Gina Daugherty  is a dancer and choreographer currently located in New York City. Originally from Minnesota, she grew up dancing at Northern Force Dance Company under the direction of Kara Bode and Joe Meyer. She has studied at many prestigious schools including The University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA), Peridance Capezio Center (New York, NY), and most recently the Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center (New York, NY). She also has attended the Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary LA Summer Intensive on a full tuition scholarship. Gina has been able to perform works by Michael Mindlin, Ephrat Asherie, Candace Brown, Sabrina Phillip, Cheryl Copeland, Cassie Nordgren, Mandy Moore, Diego Funes, Vivake Khamsingsavath and more.

Alli Gallant  began Irish Step dancing at the age of four years old. She continued training in Irish dance throughout her childhood while adding other genres to her repertoire, including jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and musical theater. She trained with the Duffin-Murphy School of Irish Dance and North Shore Dance Academy in Massachusetts, where she competed on a regional and national level and has also taught various styles of dance. In addition, Alli has been teaching at American Dance Training Camp in Vermont for the past five summers. While attending Stony Brook University in Long Island, Alli was Captain of her hip hop team Deja Vu Dance. Alli is currently studying at Broadway Dance Center where she is a part of their prestigious Professional Semester Program.

Quran Starling has been dancing since he was 3-years old. He is classically trained in ballet, tap, acro-gymnastics, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, modern and hip-hop. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Media/Communications from Seton Hall University. Quran plans to attend grad school to earn his MBA.

Since graduating from high school, he has gone off to pursue dance professionally. He performed with MPAC (Manhattan Performing Arts Collective), Tap City, Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line.  On Disney Cruise Line, he inaugurated the Disney Dream where he was a part of the opening cast. There--he choreographed the bayou tap solo in the main stage show “Believe.” His choreography is still used in the show today.

In between gigs, he returned home to teach at local dance studios and judge domestic dance competitions.

Today, Quran has the pleasure of working with students from ages 5-21 as an educator of dance. He also works is film and television production where he carries credits from companies such as CNN, NBCUniversal, Discovery, Cablevision, Hulu and has an IMDb. His dream is to one day produce and work his way up the corporate ladder to running a major network or studio. 

Alli Gallant

Lead Instructor/Choreographer

​Hip Hop, Jazz & Lyrical 

Gina Accordino is a dancer and performer currently located in New York City. She originally grew up dancing in Ohio at Studio L Dance Centre under the direction of Linda Bellan and Tracie Lenox, but has since gone on to study at several prestigious schools such as Peridance Capezio Center (New York, NY), DePaul University (Chicago, IL), and most recently the Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center (New York, NY). She has also attended numerous tap festivals and conventions on scholarship including SLIDE with Mike Minery, The DC Tap Fest, and the Rockette Summer Intensive, and was recently an intern for D.C. Tap Fest. Gina has been able to perform works by Mishay Petronelli , Lacey Schwimmer, Lizz Picini, April Cook, Cooper Flanagan, and Aaron Tolson, and is currently working alongside Mark Albrecht as his dance captain for a new piece that he is setting as well as being apart of the pre-production of Ayodele Casel's new show "Really Rosie" that she is choreographing for City Center.

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Dawn Kranz  has her Bachelor's in Fine Arts from Montclair State University where she has set multiple pieces of Modern Choreography. She has studied under numerous Dance Masters with various professional Modern and Ballet Companies. She has been teaching for more than 20 years and has won uncountable accolades for choreography for her unique style of Modern dance as well as her Classical Ballet pieces. She also has experience in Judging for dance competitions. Her passion for dance is seen through the success of her many students to go on to professional dance careers. Her most recent success is her partnership/Artist Director of New Jersey Dance Academy.

Gina Accordino



Eriel Santagado started dancing at the age of 2 and was a competitive dancer throughout her life. Her repertoire includes acro, ballet, lyrical, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop and tap. Her favorite style of dance is contemporary. She has won regional titles at many competitions such as American Dance Awards, Star Systems, On Stage, NYCDA, etc. She has won two national titles at American Dance Awards. She is currently a junior at Rutgers University and she competes on the Division 1 Gymnastics team. She also won highest scoring performance with her solo at the Hype National Dance Competition in 2015. She has been an active participant at many conventions such as The Pulse, NYCDA, Jump, and Nuvo. She choreographs and performs along side her sister, Charly, in dance festivals and she is minoring in dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts. In the future, she plans on dancing professionally in New York City, where she hopes to eventually start her own dance company with her best friend and sister.

Eriel Santagado



Quran Starling​

Instructor /Choreographer

Tap & Musical Theartre

Gina Daugherty


Musical Theater, Jazz & Lyrical 

Dawn Kranz

Artistic Director/Choreographer

Ballet, Pointe & Modern