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.
MICHELLE SCHWARTZ- Proudly served as owner and director at Stanford Dance Studio for 20 seasons before passing the torch this past July, to Fallon White. This season she will continue to offer her expertise to the current staff at Stanford, as a creative advisor.
During her time as director, Michelle, formed the youngest competition team in the history of the studio who went on to win First Place at Star Systems National Competition in Las Vegas. Michelle also received the Choreographer’s Award at “On Stage” America Competition. Starpower, Turn It Up Dance Challenge, & Star Quest Regional Competition. Dance Explosion Competition awarded Michelle with the prestigious “Xcalibur Award” for the highest scoring dance performance of the day.
Michelle auditioned with 200 women and was selected for a feature role in “Waiting in the Wings” starring Lea Salonga of Miss Saigon. She has judged major competitions in the Metropolitan Area. She has received a Certificate of Achievement while taking part in the Teacher’s Workshop with Frank Hatchett and many other renowned dance professionals at the prestigious Broadway Dance Center.
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.
GREG SINACORI, Born and raised in New York City where he began his dance training at the Joe Stanford Dance Studio under the direction of Joe Stanford and Michael Solivan. He is a graduate of the prestigious LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts “The Fame School” and in 2004 received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance through the Alvin Ailey / Fordham University BFA program. He has recently completed his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. As a professional dancer, Sinacori has danced with Alvin Ailey's second company, Ailey II, under the direction of Sylvia Waters. Through Ailey II he was given the opportunity to perform, lecture and teach in numerous theaters and universities across the United States. He has also danced with The Parsons Dance Company, Fred Benjamin Dance Company, Heidi Latsky Dance and Battleworks, where he performed nationally and internationally including Italy, Brazil, Switzerland and Israel.
Sinacori was a finalist in the Young Arts competition sponsored by National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and has also received numerous awards for his choreography in and around New York City. His choreography credits include; assistant choreographer on The Backyardigans Live Tour, 2010 Nickelodeon Music Fest, episodes of Team Umi Zoomi, Dora The Explorer, Angelina Ballerina and a feature film, The Necklace. He is a motion-capture performer on the hit Nickelodeon series The Backyardigans as the animated dancing moose – Tyrone as well as Nick Jr’s newest Emmy award winning animated hit, The Bubbleguppies where he performs the movements for Gil, Goby and Nonny. He can be seen in The Music of Regret, a film directed by Laurie Simmons at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC starring Meryl Streep. Currently, Sinacori is on faculty at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts where he specializes in teaching the dance technique of Lester Horton. He is also on faculty at The Ailey School and Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts (EMIA). For the past three years Sinacori has also acted as assistant director of LaGaurdia’s dance department under the leadership of Michelle Mathesius. In 2015 he created the LaGuardia Dance Ensemble (LDE) where select students performed his choreography throughout Metropolitan Area.