Jodi Fera / Director
For the last 29 years, Jodi Fera has served as Artistic Director of Moves & Motions School of Dance, which offers three locations and is home to thousands of students. As a choreographer and dance teacher, Jodi has received many accolades including top studio and choreographer of the year. Jodi is a proud member of Dance Educators of America, Shape America, The International Dance Entrepreneurs Association and the affiliate program, More Than Just Great Dancing™, setting the highest of standards to promote a positive atmosphere in the world of the arts. In addition to teaching dance, Jodi maintains her commitment to community service. She is also the founder of her local chapter of NDEO, the dance honor society. Jodi’s students have gone on to dance in professional dance companies, on and off Broadway , have appeared in various stage productions, television shows, music videos and movies. Her students have received many scholarships to specialized programs and prestigious universities. Additionally, Jodi serves as an adjudicator for several dance competitions and is the proud mother of four children.
Caitlin McNulty Assist. to the Director & Instruction
Caitlin has always called Moves & Motions home. With a passion for teaching and a love for children, she has always known that passing along the art of dance is what she was meant to do. She has over 17 years of training in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip-hop. Caitlin attended the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art & The Performing Arts in New York City. While there, she studied ballet and modern technique under the instruction of Deborah Zall, Elisa King, Joey Smith, Catherine Brikke, and Cassandra Phifer. After graduating, Caitlin began working full time for Moves & Motions. Caitlin continues to study dance, while continuing her academic studies as a college student.
Theresa DiLallo Reg. Coordination & Instruction
Theresa Diaz DiLallo graduated cum laude from Queens College with a BA in Dance and an MA in Elementary Education. She has been an instructor at Moves & Motions for twenty five years. She teaches Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Creative Movement. Theresa is also a teaching artist with Circle of Dance Repertory Company, providing Arts in Education programs in public schools throughout Long Island & Queens. Theresa dances professionally with Patricia Kenny Dance Collection.
Gina Libretti started on her journey in the dance world at a very young age, as a student of Moves and Motions. At the studio she learned many styles of dance while competing with the dance team and taking class from various choreographers. Gina furthered ber dance education when she was accepted to the Performing Arts Program at Cardozo High School. As a performer, Gina excelled on all levels, dancing at the opening ceremony of the NYC Marathon and during half time at Madison Square Garden. Through her experiences in the dance world, Gina developed a passion for teaching dance. Gina loves all styles of dance and her creativity truly shines through her choreography on all levels. She teaches dance to all ages and works with the competition team as well. Her work with the competition team has earned many accolades. In 2012 her award winning choreography earned her students a sunset cruise. Gina’s choreography has been acknowledged with many choreography awards. Many of her students have also won title awards on both the regional and national level.
Lauren Bogovic Admin, Outreach & Instruction
Lauren has been with Moves & Motions since the doors first opened in 1987, first as a student, later as a beloved teacher. She danced competitively for many years winning several awards. Lauren has taught ballet, tap and jazz for several years and specializes in pre-school creative movement classes. Lauren took a short hiatus in 2003 to go to College, get married and start a family. She is now a very experienced mother of three! Lauren is so happy to be back sharing her love and passion for dance with the amazing M&M children.
Dani is so excited to share her love of dance with the students at Moves and Motions! Her passion for dance began at an early age. At three years old she began her training at Wanda Lenk Walters School of Ballet in Nashville, TN. She studied ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and modern. In high school she began teacher training and assisted classes at Bellevue Dance Company. During that time she became certified in ballet and jazz through Southern Association of Dance Masters. While in high school, Dani performed in Kids Jam USA, the Country Music Awards, and cheered at a Tennessee Titans NFL game. She continued her training with a dance scholarship at the University of Memphis. She also spent two years at Columbia State Community College studying Dance Studio Management and Commercial Performance. During that time she performed, assistant stage managed, and choreographed for shows such as Pippin, Grease, and Working. She was also given the opportunity to volunteer her time and teach dance to patients and at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and perform at Artrageous which benefits Nashville CARES.
After college, Dani began working right away with VEE Corporation on a show called Dragon Tales Live. A year later, she joined the cast of Sesame Street Live performing nationally and internationally visiting all the US states and 20 countries. Some of her most cherished moments were the hospital visits where an Elmo hug could brighten a child’s day. The most rewarding experience was in 2009 when she was the Performance Director for the USO Sesame Street Experience for Military Families which to date is the longest running USO show in history. She loved being a part of something that brought happiness to military families all throughout the world.
