“To dance is to Live and what I want is a school of Life!” – Isadora Duncan.
Miss Linda grew up as a dancer in the competition world, and won many awards as part of a prestigious competition team. After graduation, she went on to train in Manhattan’s Broadway Dance Center and continued on in their Work Study Program. She has been teaching for over 10 years and has experience with all ages and class levels. She always tells her student’s Never Say can’t, and so the NSDS motto has become Never say can’t, Say I’m Working on It! She believes that Ballet is for everyone and with the proper Ballet training, anyone can learn how to dance. Besides dance, Miss Linda holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the CUNY Honors College and is also a musician and songwriter, playing both Keyboard and Bass Guitar.
Jennifer Reinhart has been dancing her whole life since she was 3 years old. She loves all styles of dance, however Jazz is her favorite. She hopes to inspire her students with a love and passion for dance, encouraging them to always dance with energy and a smile! While dancing is her true passion, Miss Jenn is currently studying to be a Physician’s Assistant in Wagner College’s Master’s program. She loves children and hopes to either go into practice as a pediatrician or orthopedics with a concentration in dance medicine.
Miss Katrina had a desire to dance since she was about three years old but it wasn’t until she turned 18 that the dream became a reality. It was then that she started Irish-Step dancing. Four years later she decided to pursue ballet and fortunately came across Next Step Dance Studio. NSDS has allowed her to grow as a dancer and has been a constant source of joy and encouragement. Miss Katrina teaches Ballet, Pre-Pointe and Irish-Step dancing. Aside from dance she also has her bachelor’s and certification in Elementary Education, her master’s in Early Childhood and is certified birth through grade 6 in Special Education. She is currently working as a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) on Staten Island.
Miss Michelle KornTeaches Jazz, Tap, Acro, Hip Hop, Ballet, and is our Special Needs Program Director
Michelle Korn has studied ballet, modern, lyrical, tap, jazz, musical theatre and hip hop in the New York City area for a majority of her life. She has always had passion for teaching, choreographing, and performing. As a child, Michelle was always passionate about dancing, but her interests shifted toward musical theater in her high school years. She went on to study dance, acting, and voice from some of the best of the business at Rider University. Not long after, Michelle realized that she had a talent for teaching children and transferred to St. John’s University where she received a B.S. in Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology in just three years. In addition to teaching at Next Step, she is currently a New York City Public School Teacher while also pursuing her Master’s Degree in Special Education. This is Michelle’s second year teaching at Next Step Dance Studio and is very excited to inspire and motivate her students to become the best dancers they can be.
What most people who take my classes don’t know about me is that my name is not Gi Gi, it’s actually Regina. I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister and ZUMBA FITNESS INSTRUCTOR….And I love it all! In 2010 I took my first ZUMBA class and when I went home after class I wanted to cry. I have never NOT been able to keep up in a class. What I didn’t realize is that each instructor is different and you have to learn their routines, AND you should always take EVERY class at YOUR own pace! Every class is not the same. You should always do your best to enjoy yourself. I enjoyed ZUMBA so much that I wanted to become an instructor. On July 16, 2011 I became certified in ZUMBA FITNESS. I’ve been instructing ever since. I have a great time with the people and fellow staff members at NSDS. I love my new Zumba home, they motivate me. I’ve lost a lot of the weight that I gained during my pregnancy and I hope to keep going. I also hope to inspire other busy moms. I want to let them know that if I can make the time, they can too. Learn that you can always find 60 minutes to take for yourself. You don’t need to be perfect in class, I just want you to try the class and enjoy yourself!
Erica has always loved to dance and formally began dance classes at age 3. She studied several dance styles including Ballet/Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Lyrical. Erica was an assistant dance instructor for several years before teaching her own dance classes to students (ages 3-12) beginning in September 2009. Erica is also an Official Zumba Instructor, as well as being licensed in Zumba Kids and Kids Jr. (currently teaching in an After-Care school program). At this time she is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at the College of Staten Island in The Verrazano School, which is a selective undergraduate honors program. Erica’s love of dance and children have been her passion and purpose in life. Teaching isn’t for everyone; but she feels blessed to have an opportunity to do not only something worthwhile, but something she truly enjoys!
