Our Artistic Director, Nicole Caputo – D'Agostino, has an extensive background in dance. She has been dancing for over 20 years and has attended some of the most prestigious programs in New York. A graduate of Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of the Performing Arts and of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance), she has been taught by and has danced with some of the most well-known dance companies in the country. She has also learned techniques and performed in works from the likes of Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, Isadora Duncan, The Sean Curran Dance Company ("STOMP"), and the Second Avenue Dance Company, to name a few. Nicole has the knowledge and experience necessary to teach proper technique in many eclectic styles. She has received numerous Performing Arts Awards, received a Certificate of Excellence in Dance from La Guardia High School, and has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for her excellence in Dance Education and Mentorship.
Co-Artistic Director, Michelle Caputo, has also had many years of intensive dance training. A graduate of Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of the Performing Arts, she continues now to dance at a professional level. Her extensive background in dance had led her to be named a New York Knicks City Dancer. After her second season, she was named team MVP and was later named team Captain. While dancing for the Knicks, Michelle was also a member of the New York Liberty Torch Patrol. During her second season, she performed as team Captain and was also the team's Coach and Choreographer. Michelle has also been a featured artist at Broadway Dance Center on multiple occasions. She has won numerous awards competing at a national level and has been chosen by Body Wrappers Dancewear to model in their catalog. Her talents have taken her around the globe for guest appearances and she has appeared in many television commercials. She is a true performer in every sense of the word and has endless knowledge in all areas of dance.
David Gamboa was born and raised in California. His past credits include "Bewitched" "Ugly Betty", Various Award Shows, Musical Theatre, TV, Commercials, and Videos. He has toured with CHARO, Pepper Mint, Princess Cruises, and Crystal Cruises. He has choreographed for Prima J, Toestah, Knicks City Dancers, Knicks City Kids, and Liberty Torch Patrol just to name a few. Currently working on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Catherine is a New York City-based Ballet Educator and Choreographer, on faculty with several private studios in the area. Catherine is also certified in Progressing Ballet Technique. She has been an educator since 2008 and specializes in Classical Ballet, Pointe/Variations, and Contemporary Ballet. Catherine travels as a guest teaching artist and has brought her innovative classes and choreography to all ages throughout the United States and Bermuda. She has taught at New York City Center Studios, choreographed concert work for studios, choreographed/coached students competing at Youth America Grand Prix as well as many other competitions. Catherine has created her own workshops, her most popular being the Classical and Contemporary Ballet Workshop which consists of classical ballet, improv, mindfulness, and contemporary choreography, and has taught her workshop throughout the US. In 2018, Catherine continued her pedagogy education at the renowned Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Teacher Workshop, led by Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary and Associate Artistic Director Darla Hoover. Choreography will then be learned and will combine all elements explored in the earlier part of the class. Though the class is fast-paced, class is open to everyone, and modifications of steps are available. Dancers will be able to connect the mind and body in a supportive and creative environment.
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Lindsay Udin was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. She is no stranger to the competition circuit. She grew up as a competitive dancer on multiple competition stages. Lindsay is a graduate of Laguardia High School of Performing Arts where she majored in dance. She has been teaching and choreographing for dancers of all ages for the past 15 years. She danced as a backup dancer for various local artists and has traveled both nationally and internationally. She also showcases her dancing expertise by joining the Starpower Dance Competition panel of judges each year. In addition, she had the honor of dancing in the opening act for the Industry Dance Awards in Los Angeles. She truly believes in the motto “Live, Love, Dance” and cannot wait to share her passion for dance with you.