Dani’s credits also include a Big and Rich and Gretchen Wilson music video “Fake I.D.” for the movie Footloose, producer and performer for Flash Mob America at the CMA Festival, an appearance as an extra in the TV show “Nashville” and the Rascal Flatts movie “Changed”, and character work for Opryland and DreamWorks.
Brooke Fera is a highly gifted, sought-out teacher at Moves & Motions School of Dance. Since the age of three, Brooke has trained in dance and rapidly excelled in multiple styles. Under the watchful eyes of ballet and modern professionals, Brooke graduated as a dance major from LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Lincoln Center, NYC. Brooke is currently a dance major at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in the East Village, NYC and is looking forward to earning her BFA in dance in spring 2017. Throughout the years, Brooke has received many awards and accolades for both her dance performance and choreography skills. As a choreographer, she has begun a successful career, bringing out the best in dancers at both the regional and national level. Brooke hopes to have continuing performance opportunities while sharing her love and passion for the art of dance.
Maureen Guitian holds a BFA in Dance Performance and minor in Musical Theater from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Her professional credits include Dances Patrelle, New York Dance Theater, Kelly/McCarthy Dance/Music, Eidolon Ballet, Omaha Theater Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Les Grande Canadian Ballet, Fort Wayne Ballet, the St. Louis Muny, and Jersey Shore Entertainment, as well as guesting with the Omaha and Kansas City Symphonies. Maureen is also a teacher at Ballet Academy East. This is her fourth year with Moves and Motions.
Carisssa graduated in December 2010 with a B.F.A. degree in dance from Montclair State University. She began her training at Moves & Motions Dance, which prepared her to enter high school in Syosset at the Nassau Boces Cultural Arts Center, now known as the Long Island School for the Arts. Since the age of two, Carissa has dedicated herself to studying many different styles of dance such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Modern Dance technique. Throughout the years she has trained with many distinguished dancers and choreographers who have inspired her to pass on her knowledge to others. She looks forward to continuing to share her love of dance with her students.
Elliott Bradley has his Bachelors in Performing Arts from Oklahoma City University. He also studied ballet, tap, and jazz pedagogy at OCU. He has been teaching and choreographing for 17 years for competitive studios across the country. Elliott served as head of the dance program for a high school arts academy, and is an award winning choreographer for their musicals. He has also been a guest teacher for 2 years in Europe at Cologne Dance Center and has taught masterclasses in Italy and Germany. Elliott is originally from North Carolina where he began dancing, competing, and performing in musical theatre at age 8. Other training includes scholarship programs to BroadwayDance Center, EDGE Performing Arts Center (Dance With The Force), and Steps on Broadway. Elliott performed in the ensemble and as a swing in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in NYC for four years. He has toured internationally in West Side Story, We Will Rock You, and on the inaugural Holland America’s Oosterdam. Favorite regional credits include: Kiss Me Kate, Crazy For You, Anything Goes, High School Musical, 42nd Street, and Annie Get Your Gun. Elliott’s television/commercial credits include performing with Cobra Starship for the MTV VMA’s, and the rock legends Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen.
Shay Bares began his dance training at the age if 9 in Beaumont Texas and continued his training in Tyler Texas under the direction of Kym Lanier. In 2008 Shay moved to New York to attend the fellowship program at the Alvin Ailey school of modern dance. He has since danced with companies across the United States and has toured both nationally and internationally. In 2014 Shay was named one of the years top performers by Dance Magazine. He currently resides in NYC pursuing careers in dance and fashion design.
Alana Madden has been part of the Moves and Motions family for over 20 years. She began here dancing competitively as a teen and worked her way into the classroom as an instructor where she developed her passion for choreography. Alana has won many choreography awards including Young Choreographer of the Year at On Stage America Nationals. She teaches ballet, jazz, hip hop and tap. Alana has also performed at Madison Square Garden as member of the St. John’s University Dance Team, where she also served as a Captain and choreographer for 2 years. Alana is also an elementary school teacher with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is proud to have taken on a new role at the studio as a dance mom as well.
