779 Route 211 E.
Middletown, NY 10941
professional instruction for children, teens & adults
To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.
Hopi Indian Saying
An alumnus of the prestigious High School of Performing Arts (profiled in the film “Fame”), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Scholarship Recipient, Miss Claudia attended New York University and continued her studies with many of the top national dance educators and as a member of Charles Moore Dance Theatre.
Miss Claudia’s dance training began at the age of seven with ballet, and includes years of professional level study and performance in Horton, Graham and Dunham modern dance techniques, jazz dance, advanced classical ballet, character dance, floor barre and dance therapy for children and adults challenged by special needs. Miss Claudia holds certifications in Pilates, Hatha Yoga, Personal Training and Autism Movement Therapy.
As a dance instructor, Miss Claudia has trained a number of dancers who have gone on to dance professional in New York City and throughout the world. Many of her graduates have been accepted into professional college training programs around the country including the following all located in New York City: Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS), The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (both the Scholarship and Summer Intensive Programs), Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, The Julliard School, The Joffrey Ballet School, Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet and Steps On Broadway..
Throughout her career, Miss Claudia has performed at numerous venues including NYC’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Town Hall, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jacob’s Pillow, Henry Street Settlement and NYC’s Dance Mobile.
Passionate about teaching dancers how to take care of themselves and prolong their careers, Miss Claudia is the Founder and Artistic Director of Sunshine Dance Ensemble.
Miss Leah is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam with a bachelor's degree in Dance and Psychology. Miss Leah’s dance training began with Ballet, including pointe work while simultaneously studying gymnastics from age six thru seventeen. In college Miss Leah discovered modern dance and studied Humphrey/Limon Techniques for the next 4 years. After graduating, she began dancing with local tri-state area companies including Triad Dance Company, In Forward Motion and Gaia Dance Collective. Miss Leah has also lived in New York City where she founded her own dance company. Upon her return to the Hudson Valley area Miss Leah began teaching at SUNY Orange where she is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Exercise Science department. Miss Leah holds certifications in Pilates, Personal Training, Yoga and Zumba.
Miss Emily began studying ballet at age 4 and danced until age 18 at Dancer’s Studio. Her technical training also includes jazz technique. She was a member of the Warwick Ballet Theater and performed with the company for several years. As an adult she studied Horton Technique and immediately fell in love with it.
As a teen, Miss Emily studied ballet at the Briansky Summer Intensive in Saratoga Springs, New York and continued taking ballet classes in college at University of Vermont, where is obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She is a Licensed Master of Social Work with a Master’s Degree from Fordham University.
In her career as a social worker, Miss Emily has ten years experience working with children and families with the majority of her time spent working with children in foster care. Miss Emily brings a unique blend of artistic and practical experience to her work at Sunshine Dance Studio: “I’m very passionate about our Adaptive Creative Movement classes. I know how much dance helped me throughout my childhood and adolescence. Dance has always been physically and emotionally therapeutic for me. It’s also social and fun! Children with special needs are often denied the opportunity to participate in dance classes for a variety of reasons. It has been a joy and an honor to provide these students with the ability to have a fun, safe, creative outlet to express themselves.”
Miss April began her training with the New Paltz Ballet Theater at age three. Through age eighteen, while with the company, she studied both ballet and jazz with instructors who previously danced with the Houston Ballet, New York City Ballet, The Hartford Ballet and the Radio City Rockettes. As both a child and teen Miss April’s extensive dance experience has included various roles in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. An avid and accomplished swing dancer, she has trained with some of the most influential Lindy Hoppers in the world. Miss April is currently a member of The Big Apple Lindy Hoopers and The Lindy Hop All-Stars, two New York based swing dance companies that perform monthly throughout the country. She is also affiliated with Chester’s Cool Cats & Kittens Performance Group. Both an actress and vocalist she has performed in several musical theater productions. Miss April is also a certified Zumba Instructor and has performed Hip Hop/Zumba routines at WNBA Pre-Game and Half Time Shows at Madison Square Garden. Miss April holds associate degrees in both Human Services and Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Disabilities Studies.
A native New Yorker, Miss Karina began dancing at the age of seven, She moved to the state of Florida as a teenager where she continued to dance and began teaching New York style hip hop. A dance teacher for six years, Miss Karina is also an accomplished choreographer, incorporating many styles of hip hop into her works including break dance, popping, krumping, locking, turfing and freestyle along with jazz funk dance.
Miss Karina has produced and hosted special dance events for Party Place U.S.A. “I love hip hop dance because you can express yourself freely within its many styles. Hip hop involves flexibility and isolations so that dancers can easily alternate between hitting the beat or moving through the beat with emphasis placed on how sensitive your movements are to the music, I love that challenge”. Miss Karina has studied hip hop and freestyle forms of dance with both Chris Jude and Laurieann Gibson (The Pulse, Dancing With The Stars, Choreographers for Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Nikki Minaj).
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Classes are highly interactive and gently structured to enhance your child's trust in his and her own creative expression. Dance techniques are integrated in age appropriate ways so that children have fun and enjoy the process of learning.
We offer high quality dance and fitness instruction for the absolute beginner to the professional level in a fun, safe, non-competitive atmosphere. With Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap, Ballet, Zumba, Pilates and Yoga - there’s something for everyone!