WELCOME TO THE STAFF FOR 2016

Jourdan Epstein from “So You Think You Can Dance”

Jourdan Epstein
Jourdan EpsteinTeacher

Jourdan Epstein is one of the Top 20 dancers of So You Think You Can Dance Season 11

She specializes in ballet though she’s also had training in tap and jazz at Summit Dance Shoppe, ballet and modern at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, at the American Ballet Theater, Julliard, LINES and Complexions Summer Intensives.

MEET THE TEACHERS

Addie Guinta
Addie GuintaOwner/Director
Addie Guinta is the owner of Legworks alongside her daughter Danielle. Addie studied dance at Legworks for many years before taking it over. She is a Dance Educators of America certified instructor and teachers Creative Movement, Combo 1 & 2 classes, and tap classes for children through adults. Also known as “Miss Addie” to her dancers, she is kind and gentle in nature but also has the best sense of humor! Addie is the glue that holds Legworks together, our heart and soul, and our biggest cheerleader!
Danielle Guinta
Danielle GuintaCo-Owner
Danielle Guinta began her dance training at the tender age of 3 in her hometown of Mastic, NY. Her teachers, Radio City Rockette Angela Mezzacappa, Brockport graduate Viana Petrucci, and studio owner Colette Sewell were the perfect trifecta of talent that made her the versatile dancer she is today. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Guinta studied business management at a local college and was accepted at Broadway Dance Center where she became an assistant for the late Frank Hatchett, studied closely with Fordham University professor Sheila Barker, Rhonda Miller of Pace, the amazing Tracie Stanfield, Natalya Stavro, and Rhapsody James. Danielle also taught hip hop for the Children’s Program at BDC as well and had the pleasure of working with Peter Gallagher’s daughter Kathryn. Living and working in Manhattan, Danielle became an event coordinator planning corporate events for MTV, CBS, the New York Yankees, and many other major corporations as well as performing. Synthesis Dance Company, Vissi Dance Theatre, American Candy, Élan Awards, are just some of her many performance credits. She worked with the amazing dance photographer Lois Greenfield, sat on the board of trustees for ASEID Contemporary Dance Company, and tours the country on several judging panels for regional and national competitions. Ms. Guinta was one of the most influential teachers for Trent Kowalik who won the Tony Award in 2009 for his role as “Billy” in Billy Elliot. She is also responsible for coaching Broadway talent Makenzi Fischbach. Danielle is currently the owner and artistic director for Legworks Dance Studio. Her love for choreography and coaching never dulls and is the main focus of her world. She has lead Legworks to many regional and national titles. Danielle works alongside her mother and role model Addie and co-owns Posfit together.
Marissa Rignola
Marissa RignolaChoreographer
Marissa has been inspired by the world of dance ever since she was a little girl! She spent years competing at Legworks Dance Studio in ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap and hip-hop. She began assisting with her mentor, Danielle Guinta, at the age of 13 where she then became the company choreographer for the annual recital opening number and receiving her own competition jazz and lyrical team at the age of 16. After graduating high school, she attended the intern program at Broadway Dance Center, where she worked closely with Sheila Barker and Tracie Stanfield. She has choreographed for studios all over the island winning numerous awards for her choreography at both regional and national competitions. She has been nominated for choreographer of the year at That’s Entertainment dance competition and Choreography Excellence at Dance Xplosion. Marissa has performed at Madison Square Garden in the NY Knicks half time show, and at the Dicapo Opera Theatre with ASEID Contemporary Dance Company under the direction of Alison Seidenstricker. Miss Marissa loves instructing and choreographing for wonderful dancers at LDS!
Marika Matuszak
Marika MatuszakBallet
Marika Matuszak has been studying ballet for 20 years. Ballet has been an integral part of her dance studies in her studios, Danek School of Performing Arts and Perkins School of the Arts. Marika also studied at Raphael Grigorian Ballet Theatre in Binghamton, NY where she learned Vaganova ballet. Marika attended the University at Buffalo for a year where she began looking at ballet from a modern dancer’s perspective. Marika then transferred to Pace University which is where most of her ballet technique solidified. At Pace, she studied ballet daily under renowned teachers such as Scott Jovovich, Michael Cusumano, Kat Wildish, Lauren Gaul and many others. With all of the different influences on her studies, Marika teaches a blended style of ballet. Her methodology stems from her studies in pedagogy. Here she became familiar with the American Ballet Theatre’s teaching, but also learned specific techniques of teaching to enhance the students learning. Marika chooses a theme for the day and implements that into each exercise to truly develop a full knowledge of the specific nuance. Approaching ballet from a performer’s standpoint, Marika also focuses on performing ballet from within to teach the students the connection of ballet to other styles of dance while remembering: Ballet is the basis of it all. She is delighted to join the Legworks staff for 2016!
Nathalie Marrable
Nathalie MarrableChoreographer
Born and raised in South Africa, Nathalie Marrable grew up in the easy going surfing town of Jeffrey’s Bay. At 13, she left home after being scouted by premier danseur John Magnus of The Joffrey Ballet who provided a full scholarship to study in the USA.

After graduation from Boston Ballet School, Nathalie danced classically with professional companies such as Boston Ballet, Alberta Ballet, The Goh Ballet Youth Company, English National Ballet, Ontario Ballet Theatre & Canadian Symphony Orchestra. After a time on the road, she moved to London, England where she danced with Synergy, a modern ballet company, as a Soloist.

