Owner,
Artistic Director, 
Dance Teacher, and Choreographer

Mrs. Jackie
Owner & Director

Born and raised on Long Island, Jacqueline is the owner and Artistic Director of Prestige Performing Arts, conveniently located in the hamlet of East Northport. After completing 16 years of dance training both in Manhattan and on Long Island, she continued to train and teach the art of dance in three different studios while completing her Bachelor's degree in Accounting/Business. After weighing her options and career goals she was able to quickly achieve her childhood dream of opening a dance studio enabling her to share her love of dance with kids of all ages.

 

Beginning her own training at age 3, Jackie began to compete in the dance world by age 6, performing in many senior numbers and senior choreography at a young age. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theater, contemporary and hip hop. At 8 she already made the cut to dance professionally as a NY Knick’s City Kid, and as a Lil’ Torch for the NY Liberty. Jackie trained in Manhattan under the direction of Heather VanArdsdel, and performed at Madison Square Garden for 3 years. During those years she also performed on various programs such as WB11, Good Day NY, Fox and Friends, PIX Morning News, and the MSG Network. She performed live at the nationally broadcast NBA All Star Game in Houston Texas in 2006. In 2007 she danced in a music video shoot with 50 Cent for "I Get Money," and later danced in The Bee Movie music video that same year. Jacqueline also performed on the Island as a background dancer for Al Calderon, (X-Factor finalist in 2013). In 2017 Jacqueline had the opportunity to tour China as captain of a professional USA Dance Team for China Hoops.

 

Continuing to take various workshops and master classes throughout the years in Hip Hop, this genre has become Jacqueline’s passion. She had years of training from Long Island's Jordan Viscomi (of Ian Eastwood’s Young Lions on The World of Dance 2017 ), Megz Alfonso, (2015 So you Think You Can Dance finalist), and California’s Chris Jones, (You Got Served). She has also performed the choreography of Chicago’s Gil Mata, and California’s Nick Zborowski, (Adrenaline). During her years choreographing for various competition teams on the Island, Jacqueline has been the recipient of outstanding choreography awards. She was quickly sought out to teach in 5 different studios before the age of 20 after LI directors got to know her.

 

Currently, Jackie’s goal is to share in the same amazing journey that she had growing up in the dance world. She has learned many life lessons that have continued to be an inspiration to her own success over the years. Hard work, perseverance, time management, diligence, dedication and loyalty has helped her through many of life’s challenges and will be lessons needed for any child in today’s society. Dance allowed her to experience the importance of being a part of something larger than herself. Most rewarding, performing allowed Jackie to experience the energy and excitement of being center stage while becoming one with her body and the music. It has always been her dream to share this feeling with her students. Over the years her dance teams have fostered lifelong bonds through mentors, teammates, “dance moms” and students. Jackie has always said that keeping dance in her life was the best part of life. She is continually inspired and is in constant pursuit to share these same possibilities with the next generation of performers.

Dance Teacher & Choreographer

Mr. Joe

Joseph was born and raised on Long Island, New York. He first stepped foot into the dance world at the age of four, training in all styles of dance from Ballet to Hip Hop. Joe’s first professional gig was at age 10 as a Knicks City Kid and ‘lil Torch performing at Madison Square Garden during New York Knicks and Liberty games for three years. He performed with the KCK on the Today Show, and had the opportunity to dance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade for Sesame Street. His music videos were performances for Kidz Bop #16, “Fire Burnin" and Drew Jacobs, “Got Me Like Whoa." He was also a background dancer for Mariah Carey and Eddie Money performances. Joe recently danced in the 2019 Jonas Brother's "Only Human" music video and was in a Macy’s Web Commercial for Alfani Suits. Additionally he was involved in the print Catalog for Nike’s NFL ’47 Brand clothes line. 

 

Joseph has a Master’s Degree to teach K-12 in Dance Education from Hunter College along with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Commercial Dance from Pace University. Pace gave Joe the opportunity to work with well known choreographers, such as Rhonda Miller, Scott Jovovitch, Jess Hendricks, Dee Caspery, Mandy Moore, Martha Nichols, Paul McGill, and Luam. He had the opportunity to train with the best of the best during an LA Intensive program learning to perform and choreograph for film. Joe also earned his certification in Stage Combat, under the training of Fight Master Michael Chin and is currently signed with the well known Bloc Talent Agency.  Joseph is currently a Dance Teacher in a NYC Department of Education public school where he teaches dance to grades K-5 .

