Lauren has been dancing since she was 2.5 years old. She danced competitively from the ages of 11 through 18 and was a member of several award winning teams. Lauren also competed as a member of the Smithtown Varsity Kickline team which has been awarded numerous national championships. As an adult, she has continued her career in movement through various mind-body trainings and certifications including her 200-hr yoga teacher training through Yoga Alliance and a Pilates mat certification through the Pilates Method Alliance. Lauren loves teaching both children and adults and also teaches barre fitness classes at DANCEintensity.
Jackie has been dancing since she was three years old. She danced her whole life and was on Smithtown Varsity Cheerleading team in high school. She attended Towson University where she earned her Special Education and General Education Degree. She was a member of the highly competitive Towson University Dance Team for four years, who holds the National Champions title for 18 years in a row. She has been a dance teacher for five years and enjoys many different types of dance styles, such as contemporary, jazz, lyrical, pom, and hip hop. She has a strong background in gymnastics, yoga and barre. Her passion for dance has never stopped growing and hopes to pass on her experiences, knowledge, and love for dance to her students at DANCEIntensity!
Jillian has been dancing since the young age of three years old. She has been a competitive dancer for over ten years and a competitive kickline dancer for 6 years. Jillian received her Bachelor’s Degree in Inclusive Special Education and a minor in Children with Exceptionalities from SUNY Cortland. Jillian was a member of the Cortland dance team for four years where she served as a captain her last two years on the team. Jillian has also been the summer dance director at The Knox School for over three years. Her favorite dance styles are tap, jazz, and hip-hop!
Erica is from Amityvilly, NY. She just graduated from LIU Post where she was on the LIU Post dance team. The team ranked 4th in the Nation this year in both Jazz and Hip Hop! During her college career she also danced for The New York Cosmos Professional soccer team! She can't wait to share her love and knowledge of dance with DANCEintensity!
Taylor's passion for dance began at the young age of three years old. She was a captain of the Oneonta State Dance Team in college and held multiple Eboard positions as a member of the Terpsichorean Dance Company. She is currently a full-time Family and Consumer Sciences teacher in addition to her dance teaching. She looks so forward to sharing the love of dance with the students here at DANCEintensity!
Maria was heavily influenced by the art of dance since the age of 3. Growing up she practiced at various dance schools and competed in solos, small groups, large groups and productions. She was taught numerous styles of dance, with hip hop and tap being her favorites. Maria began her school dance career as a sixth grader on the Commack Middle School Danceline Team and was eventually selected as a member of the Commack Varsity Cougarettes in high school. She is so thankful that with dance she could be part of a team that consisted of her friends who turned into her family. Maria is currently studying Elementary Education and Spanish at the College of New Jersey and is so happy to be part of the DANCEintensity Staff!
Ann started dancing when she was two and a half years old. She graduated from NYIT with a Culinary Arts degree in 2007 and a Culinary Education Degree in 2009. She has a strong passion for teaching as well as a huge love for kids. She has been teaching dance for the past nine years and has had many award- winning routines on a regional and national level. She is looking forward to start teaching at DANCEintensity for the 2018-2019 season!
Danielle recently completed her Bachelor's Degree in Dance at Hunter College and has been dancing since the young age of three. She is well experienced in all genres of dance and has performed and competed throughout Long Island, New York City and Los Angeles! She has choreographed many great dance pieces throughout her school experience and continues to find ways to enhance her dance career. Throughout her experiences she has discovered her passion for teaching and hopes to pass on her knowledge and influence her students in ways that only DANCEintensity can offer!
Jenna has been a well-rounded dancer for over twenty years and is the motivating force that drives the success of Dance Intensity. Her experience in the dance world and the entertainment industry has enabled her to create the utmost successful dance programs.
She was a professional NBA dancer for the Boston Celtics for three seasons and has performed in places like Beijing, China, Las Vegas and Walt Disney World! She was the Assistant Director for Starbound National Talent Competition and developed a love for teaching through years of being an instructor at studios, schools and camps.
With a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism, she has worked at "The Late Show with David Letterman", "The Maury Show", "The Meredith Vieira Show", "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and "Nick Studio 10"! She was featured in the television series "90210", the reality series "The Dance for 18" and the film "Here Comes the Boom". She also took some classes in Early Childhood Education and taught at Tutor Time and Best Learning Center.
Jenna's strong passion for dance, entertainment and teaching is what finally led her to open up Dance Intensity and create a dance family of her own! She absolutely loves working with children and looks forward to helping her dancers become the best they can be!
Christie has been a dancer since the young age of three and is the backbone of the successful force of Dance Intensity. Her choreography achievements and passion for fitness has given us a powerful edge in creating the very best dance and barre programs!
Growing up she performed and competed in New York City and quickly developed a love for teaching. Her responsibility for many talented dancers has led to winning top overalls on both regional and national levels. Her choreography has also been recognized at prestigious competitions such as Jump, Sheer Talent and Hall of Fame Dance Challenge!
She was a dancer for the St. John's University Dance Team, as well as the Stony Brook University Dance Team. She completed her Bachelor's Degree in Health Science and is currently completing her Master's Degree.
Christie's love for dance, health and fitness has enabled her to create the career path that she has always dreamed of. She hopes to inspire many of her students and help them chase their dreams, no matter what they may be!
HEATHER, BALLET DIRECTOR
Heather has been a dance instructor, choreographer and mentor for young dancers in both recreational and competitive dance classes for over fifteen years. She holds a degree in education and works with children during the day.
She has an extremely strong background in Ballet and Pointe, as well as Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary. Her choreography has won at many dance competitions and she has had experience teaching in Florida, Tennessee, New Jersey and now, New York!
She also holds her Vinyasa Yoga Certification through Yoga Alliance and enjoys teaching Yoga classes at Dance Intensity!
DANCE INTENSITY is extremely excited about our brand new dance studio located in the center of Commack, Dix Hills and East Northport and looks forward to providing exceptional technical training for students in a positive environment for many years to come! We are setting our expectations high and are dedicated to providing children in the community with a place to learn, develop and appreciate their love of dance, as well as ensure that they continuously progress and reach their full potential. Our classes are not only professional and fun friendly, but focus on responsibility, dependability, punctuality, teamwork and respect for others. Dance Intensity's mission is to provide their students with not only the technical dance skills and experience needed to pursue a professional dance career but more importantly, arm them with the essential life skills that will lead to success in whatever they pursue!