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Top Dance & Fitness Instructors in Manhattan

The M Dance Instructor Team

 

Every instructor has formal dance training and extensive choreography and teaching experience, but in class, it's all about YOU!

 

You can expect a supportive, approachable instructor who:  

  • Puts together an hour of great music and choreographs moves that are safe, fun and easy to follow
  • Knows how to teach students who vary in age, level & ability
  • Learns your name and is happy to answer your questions

 

 

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About Misty - Founder/Owner of M Dance & Fitness
Misty hails from the South (Memphis, TN) but her heart has been in NYC since her first visit at age 7. Misty has been in the dance and performing arts industry for over 30 years as a student, teacher and award-winning performer and choreographer. She has taught absolute beginner to competitive-level tap, ballet and jazz to ages 3 to adult, including teaching at Broadway Dance Center. With a mom who has run a dance studio for over 50 years and a father who was a composer, conductor and college professor of music and theater, it’s no surprise that Misty left the corporate world in 2010 to create M Dance & Fitness. She feels incredibly blessed that it has attracted a kind, fun-loving, positive and diverse group of students and incredibly talented, devoted instructors.

About her Classes
Misty encourages her students to engage every muscle in class, especially the arms and lower abdominals. Getting a cardio workout is a given, but with a little added focus and concentration, students can also realize significant strengthening and toning benefits. Each class finishes with an exercise designed to help students improve their posture and prevent lower back injuries. Her ultimate goal is for her students to stand up straighter and taller, and walk a little prouder!

Misty teaches Ballet Buff + Barre, but she loves to keep in touch with M Dance students, so she could pop up in any class.

Certifications/Licenses
Zumba, Zumba Toning, CPR/AED

Dance Training
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater 
 
Personal Trivia
Misty was so shy growing up that she virtually didn’t speak anywhere but in dance class. That’s why she is determined to keep MD&F a place where anyone can walk in the door, feel welcomed, let loose and have some fun!
About Alet
Originally from San Diego, California, Alet has performed on stage, TV, and film all over the United States and other parts of the world for the past 25 years. She has been a dance instructor for 15 years.

About her Classes
Alet knows it's your workout, not hers. She acts as both teacher, encouraging you to push a little beyond what you think you're capable of, and also "flight attendant," breaking things down for those who've never "flown" before. Expect a challenging workout combined with a great deal of silliness. She wants you to leave sweaty and smiling.

Alet teaches Abs & Arms, Hip Hop/Burlesque Cardio, Dance Cardio FLEX and Swing/Musical Theater Cardio.

Certifications/Licenses
Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, Zumba Step, Sentao, Aqua Zumba, Zumba in the Circuit. Dancealates, Oula, Flirty Girl, Vixen. AFAA Group Fitness, CPR/AED

Dance Training
Musical Theater, Swing, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Tap

Personal Trivia
Alet has 3 children and is married to Broadway Performer, Andy Taylor. During the decade Alet was pregnant, she earned her Masters in Psychology and associate degrees in Early Elementary Montessori. She climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and put her eldest son through college.

About Jenna
Jenna is a Connecticut native with a passion for dance, fitness and travel. She has a BA in Spanish and Hispanic Studies with a Dance and Political Science double minor from Union College, where she was Captain of the Dance Team. Her extensive dance training spans 18 years.

About her classes
Jenna’s classes are a mix of high-energy cardio with strength and toning built right in. She emphasizes correct form to ensure both and safe workout. Jenna understands the craziness that is life in NYC, so she encourages you to have fun, push yourself, and dance off the stress of the day. P.S. Be ready to SWEAT!

Jenna teaches Zumba and Hi5 w/ HIIT and Dance Mix Cardio.

Certifications/Licenses
AFAA Group Exercise, Zumba, Body Barre, Adult First Aid/CPR/AED

Dance Training
Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Bachata, Salsa

Personal Trivia
Jenna loves to travel and explore new cultures and languages. Her favorite country is Spain, where she lived and taught English for 9 months. One day, she wants to return and live in a small pueblo in Southern Spain! Unrelated, but super cool, Jenna’s done the Rockette’s summer intensive twice. If you've ever dreamed of being a Rockette, ask her what it was like!

 

About Megan
Megan is a native of Morrisville, PA who’s been dancing since age 2. She earned her B.F.A in Musical Theater from Montclair State University (Cum Laude) and traveled the U.S and Canada with the National Tour of Shrek: the Musical as their Female Swing. Megan also had the opportunity to choreograph for her university as well as other dance and theater programs. She is a professional dancer, singer, on camera/stage actress and model.

About her Classes
Megan is quite the fireball and you'll definitely feel the burn! Her goal is to create a happy and healthy environment, both physically and emotionally. She wants you to bring your inner fire to class too! In addition to making sure you get amazing workout, Megan encourages everyone to feel comfortable in their own body and just enjoy the movement. Megan's there to help you walk out of the room with more confiDANCE, because you are enough!

Megan teaches Zumba and Hip Hop Cardio

Certifications/Licenses
Zumba, CPR/AED

Dance Training
Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Tap, Salsa, Modern

Personal Trivia
Megan plays violin and loves to write lyrics and poetry. She has two original songs on Itunes and Spotify--"Shackle" and “Combat,” listed under Megan Elyse.

If she hadn’t been so passionate about the arts growing up, she would've played football. She throws a mean spiral!

