Meet the Team
Here at Elegant Dance Studio, we aspire to be the best dance educators and mentors that we can be. We are passionate about teaching and feel blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of our dancers’ lives.
Jackie’s passion for dance didn’t end when her girls grew up and went college. Jackie desire to mentor and encourage young dances be confident and have high self-esteem. You won’t find a better mentor and cheer leader! Jackie finds it exciting to be able to help understand the value of discipline, commitment and work ethic. Self-confidence develops as young people overcome challenges to master new goals, learning to apply themselves and accomplish any task put before them.
Jackie is taking her business management skills and coupling them with the very best talent in the industry to run the day to day operations and creative direction of the studio. She understands the value of our team by supporting and encouraging them with continuing professional development. Jackie is a firm believer that we are should be “life-long learners”.
Marissa Figueroa Aries
Marissa began dancing at the age of 3. She has studied various styles of dance Including Ballet,Tap,Jazz,Lyrical and Hiphop. As a competitive dancer, she received many high score and special awards at both regional and national competitions. After graduating high school, Marissa attended Dowling college. She then chose to successfully focus her efforts on strengthening her position as a dance educator while also furthering her professional dance training. She began training weekly in Manhattan at Broadway Dance Center. Taking classes under many amazing and world renown teachers such as Sheila Barker, Michielle Barber, Pam Chancey and Tracey Stanfield.
Marissa’s professional dance credits include: “Dance Of Souls 1 & 2”, Salsa dancer for the “Israel Martinez Dance Company”, a hiphop background dancer for the rapper Reyn and a contemporary dancer in “The Dream” an off off Broadway performance choreographed by Kyra Johnson. For over fifteen years Marissa was lucky enough to have worked for and traveled with a few well know National Dance Competitions including: Dance Explosion National Talent Competition, Starbound Talent Competition and Kids Artistic Revue. In 2009 Marissa and her husband successfully opened and ran On Pointe Dancewear N Apparel. A full service upscale dance boutique located in Woodbury Village NY. In 2015 she continued her love for dance and retail and founded Fullout Dancewear. A online Dance boutique specializing in hand crafted trendy apparel for all ages. Fullout Dancewear has been sold all over the US and in other parts of the country over the last three years. Marissa is very proud to have eleven brand ambassadors repping for her company and excited to continue to have Fullout grow.
Marissa started teaching at a young age and is thankful to have had so many inspiring teachers and mentors throughout her years of dance. Her own choreography has also won many regional and national competitive awards. Marissa has been coaching kickline for the Sachem Sagamore Middle School over the last three years. She loved working with her team and was privileged to have helped them place in overalls at competition each season. Marissa is excited to now be a part of Elegant Dance and can’t wait to continue teaching and inspiring many young dancers in the future.
Stephanie is an Open Professional competitor and dance teacher based out of Manhattan, New York. With a start in ballet, tap and jazz she moved into social Latin dancing and immediately fell in love.
Over the past 10 years she has competed in all competitive ballroom styles, including International Standard and Latin as well as American Rhythm and Smooth.
Stephanie has competed and performed both within the United States as well as internationally.
With a passion for growth and communication, she thrives to not only better her own dancing, but also has a passion for teaching. She aims to create a comfortable and friendly environment to help
others around her find joy in movement the way she has.
Cassandra McGinn is from Medford, NY and started dancing at the young age of 2. Cassie trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, musical theater, open, lyrical, and technique competing both at the regional and national levels. She has also taken many master classes and attended conventions that were taught by some of the best choreographers in the country.
Cassie loves to share her passion with children and receives great satisfaction helping students realize their full potential, on and off the dance floor.
Baylee Gatien, is from Patchogue, NY. She is attending St Joseph’s College for Elementary Education.
Baylee’s love for gymnastics started at the young age of 2 years old. She is a NYS All Around Champion. She continued her skills in high school and was a 5 year Varsity Gymnastics team member, captain of Varsity gymnastics team, All County selection, All League pick, Scholar Athlete.
Baylee has attended clinics and was trained by Olympic Champions. She will always have a passion for gymnastics and loves to share her talent and skills with children. Baylee is very excited to be teaching Acro classes at Elegant Dance Studio.
Sandra started dancing at the age of three and taught her first dance class at the age of sixteen. She has been a dance educator for 25+ years. She attended The Cultural Arts Center, now known as Long Island High School for the Arts, as a dance major trained in various styles of dance, including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, and Tap. Sandra studied with and was mentored by Jan Haniford Goetz (Joffrey Ballet), Bunty Kelley (Royal Ballet), and Tyrone Aiken (Chief Artistic Officer Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey) and Janice Aquilera.
After high school, Sandra went on to study at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During that time, she studied under Ronen (Roni) Koresh and began dancing with the Koresh Dance Company. Sandra then went to Long Island University, where she received her Masters Degree in Science for Occupational Therapy. She is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist.
Sandra has taught and choreographed for various studios and school districts where she is continually recognized and awarded for her entertaining choreography. Last year, her soloist won 1st place overall in regional division of competition for Power of Dance and 1st place with the high overall score at Dance Xplosion. At Nationals, the soloist received 1st Place overall and won National Miss Power of Dance. This year at regionals, her soloists received several Top 10 and Top 5 awards, 2nd Place overall, 3rd Place overall, Judge’s Award, and Miss Power of Dance.
Sandra loves sharing her passion and knowledge of dance and is excited to be a part of Elegant Dance Studio.