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.

 

John Pickup

Mr. Pickup received his early training from Leeanne Rutherford at Ballet Theatre Australia and later with Peter Shortland and Kathryn Hailey at The Studio. As a dancer he performed with The Wiggles, Lithuanian National Ballet, AURA Dance Company, Gelsey Kirkland Studio Company and Untitled Collective NYC. Mr. Pickup began teaching at Essendon Academy of Ballet, Melbourne Australia before teaching at various schools throughout Sydney and Melbourne. During this time he studied the RAD syllabus under Kathryn Hailey.

After relocating to New York, he began training under Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov as both a dancer and teacher. Mr. Pickup is currently a faculty member in the GKA Pre-Professional Division/ Children's Division and Full Day Professional Training Program.

Mr. Pickup is thrilled to be sharing his love of classical ballet with students of Le Danse. John Pickup appears courtesy of the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet.

 

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.

 

Melissa Reardon

Melissa Reardon has been dancing since the young age of 2 1/2. After obtaining her BFA in Dance from Montclair State University, Melissa began her teaching career and has been sharing her passion and love of her art for 15+ years.  She has taught at many studios throughout New Jersey and taught at, and continues to choreograph for, Roxbury High School (Choice School of the Arts). Melissa holds her NJ certification to teach dance in public schools and continues to study at Broadway Dance Center, Steps and Peridance. 

Melissa's work can be found throughout New York & New Jersey. Not only has her work won numerous Choreography and high score awards, but has also been recognized as National Champions & invited to World Dance Championships several times. Her most recent work has been showcased at Peridance (NYC) and various venues for  Dance New Jersey's Show Up & Dance showcases.

Recently Melissa has been invited to choreograph for Dancers Make a Change Dance convention, has hosted workshops at various studios and is in the beginnings of starting up a contemporary company to continue to showcase her work. She has also choreographed for The Dancers Dream Fund,assisted choreography for Roxbury High School musicals, taught workshops for MCST (VPA program), set choreography for The Nextstep Dance Company and much more. Melissa is excited to be a part of the Le Danse Family! 

 

Melissa Wolfe

Melissa Wolfe was born in Baltimore, Maryland and has been dancing ever since. Since she moved to New York in 1997, she has performed with many groups and organizations, including The Next Stage Project at City Center, NYC and in Maui, Hawaii, Jana Hicks choreographer, Arte Danza in Tropea, Italy, Jason Parsons choreographer, Je Suis Toutes Les Femmes at the Bank Street theater NYC, Brian Thomas (BT) choreographer, and P-Funk the Company in NYC, Beverly Brown choreographer. Melissa was both dancer and
choreographer with Under Construction & Company in NYC, and was dancer,choreographer, and director of Maryland Movement Theater at the Baltimore Museum of Art. She also trained at various times with Karen Katrinic, Lynn Simonson, Max Stone, Ray Leaper, Beth Goheen, Irene Dowd, and Wes Veldink. 

Holds Pilates certificates with physical mind,Deborah Lessen and the PMA. Melissa has also been studying advanced musculoskeletal anatomy and neuromuscular therapies under Irene Dowd since 2004, and uses this specialized knowledge, combined with Pilates inspired techniques, to inform her teaching and choreography. 

Melissa has filled many teaching roles through the years for many organizations in many locales, including choreographer/instructor at The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts in Baltimore, jazz and contemporary instructor at Broadway Dance Center NYC, assistant choreographer to Jason Parsons at the Pineapple Studio in London and the Paz Dance Theater in Seoul, South Korea, Pilates, anatomy, and conditioning instructor at NYC Dance Alliance, and contemporary dance, anatomy, and conditioning for dancers at ;pushing progress. Melissa also founded CAMP, Common Art Mutual Passion, an intensive exploratory summer camp and workshop for elite pre-professional dancers from across the US, Canada, and beyond. In addition to being CAMP director, she taught modern and contemporary classes as well as anatomy and conditioning for dancers.
 



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