About Megan
Megan is a native of Scottsdale, Arizona who loves sharing her passion for dance and movement. In addition to her 20+ years of traditional dance training, Megan danced with the UMMB Step and Dance teams, taught the UMass Ballroom Team and was a competitive Ballroom dancer. Not only did she graduate summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, but she also earned a feature in The Wall Street Journal for forming her own major--Performing Arts Management, a combination of Music, Dance, Theater and Business. It’s no surprise that by day, she grants theatre wishes working for the American Theatre Wing, founder and producer of the Tony Awards®.
 
About her Classes
Megan’s infectious smile, encouraging words, and high energy levels will almost make you forget you’re even exercising! She loves to shake it off, but more importantly wants to encourage others to work through “the burn” and squat a little deeper, jump a little higher, and smile because you can. Why not challenge ourselves to push a little harder alongside our closest M Dance friends? She also dares you to try and sweat more than she does!
 
Megan teaches Zumba, Dance Cardio Combo, and Hip Hop Cardio.
 
Certifications/Licenses
Zumba, CPR/AED
 
Dance Training
Modern, Jazz, West African, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Tap, Ballroom (Cha Cha, Swing, Jive, Samba, Rumba, Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango)
 
Personal Trivia
Megan is a true band geek at heart, having been the Drum Major of the Marching Band, participating in high school through college. She plays clarinet and alto sax. She lived in London for six months and spent two summers working at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
About Natasha
An Austin, TX native, Natasha has performed in a variety of shows including Cabaret, Grease, and The Sound of Music and The Nutcracker. In New York, she performed with PMT Dance Company (hip hop.) Her teaching experience spans from Texas, at the University of Texas Athletic Center, to NYC, at PMT Dance Studio. She's been teaching for M Dance and Fitness since 2012.

About her Classes
Natasha loves discovering new ways to inspire herself and her students, and it's impossible not to enjoy yourself in her class because she’s always smiling! She's our resident "prop queen" (meaning she uses lots of unique props to make her classes fun and challenging). Who knew scarves and sticks could tone your arms so well?

Natasha teaches 4-in-1 (Zumba, Zumba Toning, Bollywood and Kickboxing), Better "Buns" Kickboxing, Bollywood-African Cardio and Piyo Live.

Certifications/Licenses
Zumba, Zumba Toning, PiYo Live, CPR/AED

Dance Training
Jazz, Ballet incl. 7 years in the pre-professional program at Ballet Austin, Modern, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Bharatnatyam (classical Indian dance)

Personal Trivia
Natasha has been living in NYC since 2010 and currently lives with her husband and their Yorkie, Benji in FiDi. Her life goal is to visit every continent. She’s made it to 5 so far.

About Sabatino
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Sabatino earned a BFA in Dance (Performance/Choreography), from Kent State University, graduating summa cum laude. He has an extensive background teaching formal dance technique to students of all ages and levels, including those with physical, sensory and developmental disabilities. He dances professionally with RIOULT Dance NY, touring and performing internationally, including annual performances at The Joyce Theatre here in NYC. He has been teaching for M Dance & Fitness since 2012.

About his Classes
Sabatino is known for his infectious enthusiasm and high energy. He is here to share his passion for dance through teaching. Occasionally (ok, frequently) he likes to break out in song and encourage his students to do the same. The hour will fly by before you know it.

Sabatino teaches Zumba, PiYo Live, Dance Cardio Combo, and Hip Hop Cardio.

Certifications/Licenses
Zumba, PiYo Live, ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, CPR/AED

Dance Training
Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop

Personal Trivia
To earn money in high school, Sabatino was a mascot for Quiznos. He was probably the most talented "Quiznos Cup" ever. (Yes, there are photos!) He has black cat named Buddy, who likes to play fetch.

About Victoria
Born in Philadelphia, Victoria has spent the last 23 years dancing and teaching up a storm. A graduate of Temple University, she has performed in and helped choreograph a multitude of musicals. She spent the last 11 years teaching every form of dance from ballet to hip hop at her mother's dance studio in PA. Victoria continues to hone her craft at Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey.
 
About her Classes
Victoria is the energizer bunny of cardio. We don’t know how she does it! Expect high energy and lots of encouragement. Victoria makes everyone feel welcome and is determined to help her students have FUN working up a sweat!
 
Victoria teaches Zumba, Dance Cardio Combo, Hip Hop Cardio, Better Buns and Better Buns & Guns
 
Certifications/Licenses
Zumba, CPR/AED
 
Dance Training
Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern
 
Personal Trivia
Victoria won a Broadway World Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of The Lady in the Lake in Spamalot in 2014.
About Whitney
A native of Memphis Tennessee, Whitney has traveled across the country and around the world as a choreographer and actress. She has been professionally working since the age of 4, when she landed her first commercial (although she doesn't remember it). Whitney is a member of the modern dance company Directions Dance Ensemble, performing in and around NYC.
 
About her Classes
Whitney's classes emphasize form, function, and fun! You will feel comfortable and at ease, ready to get your dance on without pressure or stress. She studied anatomy and holistic stretching, so knees over toes, y'all!
 
Whitney teaches Zumba and Va Va Voom.
 

Certifications/Licences
Zumba, CPR/AED

 

Dance Training
Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theater

 

Personal Trivia
Whitney has two ankle joints on each foot! This anomaly came in handy when she was the quick-footed tap coach for the Broadway show Billy Elliot.

 

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