Faculty

Tricia Arenson

Patricia Arenson began her training with The Delaware Dance Company, The Rock School of Ballet in Philadelphia, and North Carolina School of the Arts. She attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia for dance and the University of Delaware for Political Science. Patricia has been a member of the Convergence Dance Company and Weber-Prianti Productions in Philadelphia, Urban Ballet Theater and The Mantis Project in New York and has danced as a soloist at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Most recently, Patricia was seen in Westchester Broadway Theatre’s Production of Oliver and in the Elan Awards in Manhattan. Patricia has taught and choreographed extensively throughout the country in studios, theaters, and schools, and is currently teaching at Central Park Dance in Scarsdale and Dance Emotions in Chappaqua. In addition, Ms. Arenson’s New York choreography includes Footloose, The Wiz, Charlie Brown, Fiddler, Annie and Grease. Patricia has created, choreographed, and set classical and contemporary ballets for numerous dance companies, including the Moscow Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker and is thrilled to choreograph The Nutcracker with The Chappaqua Orchestra.

Alicia Dean Hall

David Fernandez

David Fernandez is a choreographer, dancer, and ballet teacher based in New York. 


His most acclaimed choreography, entitled “Five Variations on a Theme,” was created for New York City Ballet’s principal dancer Joaquin De Luz. The work was performed as part of the “Kings of the Dance” program, premiering in the Ukraine in November 2008. David’s other choreographies have been created for leading dancers from the American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet. Other commissions include the Kings of the Dance Tour, Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, Youth America Grand Prix, Opera North, Staten Island Ballet, and the Vassar Repertoire Dance Theatre. 


In 2011, David directed and choreographed the short film “White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Pants XXS,” which premiered at the Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center in 2012. His previous films include “Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear” (2009) and “Icarus APR” (2009). 

In February 2012, David announced that his own Some Dance Company would work together with the Career Transition For Dancers Project in a festival collaboration.

During David’s dance career, he performed with Chicago’s Boitsov Classical Ballet, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Ballet Theatre of Chicago, and in Indiana University’s production of “Don Quixote,” directed by Susan Jones of the American Ballet Theatre. David also had the honor of performing alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov in “The Doctor and The Patient” at the 2004 Lincoln Center Festival.

When David isn’t choreographing or searching for new music and sources of inspiration, he teaches and experiments with new movements at the Central Park Dance studios in New York and at Westport’s Academy of Ballet in Connecticut. David spends his summers teaching intensives at several ballet and contemporary companies in both the United States and Mexico. 

On recent news David have been chosen to create a new choreography for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet ChoreoPlan 2013 and for the National Choreographers Initiative 2013 in Corona del Mar, California.

Amanda Marquez

Amanda’s training is versatile and extensive with her core training from The School of the Garden State Ballet, NJ in classical ballet, modern and jazz. Her studies continued into New York Style Mambo, International Latin and Latin Jazz, which are the dance styles uniquely fused together that she teaches and performs Internationally. Amanda has made television appearances on Telemundo, Univision and the BBC Vancouver, and has done many live performances including The New York Knicks Latin Family Night at Madison Square Garden, The Fox Sports Upfronts with Regis Philbin and The Latin Billboard Awards in Miami dancing for Don Omar under choreographer Maria Torres and assistant Jermaine Brown. Amanda has taught Latin Jazz at some of New York’s top dance institutions such as Broadway Dance Center and PeriDance Capezio Center and resides on staff teaching Jazz and Salsa at Ballet Hispanco. She is also currently assisting her dance partner Sekou McMiller at Alvin Ailey in his Latin Jazz class. Amanda has taught and performed abroad in Mexico, Vancouver, Alaska, China, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle and Chicago. In addition she is certified in Ashtanga Yoga from Greenpath Yoga in San Francisco and holds a BA degree in Sociology and Family Studies from San Jose State University.

