For the last 31 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, 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’s students have gone on to dance in professional dance companies, on and off Broadway , have appeared in various stage productions, television shows, commercials, music videos and movies. Her students have received many scholarships to specialized programs and prestigious universities. Jodi continuously attends professional development seminars and teacher training programs. Additionally, Jodi has served as an adjudicator for several dance competitions and is the proud mother of four children.
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.
Theresa DiLallo Reg.
Coordination & Instruction
Caitlin McNulty Assist.
Dance Team 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 to grow through professional development seminars and teacher training programs. Caitlin@MovesandMotionsDance.com
Caitlin McNulty Assist.
Dance Team Director & Instruction
Brooke Fera grew up in Long Island, New York, where she began dance classes at the age of two at Moves and Motions School of Dance. Brooke later trained under the direction of Michelle Mathesius at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, widely known as “The Fame School,” located in New York City. While at LaGuardia, Brooke trained in multiple styles including ballet, Graham, Horton, tap, and jazz. In May of 2017, Brooke graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in dance. While at Tisch, Brooke had the opportunity to work under the direction of Canadian choreographer and dancer Crystal Pite, company members of Kidd Pivot, and trained as the understudy for Cindy Salgado. She has also had the opportunity to perform works by Loni Landon, Stefanie Batten Bland, and several student works at the NYU theatre. Prior to her time at Tisch, Brooke danced in notable venues throughout New York City, NY, Orlando, FL, Chicago, IL, and Los Angeles, CA. In addition to her work as a student and dancer, Brooke has most recently performed for The Disney Company and is presently an agent for Abercrombie & Fitch. Brooke is currently a Knicks city dancer and performs regularly at Madison Square Garden. She has devoted the past seven years teaching dance and choreography to children at both the competitive and recreational levels. Moving forward, Brooke hopes to have ongoing performance opportunities while instilling her love and passion for dance in our youth.
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.
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.
Alexandria 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, Alexandria was fortunate to be a part of the Dance Theatre Company where she performed Christina Lynch-Markham’s (of the Paul Taylor Dance Company) work at various shows and events. Currently, Alexandria teaches throughout the NYC area. She also judges nationally for Legacy Dance Championships. Alexandria is very excited to begin teaching for Moves & Motions and can’t wait 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.
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!
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.
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.
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 & Motions!
Marissa, a New York native, started her early training through Broadway Dance Center’s Children &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.
Adrianne began dancing at age 3, was a competitive gymnast at 6 years old and a professional working actor by the age of 10. After competing throughout Jr. high and high school she received a 4 year scholarship to Hofstra University and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Adrianne is currently on faculty with the Ambition Dance Tour and works as an adjudicator and emcee for World-Class Talent Experience. Throughout her long performance career she has appeared in national campaigns for “Starburst”, “Domino Sugar”, “Jello”, “Burger King” and “Lifetime Television”. She had the opportunity to work under the direction of three time Tony award winner Hinton Battle off-broadway in “The Bronx Casket Company”. Adrianne was featured in the 10 page spread “Overnight Sensation” in Dance Spirit Magazine and was apart of television history on the series finale of “The Sopranos”.Â She is thrilled to be here at Moves and Motions spreading her love of dance and performance with such beautiful young artists!
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. 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 Moves and Motions.
Assistant to the Director-Admin, Outreach & Instruction
Shannon Grant "performs with athletic gusto,” a reviewer in The Los Angeles Weekly stated. She began training at age 4 by master teachers of the Russian Kirov Ballet and has performed professionally in many soloist and principal ballet roles both internationally in Europe and Canada and throughout the United States. The LA Downtown News said she, "impressively performs.”
Shannon’s dance career has included a role in the Ovation Award winning musical, music videos for bands which have been shown on MTV, commercials, fashion shows, and charity events.
Shanon is an ABT National Training Curriculum certified teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 5 and has over a decade of teaching experience. She has a degree in business and is a graduate of Columbia University.
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.
Tiffany Rudi began her training at her grandmother’s studio where she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe and Lyrical. She also received a majority of her training at USDAN Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, closely studying under Dennis Nahat and Maurice Brandon Curry. As a freshman in high school she was accepted into the Joffrey Jr Trainee program in New York City while also studying at Broadway Dance Center. She attended the Long Island High School for the Arts, and continued her education at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, graduating from the Dance Theater Conservatory Program. In her professional career, Tiffany has worked in broadly in Commercials, International Tours, and regional theatre. She credits her versatile training and strong technique for all the opportunities she's been given. Ms. Rudi has been a dance educator since 2008, teaching all over New York and Las Vegas as well as a fitness instructor since 2016 which givers her further knowledge of anatomy and strength training for the dancer. She's also a versatile teacher, instilling technique, body awareness, artistry, strength, and of course, versatility. She truly loves to share the gift of dance on any level, through any genre.
