The Moment

Faculty

In creating our studio, we had a common goal. Our aim was to provide for young dancers an atmosphere in which talent could be nurtured and developed and interest and love for dance broadened and respected. These aims have remained central to us throughout our history and as they have expanded and grown, so has Le Danse's educational base widened.

Le Danse is a community of dancers who have not only the benefits of training with our amazing faculty of professional instructors, choreographers and performers, but also the sharing of artistic experience as well, in venues like regional and national competitions, year end performances and master classes and workshops. We emphasize our students working together in performing groups, both large and small ensembles and continue to combine the determination to continue to move forward while holding fast to earlier wisdom. The studio reflects the change of environment of the professional arts by emphasizing the broadest possible artistic content for the young, while fostering interaction among students and teachers and offering professional training & education unique in both time and place.

We, the directors of Le Danse, are proud of our outstanding studio, staff, and well-trained students. We are proud of the many accomplishments, awards and accolades that we have all received over the years and hope to continue to guide our studio gracefully.

 

Gianna Raimo

Gianna has been dancing since two and a half and has won numerous high gold, platinum, and overall high score awards competing with the studio. Gianna was second runner up Miss Showbiz and National Dance Week's Most Promising Performer at both Showbiz National Dance Competition and New York Dance America/Olympus. Gianna has also trained in New York City at Broadway Dance Center and Steps NYC. Most recently, Gianna has been accepted and attended the Rockette Summer Intensive and Joffrey Ballet for the past three years, along with being a published poet. Gianna is very excited to now be apart of the teaching staff at Le Danse and is looking forward to sharing this knowledge with her students.

 

Krystal Gambino

Krystal Gambino has been dancing since the age of 2. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, theatrical and acrobatic dance. Aside from studio classes, Krystal performed and competed nationally with her high school and college dance teams, serving as captain for two years on each. She also worked as Assistant Choreographer for a local theater company and started performing there herself when she was 10 years old. She has taught children of all ages, ranging from 2 years old to 18 years of age.

Krystal received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology at Manhattanville College, and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Seton Hall University. She hopes to use her dance background in conjunction with treating patients once she is a licensed Physical Therapist.

Along with her dance training, Krystal is a trained gymnast. She is currently certified with USA Gymnastics and has coached gymnastics classes and teams of all ages. Krystal hopes to spread her love and passion of dance through everyone she is privileged to teach. Her mission is to help children reach their goals and dreams just as her early instructors enabled her to do.


Nicole Sandas

Nicole first found her passion for dance at the age of two and has been in love with the art ever since.  For eight years, Nicole has danced competitively with a local dance studio where she received many high scores and numerous special awards with groups, productions, and solo performances.  She has attended multiple dance classes at Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan as well as taken classes by dance idols such as Chio Yamada, Derek Mitchell, and many others. 

Nicole continued her passion of dance at Rowan University, where she was a member of the Dance Team for four years, taking leadership positions of Treasurer & Co-captain for her final year.  As a member of the dance team, Nicole assisted and collaborated with multiple dance workshops, teaching children and teenagers from ages six to eighteen. In addition, she took several dance classes such as Elements of Dance, Fundamentals of Jazz, and Fundamentals of Ballet to continue strengthening her technique. 

She graduated with a degree in Psychology and is currently at Montclair State University completing her Master’s Degree in School Counseling. Nicole’s compassion and understanding of individual differences aid to a successful learning environment for dancers of all ages.

 

Stephanie Isaacson

Stephanie Isaacson comes from a Le Danse background training in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theatre and pointe. During her 15-year career as a student, she competed in solos, duets/trios and group dances in both regional and national competitions. She received top awards and honors at Onstage, NexStar, Dance Educators of America, Dance America, Access Broadway, and Starbound competitions.

Her love for dance did not stop at the studio. She has completed several summers at the Rockette Summer Intensive, a competitive summer program where girls are selected to work with and learn from Radio City. Within the program, the dancers learn Rockette repertoire and perform in a showcase at the end of the intensive. Stephanie also partakes in jazz, tap, and hip-hop classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway.

Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Dance minor from Montclair State University. As a Dance minor, Stephanie heavily studied ballet, modern, and dance history. Also while at Montclair State University, Stephanie became co-founder and Vice President of the Montclair State Dance Team in 2014. For the past three years, Stephanie has taken on the opportunity as the Assistant Coach of the Montclair State Dance Team. While acting as Assistant Coach, the team was awarded a National Championship title in DIII Team Performance at the National Dance Alliance (NDA) Collegiate Championship 2018 in Daytona, Florida.

Stephanie loves being part of the Le Danse family and having the opportunity to be an active teacher and choreographer.

 

Christopher Marinelli

Christopher Marinelli is a professional dancer from Staten Island, New York. He grew up training in a local studio, competing in national dance competitions from 8 to 18 years old, where he has won numerous awards consisting of not just overall placements, platinums, perfect platinums and elites but special judges and student choreography awards as well.  He continued his training as an adult at the professional level all around NYC, dancing under choreographers such as Luam, Candace Brown, Miguel Zarate and Miles Keeney at Broadway Dance Center, Brickhouse NYC and Peridance Capezio Center.  He has a diverse repertoire being trained in almost every style of dance from Hip Hop to Ballet, including Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. 

Chris has performed all over the tristate area including Six Flags Great Adventure, Richmond County Fair, and Leg Up on Life's "Night of Life" at Hudson Terrace, just to name a few. He has taught students across the tristate as well including the prominent Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn College's Children/Teen Dance Program. 

His choreography is designed to challenge a student enabling them to grow while also storytelling and entertaining an audience. Chris brings a vibrant energy and intense passion to every class he teaches and loves creating a lasting impact on students who he believes are the next generation of dance.

 

Lindsey Lykowski

Lindsey Lykowski was born and raised in the Chicago-land area. She studied at numerous classical ballet academies including Salt Creek Ballet. She studied most extensively at Bataille Academie of the Danse winning numerous national titles at competition.

She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She studied under industry greats such as Sara Hook, Tere O’Connor, and Sahar Azimi. Lindsey was the only undergraduate to ever perform a solo work in a main stage performance choreographed by Sara Hook. During this time Lindsey also performed in Light, a Christmas production in Chicago, catering to a total audience of 90,000 and televised in 13 countries. It was during her time at school she started teaching all levels of ballet and pointe at Twist and Shout Dance and Cheer in Mahomet, Illinois.

In the summer of 2012 she moved to New York City after being chosen as a Professional Semester Intern at Broadway Dance Center and Parsons Dance. In February 2013, she was selected as one of the original company members of Sans Limites Dance as both a soloist and rehearsal director. Lindsey also co-choreographed her first concert piece Limites with director Diana Petersen that was presented in numerous festivals including Jennifer Mueller’s Hatched series.

In recent history, Lindsey currently dances with Roschman Dance under the direction of Sean Roschman and Carolyn Barry. The company performs all over New York and the East Coast.

Lindsey’s ballet classes focus on proper alignment for each individual dancer. Her classes emphasize musicality, artistry, and knowledge of dance history.



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