Mikey Salem

New York native Michael Musa Salem is a Dancer, Choreographer, Hip Hop Fitness Instructor, DJ/MC, Model and CoCEO/Creative director of the Dance Crew, Revolution and founder of FTK. Michael began dancing at age 7 after seeing Michael Jackson moon walk for the first time. Michael was a self taught dancer from Yonkers, New York who loves to entertain and inspire. He started his own Dance Crew 5th element at age 14 entering high school talent shows and city competitions winning 1st place at the riverfront teen talent show. Which gave Michael the confidence he needed to continue his journey. Making a name for himself he discovered at the age of sixteen he wanted to give back to the youth. Growing up Michael remembered lacking confidence as a child and grew up in a rough area so he wanted to give back. So he started FTK (For The Kids) teaching free classes at church youth programs and community centers for ages 10-18 to keep them off the the streets. He took dance to another level by using it to grab the attention of the youth and change kids lives by instilling positivity and art in broken homes that kids were going through. By Michael creating FTK he gave the youth an outlet and time with him to give them the opportunity to express themselves through the world of dance and overall just have a good time to keep them inspired and safe. He knew by sharing his craft and giving back to the youth at such a young that one day something will fall through. He taught his first workshop at Moraine Valley College in Chicago. Then flew back to New York at age 17 he created a new crew Revolution along with Kiana Davalos which changed his career forever. After being settled in New York, Michael has been teaching all over the tri-state ages 3 to adult as well as choreograph recitals to elementary school shows and high school dance club showcases. Michael has had the opportunity to work with artists including Sean Kingston, B.O.B, Akon, Jadakiss and Wizz Kid. He was awarded first place at World of Dance Monster Energy All Styles Battle in 2014 and continues to choreograph for and perform at World of Dance events across the nation(NY,NJ,Boston,Chicago,LA). Beyond his work in the U.S. Michael has taught in the middle east (Amman, Jordan) & has recently came back from the Dejavu Tour based in China (Shanghai, Beijng, Nanning). During his stay he was invited to choreograph for various artists through China Idol and teach Master workshops at Dance Force Studios as well as universities including the University of Guangxi and the University of Nanning. He was awarded All-styles Championship in Nanning, China. In his classes you not only learn to be a well trained dancer and how to execute with precision but to dance with love and feeling. No matter where his career lands him he will never forget where he came from and why he dances. His soul purpose is to share his love for the art of Dance and to keep growing as much as he possibly can, often he’s a teacher but he knows he will always be a student of life as well as for the simple fact he’s infatuated with being inspired by the youth and other styles through dance. Michael is addicted to finding more ways to progress and becoming more versatile. Besides dancing, Michael models for Sprayground and the NBA. He also DJ/MC’s events on his spare time such as Weddings, Bar-Mitzvahs, Sweet 16’s and his students Hip Hop Parties. His dance craft is a revolutionary style which he created with Kiana that consists of Freestyle/Hip Hop/Breaking/Gliding/Krump/Street Jazz/Motivational Movement and Lyrical. All these styles formed into one is a reminder that all is possible it just starts with you. That with passion and love for yourself to believe you can do or be anything you want in this world. Michael’s classes brings out the best in his students showmanship that helps his student strive to becoming strong performers and give them confidence to boost their self esteem. He loves to inspire his students to be not only a confident dancer but to be a true artist through the mind, body and soul. Being only 23 he still feels he hasn’t done enough and knows he’s has so much ahead of him in his young prosperous career.

Devon Smith

Devon Smith began her training in New Hampshire under the direction of Melissa Hoffman She quickly discovered that teaching was a true passion for her. She spent a summer studying at Alvin Ailey and then went on to perform all over the world with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She then moved on to work with Royal Caribbean’s singers and dancers as one of their Rehearsal Choreographers. In 2008 she moved to NYC to continue pursuing her passion. Since moving to NYC, Devon has choreographed and toured with Capital Records recording artist Britt Nicole, and other artists such as Vera Flash (performing alongside Macklemore) and Cherie Lily. She recently choreographed the new music video for indie pop band French Horn Rebellion. Devon has had the honor of teaching contemporary and jazz at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and Peridance in Manhattan. In 2013 Devon is working towards starting her very own contemporary dance company based out of NYC. Devon continues to teach throughout the New England and New York area.

Bettina Bellande

Bettina is the founder of MuZe Wellness LLC (“MuZe”) and the creator of the MuZe Workout™, a truly unique, sexy and effective workout method for women. http://www.muzewellness.com/

A native New Yorker, Bettina has been a dancer since the age of ten and an entrepreneur since the age of 24. She has studied ballet, jazz, ballroom dance and yoga for more than 2 decades. She is a talented instructor and certified coach in both fitness and personal development.

In 2010, Bettina quit “gym” workouts, dropped 60 pounds and became a personal trainer, all while running a successful international meeting and event company, Pegasus International. She knows firsthand the challenges busy women face, their struggle to make time for themselves and their well-being while managing professional and personal responsibilities. She’s dedicated to integrating and celebrating health and fitness in every aspect of life and loves to share her passion with others. Her workouts are designed to be accessible…yet challenging and effective, with modifications for women who are just getting back to their fitness routine.

