Stanford Dance Studio
 

WHO'S WHO

     MICHELLE NAPOLITANO-SCHWARTZ
MICHELLE SCHWARTZ

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
GREG SINACORI

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-RAINONE
TIFFANY DEFALCO

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 LANDIVAR

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).

     JUSTINE BELLO
JUSTINE BELLO

JUSTINE BELLO - Justine has been dancing at the studio for the past eleven years. She was part of the Archbishop Molloy Dance Team throughout high school and this year graduated from Hunter College where she also took dance classes. Justine performed in multiple shows and competitions as a member of Stanford Dance Studio's award winning competition team, Hunter College's Cheer/Dance Squad, and dance crew Dynamiq Faction. This is Justine's third year teaching at the studio.

    SUSAN CARDAMONE
JUSTINE BELLO

SUSAN CARDAMONE – Susan studied dance at New York University, Broadway Dance Center, and Steps on Broadway. She performed in an off-Broadway showcase with cast members of the movie “Tap”. Susan has choreographed musical productions for a local Long Island playhouse and has been a judge for dance competitions at both the regional and national levels. Over the many years of her dance career, Susan has taught tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and competition classes to the students of Stanford Dance. She currently teaches pre-teen and teen tap classes at the studio.

     ALEXANDRA SCACALOSSI
JUSTINE BELLO

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.

     BRIANA SCACALOSSI
JUSTINE BELLO

BRIANA SCACALOSSI - Briana has been dancing at Stanford Dance Studio for 16 years. She is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Briana has studied Classical Ballet and two modern techniques, Graham and Horton. She regularly takes classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps. She has also attended summer dance programs such as The Pulse and The Paul Taylor Intensive. She has been on the Stanford’s award-winning competition team. She has had the privilege of working with Greg Sinacori and Endalyn Taylor and performing their works. This is Briana'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.

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