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JMDS FACULTY

 

Marisa Barragato

Marisa has been dancing since the age of four and has taken classes in ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary.  She began dancing competitively at the age of six and enjoys taking classes at Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan.  She was a member of the LIU – Post Dance Team and has recently graduated with her Bachelor’s/Master’s in Childhood Education and Literacy.  Marisa loves working with children in school and at the dance studio.  

 

Denise Blair

Denise took her first class at the Jan Martin Dance Studio at the age of three…and she never left! Denise has also studied with the Eglevsky Ballet Company. Now the mother of three girls, Denise teaches Tap and Jazz, as well as Combo classes for the younger students.

 

Jaclyn Caurso

Jackie has been dancing since the age of 3 and has taken classes in jazz, tap, ballet, modern and hip hop. She was a member of the LIU Post Dance team as well as a dancer for the professional lacrosse team, the Long Island Lizards. She loves working w children of all ages and is excited to see what each year will bring at Jan Martin Dance Studio.

 

Lenore Hanes

Lenore joined the faculty at Jan Martin in 1991. She has studied at the Orlando School of Ballet and the Broadway Dance Center. Lenore is the mother of 2 and grandmother of 4. She hopes her students have fun, make new friends, and most of all, feel good about themselves and their accomplishments.

 

Joey Ortolani

Born and raised in Long Island NY, as a competitive student, Joey won many regional and national titles. As a professional dancer, Joey worked for many years for Royal Caribbean Cruises  performing in shows like Louie Van Amstel’s Invitation to Dance, Come Fly With Me, Hairspray, and the original cast of Saturday Night Fever with SYTYCD, and Tony Nominated, choreographer Spencer Liff. Joey has also performed all over the country in Casino’s and regional theatre in shows like The Four Piano Men  & Royalty of Rock & Pop (Palace Thatre, NH),The Spirit Of Christmas (Atlantic City, NJ), Rocket Man (Niagara Falls), CHICAGO(Arts Center Coastal Carolina, SC), How To Succeed…(Theatre By The Sea, RI), and West Side Story(Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, NY). Joey has been a resident choreographer and teacher at Jan Martin since 2012. His choreography and students have won multiple High Score, and Special awards such as Overall Ultimate Crowd Pleaser (Beyond the Stars 2014), Best Production (Access Broadway 2014 and 2015), and Best Choreography (Access Broadway 2015). Joey Is also a trained circus aerialist! You can catch Joey this fall in the Broadway First National Tour of Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway, under the direction and choreography of Jeff Whiting and Tony winner Susan Stroman. You can follow his adventures on instagram at @joeyorto !

 

Karey Carroll

Karey has been dancing since the age of 3 and teaching dance for over 20 years.  She has danced professionally for several sports teams serving as dance captain/team leader of the NBA’s Orlando Magic & WNBA’s Orlando Miracle, the Promotions Host for the Arena Football League’s Orlando Predators and a dancer for the New York Dragons.  Karey has performed on ESPN’s Pro dance in San Antonio, Texas; the WNBA’s All Star Tour in Little Rock, Arkansas and toured with her competition team to London, England and Las Vegas.  She loves spending time with her Jan Martin family and feels there is no better reward than to see her students evolve as dancers. This will be her 7th year teaching dance at Jan Martin.