Tanner Schwartz

Tanner began dancing at The Westside School of Ballet in Los Angeles, CA and with Marat Daukayev (Former Principal at the Kirov Ballet). At age 13 he moved to New York to study at The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center. In 2002 he was the recipient of the D.A.N.C.E. (Danish American National Cultural Exchange) award, to dance as an apprentice with the Royal Danish Ballet. After this, Mr. Schwartz went on to dance with The Pennsylvania Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera, and as a guest artist with many companies and schools throughout the country.

Tanner has taught dance throughout his performing career. He began teaching company dancers roles as a coach, progressing to staging choreography, and finally to teaching classes for adults and children. His teaching methodology is based on sifting through the many different styles of ballet he has performed, and passing on to students the most useful, anatomically correct, and versatile technique possible. Technical elements, including proper rotation, isolation, alignment, coordination, flexibility, strength, stamina, and training of muscle memory from his foundation in the Vagonova Technique progress to the quick, precise footwork and graceful epaulement of the Bournonville School, and to dynamic and expressive transitions and musicality rooted in the work of George Balanchine, all while preserving the line, aesthetic, purity, and fullness of movement desired by classical ballet companies throughout the world.

Dina Carbone

Tobin Eason

Tobin has performed at many of the major opera houses around the world in all of the major classical ballets in American Ballet Theatre’s repertoire. In addition, Tobin has been privileged to work as a guest artist with companies around the U.S., such as in Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina, Hawaii, New Jersey, and at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City. While pursuing his dance career, he has also choreographed two ballets, one for Abt 11 and Michele Wiles’s company Ballet Next. He has designed a set for Ballet Next, and shows his artwork around New York City. He currently dances with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet for their 2013-14 season.

Irina Knust

Irina Knust got her B.A. at The University of Culture and Arts in Moscow. She has an international background in her dance education and performing history. It was her passion for tap dance that brought her to New York, where she continued her privet dance education with teachers such as Buster Brown, Jimmy Slyde, Savion Glover, Jason Samueles Smith and her idol, Gregory Hines. Meeting G. Hines and becoming his student was a high point in her early career. Irina became a performer of his style in tap dance and tap improvisation. She became a regular at The Swing 46 Tap Jam with Buster Brown, and performed with The Feraba African Rhythm Tap Company, as well as appearing with her own jazz trio at various NYC venues.

Irina has been featured on television as a performer, and as a choreographer and producer for special events in Moscow and in Europe. She was a solo performer with “Alex’s Show” Dance Company, for the TV show “From a Women’s Life” in Europe, and as a choreographer and performer on The Television Awards Shows in Moscow and Brussels (Belgium). She taught at The School of Modern Choreography, The National College of Theatrical Arts, The Russian Imperial Ballet in Moscow, and “Show Company” in Brussels. Irina’s master classes are well known in Europe, Russia and the tri-state area. Irina has taught tap dance and improvisation for over 15 years. She currently resides in the New York City area, teaches, choreographs and develops new projects.

Talia Dooz

Christina Donohue

Mary Ellen Gasparini

Noora

Noora Eshams is a professional Middle Eastern dancer (Bellydancer). She has performed for many events such as street festival, birthday parties, cancer donation events, tv shows, parades, restaurants, weddings, business parties and many more events around the world. She has taught all ages and ethnic backgrounds, from your everyday person to celebrity types of people. Classes are fun and full of energy.

Maria Bai

Louis Troisi

Roanne Flores

Trevor Silva

Since he started dance Trevor has always had his own style. He has trained in various styles of dance such as jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, theater and acrobatics. He is also a gymnast and cheerleader with advance tumbling experience. His teaching and choreography strengths are in contemporary, jazz, hip hop and acro. He is a faculty member for the “Limitless Dance Intensive” in NYC. He also went through and completed the training program at Broadway dance center. Trevor has worked with the likes of Paula Abdul, Keisza, New Balance and Norwegian Cruise Line. He is full of life and his love for dance is infectious.

Tobin Eason

Prince Riley

Ebone Johnson

Brittany Balise

My name is Brittany Balise, and I am 24 years old. I graduated from Adelphi University in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in business management and a minor in psychology. Education has been a major priority in my life, but art has and will always be my passion. Ever since I was 2, I loved to draw, sing and dance, but I was very shy. At that time, I was introduced to Central Park Dance and my life was never the same. Maria and the Central Park Dance staff, have not only taught me everything I know about the dance world and what it takes to be an artist, but also helped me to find the light within myself to shine. They are more than just a dance studio to me, they are family. Even when I took a break from dance to study in college, I was always welcomed back with open arms. It is such an honor that I am able to teach my own classes in a place that has taught me the foundation of dance and is like my second home. Today, I am forever grateful that I am able to pay that forward. Dance will always be the light in my life, even when the world feels dull.

Maggie Foster