Stanford Dance Studio



MICHELLE SCHWARTZ- Owner and director of the Stanford Dance Studio for the past 16 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 and 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.

This season “Baby I’m A Star” won a High Platinum and Platinum Award, a 1st place award & 6th place overall of the day also receiving  a " Fan Favorite Award."  Production routine “Turbulence” took  home a High Platinum & 1st place award.  Platinum Award, 3rd Place Overall & Special Judge Award "Most Entertaining" routine of the day.  The team will go on to compete in Nationals in Atlantic City, NJ this summer. 

Michelle also received the Choreographer’s Award at “On Stage” America Competition. 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.

Stanford Dance Studio
82-17 153rd Avenue
Howard Beach, NY 11414



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 nine 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 20th year choreographing and teaching Lyrical, Modern and Jazz at the Stanford Dance Studio.

You can follow Greg on instagram or twitter @gsinacoridance.





TIFFANY DEFALCO - Studio manager and teacher at the studio. She is one of the instructors of the award winning competition team who has won the "Best Choreography Award," "Xcalibur Award," Double Platinum, Platinum and High Gold, Costume Award & Highest Score of the Day in major competitions. At Starbound Regional Competition her choreography for "Fuego" a high energy large group Latin jazz routine received First overall beating out hundreds of dance routines from the tri-state area, they were also granted cash prizes. The team competed in a prestigious National Competition at the Grand Hyatt in NYC where they were given Scholarship Awards toward workshops with top choreographers in the industry. She coordinates the Regional and National competitions. Tiffany 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.



KRISTINA MICELI - Kristina has been a member of the Stanford family for the past 23 years, she has been teaching Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Ballet, Hip-Hop, and Nursery classes for the past 13 years. She was a member of the studio's award winning competition team for over 10 years. Kristina has choreographed many award winning performances from large to small groups as well as,  solo's where her students received many high platinum, platinum, high score awards, and special judge awards competing against hundreds of dance routines from the tri-state area. This 2017 competition season she choreographed with Michelle Schwartz and Tiffany Rainone an award winning large group performance achieving the “MOST ENTERTAINING AWARD” at Inferno Dance Competition where Kristina won the very prestigious “OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY AWARD” for her work on a solo performance Born This Way .She uses her knowledge to help children prepare for High School auditions as well as school activities. 


Kristina has graduated from Queens Borough Community College where she received a degree in Fine Arts. Kristina had the opportunity to Co-choreograph the "Civil War" production with Joe Stanford and Michael Sullivan for the one and only Stanford Dance Studio. She performed in two pieces choreographed by Robert Battle and has also performed a piece that was choreographed by Urban Bush Women's dance company. In pursuing her dream to perform for others she danced in the SUNY Purchase production of The Nutcracker with the SUNY Purchase Dance Core and the New York City Ballet, as well as being in the movie The Little Children starring Kate Winslet. In the summer of 2012 Kristina was lead choreographer for Fame Theatrical Productions musical production called Seussical the Musical. 



ALEXANDRA SCACALOSSI- Alexandra began dancing at the age of four, at Stanford Dance Studio. She is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & the Performing Arts. During her time at LaGuardia she studied Ballet, Graham and Horton technique. Alexandra had the privilege of working with choreographers Elisa King and Daniel Gwirtzman in the Graduation Dance Concert at LaGuardia. She also studied with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, during their summer intensives. There she studied the Taylor technique and worked alongside current and former company members. She also had the opportunity of learning and performing Taylor's repertoire. To keep herself up to date with dance, she takes a variety of dance classes at Broadway Dance Center. Before taking a year off from dance, Alexandra has taught at Stanford Dance for six years, teaching all ages and all areas of dance. She also teaches private lessons, to students who strive to get into performing arts high schools, with great success. This year she will be teaching teen jazz and lyrical. Alexandra is very excited to be back to share her knowledge of dance with her students.



LAUREN NIZZO- Lauren has been a proud member of the Stanford family for the past 20 years. This is her fifth year as office assistant. She assisted Michelle in choreographing the platinum and high-gold award winning "Welcome To The Jungle" for the Stanford Showstoppers in the 2015-2016 season. 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 numerous classes at Broadway Dance Center. 



ALEXANDRA LIGUORI- Alexandra has been a Stanford Student for the past 14 years. This is Alexandra’s 3rd year assistant teaching tap, ballet and hip hop classes at Stanford Dance Studio. She performed as a member of Stanford Dance Studio’s award winning competition since 2011. Her team received many awards such as 1st place in their category and many platinum awards. She just completed her senior year at St. Francis Preparatory High school and is now moving on to Molloy College to pursue her dream to be a Forensics Accountant. Alexandra loves her Stanford Family!


82-17 153rd Avenue
Howard Beach, NY 11414
Studio Phone: (718) 835-7563