MEET THE TEACHERS

2017 – 2018

Addie Guinta
Addie GuintaOwner
Creative Movement & Combo
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 GuintaOwner
Tap & Hip Hop
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 Rignola
Lyrical
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!
Dominique Nason
Dominique Nason
Jazz
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 DeMelfi
Jazz
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 Princi
Acro
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 Pinga
Yoga
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 Stanek
Musical Theatre
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!
Taylor Graham
Taylor Graham
Contemporary
Ryan Pauze
Ryan Pauze
Contemporary
Shawn Rawls
Shawn Rawls
Ballet
Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz
Hip Hop, Conditioning, Contemporary
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