her passion and love for dance. Currently, Sarahbeth is the Coach of the New York Knicks City Kids and WNBA’s New York Liberty Lil’ Torches. She also is the Varsity Coach of the 16X National Champions, The Smithtown East Varsity Whisperettes. Sarahbeth loves every opportunity given to come back to her home studio and choreograph. She hopes to inspire and teach those who share the love of dance, that they too can follow their dreams.
Danielle Sexton - Vocal Coach
Danielle Sexton spent her high school years at the Cultural Arts Center in Syosset where she was a vocal performance major. She then attended Westminster Choir College and received her BA in music, vocal performance. She has toured Europe and performed at many amazing venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Danielle has been teaching piano and vocal lessons professionally for the past 10 years and is also a certified teacher for Music Together, a program for babies and toddlers focusing on movement and music.
Alisa Tarsa - Dance Instructor
Alisa began her dance journey at 3 years old. She studied in all areas of dance such as ballet, contemporary/lyrical, jazz and hip hop. She was a member of the competition dance team, here, at LoPresti Dance Theatre the dance competition team. She continued pursuing her passion for dance at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY majoring in Public Relation and minoring in dance, along with the college dance team. Her junior year she was co-captain and her senior year captain of the Iona College Dance Team. Choreographing hip hop and jazz dances to be performed at all basketball games and events. In her dance minor, she studied modern and ballet dance. Both her junior and senior year, she was given the honor to choreograph her own solo piece to be performed in the dance ensemble shows. Working with choreographers such as Aileen Passloff, The Juilliard MFA choreographers,Zvi Gotheiner of Zvi Dance, Dancers from the Martha Graham Dance Company second company, Jennifer Conley of the Martha Graham Dance Co, Joseph Mills of the Erick Hawkins Dance Company and Momix and violinist Marshall Coid and Brenda Daniels of the Jose Limon Dance Company. After college, Alisa has been teaching dance to students, and in all styles of dance from hip hop, jazz and lyrical. Alisa is also fitness model and starting working as a Personal Trainer after getting certified through ISSA when she was 19 years old. She has had her own workout series for the online magazine latina.com. She is still working hard toward her goals and her passion for helping other and creating a positive outlook in peoples lives.