FALLON WHITE is excited to celebrate her first season as the owner and director of Stanford Dance Studio! She is also the owner and director of the reputable Danceworks Dance Center, in Brooklyn, NY, for the past 10 years. A former competitive dancer, Fallon has over 20 years experience in the dance-studio & competition industry. As a graduate of the prestigious “FAME” school, (LaGuardia HS) Fallon, received training from the industry’s leading instructors in ballet and modern dance. Her professional credits include, dancing / choreographing for recording artists, 702 & Reina. As well as, choreographing WTKU’s Summer Beatstock at PNC BANK ARTS CENTER & JONES BEACH. Fallon has been interviewed and published by Dance Spirit Magazine & Interview En l’air. In addition to being a full time studio owner, instructor and choreographer, Fallon, also works as an adjudicator for multiple dance competitions on the east coast. Many of Fallon’s students have transitioned into the professional field, touring with numerous modern dance companies, such as the world renowned Lar Lubovitch Company. They’ve also danced & cheered for multiple, minor and major league sports teams including, the NY JETS.
Fallon was delighted when Michelle Napolitano, asked her to join creative forces at Stanford Dance in 2018. She has enjoyed her time getting to know the wonderful families and dancers of Stanford Dance Studio. Fallon is grateful for the warm reception she’s received this past season and looks forward to cultivating a new generation of Stanford Showstoppers for years to come!
JOELLE MESSINA, is celebrating her first season as co-director at Stanford Dance Studio! She is currently the artistic director at Danceworks Dance Center, in Brooklyn, NY, and has been for 5 seasons. Joelle is a graduate of the “FAME” School (LaGuardia HS) and worked as a fellowship student at the one & only Ailey School in NYC where she had the honor of performing Ailey's "Memoria" alongside the Ailey Company for two consecutive seasons. Professionally, Joelle has traveled and danced with the SD Prism Dance Theater, Xhale Dance Company and Michael Susten & Company. She has performed works by: Milton Myers, Sidra Bell, Adam Barruch, Pedro Ruiz Jr, Sonia Dawkins, Yesid Lopez, Tyce Diorio, Tracie Stanfield, KC Castellano and Michael Susten.
As an instructor, Joelle encourages her students to strive for excellence and nothing less. She has trained many young dancers and helped them to prepare and successfully receive admission to their “dream” specialized Junior High & High School dance programs, including Mark Twain JHS & LaGuardia HS. Joelle’s choreography is consistently recognized and at both, regional and national dance competitions, including back to back grand national wins for her choreography, in 2017 & 2018.
Joelle was overjoyed to return to her students at Stanford Dance last season. She is proud of the progress they’ve made in just 10 short months and is excited to kick off Stanford’s 50th anniversary season, as a Co-Director.
MARISA FINAZZO, Marisa began training at Danceworks Dance Center at the age of 3 under the direction of Fallon White. She graduated from Edward R. Murrow high school as a theater arts student and participated in many shows as a lead dancer and dance captain. Since graduation Marisa has danced as a Brooklyn Cyclones Beach Bum for two seasons, a Brooklyn Bolts cheerleader and a Westchester Knicks Dancer. Currently she is celebrating her third season as part of the NY Jets Flight Crew, dancing and cheering for the pro NY Jets.
Marisa enjoyed teaching and choreographing for the students of Stanford Dance Studio last season. She received much praise for her hip hop routine "Bam" and can't wait to kick off her second season at Stanford Dance!
NICOLE GAROFANO, began her training, with Fallon White & Joelle Messina at Danceworks, when she was 3 years old. She is a proud graduate of LaGuardia High School (2011) & Long Island University (Brooklyn) in 2015. Upon graduation, Nicole, received a bachelors of Fine Arts in dance. She was a member, of the charitable company, The All Star Dance Company, under the direction of Lu Cuadra. Professionally, Nicole was also a 5- time, Brooklyn Cyclone Beach Bum. 4 of those years, she also served as their captain and choreographer. Most recently, Nicole worked as a part of the Westchester
Knicks Dub Squad! Nicole has worked as an instructor and choreographer at Danceworks Dance Center for the past 6 seasons. This summer she was nominated for her first choreography award, for her jazz routine "Im Every Woman" at Access Broadway Nationals.
In addition to teaching and choreographing at Danceworks, Nicole currently works as a physical therapist assistant and she continues to work, towards her life-goal, of becoming a physical therapist, herself. Nicole is excited to join the staff at Stanford Dance this year and wishes everyone a wonderful season.