Stanford Dance Studio



MICHELLE NAPOLITANO-SCHWARTZ - Owner and director of the Stanford Dance Studio for the past 11 years. She was a member of the first Stanford Competition Team, becoming a Platinum and Gold medallist 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 Platinum and Gold in all divisions at regional and national competitions. Dance Explosion Competition awarded Michelle with the prestigious "Xcalibur Award" for the highest scoring dance performance. Michelle also received the Choreographer's Award at On Stage America Competition. 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 the studio owner and is 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).


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.


ALEXANDRA SCACALOSSI - Alexandra has been dancing at Stanford Dance Studio for 16 years. She is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts. At LaGuardia she has 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 attends classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps. Alexandra has also participated in summer dance programs such as The Pulse and The Paul Taylor Intensive. This is Alexandra's forth year teaching at the studio. She currently teaches our scholarship dance classes as well as private lessons for students trying out for performing arts high schools.


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