 

Joseph has an amazingly outgoing personality that has shined on stage in lead roles of HS plays such as “The Producers” and “Hairspray.” He has worked with children of all ages as a head counselor for Longwood Summer Camp for over 8 years, as well as a history of teaching at several dance studios on Long Island and a class at Hunter College. Joe’s gift is working with children and performers by always making hard work fun and inspiring. He is more than ready to continue to make his mark with choreography and instruction at Prestige.

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Mrs. Nancy

Nancy is the former Owner, Artistic Director & Dance Teacher of Spotlight Dance Academy in Stony Brook, NY (2001-2015). She previously owned Dance Ten Unlimited, Inc. Astoria, NY (1985-1992).

 

In 1995 Nancy joined the professional teaching staff with the Joan Marie Stroud School of Dance also of Stony Brook. In addition to teaching she held the position as Company Manager for the Joan Marie Stroud Dance Company (1998-2001). In June of 2001 she purchased the Joan Marie Stroud School of Dance & in June of 2004 she renamed the school Spotlight Dance Academy.

 

Throughout 1995-2000, Nancy had worked for Frank Ohman School of Ballet (tap/jazz program); Northeast Dance Academy & North Shore Studio of Dance; She was the choreographer for Rocky Point High School’s 1998’s “My Fair Lady,” 1999’s “Guys & Dolls,” & 2000’s “Carousel.”

She started dancing at age 3 & she continued throughout her years in Tap & Jazz. Starting at age 7 she was with The Jack School of Dance in Valley Stream, NY. She became a “Jack Young Girl” at the age of 10, the youngest to perform at various community & special events on Long Island. She started teaching at age 19 for the Downs School of Music & Dance in Valley Stream, NY in Tap & Jazz. She trained professionally at the Downs School of Music & Dance in Ballet under the direction of Miss Darrell Coates & Miss Sandra Arlia and in Manhattan under the direction of David Howard/Ballet; Luigi at Luigi’s Jazz Centre & Joseph Pugliese/Jazz.

Known by her former students as “Miss Nancy” she looks forward to sharing her passion & knowledge of dance. Her goals for the next generation of dancers is for them to be enriched, enlightened & to have their spirits lifted through dance!

 

With 35+ years of teaching experience Nancy is thrilled to be returning to dance at Prestige Performing Arts under the Ownership & Artistic Direction of Jacqueline.

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Miss Alexa

Alexa Gambaro grew up as a competition dancer on Long Island. She has competed Regionally, Nationally and even at Worlds. She has won numerous first place and title trophies throughout her competition career. After leaving the competition world Alexa went on to continue her dance studies at The American Musical and Dramatics Academy in New York City. Not only studying dance but musical theater / acting as well. Alexa has gone on to perform at Six Flags Great Adventure, The Ansonia NYC, and Good Morning America. Alexa has trained under some of the most well known choreographers / teachers  in the industry - Chrissy Whitehead, Teddy Tedholm, Casey Colgan, Nic Thompson, Jordan Viscomi and more. After leaving AMDA she decided to start her teaching career! Alexa has gone on to win Special awards and “Worlds” Tickets for her choreography. Alexa is so excited to be a part of Prestige Performing Arts!

Miss Mandi

Mandi Kovalevich was born and raised in Islip Terrace N.Y. She started dancing at the age of 3 and hasn't stopped since! She attended BOCES for the Performing Arts in high school, as well as being captain of the East Islip Kickline team. Training and teaching most of her life at David Sanders Dance Dynamics, Mandi came to understand the significance in each style of dance. She has experience training and teaching in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, acrobatics, theater, musical theater, kickline, and pre-school classes. While Mandi has been doing each style of dance, she found her passion when her tap shoes hit the floor! 

     

Mandi has also dedicated herself to teaching children with special needs. As a special needs instructor for over 10 years, Mandi believes, and has proven, that disabilities are actually unique abilities! Each child can and will shine!