Daniela Sapienza – Drago has a Bachelors of Science in Dance. She has performed and danced with various dance companies throughout her career. Daniela has been teaching dance for over 20 years. It is through her teaching of dance that she is able to share her passion with the world. Daniela specializes in creative movement and working with young children. She has been with Moves and Motions for many years. Daniela teaches Jazz, Tap, & Ballet.
Caitlin Maxwell is a native of Aurora, Ohio. She trained at Sharron’s School of Dance and Cleveland City Dance Academy and was Senior Miss Dance of America with Dance Educators of America. Caitlin has BFA in Dance Performance from Marymount Manhattan College. Caitlin has danced professionally with Eidolon Ballet, 277 Dance Project and ALMA NYC. She currently teaches at Ballet Academy East (NYC), Front and Center Dance Studio (Hamilton, NJ) and happily joined the Moves and Motions teaching team in 2014.
Lauren found her love of dance when she walked through the doors of Moves and Motions at the age of two. During her time as a student, she was a member of the competitive dance team. She took this passion for the performing arts with her as she went to college and became a member of the St. Joseph’s College Dance Team. During her time in college, Lauren also built on her knowledge and love of teaching by majoring in education. She now puts her creativity and knowledge to good use by teaching kindergarten and continuing to share her passion for the arts with the Moves and Motions dancers.
Born and raised in New York, JESSICA began dancing at age 3 and went on to earn her BFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she graduated with honors in 2011. Jessica has had the privilege to perform works by Deborah Jowitt, Gus Solomons Jr., Keigwin + Company, David Dorfman Dance, Battleworks, Patricia Hoffbauer, Brian Thomas, Rachelle Rak, JT Horenstein, Adam Cates, and Derek Mitchell. She has performed at Danspace at St. Marks Church, Alvin Ailey, Symphony Space, Peridance Capezio Center, La Mama, and Lincoln Center for NYC Fashion Week. Most recently, Jessica has had the honor to dance back-up for Paula Abdul and to perform at a TED Talks TEDx event. Jessica is currently represented by McDonald Selznick Associates Agency, and is a company member of J CHEN PROJECT, Eryc Taylor Dance, and AMS Project. She is so excited to be teaching at Moves & Motions School of Dance!
Danielle has been with Moves and Motions since 1996, first as a student, presently as a teacher. She has taught ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop to children ages 3-12. She recently graduated from St. Joseph’s College with a double major in Child Study and Speech. Presently, while she is also a teacher at our studio, Danielle is the Head Special Education teacher in a preschool where she plans to bring dance into the classroom. Danielle believes her special education experience, along with her background in dance, will be a very powerful tool and enhance the growth of her students.
Gabrielle Spotz is thrilled to be working for Moves and Motions School of Dance. She adores every child she teaches and wants everyone to share the love of dance. Gabrielle is also presently studying professional dance at Steps on Broadway in New York City, where she is also enrolled in their work-study program. Her dance performances include Brooklyn, New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the lead role for “Minus Humanity,” a performance with Nimbus Dance Works and New Jersey City University Dance Program. She has twice performed the role of Maria in The Nutcracker, once for NJ City dance and once for Nimbus Dance Works. She performed the role of Aurora in the Stephenville Dance Center production of “Sleeping Beauty”. It is there she also was the lead Saloon Girl in “Western Symphony,” Coppélia” in “Coppélia,” and the Bird in “Peter and the Wolf.” She studied at the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, performing at the Annenberg Center, Kimmel Center, and the Mann Music Center. Gabrielle is certified in Pilates and has been teaching ballet to children since 2012.
Kaitlyn Salisbury is a native of Rhode Island and currently lives in New York City. She grew up dancing and performing at Atwood Performing Arts Center, The Gold School and Festival Ballet Providence. Kaitlyn has also trained with numerous dance intensive programs including The Juilliard School, NYCDA and The Movement Invention Project. In 2012, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Right out of college Kaitlyn had the privilege of working with Tracie Stanfield and her company Synthesis Dance Project and performed at the Peridance Capezio Center. From there she joined Sheena Annalise and traveled around the country performing with Arch Contemporary Ballet as a principal dancer. A few years ago the dance world threw her for a loop when she joined Mystic India: The World Tour and performed with them in Canada. Her biggest accomplishment to date is the creation of her dance intensive called MOVE: The Initiative which she runs with her good friend Rory Freeman of Shaping Sound.