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.

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

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.

Raymond “Spex” Abbiw

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Raymond “Spex” Abbiw is a gifted dancer, performer, choreographer, and artist who has emerged and established himself as a creative force within the hip hop/street dance community. This New York City born native has served as a vanguard for the preservation of the history and evolution of the art form of hip hop dance for a remarkable 20 years and has collaborated with several of hip hop’s pioneers and innovators among dance, music, and theater.

This graduate of New York’s acclaimed Art School of Design initial introduction to the hip hop at the height of its explosion in 1988, would ignite his enthusiasm and lifelong commitment to hip hop dance and culture forging himself onto an astonishing career that would lead him to collaborations with notable artists such as pop star, Mariah Carey, and hip hop performers, Lauryn Hill and Wyclef John just to name a few. Spex’s standout ability and performances would lead to international tours throughout Japan and Europe as a featured dancer and highly sought after teacher. In 2002, Spex would further his evolving artistic abilities by making his acting debut in Off Broadway’s , highly acclaimed, hip hop musical, Full Circle’s Productions Soular’d Power as a featured performer, dancer and actor.

As an advocate of the preservation of the hip hop and urban dance culture, Spex would become one of the founding owners of the House Dance Conference, an event devoted exclusively to promote the education and celebration of all forms of urban dance and to elevation of the awareness of the underground dance culture influence on the pulse of society. Spex has also continued to emerge as an acclaimed and sought after dance instructor in New York’s Broadway Dance Center to uphold the legacy of hip hop and to continue to remain on the forefront of this culture. This standout performer, dancer, and choreographer continues to set his sights on the development of highly innovative works that relate to an ever evolving audience the power of urban dance and culture.

Erin M. Kernion

ErinKernionHeadShot Erin hails from New Orleans, LA where she began her training at the Giacobbe Academy of Dance. Her studies also included summers at the Rock School in Philadelphia, and the Boston Ballet School.
Erin began her professional performing career with the Delta Festival Ballet and appeared as Marzipan, Spanish, and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, a Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, the Evil Queen in Snow White, as well as soloist roles in original works. She went on to dance as a Rockette in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the New York Spectacular.
Erin can be seen dancing in A Very Murray Christmas on Netflix and The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD broadcast of Susan Stroman’s The Merry Widow.
Erin currently dances for The Metropolitan Opera and has appeared in productions of The Merry Widow (choreography by Susan Stroman), Die Fledermaus (choreography by Stephen Mear), and Rigoletto (choreography by Stephen Hoggett).