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 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 24 years. Daniela teaches Jazz, Tap, & Ballet.
Annalee Traylor is a creator/choreographer and teaching artist based out of NYC. She is a high school graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and received her BFA from Point Park University. As a founding member of the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble (top 25 to watch in Dance Magazine 2012), she had the honor of working with some of the most iconic choreographers of our time including Robert Battle, Christopher Huggins, Kyle Abraham, Sidra Bell, Camille A. Brown, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Kevin Iega Jeff among others. As a freelance, she performed with multiple companies/projects in Los Angeles including No)one Art House, LA Rock Opera, BrockusRED, Clairobscur Dance Co, C. Eule Dance, and Pennington Dance Group. Her work has been commissioned and presented around the country and abroad including Los Angeles, NYC, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Rotterdam, NLD.
Annalee feels a personal responsibility to share her passion and knowledge with younger generations finding tremendous joy in helping guide and encourage students towards developing their authentic artistic voice. She has taught master classes throughout the United States, at numerous summer intensives, and been on faculty at schools on the east and west coasts. She is also on faculty for the guiDANCE Experience, and is a certified classical Pilates teacher through the prestigious Romana’s Pilates.
A native New Yorker, Amanda Krische is a dancer and movement artist based in New York City. Amanda has performed in such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Place des Arts, the YoungArts Foundation Backyard Ball, New York Live Arts, Danspace and the Joyce Theater. She is a graduate of LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts, where she was a 2012 YoungArts winner. Amanda then graduated summa cum laude from Purchase College, SUNY with a BFA in Dance, where she received the prestigious Bert Terborgh Award. Supplementary training includes Springboard Danse Montreal, a semester abroad at Amsterdam Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten, and many Gaga workshops in Tel Aviv, Israel. Amanda has most recently danced for Bodystories:Teresa Fellion Dance, Nicole von Arx & Guests, and Loni Landon Dance Project. Her choreography has been shown in such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Gallim Dance, the Actors Arts Fund, and Ailey Citigroup Theater. She has been commissioned to create new works for Bombshell Dance Project and the National YoungArts Foundation. Amanda has received a 2018 grant from the Jerome Foundation to support her research for her new multidisciplinary creation. She is a 2018 Art OMI Resident Artist and a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
<p class="m_734842752500119675gmail-p1"><span class="m_734842752500119675gmail-s1">Lauryn Johnson has 21 years of dance training and 8 years of teaching experience in styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, musical theater, and tumbling, as well as various styles of hip hop including b-boying, popping, waacking and house. Lauryn trained for 11 years at Mt. Zion School of Performing Arts in Michigan as a competitive dancer. As a student she worked her way through the assistant, rehearsal director, and teacher training programs. From 2013-18 she was a member of Vertical Ambition Dance Company, a company based in Flint, MI that specializes in hip hop and contemporary. In 2014, Lauryn spent 4 months training in NYC as a part of an intense program at Broadway Dance Center. Returning to Michigan to finish college she graduated from Oakland University in 2017 with a BA in Graphic Design and Professional Writing and continued teaching at Mt. Zion School of Performing Arts where her choreography won special recognition at regional competitions. Now back in NYC, Lauryn is excited to connect with the dancers at Moves and Motions!
While training as a dancer, Elodie also decided to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business at the LycéeVictor Hugo in France. Graduating at 20 years old, Elodie took the decision to expand her horizons and moved to the United Kingdom to pursue a Masters in International Business Management at Huddersfield Univeristy. Once in England, she rediscovered her love for dance at the renowned Pineapple Dance Studios. After finishing her studies, she embarked on an intense training journey with several choreographers in London at Pineapple Dance Studios as well as Dance Works and Studio 68.
Following her training in London and looking to further her career in dance, Elodie moved to New York in 2015 where she trained technique as well as street styles at Broadway Dancer Center. She joined the international program for 12 months and added an extra 4 months by also completing this institution’s Professional Semester.
While in NY, and due to her hard work and dedication to others in dance, Miss Dufroux quickly became one of the most sought after assistants in the field. Her expertise led her to work directly with choreographers such as Hamilton’s Jon Rua, Stacie Webster, and Atlantic Records choreographer, Carlos Neto.
In April 2016, and after an intense audition period, AATMA Performance Arts in NY booked Elodie as one of the dancers for their show Mystic India: The World Tour. Shortly after she landed a role in Repertorio Español’s brand new production “La Cancion” also in NY which won the ACE award for Best Musical, went on to get raving reviews and is still currently running. Her other awards include Outstanding Student Award by Broadway Dance Center as well the Professionalism Award which are a direct representation of this artist’s dedication to her craft as well as to help others succeed in her field.
Elodie is currently dancing and working in New York City with her Artist Visa that enables her to make her career in the USA as a teacher, choreographer and performer.” She is looking for ward to her time with the dancers of Moves & Motions.