Nicole Fusco started her dance training at the age of two right here at City stage Dance Academy. She has trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop and Contemporary. Throughout her childhood she attended The American Ballet Academy summer camp and as she grew older trained in Manhattan at the Broadway dance center and Steps in NYC and was accepted for the dance program at LaGuardia high school for performing arts. She has also trained with award winning choreographers such as Stacey Tookey and other SYTCD professionals at Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. As a dancer she has competed in and won numerous competitions, performed with singers in live performances as well as music videos in NYC.
Growing up Nicole Fusco loved performing on stage but always had a passion for teaching and choreographing dances for others. As a teacher/choreographer Nicole’s Fusco competition students have won numerous awards and competitions throughout the tri-state area. Her passion for teaching dance has driven her to teach dance classes at many public schools including P.S. 83, P.S. 105, Anne Hutchinson middle school and Greenvale middle school teaching grades 2 – 5 hip hop and jazz. Over the years Nicole Fusco has worked for many colleges such as Hostos Community college and Fordham University working with all ages teaching hip hop and jazz. Throughout her dance carreer Nicole Fusco has always strived to ultimately own her own dance studio and pass on her passion for dance to future generation. She has recently fulfilled this dream and taken over City stage Dance Academy, the school she originally started her training in and is now the owner/director of the studio. She hopes to keep this 50 year old business running with a fresh new vibe and bring in new styles of dance for her students.
Briana has been dancing since the age of two. She was a competitive dancer for ten years, holding regional and national awards for her performances. She has been a teacher & choreographer for the past seven years. Briana has trained in NYC at Broadway Dance Center and with the Radio City Rockettes. She has been seen in plays such as “Anything Goes” and has taken acting classes with Tiffany Smith. Briana has taught dance in schools throughout New York. Her competitive students hold numerous awards and overalls in both group and solo performances. Briana is the assistant director of City Stage Dance Academy and is also a registered nurse. She is BLS/ACLS certified. Briana believes that hard work, dedication and passion can make anyones dreams come true and will continue to pass on her love for dance to all of her students.
Danielle trained at the Woodbury Ballet and graduated from their concentrated program. After high school she was a full scholarship trainee at the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC under the direction John Magnus. While there she performed works by Gerald Arpino, Margo Sappington and Peter Pucci to name a few. She was also one if 8 trainees to be chosen to perform with Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, Canada. From there she joined New York Theatre Ballet for three seasons and performed works by Antony Tudor, Frederick Ashton and Agnes De Mille. She currently dances with Connecticut Ballet and freelances in NYC.
Karin, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., is a working choreographer and teacher residing in New York City. Graduating Cum Laud from Florida International University, Miami Florida, she earned a BA in Dance. Her infectious energy and her passion for dance were seasoned while she mentored under Broadway tap dancer, Jimmy Tate. Karin has been teaching for over 15 years and during this time, was honored to become the Director of the Dance Department at the nationally renowned Weiss School. She has also directed a youth tap company in South Florida where her students and choreography were recognized with numerous awards at a variety of competitions on both regional and national levels. In addition, Karin continues to teach master classes and create choreography for many students all over the country and abroad as well as teaching on the competition/convention/intensive circuit and can be found on faculty with The Quest Intensive, Legacy Dance Champions, Next Level Dance Competition, Dance Teachers United, Dance Expressions Dance Competition, True Talent Dance Competition, Throwdown Dance Challenge and Groove Competition. Karin can also be found on faculty at Peridance Capezio Center (NYC). Karin’s passion for her art and the technique that supports it, for rhythm and energy and the combination of it all, can be seen in each and every class she teaches as well as in her ambitious and expressive choreography!
Katelyn Cotto is a 24 year old, professional dancer signed with MSA Agency in NYC. She started her dancing career at the age of 16 at the Pulse on Tour Convention. Katelyn continued to pursue dancing into college, attending Long Island University & graduating with a BFA in Dance Studies. Katelyn has trained in Ballet, Modern, Tap, African, & Hip-Hop over the past 9 years & has worked with artists such as Melii, Fetty Wap, Justina Valentine, BOA, Tory Lanez, Jhay Cortez & more. Katelyn was also in the Warner Bro’s movie “In The Heights”. She is a very determined and hard working dancer that is always energetic and ready to give her all.
Melissa Weber was born in North Haven, CT but started her serious ballet training when she moved to Boca Raton, Fl. Melissa received the majority of her early dance training with Boca Ballet Theatre under the tutelage of Jane Tyree and Dan Guin and at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts under the guidance of Jeff Satinoff. Melissa’s first professional experiences were with Louisville Ballet in Don Quixote and in Christopher Fleming’s Nutcracker in Lakeland, Fl while still in high school. After graduation she attended Wright State University and danced with Dayton Ballet II. After spending two years in Ohio, Melissa joined Nashville Ballet as a trainee. Melissa joined Charleston Ballet Theatre where she danced soloist and principal roles for eight seasons. Ms Weber has performed many works by renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Marius Petipa, Lew Christensen, Christopher Fleming, Dermot Burke, Karen Russo, Jon Rodriguez, Paul Vasterling, Choo San Goh, Dan Guin, Jonathan Tabbert and Jill Bahr. Some of her favorite roles include The Mistress in Lew Christensen’s Con Amore, Lead Gypsy girl in Don Quixote, The Matriarch in Jill Bahr’s Rite of Spring, Helena (Jill Bahr) and Hippolyta (Brett Raphael) in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Lady Capulet in Bahr’s Romeo and Juliet, Arabian in The Nutcracker, and the Lead Girl in Guin’s Ella Sang. Since moving to the Connecticut/NYC area Melissa has performed with Ballet Neo, Arch Contemporary Ballet, Benjamin Briones Ballet, CT Dance Theatre and performed with Armada Dance in New York Fashion Week’s “Style Pointe”. Currently Melissa is a soloist with Connecticut Ballet, Dance KeyWest ans Sarah Berges Dance. Melissa has been featured in Jordan Matter’s Book, Dancers After Dark, danced in Cal Kehoe’s music video “Marilyn”, an extra for OneRepublic’s video “Connection” and danced in the “Corpse de Ballet” episode of CBS’s Elementary. Melissa has taught ballet, pointe, jazz and Pilates in the Charleston, SC are and currently teaches ballet and pointe in the Tri-State area. This will be Melissa’s Fourth season teaching for City Stage Dance Academy.
