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Fun Friendly NYC Fitness

Top Dance & Fitness Instructors in Manhattan

The M Dance Instructor Team

 

Our classes are all about YOU! We require our instructors to have formal dance training and extensive choreography and teaching experience.

 

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

 


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 Zumba, but you might just see her in any class. She loves to keep in touch with her students.

Certifications/Licenses
Zumba, Zumba Toning, CPR/AED

Dance Training
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre 
 
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 Diana
A Connecticut native with a passion for both music and dance, Diana was captain of Boston College's (BC) Dance Team; a founding member of BC's Synergy Hip Hop Dance Company; and choreographer for BC Dance Team, BC Dance Organization and Synergy.
 
About her Classes
Diana encourages her students to feel comfortable with their own style and fitness level (and to keep a sense of humor, above all else!) She also likes to mention fitness factoids throughout class so that students can learn to exercise more effectively. She is, after all, MD&F’s resident fitness guru.
 
Diana teaches Masala Bhangra, ABSolute Hip Hop, ABSolute Throwback, Dance Cardi-Yo Burn. She is also the creator/instructor of the "IT” Workout--Inspiration and Transformation thru Interval Training.
 
Certifications/Licenses
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer, Masala Bhangra Master Instructor, Zumba, CPR/AED
 
Dance Training
Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop
 
Personal Trivia
Diana has lived in Spain, China and Japan. Despite extensive studies in Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese, she prefers the universal language of booty-shaking. :)
About Natasha
An Austin, TX native, Natasha has performed in a variety of notable shows including Cabaret, Grease, and The Sound of Music. During her 7 years of study in the pre-professional program at Ballet Austin, she danced in a variety of roles in the Nutcracker. Here 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. 

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 uses "everyday" phrases to name steps in her choreography to make it easily approachable for beginners and advanced students alike. One of her favorite steps is called "Paint the Fence." Now you’ll have to come to class to learn what it means!
 
Natasha teaches Zumba, Zumba Toning, Better "Buns" and Dance Cardio + Bollywood Combo.
 
Certifications/Licenses
Zumba, Zumba Toning, CPR/AED

Dance Training
Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Bharatnatyam (classical Indian dance)
 
Personal Trivia
Natasha plays guitar and writes music. Her life goal is to visit every continent. She’s made it to 5 so far. Any Star Wars fans out there? Natasha is a kindred spirit.
About Sabatino
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Sabatino earned a BFA in Dance (Performance/Choreography), from Kent State University, graduating summa cum laude, with multiple honors. 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’s here in the Big Apple to share his passion for dance through teaching, while also pursuing a career as a professional dancer. 
 
About his Classes
Sabatino is known for his infectious enthusiasm and high energy. 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, Dance Cardio Combo, and Hip Hop Cardio.
 
Certifications/Licenses
Zumba, 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 most talented "Quiznos Cup" ever. (Yes, there are photos!) He has black cat named Buddy, who likes to play fetch. One of Sabatino’s long-term life goals is to swim with dolphins. 
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 Colleen
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Colleen’s passion for Pilates and fitness, alike, sprouted from her years of classical dance training, performing, and teaching. With a B.A. in ballet from Point Park University, she went on to study, dance and/or teach at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Bodiography Contemporary Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet. 
 
About her Class
Colleen is a positive and supportive instructor who helps her students gain confidence. Over the years, Colleen has realized her ability to help others strengthen and become more aware of their bodies and believes her classical ballet background has given her a strong connection in working with clients to correct body alignment in a safe and proper manner. Colleen teaches Pilates and Be Ballet Buff + BARRE.
 
Certifications/Licenses
PH1 Pilates and Smart Workout Mat, Pilates Reformer certification at Smart Workout, specialty certificate in perinatal fitness and wellness, Healthy Moms® certified. CPR/AED
 
Dance Training
Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern
 
Personal Trivia
Colleen loves food like she loves Pilates, and enjoys being in the kitchen cooking up new recipes. She would love to one day mesh the 2, offering nutrition and exercise advice to anyone wanting a positive transformation. Who knows, maybe you'll get an "after-workout treat" if you come to her Pilates class....!
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.

 

About Hali (pron. Hay-Lee)
A Long Island native, Hali has danced nationally and internationally for over 20 years. After graduating from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, she danced in Israel for a year before returning to NYC, where she now performs with Michael Susten and Company. Hali has extensive experience teaching all ages/levels in a wide range of dance genres. 
 

About her Class
Hali’s vibe is fun, friendly and very down-to-earth. She uses popular music to keep everyone engaged and encourages everyone to "Be Selfish! These 60 minutes are all about you!" 

 

Hali teaches Power Play, “RV" Yoga (Restorative/Vinyasa combo) outdoor workouts and our Food Fit Nutrition Workshop. She also offers 1-on-1 nutrition coaching.

 

Certifications/Licenses
200-hour Power Vinyasa, Nutrition Coach, BFA in Jazz Dance Performance, CPR/AED

 

Dance Training
Ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, jumps and turns, stretch and strengthening

 

Personal Trivia

Even though Hali has not lived on Long Island in 7 years, her accent is still as thick as ever. With a Father from Queens and a Mother from Brooklyn their influences remain strong. Her friends often ask her to say different words for their entertainment, their favorite of course being "Cawww-feee."

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Diana Headshot 2012