Our Amazing Staff

Jodi Fera

Director

For the last 34 years, Jodi Fera has served as Artistic Director of Moves and 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, The National Dance Educators Organization, 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 and philanthropic endeavors. She is the founder of her local chapter of the NDEO's National Dance Honor Society, offering honor society induction to middle school and high school students who meet the necessary criteria. Jodi is also the local chapter for Taking Shape Star Leadership Program, mentoring children from eight to eighteen. Jodi’s students have gone on to dance in professional dance companies, on and off-Broadway, nationally and internationally, have appeared in various stage productions, parades, television shows, cruise ships, parades, commercials, music videos, and movies. Her students have received many scholarships for specialized programs and prestigious universities. Jodi continuously attends professional development seminars and teacher training programs. Most recently Jodi received her YPAD certification (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance) and had the studio certified as well.  Additionally, Jodi adjudicates for several dance competitions, serves as the outreach coordinator and social media director for The Long Island Dance Consortium, and is the founder and President of GRAFF, a 501 (c) (3) providing financial assistance to families struggling with cancer-related financial hardships.  Jodi is the proud mother of four children.

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Jodi Fera

Jodi Fera

Director

Theresa DiLallo

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 and Motions for twenty-eight 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 and Queens. Theresa is the Registration Coordinator at Movesand Motions School of Dance and is a proud YPAD certified instructor.

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Theresa DiLallo

Theresa DiLallo

Coordination & Instruction

Caitlin McNulty

Assistant To The Director, Co Team Director & Instruction

Caitlin has always called Moves and 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 20 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 and 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 and Motions. Caitlin continues to study dance while continuing to grow through professional development seminars and teacher training programs.  Caitlin has attended Dance Teacher training through IDEA® with our Director Jodi Fera and has completed SalesForce Training and Manager Training with More Than Just Great Dancing!®   Caitlin has completed the training, passed the exam, and is a YPAD®, certified instructor. Caitlin@MovesandMotionsDance.com

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Caitlin McNulty

Caitlin McNulty

Assistant To The Director, Co Team Director & Instruction

Brooke Fera

Co Dance Team Director

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 from the Dance Department at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts in Lincoln Center, NYC. In the Spring of 2017, Brooke earned her BFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in the East Village, NYC. Throughout the years, Brooke has received many awards and accolades for both her dance performance and choreography skills. She has performed in several different venues including, but not limited to, Hershey Park, Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, the streets of NYC, and Madison Square Garden. She is currently in her third season as a Knicks City Dancer and hopes to have continuing performance opportunities while sharing her love and passion for the art of dance.

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Brooke Fera

Brooke Fera

Co Dance Team Director

Lauren Bogovic

Assistant to the Director-Admin, Outreach & Instruction

Lauren has been with Moves and Motions since the doors first opened in 1987, first as a student, later as a beloved teacher, now she has added Administrative Coordinator to her duties.  Lauren has taught ballet, tap and jazz for several years and specializes in pre-school creative movement classes. Lauren holds a degree in criminal justice, has attended Studio Owner University with our Director Jodi Fera and has completed Manager Training with More Than Just Great Dancing!® Lauren is a YPAD certified instructor and serves on the Board of Directors for The Long Island Dance Consortium.

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Lauren Bogovic

Lauren Bogovic

Assistant to the Director-Admin, Outreach & Instruction

Caitlin Maxwell

Caitlin Maxwell is a native of Aurora, Ohio. Caitlin has BFA in Dance Performance from Marymount Manhattan College. 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 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.  Caitlin is a <strong>YPAD</strong>® certified instructor, <strong>Acrobatic Arts</strong> ® certified instructor, serves as our senior ballet teacher to our dance team and runs our acrobatic teams.

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Caitlin Maxwell

Caitlin Maxwell

Maureen Duke

Maureen Guitian holds a BFA in Dance Performance and a 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. Maureen spent four years with Moves and Motions and after a three-year hiatus, we are so excited to have her back!

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Maureen Duke

Maureen Duke

Michael Buoni

Michael Buoni is from Philadelphia and trained at Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, one of the best in the country. He had contracts with Ohio Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater, and Dayton Ballet and guested with Pennsylvania Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, Erie Ballet and Brandywine Ballet. He has danced to ballets by Balanchine, Childs, Ailey, DeMlle, Aiello, Dean, Poll, Limon and Petipa. Michael is an actor and has worked on Law and Order, Homeland, Discovery ID, and One Life to Live and has appeared in many commercials such as Tylenol, Bigelow Tea, Seagrams, ESPN, Healthgrades, and Northwell Hospital.

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Michael Buoni

Michael Buoni

Elliot Bradley

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.

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Elliot Bradley

Elliot Bradley

Lindsey Fera

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Lindsey Fera

Lindsey Fera

Dani Pachter

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.

