Stanford Dance Studio

Our Staff 


MICHELLE SCHWARTZ- Owner and director of the Stanford Dance Studio for the past 14 years.

She was a member of the first Stanford Competition Team,

becoming a Platinum and Gold medalist in tap, jazz, and

lyrical. She formed the youngest competition team in the

history of the studio who went on to win First Place at Star

Systems National Competition in Las Vegas. It is her unique

choreography that continues to win 1stPlace, Platinum, Double Platinum’s & special awards in all divisions at regional and national competitions. Dance

Explosion Competition awarded Michelle with the prestigious

“Xcalibur Award” for the highest scoring dance performance of the day.

Michelle also received the Choreographer’s Award at “On

Stage” America Competition. This season at Starpower, Turn It Up Dance Challenge, & Star Quest Regional Competition, her choreography for  “Welcome To The Jungle” a high energy large group  jazz production received Platinum &  First place overall  beating out  hundreds of dance routines from the tri- state area, they were also granted cash prizes.

Her team competed in a prestigious National Competition in Providence, RI  where they were awarded prize money toward entry fees. Michelle's students came in 1st place overall and were awarded the Top Apogee Trophy as well as many other special awards.

Michelle auditioned with 200 women and was selected for a feature role in “Waiting in the Wings” starring Lea Salonga of Miss Saigon. She has judged major competitions in the Metropolitan Area. She has received a Certificate of Achievement while taking part in the

Teacher’s Workshop with Frank Hatchett and many other renowned dance professionals at the prestigious Broadway Dance Center. Michelle is extremely proud to be owner and beyond proud of all of her students.


GREG SINACORI - Began his dance training at age 4 at the Stanford Dance Studio. He later went on to graduate from LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts and in 2004 received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance through the Ailey / Fordham BFA program. Upon Graduation, Mr. Sinacori joined Alvin Ailey's second company (Ailey II) under the direction of Sylvia Waters. Through Ailey II he was given the opportunity to perform, lecture and teach at many theaters and universities across the United States. He later joined The Parsons Dance Company where he performed nationally as well in other countries including Italy, Brazil, Switzerland and Israel. Sinacori has received numerous awards for his choreography at local competitions and has assistant choreographed The Backyardigans Live Tour, 2010 Nickelodeon Music Fest, an episode for Team Umi Zoomi, Dora The Explorer, Angelina Ballerina and a short film, The Necklace. He has currently completed Season IV of the hit Nickelodeon series The Backyardigans as the animated dancing moose - Tyrone, and is also working on Season II of Nickelodeon's new animated hit, The Bubbleguppies. For the past four years Sinacori has been teaching Modern Dance at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, along with teaching Master Classes in and around NYC. This is Greg's 14th year choreographing and teaching Lyrical, Modern and Jazz at the Stanford Dance Studio.


TIFFANY DEFALCO - This is Tiffany's 11th year as studio manager and teacher at the studio. She is one of the instructors of the award winning competition team who has won the "Xcalibur award," Platinum and High Gold and Highest score of the day in major competitions. She coordinates the Regional and National competitions. She currently teaches and choreographs jazz, tap, nursery, hip-hop and competition classes. She has judged for numerous prestigious competitions throughout the New York area. She also studies at the prestigious Broadway Dance Center.




ALEXANDRA LANDIVAR - Alexandra loves to spread her knowledge of dance and performance to the new generation of dancers. She has competed in local NY dance competitions since she was 15 years old, winning platinum, high gold, and gold. She was a member of the Archbishop Molloy H.S. Dance Team and choreographed many hip-hop and jazz routines for the Archbishop Molloy H.S. Dance Club. Alexandra has participated in the Rockette Experience and Tremaine Dance Conventions. She is currently a member of a Salsa On2 Dance Team, Fusion's Finest and she was one of the couples chosen to represent NY Salsa on the Spanish telenovela, Un Sueno Llamado Salsa (A Dream Called Salsa).




JOELLE NICOLE PREZIOTTI began her training at a neighborhood dance studio in 1992. As her passion for dance grew she went on to attend & graduate from NYC’s premiere high school for the performing arts; LaGuardia High School of Music & Art & The Performing Arts. After high school, Joelle worked as a fellowship student at the one & only Ailey School in NYC where she had the honor of performing Ailey's "Memoria" alongside the Ailey Company for two consecutive seasons. Professionally, Joelle has traveled and danced with the SD Prism Dance Theater, DeMa Dance Company, Xhale Dance Company and Michael Susten and Company. She has performed works by: Milton Myers, Sidra Bell, Adam Barruch, Pedro Ruiz Jr, Sonia Dawkins, Yesid Lopez, Tyce Diorio, Tracie Stanfield, KC Castellano and Michael Susten. Joelle currently dances for Michael Susten and Company. Aside from performing, Joelle has a passion for teaching and choreographing for award winning competitive dance studios. She is  happy to share her love of dance with her students at Stanford Dance.



KRISTINA MICELI - Kristina has been a member of the Stanford family for the past 21 years and has taught Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, and nursery classes for the past 11 years. She continues her education in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop, as well as advanced classes in all areas of dance at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Kristina has graduated from Queens Borough Community College where she received a degree in Fine Arts. She performed in two pieces choreographed by Robert Battle and has also performed a piece choreographed by Urban Bush Women's dance company. She also danced in the SUNY Purchase production of The Nutcracker with the SUNY Purchase Dance Core and the New York City Ballet, and was featured in the movie The Little Children starring Kate Winslet. In the summer of 2012, Kristina was lead choreographer for Fame Theatrical Productions musical production of Seussical the Musical.




Haruno Federico has been involved in Ballet since she began taking lessons at the age of five. Upon her graduation from Tachibana Ballet School in Tokyo, Japan she joined the Asami Maki Ballet Company. After her arrival in NYC, She performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in “Memoria” at City Center. She was awarded four scholarships and a certificate from Merce Cunningham Studio. Over the years she has performed with Anita Cheng, Pat Catesso, Lonne Moretton, Roxy Ballet Company and Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company. She joined the Long Island Ballet Company and performed many roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy ( Nutcracker ) and Odette ( Swan Lake ), Lilac fairy ( Sleeping Beauty ). She performed a main cast Persephone (Persephone) at the Jone Drew Theater, directed by Robert Wilson. She currently teaches at the Nassau Dance Force in Bethpage, New York. Over the years, she choreographed “ La Sylphide,” “ Nutcracker,” “ Swan Lake,” “Cinderella” and “Fairy Doll” for young dancers. She is so happy to be back teaching again at Stanford Dance!





LAUREN NIZZO- Lauren has been a proud member of the Stanford family for the past 18 years. This is her third year as office assistant and assistant teacher. She assisted Michelle in choreographing the platinum and high-gold award winning "Welcome To The Jungle" for the Stanford Showstoppers. Lauren was part of Stanford's award winning competition team herself for two years and won platinum, gold, and high-gold awards. She was also part of the dance team at Archbishop Molloy High School. Lauren is currently a student at Queens College where she majors in Psychology and takes jazz and tap classes at the studio.





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