Felecia has been dancing and performing since 1994. She received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Montana. She also studied at Arizona State University for three semesters. Felecia is the artistic director of ImmeDance in New York. Felecia’s work has been presented in New York City at Dance Space Center, Dance New Amsterdam’s Works In Progress and Raw Material, Peri Dance’s Independent Choreographer’s series: Wax Works, Hatch, Dance OFF! at PS122, and The Muse Brooklyn. In 2010 she was Artist In Residence at Everbrite Mercantile Co. In Red Hook, Brooklyn. She spent that residency Creating a 45min solo show and taught yoga to the commuity. Felecia danced Banana Peel Dance out of Brooklyn for the past 6 years. Currently she creates solos based on her love of music and dance though improvisation though ImmeDance. This summer she performed in Montana with Headwaters Dance Company. They had commissioned her work and used it for the past 10 years. Felecia was invited to return and perform it one last time with the company. She also received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC in 2008. She currently teaches yoga in Staten Island though Friends of Firefighters once a week as a volunteer.
Miss Felecia currently teaches our Skittles Yoga class as well as our Advanced Acro and Thursday Pre-Professional and Senior Company classes.
Hayley Rosenfeld has been dancing since she was 3years old. She is in the class of 2017 at SUNY Oneonta, where she studies the art of dance. Hayley has been given the opportunity to be a teaching assistant for advanced modern and choreography classes over her time at SUNY Oneonta. She is currently the President of the Terpsichorean Dance Company and a member of the Oneonta State Dance Team. Hayley is an alumni of Next Step Dance Studio’s competition team. Along with winning various awards as a student, she has choreographed award winning numbers and is so proud of her students! One of her favorite quotes to share with her students is by Aristotle; “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Jennifer Kelbe grew up in a family owned dance studio now celebrating it’s 30th year in business. She received her BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory, where she performed in works by Murray Louis, Paul Taylor, Jacqueline Buglisi, and Anna Sokolow. She continued on, dancing for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as Dance Captain aboard the Monarch of the Seas. The next few years were spent as Director of The Malibu Civic Ballet and teaching throughout the Los Angeles area, while dancing with both the Santa Monica Contemporary Ballet and the Los Angeles Ballet Theatre. Jennifer then headed east, where she joined the Lydia Johnson Company in New York and continued to teach all around the tristate area. In 2010 she joined Prometheus Dance based in Cambridge Ma. Jennifer spent the last three years teaching at Bridgewater State University and has her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from Hollins University.
Erin Ferry has been dancing since the age of four. She attended Miss Theresa’s Danceland for 14 years and was a member of the competition team. Erin is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta’s Class of 2016 where she studied Computer Art and Communications. She continued dancing through college with the Terpsichorean Dance Company. She served as an executive board member and choreographer for the company and was also a dancer for the Oneonta State Kickline. Erin is very excited for her first year teaching and to be a part of Next Step Dance Studio.
Elaina DiBenedetto has been dancing since the age of three. She has received extensive training in a variety of dance disciplines including jazz, tap, and hip hop. She is especially refined in her ballet, modern, contemporary, and lyrical dance education due to additional private training. During her time in Susan E. Wagner High School, Elaina was active in leading and choreographing various dance programs including the annual SING Production and Scholars Academic Fair. While still a student herself, Elaina stepped into the role of teachers assistant. From there her desire to teach her own classes was born. Upon graduating high school, she continued dancing at the College of Staten Island, completing ballet courses alongside her undergraduate coursework. Elaina was also a lead assistant in modern workshops held by Marquee Your Name in Lights. Elaina is in the process of earning her Bachelors of Social Work Program at the College of Staten Island where she will graduate in 2018.