     

Mandi’s goal is to help each student find their own passion and bring it to the stage. As an award-winning tap teacher, Mandi proves that she brings her love, experience, and passion for the art of dance into every class.

Miss Raquelle

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Miss Rachel

Rachel is from Long Island, NY and is thrilled to be part of the family at Prestige. At a young age, she discovered her passion for singing, acting, and dancing through musical theater. Rachel has appeared in various performances, including “Bye Bye Birdie” (Rosie Alvarez), “The Little Mermaid” (Ariel & Sebastian), “Chicago” (June) and “High School Musical” (Kelsi). She recently made her debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below with the Engeman Select Players. She was most recently seen in “Frozen Jr.” at the John W. Engeman Theater, where she played the role of Anna. 

 

Stemming from her love of theater, Rachel began to explore her love of dance. She always loved teaching dance, and began assisting dance classes at the age of 12. She was a part of her kickline team in middle school, and grew to be the dance captain for the Northport Powdered Wigs for the productions of “Chicago” and “Into the Woods." 

 

From babysitting, to hosting kids’ birthday parties, to assisting classes, Rachel has always loved working with children. She hopes to help many of these young dancers and performers find their love of dance and theater!

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Miss Alex

Alex is from Long Island, NY and grew up in the dance world! She began her dance training at the age of one and soon became immersed into competitive dance. Although Alex has trained in various styles for 15+ years, her true passion lies in Musical Theatre. She attended the Long Island High School for the Arts as a Dance Major and then continued on to train in the prestigious Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester, majoring in Musical Theatre.

 

Her first professional job was as a Dancer for the Westchester Knicks, part of the Madison Square Garden Company. Soon after, she booked a contract as a Dancer/Vocalist in Grease​ with Royal Caribbean International. Alex’s dream is to be on Broadway and although her passion for theatre is still relevant today, her latest gigs are centered in the TV/commercial realm! Most recently, she was in a national commercial for KANE 11 socks as their principal dancer. You can also catch her dancing on your computer screen in an ad for GFuel, a popular energy drink.

 

Alex is thrilled to be joining the faculty team at Prestige Performing Arts! She hopes her passion for dance/theatre is translated through her teaching methods and choreography. Her goal is to help students find their own passion for dance and she is dedicated to providing an environment for such inspiration to be created!

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Miss Amanda

Amanda was born and raised in Long Island, New York. Her love for dance started at the young age of 2. During her time as a student she enjoyed learning many forms of dance including Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Pointe, Hip Hop, and Acro. Amanda became a regional and national competitive dancer when she was 7, competing throughout the United States where she has won numerous 1st Place solo titles and special awards, including scholarships. She began student teaching at her studio at the age of 12 and soon after was given her own classes to teach during her senior year of high school. Since graduating high school she has taught various styles of dance and acro to students of all ages at studios across Long Island and Brooklyn. Within a few of those studios she had the opportunity to work with their regional and national competition teams where she has taught and choreographed numerous award winning numbers. She is very excited and honored to be working at Prestige Performing Arts where she will be sharing her passion for dance and gymnastics with each and every student that enters her classroom.

Miss Shannon

Shannon is a mother of three beautiful children who has been dancing, working and sharing her love for dance since she was a little girl. She has studied all styles of dance including ballet/pointe, tap, jazz, musical theater,  lyrical, contemporary and acro. Shannon grew up on her dance school's competition team where she competed all across the East Coast sweeping the competition scene and continued on through her college years dancing and performing.  For the last 15 years, she has been teaching  all styles of dance to kids of all ages at several studios across the Island. In addition, she has spent the last five years working for Legacy Dance Companionship as a back stage manager. She has had the privilege of working with three different dance companies over the years and has choreographed quite a few national award  winning numbers. Shannon performed in the Jamming with the Jets half time show and danced many years in the Easter Parade during her  college years.  She also worked and performed with a traveling adult tap company in 2015. She loves to share her passion and love for dance with children. She loves watching them grow and guides them to follow their dreams. "There is nothing like loving your job and being surrounded by people who share your same talents. I'm so happy and excited to start another journey here with Prestige Performing Arts and look forward to this upcoming year!! NOW....a 5678......dance :)"