Our Faculty

Our Faculty

The Art of Dance faculty of accredited dance instructors have a range of skills they share with our students. We also welcome regular guest teachers from New York, many of whom come to us direct from the stages of Broadway.

Our Staff

Guest Teachers

Joshuan Vazquez
Joshuan Vazquez is from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. He trained in classical, modern, jazz, and urban dance with Western Ballet Theater, Ballet Escenario, and Escuela Mayagüezana de Ballet y Artes Escénicas…
Feeny Graham
Graham Feeney
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Graham Feeny began dancing at age two. He trained in all  dance styles for many years at Company C Dance Club and most recently…
Ellen Mihalick
Ellen Mihalik
Ellen is so excited to be back teaching at AOD where she grew up! Ellen is Radio City Rockette (2013-present). Most recently, Ellen joined Stance Productions, touring all genres of…
Joanne Liebenberg
Joanne Leibenberg
Joanne Liebenberg is a Professional Performing Artist from South Africa based in New York  City. Joanne was just recently the Dance Captain, co-choreographer and performed as a  dancer, aerialist and…
Chris Jarosz
Christopher Jarosz has been teaching and dancing professionally for over a decade. After his childhood dance training, he was accepted to the prestigious Southern Methodist University dance program on scholarship.…
Gerogia Teperikidou
Georgia Teperikidou
Mrs. Teperikidou holds a BFA in Dance, majoring in Ballet Pedagogy from the Professional Dance Academy, Greece. In 2002 she moved to New York to continue her professional career and…
Guest Teacher Girl
Jacki Ford
Jacki has worked with such companies as Ballet West, Utah Ballet, and as a principal dancer with Rocky Mountain Ballet. stage Credits; “Funny Girl”, “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular”, as…
Gilbert Bolden
Gilbert Bolden III is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. He was born in San Diego, California and began dancing at the age of nine in…
Evan LaCombe
Evan Lacombe is a New York City based performer and choreographer. Evan is a graduate of Pace University School of Performing Arts, BFA Commercial Dance program and has performed in the…
Jacalyn Tatro
A native of Naperville, Illinois, Jacalyn Tatro began her training with Inspire School of Dance and completed her BFA degree at The Juilliard School in May of 2022. She’s had…
Dan Santiago
Daniel Santiago, originally from Long Island, is a senior on his way to earning his BFA in the Pace Commercial Dance Program. Starting at the age of twelve, Daniel has…
Abby Tatro
Abby Tatro is a professional dancer based out of new york city. Her diverse skillset as an artist is built of experiences in live performance, company work, and film: All…
Ellen Mulvihill
After graduating from high school and attending AOD, Ellen Mulvihill majored in dance performance at Oklahoma City University. In college, she had the privilege of being the “Pep Director” of…
Alexa Luke
Alexa Luke is a Georgia native, currently living and working professionally in New York City. She has extensive training in countless dance disciplines including contemporary, lyrical, ballet, jazz, modern, and…

What People Are Saying

Wonderful school, great teachers- many my colleagues here in NYC! It’s always a joy and great pleasure to teach here. The students are not only well trained and very well behaved, they are so healthy and well-rounded dancing humans…lol adore this school  ♥

Kat Wildish
Master Ballet Teacher

We moved to the area from England and came across this dance school, it was the best find for my 7 year old daughter. Ms. Valerie has a great set of teachers and the expertise is of a high standard. The proof is in the end of year show which is simply AMAZING, and speaks to the excellence of this performing arts school. Highly recommended.

Neelam Takyar

So glad to be part of the AOD community. Not only are these kids learning from incredible teachers, they’re having fun and developing their talent. We’ve been very impressed in our experience. It’s a magical gem in Chester.

Stephanie Nemser

Superior dance school

Donna Marie Adams

I wanted to say THANK YOU for teaching and caring for Vivienne this dance year. The recital was fabulous, your hard work did not go unnoticed!

Vanessa Switzler