Danielle Kimmins, Director

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Danielle Kimmins - North Shore Studio of Dance
Danielle Kimmins has taught all styles of dance to all ages at North Shore Dance for a number of years. During this time, she attended Marymount Manhattan College on a competitive dance scholarship, graduating with honors and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Immediately after graduating, she began performing as a Radio City Rockette and continued for 9 consecutive years. You may have seen her on Celebrity Apprentice or at a Rockette Intensive where she was the instructor. She has also appeared on NBC's Christmas in August and in Radio City's Christmas Spectacular advertisements. Her on going career in professional dance while directing at NSD has allowed her to continuously bring the art of performance home to her students. Miss Danielle has trained in all genres of dance and has studied under several talented teachers. She has performed works from the choreography of David Parsons and Pat Catterson, been the featured dancer in local commercials and newspaper advertisements as well as a featured model in dancewear catalogs. She has also studied at Alvin Ailey, Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Miss Danielle continues to educate herself in the world of dance and has truly found her home directing, choreographing and instructing all of the talented dancers at NSD. read more

Stephanie Moller, Assistant Director & Competition Director

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Stephanie Moller has been dancing for 30 plus years and teaching dance for the last 15 years. Her training includes ballet, pointe, lyrical, theatre jazz and tap. Miss Stephanie studied at Long Island Academy of Dance Arts, Stony Brook University, and has attended various national conventions. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Stony Brook University. She received ballet scholarships to Dance Educators of America, dance scholarships for college, and an invitation to represent the USA in the World Dance Competition in Germany. She has won choreography awards for her competition dances at Starquest, Starpower, and National Dance Showcase. Along with choreographing and designing costumes for the stage, Miss Stephanie enjoys spending her time teaching students the art of dance. Miss Stephanie has been a member of the NSD teaching staff since the summer of 2006 and is also directs the competition team at NSD. read more

Marissa Rignola

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Marissa has been inspired by the world of dance ever since she was a little girl! She spent years competing at her local 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 Operah Theatre with ASEID Contemporary Dance Company under the direction of Alison Seidenstricker. Miss Marissa loves instructing and choreographing for wonderful dancers at NSD! read more

Marisa Mellick

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Marisa has been a member of the NSD teaching staff since 2010. She began dancing 27 years ago and has been a teacher for the past eleven. Her training includes ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, tap, jazz and hip hop. Over the years Marisa has appeared in commercials, print ads & a children's television show, Zebby's Zoo which continues to run in syndication. She also participated in the live tour for the show in 2000. Marisa danced competitively for ten years at national competitions including, Kid's Artistic Revue, Hall of Fame, Starpower & Starbound. Marisa is so grateful to be able to share her love and knowledge of dance with the students at North Shore! 
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Megan Doyle-Paterniani

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Megan Doyle-Paterniani hails from Albany, New York. She began dancing at the Cantarella School of Dance at the age of 2 and performed with the Albany Berkshire Ballet. She continued her serious study with David Otto and Leslie Roy, both former soloists with the New York City Ballet where her training took her to pursue summer dance intensives at New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSA) and North Carolina School of the Arts.

Megan is a graduate of the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College where she received her BFA in Dance Performance and performed soloist roles with the Purchase Dance Corp such as, "The Nutcracker", "Serenade", and "Who Cares?". Mrs. Paterniani spent a summer abroad at the Caracas Metropolitan Ballet in Caracus, Venezuela and was a guest artist at the Dance for Life AIDS benefit for the Capitol Ballet Company.

Upon graduation, Megan danced as a soloist for Ballet Long Island under the direction of Debra Punzi and and also acted as her Ballet Mistress for the Nutcracker. There she performed roles in "A Midsummer's Night Dream", "Pas de Quatre", "Le Corsaire Pas de Deux", "The Nutcracker", and "Peter and the Wolf". During this time she also performed with Ballet Builders at the Florance Guild Hall as well as performing her own works at the Merce Cunningham Studio and the Blue Muse Project at Riverside Church in New York City.

Megan is a former dance faculty member at Adelphi University in New York and has taught at many studios in the Long Island area. She has choreographed many pieces for Competition and Nationals where some have won 1st place overall. Megan is currently collaborating with a local author of children's books by creating the author's story through dance as well as co-directing the Nutcracker for North Shore Studio of Dance's Holiday Pageant. She is a proud wife and mother of 4 children and hopes to continue to inspire a new generation of dancers to come! less

Calli Chafin 

Calli's love for dance began at the age of three and has only grown since! She began her training in Northwest Indiana and danced her way throughout the Chicagoland area. After traveling the country with "NRG Dance Project", assisting highly acclaimed teachers and choreographers as an advanced/pro Prodigy, she finally landed in New York City. So far, Calli has performed all around the city! She was most recently seen dancing in the Capezio ACE awards. However, you could've also caught her in Annie at Gallery Players (New York), on Nickelodeon, or in Broadway Dance Center's Choreographers Showcase. Calli's teaching career began at the age of fifteen, as she was so inspired by her own mentor to pass along what she had learned. Since then her teaching style continues to evolve and has been highly influenced by her experience as a professional dancer and work currently assisting BDC Faculty. Seeing improvement and growth in her students excites her to no end! She hopes to give her dancers confidence and nurture their love for dance, as many teachers have done for her! Never forget to bring your strength, perseverance, and warm heart with you wherever you go and you can achieve all of your dreams!