Kimberly Montaldo has been dancing at City stage Dance Academy since she is 2 years old. She began her teaching career at the studio in high school assisting different teachers in different styles. That’s where her love for teaching and dance grew even more and she began taking on her own choreography. Throughout high school Kim was the dance captain for various productions put on at both Preston and Salesian High Schools. She was the captain of the dance team and in senior year was in charge of the team and put together a showcase at the end of the year with several dances by the members. Kimberly is now a New York City Public School Teacher with a degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education (Birth- Grade 6). Kimberly also has her Literacy Master’s degree for children through grades 6. Working with children has always been a passion for Kimberly and she is fortunate to be able to be working in two fields that help her live her dream. She has developed her dancing career in many different areas and specializes in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and hip hop.
Lauren Treat is a dancer and freelance artist in New York City as well as a passionate dance teacher to students of all ages. She has danced professionally with BalletMet Columbus, Milwaukee Ballet, Carolina Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, and Lydia Johnson Dance and as a Guest Artist for Neglia Ballet, American Circus Theater, and Artek Ballet. Additionally, she has performed at Sony Hall, for the NY Botanical Garden’s Holiday Show, and on USA Network’s ‘Royal Pains’. Originally from upstate New York, Lauren majored in Dance at Walnut Hill School of the Arts in Natick, MA. She received training at Manhattan Youth Ballet, where she danced in both the school and Youth Company, in addition to summer intensives at The School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet, The Washington School of Ballet, Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Ellison Ballet, Dmanagement, Ajkun Ballet Theater, and Saratoga Regent Ballet. Lauren strives to foster a joy for all dance in each of her students and is thrilled to be teaching for her 6th year with City Stage Dance Academy.
Ian Schmoke, originally from Altoona, Pennsylvania, is a recent graduate from Penn State University. Growing up with a passion and love for performing, he then furthered his opportunities by dancing competitively and professionally. Immediately after graduating high school, Ian began his professional career with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) where he traveled the world on the Majesty of the Seas. For Royal Caribbean, he was a member of the production cast as a dancer where he was a performer in two main-stage shows, flash mobs, and taught/choreographed classes for the other cast members. While in college, Ian has had opportunities with Penn State’s Centre Stage in their productions of Kiss of the Spiderwoman as a Swing and A Chorus Line as an Ensemble member. Some of his other credits include the Cavalier in the Nutcracker Ballet at the State Theatre and being the assistant choreographer for the Penn State vs Ohio State Halftime show in 2018 that was watched by over 110,000 people in attendance. Outside of the theatre world, Ian is interested in exercise/fitness, traveling, and hiking.
Mr. Justin is a dancer and choreographer from the Bronx NY. Justin first started dancing at three years old. He loved watching music videos and learning the moves he saw. This inspired him to create his own dance moves. At an early age he trained with some of the best. He is mentored by Chuck Maldonado. Justin is well versed in styles like street jazz, commercial hip hop, vogue, house and lite feet. Justin now teaches and trains at various studios including Brickhouse NYC, Broadway Dance Center, and Peri Dance Studios. Mr. Justin has worked with artists such as Margie Plus, Teyana Taylor and Todrick Hall. Even Rihanna is a fan of his work. He’s also done tv work for MTV and has worked on major projects with some of the top networks! Mr. Justin hopes his work inspired the children and shows them they too can be working industry dancers.
Ninda Figueroa is a native of the Bronx, New York. Growing up, she always had a love for athletics, fitness, training, and gymnastics. Ninda started her dance and gymnastics training at Bronx Dance Theater. She went on to assist classes and fell in love with teaching.
During her teen years, Ninda studied with Ballet Hispanico and Alvin Ailey. She was also a member of her high school’s elite gymnastics team.
Ninda attended Adelphi University and majored in Dance.
She has coached gymnasts at different gyms in New York. She is certified by Aerobics Federal Association, Dance Educators of America, PT, and Acrobatic Arts.
Ninda has been the gymnastics coach at City Stage Dance Academy for the last 5 years and is excited to continue developing her students’ acrobatics and tumbling skills. She thrives off her students’ determination and motivation and is ready to flip into the new season!
Garth Otis Bates has studied dance since the age of four and has been teaching Dance since 2009. Garth has studied Concert Dance at The Hartt School and Commercial Dance at Pace University in NYC. Garth has received a BFA in Dance with a minor in Pedagogy. Garth has performed professionally since 2014, here are some of his Credits: pre production for Disney’s Hercules, Frozen 2 Saks window reveal with Idina Menzel, Experience The Ride NYC as head dancer and dance captain and Featured dancer at Hershey Parks Summer Show, and is an avid company member of “American Circus Theatre.”Regionally: The Little Mermaid, Chicago and Cavalier in The Nutcracker.
He’s so excited to be teaching Ballet this upcoming year and can’t wait to pass his knowledge and love for dance onto his students.