Catching Up With Dance Ed Alumni
BS IN ED, DANCE EDUCATION, ALUMNI (as of Fall 2015)
CLASS OF 2010
MARISSA ADAMS is double certified to teach dance and drama, with an MA in Educational Theatre from NYU. She is a full-time dance and drama teacher for children on the autism spectrum at PS4@Skillman School, in Long Island City, Queens, and was recently appointed to be a union delegate for her school and for the other sites that make up PS4. She is the co-founder of Shining Studios, a place for actors, singers, and dancers of all ages and developmental abilities to come together to create and explore as an ensemble. In 2015 she was awarded a “thumbs up” award from the New York State Dance Education Association for her important work with children of all abilities.
RACHEL DEJESUS owns and runs Long Island Danceworks in East Meadow, NY.
SARAH GALLEANO is the dance specialist at PSMS 29 in the Bronx, where she started a new dance program for children in grades 1-8.
LINDSEY NICASTRO has been serving as an invaluable cooperating teacher for Hofstra student teachers for two years. In 2014 she was awarded a “thumbs up” award from the New York State Dance Education Association. In May 2013 she was awarded Teacher of the Year by State Senator Martin Golden. She is the tenured dance specialist at PS 506 in Brooklyn, NY, and has completed an online master’s program in educational technology.
CHRISTINA STAMPOLIS was the dance specialist at The Lorge School in Manhattan for five years, and in September she will begin a new position as the middle school dance teacher at Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School. In May 2015 she completed her master’s degree in Dance Education at Hunter College. During the summer she taught at Camp Bright Star, a camp for children with developmental disabilities. She was awarded a New York State Dance Education Association “thumbs up” award for her ongoing work with emotionally disturbed and learning disabled students. In October 2013 she presented her research on technology and dance education at the National Dance Education Organization conference in Miami.
CLASS OF 2011
KRISTY LUISE is beginning her fifth year as the dance specialist at PS/IS 268, a K-8 school in Jamaica, NY. In May 2015 she completed her master's degree in dance education at Hunter College.
CLASS OF 2012
DANIELLA CIPRIANO is one of three dance specialists teaching at, Edward R Murrow High School in Brooklyn, of which she is a graduate. She is also studying for her master’s degree in physical education at Brooklyn College and is a member of the Staten Island Yankees dance team.
ALEXANDRA JOSEPH is the dance specialist at PS 249K, The Caton School in Brooklyn.
CATHERINE O’HALLORAN is pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy at Northern Arizona University.
ELIZABETH WEHRMAN is beginning her second year as the dance specialist at PS 317, the Waterside Children's Studio School in Rockaway Park, Queens, NY. Last year she started a dance company for the children, and they performed at the 13th Annual NYC Celebration of Dance sponsored by the UFT. In August 2016 she will complete a master's degree in physical education at Adelphi University.
CLASS OF 2013
MARIBETH CACCHIOLI is the new dance specialist at The Lorge School in Manhattan. She also teaching at two Long Island studios run by Hofstra alumni: The Dream Center Dance Academy directed by Anjuli Bova and Jean Benincasa’s Tip Tap Toe Dance Studio.
STEPHANIE CAPUTO is the dance specialist at PS 195 in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, NY. She is pursuing a master’s in special education at Hofstra.
IRENE COSMADELIS is the dance specialist at the High School for Medical Professions in Brooklyn, NY.
BROOKE HAHN is a full-time dance educator shared by two schools in the Bronx, NY: Michelangelo Junior High School PS 144 and the Albert Einstein School IS 131. She recently took classes and intensives with the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd Street Y. In addition to teaching full time, she is pursuing a master’s in special education at Hofstra.
KEYLA HIRALDO is the full-time dance specialist at PS 372 K in Brooklyn, NY, working with children on the autism spectrum. She also teaches part-time at the Theresa Academy of Performing Arts for children with special needs. She is currently a student at the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program at Hunter College.
CAITLIN RODRIGUEZ is dance program director of the Mid-Island Y JCC located in Plainview, NY.
LIZBETH ROSA is a counselor and facilitator with a non-profit organization titled H.E.L.P. Services Inc. (Healing. Empowerment. Learning. Prevention.) She has designed and runs the after-school dance program, which operates in collaboration with the Freeport School District. It showcases the students’ talents while reinforcing the benefits of maintaining a drug-free lifestyle. She secured this opportunity through an internship she completed during her senior year at Hofstra.
CLASS OF 2014
CRISTINA ANASTACIO is teaching at JHL Dance Dynamics in Mineola, NY, and NY Dance Works in Port Washington, NY.
SARAH KULCHINSKY is developing and teaching the creative dance program at PS 312 in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn.
TERESA SCHMITT is the part-time dance teacher at Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset, NY, and is also a teacher and choreographer at the Roseland School of Dance in Ronkonkoma, NY. During the spring of 2015 she was the guest teaching artist at Lawrence Middle School. Teresa was elected and served as the student representative to the Board of Trustees of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) for two years, presented two research projects at conferences in Miami and Chicago, and continues to be an active participant and presenter at the NDEO yearly conferences.
PRISCILLA VELAZQUEZ is the full-time dance specialist at Esperanza Preparatory Academy in Manhattan. She is also teaching part time at Jorday Rivera’s Dance Studio in Queens, NY, and at the Theresa Academy of Performing Arts for children with special needs. She started teaching there during an internship she completed during her years at Hofstra.
CLASS OF 2015
CHRISTIE CAPOLINO will be a head general teacher at the Liberty Montessori School in Mamaroneck, NY, for ages 3-5, and will be creating their after-school dance program. She will also be teaching and choreographing at the Rooftop Rhythms Dance Studio in New Rochelle, NY.
SAMANTHA GIORDANO is a dance specialist shared by two schools: the William E Grady High School and MS 394, both in Brooklyn, NY. She is also a member of the Staten Island Yankees dance team.
MICHELE MONTANA is teaching at M & T Dance Unlimited in Seaford, NY, and is be working as a kickline team coach at Division High School in Levittown, NY.
KATELYN O’DONNELL is a talent manager at MMG Model-Talent-Celebrity Management in NYC. She travels the country scouting for models, actors and dancers of all ages, and then helps them become marketable. The management company has dancers on Broadway, on television commercials, in Disney, and on tour with artists like Kanye West and Madonna.
OLIVIA VILLALBA has been hired full time by the Connecticut Dance Center in Stamford. She is teaching dance classes, managing the office and the teenager ensemble company, as well as starting an outreach program for the public schools.