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Stephanie Moller, Director

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
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Marissa Rignola, Competition
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Born in Long Island, NY, Marissa Rignola grew up training at a local studio in all genres and upon graduation, was given the opportunity to perform for the New York Knicks half time show; and soon after the ASEID Contemporary Dance Company at the Dicapo Opera Theatre. Marissa continued her growth in dance by attending the pro-semester at Broadway Dance Center. Sheila Barker, Tracie Stanfield and Kat Wildish were some of her greatest mentors. Their guidance is what ignited her passion for teaching and choreography. After completing her dance residency in the city, sharing her knowledge and love of dance with the younger generations was inevitable. Through her guidance, Marissa's students have gone on to dance professionally on Broadway in Grease & Beauty and the Beast, Radio City, Sythesis Dance Project, Cruise Lines and Universities such as Marymount, Montclair State, AMDA, RUTGERS and DEAN just to name a few. Some of Rignola's best work has been recognized nationally at some of today's most prestigious dance competitions where she has been named “Choreographer Of The Year”. Her creativity has been described as captivating, moving and inspiring. Marissa is one of today's most sought after choreographers and currently holding the title of Artistic Director for some of today's top Dance Studios on the Island. read more
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Lorissa Creedon

Lorissa brings over 20 years teaching experience to the amazing staff at North Shore Dance. She has studied tap, ballet,  jazz, hip hop, lyrical and modern dance by some of the most revered names in the industry. Her love of dance has earned her many scholarships and opportunities to perform all over the country, including 2 Macys Parades. She was featured as a Firedancer for the NY Dragons professional football team. Miss Lorissa's choreography has won many high point awards and choreography awards at many regional competitions, including a top choreography award at Access Broadway nationals. She is so excited to starting her second season with the amazing staff and students at NSD!
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Calli Chafin

Calli is a performer hailing from the beautiful Chicagoland area! Her time there was spent training hard in the dance studio, along with performing in the Joffrey Ballet Chicago and Indiana Youth Ballet. After traveling the country with NRG Dance Project she finally landed in NYC, and couldn’t be happier! Since moving here she has danced on Nickelodeon, performed in the sold out Prudential Center (EEP!), and had her hand in many other shows, productions, and events! She also keeps busy assisting Broadway Dance Center and Steps faculty weekly. Calli finds so much joy running all over the city teaching the youth of Manhattan! She's recently had the opportunity to expand her horizons, judging and teaching with Artistic Dance Exchange- so fun! All of that being said Calli is so happy and humbled to call NSD a home! She hopes to instill confidence in her students and nurture their love for the arts as many teachers have done for her!
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Rachel Kilkenny

Rachel was a student at North Shore for 16 years where she studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary. She is currently pursuing a degree in Elementary Education and is a member of the Adelphi University Dance Team. With her dance team, Rachel competes on a collegiate level at competitions around Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut. Rachel is very excited to be back teaching at her home studio!
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Marisa Mellick

Born in South Korea and raised on Long Island, New York, Marisa has had a lifelong passion and appreciation for the arts and performance. Marisa has been dancing for nearly 30 years and has studied ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and hip hop. She danced competitively for ten years. Marisa has appeared in television commercials, print ads and had a reoccurring role on the children's show Zebby's Zoo. Marisa is celebrating ten years of working at North Shore & is humbled to work beside such an inspiring and talented staff.
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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
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