While in London, Nathalie caught the eye of pop queen Madonna who hired her over 700 hopefuls to be her body & movement double. Nathalie worked with Madonna’s team in commercial, stage & tv, most recently on a series of Japanese Brillia Mare Ariake ads by Steven Klein. In 2006 she landed her first major theatre role for the tour of Dirty Dance Nights, which would go on to be the smash hit Dirty Dancing on Broadway. She has since performed in over 100+ stage productions around the world, winning rave reviews for her portrayal of various characters, most notable Kitty in Tony Award winning show The Drowsy Chaperone.

In 2010, Nathalie was selected as backing vocalist for singer Michael Buble. As part of The Bublettes she performed at the Vancouver Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies, broadcast to 20 million people worldwide. She has sung for various bands/singers on stage & tv including Janelle Monae, Pussycat Dolls live, The Agency & Candy Girl Cabaret (now Cabaret Torlage).

Nathalie has choreographed/creatively directed live stage & television productions for fashion house Dosso Dossi with supermodel Miranda Kerr, Koc Festival, Miss Turkey Elidor, Adidas, Smirnoff for Madonna (MDNA), British Petroleum (BP), Sony Experia, Ziynet Sali, Hale Caneroğlu, Yuksek Sadakat for Eurovision, maNga for RedBull Soundclash, Tarkan, Star TV, The Beyaz Show, equity musicals Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, South Pacific and more. She has been featured in magazines abroad such as Marie Claire, Kadinca & 10SAYFA.

As an actress/dancer, she has appeared in episodes for Disney, Hellcats, Superman, Doctor Who, Eureka, Flash Gordon. Film credits include Center Stage II, Night At the Museum, Step Up & Life Movie Network. Nathalie is on faculty for Joffrey Texas & on faculty for Broadway Dance Center. She travels the US teaching in-house musical theatre conventions and shares her time between Europe & New York.

Dominique Guerin
Dominique GuerinChoreographer
Miss Dominque has been at Legworks since she was 12. She is one of the most caring and loving instructors we have. Miss Dom teaches tap, jazz/hip-hop, and musical theater for ages 6-8 at Legworks. Her love for theater shines through in her work with her dancers. Dominque won many high score awards at dance competitions up and down the east coast and is loved by everyone. Miss Dom is also a fabulous tapper as she was trained by Radio City Rockette Miss Angela Mezzacappa. We are so lucky to have her as an instructor at Legworks!
Keri DeMelfi
Keri DeMelfiTeacher
Keri DeMelfi has been with Legworks since she was a little girl. First a competitive student, she won many regional and national championships in tap, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical. Keri always had a knack for turning like a top. She is now teaching tap and jazz at Legworks on a competitive level. She has won many awards for her choreography at KAR, Showbiz, and Starbound competitions. We are proud to announce Miss Keri is expecting a 2nd child, a baby girl, at the beginning of July 2016. We are so honored to share this journey with Miss Keri!
Nicole Princi
Nicole PrinciTeacher
Nicole Princi is our acro director at Legworks. She has paved the way for us in developing her own set curriculum of acro/tumbling broken up into 5 levels. Nicole grew up dancing at her home studio in Patchogue where she learned to teach children with special needs, as well as tap, ballet, and jazz. Nicole is a medical student and volunteer as well as a dance instructor. She teaches Shining Stars, Creative Movement, Combo, and Jazz/Hip Hop as well. With a personality like a firecracker, she is always a pleasure to be around! We are so happy to have her!
Danielle Pinga
Danielle PingaTeacher
Danielle Pinga has been studying various styles of dance since the young age of three. She has experience in contemporary, ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop. She found her passion for training and drive when becoming part of the Legworks Dance Studio’s competition team in high school.From there, she attended college at SUNY Oneonta studying Biology with a minor in Dance. She became part of the Oneonta State Dance Team and the Terpsichorean Dance Company on campus while teaching master classes for a local dance studio. In addition to choreographing for each semester showcase, she was voted to be on the executive board as Vice President. After graduating in 2015, she was accepted into the training program at the world famous, Broadway Dance Center. During her training, she trained closely with Ashle Dawson, Ginger Cox and Derek Mitchell. This year she had the opportunity to perform with dance company Danceworks NYC at the Frank Sinatra School of Arts. Danielle currently works as Physical Therapist Aide in addition to teaching dance. With her knowledge in anatomy and kinesiology, she provides a well rounded learning experience for her students. She is very excited to be part of the Legworks’ family!
Cassandra Stanek
Cassandra StanekTeacher
Cassandra Stanek graduated with a BFA in Dance at LIU Post and has been dancing for 19 years. She has been teaching for 5 years at Legworks Dance Studio, where she danced and competed since she was a little girl.  She has performed in numerous theaters such as the Patchogue Theater, Symphony Space in New York City, and the Kaye Playhouse, where she performed in the Kat Wildish NY Showcase. Cassandra has also choreographed for weddings and local performances at the Vail Leavitt Music Hall and the Patchogue Theater. She also sings and acts, performing in eleven shows over the past nine years. Cassandra has also appeared in a recent televised commercial for Stems4U Flower Delivery Service. Cassandra loves working with Legworks and cannot wait to continue this journey!
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