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Dani Pachter

Dani Pachter

Alexandria Plantinga

<span class="il">Alexandria</span>&nbsp;Plantinga is a New York City based dancer and choreographer who grew up training in a competitive dance studio. She pursued her passion for dance at the Long Island High School for the Arts, where she studied ballet and modern dance. She graduated from Ohio University in May 2014, receiving her BFA in dance performance and choreography. During her time at OU, she studied under the direction of Travis Gatling, Gladys Bailin Stern, Mickie Gellera, Tresa Randall, Chengxin Wei, and Nathan Andary. She also had the opportunity to perform pieces by Douglas Nielsen, Zelma Badu-Younge, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s Urban Bush Women. In 2015,&nbsp;<span class="il">Alexandria</span>&nbsp;was fortunate to be a part of the Dance Theatre Company where she performed Christina Lynch-Markham’s (of the Paul Taylor Dance Company)&nbsp;work&nbsp;at various shows and events. Currently,&nbsp;<span class="il">Alexandria</span>&nbsp;teaches throughout the NYC area. She also judges nationally for Legacy Dance Championships.&nbsp;<span class="il">Alexandria</span>&nbsp;is very excited to begin teaching for Moves &amp; Motions and can’t wait to share her love of dance with her students!&nbsp;

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Alexandria Plantinga

Alexandria Plantinga

Marissa Jean

Marissa, a New York native, started her early training through Broadway Dance Center’s Children &amp;amp;amp;amp; Teen Program. From there, she became a member of their Arts In Motion Company where she performed at events such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Today Show, and the Kids Cafe Festival. She had the opportunity to train and perform works by Frank Hatchett, Ginger Cox, Julie Garofalo, Jessica Epting, Tracie Stanfield, Heather Adzima, Chio, Ms.Vee, and Pam Chancey.

Marissa continued her studies at The New School and received her B.A in Dance under the direction of Neil Greenberg. During her years there she performed in works by Karla Wolfangle, Joao Carvalho, Take Ueyama, Ori Flomin, Ana Sokolow, and the Trisha Brown Dance Company.

Upon graduation Marissa began working at various studios across Queens and Long Island. Her choreography has been performed and recognized regionally and nationally on a competitive level. She has performed professionally with Long Island Dance Project, Community Dance Project, Cedan Dance, Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup, and currently a member of Michelle Duvall Dance Collective. She was given the opportunity to perform at The Hatch, Center for Performance Research, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, Actors Fund Theater, Hudson Guild Theater for the Biomorphic Dance Festival, and at the CEC Meetinghouse for the ETC Performance Series: Philadelphia. She has also performed and taught internationally in parts of Italy.

In addition to dancing, Marissa is currently the Program Coordinator for an international dance program called Dance Italia and a studio manager at Broadway Dance Center. Marissa is also interested in health and wellness and is Pilates Mat certified.

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Marissa Jean

Marissa Jean

Lexi Lombardi

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Lexi Lombardi

Lexi Lombardi

Allison Luca

Allison Luca is a native of Baltimore, Maryland who has been dancing since age three. She was a competitive dancer with Spotlight Studio of Dance throughout her whole adolescence where she learned to be a proficient, well-rounded dancer training in all genres of dance. She has won numerous regional and national awards throughout her competitive years of dance as well as being the recipient of the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Award for the Arts. She went on to further her training at Point Park University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance. After college, Allison moved to NYC where she was an intern for The Pulse On Tour Convention and STEPS on Broadway. Her favorite performance opportunities include the Jazz Dance World Congress with Oasis Dance Ensemble, Capezio ACE Awards, and dancing back-up for the Backstreet Boys. Allison is also a certified teacher for The McGovern Method, a conditioning program for dancers helping to prevent injury while strengthening and toning muscles. She has experience judging &amp;amp; teaching for several dance competitions and conventions but is currently a Head Judge with Beyond the Stars Competition. Allison teaches master classes &amp;amp; sets choreography for several studios across the East Coast. She currently teaches for three studios in Long Island where her mission is to inspire dancers through movement, creating a positive environment to grow as a person &amp;amp; as a dancer.

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Allison Luca

Allison Luca

Dan Ramos

Dan Ramos was born and raised in Connecticut. From a very young age, he had a passion for dance that could not be denied. He grew up training at Connecticut Dance Conservatory where he received a full scholarship. He trained intensely in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. After graduating high school he decided to pursue concert dance in New York City. He was accepted into Pushing Progress: a contemporary training program under the direction of Chris Hale and Calen Kurka.
&lt;div dir="auto"&gt;&lt;span class="il"&gt;Dan&lt;/span&gt; is currently training in both Connecticut and New York City where he continues his commercial dance training. He finds it very important to constantly take class as a teacher so his students are always getting new and valuable information. Within the next few years, Dan hopes to get signed to a talent agency and continue his professional dance career.&lt;/div&gt;

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Dan Ramos

Dan Ramos

Carissa Basedow

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.

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Carissa Basedow

Carissa Basedow

Daniela Drago

Daniela Sapienza – Drago has a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance. She has performed and danced with various dance companies throughout her career. Daniela has been teaching dance for over 30 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 27 years. Daniela teaches Creative Movement to our babies as well as Jazz, Tap, and Ballet.

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Daniela Drago

Daniela Drago

Brittany Famighetti

Brittany started dancing at the age of 5, and hasn't stopped since! She was trained in various forms of dance, with her favorite being ballet. She danced competitively for 13 years, and then went on to teach her own classes and coach a competitive middle school dance team for three years. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree with a minor in dance from Hunter College, and is on her way to receiving her Masters in Dance Education from Hunter as well. She has worked as a character at Walt Disney World, performed with the semi-professional dance team The Brooklyn Royals, and dances professionally with the dance company SambaSalsa. Dancing and teaching dance is Brittany's greatest passion, and she is so excited to share her art with her students at Moves &amp; Motions!

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Brittany Famighetti

Brittany Famighetti

Alana Madden

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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.

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Alana Madden

Alana Madden